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Old 08-26-2006, 09:54 PM   #16
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Is it to late to return them and get their wood pro-line? There is not a great difference in cost.
Oh, yeah! Way tooooo late. The windows are installed and the lathe is up. The house is wired for electricity, heating and cooling is in. Smart system is in... Insulation goes in Monday. By the end of the week, drywall.

Besides, I don't think window companies take windows back. Pella ships them in from out of town. When you order them, you got um'.

Hey, I'll know for the next house. (That is, if there ever is a next house. Building is waaaay toooo stressssssful. I admire all you DIYers and contractors. Your job is a wHOLE lot harder than it looks!)

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Old 08-31-2006, 02:06 PM   #17
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What brand windows offer a good compromise between affordability and efficiency? i need to start replacing all teh windows in my 1955s home over the next 2-5 years (including a 9' picture window).
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In my area (Pennsylvania) Anderson's are heavily sold at Home Deport. They have a 200 or 400 series. The later is the same window but more options. These are generally regarded as new construction windows because they do not build to specs. They stocks widths in 2" increments and lengths in 4" increments. In my case I was too far off for an easy fit. These sell for $250 to $300 depending on options. Not a bad price at all but I cannot find anyone(experienced)to install them for any less than $400 per window including outside aluminum custom fit trim and that makes it $650+ per window. The Anderson stores sell a similar custom sized product (RBA - Renewal by Anderson)- that starts at $850 installed.- Wood with strong vinyl on outside. Pellas are sold by Lowes or Franchise dealers. They have an 850 series which can be ordered to size but in my area the stated backlog is 6 weeks so I guess it is really even more. These are also wood with Aluminum and the price is up there with Anderson. I finally decided on Simonton vinyl. They are made to size in less than 2 weeks and total cost with installation is under $450. I have 24 to do and can barely afford that. I am doing half this year and half next year. I will report on quality. They were delivered to the contractor in 10 days and install is 8 days from now due to the recent tropical storm from Florida that dumped a lot of rain and put my contractor behind.

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Old 09-06-2006, 09:32 PM   #19
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FS, You made a good choice, the Simonton have a much beter warranty than what Andersen offers.

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