The estimates are in....which one?
After meeting with several different window installers, I've narrowed the field down to three. All options include the bronze color outside and white inside. There are 16 openings (currently containing a total of 24 single hung windows) including three 70Wx58H and two 105Wx70H. All twins and triples will be converted to sliders. The primary reason for getting new windows is to cut energy costs. We really like the current slim bronze frame of the old aluminum windows, but they are leaky and fogged.
1. Sunrise Vanguard double pane, $13,400. This installer is the one who sent out the salesperson who wasted 2.5 hours of my time and ignored everything I had to say. After a very colorful conversation with the owner, he has bent over backwards to try to make me happy. This option stands out because I've actually seen the window in person and loved it, and it includes Euro sliders in three openings instead of standard sliders.
2. Soft-lite Classic, $12,800. I loved this company's practice of no BS. They offer only Soft-lite windows and they have no sales pitch. If you want windows, you get a quote and that's about it. This was great because I do not want to sit through another sales pitch. This company stands out because they can install within the month. We will be out of pocket for the month of July, so the other companies will have to wait until August to install.
3. Alside mezzo $11,800. This is the cheapest option which appeals to my husband. This company has not been as responsive to my phone calls and emails, although they do eventually get back with me and have excellent ratings on Angie's list. Despite the difference of opinion on this forum (and, quite frankly, the rest of the Internet) he believes the Mezzo addresses all of the previous failings of Alside and is a decent window.
Because I know you guys are going to rule the Alside out for me, can you give me any concrete numerical reasons to go with the Sunrise or Soft-lite over the Alside? Are there any air leakage numbers that I could compare? Failure rates? I wish there were a website like "Edmunds" for windows that rates "true cost to own", particular problems associated with a particular brand, etc.
Company 3 is also giving me a quote on Don Young aluminum windows, but all downstairs windows will be single hung, and I don't believe I will be able to clean the sliders completely from the inside. Does anyone have clarification on that? The salesman wasn't sure?
Thanks for your opinions!
This post was edited by angiebangie on Thu, May 29, 14 at 20:59