Looking at vinyl replacement windows in Los Angeles? Which brands are good?

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Richard

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I have gotten a few window estimates on my windows at my home in Los Angeles. I have looked at Milgard, Superior and Amerimax. Anyone know anything about vinyl window brands? Which brand is better? I don't need the best just a good energy efficient vinyl windows. Seems like each salesman says their window is the best.
Brendan

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I shopped for replacement vinyl windows a last year and must have seen over 10 different companies. Window shopping is very much like buying a used car. First off don't believe the salesman they seem to all be on commission. The salesman are very convincing but when you ask them to give you additional information most never followed up. The salesman that only sell one window brand are the ones that tell you that their window brand is the best and everything else is junk. Some of the saleman took over 2 hours demonstrating their window and how good it was. I learned most windows pass these tests. Most people don't need the best. I hated the hard selling tactics of some companies. I looked at Milgard, Anlin, Polybau, Simonton, Amerimax and Atrium. All the vinyl windows were nice but all have different features and warranties. Amerimax was the best quality and nicest window. Milgard, Brothers, Anlin, Polybau and Simonton were good windows. Anlin and Brothers I liked but didn't like that it was such a small company and each only had one factory. What happens if the Anlin or Brothers factory has a fire at the one factory? How long would Anlin or Brothers not be able to make replacement parts or would they even reopen. Anlin and Brothers were family run companies which scares me. Brothers was the smallest manufacturer I looked at and have learned small companies might not be around when you need them. Anlins transferable warranty was only 5 years for labor which I didnt like. All Brand Windows was the company trying to sell me Polybau. All Brand Windows and Polybau had negative reviews and commplaints online that really made me think twice about the Polybau window and All Brand Windows. Atrium was a nice window but their warranty wasn't as good as the others. Atrium's warranty was only 10 years labor for the original customer. Milgard and Simonton had lifetime warranties. Milgards glass was single strength so I passed. Simonton's vinyl frame is not very strong. Thin walls looked weak. I didn't see this problem until I saw a corner sample compared to the other brands. Amerimax has a really strong window frame. I went with Amerimax because of the features and quality. I did my homework and looked up all the companies license and insurance as well as got references. A few even gave me phone numbers of past customers. Some of the window companies didn't have workers compensation and lied about it. Some never got back to me with references. Talking to past customers made a big difference in choosing a company. Do your homework on each company no matter what the salesman tells you. You might not to do as much as I did but at least get copies of everything-license, insurance, references with phone numbers and warranties. I would go with a company that sells more than 1 window brand. Look for a company with a good reputation. Also manufacturers warranty is different from the installation warranty. Don't go with a company that only has a 1 year installation warranty. I was told that 5 years should be the minumim for a installation warranty. It's funny when you ask what the warranty was that most saleman said lifetime. Most of the salesman I had to call back and find out they only gave a 1 year installation warranty. Each salesman's presentation talks about how good their window and company is but installation and service matter just as much. Hope this helps in the process. Sorry for the length but I learned alot from the whole window buying process.
steve

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I got Milgard Tuscany vinyl windows put in my house last year. Milgard vinyl windows work great but do not tilt-in for cleaning since I got single-hung windows. My wife doesn't like going outside to clean them. I looked at Simonton, Atrium and Amerimax when I was shopping. Milgard Tuscany vinyl windows were one of the cheapest and a name I had heard off. I had a budget and am happy. Simonton vinyl windows and Amerimax vinyl windows seem to be pretty good vinyl windows. I hated the salesman trying to push the Atrium vinyl windows. I had to pretty much throw him out of my house. Price for the Atrium vinyl windows was the highest out of all the companies I had out to my house. I live in Anaheim. I think you need to get a couple of estimates and go with a vinyl windows brand that's within your budget. Installation was very important to me so I checked out how the windows were going to be installed. Make sure you pick a company that will use foam when installing. It's important so air won't come in the sides of the windows. Lot's of companies dont use any so make sure you check.
Jennifer

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I put Anlin vinyl windows and think they are just ok. I thought installing new vinyl windows in my home would have saved me more money on my energy bills but haven't. Haven't had any problems with them but I don't use them much since I have air conditioning. Anlin vinyl windows were not cheap either. Probably would buy another vinyl window brand if I needed vinyl windows again if I ever move. Got sold by the saleman saying that Anlin vinyl windows are the best and most energy efficient. They aren't.
Arnold K

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I had Polybau windows installed in my house three years ago by All Brand Windows. Price was pretty good. Nothing but problems with service from Polybau and All Brand Windows. Polybau and All Brand Windows take their time calling me back. Polybau service guys always late or don't even show up. Polybau service has been out to my house 6 times. Polybau is a middle of the road window but comes with no service. Can't recommend Polybau vinyl windows.
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I bought Amerimax replacement vinyl windows 5 years ago. Love them. Very nice windows and make house quieter and save on my energy bills. Amerimax double hungs is what I would recommend. Amerimax double hungs tilt in for cleaning and I have had zero problems with them. I looked at Milgard, Certainteed, Amerimax and Window World brand. Window World windows are the cheapest but look it. Amerimax was the same price as the Milgard and Certainteed that I looked at. Would buy the Amerimax again.
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Milgard vinyl windows were my choice a few years back. Work well and didnt break the bank. I wanted a name brand is pretty much why we went with Milgard. I did look at Pella ThermaStar vinyl windows but was not impressed at all. Pella ThermaStar is really cheaply made vinyl window. Lowe's salesman said Pella ThermaStar was their low grade vinyl window mainly for contractors looking for the cheapest available.
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I bought vinyl windows two years ago. I would rank them this way according to features and price.
1. Amerimax
2. Simonton
3. Milgard
4. Anlin
5. Certainteed

I bought Amerimax because it was the best vinyl windows in my price range. Simonton and Anlin were nice but expensive compared to the other brands.
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I went with Milgard Tuscany with all the upgrades: superspacer, argon and suncoat max low-e. Milgard Tuscany has a lifetime warranty with glass breakage.
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I have Simonton vinyl windows in my home now. Don't know the model. I bought the home with them already installed. They work fine. Nothing special.
Will

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I live in Los Angeles area and had a hard time deciding what vinyl window to buy. I settled on Milgard Tuscany. I have 10 windows and a patio sliding door. I had a few salesman out to my house to give me a estimate and each time was more confused. Each salesman really didn't listen to what I wanted and just went through their sales presentation. Sears was at my house for 3 hours! Sears wanted over $10K for the job. I went with Door and Window Plus. Gave me a good price and no sales games. Bryan was the salesman and was very nice. bryan@doorandwindowplus.com to get in touch with him.
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Arnold K wrote:
I had Polybau windows installed in my house three years ago by All Brand Windows. Price was pretty good. Nothing but problems with service from Polybau and All Brand Windows. Polybau and All Brand Windows take their time calling me back. Polybau service guys always late or don't even show up. Polybau service has been out to my house 6 times. Polybau is a middle of the road window but comes with no service. Can't recommend Polybau vinyl windows.
I got a window estimate from All Brand Windows last month. All Brand Windows recommended the Polybau vinyl window for me. I tried to get in touch with my salesman today and he no longer works for All Brand Windows. He won't give me the details and didn't really want to talk about it. Looks like I will be looking for another company and window brand after seeing this forum post too. This economy scares me when trying to decide if I should buy windows now or wait. I just read today Department of Water and Power will increase their prices by up to 15% this spring so I will try to find a company before then to do my windows.
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Wanted to know how much are vinyl replacement windows? How much is installation?
JTR

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I live in Los Angeles and got Milgard Tuscany windows put in a almost a year ago. I paid on average $450 a window and $1300 for a 6' patio sliding door. Installation was $100 for each window and $400 for the door. I got lots of estimates but went with a company that explained how they would install the windows. Low expansion foam is very important. I found that half of the companies that came out to my house didn't use the foam. The Milgard Tuscany windows are great and would recommend them. Get a few quotes and visit the showrooms. Don't believe the salespeople.
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If I lived in LA I would purchase the ones that were bullitt proof regardless of cost.
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I live in Glendale, CA which is part of Los Angeles county. I got Simonton vinyl windows installed in my house and am pretty happy with them. They company that installed them has since gone out of business. Simonton vinyl windows I read were pretty good. I paid over $800 per window but have some pretty big windows. I have 2 windows that are huge XOX double slider 10'x5' windows and 4 of my windows are 8'x4'. My smallest window is 4'x4'. I got grids too. I think the cost of the windows depends on the size of the actual window size. I think the labor was around $100 each window. Simonton vinyl windows come with a lifetime warranty.
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I sell vinyl replacement windows and would rank them this way.

1. Simonton vinyl replacement windows
2. Amerimax vinyl replacement windows
3. Anlin vinyl replacement windows
4. Milgard Tuscany vinyl replacement windows
5. Atrium vinyl replacement windows
6. Certainteed Somerton vinyl replacement windows
7. Superior Ultima vinyl replacement windows
8. Polybau vinyl replacement windows - horrible service.
9. Milgard Styleline vinyl replacement windows
10. Superior Deluxe vinyl replacement windows

Top 4 vinyl window brands are pretty close in quality. Some standard features are different. After top 4 warranty and service become issues. Milgard Tuscany and Amerimax probably the cheapest. Amerimax has all the bells and whistles but Milgard Tuscany can be upgraded to have the same features. Can't go wrong with any of the top 4 brands listed. Make sure you get a good installer or getting a good window won't matter.
Edward

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I put Amerimax windows in my house and couldn't be happier. Money well spent. I looked at alot of different brands but settled on Amerimax because it had all the things I wanted in a window and was in my price range. The Amerimiax window has made my home more energy efficient and much quieter.
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I have Amerimax windows in my house. The Amerimax vinyl windows are almost 3 years old. have had no problems. Really happy with them. I think they were around $475 a window.
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Brothers Home Improvement put in my windows 4 years ago. Salesman said I would save on my energy bills but I haven't really seen a huge difference. The house still heats up during the day. Kind of disappointed with the Brothers windows. The salesman said the windows would pay for themselves but I don't think at this rate they will. The Brothers vinyl windows were one of the cheapest and I was on a budget. About $500 a window. I had estimates for a $1000 a window. I think if I were to buy vinyl windows again I would go with another brand besides Brothers and go with a national brand and make sure I was getting a more energy efficient window.

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