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pgrennan

05:54AM | 05/24/05
Member Since: 05/23/05
3 lifetime posts
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Does anyone have any good advice or a good link to assist me with my choice on repacement windows. I have a 30 year old home with about 28 double hung windows that need to be replaced. My preference is vinyl and something thats very maintenance free. HELP! This is very overwhelming.

Phil Grennan

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k2

06:40AM | 05/24/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Ahhhh, replacement windows.

Seems we've replaced windows in a few of the homes we've owned, and it's always been a bit traumatic.

Sometimes, you just feel like you're getting ripped off. There seems to be an awful lot that goes into a salesman's pocket. Nothing against salesmen (I have been one myself), but this seems out of line to me.

You have typical problems dealing with salespeople; they can be pushy. Or (worse yet), come to your house, take all the measurements, and you never hear from them again. Why? Beats me.

OK, why did I launch into all that? I guess, just to let you know to keep your guard up a bit. Hopefully it'll all go smoothly.

If I had to do it all again, I would go to the big-box improvement store and price windows WITHOUT installation before I get ANY quotes. Then you have an idea of what the DIFFERENCE is. I try to put it into terms like "how many $100s am I paying for installation of each window?" This should not be an outrageous amount.

Last time I did windows, I installed some of them myself to save money. I found our installer charging so much $ for labor on each window--and some windows were a piece of cake. I could've done more myself--but it is (as you can guess) somewhat disruptive and stressful.

As for installation, I would ask neighbors for their experiences--and listen to their responses with what I've already said in mind. Get the best references and try those.

And, good luck. As easy as this SHOULD be, it may or may not be in actuality.

Hopefully you'll have a smooth transaction and a great result. And when it's done, there ain't nothing like a houseful of new windows!

Keep us posted; we can all benefit from your experience.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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ChgoBlder

06:50PM | 05/25/05
Member Since: 08/07/04
16 lifetime posts
I agree, "there is nothing like a house full of quality windows." I just did mine this Feb.

However, there is where I start to disagree.

It has been my experance that the "Big Box" stores carry the least expensive products they can.

The prices are not relitive to the type of windows a "quality" replacement company may provide.

Just as with any major purchase, please do your homework, check U values, SHGC numbers, and most importantly the reputation of the company installing the windows, and that of the company who makes them.

Lastly, make sure the company doing the work has all the correct insurance, and check their references.

This is not a easy choice, but once you have it done, you should be much more happy with your house.

good Luck!!

PS. with that being said, I installed the best window I know, which you can see @ www.preservationcollection.com

BV003538

01:13AM | 03/14/14
Anyone hear of the company Castle the window people. The ad says they are one of America's Top window companies.

They seem to have a good product and it has a lifetime warranty on everything.


stevenjames

07:47AM | 04/01/14
Member Since: 04/01/14
8 lifetime posts
Yes, I am aware of this. My friend said that Modern Glass Design Company provides the best of these services from last 15 years in the US.
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