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ahunt1905
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Lake Charles, LA
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Replacing Windows
We have one window above our tub that has started leaking with very heavy rains. It's a roughly 3'x3' window and there shouldn't be much water damage since it hasn't been very long. We also have a few double paned windows where the seal has leaked in between the panes so now they are foggy. These are you standard slide up windows you see every where, just 8 of them.

So a few questions, is it absolutely necessary to replace with double paned windows? Also, how bad will this thin out the wallet?


Art Vandelay
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re: Replacing Windows
How old are the windows?


ahunt1905
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re: Replacing Windows
Original with the house which I think is 12-13 years old.


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Baers Foot
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re: Replacing Windows
Not really qualified give an opinion on the necessity of replacing with double-paned windows, but this will give you an idea of cost:

I used a handyman service a few weeks ago to replace some medium-sized (roughly 2.5'x6') windows. They charged $125 per window for labor. Window prices varied by features/quality.

I purchased through the handyman service, and went with vinyl double hung ProVia Endure (more on the premium spectrum). I was seeing prices for those sized windows vary between $300-$680. ProVia offers lifetime warranty (including accidents) on that line, so decided to go with that.

I'm sure you could save by buying your own windows at a big box store, but it was worth it for me to have them handle everything.


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Ray Finkle
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re: Replacing Windows
I had a similar issue and actually just got 7 of mine replaced today. Cost = $1260

Much better than having to spend $4500 on double paned windows



ahunt1905
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Member since Apr 2009
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re: Replacing Windows
That's a pretty good difference. I get that you'll make that up with lower bills but the single pane also won't fog up like the doubles which is the reason for replacing them now.


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re: Replacing Windows
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is it absolutely necessary to replace with double paned windows?


Unless you are replacing everything, you must go back with an insulated unit (what you're referring to as "double pane"). The sashes are made to accept a specific thickness. Material cost of a basic insulated unit vs. say a 1/4" thick monolithic piece of glass is not that much of a difference in the grand scheme of things. If you're talking a 100 lites, then yeah, the material price is significant, but not on 8 lites. Most of your costs will be labor.


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Also, how bad will this thin out the wallet?


I'd probably be around a grand or a little more if to replace 8 IGs. maybe $1250 on the high end. Assumes all are clear annealed insulating units with no muntins in your standard residential sash and none of them are hard to get to.

On your leak, where is it leaking? Most leaks we come across are not the windows, but rather something above the windows. The windows is just where the water decides to come out. Every once in a while I see a legitimate window leak, but they're few and far between.



ahunt1905
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Lake Charles, LA
Member since Apr 2009
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re: Replacing Windows
I haven't fully inspected the leak. It's a fairly new occurrence. I'm pretty ignorant to anything home repairs especially on a bigger project like this. We have had the roof repaired and the guy who did that did not say anything in regards to a roof leak in that area of the house. The interior window sill is the only thing showing water damage.


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re: Replacing Windows
Do you have a warranty on the windows? I got one of mine fixed for free, and the guy from the window company replaced one pane on a double pane window


ahunt1905
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Lake Charles, LA
Member since Apr 2009
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No warranty. I’ve only been in the house for three years


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Art Vandelay
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re: Replacing Windows
Probably just need silicon on the tub window. The others I would just get a glass company to change the glass.


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GeauxldMember
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re: Replacing Windows
There’s an old carpenter’s adage that says there are two kinds of windows: those that leak and those that are going to leak.

That said, more than likely, the actual window isn’t leaking, but the window wasn’t flashed well (or at all), and that’s probably your problem. I’m not a big fan of the typical replacement window M.O., which is to screw a flangeless window into the RO and seal the shite out of it with some type of caulking/sealant/silicone. That’s a shite solution. But if you can access the perimeter of the RO enough to sufficiently flash it and then add the replacement windows, you should be fine.

What type of cladding is on the house? Stucco, Hardie, brick, etc?


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