07:59PM | 09/17/03
Member Since: 09/16/03
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I'm shopping for replacement vinyl windows in our home. We have 13 single pane windows that are about 30 years old. We've had some sales people come out and one of their sales moves is to put a dollar bill or a piece of paper between the middle of the double hung windows and ask us to pull the paper out. One of the windows curled the paper, some others you can't pull the paper out at all - it just makes a chair shaped crease in the paper. Is this just a gimmic or do the windows that you can't pull the paper out work better? (I'm thinking that the "locking" channel windows are better).

Also, I'm not very good at home improvement. I also travel some and don't necessarily have the time to install windows myself. Based on these two factors is it still a good idea to spend the $4,000+ to (just) have the windows installed professionally instead of running the risk of doing it wrong?

I've been doing my homework and am researching CertainTeed, Great Lakes Windows, and some of the others (Alside) that I've seen recommended in this bulletin board.



08:42AM | 09/18/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
77 lifetime posts
I had Milguard classic (with wide internal grids)windows installed in my old house and was happy with them. I believe the cost was about $6500 (windows + installation). I believe I had about 12 or 13 windows replaced. I did get several bids and I noticed that their was a large mark up in the window business. The contractor that did the job for $6500 originally quoted close to $8,000 and I had bids up to $9 grand and down around $6500. I ended up getting the middle bid (the guy I liked best) for the low ball price. I am in the process of installing Pella in my new (to me)house myself. good Luck !


07:19PM | 09/18/03
Member Since: 09/16/03
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Any comment on "the dollar bill trick"?


04:08PM | 09/20/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
Historically, Double Hung windows are the most leaky. They are just trying to demonstrate that theirs are tighter than the old ones. That doesn't mean much when comparing to other brands today but ti does give a palpable way of noticing how they fit - today. A larger concern is how they will fit and function four of five years from now. Milgaurd is known to be amoung the best if vinyl windows is what you want.


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