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 Post subject: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 9:35 am 

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Hi guys,
I am looking for suggestions of what to put in a 60yr old rental house in DFW Texas I just bought. The house is all brick/slab construction and I just had the foundation repaired all the way around the house and the original windows are trashed. Being a rental, I don't want to sink a bunch of money in the house but I need to replace 11 windows. 4-35x72, 2-38x55, 3-34x55, 1-44x35, 1-48x24.

I've had a bid on Vista vinyl double hung, low-E windows for $3800. $3200 if I remove the windows myself. Is this fair price?

IS there any line of window that people have used for rentals?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 9:43 am 

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Sounds fair to me. The Vista window is fine for a rental property.


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 4:53 pm 

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I also just got a quote from Home Depot on American Craftsman (made by Anderson) series 2300. Would they compare equally to Vista?


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 4:54 pm 

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Either one would be acceptable for a rental property.


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 6:15 pm 

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American Craftsman is a rebranded Silverline and they are owned by Andersen. that said, anything by american craftsman/ silverline is for rental properties only and not a brand i would ever install in a primary residence.
if this job was for your own home and you wanted some quality, i would recommend someone in your area that i hold in high regard.


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 10:22 pm 

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But should I still stay away from BetterBilt from Lowe's? Even though it is a rental property I do't want total trash that I will have to be constantly getting fixed. All I found on here about BB is really bad.

Are there any other rec'd affordable solutions to use for a rental?

On one side I'm thinking just go with the absolute cheapest $$ but my other side is telling me get mid-line. Any landlords out there to give their experiences?


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 5:56 am 

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You might look at Burris Windows, out of Dallas for a decent mid-grade vinyl window. For a rental property, I'd go with single hungs - less moving parts for tenants to remove, damage, etc..


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 6:59 am 

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You could look at a Soft-lite Barrington.


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:32 am 
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Barrington and Bainbridge options from Soft-Lite are good budget options.


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 7:28 pm 

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Aluminum would be a durable product for a rental. Silverline makes them as well as Don Young Windows.


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 10:38 am 

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In a rental if I used aluminum I would look at a thermally broken side load.
Thewindownerd.


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 2:35 pm 

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I don't think there is an aluminum window that is not thermally broken available anymore?

Is there a window from Lowes called the Betterbilt or do you mean the Reliabilt?


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 7:08 pm 
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Out of the windows you've seen, I'd put the Vista a notch higher (compared to Silverline or Reliabilt). Even better would be the Softlite or Sunrise options. Aluminum may be a good choice as well, I'd defer to those in your region on that.


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 7:21 am 

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I have an estimate from Window World this weekend and their 4000 series window comes in at around $3400. It is double hung, low e, argon gas filled, metal reinforced, even lifetime glass replacement and so on. I know they are the biggest chain in the US and it's made by Champion. It lookled like a nice window based on their sample. What do you guys think about it?

The window from Lowe's is Betterbilt, not Reliabilt and it's an in store order and I would install myself.

Still looking & thinking.

Sears called and asked that I let them come back out to re-bid the job because they are going to lower their price. Well, the price actually went up... From $6200 to $7500. Wasted my time and theirs!


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 Post subject: Re: help with new windows for rental house
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 8:29 am 
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mike_b wrote:
I have an estimate from Window World this weekend and their 4000 series window comes in at around $3400. It is double hung, low e, argon gas filled, metal reinforced, even lifetime glass replacement and so on. I know they are the biggest chain in the US and it's made by Champion. It lookled like a nice window based on their sample. What do you guys think about it?

The window from Lowe's is Betterbilt, not Reliabilt and it's an in store order and I would install myself.

Still looking & thinking.

Sears called and asked that I let them come back out to re-bid the job because they are going to lower their price. Well, the price actually went up... From $6200 to $7500. Wasted my time and theirs!


The WW window should be an Excalibur if it is their 4000 series.

You are probably better off with the Lowes offering and doing it yourself.

Have you checked with out building supply houses?


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