So I bought a flip house on the water and am looking at replacing its 30 year old "weather shield" windows and doors with something more updated looking, weather ready and energy efficient. Most of the existing windows are ok, but a lot of the wood frames have rotted out and leak water, Also the doors are in horrible shape, none of them shut tight and have air gaps all over the place. So I figure new all around is in order.
The house has shutters so I dont need to do impact glass. But want to do at least DP50 rated and be energy efficient. The dealer came out and quoted me okna windows. I have never heard of the brand but he professed to say they were the best windows in the world. Pella, PGT, Andersen etc couldn't touch them as far as quality or energy efficiency. While it looks like their triple pane krypton window has a great rating at 0.15. The rest of the windows seem right in line with everybody else.
My quote today seemed OUTRAGEOUS compared to what other people have gotten from my research on here. My quote was 625 per window for the basic dual pane no argon no low E windows. And almost 1000 dollars a window for triple pane low e argon, I didn't even ask what krypton was as I'm sure it would have been horrible. But I saw people on here saying their price per window broke down to between 3 and 500 for the dual pane low e argon windows.
Here are what I was quoted on. 41 casement windows, 3 four panel 6'8" sliding doors, 2 three panel 6'8" sliders, 1 two panel 6'8" and 2 four panel 8' sliders. It broke down to about 30k for windows and 19k for the doors. But I felt like I was being cheated being charged almost 50k for the windows and doors when they weren't even remotely energy efficient. He professed to say they were amazing windows and would outlast and out perform any other window out there and thats why they cost so much. He also said "I'm the cheapest installer in the country, you won't find a cheaper okna window than through me". Idk the whole thing just felt a little shady to me. I also asked about swapping the 8 foot sliders for french and he said "no no no french doors would be way more expensive" But I have always found french to be cheaper than sliders in other applications.
So what are your recommendations for a good dp50 at least rated casement window and sliding door replacement for this house, that are good windows but won't break the bank ( was thinking more 25-30k for it all and have low e and argon, not 50k for base windows and doors) ? its waterfront but not oceanfront. Its fairly protected water but hurricanes still hit and we do get nasty nor'easters. Thanks!