Originally Posted by Leah Frances
I saw an add in another city for $189 windows installed - if I could find a similar offer should I be tempted.
I know that ad. It is pure advertising. $189 windows (installed) are like $24 mufflers or $30 brake jobs. It never costs what they say it will, and it is still junk after you pay too much for it.
I'd suggest hiring a reputable window installer/carpenter to install them for you. $250 each is a fantasy. The window alone will cost $200 for a cheap-o.
I never recommend that DIYers do their own window installations. The reason for that is that proper installation, flashing, and weathersealing of a window is a science. A LOT OF BUILDERS DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO DO IT RIGHT AFTER BUILDING TONS OF HOUSES. Some people don't like to hear me say this, and I typically try to help people with DIY stuff as much as I can, but experience has taught me how much is actually involved. You'll very likely have nothing but problems if the window is not installed 100% correctly with correct methods and materials. There's a lot more to it that nailing flanges and caulk.
If the windows' frames aren't too far gone, you might consider having new sashes made for the window units. Remove the stops, install new sashes, and you're good to go. That is a good DIY project, and can be cheaper than new windows if you shop around and DIY. At 200 years old, they might be ready for total replacement though!