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Question DetailsAsked on 12/10/2014

what is approx labor component of the install cost (remove old/replace window& trim in/out) of double hung windows

window units will cost about $600 each- Harder to know what the labor cost is to remove old, replace with new and re-do trim inside and outside.. Seems like 2 people could do each window in a few hours but don't really know

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Answered 5 years ago by Member Services


That is a pretty nebulous question - on a total house window and siding replacement, where the siding guys are following the window replacement (so they are doing the external water barrier and siding trim-out) properly-sized new normal-sized windows (so zero rough opening adjustment needed) can be replaced at a rate of 1-3 per hour with a 2-3 man crew - when doing a whole house mass-production

For a single window under same conditions, more like an hour or two more by 2 men, plus they will be adding in some cost for travel time too.

If the rough opening needs adjustment, or the window installers are doing all the finish interfacing of water barrier and exterior trim/C or J channels, etc - then it can go on up to several hours per window - more with a significant enlargement of the rough opening. And of course, you say replacing interior and exterior trim - depending on whether pre-finished or not and type and shape of trim and whether it is a built-up or single-piece trim, and if curved or not, that could mean from 1/4 to 2 man-hours per window for that alone.

So it is really hard to give a ballpark number - labor cost can run from a low of around 25% of a simple slap-in job to well over 80% of total cost, going up with complexity and size of window. Take for instance a large multi-component extended bay window - labor can very easily exceed 3/4 of total job cost by the time all is said and done, especially if the scope includes exterior painting of the unit when assembled and trimmed out.

It sounds like your case is total replacement including tying into the existing siding, so I would guess off-hand that your labor cost will be in the ballpark range of roughly equal to the unit cost, assuming normal nominal 3x4 foot windows or thereabouts.

Hopefully ExteriorUpgrader and the NewWindowMan will hop in here with their thoughts, since I believe this type of work is a significant part of their businesses.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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