vinyl windows- ideal vs dream house

kmcpressJune 19, 2012

I am trying to find out about dream house windows versus ideal window through westchester window works. the price of both of these seem more resonable than andersen or pella. I am looking at ugt r-5 performance

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Windows on Washington Ltd

Both of them are different than Andersen and Pella too.

What is the decision criteria for the project? i.e. what are you wanting the windows to do, look like, perform, etc?

Start with those criteria and work back.

If vinyl is an acceptable material, there are probably better units out there.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 8:46AM
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kmcpress

We are replacing 9 windows and 3 sliding glass doors. All of them are custom and do not adhere to regular sizes which makes them more expensive. They are original from 1957. We have other Andersen casement windows from various years- 1976 and 1991. Cost is a big item. The 2 dealers, one that has dream house windows and the other that supplies ideal windows have a price that we can do but we a worried about quality.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 5:16PM
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EcoStarRemodel

I generally recommend looking at Sunrise, Softlite, or Okna windows before making a decision.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 6:11PM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

The "custom" mark up is not true in the replacement industry.

All the windows are of custom nature so if anyone is telling you that, they should automatically be disqualified from consideration.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 6:43PM
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kmcpress

so we should not have to pay more for different size windows

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 8:00PM
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EcoStarRemodel

No. Most vinyl windows are custom made. The only ones that aren't are the ones on the shelves in the hardware stores and builder grade new construction windows. We frequently encounter slightly different size openings with the same size windows installed in all of them. This can lead to higher air infiltration rates.

Do yourself a favor and check out some of the windows I recommended before making a decision.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 8:59PM
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HomeSealed

+1 to both posts above... To clarify, larger windows will still cost more, but as it has been explained, there is no such thing as a "standard sized" vinyl window other than the stuff on the shelf at the big boxes.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 7:20AM
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mmarse1

Ideal is a basic window and mostly used by your " run of the mill contractor" who is more concerned with cost opposed to quality..although a step up from silverline, pella, or MI windows. still, its a price sensitive type window.
the quality brands would be Himark, okna, soft lite, gorell, and sunrise.
virtually all vinyl windows are custom. standard sizes are whats sold from the floor of home depot but never actually fit existing openings. you would need to make an opening in order to accomodate the so called standard size.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 8:46AM
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mmarse1

just to add, the dreamhouse window is better than anything Ideal Windows has to offer., not great but defintely better ..Ideal Windows are not known for quality..
Himark, okna, gorell, soft lite and sunrise are all regarded as higher quality wimdows with great structural and performance numbers.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 10:35AM
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