Shock of price quote - is this reasonable?

sandra_zone6October 9, 2013

I'm trying to get over sticker shock - salesman just left. I received a quote for Marvin Infinity windows in my CT home. I do have walnut stained wood trim throughout my colonial home and grills are pretty much standard in all the homes around me. Price includes in-glass grills, outside color to match existing trim on all but 3 windows, their fake wood that can be stained to match my trim, 272 glass. I was told I need special glass for the 2 windows in the bathroom. These are all double hung except the one square window above my sink which is a slider.

Quote was $34,650 for

windows:
4 of 31.5" x 62"
9 of 31.5" x 50"
2 of 27.5" x 46" (special glass)
1 of 27.5" x 46"
1 of 37.5" x 37.5"

2 sliders:
68.5" x 78.5"

2 picture windows that have solid glass in the middle with double hungs on each end:
solid glass 25" x 54"
double hung 51.5" x 54"

I'm in sticker shock, this is about double what I expected. Are windows truly this costly? I can save $4838.00 if I opt for white interiors but then I have all walnut stain throughout the house with white windows - I'm thinking I'd be shooting myself in the resale value area.

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sandra_zone6

Just an added note; windows are to replace single pane wood framed windows with real wood mullions that have metal storms in a 1984 colonial. Our current windows are quite drafty even with the storms. I do believe new windows would make us more comfortable but think this is really expensive.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 3:02PM
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mmarse1

Fiberglass is expensive alone, then throw a stainable interior..its expensive but within normal.
Infinity are so much nicer better than pella fiberglass which are total garbage and cheap looking in my opinion.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 3:05PM
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sandra_zone6

In CT, if interested in the colored interior because of all of our stained woodwork, is vinyl an option or are other less expensive options to look at? I do have a Sunrise dealer coming, but he can't make it for another 2 weeks.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 3:32PM
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mmarse1

Sunrise or soft lite elements are great options. Make sure sunrise ismthe vanguard or restorations.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 4:46PM
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HomeSealed

The Infinity is a nice window, but unless there are some incredible circumstances present here, nearly $1400 per unit is definitely on the high side. Not to mention that you are taking a significant hit in energy efficiency when compared to a premium vinyl like Softlite, Okna, Himark, Softlite. I'd shop around a little bit more ;)

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 7:50PM
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sandra_zone6

Yes, thank you for the advice. I've been reading on-line since picking myself up off the floor....

I've been able to send off requests for Sunrise and Okna.

I had them break the quote out. It ran $19,464 for the 17 windows, $6810 for the picture windows and $8384 for the 2 sliders.

I've been reading some nice things about the Okna, and was so surprised that those windows rate higher than the fiberglass. I am hoping that I can find something in one of those top end vinyls that will match or come close to my trim. I can't see looking at white windows with all my walnut stained woodwork, trim and baseboard. I can't really find any pictures to look at, but the image in my head is just not pleasant.

I'll be back once I get a few more quotes.... Thanks again!!!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 8:53PM
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HomeSealed

Sounds great Sandra, sounds like you are on the right track!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 1:18PM
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Fenestration_Taylor

That price includes installation?

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 1:24PM
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sammia

Sandra, a couple of facts that I recently found out when I was in your exact position. Sunrise make at least 4 types of windows those being Essentials,Sunrise,vanguard and the top of the range Restorations.However if you go to the Sunrise website you wont see any mention of Vanguard and Restorations as they are marketed seperately under their own sites. Your Sunrise dealer will most likely not carry these units and may as happened to me actually deny that they exist. They are also sold seperately with their own dealers. Best thing to do is compare the features of each type on their individual websites and then arrange to meet the agent for whichever window you prefer. The good news is that you will see a saving in comparison to Infinity. Good luck!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 1:55PM
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mmarse1

Your sunrise dealer probably didnt know they existed. I highly doubt he was being dishonest.

This post was edited by mmarse1 on Thu, Oct 10, 13 at 16:08

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 4:07PM
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sammia

Yeah right! He's in the wrong game if that's the case. He actually told me to f..k off when I told him of my choice.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 4:32PM
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Karateguy

Wow Samia, that is shocking. Like mmarsel I'd like to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, but after that type of behavior you are probably right. I'd contact sunrise and let them know the type of outfit that is representing their product.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 8:39PM
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HomeSealed

No class at all. I'd echo karateman's sentiments.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 4:46PM
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goodbyekitty

Any companies in the northwest that anyone can recommend besides Marvin Integrity? You guys on the east coast seem to have more variety =)

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 9:34PM
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windowsonwashington

The next most prevalent is going to Milgard.

Have you reached out them yet?

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 7:49AM
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