Okna Window Quote

rdonchezMarch 28, 2013

I'm considering getting new windows. I am replacing 7 double hung plus a twin casement. I have been quoted approximately $5100 for the 800 series and $4,500 for the 400 series. Are these decent prices?

Also, one installer had mentioned that they use PVC Cladding, which I understood to be aluminum with a think layer of PVC. It was indicated that this can prevent staining on brick that can occur with just aluminum cladding. Is there any truth to this and is PVC cladding better? Thanks.

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HomeSealed

That is actually a sensational deal on the 800. Average price on the 400, but great on the 800. On the cladding, the staining should not be an issue either way. The PVC textured option is nice, just know that it will accumulate more dirt which shows on lighter colors.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 9:03PM
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rdonchez

So is PVC or Aluminum cladding generally preferred? Is the accumulation of dirt a big issue?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 9:58PM
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As it pertains to to dirt on cladding, I prefer the kynar finishes on the performance coils. They seem to, in my observations, do a bit better job of shedding dirt.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 7:57AM
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HomeSealed

Depends on whether or not it is an issue in your personal opinion. No big advantage either way, I'd pick based on which appearance you prefer.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 8:39AM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

+1

Go with whatever look you like at the end of the day.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2013 at 9:46AM
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rdonchez

Do people generally try to negotiate a quote - or is the quote that is provided generally the bottom line?

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 11:56PM
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mmarse1

Most reputable companies give their best price .. Trying to negotiate is sometimes very unfair and makes the process very awkward and can compromise the relationship between you and the company. A little fine tuning is one thing but creating a used car dealership atmosphere is unnecessary.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 8:45AM
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Depends on the company. Some will have a built in drop, some have specials, and some don't discount.

What does the price feel like to you? Are you getting a good value? What does the company look like on paper? The window is a great unit and well worth the investment. If the company and their work is solid, I think the price is fair.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 8:53AM
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HomeSealed

+1 to WoW's comments. Really depends on how each individual company sets up their pricing structure. At the end of the day, all you are comparing is the final price, whether it was the first one quoted, a special promo, or negotiated. Most companies have at least a small amount of negotiation built in to their regular price.
That said, based on the numbers that you quoted above, I'd be very surprised if you were able to get movement on that Okna pricing. It is very aggressive as is.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 10:57AM
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rdonchez

Quick follow-up. Is there any difference between windows branded under the Okna name versus the HiMark name? Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 8:14AM
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The parent company is the same. The HiMark division is reserved for a specific class of dealer that maintains certain qualifications and standards.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 8:54AM
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rdonchez

Should I have any concern going with an Okna dealer versus a HiMark?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 11:27AM
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HomeSealed

A good dealer is going to be a good dealer regardless (and vice-versa for a bad one). You'll want to check them out just like you would someone selling any other product.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 11:34AM
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