Your quote does sound high. In the replacement window world, higher prices do not always equate higher quality. While that may be true to a certain extent, you can still get a decent replacement window for closer to $500 each, or a little more depending on what options you would like.
Tom, I read this different from Chandler. Are you the owner of the property? If not, as Chandler said, landlord should be doing this. If so..then... I've never heard of a replacement insert for sliding doors. You mean leave the old frame and insert a whole new frame and panels? That would raise the sill to what I think would be an unacceptable height, as well as leaving all the old problems you mentioned. Replacement windows install as you described, and most window companies also make low cost vinyl doors, but they do not install the same as the windows. If you have a link to what you described, I'd like to take a look. I know what a retrofit or remodel door is, as opposed to new construction. Normally it has no nailing fin and may be a slight amount smaller in width and height, but is pretty much the same. This eliminates having to remove siding to install it. That may be what you are thinking of.
I am the owner and I am looking for a replacement slider. I guess an insert is not a real solution. Knowing that this is a rental I want to get something on the low-cost end but that is not a total piece of junk, at least wear-wise (word?) - which means decent rollers. Are the big box stores the best solution for this. The big issue is air infiltration. I am not concerned about E values, just would want double pane. IF you have any commercial recommendations and if you can give me a ballpark idea of typical cost, acknowledging I want a typical replacement... I'd really appreciate it. Thanks, Tom
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