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what do wooden windows cost?

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jasper · 30/12/2004 20:28

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 · 30/12/2004 20:35

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.

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MerryTissMas · 30/12/2004 20:41

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!

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winterwarmmummer · 30/12/2004 20:42

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

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jasper · 30/12/2004 21:10

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

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jasper · 30/12/2004 21:10

am I right that you MUST get double glazed ?

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jasper · 30/12/2004 23:07

just found their website

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Tinker · 30/12/2004 23:10

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.

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jasper · 30/12/2004 23:15

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

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Tinker · 30/12/2004 23:16

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

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jasper · 30/12/2004 23:28

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

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SofiaAmes · 31/12/2004 06:34

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.

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bluesky · 31/12/2004 14:06

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?)

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jasper · 31/12/2004 21:36

sofiames thanks. Was wondering where you were lately.

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jasper · 26/01/2005 21:33

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?

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irishbird · 26/01/2005 21:37

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jasper · 26/01/2005 21:47

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?

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Tinker · 26/01/2005 22:47

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?

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jasper · 26/01/2005 23:01

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.

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irishbird · 26/01/2005 23:07

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Tinker · 26/01/2005 23:17

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

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irishbird · 26/01/2005 23:25

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jasper · 27/01/2005 20:11

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?

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irishbird · 27/01/2005 20:14

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jasper · 27/01/2005 20:22

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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jasper · 27/01/2005 20:22

I mean OR varnish

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