131 Windows Needed
We are building a new house (actually 3 different buildings) with a total of 131 (!) windows. I have been researching windows till I am blue in the face. I have narrowed it down to Marvin or Loewen. We're building in Alabama where it doesn't get very cold, but the heat and humidity are terrible. Loewen was recommended to me by another person as being the best for my area and needs. When I had the dealers bid on our project, the prices were basically the same- the Loewen's were more expensive, but because they are sold in TN, we don't have to pay sales tax and it comes out that they are actually a few thousand dollars cheaper!
After reading dozens of posts here, I have some questions.
Will the Loewen windows require special installers that end up costing way too much $$$? I've been told they are the "only luxury window made in America." I was also told that they would be about 30% more than Marvin or Weathershield. The quotes I have received do not show that.
For 131 windows, 10 sets of French Doors and 2 Entry Doors, I got these quotes:
Marvin: $77000 (windows only- doors to come later)
Weathershield: $115,000- tax incl.
Lincoln: $109,000- tax incl.
Jeld-Wen Norco: $84,000- no tax
Jeld-Wen Pozzi: $150,000 (I thought this was CRAZY!)- tax incl.
Loewen: $110,000- no tax
From what I have researched, I would have thought the Loewen's would have been the $150K price. Either there are some hidden charges that I am not seeing or the Marvin, Weathershield, Lincoln, and Pozzi reps think they have found a golden goose. We are spending a considerable amount on our house, but this is the one and only time we have ever or (Good Lord willing) will ever build.
What I have seen here and on other forums does not correlate with the pricing that I am getting from reps. They all got the exact same window and door schedule from our architect. We like the extruded aluminum better than the roll form and the Kynar finish better as the windows will be a dark brown and more prone to fade than a lighter color.
Long post, I know. Sorry. I hope someone can help clear the water and my head! Thanks much for any help!