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cricket

08:25PM | 10/25/01
Member Since: 10/25/01
1 lifetime posts
Bvwindows
I want to replace the windows in my 50's ranch house -- currently metal windows - with vinyl windows. We have to install them from inside since the house has siding.

This seems to be limiting the possibities of brands I can use.

Currently my contractor - who I trust -- is recommending I go with the Home Depot American Craftsman brand. Although I feel that Home Depot provides quality products, AC windows came out low in a 2000 Consumer Report ranking and a neighbor who installed them last year said they were far better than the metal windows, but didn't seem very impressed.

Does anyone have any advice on how I should proceed? There are a myriad of window companies and get the feeling that comparing wood to vinyl is apples and oranges, but I am not sure if vinyl to vinyl is splitting hairs. Does anyone have any exp. with Am. Craftsman? I need to be budget conscious, but I want to get a good all around value, not merely the least expensive and most local solution.

thx.

Jay J

10:54AM | 10/26/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi cricket,

No, I have no 'help' per se for you.

However, I have a short article for you to read about Silver Line, the maker of the windows you're being referred to.

Silver Line

Beyond that, you get what you pay for. You might want to begin by learning about windows, in general. Learn about e-rating, vinyl clad windows, wood windows, double-hung, security, etc., etc.. From there, you can ask the questions of ANY window that's being presented to you. Ask for specifics from your neighbor about why they're dissatisfied. If they spent a lot of money, well, hopefully they'll tell you why they don't like the windows. Just tell them the same window is being presented to you, and if there's a 'problem' w/them, you'd like to know. EVEN if they don't have a specific 'bad thing' to say about the brand, take their 'reaction' under advisement. You know, if they are having a good experience, I think they'd be more readily able to say GOOD things to you. (Saying nothing should get your attention, good and bad.)

Stick around; others will have more to say. And DON'T be rushed. Windows aren't cheap. Your decision should be based on what's best for you on YOUR terms; no one else's.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

[This message has been edited by Jay J (edited October 26, 2001).]

DH

03:46PM | 10/26/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
You need to check the warranty on the frames and the double pane glass. What brand is put into new houses in your area?

Home Depot purchases stock window sizes in bulk, usually from the leading manufacturer in the area. Check with the biggest replacement Glass company in your area and see what they suggest.

What type of siding do you have on your house?

programmergeek

09:40AM | 05/03/02
my experance with home depot has been good off the shelf till I had to get bigger custom windows. The it all went to hell. So What I have learned:
Get what they call fully welded frames and windows, that is where the windows are all molded or wellded together rathor than pressed. Most home de[pot are not.

The low e argon is well worth it.

Talk to alot of window places.

gapackfanz

09:28AM | 07/23/02
Member Since: 01/26/00
1 lifetime posts
Depending on where you live, the expense of higher-end windows might not be the right choice if you are doing it for energy conservation only. Example--If you spend $2000 on windows and are only going to save $100 per year on your energy bill, it will take 20 years to recoup your cost. If you are changing them for a better look or ease of use thats a whole new game....spend away.

[This message has been edited by gapackfanz (edited July 23, 2002).]

Poochie

03:19PM | 08/11/02
Member Since: 06/29/02
2 lifetime posts
SUGGESTION! - IF YOU HAVE EXISTING STORM WINDOWS, DO NOT REMOVE WINDOWS BUT REMOVE THE SCREENS SINCE YOU'LL HAVE A SCREEN IN YOUR NEW PRE-HUNG WINDOWS: IT DOUBLES YOUR INSULATION. I DID IT AND I HAVE NO REGRETS, JUST WARMER ROOMS DURING THE WINTER.

WindowGuy

03:13AM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 11/25/02
12 lifetime posts
You've made the most important part already, a contractor you can trust, he will do the installation which is the most expense and importance and you already know AC windows are rated low. They are high volume low end products commonly found at Discount do-it-yourself centers. Your answer (to product(s)is in the same report that rated AC low.
There are many good windows to choose from, buy the best you can afford and you will not be sorry. The cost between a AC and a higher rated unit of same size is only about $50.00 per unit. $50 x 10=$500 minimal, spend the extra now and both you and contractor will be happier.
Windows are rated by U-facter, the lower the U-facter the better.
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