Mercedes E Class, Toyota Camry, or Ford Taurus

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Mercedes E Class, Toyota Camry, or Ford Taurus

#1 Post by egates » Thu Apr 06, 2006 8:37 am

From what I've seen on this site so far, windows can be likened to cars: Schuco is obviously the E-Class - top end, expensive, supposedly high quality. I think what contractors have been offering me so far (Devon, Excalibur) is the Ford Taurus - bottom rung, inexpensive, questionable quality, might last but probably won't end up looking too good. Where's the ones that could be considered the Camry's of the window world - solid, moderately priced, stylish in a simple sort of way, and will last just as long as the E-Class if cared for properly? I know they're out there somewhere.

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#2 Post by FenEx » Thu Apr 06, 2006 8:48 am

Good question but a tough one to answer. You will find dealers that offer the Camry at Mercedes prices and dealers that offer the Mercedes at Camry prices. For instance, I carry the Simonton Reflections 5500, the Simonton Impressions 9800 and Schuco in my vinyl lines (Good, Better, Best). Often times, nearby dealers try to sell their Reflections for more than I charge for a Schuco. Needless to say... business is good! It really depends on your area and the dealers available to you.

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#3 Post by randy » Thu Apr 06, 2006 8:58 am

The Simonton 5500 with the optional Super Spacer is a really good window, certainly better than the Certainteed Devon or the Alside Excalibur.

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#4 Post by daughtersrus » Fri Apr 07, 2006 10:49 am

<Often times, nearby dealers try to sell their Reflections for more than I charge for a Schuco. Needless to say... business is good! It really depends on your area and the dealers available to you.>

Do you mind me asking where in IL you're located? We're in a western suburb of Chicago

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#5 Post by FenEx » Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:08 pm

No, I don't mind. My office is in Crystal Lake, IL and we primarily serve the counties of McHenry, Lake, Cook and Kane as well as the far southeast border areas of Wisconsin.

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#6 Post by egates » Fri Apr 07, 2006 6:52 pm

Thanks for the reply fenex, so far it seems to me that pricing has actually been fair as far as I can tell (see my other post on the subject). I spoke to the contractor again and he said the Simonton is comparable to the Devon - I have to say that everything I've read here says different. In the next few days, I'm going to have to pick a window so I will ask the difference between the 9800 and 5500 and see what the contractor thinks. One question that I have is if installation is so important and this contractor is used to installing Certainteed, is there a risk in having him install Simonton which the contractor says he's installed a few times.

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#7 Post by Window4U (IL) » Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:58 pm

Most vinyl windows are very close in basic design. Most installers will have no problem installing another brand.
The only exception to this would be something like a Schuco Inline slider that takes a bit of special training.

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Thanks FenEx

#8 Post by daughtersrus » Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:55 am

but we're pretty far south of you in Will County.

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#9 Post by FenEx » Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:34 am

Ironically, I think that might be one of the areas covered by the poster right right above you (Window4U). You can find his email addy in his profile.

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#10 Post by researcher » Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:10 am

[quote="Window4U (IL)"]Most vinyl windows are very close in basic design. Most installers will have no problem installing another brand.
The only exception to this would be something like a Schuco Inline slider that takes a bit of special training.[/quote]

I was told by a Schuco dealer that the Schuco slider should be installed basically in the same way a sliding door should be installed.

Is this true, I don't know.

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#11 Post by Window4U (IL) » Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:29 am

Yes, on a basic level. But, there are things about how to adjust the window hardware if you run into problems that are window specific to this model.

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