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When I purchased my home a year ago I knew that eventually I would need my windows and sliding doors replaced. My townhouse has eight windows, many of which can’t stay open on their own, some have busted screens, one has clouded up because of a crack, and one has a diagonal crack running basically through the length of the window. They were in pretty sad shape. The sliding doors were better superficially thought each didn’t slide all that well (even when you WD-40’d them), the screens were either gone or all torn up (the former owners had three dogs). All the windows and doors were originally to the house when it was built in the mid 1980s. I knew that my former employer would be compensating me for my unused vacation, which was over a hundred hours worth, so I felt now was an excellent time to replace the windows and doors.

I had two companies give me free estimates on Saturday (always get at least two). The first was Premier Window & Building Inc. and the second was Castle Windows. Premier was first and the salesman was straightforward and didn’t waste my time. He took a look around at the windows and doors, gave me the quick spiel on the windows and his company, and told me that the price would be $12k, or $9.9k if I took their offer “today” (within a week). I knew that replacing my windows and doors would be a pricey affair, nearly ten grand was a little too high. Luckily, someone from Castle was coming over that afternoon so when he quoted me around $6500 for the job, I breathed a sigh of relief.

The windows from Castle weren’t as nice as the windows from Premier but they would be good enough for my needs. Both came with lifetime warranties (on basically everything, even broken windows) but I didn’t need Anderson-level quality windows because we don’t plan on staying in the house 25+ years so I don’t feel that paying the premium would be necessary. The only thing I have to clear up is I didn’t hear the spiel by Castle about the sliding doors, which can run close to two thousand bucks a piece if you get one from Home Depot, but I think I’m going to go with Castle.

Wow, windows and sliding doors are expensive.

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5 Responses to “Quoting Replacement Windows & Sliding Doors”

  1. CK says:

    I’m almost always leary of a someone who offers the today only discount.

  2. w says:

    Just did a townhouse with Milgard windows as a retro-fit. I think it was about $6,300 for 8 windows and a patio door; some of the windows were double thickness on the inner pane for sound deadening. Great update, company replaced one window later because we saw a hair between the panes and it grossed the wife out. Highly recommend them. The energy bills dropped in half, compared to mid-80’s single pane windows that were replaced.

    The townhouse in not far from a freeway; the new quietude is most enjoyable.

  3. bluntmoney says:

    We’re going to be looking into this sometime in the next year as well, and I’m not looking forward to the sticker shock. At the very least we need to do the two windows by the front door. The existing ones are plastic. Really thin plastic. Not energy efficient in the least, so I guess we should move them up on our list…

  4. JUlie says:

    Just called Castle Windows to get an estimate. Found out if you do not occupy the property you own Castle will not do business with you. Most ridiculous thing I ever heard of. Good way to elminate a lot of business – I am sure the competition does not mind.

  5. Susan says:

    So I’m feeling like I was ripped off for being quoted a price of $3000 for a new slider from Castle?? Can it really be that much money??

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