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 feel free to ask

Author: J (---.verona01.nj.comcast.net)
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i have been installing windows for a number of years in the NY/NJ area. i have used most manufacturers and am familiar with most big companies, please feel free to ask me if you have a question.


 

 Re: feel free to ask

Author: Elsy (---.fuse.net)
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Hello! I ran into the ownner of a home improvement company who saw I had a replacement window brochure. He advised not to let them talk me into triple pane, double should be sufficient. I live in Kentucky....moderate weather, but still cold in winter, sometimes very hot in summer.
Thanks!




 

 Re: feel free to ask

Author: J (---.verona01.nj.comcast.net)
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in my opinion double pane is sufficient, but make sure you go with a good quality double pane that meets energy star requirements, and also a good quality contractor.
Many of these people on this message board seem to "push" people towards the Rolls-Royce" of windows when in most cases that is not needed nor will the return on investment ever be recouped.


 

 Re: feel free to ask

Author: Elsy (---.fuse.net)
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Thanks you for a quick response. A company that is BBB listed with no complaints for 36 months, and been in business locally for 20 years has contacted me to allow replacement windows with free labor to list my home in their ads, and put a sign in my yard.

At first I thought this was suspicious, but I believe they are trying to move into the Northern Kentucky market. They are based in Cincinnati across the river.

Should I be concerned about this marketing tactic? I am researching and comparing, got another quote, and so I feel prepared for their sales "pitch".


 

 Re: feel free to ask

Author: Clark (---.abbott.com)
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Hi,

Here are the quotes I have received for 12 smallish windows in my home...all double hung:

Xact 1450 - $3500
Alside Excalibur - $4680
Gorell 5100 - $4800
Simonton (Home depot 6500 series) - $6500
Thermal Industries - $8600

I want to get the best value..I like the $3500 price tag best! I currently have single pane windows in my house.

Your suggestions are appreciated.


 

 Re: feel free to ask

Author: Window4U (IL) (---.dsl.spfdil.ameritech.net)
Date:   

J wrote:

> Many of these people on this message board seem to "push"
> people towards the Rolls-Royce" of windows when in most cases
> that is not needed nor will the return on investment ever be
> recouped.


That's because after 30 years of being in the business I'm tired of seeing people get dissapointed 10 years after install by cheap "commodity" windows that no longer operate properly. I find it amazing that so many people look at window investment in only "energy payback" terms. The question I hear is so often is "how many years will it take for the windows to pay for themselves?", and if the answer doesn't come out to 7 years or less, then I hear these opinions that it is foolish to buy the better window.
My goodness, what is wrong with buying a really quality product that saves energy AND is high quality just for the sake of having something nice in your home? I buy many products for my home that aren't the cheapest because I like as nice of products as I can afford. Quality lasts longer after all.
If I remodel my kitchen I am sure not going to build my cabinets out of OSB plywood just because it's the cheapest way. Like most people I'll put in oak, cherry, hickory or some other premium wood because I like the nicer look and the better quality.
Out of the over 15 brands I carry, I'm personally putting in Schuco's with triple glass in my newly bought home because I want the best window available and the best glass package available, so that I am not only saving maximum money on energy bills but also am comfortable even in the dead of winter when sitting next to a big window. Double paned low-e will not do that adequately for me. Sitting next to a large double paned window with low-e glass/argon is still a chilly experience in the dead of winter.
IPlus, if I ever sell this home, the buyers will also have the comfort to know that I put the very best products into their new home.
Everybody has their own opinions and their own level of pride in their homes as to whether to put cheaply built windows in or to opt for something much nicer. I guess that's why they make more than one type of window. Just my opinion.


 

 Do you have an answer to my question below about Harvey's?

Author: 30+ to replace (---.ne.res.rr.com)
Date:   

Thanks


 

 Re: feel free to ask

Author: in need (---.39.40.69.ip.alltel.net)
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We need to replace 20 windows that are 30+ yrs old. Got a quote from Home Depot for "Renovations" double hung with low-e argon and double strenth glass and screens for $13K and one from Lowe's for "Reliabilt" same specs for just over $9K both incl installation. What do you think?


 

 Re: feel free to ask

Author: j (---.verona01.nj.comcast.net)
Date:   

wow what a difference in price...but what a difference in quality as well. you get what you pay for, the renovations is a much better window than the reliabilt. there are better values out there than HD but they do have a nicer window than Lowes. what area do you live in?


 

 Re: feel free to ask

Author: j (---.verona01.nj.comcast.net)
Date:   

always remember....NOTHING is FREEE, its a common "close" companies will try so the homeowner feels like they are getting a "deal". i have been in this business for many years and i have given away nothing, of value that is. and i have ben very successful.


 

 Re: feel free to ask

Author: dave (---.ks.ok.cox.net)
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I have the alside excalibur windows in my home and I am very pleased with them so far.


 

 Re: feel free to ask

Author: GJ (---.orf.contbb.net)
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Have you heard of Majestic (by BFRich) or Lyf-Tym? How do they compare with Simonton Prism Bronze? Thanks.


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