Is this a fair price for new windows?
February 18, 2014 1:49 PM Subscribe
Looking at getting new windows in our house. Replacing 20 windows, got a quote of about $22,000. Had sticker shock but then looked at details, now wondering if it's a fair price.
posted by arniec to Home & Garden (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We live in Illinois (for region cost comparison) in a house that's almost 20 years old. It has the original wood windows and they are drafty, both around the window and through the window. Many of the panes seem to have lost their seal as moisture forms between.
We got a quote on vinyl, white windows (the aesthetic we like) that have the cross-hatch white grill inside. The total was 20 windows, most of which are one-off double-hung windows of the same size, but there is a 3-wide window, an awning window, and one window with a built-in shutter for over the kitchen sink as there's no attractive way to mount a shade there.
The quote came back at $22,000 and I was floored. But the salesman said this includes not just the windows, but the "bricking" (I believe that's the term he used) around the windows so the new windows sealed perfectly and air-tight; he said that's where we're getting a lot of our air. So to install the bricking requires peeling back our siding and then putting the siding back on. The brand he quoted was Sunrise windows with Low-E glass.
This price ALSO included new trim. Our wood trim we painted it white and we wanted it replaced with nice trim anyway, but we didn't realize he was quoting that. He said he could put our trim back up but it would require extra nail holes and not look nearly as good as getting trim that is made to fit the windows specifically and put up only once.
I know the prices i see for windows, but to include this "bricking" that the window goes into, and the trim, I'm not sure if it's fair or not. I've gotten a quote from just "a contractor" using cheap windows from Menards and it was far cheaper; talking to another window person seemed to think the quote was reasonable for all it included.
Any experts or consumers who just went through this able to give thoughts?