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Question DetailsAsked on 11/8/2014

what is the cost to replace window trims?

my house is 16 years old and the wood trims around the windows got rot. what is the cost to replace all window trims and reseal them after that. There are 10 of them.

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Assuming you mean the exterior trim (hopefully so, if rotted) then the trim/brickmold only typically runs (for 1 or 2 story house) about $3-10/LF installed and primed and caulked and painted - toward the lower end for pine or MDF trim, toward the upper end for fancier profiles or hardwood trim - vinyl about in the middle. If you mean trim and outer sills, that can add about $50 per window for those with individually removeable sills - if the sills are part of the window frame itself, then only for cutting away the existing sill lip and replacing the part extending beyond the frame, because otherwise you commonly have to pull the entire window to replace it.

My recommendation - first look at your overall window performance, because if the trim has rotted you may have window seal failures and frame rot too, so it is possible you would not want to put that much money into old windows when you can replace them for maybe, very roughly, twice that amount or even less. The reason the difference is not so great is that the labor to pull old trim, put in new and finish it is usually greater than that to replace an entire window, and new windows are fairly cheap when made on an assembly line.

If you do replace trim, or put new trim/brickmold around new windows, I strongly recommend considering using pressure treated wood or plastic / foam-cored plastic or metal trim materials to avoid future rot. I definitely recommend against MDF or pressboard/particleboard trim - it is cheapest, and for good reason, in my opinion. Using that sort of product outdoors makes about as much sense to me as using foam or particle board/OSB or hardboard as an exterior finish on a house.

Whatever you do (unless you go with a pre-finished product), you need to be sure to get a good primer and paint on it, and maintain it in the future - typically about 5 years with normal trim paint, though high-end paints in 2-3 coats initially I find last about 10-15 years if properly done.

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