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Replacing home windows

dealnewb 2,085 786 March 18, 2016 at 08:16 AM
Hi

This is our first time buying windows. We need new ones that are energy efficient and are sealed better than our current windows.

Sears came and gave us a quote for around $17,000. (This also included redoing the siding of the house)
Renewal by Andersen gave us a quote for $23,000.

My question is are we being ripped off or are these normal prices?

This is for:
8 - Double hung windows
1 - Large slider window
1 - Small slider window
4 - Small basement slider windows
1 - Sliding door

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what area are you in? Got same quote (Sears, big box) found way less....went with Simmonton products.....here in CA. for less the 10k...
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That is no ordinary ripoff, it is an incredible ripoff.

The windows run around $100-$200 each at Home Depot and are similar quality to the ones you will be getting if you go for one of those ripoff window replacement firms. The Andersens are the biggest ripoff of all. They are expensive not because they are better but because they have a huge advertising bill to pay. The American Craftsman windows at Home Depot have a lifetime guarantee and are very easy for the average homeowner to put in themselves. The learning curve is quick. The first will take you an hour, the last about 20 minutes. Ask the guy that gave you a quote to separate out labor and the window price, I bet they will refuse to do it.

Not sure about your house but my 2400 sq foot colonial with brick front was $12000 for all new siding and all exposed wood covered in vinyl along with new gutters with gutter guards. That was about 5 years ago.

But seriously if you are at all handy you can do these windows yourself. All you do is remove the center section of the window (window panes) and the track they run on. Then clean up a bit, apply a bead of caulk and insert the replacement window. Move onto the next one. No trim needs to be replaced and the entire window is done from inside the house so no ladders or anything is needed.
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Yup, just got Harvey windows in October. We have a 2500 sq ft home with 19 windows. We paid 7488 installed and with lifetime warranty.
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What is the best type...Vinyl or Wood?
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What is the best type...Vinyl or Wood?
Vinyl, wood can turn black with mold/mildew
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What is the best type...Vinyl or Wood?
That depends on your budget. Wood windows are a LOT more expensive. Vinyl is cheaper and easier to install and also has lower maintenance. You can get vinyl windows that look like wood however.
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That depends on your budget. Wood windows are a LOT more expensive. Vinyl is cheaper and easier to install and also has lower maintenance. You can get vinyl windows that look like wood however.
The contractor we hired told us not to get wood. He changed out every window in his house with wood only to replace them 5 years later with vinyl due to mold and mildew.
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Have you asked neighbors and friends for contractors names that they've used?

Or asked anyone (locally) who's had window or siding work done who they used and if they would recommend them?

Reputable, licensed contractors can be a better deal, both in price and quality, they rely on word of mouth not big advertising budgets. So you're spending more for their labor and less for overhead.
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Have you asked neighbors and friends for contractors names that they've used?

Or asked anyone (locally) who's had window or siding work done who they used and if they would recommend them?

Reputable, licensed contractors can be a better deal, both in price and quality, they rely on word of mouth not big advertising budgets. So you're spending more for their labor and less for overhead.
Just make sure to compare with other companies. We asked a local contractor for prices who would get windows from a local hardware store. Over $7000 for only the windows on our second floor (9). We hired someone who sells Harvey windows with lifetime replacement and had 19 done for $7400.
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Just make sure to compare with other companies. We asked a local contractor for prices who would get windows from a local hardware store. Over $7000 for only the windows on our second floor (9). We hired someone who sells Harvey windows with lifetime replacement and had 19 done for $7400.
Sorry, left out the most important part in my post get at least 3 estimates (if you can) and usually referred contractors aren't recommended if they're overpriced
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Make sure when the windows are installed,the outer opening between the window and the building envelope is sealed with expandable foam, as this is a huge opening that air (internal and external) can move in and out of your home so you are paying to heat/cool that air.

We have a home built in 2007 and I found by taking the trim around the window off there was a 1-1.5" gap around all windows and doors, its an easy job you can do yourself.

Vinyl windows will serve you longer, make sure they are "good" windows though

Dependant on what climate zone you live in you may want to consider triple pane on the northern side of the house, as if its cold like where I am NYC, you may want to consider them as the windows do stop some cold but when its 0° you will still feel it, and the cost of heating/cooling your home will pay for itself over the long run, if you dont plan to move.

If energy efficiency of your house is one of the goals of this exercise, ensure you air seal your house/basement and attic and add more insulation to the attic. I have R38 batts in my attic but I air sealed all the holes in the attic and added another 5" of cellulose taking me to close to R60 and my central AC electric cost halved the first summer, Cellulose is cheap and something you can do yourself as is airsealing, all things you can find by Googling, as they will give you a good idea of what to look for and how to do alot of it yourself like I did.

Hope that helps
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