Forum Title: Replacement windows/Help!
We are getting quotes to have all our windows replaced and they seem really expensive. We have a brick ranch in Atlanta and 23 windows with most being 36 x 54. Quotes wwe have received are about $20,000, which is about $870 a window. I am not an expert in this area, but this just seems like way too much money. The windows are all vinyl with one quote using double glass and the other triple glass. So, is this in line with what a good replacement window installed should cost? If so, it looks like it is time to save some more money as this is about twice what we thought we would spend. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated. Take care
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: GRACE GARZA (Lake Charles, LA), 01/07/2019

Yes, the problem would be the appearance of the window from a distance, and possibly flashing the bottom of the opening. Often, the old windows were centered in the block wall, and a mortar bed was laid into the bottom of the opening to create a sloped sill on the interior and exterior sides of the window. If you install the window to the exterior of the wall, you would want to recess it perhaps 3/8 so that a large bead of polyurethane caulking (one that adheres well to cement) could be run around the perimeter of the opening to seal it. Your windows could be installed in one of two ways: 1). Replacement window (no nailing fin) custom sized to fit the masonry opening. -if your finished masonry opening is 30 1/4 x 36 1/4, a 30 x 36 window would fit nicely. 2). New Construction window (with nailing fin) custom sized to fit a masonry opening that has been lined with a pressure treated woodbuck. -your rough masonry opening would need a PT 2x8 or similar anchored (and sealed to the cement with sealant) into the opening which would provide a surface for the window (with nailing fin) to be nailed to. This type of installation would mean the window would actually be sticking out past the surface of the wall by 1 1/4 or so. The nailing fin would also need to be covered with some exterior trim. If you decided to install the windows in the middle of the wall, like your current ones are probably installed, you would install using the first method, but would install the window in the center of the wall. When measuring for your window you would want to make the window approximately 1 1/2 shorter than usual so that the window could be shimmed to the top of the opening and so that a sloped cement cap could be poured along the bottom of the masonry opening after the window is installed.

- ANDREW KING (St. George, UT), 02/28/2019

I agree, a bit high for replacement windows, which means the existing frame remains in place. Feel free to mention name brands. And I will suggest Certainteed and Paradigm as two possibilities.

- ALVIN LUCAS (Hemet, CA), 02/28/2019

Thanks! One quote is from Champion and they make the windows. The other, which the guy was a real clown! is only a rep/distributor and he just hand wrote our quote on a piece of blank paper... Anyway, I will check out the two names you provided and thanks again for your help. Take Care

- GLADYS SIMMONS (Cleveland, OH), 02/26/2019

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