What is a ball park estimate for installing 20 Pella (wood with exterior
vinyl) replacement windows ? Cost of the windows will be about $10,000.
How much do I pay for a contractor to do the whole job including cost of
One guy I know takes the cost of the material and multiplies by 2.5 and
that's the price he charges -- In this case that would be $25,000.
I've been getting estimates on replacement windows - I've heard everything
from $150 a window to $250 a window - there doesn't seem to be any
correlation against the price of the window - I've heard that HD allows
their subcontractors $150 a window for installation when you buy the windows
I put these in for $200 per window. Customer orders and buys the windows.
If I buy the windows then it comes out to about an extra $50 per unit to
cover my time ordering, the use of my money, and any risk of a screwed up
order. Also if the customer buys the window and there is a warranty problem,
with the window, I don't need to be involved.
"Also if the customer buys the window and there is a warranty problem, with
the window, I don't need to be involved." - not necessarily true.
Google "replacement windows" and you'll see situations where someone bought
the windows themselves, hired a contractor to install the windows, and then
got stuck when there was a warranty issue - the manufacturer claimed that it
was "improperly installed" (covers a multitude of problems) - *maybe* the
contractor will offer to install another replacement window at no additional
cost as a good faith gesture, but it'll be a window you buy yourself cause
the manufacturer won't replace it under the terms of their warranty.
I can see a benefit buying from one of the majors that do their own installs
(Pella, etc.), or buying from HD because they handle the install with their
own crew - at least if you have any problems, you can go to HD - they've
dealt fairly with me over the years.
If you sub the install yourself after buying the windows yourself, I think
that there are potentially more problems.
But I'm far from an expert . . .
No Pella replacement window should run you $500 per, unless they're a triple
unit (a picture window flanked by a double hung or slider on each side).
As far as _the guy you know_, find yourself a real installer. Any cluck that
comes up with a figure like that, doesn't have a clue.
I'll take the job for $24,500. I'll travel to any place in North America
Depends on some details with trim, etc. About $150 to $200 a window would
be about right. How handy are you? Take your time and see how simple it
can be and save a lot of money.
In '01 we replaced 22 ancient aluminum windows in a fixer-upper with
vinyl sliders and the bill was $5600. IIRC the install was $2500 of that
or about $110 per window. The crew that did the work was two men and a
young boy, and it only took them two days.
Prices have certainly increased since then, but I'd wonder about anyone
trying to get more than $250 per window unless it was a tricky install
or they have to work high off the ground.
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