08:23AM | 03/20/06
Member Since: 03/19/06
1 lifetime posts
After getting four estimates, my husband and I are more confused than ever. We obtained estimates from Anderson by Renewal, Pella, Schuco, and Wellington Windows. We were biased towards Wellington Windows because in 2001, we had a garden window installed in our kitchen that has been just marvelous. No problems whatsoever and the installation went perfectly.

We are replacing eight windows: four are 38 x 54; three are 48 x 54, and one is 48 x 96. Wellington's estimate was $9,400, which seemed high. Anderson bashed the vinyl window and estimated $10,000. Pella bashed the vinyl window and estimated $9,500. Schuco was around $11,500 - if we accepted the proposal that night. I hate that kind of selling, and it makes me more inclined not to contract with them.

Wellington Windows currently has a promotion for a free bay window, which I would love to have. And since we already have an estimate, I have a pretty good idea what the additional cost of the roof on the bay should be. With the other companies, the cost of a bay would be out of our price range. But I'm concerned about everyone badmouthing the vinyl windows. I'm especially curious since we haven't had any problems with our garden window.

Another thing my husband and I are considering is how long we are going to live in the house. We are 62 and 52 years old. The house is a split entry, and I'm not sure how many more years we will be able to live there.

Am I compromising the quality of my windows by going with a vinyl window?


10:53AM | 04/02/06
Member Since: 09/09/05
21 lifetime posts
Companies like Renewal cannot sell it seems without bashing vinyl.

It doesn't seem to matter that millions of vinyl windows have been succesfully installed with great success. The fact is, vinyl windows are the window of choice for the majority of people seeking windows today.

These type companies seem to not be able to sell the volume they want, and at the high prices they want without first convincing people that vinyl should not be an option.

The lies and disinformation in some of these sales pitches is shameful, and is a real poor way to do business.

If you have had good luck with Wellington, and your dealer has done a good job for you in the past, then maybe he has earned your business....?


07:57PM | 04/29/06
Member Since: 04/28/06
42 lifetime posts
"Am I compromising the quality of my windows by going with a vinyl window?"

Of the 4 brands you mentioned, Schuco and Wellington are vinyl, Renewal is a vinyl/wood composite, and Pella is wood clad with aluminum (although they do make vinyl and fiberglass windows also).

Although vinyl expands more than the other materials and isn't as strong, it doesn't need to be. They're designed to have movement and still perform. Some vinyl windows have a reinforcement (such as steel) inside for increased strength. There are many brands available in vinyl that perform just fine. Vinyl, wood, and fiberglass each have their pros and cons. All of the brands you mentioned are acceptable, although the Renewal boys often tend to be vinyl bashers in an attempt to differentiate their product.

If you've had a previous positive experience with your local Wellington dealer, they are certainly worth considering for "phase two" of your project.


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