Find The Best Replacement Window Company in Your Town

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Unfortunately I don’t have a friend who owns a great window company in your town. I’m actively looking for one and as soon as I find one I’ll write about them here for everyone to see.

What does it take to be a great window company?

It’s pretty easy really.  I look for companies that have a track record of taking care of their customers.  Companies who understand that things go wrong sometimes and they need to be made right.  Companies that understand if you offer a great value and quality service people will choose to work with you.

Problems do happen.  Sometimes it’s the customer who misunderstood, sometimes it’s the installer who make a mistake and sometimes it’s the salesperson who overpraised.

Regardless of the situation our recommended companies are the type of folks who get up every day trying to do the very best job they can.  They’re working to build their business by taking great care of their customers not by learning the new high-pressure sales tactics or the creative new closes from the sales consultants.  They’re companies who solve problems quickly and easily and companies that work hard to make sure their customers are always happy.

What should I do if I know of a great company?

Great question!  If you know of a great company in your town that you think our readers would like to find please let me know.  You can send me an email or use the form below.  I get every message, I read them all and I do my best to respond to each and every one.  Don’t worry I won’t share your info with anyone.

What should I do if I am a great company?

I really want to hear from you!  We’re actively building our list of recommended companies right now.  We’re working on it today.  There is no better time to get in touch with us so we can see if you’re a great fit.

If you are a good fit we’ll be happy to work with you to increase your exposure by helping our readers find you.

Should I want until tomorrow to contact you about this?

No.  That would be a real waste of time.  You see we have thousands of readers on the site each and every day and they’re trying to find a great local window company.  If you’re a window shopper and you’ve found a great company let us know today.  If you’re a great company and you’d like our readers to find you let us know that too.

There’s no time like the present.  Over 1000 people were likely on the site today and there could be 2000 tomorrow.  If those folks were in your town we weren’t able to help connect them with a great company.  If you reach out perhaps we can solve that problem before 2000 more people come by tomorrow.

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116 thoughts on “Find The Best Replacement Window Company in Your Town”

    1. Any replacement windows can replace old Andersen windows. I’d suggest talking to a few local companies to see what they recommend.

  1. we are replacing the 28 year old aluminum window that we have. the front bay window has been fogging, and this could be the start. we just moved to this house 2 years ago. got quotes from 3 company installers…2 companies are offering Millgard windows and priced almost the same. one is offering Mezzo or fairfield windows. mezzo was priced $3000 more. what do you think? Is Mezzo worth paying more?

    1. Which Milgard windows are you looking at and did anything stand out about one product or company vs another?

      1. oh…i guess Millgard Stylite. One manufacturer recommends Mezzo, which somehow cost more, and Fairfield which has the same quote as Millgard. Alside Mezzo windows looks better given its brass wheel at bottom of windows, and easy cleaning, bottom lip has flap closure.
        is it worth more? 12,000 vs 15,000?

        1. i have around 19 windows…including skylite…
          btw, we have a skywall too, and is being recommended to just replace the glass, and retain the frame? is that ok?

        2. I do think the Mezzo is a nicer window, but only you can decide if it’s worth $3k. I don’t think the wholesale cost difference is that much so you might talk to the company to see if they can find a way to make a better deal.

  2. where can I find good reviews on Andersen replacement windows? I found the top 58 negative. I have a quote shy of $30k for 17 windows. That is with the discounts totaling > $15k.

  3. can you tell me anything about vinyl kraft windows?

    the window guy will do all 16 windows double hung plus two picture windows for $6,000

    or another window guy will install alside TVA 28 for $8,100

    can you please tell me which would you choose? and why?

    1. Alside TVA 28? That’s a strange one. It must be a private label version of another Alside window. Did they tell you the model number? It’s impossible to know what that product is without some more info as that’s not one of their models.

      Did the person selling the TV 28 windows tell you what made them $2k better?

  4. Window Dog — We have a bid for 30 triple pane windows and one sliding door and a large picture window that has to be double pane glass due to it’s shape and size. What would you consider to be a reasonable cost?

    1. I hope i am not too late on your post! I install windows, but not looking for business (plus I only install in the local area). What caught my attention is “triple pane”. The increase in energy efficiency and other factors typically do not make triple pane worth the additional cost. I would recommend triple pane only in areas such as south/west facing large windows where solar heat gain (heat from the setting sun) is an issue. So typically out of 30 windows, perhaps 6 would be triple pane. Here are three scenarios for pricing (assuming all windows are generally standard, so 36″ wide by 60″ tall, oversized windows, picture windows can be significantly more, labor cost also are more for second story, over-sized, etc):

      1 – Local installer that wholesales windows and sells his labor, while also rated on Angies list/google, etc (This is me and not too common)

      Windows – 30 x $225= $6750
      Picture Window – $500
      Slider – $500 (can be from $300 – $2000 depending on manufacturer)
      Install materials – 30 x 25=$750
      Labor – 15x$125 + 15x$150+$175+$300= $4600(half upstairs half downstairs 1 picture window 1 door)

      Total cost – $13,100

      2. General Contractor with an office, BBB presence and local advertising:

      Windows – 30 x $225= $6750
      Picture Window – $500
      Slider – $500 (can be from $300 – $2000 depending on manufacturer)
      Install materials – 30 x 25=$750
      Labor – 15x$75+ 15x$100+$100+$200= $2925(half upstairs half downstairs 1 picture window 1 door)

      Sub total cost – $11,425
      Total after 35% profit & overhead – $17,576

      3. A Regional or national window installer with TV, radio, and intense advertising (e.g. Renewal by Anderson) This is with an intense sales demonstration, and typically selling a monthly payment as much as the window:

      32 Units
      Total cost: ($32,000 – $64,000) This is depending on how good the salesman is.

      I am estimating price for a Simonton window (my favorite, and a Consumer Reports best buy, but there are many others to choose from in a similar price range. Many do not like Simonton because the frame is thick, especially if they have small windows. In the end, you choose. If you get composite, wood, casements, the cost per window can go up to $1000 or more) I installed 19 windows for a customer, charged about $9,000. After done I was shown an estimate from a big company for $43,576. I hope you have not gone that way!

        1. I have no idea (meaning no contacts down there). But many of my customers find me through window distributors. Essentially they provide wholesale windows to new builders, and remodelers. On occasion a homeowner wanders in to inquire about windows. Because they are more interested in large sales, they refer them to installers that they trust (me).

          There is a “West End” Roofing Siding and Windows in Missouri City, I would recommend that you visit, they may have a showroom, (or not) or at least sample windows. Ask them who their best installers are. Bottom line, they want to sell windows. Ask for the installers numbers and call. The process is typical for contractors… meet them, see if you like them, ask for references, inspect some of their previous work. I think this is your best bet for getting windows for the lowest price.

        2. Kevin,
          I too live in SW Houston and have been doing some rigorous research on brands of windows, Have you located anythings yet?
          i went to home advisor and had three different companies plus anderson come and present. Im about to replace to bay windows and others for a total of 15 windows.
          comp 1- total of 6500.00 wanted to use simonton profinish or wincore5400 lifetime warranty
          comp2-9400.00 before discount. discount would come with my positive reviews online down to 8400.00 wanted to use Pro Via or Vista (i could not find much info on this brand)
          both of these companies had positive reviews but the products they were giving me appeared to be lower end. I dont need high end but i tend to go with mid range unless a budget product has great reviews. I really want the most bang for my buck. lifetime warranty
          comp #3- didnt not have the most positive review regarding their installation but their products im now possibly considering …Ply gem2000= 6800.00 warranty lifetime
          anderson- 24000. Truth fully i loved their windows but Im not trying to buy a new car. Their warranty was 25yr
          What has been your experience?
          Im researching simonton prism 5500, sunrise, and ply gem. I just added a company out of Marvin.

          Windowdog any information you could provide on brand and maybe the ones i listed would make this a little easier. Thank you for this website.

      1. I’m interested in replacing 2 French doors, 1 entry door, and 2 or 3 double hung windows. I live in the Gallatin, TN area. Can you direct me to a local installer as that seems to be the best value based on your examples. He do I find your listing. . . on Angie’s website?

        1. No, I am in Texas (I used to live in that area many years ago). I should be clear, this site has great information on finding a quality window installer. If you go outside of The Window Dogs recommendations, you are taking more risks.

          I really do appreciate this site as there is so much knowledge, particularly with the window reviews. My comment above was an example for the area that I live in. I think that what I appreciate the most about this site is exposing the Sales techniques that are used to make homeowners pay exorbitant prices. If you review this site I think you will be well on your way to making a good window decision!

      2. Richard, your post has been, BY FAR, has given the most important guidance in selecting a replacement window company, vendor, etc.
        Thank you for breaking it down into simple terms.
        I have been on website after website and, as a homeowner with a dozen windows to replace, I’ve gotten more heartburn than actionable information.

  5. Any thoughts on the companies Horizon Exteriors (Wincore) and The Window Store (Arctic Guard). I have quotes from both. I did not see Arctic Guard window review in your list of windows…

    Thanks!

    1. Are you sure they were called Arctic Guard? I’ve never heard of them and it looks like Google hasn’t either. If that is what they called them then it’s probably a private label version of another product. You’d need to figure out what it actually is before we can help.

  6. How do you feel about Amerimax Masters Grande windows vs. Vista windows and Alside 6100 series patio doors vs. Sunrise patio doors? Also, are you familiar with a window company called Zen Windows? They’re a franchise and they get fantastic reviews on Angie’s List. They sell Soft-lite windows (Classic) and Soft-lite Kingsroyal patio doors. We’re interested in getting wood-grain finish vinyl on our patio door. Does it hold up well, or are scratches really obvious on it? Thanks for your help!

  7. Awesome site. I would like to replace the original windows in my mid 80’s home. I’d like to find they best type of window for my area of the country. I live in central Texas and it’s HOT most of the year.
    My house is covered with shade trees, I have lots of insulation in the attic and my utility bills are pretty good…even in mid-August when its 100+ degrees outside. While I don’t get any direct sun into my windows it does get hot. What sort of numbers/ratings am I looking for when selecting replacement windows? I’d like to slowly replace the windows that won’t open anymore (for the few days a year we get a cool breeze) or have damaged frames. I’ve had the “model home” sales guys come by to try and sell me triple pane, life changing, energy/money saving windows. If they could truly lower my energy bill by upto 40% my summer bill would be about $60 and in the winter the utility company would owe me money 😉
    Energy savings, drafts etc are not a primary concern, keeping the heat of the summer on the outside is. Any thoughts?

  8. What’s your opinion on Alside Windows mezzo or elite versus Berkshire elite series Windows? Have you heard k fox pant forest interiors and Metroplex Windows? Just looking tony stall standard sliding Windows with bronze exteriors and white interior.

  9. I would like your information on Atrium verses Alside double hung replacement windows. From the low end to high end. Break it down anyway you choose. I’m not interested is sales tactics from either side. I want to know bare facts in a comparison. Thanks Mr Window dog!

  10. In one of your comments listed above you mentioned “look for a local install that wholesales windows and sells his labor” . You also mentioned somewhere else on this site that your sister lives in Colorado. I live in Denver. Do you have any recommendations you could share with me. I wrote an earlier email today asking about Pella v/s Sunrise and also mentioned the one of the sliding doors would need to be a breakdown. I’m hoping to keep my costs down but do not want to skimp on noise reduction and quality. If there is another kind of window and sliding doors I need to check out please let me know. Thanks

    1. My sister does live out there. In fact I was there last summer for her wedding at Red Rocks. It’s absolutely beautiful out there. Unfortunately I don’t know anyone in the window business out there. I would love to have a company to recommend. If any Denver based window companies are reading these, contact us here.

      I would suggest starting with Angie’s List to find a few reputable local companies. You can find a special promo code for our readers here.

  11. Our house was built in ’83 and the Pellas have failed on the south side of the house (condensation, peeling cracking paint) I am initially just replacing 12 windows and have bids from Pellas architect series $24,600, renewal by Andersen fibrex $28,300, and am expecting a bid from Marvin Integrity ultrex fiberglass, not sure why he hasn’t got back to me by now. The Pellas and Andersen are full replacement, but the Marvin rep thought they could replace, preserving the trim (maybe he has found out that is not possible and is repricing) . The Pellas rep was low key, the Andersen rep was rather hard sell and continually bashes Marvin fibrex. Any thoughts? Also, I expect to sell this home within 3 years.

    1. I always suggest avoiding a company that spends their time bashing a competitor. If they had something good to say about their products they should say it and not worry about the other guy. You may want to compare a vinyl option as it will be substantially less expensive and many will come with better warranties. You may not want to pay the premium for the windows you’ve been considering if you’re selling so soon.

  12. One problem is that I’m trying to match the look and quality of the house, and although the aluminum clad Pella’s probably look a lot like vinyl on the outside, they are beautifully trimmed on the inside. I am super worried about reducing the value of the house.

    1. Well that’s true, the windows you mentioned are all very nice looking. We’ve had good experience with the Marvin products, strange that it’s taking the company so long to get back to you with a quote.

  13. I’m looking to replace 4 Windows in my home. Yesterday I had a company called Budget Exteriors in Minneapolis at my house measured and quoted us 4 Softlite Windows for $9,000. That seems rather high. Is it??

    1. I had 10 replaced with Softlite windows from Minneapolis Budget Exteriors in Oct, 2015 for a little more than $10,000. That was not my first quote from them. After I cancelled the first bid because of the high cost, they did reduce their bid by $2700 and I accepted, we also agreed to dispose of the old lead windows. However, after the installation, I came across a private contractor in the area that would have done the job for $7,000. Sorry, I don’t remember the name. We are very happy with the windows and the installers were great, but we could have saved thousands if we had looked a little harder for a different contractor.

      1. You mentioned that the installers were great and I’d assume that you are happy with the windows as well, so I wouldn’t lament the price too much. It is not out of the normal range for what will be found for a good product and install by a reputable company, particularly if there were a few added options and/or installation complications, such as the lead safe removal as you mentioned. Home Improvement is one of the most complained about industries, so with a good product, install, and reasonable price, I’d say you did well 🙂

  14. Replacing 17 double hung, 2 doorwalls and 3 arhchitectural octogon windows. Renewal by Andersen quoted $27,400. Marvin Infinity $30,000. Getting a “Wallside” vinyl quote this week. Hoping it’s about half the other estimates. Any thoughts on Wallside? They are based here in Michigan and have good reviews on Angie’s List and with the BBB. After all I’ve read I’m not sure I want vinyl. Just want my house to be warm during these Michigan winters.

    1. Way back when I worked for a window manufacturer I went to a distribution center in Milwaukee and heard the term doorwall for the very first time. Who knows how I grew up so close (Chicago) and had never heard that before. I’ll send you an email right now with contact info for a company I know in your area. I bet they’ll be able to help out.

      1. I, too, live in Michigan (southwest corner area). Could you please send me that information also? Thank you.

      2. I am in Michigan. Could you send along this information to me as well? Grand Rapids area to be exact. I noticed your program reaches Detroit, but we are about 2 plus hours from there.
        Thanks!

        1. Unfortunately I don’t have a great company to recommend in Grand Rapids. I’d love to find one so if you come across a great local company please let me know!

  15. We live in Coppell, TX (Dallas County), and have our choices narrowed down to Mezzo by Allside, and Style Line by Milgard. Our home is not an expensive one, nor is the neighborhood, but all is well kept with mic curb appeal. Replacement of 12 windows is expected a d ANYTHING is an upgrade and cost savings from what we have today. Both options single hung, no frills… Mezzo looks nicer including the screens, Style Line looks just ok and well the screens look cheap. Expecting Milgard Style Line quote Monday, but Mezzo Allside is $5,100. I expect the Milgard Style Line to come in less. To me it looks Contractor Grade which again is probably ok, but not knowing I thought I would ask is there a reason to avoid one, or the other, or at our price point does it even matter?

  16. Have you heard of Sterling Windows in Knoxville, TN. They manufacturer vinyl windows locally. Family owned and has been in business for a long time. I saw them at the recent Home and Garden Show.

    1. I have not heard of them. There are many of these smaller manufacturers around. What stood out to you when you saw the products and spoke with them?

  17. Looking to replace 9 Windows in my slump block constructed home. Have received quotes ranging from $5,000 to $27,000 frames vinyl, composite and fiberglass. Any recommendations in the Phoenix area?

  18. Replacing 17 Windows. Quotes from Pella, Marvin, Anderson, Renewal by Anderson, Bristol, and Great Lakes eco smart . We live in Omaha, NE. Ranging from $25,000 to $41,000. Any suggestions! Very confused!

  19. I am replacing six double hung windows in my home in Mt. Laurel, NJ and have been considering Okna 500 Series, Soft Lite, and Simonton brand Windows. Which of these, if any, would you recommend based on price and quality?

  20. @Charlotte, which model of Softlite and Simonton? The upper end Softlites as well as the Okna will outperform the Simonton, however the Simonton is not bad either. Keep in mind that finding a quality and trustworthy contractor is very important as well and can easily swing the pendulum in a situation like this. Price will vary by dealer, none of those will necessarily be more or less than another if comparing similar models and option content.

  21. We’re looking to replace just 5 windows ( later a patio door) in a small Atlanta ranch. The Apex Energy Solutions salesperson with his special labor-only promotion dropped his snazzy brochure and talked triple panes. The Consumer Report high rated windows have all been slammed by reviewers and I want to make sure we get a quality window. What’s the best vinyl window for our climate?

  22. After reading your reviews on Alside Mezzo, I am planning to install 4 large sliding units. 2 @ 72″W x 60″ H and 2 @ 103″ x 60″ H. These will be the Box Frame. I have the experience and know how to accomplish this project and was a licensed builder many years ago doing a variety of remodeling jobs. I would like to buy these units wholesale from the local Alside distributor. Any reason that the distributor might not sell them to me?

    1. Yes, Alside only sells to their dealers. You’ll need to find a local Alside dealer to order the products.

  23. You mentioned that you have information for a company in southeast Michigan. Could you send it to me? I need replacement windows and live in Rochester Hills.

  24. We are looking to replace our cheap builder grade windows in a 4 year old home. We have lots of wind on one side of our home and it caused one window to be covered in a sheet of ice. (We are just outside of St.louis, MO) we have had Pella, 13k Champion21k window World6k, HD (never actually gave a quote), come out and 21-6k in quotes. 9 double pain, 1 slider and 1 6′ patio door. We are looking for standard windows with the gas inside. WW seemed to be upfront but after looking at reviews we keep seeing that they do not stand behind the warranty as they claim and the installation isn’t quality for our area. I am trying to figure out how a window that looks the same (same materials and features) can cost double or triple the price. Each company says the other is overpriced or bad quality so I don’t understand how to truly compare.

  25. I too have the Apex / Insignia (made by Alside?) triple pane quote for my 16, some large, casement windows coming in at ~25k. Most are south facing in my Northern Colorado climate. Hard to find any good consumer reviews online and not reviewed on consumer reports. What, if any is the verdict on these or close/other options for replacing my 40 year old windows?

  26. Looking to replace 7 double hung windows in a 27 year old 2 story home in southwest Michigan. If you have any great contacts in this area, I would appreciate it! Thanks.

  27. I’m replacing 23 windows and a sliding door. I have received several estimates for different brands. The recommended brands and models are Anderson 400, Simonton 5500, and Wincore 5400. The prices which include installation and replacement of the interior trim range between $18,000 and $24,000. Which brand is best? Do the prices seem reasonable?

      1. Sorry, I forgot to mention where I live. I’m in Voorhees, NJ which is about 20 miles east of Philadelphia.

  28. Looking to replace 4 lg Windows (5’x6′)- considering Crystal 200 series vinyl or Sheffield (Alside) vinyl – noise is a factor- have been told I need to go with triple pane I live in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania can you recommend one of these windows and give me an opinion ?

    1. Laminated glass will be a better option if noise is the concern. I know that’s available in the Sheffield not sure about the Crystal. For our projects in Pittsburgh we typically use a window with a tighter air infiltration rating. You may want to look at another option to get a better seal.

    1. Doesn’t sound like it, but it’s possible there’s something unusual about your project. Have you checked Angie’s List for a great contractor near you? We special discounts for our readers here. Just use promo code WINDOWDOG40 to get 40% off. You’ll probably save a whole lot more than that based on the pricing you’ve seen.

      1. they are rated high on Angie’s List – nothing unusual – small two bedrm brick home – average windows – picture window in living room – and a smaller pic window in kitchen

  29. We have heard from LEI Home Enhancements and America’s Window and Champion is coming tomorrow. We are looking at Triple Pain, only Argon gas between, a great U factor, etc.

    Can you please tell us, between these companies your opinion and why? We are installing 15 windows, most non-standard, 1 garden window included. Prices range from $10 – $13, 500.

    Just need to know which route to go and what the advantage might be of going with an Anderson or a Millgard over what I stated previously. Thank you in advance!

  30. Hi, I live in Los Angeles, CA. I’m looking for a window and a sliding glass door with as high an STC rating as possible. While I’ve seen some pretty good windows (Milgard Quiet Line and Atrium 7000 series), I’ve only seen sliding glass doors up to STC 35. What do you recommend?

    Thanks, Window Dog!

  31. Hello Window Dog, stumbled across your site and love reading all the articles and comments.
    We have a house approximately 25 years old that was built with peach tree windows and doors, supposedly they have a lifetime warranty however we cannot find a peach tree representative to contact in order to have some windows fixed, items like balancers cables broken etc. do you know of any companies that provide warranty service for peach tree windows?

    1. From what I’ve heard you may not have much luck with the warranty. I don’t believe you’ll be able to get anything done under warranty, but if you do please let us know. I’m sure there are other readers in the same situation.

      1. Striking out everywhere I look. I was able to find replacement parts online so I may try that route before replacements.

        1. Good luck! I always think it’s fun to try to fix something, sometimes it’s easier than others.

  32. Need to replace about 7 horizontal double slide Windows. In previous remodels, replaced with Milgard Tuscany series sliders & double hung (recommended & done by contractor new construction). Now looking for retrofit. From my reading, it appears Milgard seems to be only so-so. Is this true? What manufacturer would you recommend for retrofit, sun protection, etc. for South Orange County, CA? Want a cohesive look with my current sculptured grid & frames, if I am using a different manufacturer. Also need a reliable installer. The one I was leaning towards carries only Milgard as their top of line, so I need a referral if you are recommending other than Milgard. Thanks!

    1. Milgard is big out your way. If you’re happy with the windows you already have and you’re happy with the company you know I’d say go with them. If you’d like to compare some options check with Angie’s List to see who the other great window companies in your area are. From there you can see what they have to offer and how the cost compares. You can join for just a few bucks on this page with promo code WINDOWDOG40.

  33. Windowdog: Not everyone lives in a big city! Angie’s List is essentially useless in Kearney, NE. Can’t you come up with a “[state] outside of major urban areas” category?

    1. Ha, I know and I love the country too. When I find someone great I’m happy to recommend them. Unfortunately I don’t know anybody in Kearney, NE either so I’m not much help on specific recommendations. I could ship windows to Rapid City, Kansas City, Wichita or Denver for you to pickup. I’ll admit I had to google Kearney and it looks like all of those would be a bit of a drive for you.

      Sign up to get the e-book, form at the top of each comments section. It will give you some tips on finding a great company in any area.

      Hope that helps.

  34. Dear Window Dog
    I need 20 windows replaced in my 1968 era home. I’ve had Home Depot, Lowes, Renewal by Anderson, a couple general contractors, and a couple local window companies out for estimates. All bids are fairly consistant 11,000-16,000. One thing I need for sure is a dark exterior color and white interior. Also, the narrowest amount of vinyl the better. I simply CANNOT make a decision! Can you please advise me?? Thank you. Sandy

  35. Hello. We need to replace 12 windows and three sliding doors. We live in Tampa, FL. Got a quote for $42,000 for impact windows, and $27,000 for non-impact with shutters. When we said we would get back after speaking with other companies the gentleman became rude and pushy, told us we wasted his time. We have a few other companies lined up, but wondering if you have any recommendations on best brand options for the area. The salesman basically told us all windows, except his, are no good and won’t provide manufacturers warranties or hold up in the heat. We don’t believe all he said, but any advice would be greatly appreciated. I also plan to check Angies List tomorrow.

  36. Hi ‘windowdog’,
    I am a female homeowner living in Buffalo, NY and need to replace two front casement picture windows that have smaller side windows on each side. After much research, so I have all my facts and can compare “apples to apples”, I have decided on double pain (w Argon) soft coat glass and have started scheduling estimates. What would be the general cost of replacement non-pocket vs pocket windows. Is it better to go with one type over the other? I have heard positive and negative both ways. Also, can you suggest a reputable company or name brand to look for more than others?

    I would appreciate any advice you may have.

    1. Hi Cyndi, I don’t know anyone specifically to recommend in Buffalo, so I’d suggest starting with Angie’s List. At least then you’ll be able to be sure you’re talking with companies that do good work and take customer feedback seriously.

      If you’re not a member you can join with this link and promo code WINDOWDOG40 to get 40% off.

      Good luck!

  37. I’m currently comparing the Verde window (a nice feature is the fold in for cleaning on the slider window) and Castle (they make their own). Both seem similar, except Verde has the fold in feature and offers a double lifetime warranty. Which one do you like?

    1. I don’t believe Castle makes their own windows. Last I heard they were buying from a manufacturer in the Northeast. Which did you pick?

      1. I didn’t pick….yet. Still deciding. I am leaning towards the Verde only because of the fold in feature. Which one would you choose?

  38. Hi Window Dog, new construction, and contractor uses local Amazing Window/Windsor brand. Our house style will be Garden District/uptown New Orleans, and the windows they have quoted are alum clad Windsor Pinnacle Clad for the facade, with Windsor New Dimension vinyl for the rest of the house. $31K. Not loving the look of either of these – mainly the facade windows are not recessed enough for a historical/wood window look. Can you comment on the brand? Waiting on Integrity quote, and also have a quote for Sierra Pacific clad for the facade. Kolbe quote was very expensive.

  39. Who do you recommend for window replacement in Metro Detroit? I recently received a Pella wood-clad full frame window replacement for $63k, consisting of about 37 windows, one sliding patio door, and one french door to the deck. Anyone else I should look at for wood-clad full frame replacements? $63k is a lot of money!

  40. I am in Ft. Myers, FL and need help! I am in the process of getting bids to replace 25 year old windows with impact resistance glass. There will be 4 double-hungs, 2 small casements, 4 horizontal sliders, 3 sliding glass doors and one 3 lite slider. My bid using Simonton Storm Breaker Plus came in at $20,400. My bid from Eastern Architectural Glass (formerly Earthwise) came in at $16, 600 for their Bertha line. Then I had a third company come in at $24,400 for the exact same Eastern package! Additionally, that same company quoted $32,000 for Shoreline which they immediately dropped to $22,000 when I informed them that they were 50% higher on Eastern Architectural. I guess at this point I have 2 questions: How would you compare Eastern to Simonton to Shoreline products? I’m leaning toward the Simonton but am hoping to get their price negotiated down a bit. What is your opinion on the cost differences between the 3 lines? ANY help would be appreciated. THANKS!! (PS – This is for my son’s house – which I own – it’s a starter house and I don’t expect them to be there for more than another 5-7 years.)

    1. I’m much more familiar with the Simonton than the others. In fact I was just playing with a Simonton Storm Breaker window yesterday in North Carolina. I think that’s a decent option. If you didn’t see a huge reason to pick one over the other I’d probably stay with the bigger manufacturer, Simonton.

  41. Window Dog, are you able to help me in the New Orleans area? So many window dealers here act as if air infiltration is not important for our area. It is my number one priority (after making sure Ufactor and SHGC are low). Am I wrong? I am getting a quote on Alside Mezzo with Climatech Therm D TG2 Elite to get ufactor .21 shgc .19, but even with Mezzo we have to avoid some sizes of the Double Hung bc the AI is above 0.14. Can you advise if there are other brands in my area I should check out? Thank you!

    1. Hi Rhonda, unfortunately I can’t help with a window order in New Orleans. I certainly would if I could. I’d love to have an excuse for a business trip! If you pick the composite reinforcement instead of the steal almost all sizes will have an air infiltration of 0.04.

      It’s possible the steal is required in your area due to windstorm potential, I’m not too familiar with that market, but if it’s not you’ll get a tighter window without it.

      Hope that helps.

  42. Need help! Looking at replacing all windows in our house. Originals are Lincoln. We don’t want those. Recommendations for the Chattanooga, TN area?

    1. Hi Brian, thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately I don’t know anyone in Chattanooga to recommend. If you find a great company feel free to let us know. I’m sure you’re not the only person in the area looking.

  43. Debating Simonton Prism Platinum v. Norandex Extreme 8000. Pro’s and Con’s on both. Frankly lost and confused. Any knowledge of Norandex Extreme 8000 and how it compares to the Simonton Prism Platinum?

    Any help you can lend would be greatly appreciated!

    1. I’m not a huge fan of the Simonton and not too familiar with the Norandex product. Where are you? I may know someone who can help out.

  44. I agree that you would want to look into the reviews when finding a window replacement company. I would imagine that finding someone who is well liked by past customers would be great. My husband and I are looking for someone to repair our windows so we’ll be sure to check reviews before we hire anyone.

  45. Does Auralast pine stand up like Jeld Wen states? I want more historically correct wooden windows in our new construction for esthetics and function but still am afraid of the pine options these days. I am looking at Jeld Wen Siteline Wood Double hung with Phantom Screens. What it the sturdiness of these and ours will be painted not stained. This is vs Marvin and Zola. I love Zola they are just about impossible though given we have nobody near us in far NE TX that has them to see and of course they are imported so problems may be difficult to troubleshoot. Thanks for any comments!

    1. We’ve been installing them since 2010 and haven’t had a single failure. I know that’s only 6-7 years, but it’s all the first hand evidence I have.

      They did recently increase the warranty from 20 years to lifetime because they hadn’t had a problem with failures. That’s probably a pretty good sign.

  46. I’m looking to replace 20 windows with a high quality window. I know having a great installer is just as important as the windows itself. Can you recommend any installers in the 51250 area? I belong to Angies List but they don’t have anyone listed that has enough reviews. I was thinking sunrise windows.

    1. Hi Tina, I don’t know anybody in your area to recommend. I just drove through there on I-90 a couple weeks ago, beautiful country!

  47. Hi I am interested in finding out about getting 9 windows altogether. One of the windows is a Bow or Bay. I live on Long Island NY and I belong to Angie’s List. My problem is that living where I do there’s tons of window companies. Most of them are A on Angie’s List so how can I find out which the best company to use. Thanks in advance Mike Parisi

  48. Looking to replace a bow window with casements in Palmer Mass. what is your recommendations for best window in our area

  49. I live in PHX, home built with aluminum windows in 95. Looking to replace as they are damaged from heat and not very good at keeping heat out.

    Just got a quote from RBA, 36K after 10K off for 14 windows and a sliding door. For 6 windows and a door, it’s 19,240 after 6K off.

    Seems really steep. Plan to sell house in abt 10 years or less depending on market.

    Only other options I see are Millgard and Marvin
    Some sizes to give your u an idea
    71×81 for the door
    71×59
    32×59

    Know a guy in AZ yet?

    1. Unfortunately I don’t know a guy in AZ yet, but I’d love to find a good one to recommend. I could help with a window order in Phoenix, but I don’t know anyone to put them in.

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