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?
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