Replacing "Aluminum Flared" Windows?
I just got a contractor out to take a look at the windows in my 20 year old , Raleigh NC house. As far as I know, the windows were never replaced. Anyway, he told me that there were a few things about the windows that made it such that they would not qualify as "standard installation" and therefore have an extra installation fee.
Could someone please tell me if he's just fishing for more money or if these are genuinely problems for replacing the windows:
1 - He said that the windows were "Aluminum Flared", meaning that the windows had aluminum jutting past the frame, which kept it in place and therefore were harder to remove.
2 - He said that the window frames were solid wood (even the decorative indoor parts).
Because of #1 and #2, he said that they would essentially needs to take down the frame from the inside and cut the frame custom and then rehang it.
Therefore, the standard installation price per window (which is about $120) would be augmented by about $80 for extra parts and labor (bringing the total to about $200 per window, not including the new window itself).
Does this sound anywhere near right? I'll probably take a look at Home Depot as well, though their prices for windows themselves (not including installation fees) were much higher than at this place.
(He also suggested that it might be better to reconstruct the entire window frame rather than just remodel the frame. By "reconstruct", he meant that they would take down the entire frame as if they were deconstructing a house, and then put an entirely new frame in. He did say going the reconstruction route would probably be about 3x as expensive as the remodeling route. Anyone have any opinions as to whether it would be worth the extra expense.)