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New windows quote £42,000

Hello, I have got quotes for new windows (5 windows, 2 rear doors), sash accoya (conservation area). The quote is £42,000. Is this similar to other people's experiences? I was hoping for less than half of that being a 2 bed midterrace.
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  • Bendy_HouseBendy_House Forumite
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    They need to be timber? Painted?
    There are LOTS of companies out there doing good timber sash windows at a fair price. Look for 'engineered' and 'heat-treated' timber. 'Engineered' for stability, and 'HT' for long-life.
    Surely half that price is more like it? (But it's been a good while since my bro had some done in London).
  • diystarter7diystarter7 Forumite
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    From what I have seen on Homes Under the hammer, looks over-priced by about 50%
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    Hello, I have got quotes for new windows (5 windows, 2 rear doors), sash accoya (conservation area). The quote is £42,000. Is this similar to other people's experiences? I was hoping for less than half of that being a 2 bed midterrace.
    That seems way over the odds to me.  We had a quote recently for one window - £900. As it happened we got the hinge repaired and replaced the gaskets, total cost about £100.  We stumbled on a business that repairs rather than replaces, he replaced the hinge and told us how to replace the gasket, really nice chap.

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    edited 24 November at 3:15PM
    I know prices have gone up, but wow.    I'm sure you can do a bit better than that. 

    How special are these windows? Photos of the house?  

    Who is quoting you?  

     
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    Bendy_House said: There are LOTS of companies out there doing good timber sash windows at a fair price. Look for 'engineered' and 'heat-treated' timber. 'Engineered' for stability, and 'HT' for long-life.
    Accoya is a heat treated softwood timber - Very basically, the process involves treating the wood with a vinegar derivative, and then baking it in a large oven. This alters the chemical structure of the wood to make it more stable and rot resistant.
    £42K for just 6 windows & 2 doors, I'd be considering Oak frames as a lower cost alternative. With regular maintenance, Oak has the potential to last 100+ years.



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  • housebuyer7housebuyer7 Forumite
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    At this point I’ll take anything! But on my street people have been rejected at planning for UPVC it has to be some kind of timber! Will try oak. I’m in the South East of England. 
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    As @Doozergirl says, who is the quote from?  If it's the likes of Everest or some-such, avoid like the plague.  A quick Google search will most likely come up with a reasonable selection of local independents who - I would wager - can do a similar job for half the price.
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  • housebuyer7housebuyer7 Forumite
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    It’s a local joinery company that specialise in timber windows and conservatories.
  • tacpot12tacpot12 Forumite
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    It’s a local joinery company that specialise in timber windows and conservatories.
    It might be worth speaking to them to see if they can explain why it's so expensive. There many be small changes you can make that will save a lot of money.
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    How large are these windows? 
    Are they rectangular or shaped upper sash?
    Are they quoting for single-glazed glazing still or with some form of slim sealed glazing unit?

    Accoya is dearer but, yes I would have thought that 1/2 of that quote would have been sufficient. :open_mouth:
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