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 Post subject: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:28 pm 

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I am getting quotes on vinyl replacement windows in the Mpls/St. Paul area. Have a quote from Window World (8300 for 13 DH and 1 Slider-4000 series) and meeting with Champion next week. Any other ideas? Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:43 pm 

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Three of my favs are HiMark, Soft-lite, Sunrise.
If you are interested in saving energy look for a <.26 U , < .09 AL


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:35 pm 
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anthony wrote:
Three of my favs are HiMark, Soft-lite, Sunrise.
If you are interested in saving energy look for a <.26 U , < .09 AL
The window nerd.[/color]

+1. Both of the choices that you've listed nymnjim won't even come close to those numbers in comparable products to those that anthony mentioned.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:40 pm 

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How does price compare with the soft-lite vs the $8300?


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:40 pm 

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I had a dozen window quotes in the area recently. Unless you're going to move out soon or rent it, go with a good quality window. For about 20%-30% more cost (than a real cheap brand, 30% LESS cost than a big-name mediocre brand) you'll get a window with lifetime glass/screen/window (including accidental breakage) that'll actually last longer than your house and be several orders of magnitude more energy efficient and airtight. Otherwise expect to have to replace a few every 5-10 years.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:39 pm 
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nymnjim wrote:
How does price compare with the soft-lite vs the $8300?

That depends on your specific circumstances, product line, and the pricing structure of each individual dealer... If you have pretty average install/option content, at nearly $600 per unit you should be in the ballpark of a top tier product.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:07 am 
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+1

You should be able to get into a much, much better window at that mark.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:23 pm 

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Just had Champion here. $11,000 for the same 14 windows. I almost fell off my chair. I have 2 soft-lite companies coming over in the next week.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:37 pm 

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look at the Imperial LS or Elements.
Each SL dealer wil probably have one or the other.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:41 am 

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I have been looking at the Imperial LS and the Elements. Could someone give me a down and dirty difference between the two? They look the same to me except for the different glass choices. Going to be hard to compare between the two. Only one company in the area has the Elements and 3 have the Imperial LS.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:07 am 
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Very, very close product. It is based on the same design with just a few bells and whistles that separate them. The Elements has very slightly better ratings, and is considered the "flagship"... Due to the fact that they are sooo close, I would not make your choice based on product between those two, but rather on whichever dealer you feel most comfortable with, and feel will do the best installation.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:24 pm 
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HomeSealed wrote:
Very, very close product. It is based on the same design with just a few bells and whistles that separate them. The Elements has very slightly better ratings, and is considered the "flagship"... Due to the fact that they are sooo close, I would not make your choice based on product between those two, but rather on whichever dealer you feel most comfortable with, and feel will do the best installation.


+1

At that level of performance and quality, the differences are all in the install.

Great choices. You will be happy with either provided the install is correct.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:51 am 

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Got a quote yesterday for Imperial LS windows. For 14 windows is it worth going to the triple pane for an extra $580.00? That is supposedly half off.Total without triple pane is $9850.00.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:21 am 
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nymnjim wrote:
Got a quote yesterday for Imperial LS windows. For 14 windows is it worth going to the triple pane for an extra $580.00? That is supposedly half off.Total without triple pane is $9850.00.


Yes, that's a good price. He's making no profit on the upgrade at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement windows in MN
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 3:51 pm 
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+1

That is cost on that upgrade.


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