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jrj 07-26-2007 09:41 AM

Replacement Window vendors -recommondations?
 
We're considering replacing our windows.

We're looking for the best and most econmical way of doing this, without doing it ourselves. Can anyone recommend a relialbe vendor?

Thanks

Rob

Ron6519 07-26-2007 10:07 AM

There are many local vendors which might be recommended. Where do you live?
Ron

Nerak 07-26-2007 11:03 AM

We are looking to replace windows and after looking at serveral windows how can one be sure they are choosing the right window?

Ron6519 07-26-2007 12:53 PM

Nerack said:
"We are looking to replace windows and after looking at serveral windows how can one be sure they are choosing the right window?"

Maybe your friends or neighbors bought windows in the last few years. Ask them. Better yet, go over and look at the windows, and the installation. Some installations are horrible and easy to see and avoid. Others can have subtle problems. If you see water stains on the wall next to or under the window, there's a problem. If the plaster is bumpy on top of the stool(sill)or next to the apron(wood under stool), there's a problem with the install.
If you raise the sash and it comes back down on a window less then a few years old, it's probably a cheap window. If a few of these happen in the same house, I'd get the name of the manufacturer and cross him off the list. Failed seals on glass is another red flag. One failed seal isn't an issue unless the window is new(that's less then 5 years on my meter) and the window company refuses to fix it for free under warranty.
Look for a glass warranty of 10 years or more. And look for a company that's been in business for awhile.
At one time I never put in vinyl windows. I had no way to know who made a good product and who would be around in 10 years to fix a problem a customer had. I found a window companies name(between the glass) in a house one of my customers bought. Along with the name was the date of manufacture. The windows were made in 1989 and this was 2000. Not one failed seal, no bad balances and the windows looked like they were installed a short time ago. I found them in the phone book and have used them ever since.
There are two components to a window install. The windows and the installer. The best window can leak and not function properly if it's put in incorrectly. Look at previous work the contractor has done. Sometimes you can tell just by looking at the exterior. Sometimes not.
Ron

jrj 07-26-2007 06:34 PM

We live in New York City and are meeting with a consultant from Sears on Monday. Also considering Anderson, but are conserned with expense. Is it the old -you get what you pay for conundrum.

Thanks

Rob

Ron6519 07-27-2007 10:40 AM

Rob, the company I was talking about is called Northeast Windows in Merrick, Long Island. My only connection with them is my company buys their windows. If you can't get their phone number through information, drop me an email and I'll get it to you.
Ron

kylemfk 07-28-2007 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jrj (Post 54694)
We live in New York City and are meeting with a consultant from Sears on Monday. Also considering Anderson, but are conserned with expense. Is it the old -you get what you pay for conundrum.

Thanks

Rob


with sears you will pay for much more than you will get.


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