I live in the Syracuse, New York area,
I went to a number of big box home improvement centers and was overwhelmed by the number of companies that make vinyl double hung replacement windows ( for example: American Craftsman, Jeld- Wen, Andersen, WeatherStar, ThermaStar, RellaBilt, BetterBilt, Silver Line, Croft Lic, Duo Corp., Northview, Prime Line, Simonton windows, and more).
I have not yet gotten any price quotes but would sincerely appreciate any opinions you may offer regarding
(i) what window brands would you consider for your own home if you lived in Upstate New York (including any that I have not listed)?
(ii) I do not desire to purchase the best window if it is at an astronomical price. What brands are the best value (price to quality)?
(iii) Is the option for Argon gas between the panes worth the money?
(iv) Is the option for Low E protection worth the money?
(v) is the price quoted by the vendor set in stone or is there some wiggle room to negotiate the price?
(iv) Assuming I have a good and experienced installer, is there anything else I should be concerned with?