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Get quotes elsewhere. Hell, hit up your local (b)Lowe's or HomoDepot, and pit them against each other. IIRC, lowes'll do it for about $220 per (normal) window, and the windows themselves aren't much more than 100-200 per. That's in the vicinity of $5k, before taxes and shit.

You are getting if you take that deal.

Yeah, cheap, cheap, cheap. Everything that is cheap is better. This is why this country is turning in to a 3rd world country. Get everything from Lowes.
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Sounds like spending $20,000 more on a hybrid to save $1,000 a year in gas. Sure you'll get a return, it will just take a very long time.
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Yeah, cheap, cheap, cheap. Everything that is cheap is better. This is why this country is turning in to a 3rd world country. Get everything from Lowes.

Dude seriously? Obviously the house wont be in his family for the next three generations, so why should he put himself into more debt for better windows that wont make a difference. Also as someone who is remodeling my own house guess what? When I go to look at windows that are not from Lowes its a pain in the ass, they want to sell me custom windows and when I tell them I will not be paying to have them installed they balk at me.

Windows from any place outside of lowes/home depot are fucking expensive coupled with the fact they alum and vinyl are my ONLY options for windows it becomes a much simpler process when choosing what windows to get. He needs them to fucking open and close and light to pass through but not heat/cold he does not need a $500 window in each room of his house. Sorry but its true and you know it.

I have seen other threads from you and you do some great work (i think you do tile right?) But if he is not keeping the home why should he go into debt for no reason?

I bet you are one of those people that also say to buy American cars even though after 6 years of lets say a Focus and a Civic the Civic will be worth more if all things are equal you want him to be in a worse financial position because Ford makes a shittier car/worse resale value because its 'merican!


Also as far as buying american I try do but then companies still ship jobs and stop making my products in america, Craftsman, SK (they came back), Vice Grip but if you want to discuss this more rather then Hi Jacking this thread maybe we should go to a PM.
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The price doesn't seem that high, depending on the quality of work and quality of windows. Around here, SE PA, its seems that most places work out a good replacement window in the $500 installed range. I've seen less and more, but that is the rule of thumb. With 16 windows, and 4 large windows, arguably more than $500 on those 4, it's just a couple grand more over $500 per window. If they were high end windows, and/or they fixed all trim inside as well (most places seem to only fix outside) then the price is mostly fair. If not, yes, I agree it is high.

As for value, new windows seem to be a major selling feature around here (SE PA). So maybe not a huge amount extra in value, but for sure will make your house sell over another house. When tons of ticky tacky cookie cutters, it can make your house sit apart from the pack. Value I would think seems to be reasonable around the $5k extra mark.
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Always look for the quality of windows and doors than just the cost. If you bought the cheapest thing this time, you may want to spend double for its maintenance. So its a good idea to check all the factors before buying windows as they are a great investment for our house.
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Our windows are shit cheapest contractor special available.

We put plastic sheets on them in the winter and the savings difference from 5 years ago is incredible. Like 3 winters ago when it was real cold we still spent less on energy than we did when we didn't put them up, and its like 60-70 bucks in the winter we save.

When it comes time to sell only show the house in spring and fall when no wind is blowing
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This article says yes get argon, but.... Don't replace them unless you have unrepairable ones or doing a complete remodel

http://news.consumerreports.org/home...n-windows.html
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It cost me about 7 grand for 10 double-hung windows, (low E, double paned high quality windows) 2 exterior doors and 2 storm doors installed. Take it for what it's worth.
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Our windows are shit cheapest contractor special available.

We put plastic sheets on them in the winter and the savings difference from 5 years ago is incredible. Like 3 winters ago when it was real cold we still spent less on energy than we did when we didn't put them up, and its like 60-70 bucks in the winter we save.

When it comes time to sell only show the house in spring and fall when no wind is blowing

this is what i've done with my windows. 6 or 7 years ago i would have all 4 heaters blowing at full blast and would still end up with frozen pipes. this winter after i put up the plastic, i leave 2 on low and still roast myself to death.
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Our windows are shit cheapest contractor special available.

We put plastic sheets on them in the winter and the savings difference from 5 years ago is incredible. Like 3 winters ago when it was real cold we still spent less on energy than we did when we didn't put them up, and its like 60-70 bucks in the winter we save.

When it comes time to sell only show the house in spring and fall when no wind is blowing

how cold is cold? We just had a month where for like 2 weeks it was -25 to -45C and our natural gas bill was $120. House is 2200 sq. including basement.
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how cold is cold? We just had a month where for like 2 weeks it was -25 to -45C and our natural gas bill was $120. House is 2200 sq. including basement.

-20 to -30C 1100 sqft heated basement, spare bedroom sealed off. But that was 2 winters ago for 3 weeks night time tho. It'd go to zero during the day
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ya that's no to bad, it was -25 to -45 during the day, working outside sucked. Just wanted to compare. Our house was built in the 70s but had all new windows put in the upstairs. ones in the basement would help alot since it's a bi-level split. But natural gas is stupid cheap where I am.
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Ya it's pretty cheap here to, we are on budget and usually by June we don't have a gas bill to pay until September
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Yanno, "back in the day" (truthfully, before my time), people would either make or have made winter panes: they'd pull off the summer screens, and put up the "storm windows', just sheets of glass glazed into a frame designed to fit tightly over the window frame (again, back when frames were all wood), and either nailed or screwed. Usually a good seal, and enough to slow down the worst air intrusion.

If you have problems, time to think about that, or new windows.
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It would improve the look of my house, for sure, but I don't really care enough to sink 11,500 into windows (plus interest) if I'm not going to get at least 90% of it back.
Have an plans to maybe some day sell your house? In which case it wouldn't be a bad idea, buyers will pay a premium for new"er" windows and upgrades... but otherwise windows are more of an "investment" in the overall house itself, not just energy savings.

Two Cents...
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