Replacement Vinyl Windows - Simonton vs. Ply Gem vs. EPI/Cascade

mcfarnellAugust 1, 2012

Greetings everyone,

I'm working on getting the aluminum framed windows replaced in my 1976 home. I've had 3 contractors out to give me quotes, and they've all given me different info. The local PUD will give me $20 per sq/ft to replace the windows.

Contractor #1 is really nice and is recommending Ply Gem Contractor Series windows. He is bidding the job so that the PUD rebate will cover the cost completely. I think that's around $4000 for 7 windows and a sliding door.

Contractor #2 is more of a salesman and tried to get me to move forward the day he was bidding. Problem is I'm required to take 2+ bids to the PUD. That changed his attitude a bit and he seemed irritated. He is recommending EPI/Cascade windows. He's bidding around $7,000.

Contractor #3 is really nice also and is recommending Simonton windows. They are the company that takes care of all Simonton warranty/service calls in the Pacific Northwest. They say Simonton has a great warranty. I also see that JD Powers has listed Simonton windows as the best for 3 years in a row. They are also bidding around $7000.

So......what do you all think of these window options? I've never dealt with windows before. I really like the idea of having contractor #1 do it at the rate PUD will pay, so I have no out-of-pocket cost. Ply Gem contractor series seems like a reasonable quality product. What do you think?

Thank you for any help.

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I'd have the Ply-Gem bidder price out the Premium series, it should not add more than $500 and is alot nicer.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 10:57PM
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I'm not familiar with Ply Gem or EPI, but we had Simonton replacement vinyl windows installed about 7 years ago and we've been very happy with them. Mostly double hungs, and a few sliders - they operate well, feel solid, and I like the double locks on them. So far they've held up well in the rainy northwest....

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 8:15PM
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Thank you everyone. Toddinmn, I did as you suggested and asked for a bid on the Premium Ply-Gem series. They would be $1365 more for the premium.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 6:46PM
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That seems to be a little high to me, but is still a much better deal than the others. The contractor series isn't the worst window but the Premium is a lot nicer. I would suggest at least looking at the windows in person and then decide if it is worth the upgrade. If they are larger sized windows I would definitely go with Premium.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 9:59AM
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