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We were looking to get new windows in the house because our current ones are not energy efficient, and a bigger problem is we were told that is what is causing leaks.
We want to find someone who can tell us for sure where the leak is coming from, it appears to be from the window but would asking for a guarantee be unreasonable? We already spent $7000 on redoing the cement between the bricks, so it shouldn't be from that.
We had someone come in and offer the windows the Okna 500, they offer no guarantee about leaks and wrote that on the invoice.
The windows in the living room will be changed to a bay window. Their quote is for $12,000
All exteriors capped properly.
17 Double Hung Vinyl Okna 500 Series Insultec Deluxe - foam filled, heatshield glass
2 Bay Windows - 4 Section Open L-L-R-R
Hip Roof on Top of Bay Windows
Windows installed using cable support system.
There will be no painting or staining.
I would have liked New Construction on all the windows, but they do not recommend it and say it's unnecessary. The company received high ratings on Angies List, but thats just a list and am not sure whether it should matter, because I should get what I want, not ignored if I ask a question the salesman doesn't like. Is New Construction generally recommended, I do not want to regret this decision in two years. Do window installers change the wood trim or is that done separately?
What is the price difference between new construction and replacement windows?
Another thing, would anyone recommend getting the windows separately and hiring your own contractors? My uncle was happy with the work someone did for him, it may be cheaper depending on the price of the windows, but not sure if thats a generally recommended route. He's not exactly a window specialist, but window specialists don't appear to be capable of doing too much at least from the ones I spoke with, they just want the sale. They would change the frame, and wood trim and all. Where would I be able to buy just the windows in New York? I would want good quality of course.
It's a bunch of questions, thank you to anyone who read it.