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Milgard Ultra Quote and things learned

Posted by turbo3 (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 23, 11 at 10:10

I have a quote to install Milgard Ultra (fiberglass) windows. Some example of sizes include:

33x75 double hung (bottom tempered) - $583
58x38 double casement - $726
58x35 sliding - $488

All windows are suncoatmax 1/8 with argon

Installation includes wood casing and trim (pine finger joint, unpainted), and exterior PVC trim.

Installation is $324/window

I decided to go with Milgard over Marvin (Ultrex) since I'm at altitude (Denver) and Milgard windows are sealed there, at altitude, preventing bowing. The lifetime warranty of Milgard also played a big factor. Marvin are sealed at Fargo ~1000ft. and will expand at altitude (> 5000ft). I liked the idea that Marvin have the acrylic cap on the exterior, and the general opinion was they are slightly better quality and have better customer service, but no lifetime warranty. It seems the Marvins are about the same cost as Milgard, maybe a tiny bit more.

The terms were 25% deposit and 75% on shipping (window cost). Labor due at job completion. Windows take about 5 weeks.

I had a quote from Pella which was laughable -- almost twice the cost of my two lowest bids!

I recommend avoiding going through Costco, as they add an absurd fee.

The local dealer with a showroom wanted as much as just for the windows alone as the other contractors charged for the entire job.

It makes sense to go with a contractor that does a lot of business with a particular windows mfg, as they get better pricing. One contractor I spoke with paid much more for the windows than another and couldn't compete.

Make sure your contractor tests for lead paint if your home is < 1978. Ask what happens if lead paint is detected.

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RE: Milgard Ultra Quote and things learned

BTW, this is for replacements.

Something I forgot to mention is installation. Make sure the installer has good reviews. Make sure they remove the existing frame (some don't). My installer said he would, if possible make the window even wider (to the framing), if there was room. Some installers install smaller windows because it's cheaper. He demonstrated his installation method: foam insulation, some sort of rubber wrap and the caulk is what they use between sidewalks -- very durable. Can't remember the exact names.

RE: Milgard Ultra Quote and things learned

Good feedback and follow up.

It is a good for consumers to post up feedback and for folks to get a firsthand story.

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