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Help with windows replacement decision

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Please help with windows replacement decision. There so many companies and windows out there, its so hard to make a decision. The price quoted for the different windows we are considering are within ~$1,000 or each other or ~7% of the cost of the job. These windows include Okna 500, Simonton Platimum, Simonton 5500, Alside Sheffield. After reviewing price quotes, windows performances and warranty, the bottom line comes to the window installer. Who would you pick?

1. Larger window replacement company in business since 1996. Owner will come to do actual measurement. Large crew can finish job in a day. Appear to be a good installer with busy schedule. Fairy responsive. Found thru advertisement on local paper .
2. Smaller company in business since 2005. One of the partners gave the estimate and will send an employee to do actual estimate. More technical knowlegeble as far as describing windows performance. Job will take 1-2 days. Found thru internet forum who frequently provide feedback on questions with windows replacement.
3. Smaller home construction and remodeling contractor. In business since 1997. Owner provided the estimate and is not as clear on code requirements and will verify before signing contract. Smaller crew and job will take 2-3 days. Contractor goes to the same church as the neighbor and replaced his windows.

All have satisfactory rating with Better Business Bureau. Who would you pick? (assume number of days to replace is not a factor)

Thanks
 

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I've not heard of any of those brands so I cannot comment on them. We've replaced our windows and far and away my favorite brand is Pella. I got the between panes blinds (no dusting :D ) and the pull down screens (no storing of bulky screens--they just roll out of sight when not in use). I wish I had them on all my windows but they were very expensive and we couldn't afford them everywhere. We replaced our windows one room at a time as we could afford it and I wish we had gone with Pella from the start. I would also go with the company's official installers as the installation will be guaranteed, not just the window itself. A great window poorly installed is not what you want.
 

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I would focus on the proposed details on installation with emphasis on insulation. You can assume every contractor with an ounce of experience can install a window. For warrantee, any problems won't appear for at least 5-10 years out when (and if) the window starts to fog. By that time the contractor is long gone. Moreover, it will become a fight over responsibility. The contractor will say the window failed and the manufacturer will say it was improperly installed. Net result no resolution.

The names of the manufacturers you are considering are meaningless to me. I would look at the specific window design and go with the best design irrespective of who made it. Materials of construction are the most important criteria. Climate will eliminate some designs. Vinyl is the low-end product and has little strength compared to other materials. Moreover, it will deteriorate with UV sunlight over time. As an example, Pella sells vinyl windows at Lowe's but in most cases doesn't even sell vinyl in its own brand-name facilities.
 

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DH just replaced a number of our windows. We spent a lot of time looking at windows and also decided that vinyl is not for us. We ended up buying Andersen replacements at Home Depot. DH is an advanced Do it yourselfer and the actual installation was a snap. It was the finishing that took time. I think anyone who has done one of these projects in the past can do it for you. But you want to be sure that the finished job is actually finished.

If you have a recommendation from someone whose opinion you trust, you can go with the recommendation.

I would really suggest that you take the time to find the windows that you want and then hire someone to put them in.

Sue
 

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The perfect replacement for Windows is of course a Mac. You won't want or need windows if you buy a Mac. And you need not worry about measurements or contractors. Just go down to the Apple store and make an appointment with a Genius, and they will tell you which ones to buy.

-David
 

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Go with Pella Windows. Number one is customer satisfaction.
 

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The perfect replacement for Windows is of course a Mac. You won't want or need windows if you buy a Mac. And you need not worry about measurements or contractors. Just go down to the Apple store and make an appointment with a Genius, and they will tell you which ones to buy.

-David
:hysterical: Good one, David!
 

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The perfect replacement for Windows is of course a Mac. You won't want or need windows if you buy a Mac. And you need not worry about measurements or contractors. Just go down to the Apple store and make an appointment with a Genius, and they will tell you which ones to buy.

-David
Don't sit in the dark all alone! Open Windows and see the light! :D
 
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