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 Post subject: Alside Ultramax vs. Gorell 5300?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:53 pm 

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I am looking into replacing 15 windows and a french door. I liked the Gorell 5300, but the installer told me they raised their prices this year. They still sell them, but they recommend the Alside Ultramax for more of a cost savings (they have a deal with Alside).

Anyone have experience with the Alside Ultramax? How would it compare to the Gorell 5300?

I am having him give estimates on them both.

Thanks for looking


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 Post subject: Re: Alside Ultramax vs. Gorell 5300?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:33 pm 
bottom line, gorell 5300 should have a 0.09 air infiiltration rate and the ultramaxx has a 0.2.

Of all the windows I saw, the Ultramaxx/Sheffield was the crappiest one....now it might suite your needs if your in a milder climate AND the UltraMaxx is well priced below the Gorell 5300.

Also you lose quite a bit glass space with the Ultramaxx/Sheffield....also, the pocket sill seems to be a bit of a dated design.

I think if you do a search on Ultramaxx/Sheffield you find alot of negative feedback...but it does have its place, ie budget, larger window openings and milder climates.


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 Post subject: Re: Alside Ultramax vs. Gorell 5300?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:33 pm 
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whaas might be a "layperson" consumer, but he hit the nail on the head.


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 Post subject: Re: Alside Ultramax vs. Gorell 5300?
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 11:48 am 

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I have quotes for both and am leaning towards the Gorell ...

I'm doing 23 windows

Gorell is at $11,500
Alside is at $14,500, though I would get $1,500 back from New York State, so $13,000.


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 Post subject: Re: Alside Ultramax vs. Gorell 5300?
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 12:23 pm 
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That's a no-brainer. The Gorell is a much better window and a better deal. The pricing should have been the other way around.


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 Post subject: Re: Alside Ultramax vs. Gorell 5300?
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 2:53 pm 
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Window4U (IL) wrote:
That's a no-brainer. The Gorell is a much better window and a better deal. The pricing should have been the other way around.


This is a no brainer. Gorell all the way my friend.


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 Post subject: Re: Alside Ultramax vs. Gorell 5300?
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 8:21 am 
From what I've seen your Gorell quote is competitive and the Alside quote is on the extreme high-end. I'm guaging that based on the quotes being close to apples to apples, ie window grids, u-factor, ect.


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 Post subject: Re: Alside Ultramax vs. Gorell 5300?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:28 am 

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whaas wrote:
From what I've seen your Gorell quote is competitive and the Alside quote is on the extreme high-end. I'm guaging that based on the quotes being close to apples to apples, ie window grids, u-factor, ect.

Yes, it was apples to apples ... It help that the contractor with the Gorell windows has a daughter that is friends with my wife. Signed the contract on Saturday. Actually, we deducted the wood grain in some rooms (garage, attic, bathrooms, etc ...) and got it down to $10,700.

Funny thing anout this whole process ... all my other quotes were $18 to $19K ... bunch of crooks in my area!


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 Post subject: Re: Alside Ultramax vs. Gorell 5300?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:52 pm 

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Not so much crooks as your daughter has some pull. Seriously. I doubt there is any overhead or profit whatsoever on your purchase on the pricing. We call it the friends and family discount here and believe me, it is rare in todays market. You should send her and her friend to DisneyWorld.


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 Post subject: Re: Alside Ultramax vs. Gorell 5300?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:23 pm 
I wouldn't go that far, guy is getting 23 windows!

But I guess it depends on what glass package and if there are grids.


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 Post subject: Re: Alside Ultramax vs. Gorell 5300?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:30 am 

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I think that alot of the contractors were afraid to touch my existing windows ... they're 1931 steel casement windows and are generally tough to get out, though mine aren't as bad as some others. The contractor I'm going with has done alot of houses in my area and has seen these windows alot. Plus he is a good size contractor so he probably gets a good volume discount from Gorell ...


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