We had our final window installation appointment today and it was an installer who comes highly recommended to us by a contractor we have great respect for (has done wonderful work in our home) here in the Milwaukee area (WI).
The window installer puts in PlyGem's Premium vinyl windows (he is part of Lowe's). The installer has a great reputation.
Here is the challenge: Why NOT PlyGem? They are 33% lower priced than everyone else we've talked with (Soft-Lite, Okna, Sunrise, and Stanek) AND their efficiency ratings appear to be almost the same. They would be installing their 3800 Premium Vinyl Replacement Windows (casement) with HP Max2 Triple Pane and the Energy Package. The U-value is listed as .23 which is still better the U-Value I'd be getting with the other firms' double pane windows (the other installers all recommended double pane to keep our prices down).
I've been told over and over again that when it comes to windows, the installer is ESSENTIAL. In this case, we appear to have an installer with a fantastic reputation and proven track record.
Everyone else is billing us around $30,000 for this project while this contractor offering PlyGem's Premium Vinyle windows is coming in under $20,000. If we don't go with PlyGem, we are favoring Soft-Lite installed by HomeSealed (also fantastic customer service). However, paying 50% more for Soft-Lite is a huge difference.
Thoughts and feedback will be greatly appreciated.