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 Post subject: No. California Coast replacement windows?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:12 pm 

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Need to replace my single pane aluminum sliders. Live on the ocean in Northern California, SF Bay Area. Which window is recommended? Would appreciate some non-salesmen biased opinion. I've studied Milgard and Anderson. Any thoughts? Thanks very much for any and all help!!!


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 Post subject: Re: No. California Coast replacement windows?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:45 pm 
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Which window of each line?

Does the window require an exterior color, option, etc?


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 Post subject: Re: No. California Coast replacement windows?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:19 pm 

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Thanks for your return note. Would like to stay with neutral exterior color - not white but sand/beige/darks, etc would be ok. Interior color would like non-painted (low-maintenance) beige (not harsh white). Not sure what you mean by style? We are open to casement or again, sliders with fixed portions. House has a view of the ocean 150ft. away so want to maximize that view with less frame! Hope you can give us a direction?


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 Post subject: Re: No. California Coast replacement windows?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:16 pm 
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On the door end of things, I would recommend something like a fiberglass in lieu of a steel because of the corrosion issues.

Same thing with the windows probably. Vinyl will have a little bit thicker frame as compared to some of the narrower fiberglass frames that are out there.

I would not use clad wood in this case unless you really need a real wood interior.

Well engineered vinyl will do just fine too but will run a bit thicker as I mentioned.

In terms of other items, what do you need the windows to look like (i.e. options, colors, look, finish, etc).


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 Post subject: Re: No. California Coast replacement windows?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:54 pm 

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You should not have any trouble finding a sand tone/beige/almond window.
Material choices are clad wood, vinyl, and fiberglass.
I would look at the vinyl and fiberglass, vinyl will be cheaper.
You want great quality, great preformance. < .09 AI/AL
You may have coastal design issues which some one locally will know or check with your local building code officer.
Look for a lifetime warranty on the product.
After you have done all that you neeed to make sure you have a professional install.
ten years minimum experience with multiple product lines, use low expansion foam.
Avoid the slimy sales companies.


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 Post subject: Re: No. California Coast replacement windows?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:31 pm 

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Thank You both for your help.
I was thinking Milgard or Anderson Renewal windows. Fiberglass or vinyl. Which as the best quality/recommendation?
I am well aware of slimy salesmen-I've been around awhile and have zero tolerance for them - but thanks for the warning!

So: Anderson renewal or Milgard - which should I look seriously to?


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 Post subject: Re: No. California Coast replacement windows?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:15 am 
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If it were me, neither.

There are far better fiberglass windows out there as well as better composite windows.

Have you tried to look at the Marvin or Inline fiberglass?


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 Post subject: Re: No. California Coast replacement windows?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:25 pm 

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THANK YOU - WILL DO MY RESEARCH!


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 Post subject: Re: No. California Coast replacement windows?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:24 pm 
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+1. If you were going to stick with vinyl, Simonton and Anlin are pretty well regarded out there.


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