We are thinking of replacing all the windows and two sliding patio doors in our 50-year-old ranch home in N. California. Of course, the existing ones are aluminum single pane. The exterior of my home is stucco.
I have spoken to a couple of contractors and realized right away that the window business involves a lot of mud-slinging. Everyone tells me that their windows are the best and the other brands are crap.
This is very confusing. I'm trying to learn what I can about windows and coatings, etc. However, a person who mainly represents Andersen Renewel tells me that vinyl windows would look horrible on my home, and waxes poetic about the failure rate of vinyl windows, particularly Milgard.
The vinyl window guy, who manufactures his own line of windows, says they are better than the other name brands out there.
There are so many window companies out there. Some make their own windows, others represent "name brands."
How in the world do we make this decision? Has there been any consumer rating on popular brands of windows? Who the heck do I believe?
Thanks. I appreciate anyone's advice. I don't want to make an expensive mistake.