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Old 02-21-2009, 06:37 AM   #16
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Silverline are great windows for the price range you seem to want. Used them many times before. Quick delivery, good customer service and will make any size window you want. Custom sizes are not extra.
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:31 AM   #17
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Well so far there hasn't been any one window that the majority of people have said are good windows. It's usually divided half & half with people saying a particular brand is junk the other half say it's a good window......
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:57 PM   #18
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Mr Jaros what do you use for screens on the tiltpacs?
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:28 AM   #19
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Well, let me go a step further and suggest on using Marvin Tilt Pacs. They are an excellent window, and you can get exterior trim to go with them as well. If you go to Marvin.com and do their dealer locator you can call and have a rep come and measure and order for you, and if they screw up, it won't be your fault, cause measurements for replacements can be kind of tricky. The tilt pacs are super easy to replace and it sounds like you could handle it. They have a pretty good trac record as I have installed plenty of them. Vinyl replacements are that bad either, I just can't see not spending the little extra to get a lot more.

I had installed the Marvin Tilt Pacs a couple of times and the HO's had a hard time tilting the windows in for cleaning.It would take two people to operate the tilt feature.
This was a few years back and they may have made improvements on their design, but take this into account if you go this route.
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well so far window world has had the best price. Their warranty seems to be really good too.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:06 PM   #21
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The tilt pacs come with either a half screen or a full screen. I'm not sure what the options are for screen.
To tilt the windows in for cleaning you have to depress the sash liners and then tilt in. I don't really know of any double hungs that homeowners(especially older ones) can handle without help. Even the easy lever locks on the Andersen's can be goofed up. And they all have trouble sticking the sash back in and somehow jamb the recoil mechanism to the bottom.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:11 PM   #22
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A window salesman phoned a customer. "Hello, Mr. Brown," said the Sales Rep, "I'm calling because our company replaced all the windows in your house ith our triple-glazed weather-tight windows over a year ago, and you still haven't sent us a single payment."

The customer replied, "But you said they'd pay for THEMSELVES in 12 months."
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The tilt pacs come with either a half screen or a full screen. I'm not sure what the options are for screen.
To tilt the windows in for cleaning you have to depress the sash liners and then tilt in. I don't really know of any double hungs that homeowners(especially older ones) can handle without help. Even the easy lever locks on the Andersen's can be goofed up. And they all have trouble sticking the sash back in and somehow jamb the recoil mechanism to the bottom.
Most of the clients I have do their own window cleaning and they are older people looking to make life a little easier.Having to have help just to wash their windows is not an option.
Vinyl units are easily a one person cleaning project.

Unfortunately,I sold the Marvin Tilt Pac to a relative who never fails to mention the struggle she has had cleaning her new windows.

Vinyl has it's place as does wood.I leave it up to the client's budget.I would never toss away a possible sale because the owner could only afford the Vinyl Replacements.

I'd say 95% of my window sales are vinyl,and with the product I 've used for the past 15 years(20 year warranty on the glass) has been an asset to my business.
If you go with the best grade unit they will out perform any wood unit for a cost versus value comparison.

For the OP I'd say it's vinyl Replacements ,hands down for ease of installation and payback.
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Emily I don't need a top of the line window. We will probably only be in this house for about 5-7 years so I don't want want to sink too much $$ into it, that us why I'm looking at mid range replacements.
Silverline is another brand I checked out. They are at my local lumber yard.

I hear you, but look at this, "if" you use A/W or Marvin and you spend $5000 on qualified energy NFRC Rated windows you could qualify for the new tax rebates $1500 back free from the governement in tax rebates in 2010, thats a savings of 30%. You can now get more for your buck.... well good luck... you'll get what you pay for
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All the windows I'm considering qualify for the tax credit. They have to have a U-factor of .30 or less to qualify and Anderson/Marvin aren't the only companies that has windows that qualify. As I said before I only plan on living here for 5-7 years and I don't think spending 10-15k on windows I a smart investment since I definitely won't see that as a return when I go to sell. It's been my experience when I was house hunting and when i've been with others, you only notice if a house has new windows and don't pay much attention as to the brand. I don't think someone is going to pay more for a house because it has Anderson/Pella/Simonton etc etc windows. I think a transferable lifetime warranty is more of a selling point than window brand.

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I'll refrain from giving an opinion on Window World in general, however Alside windows are good quality. I actually sell and install Revere myself (same window, different distribution network/name) so I am speaking from experience.
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:09 PM   #28
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It seems that window world doesn't have the best reputation that I've seen so far. Called the salesman that originally came by my house and we played 20 questions and I felt a little better after hearing his answers. He also told me he would check on a few of the questions since he didn't have an answer and he didn't jut want to tell me what I wanted to hear. I will schedule the install for a time when I can be there to watch them work and keep an eye in what they're doing. I know window world as a whole withdrew from the BBB but my local BBB gave the window world im dealing with an A and only had one report on them in the last 36 months and it was resolved so that also made me feel a little better about them. I figure anything that can go wrong with them will be covered by the warranty--parts AND labor. I really drilled him about the warranty to avoid the "fine print" and will definately read the in depth warranty before signing anything.

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REVIVAL TIME!

OK.... sorry I know this thread is almost 2 years old but I just stumbled over it and it happens my windows have the same funky "tube" as the OP's do.

I combed through the reponses, but I didn't actually see any comments about the tubes. Would anyone like to comment on what's in them? Is it the rope for the weight?
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The tubes were basically guide rods for the windows. It kept them going straight up and down when you open and close them.
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