I've been following this board for a couple of years and picked up a lot of good useful information. Thanks to everyone who contributes.
We're looking at replacing windows this spring. We have five 35 1/2" x 53" and two 35 1/2" x 72" windows to replace. Looking at double-hung, full screens, two-color (white inside, gray outside), no grids, triple-pane glass, argon filled. We're in Lexington, KY.
We have quotes on Gorell Timeless and Great Lakes Seabrooke windows. From what I gather from this board, both should be good choices if properly installed.
Dealer 1 (Gorell Timeless)
35 1/2" x 53" @ $760/each
35 1/2" x 72" @ $816/each
Dealer 2 (Seabrooke)
35 1/2" x 53" @ $685.60/each
35 1/2" x 72" @ $772.53/each
Prices include installation, capping, insulation with expanding foam, carry away old windows, and cleanup.
My questions are: does this look like reasonable pricing for my area (Central KY) and is there a reason to prefer one over the other? My wife and I like the appearance of the Timeless Plus windows; the numbers are not quite as good (.25 U-factor vs. .21 [according to dealer] on the Seabrooke), but in our climate I'm not sure it will make that big a difference. The Seabrooke dealer made a big deal about the colors being extruded on his windows, as opposed to coated or painted on the Gorells and another brand he carries, Seaway. Does this make a big difference? I think the Gorells are guaranteed against peeling.
We are comfortable with both dealers; Dealer 2 uses only his own employees for installation (one is his brother); Dealer 1 uses own employees but supplements with contractors during peak months. Both are low pressure types and spent as much time as needed answering questions. Both are local companies: Dealer 1 has been in business 14 years; Dealer 2 about 20. I can't find any complaints about either on the BBB site or on Angie's List.
We're also looking at sliding patio doors. Dealer 1 quoted a Gorell 6100 door at $3500, and an Anderson Frenchwood 400 slider at about the same price. Dealer 2 has a Seabrooke patio door he's quoting @ $2300. All prices include installation. I can't find many reviews on these doors. Does anyone have any experience with these and offer any recommendations? Are the Gorell and Anderson worth the difference in price?
Finally, should we be concerned about Gorell's recent bankruptcy and the sale to Soft-lite? No one has a crystal ball, but what are the odds Soft-lite will have parts available 5-10 years from now if needed?
Any advice/comments will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!