Need Help with Replacement windows/patio door

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Need Help with Replacement windows/patio door

#1 Post by kulha72 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:59 pm

I've done way too much research and feel no more informed than I was before. I'm looking for windows in the Ann Arbor Michigan area, and have had a few quotes.

Looking to replace 16 windows and a 3 pane 9' sliding sliding door.

Window Universe - Berkshire Elite, Sustanaview glass upgrade(Supposed to be a non-metal spacer) $10873 installed

Paradigm 8300 windows/door - 7100 parts, not entirely sure how to get a good installer to deal with them. (This is through a family member from a supply company)

Wallside windows - Unsure of the exact package, but $17,000 installed

Renewal by Anderson - 22k or something way higher

Not really sure what other windows to look for in the area or else to look for. I also have a company potentially coming out to quote Alside windows(which as I understand are the same as the Berkshire). I'm really banging my head against the wall here and don't know what to do. I really would like someone to just come in and deal with the whole process, which is making me not want to deal with ordering the Paradigm windows myself(unless they are significantly better). Is there someone else in this area I should be getting a quote from?

Thanks for any help,
Cameron

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Re: Need Help with Replacement windows/patio door

#2 Post by masterext » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:55 am

Since you are in michigan and most pro’s here recommend sunrise windows which are headquartered in your state, you should look into them. Also, soft lite.
No one here will be enthusiastic about alside.

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#3 Post by Windows on Washington » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:00 am

Sunrise is certainly available as should Soft-Lite be.

I would be cautious with the friend of a family member. That has the potential to end poorly and take down a family relationship in the process.

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#4 Post by kulha72 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:54 am

Thanks! I'll get quotes on Sunrise and Softlite and go from there. Thanks for the advice.

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#5 Post by HomeSealed » Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:38 pm

+1 on the recommendations above... Unless the family member has one source for product and install, I'd try to avoid that route. Sourcing product and install separately is one of the most common problems in home improvement. Everybody points fingers when issues arise, not to mention coordination and extra work on your part.

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#6 Post by kulha72 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:20 pm

So, I've gotten some estimates from soft-lite dealer and sunrise dealer. Prices are very similar between 13-16k depending on package. Do you guys have any preference between those two?

Thanks!
Cameron

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#7 Post by HomeSealed » Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:28 pm

Are these double hung or casement?
If double hung, the Softlite Elements and LS will offer the top performance of anything from either company.
If casement, I prefer the Sunrise Restorations and Vanguard.

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#8 Post by kulha72 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:49 pm

12 double hung and 4 sliding windows

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#9 Post by kulha72 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:11 pm

Also the Soft-lite were quoted 3,300 difference between elements and classic. Is it worth it?

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#10 Post by masterext » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:17 pm

Definitely worth it. Go with Elements over the classic if you can.

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#11 Post by HomeSealed » Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:14 pm

Agreed. The Elements is one of the very top performing windows available. Big jump in quality from the Classic imo.

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