Restorations by Sunrise, Integrity/Marvin, Jeld Wen, AndersenComments (12)I wouldn't dismiss the well respected local "handyman". You'll most likjely get a better job from this guy than you will with a large window company. They might send a large crew of inexperienced laborers with one experienced guy overseeing the job. The larger company will most likely be significantly more expensive than the local guy too. Most experienced contractors would consider window installation as handyman work anyways. I can buy a nice window at the local lumber yard and you'll get all the benefits of the warranty. In my area you'll rarely see homeowners using "window specialists". They simply jack up the price of the window as well as the installation. They need to cover all their advertising, salesman's salaries, and executive bonuses somehow.... Don't get to hung up on the performance numbers. If you like the look of the Anderson or Marvin and you're saving a nice sum over the Sunrise, buy what you like. It's like comparing an ugly car that is more expensive over the car you like because the "better" car gets 27.8 mpg, while the one you want gets 27.7 mpg. I just looked up the Sunrise "authorised dealers/installers" in my area. Looks to me from their sites that they are nothing more than small "handyman contractors"....See More
Replacements - Integrity or Infinity from Marvin, or Sunrise VanguardComments (2)Thanks, HomeSealed, for the reply. I contacted the two companies that gave me full replacement pricing and they only want to do the job as full replacements. Basically, my pricing for 14 openings: 3 sliding glass doors (72x82), 7 gliders (3 - 72x 55; 4 - 72 x 55), 1 72x72 picture window, and 3 double hung (avg 30x50) is around $20- 21.5K. This includes installation, and new wood trim inside and out. I would have to stain the trim myself. Is this reasonable? Will the wood portion of the "wood-ultrex" hold up better over time than traditional wood windows (like my current ones?)....See More
Sunrise vs. Marvin vs other replacement windowsComments (13)What glass are you being quoted? With PA being in the Northern Region for Energy Star, the Sunrise double hung with standard double pane does not meet the new .27 u factor without adding a surface 4 low e coating that will decimate condensation resistance. Opt for triple pane ideally, otherwise get the standard (previous) glass that is not Energy Star rated. I would not say that 27" is wide. I like to see sash reinforcement on that product though regardless....See More
Questions about window quotes in West Michigan...Comments (45)David, I really wanted to come back here and say I got the windows I wanted, but we went with the Alside windows instead. We really just didn’t have a good feeling about the other companies & I knew that other people just paid half what they were wanting to charge us. I know it’s probably the busy season, so they can do that, but I can’t buy something from someone I don’t feel good about, no matter how good the product. The guys just started this week and will be back Monday to put in the replacement windows and finish everything up. So far, I’m really happy I went with my gut. The windows are not even good looking compared to the other windows we saw, but they are worth what I paid and I definitely did not feel like the Pella‘s or Andersen’s were worth what they quoted. The guys doing the work have done an excellent job on the construction portion so far and they are clean workers & very respectful. So far with just one window and a sliding door replaced our house is holding a steady temperature and it never did before. You couldn’t sit in the dining room in the summer without breaking a sweat. You can’t even feel the heat now. So basically, we’ll hang curtains and shades like we did before, you won’t even see most of the windows. If these windows don’t leak and last a few years, we’ll be happy for the price we paid & we paid what the other companies quoted for the construction alone:/...See More
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