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 Post subject: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 2:20 pm 

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I am a local Home Builder in the Southern Indiana/Louisville Ky market. I have done replacement windows in the past (Soft Lite) and have been doing more recently (Alside). There are so many brands out there and I want to know which brands are the best to use for my customers that I would be proud to stand behind and still be competitive price wise?


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 Post subject: Re: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 5:55 pm 

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Are you asking for new construction or replacement?


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 Post subject: Re: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 8:29 pm 

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That would be replacement.


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 Post subject: Re: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 7:32 am 

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What is it that you want to be able to offer? Energy savings? Design options? How important is pricing?

Are you unhappy with the SoftLites and Alsides you've installed?


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 Post subject: Re: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 9:43 am 

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No. I'm not unhappy with either. I am competing with a lot of different window brand companies out there. For Example, Primax, Window World, Americas Windows, Gilkey. I am trying to find an edge over these larger companies. What I need to be able to tell my potential customer is why my product is better for them as opposed to the others.

The Alside window I typically sell is the Excalibur that meet the energy star ratings. I did the same with the Softlite DH series. Are these windows the better choice compared to the larger companies? Is there a better product comparable to what I am using? There a so many choices out there and customers utilize the internet researching trying to find the best before making a purchase. There's one brand with a "Consumer's Guide" endoresement and another with "Good Housekeeping".

Energy is a key factor along with price. Design wise, most people don't get too fancy.


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 Post subject: Re: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:06 am 
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Evansbuilthomes,

You may want to utilize this forum here; http://www.replacement-windows.com/wind ... um.php?f=9

It's a pass word pretected area just for industry professionals to share information.

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 Post subject: Re: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 4:41 pm 
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Price and availability ultimately depend on where you are located as well.

Take a look at the contractors section of the other board and you will get some more directed advice.


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 Post subject: Re: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 8:58 pm 
Why wouldn't you keep this thread here for consumers as well?

The question is who makes the best vinyl replacement window.


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 Post subject: Re: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 9:46 pm 
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A builder's application is quite different than for a homeowner in a remodeling capacity.

Some of the remodeling products are not even available in a new construction format and I appears that he wants contractor feedback on price as well.

The window that he is mentioning in previous posts (Soft-Lite) is certainly one of the upper echelon brands available.

Vinyl windows can be very regional depending on the manufacturer.


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 Post subject: Re: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:55 pm 

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I have noticed that the Alside has the "Goodhouse keeping" seal along with the Consumer Digest Best Buy on Replacement windows last year.


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 Post subject: Re: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:45 pm 
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That fact basically invalidates any and all credibility that periodical every had in my opinion.


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 Post subject: Re: Who really makes the "Best Vinyl Replacement Window"?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:16 am 
Alside is DEFINITELY NOT an upper end window and the fact that good housekeeping gives their seal of approval on a window like that is laughable.


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