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lidleean

11:51PM | 03/31/07
Member Since: 03/31/07
1 lifetime posts
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I am having a dilemma over which company to choose to replace my windows. I had a quote to replace 3 windows.. $1674.00 from H*****s and $1380.00 from Wallside. Not a major price difference, but enough of one to lean towards the cheaper price. What really is the difference between the 2 companies? Both have the vinyl frame with aluminum bar in between. Both have the low e argon filled window. H*****s has a window called IQ which is supposedly the lo e with argon and something in it to prevent most of the suns uv rays from penetrating it. And Wallsides is called Lo e ultra which is supposedly the same thing. Based on this alone I would go with Wallside. What do you think? What would you do? Is the difference in the warranty's. The fine print? What?

sgrand

09:51AM | 04/03/07
Member Since: 04/02/07
1 lifetime posts
I am familar with both companies. H*****s purchases their product from republic windows out of IL. Wallside is a MI based manufactor. H*****s Iq glass does not exist it is a name they created to say they are the only ones that have it. The climaguard that wallside gets from guardian glass right here in MI has beter properties than what h*****s calls iq just review the #s Google the names of the glass. Hands down Wallside makes a better windo, better installs, better warrenty.

cullensms

10:14PM | 04/03/07
Member Since: 04/03/07
1 lifetime posts
Only the best products meet the specifications and testing. check out www.wdma.com ( Windows and door manufacturing assoc.) I believe neither one is good enough... I only install Great Lakes, great product and affordible! Sheet Metal Specialties, Inc

Vicki01

10:05AM | 04/16/07
Member Since: 04/15/07
2 lifetime posts
I've not heard of Great Lakes windows. Are they in Michigan? Where would I find them?

Also, I've been looking for inside 'storm windows' that use acrylic, and have magnetic seals around the window to insulate. I had them in a previous place I owned in the '90s...Sears used to sell them, but I don't think they do anymore. Anyone know where to find them?

windowmann2000

10:43AM | 04/17/07
Member Since: 02/28/07
11 lifetime posts
Great Lakes are made in Toledo, Ohio and are a upper middle of the road vinyl window. The parent company also makes a series called the Uniframe and another one called Plygem. These two windows on a scale of one to ten in the vinyl window business are a strong eight, both premium windows. The downside to any Great Lakes product is price. In each different series that they make you can find a comparable for 10% less from many reputable window companies. Magnetic storms are not reasonably priced any more and a premium aluminum storm which will give you many more years of service, should be considered.The inside steel framed units held in place by a magnet applied some where on your wood work are also a bad bet because the adhesive on the back of the magnet has a shot term effective life. I'm the windowmann2000@yahoo.com
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