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Old 06-29-2009, 06:22 AM
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I'm looking for a recomendation for a local windows contractor. We have 15 windows of various sizes that need replacement. What should I expect to pay? Anyone have a good or bad experience they can relay?
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:03 AM
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Hi, I'm in the trade myself, and would be glad to come out to look at the house to give you a quote. It's hard to quickly tell what the price would be as we need to know the sizes/kind of the windows and whether you will be providing the material & supplies yourself. Feel free to contact me for more details.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:34 PM
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I went through BG&E and had my windows replaced....I though, did not pay for the replacement as my homebuilder screwed up the builders grade windows, and it was on my punchlist, so I got better replacement windows for free. For about 45 windows, it was about $25k total. Double hung, low E, argon filled, etc.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:21 PM
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You can spend a little or a lot depending on the quality of replacement window that you choose and the extras that you get. There are cheap vinyl windows for under 200 bucks and fiberglass windows that can run you more than a thousand.

After doing months of research we settled on Eagle windows, made by a division of Andersen, as offering the best quality for the price. These are quality aluminum-clad on the outside (if I remember right), wood on the inside, not cheapo vinyl windows. We spent around 700 a window, installed. This was for a standard double hung window with simulated divided lights (which add a huge amount to the cost). If you don't have to get that look (I am talking about the cross pieces that make a window look colonial), your cost will be significantly less unless your windows are very large (ours are around 33 x 63 and 33x 54).

The only dealer in the area for Eagle is an architect in Kensington named Michael Dent, MGD Design Build. He is wonderful, and his installers are outstanding.

Eagle Window - Premium aluminum-clad wood windows and doors


There are several window replacement discussion boards on the internet. Just google window replacement discussion board. Your brain will go into overload with all the info.

Hope this helps.

It's a big expense but you will be glad you did it.
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:00 AM
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thanks so much for the responses.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:23 PM
Location: Arlington Virginia
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I had Long Fence windows installed in my old house before I moved in. Since I was near a major road, noise insulation was an issue. The salesman assured me that noise reduction was excellent Wrong They are 6 over 6 and 8 over 8 double hung with double low E glass. They pass sound through as if they are wide open even when tightly shut and locked. They were extremely expensive. I am very unhappy with them but can't now afford to replace. I have been told that the actual glass is very thin and even though double, it resonates with sound thus passing it right through. You might want to look into this when considering a purchase if noise is an issue.
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:41 AM
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Agree with DC Oldtimer's range of costs. There are many variables: quality, size, materials, and options (multi-pane/divided lights, double glazing, low-e coatings, etc.)

Anderson, and Kolbe & Kolbe are often mentioned as best brands.

Well constructed wood framed windows (with the exterior face in wood or enameled metal or, less desirably, vinyl) give the best appearance for most installations, but the cost for decent quality will be at the higher end -- more than $500 each, maybe more than $1000 each depending on what you need and want.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:07 PM
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This thread hasn't been active in a little bit, but I wanted to chime in as I have had some past experience with window replacement as well.

I used a company called American Custom Contractors located just north of DC. They did a great job on the windows with the price coming out around the $850 per window installed. Yes it was expense, but seemed reasonable considering the quality. This lines up closely with what DC Oldtimer mentioned.

I was located in the Herndon, VA area, Here is additional ACC info if anyone is interested: ACC in Herndon, VA
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:21 PM
Location: NOVA
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I had Vinyl Lite install my new windows and sliding glass doors. I was very happy with them. Seems most of my neighbors have hired them, too.

Fairfax Windows, Northern VA Replacement Windows, DC Replacement Windows - Vinyl-Lite
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:16 PM
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I do not understand a need to replace windows.

With only a couple exceptions the windows in my 20+ year old house (1) stay closed year round and (2) work fine - double paned as well.

I cannot imagine replacing them.

[having typed that - a LOT of the houses in my neighborhood HAVE replaced them]
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