What’s a Window Dog?

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You’ve found the best replacement window reviews and information on the entire internet.

My trusty hound dog and I decided to start this site to provide a little real world info to folks considering replacement windows for their home.

I’ve spent years working in the window business everywhere from distribution centers in Maryland, Massachusetts and Kansas to a 400,000 square foot replacement window manufacturing facility in North Carolina, to a corporate headquarters in Ohio, to a $10,000,000+ wholesale window distribution center in Virginia and I’m the founder of a multimillion dollar company offering replacement windows and installation services across the country.

Hopefully I can use all of that experience to help people make sense of this business.

Why bother spending time writing about the best replacement window companies?

For starters, I just got back from the home show in Indianapolis (if you live nearby I highly recommend this show) where I repeatedly heard folks say that they just can’t make sense of the different products out there.  They don’t know who to believe and they struggle to find worthwhile, unbiased information online.  Every company says their products are “the best”, but that doesn’t seem possible.

Over the years I’ve seen folks make bad decisions based on inaccurate or misleading info they came across online.  While most salespeople in our business are good people trying to make a living they don’t always have all of their facts straight and there is simply no good place for the consumer to get the real information.

There was no good place to go to find unbiased ratings and reviews of the best replacement windows available.  There is now.

That’s why we’re here.  As we get started we’ll be posting in five general categories:

The goal is to provide real concrete information to help folks figure all of this out.

I’m sure folks will have questions on other topics and we might even find other window pros who disagree on some points.  That’ll be fun.  Post a comment on anything or request more info and I’ll do  my best to write back as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

So why The Window Dog?  Because this is a big purchase and it’s important that you get the real info, but it’s just windows.  We’re not going to war or building the space shuttle.  Remember to have fun in life and avoid taking things too seriously.  Here’s the window dog all dressed up for the Fourth of July last year.

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245 responses to “What’s a Window Dog?”

  1. Eileen Avatar

    I am going to be replacing windows in my mobile home built in 1972, They have been replaced with Kinro mobile home windows. I am not sure when. They were in when I purchased the home a year and a half ago. They are awful. I have narrowed it done to Provia Aspect and Signature Elite by Gentek. Both salesmen assured me they can use these windows in my mobile home. I am leaning towards Gentek because I feel it offers more for the buck.
    13 Provia Aspect double hung, 2 Provia Edure Sliders, 1 Provia Edure outswing exterior door 1 Provia Edure inswing exterior door and 1 Provia Edure storm door – $23,980
    The same for Signature Elite minus doors – $14,190

    1. thewindowdog Avatar

      I do tend to think the Gentek Signature Elite windows are a great option. Good luck with the project.

  2. chris Avatar

    I wanted to leave feedback about my Home Depot installation of Simonton double hung (Orlando, FL). Absolutely HORRIFIC worst vendor experience of my life. They installed a non-operating window, had someone come out 3 times either without right part or not enough of the right part…balancers, how hard can it be!!?? and here we are 8 months later, failed inspection, permit expired. I stopped badgering them after the failed inspection to wait for someone to contact me…6 weeks and no contact at all so I re-initiated service request. I am frustrated to tears again just typing this!! Don’t let them install a non-operating window, although I don’t know what I would have done different, they certainly were not disclosing they were installing a bad window. Maybe not sign off of the job with an open service request so the contractor would be on the hook with me??

  3. dave Avatar

    Love your site and all the information, it has helped us a great deal in understanding the differences between types of windows and the companies who offer them.

    We need to replace 12 windows, from 1990, will new impacts here in the Melbourne Beach area. From your site we would like to use vinyl type for cost, thermal efficiency, durability, and low maintenance. Do you have a company in the Melbourne to recommend?
    Many thanks,

    1. thewindowdog Avatar

      Hi Dave, I don’t know a great company in the Melbourne area to recommend, but if you find one let us know. I’m sure you’re not the only one looking. Pricing for impact windows can vary a lot based on the size as the glass is significantly more expensive than regular annealed glass. My company doesn’t deal with impact windows very often anymore so I don’t really know what sort of pricing you might find. Let us know what see out there and perhaps other folks can chime in with more info.

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