September 25th, 2007 2:12 pm
Windows have very noticable air leaks on windy days up sides of bottom sash. Weather stripping does not meet at corners and may contribute to the problem. What good is a window if it leaks, regardless of what you pay? Locks seem a bit out of level and the tightness/loseness seems inconsistent.
Installed by Door Gallery Mfg., Inc. of NJ
When contacted in January for service after new windows installed and had serious air leaks, service guy did not show up until late July after I withheld some payment funds from a different casement window they installed. They were unresponsive to my calls. In July, the service guy only patched the weather stripping, that did not meet at corners of sash, with a very different size, and did not have enough material. I can't tell if air leak problems are resolved until next very cold days to judge wind. That'll make two winters with leaky windows and large energy bills.
12 standard double hung windows cost about $5000 installed. If I did this again, I would get single hung windows or casements that have less trouble with leaks I now hear.
S. Bielak (ionized) Northern VA
November 28th, 2007 10:29 pm
We got prices from 8 different window specialist for 24 double-hungs. The Sunrise came in well below mid range on price but had a build quality and feature-set that were better than most of the higher priced units. The sales approach by Window Replacement Company was forthright and without pressure and the warrantee offered was above average. I even travelled 50 mi to their showroom before buying to assure myself I would not be disappointed. Unique feature of these windows is a multi-position lock leaver that also allows release of the lower sash to tilt for cleaning. Foam core and fiber re-enforcement of the sashes and the foam band added to the outer frame were among the features that distinguished this window from the others.
Installed by Window Replacement Company (WinRepCo) of VA
The installer (Ernie) was prompt and made it a point to establish good communcations on the scheduling of the work. He also kept us aware of his work plans and what to expect in terms of the install. My concern was for a good overall install finished with a color-matched brick-mould capping. This was achieved beyond expectations. When he ran short of the color caulk on the exterior, the insatlled could have substituted a close lesser quality caulk for the remainder of the job. Instead, he travelled some distance to get more of the better quality caulk he had been using. All the capping is well fitted and neatly caulked. The interior on all the units is again, well installed and neatly caulked. Clean-up on completion was thorough both inside and out with the installer disposing of all packaging and scrap materials. I would rate the job as done with the care one would apply in doing the job for themself.
Quotes for 24 double pane low E double hung units (all less than 100") ranged from about $9,000 to over $38,000. All were vinyl replacements- no fiberglass or similar. The WinRepCo bid was in the $15K range. The bids at the upper end were provided under a more pressured sales approach and were stepped down to under $30K. I had no interest in playing that game and chose not to do business with those companies.
January 26th, 2011 8:27 am
The window has a narrower foam fill frame that gave me more glass back than others I've seen. The triple weather strip is the tightest in the business (one of the lowest air infiltration rates of all I looked at). Love the look. Contoured edges, not boxy.
Installed by Patrick Windows of WI
They were on time, got the job done quicker than I thought they would and cleaned up beautifly.
Price was about mid range of the quotes I got but was the best value for the money. Wasn't interested in the cut rate junk.
March 7th, 2011 1:56 pm
I noticed the temp difference right away here in Nothern VA. The vinyl windows look great, its brighter in the rooms than before and we even had a chance to test out the self-cleaning glass. It rained all day yesterday and there isn't one water spot on any pane of glass today. Sunrise windows are a top quality product.
Installed by Ecostar Remodeling of VA
Installation was professional, they cleaned up well, and they were very friendly. I couldn't be happier with the services.
January 4th, 2015 1:22 pm
Windows leak some air in summer. They keep the heat out, so summer rating is above average. Leak a lot of air on cold windy days. Condensation and some ice form on inside of windows where the air leaks. Not any better than my 50 years old windows were in the winter before replacement.
Installed by Nebraskaland of NE
January 11th, 2016 10:09 am
No matter how nice a window looks, if there are air leaks, they are POOR. Lots of air leaks from poor installation, contributed with poor weather seals applied by the manufacturer. Brand new in September in upstate NY, first winter, 25 year old wood windows were sounder. We will undoubtedly have to have reinstalled and perhaps totally replaced I the spring with a different brand. $5000
Installed by Classic Home Improvements of NY
Crude removal of old windows and prep before installing new. Windows frames were scratched somewhere between manufacturer and installer, obviously never inspected by installer. Sealing and all trim are quite inadequate which contributes to air leaks. Gouges in the existing inside sill left as "finished." Problem addressed twice with installation company, second attempt to correct failed, no confidence. We intend on using another installer to make right.