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Oct 20, 2013, 09:16 AM
sschoe2
What is reasonable to replace bow window
I have a 40 year old bow window that has rot issues on two of the five panels at the wood above sill and window bottom. A handyman quoted $600 to replace the wood as both panels need to be removed, the wood milled, then the windows replaced hopefully without breaking them. I then did some research on the net and it seemed to indicate I could get it replaced for ~$2k and that seemed a better option than keeping those old energy inefficient windows.

I had a salesmen out from a company yesterday and quoted me nearly $6k and I talked him down to a lower model for $4800. I was gobsmacked. What is a reasonable price for this.

The window is 65" high and measure ~120" circumference it has five panels one on each end swings open and it sits on a supported concrete ledge. Am I better off just replacing the wood and putting some weatherstripping on?

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Oct 20, 2013, 11:04 AM
Jaybee
I haven't seen your bow window but have worked on many. I think the only way you'll get an accurate price picture will be to check with at least two more sources.

You could do a band-aid fix to repair only the damaged sections - your $600 quote is in line for that. You could also go full-out and replace all windows, repair any hidden damage and make the necessary siding and interior wall cosmetic repairs to mate up to the new windows. Now you are easily into the $6,000 or even more price range. So basically, how much you spend here can be all over the map.

If the basic structure is sound and all you do is install and trim in new windows, then you can count on spending between $100 and $300 per window to install plus the price of the windows themselves. The variance in price will be due to how much will need to be done to trim the new windows to match up with your siding and interior wall trim.


Jaybee
Oct 20, 2013, 11:07 AM
joecaption
At a minimum we need a picture.
I'd never call a window company or a box store for pricing.
Any contractor can do it for less I'd bet.
I've often seen there prices double what a licensed contractor can do it for.
Just make sure there all quoting the same make and style window.





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joecaption
Oct 23, 2013, 12:22 PM
sschoe2
Here is a pic I ripped it off Google streetview


Oct 23, 2013, 12:43 PM
joecaption
That's one big window, it's not going to be cheap.
Your going to have to make some local call and get some quotes. Any guess here are going to do you 0 good.


joecaption
Oct 23, 2013, 03:00 PM
CommonwealthSparky
And I would be suspect of a company that would drop the price $1200 after some prodding on your part. {Lower model or not}. As the fellow posters have mentioned due diligence on your part with a contractor is usually a much better option on your part.
PS Replacing a 40 year old bow unit with a modern Low E/argon unit will save you money [energy wise] and a good bit considering the size involved.

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Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
Oct 23, 2013, 04:09 PM
joecaption
My cost for just the window would be more then $1200.00
It's going to take at least a day to remove and install and may take up to 4 people to just lift it out and put the new one into place into place.


joecaption
Nov 21, 2013, 12:42 PM
joecaption
Let's see.
First time poster.
Poor grammar.
Posting a web site on an old post.
Hmm, wonder if it's a spammer?


joecaption
Nov 21, 2013, 12:44 PM
GardenSprite
quote:
Originally posted by joecaption:

Hmm, wonder if it's a spammer?


Add:

Basically same answer posted 3 times without even addressing the original question/issue or reading the informative posts which did.

Yup; new spammer in the crosshairs.

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