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 Post subject: What brand would you suggest for SAN DIEGO sliding windows?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:32 pm 

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Hi folks,

I live in San Diego, so the weather is not too extreme.
I'm researching the various local companies and I'm more confused than when I started.

I started on Jeld-Wen: they seem to get mold inside?
Anderson: seem over-priced and didn't carry sliding, only hung?
Millgard: many folks had bad experience with air leaks/warp.
"The Window Factory": make their own here in SD, but lots of customers unhappy in their postings.
Marvin: Who's Marvin?
Atrium: tons of bad reviews.
Simonton... not available out here?
Marvin & Pella... good JD Powers rating, but some folks like Jeld Wen better.. which takes me back to square one.

I just want a nice sliding window that doesn't leak or crack or break seals & lose gas. Double Pane, maybe glazed and with the hi-tech spacers that don't conduct cold. (TPS, Super spacer etc)

Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance,
Dan


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 Post subject: Re: What brand would you suggest for SAN DIEGO sliding windows?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:19 am 
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You are looking at quite a range of windows there.

Have you narrowed the search down to a material choice (wood, vinyl, metal, fiberglass, etc.)?


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 Post subject: Re: What brand would you suggest for SAN DIEGO sliding windows?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:33 pm 

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Well, i actually re-posted this in the other forum as it seemed more appropriate. But to answer your question, i'm looking for vinyl replacement/retrofit over my single pane crappy aluminum windows.

I think I've narrowed it down to the Milgard Tuscany series, but I'm going to look at Simonton next week. So far the Milgard's have the smoothest rolling open/close, and i really like the latch, very easy to open.

Not crazy about their weld seem on the outside corners, but it's not a deal killer, and the price is reasonable for a pretty decent product from what i've read. With the SuncoatMax, and edgegardmax spacers they have a UF of 0.30 and their lifetime warranty.

Yeah i've read the horror stories of cashing in on that, and how the argon gas eventually leaks out.. but i have single pane aluminum now, couldnt be worse unless i had NO windows!

My quote for 5 windows is $1,550 from Dixieline. Any estimates on what a pro install job should cost for that? Window sizes are: two @ 70"x46", two @ 46"x46", and one @ 40"x45".

THanks,
Dan


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 Post subject: Re: What brand would you suggest for SAN DIEGO sliding windows?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:31 pm 
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The Milgard and Simonton are both very solid products. I think a bunch of people also recommend the Anlin product out on the west coast as well.


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 Post subject: Re: What brand would you suggest for SAN DIEGO sliding windows?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:29 pm 

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Dan, We live in San Diego and we are looking for new windows as well. Our house has the aluminum windows from the 60's/70's

We had Renewal By Anderson here and the sales presentation was a huge turn off. They didn't leave much of a Quote or details on a per window price. They were promoting 5 year same as cash financing in a mailer yet there is a 15% mark up on "same as cash." The hard sell always makes me skeptical.

Did you make a decision? Any new experiences that you can share?


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 Post subject: Re: What brand would you suggest for SAN DIEGO sliding windows?
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 3:43 pm 

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We had the choice between Andersen and 2-3 companies but we used wooden Excellentus windows. Tilt & Turn is superior in about every way to double hung. They had more choices for color and sizes, hardware are also much better quality.


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 Post subject: Re: What brand would you suggest for SAN DIEGO sliding windows?
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 3:52 pm 

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I'd take a look at Amerimax.


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 Post subject: Re: What brand would you suggest for SAN DIEGO sliding windows?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:28 am 

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Hey Dan,
What did you go with? I'm in San Diego researching the question. Costco is offering Milgard windows, but I've talked with a sales rep. from Ply Gem.


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 Post subject: Re: What brand would you suggest for SAN DIEGO sliding windows?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:05 pm 

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I am also exploring replacing my old aluminum sliders with vinyl here in SD - possibly as a DIY project. Any recommendations as to brand, etc. would be appreciated.

Dan


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