Hi all -
New to this Board, since I've just begun the process of looking for windows, but I'm glad such a helpful site is available. Thanks for your contributions!
I've met with 4 window replacement companies in the last week, and am meeting a few more. I'm replacing all my windows, because the ones currently in place are original and 40 years old, and because I want more energy efficiency and noise reduction. I'm trying to become a knowledgable consumer, and have some questions for those who have been through this process.
I've met with Bel Air Exteriors (Milgard brand), Window World (Irwin/Canadian Thermo Windows brand), Pacific Home Remodeling (Applause/Atrium brand), and Home Improvement King (Dimensions/Anlin brand). I am still setting up appointments for Sunset Windows, American Vision Windows and a couple of independents. We have 14 windows, and one sliding door, and prices have ranged from $12,600 to almost $30,000! The products look pretty similar, and the warranties are all very similar, etc.
Does anyone have experience with any of these companies? Good or bad?
What kind of things should a new consumer be wary of?
What brand windows are good/bad? What brands have people had problems with? What brands have people NOT had problems with?
What issues can arise with installation?
What difference does small variations in "U Factor" make? (U Factors we've heard about range from 0.30 to 0.24)
Has anyone had troubles with getting companies to perform on their warranty?
Do vinyl windows actually ADD to the home's resale value?
Do vinyl windows actually reduce utility bills as suggested? How much?
Please reply here or through private email (firstname.lastname@example.org
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