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what do wooden windows cost?

(33 Posts)
jasper Thu 30-Dec-04 20:28:34

My house is old and bits of it are falling apart.
Can anyone give me a rough idea what it costs to get a sash type wooden window replaced (with the same thing) ?
Will I need a second mortgage?
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shrub Thu 30-Dec-04 20:35:40

we had sash windows replaced about 5 years ago and they cost £300 each, depends on size and how many panes of glass etc. get 3 quotes including vat. materials and labour. they may be able to repair them, if not might be worth going to architectural salvage/reclamation yard or even recycling centre.

MerryTissMas Thu 30-Dec-04 20:41:19

Jasper, we have wooden double glazing made by Character Windows of Kilmarnock. 5 years ago they cost about £1000 per window, BUT they were bespoke for a very old farmhouse, with non-standard sized windows, to our specifications. I suspect that more standard ones would be cheaper. I can highly recommend the company, though, very personal service and very reliable. Came out 4 years after installation to sort out a problem, and didn't charge for it!

winterwarmmummer Thu 30-Dec-04 20:42:48

Yes, if you get them re-done properly it's about £1,000 a window. That should be fully replaced.

jasper Thu 30-Dec-04 21:10:20

MerryTissMass I live close to Kilmarnock.
Great news! DO you have anumber or website? Don't worry if not I can check Yellow pages.
Thanks all

jasper Thu 30-Dec-04 21:10:49

am I right that you MUST get double glazed ?

jasper Thu 30-Dec-04 23:07:12

just found their website

Tinker Thu 30-Dec-04 23:10:10

Gulp, am reading this nervously as have same problem. Yes, think they do have to be double glazed now, which is a bit of a bummer, cost wise.

jasper Thu 30-Dec-04 23:15:00

Going to have to shop at LIDL for the next five years to get the living room done

Tinker Thu 30-Dec-04 23:16:37

Hope you weren't thinking of getting above yourself and trying out Aldi

jasper Thu 30-Dec-04 23:28:23

Tinker, how could you say such a thing....

SofiaAmes Fri 31-Dec-04 06:34:55

If you are just replacing the window and NOT the frame with exactly what was there, I don't think you have to replace them with double glazed ones. 300 is a reasonable price to pay for just a window without frame or paint. 1000 should be about what you pay for a doubleglazed opening window including frame. A fixed (non-opening window) should be quite a bit cheaper.

bluesky Fri 31-Dec-04 14:06:05

SofiaAmes is right, if you are doing a straightforward replacement it doesnt have to be double glazed (sofiaAmes on a different note, is it you who knows good places to buy big Maytag fridge freezers?)

jasper Fri 31-Dec-04 21:36:19

sofiames thanks. Was wondering where you were lately.

jasper Wed 26-Jan-05 21:33:17

more windowsw questions`.
Got Character Joiners out today.
They recommended NOT getting replacement sash but getting casement instead.
the estimator says our house is so exposed that even really good sashes will still let in draughts in windy weather (lot of it round here)

the ones he proposes will be double glazed, hardwood, look exactly like sashes but the lower part will be fixed and the upper bit will swing up and out to open.

How does that sound to my fellow window purists?

can they really look just like sashes?

irishbird Wed 26-Jan-05 21:37:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

jasper Wed 26-Jan-05 21:47:29

irishbird do you mean the regs have changed since you got yours?

Are you happy with your windows?

Do they keep out draughts and do they look nice?
Would you get the same again?

Tinker Wed 26-Jan-05 22:47:53

Have seen these on other houses jasper and, must admit, seem the best option if can't have/afford replacement sashs.

Psst, are they very expensive? Will it mean redecorating the room?

jasper Wed 26-Jan-05 23:01:23

Hi Tinker.
Have not had estimate yet so don't know if I can afford the casements he is suggesting!
He was really definite I would be wasting money getting sashes due to the exposed nature of the house.

I am a complete window snob ( not that I can afford to be) and hate false looking windows on old houses. I am a bit thrown by his suggestion because I have always had a notion you should preserve the integrity of an old building. But what does that mean? replicate an outmoded window style for some abstract ideal when technology has improved?
Suppose for starters I need to see an example of what he is suggesting in a house that is a bit like mine.

irishbird Wed 26-Jan-05 23:07:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Tinker Wed 26-Jan-05 23:17:45

I know. I hate being a window snob but I am. irishbird thanks for the info. So, they were very expensive then???

irishbird Wed 26-Jan-05 23:25:29

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jasper Thu 27-Jan-05 20:11:52

Thanks Irishbird.
desperate housewives- FAB!

Excuse me being a thickie but have I got this right?

All current rotting windows are sash. Does that mean that at least one window (of the new ones)per room must open at the lower part? Which basically means be a sash?

irishbird Thu 27-Jan-05 20:14:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

jasper Thu 27-Jan-05 20:22:16

hadn't thought of that-thanks.
Do you remember what wood you got?
Did you have to treat of varnish it?

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