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Old 02-12-2008, 05:21 PM   #1
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I realize its DIY and I want to hire someone. Can anyone recommend a place/forum to get info on replacement windows and how to choose a good installer?

Where would you want your sister to go for info?
I'm confused by it all.

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Hi,

Here are few a sites regarding window information:

http://www.nfrc.org/

http://www.efficientwindows.org/index.cfm

http://www.jdpower.com/homes/ratings...ndow/index.asp

As far as an installer?
It might help to post the area you live in.

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Thank you - I'm in Atlanta
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To find an installer.
Ask friends and relatives if they have any references.
Get at least three quotes for identical installs. You can tell a lot about the company planning to do the work by the quality of their estimate, their professionalism, etc.

one online resource I have had luck with is Service Magic. http://www.servicemagic.com/
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We had a small window installation company that told us outright that they are competitively priced (not the cheapest), and they wouldn't even give us a volume discount if we did more windows. This is a sign that they were not out to make a quick sale with cheap installation.

They mentioned 2 main types of window replacement:

1) Retrofit, where they install the windows in the existing frames (actually making the new window installation a bit smaller and suseptable to air leaks)

2) Brick to brick, where they gutted the entire window frame and re-built it.

They said brick to brick would allow them to properly insulate and lay out the window - and do it right. It cost a bit more but it was worth it. For our upstairs windows that were terrrible from the original builder 10 years ago, we've done all the windows over the last 3 years.

Definitely, get references from friends, but if you find an installer that 'teaches' you something about installation before just doing it or pushing it, you probably have made a right choice.

Good luck.
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