Door & Window Business
Aug. 6, 2014

How much extra does it cost to do RRP when replacing windows?
AWDI, working with window installers and other RRP professionals, has created a Time and Materials document to demonstrate the additional cost necessary to properly follow RRP when replacing windows.

Window Replacement is the most egregious project when it comes to raising lead dust because, like a pepper mill, the raising and lowering of window sash grind the lead paint into dust. Also, windows are the most frequent spot in a home where lead paint was used because it weathered so well when it first was applied. And, windows and doors get wet (rain and condensation for example) and that water gets under the paint causing bubbles, and eventually paint chips.

When adding RRP to the cost of window replacement is tough enough in a highly competitive marketplace. Over-estimating or worse, under-estimating, can affect your bottom line. The Time and Materials projection should help make you more accurate and protect your bottom line.


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