I need to replace 7 casement windows (20 yr old Andersen).
size is 45" x 26 1/4 "
I've replaced numerous double-hungs over 10 years but have no idea who the "various" manufacturers are, what the U value is etc.
I do know that they were professionally installed, have held up beautifully and have substantially improved heat loss of the rooms & home. They also ran in the $300 range (2000 and prior.)
I don't want the cheapest window on the market, but I do want good value.
---don't need a double lifetime warrantee, or triple pane.
++I need low-e (it's Mass. code), and a low U rating.
(only plan to live here another 10 yrs)
Home Depot quoted me appx $700 a window--installed--then called back to offer me the 10% "special offer." Waay too high !
Rescon (local dist.) came out, but wouldn't quote me because my wife wouldn't sit in on his presentation.
Another company never showed up....
I don't expect to be taken. If anything, I'm quite sceptical as I am a national account manager (aka salesman) for a big corp.
***Can a decent window be bought for $350 to $400 installed, if not what should I expect to pay.
***Am I better off to buy the windows and have contractor install them?
I understand that Lowes, HD etc. do not have good quality stock windows.
Any feedback is appreciated.