Sliding Patio Door - Window World Price Tempting!

karenmanessFebruary 26, 2010

We have an odd-sized patio door (88" wide, currently 3 panels with the door in the middle) that we would like to replace with a 2-panel slider. We've had some of our windows replaced by the local Pella office (and have been satisfied) so I called them back out to give a price on a new patio door. Their installed price was about $5000. At that price, we won't be doing the project any time soon, although our old door has foggy glass and we are very tired of the kids slamming the door! I stopped by the local Window World office yesterday and the salesman gave me an estimate of about $1400 to replace the door with an all vinyl slider (with low E and argon). The price difference between the two options is huge, obviously. My trim outside and in is all white, and the aesthetics of vinyl don't bother me. This patio door is under a roof that covers part of our deck, so it does not get direct weather or much direct sunlight. We are very tempted to go for the Window World door since at that price we could go ahead and do the project before spring/summer when we use our deck constantly. Anyone have thoughts / insights on the vinyl Window World option, or have suggestions on other things to consider here?

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skydawggy

I would suggest lots of research before dealing with WW. There's reasons for the huge price difference. There are a lot of very good doors you can get for under $2500 installed that will last a lot longer than WW doors.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2010 at 3:53PM
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karenmaness

Thanks, skydawggy. Could you suggest other manufacturers that might be good to look at?

    Bookmark   February 27, 2010 at 8:18AM
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skydawggy

Milgard, Simonton, Gorell, just to name a few. I don't know what brands are available in your area. After you look at a few, post back and I'll comment. As a general rule, I'd stay out of the hardware stores when looking for quality. There should be a few showrooms in your area where you can go and view some other brands.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2010 at 8:48AM
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karenmaness

Well, my husband and I went to a Home Show a few weeks ago and I learned that he is not a fan of vinyl inside the house. So we are back to looking at the clad wood options. I've had our odd size (88"W x 80") patio door quoted in 3 different products, all custom sizes of course. All are for aluminum clad (or vinyl clad in Anderson's case), with Low-E/argon glass. These are purchased price only, not installed.

Marvin - $3809

Anderson - $2290

Peachtree - $2017

The installation contractor said he really likes the Marvin slider, but wow - what a price jump! The Anderson and Peachtree options are very close, so I would tend to pick Anderson due to the longevity of the company, which hopefully means they will be there if you need them years down the road!

Any thoughts?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 10:05PM
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nhermsen_cox_net

I had two windows replaced in my house by Window World and I can tell you that the windows are great! They do not let ANY outside air in and they have a DOUBLE LIFETIME WARRANTY, meaning you get the warranty and the next person can have lifetime warranty too if they pay $50.00 to transfer the warranty.

Even if a neighbor's lawn mower would throw a rock through the window, it is covered under the lifetime warranty. If they can not fix it, they replace the whole window.

Only downfall is they are a little slow on getting out to service, but usually within the same week.

I honestly can not beat the price, and quality, or warranty with Window World!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 7:22PM
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skydawggy

So let me see if I understand. You bought 2 windows from WW and you have already needed a service call to fix something. But you think the windows are great and you don't think the quality can be beat?

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 8:40PM
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GulfBreezeWindows

Your service would be slow too if you only paid your guys $30 a window and had to pay them to go out and service a window that that they didn't know how to fix.

The biggest issue I have with WW is that their installs are so "lazy". Huge air gaps left in-between windows.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 10:17AM
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