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 Post subject: Female needs help--find replacement windows
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:41 pm 

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I need some help to find the right company to purchase windows. I have 23, 1973 Anderson vinyl/outside, wood/inside windows that need to be replaced.
I live in the Flint/Saginaw Valley/Thumb area of MI. Would like to find a mid-cost range, product using replacements and not the entire window.

Please let me know what is best for me to check into, any help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Jan


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 Post subject: Re: Female needs help--find replacement windows
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:28 pm 
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farmgirl,

I don't think any of the board pros personally know anyone around your specific area.

We can certainly make product recommendations, however, the contractor part is a bit more specific.

I would encourage you to educate yourself on what you can via this board and other resources like this board. Doing so may save you thousands of dollars and get you a better install at the end of the day.

Good luck and please post up questions as they arise.


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 Post subject: Re: Female needs help--find replacement windows
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:07 pm 

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Thank you for the reply but it is a lot to digest when one does not know any of the terms needed to make a list.


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 Post subject: Re: Female needs help--find replacement windows
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:14 pm 

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Since you are on a vinyl window site, I will assume you are interested in vinyl windows.

Some of the brands you will see that get mentioned here frequently are made by Sunrise, Softlite, Okna, Gorell and Simonton. I would either contact the manufacturers or do a Google search for companies that carry those brands in your area.

In Mighigan, I would look for a window with as low a U-factor and as high a solar gain as is financially viable. Triple pane glass wuill give you the best energy efficiency and is a good choice if you can get it for the right price.


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 Post subject: Re: Female needs help--find replacement windows
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:25 pm 

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Yes EcoStar Remodeling, I am looking at the vinyl option right now. Thank you for the info on what is needed for my list of requirements. I want to make the right decision the first time by being well prepared with all the options available to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Female needs help--find replacement windows
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:39 pm 

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Please feel free to ask questions and update us about your progress.


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 Post subject: Re: Female needs help--find replacement windows
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:24 am 
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+1 to Eco's advice. A couple other things to consider: Stay away from high pressure companies. You are more likely to fall victim to unethical practices, as well as pay too much. Look for a local dealer of the brands that were mentioned above. Secondly, pay attention to the numbers. Will a difference between a .28 and a .30 U value be a significant difference in energy savings? Probably not, but what seem like small differences in numbers may (and usually do) illustrate a significant difference in quality. Look at structural ratings as well.
If you choose from the brands listed above, you won't go wrong.


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