By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Many historic homes and some of today's new custom designs have stylish, distinctive elements that set them apart. A window sunburst, or pediment, is one of those elements that is a finishing touch to a house that doesn't require cutting into the siding. A window sunburst, an ideal window topper, is mounted on the surface of the siding and comes in a variety of colors. They can also be painted to match your exterior color scheme.
A carpenter will charge $224 to install a surface-mounted sunburst kit that fits a window 32- to 42-inches wide, which includes labor and material. You can buy the kit for $95 and install it, saving 62 percent.
To install a window sunburst, you hold it against the siding above the window and drill holes through nailing slots and then attach the back plate to the surface. The kit includes the fasteners and, since there's no exposed nails, there's wiggle room for the holes. You center the bottom edge of the base of the unit over the window and use siding nails to fasten it; then align the base and cut the mantle to the fit. Screw covers conceal the screws. A support block and corner assemblies at both ends strengthen the installation of the mantel with covers to hide the edges and trim out the unit.
Architectural Depot features different styles of window sunbursts here Window Pediments.
The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to install a window sunburst with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.