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

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Roger

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#321
Jul 22, 2011
 
Ugurdy wrote:
Hi All,
Anybody experience about preffered glass windows based on Simi Valley and Santa Clarita company. I received two quote one for Milgard and one for Simonton about the same price and they offer lifetime installation warranty! I am debating between milgard Tuscany and Simonton 7300. Any thoughts or suggestion?
Thanks.
Simonton 7300 I like better. The narrow frame is really nice. Same features on both windows.
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#322
Jul 22, 2011
 
RLM wrote:
We are considering vinyl replacement windows for a stucco home. We have a protruding stucco sill on the bottom of each window, and the protrusion interferes with the installation of the standard Z frame. Some installers are suggesting trimming or cutting off the flange. We are concerned about both the structural integrity of the frame and the ability to seal the frame on the bottom with such a modification. We are considering Milgard Tuscany, Simonton, Amerimax, and Anlin. What is the preferred solution to our interference problem? Does one brand have a better adaptation than the others for such a complication? Do we run a risk of structural problems or leaks with this type of installation?
Cutting the frame is common when it is necessary. If you go with a window dealer that has good installers it shouldn't be a problem. If the installation is done wrong manufacturers won't fix it. Visit the dealers showroom and see which one you feel comfortable with. I would even ask to talk to the installer at your house before you sign the contract. Make sure you understand what is going to be done.
Roger

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#323
Jul 22, 2011
 
T B B wrote:
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Sounds like you need to cut the sill off before installation. Most salesman know nothing about installation so be careful. Go with a company that is going to send the installer to measure the job before they order the windows so there will be no confusion during the installation. Companies now seem to want to send out measure techs that won't be there for the installation so things can really go wrong. Might have to spend a little more money but it sounds like you don't want a problem down the road. Installation is becoming more important than the window itself since most vinyl windows are equally energy efficient. Spend the money.
Didn't see this post before answering the previous question. I agree.
Roger

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#324
Jul 22, 2011
 
Ron wrote:
I need replacement windows. Narrowed it down to Superior Ultima, Anlan, Milgard. Can anyone advise which is the best way to go?
I would go with Milgard Tuscany. I like Simonton 7300 too.
Roger

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#325
Jul 22, 2011
 
SAM wrote:
Has anyone heard of Monte Verde windows? Lifetime warranty including glass breakage for about $500 per window. Saw a cutaway frame and could look inside the workings. Looks like good quality to me (better than Simonton), but what do I really know? Installer has an A rating from BBB.
I can't find any info about them good -- bad or indifferent -- except their website.
Sorry never heard of them. There are lots of local window manufacturers these days. I don't trust most of them since they can go out of business at any time. Buying from larger manufacturer might cost more but you get piece of mind. Most of these small manufacturers don't have full time service teams. You get what you pay for in this industry.
Roger

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#326
Jul 22, 2011
 
James wrote:
Is the window industry doing ok?
I started shopping last year for my home.
I got a bunch of estimates but couldn't fit it into my budget so I didn't buy.
I now have the money so I started to call some of the companies that I got estimates from and found out 50% of them are no longer in business. These companies were all big well know companies.
I am concerned who to go with.
Are there alot of window companies going out of business?
Right now the window industry is doing ok. Not great. Some window dealers not doing well at all. A few big window manufacturers have gone out of business and many window dealers have too. If a window manufacturer or window dealer go out of business service will be hard to come by. When I see the 8 windows for $2k I wonder how that company is going to pay its bills.
lilolady

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#327
Jul 22, 2011
 
Hi Roger!! Are you the same wonderful fella who helped me resolve a very bad problem I had with my window contractor 2007? I went on to purchase lovely
doors ( four ) for my duplex from you. If so, great to hear from you. If not you are just as helpful as " My " Roger! You make great sense. Madelyn, Glendale.
Kelli

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#328
Oct 25, 2011
 
I bought 12 vinyl windows last year from a local company now their out of business. They made their own windows. I am kicking myself for going with the cheapest estimate.
liner

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#329
Oct 27, 2011
 
Kelli wrote:
I bought 12 vinyl windows last year from a local company now their out of business. They made their own windows. I am kicking myself for going with the cheapest estimate.
I know someone who did the same thing. With the same results.
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#330
Nov 22, 2011
 
I got the Anlin windows from sccci. The salesman told me that the Monte Verde windows are made by Anlin but are the cheaper version. Sccci was very professional with the install but i decided to go with the Anlin catalina because i want my windows to last. The salesman was John and he was great. They are in chatsworth, near my house in northridge.
John

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#331
Nov 24, 2011
 
I use to sell vinyl windows for 10 years but left the industry because of the down turn in the economy. If I was going to buy windows today I would go with a big manufacturer.

Salesman lie. They are on commish and don't care what windows you buy as long as you buy theirs. You will never hear from them after the sales.

Simonton and Milgard (7300/7500 and Tuscany lines)are the best out there. Both have good service and will be around if you have a problem.

Problem with smaller manufactures is that they don't make as much money so service takes longer.

If you buy windows (XO slider or Single Hung) they should cost between $400-$550 a window installed. That's it.

When looking at manufacturers look to their preminum line. Don't buy the low end lines. The low end lines are low end for a reason. They don't have the same warranties or features.

Don't go for 8 windows for $2,599 deals. These deals are cheap for a reason. The installers use the cheapest materials to install them so they don't last past 3 years.

Make sure the installers use polyurathane caulking. This will last 25 years or more. Don't use silicone caulking. Might only last 1 year.

Installation warranties are usually 1 YEAR only. Salepeople will say lifetime but they are talking about the window they are selling you. This means you have to pay for repairs. Get at least a 3 year installation warranty. Lifetime installation warranties mean nothing. Most are voided by state laws. Get a copy of the installation warranty because if you don't that means you only have a 1 year warranty.

Never buy from someone with a today special - buy today or lose the deal. This is a scam. A good company will give you a week to find other pricing.

One thing I can say is if you can't afford $400 a window then why are you wasting salesman's time? This type of customer really pissed me off and raised the prices for other customers.

Hope info is helpful.
John

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#332
Nov 24, 2011
 
joebro88 wrote:
I got the Anlin windows from sccci. The salesman told me that the Monte Verde windows are made by Anlin but are the cheaper version. Sccci was very professional with the install but i decided to go with the Anlin catalina because i want my windows to last. The salesman was John and he was great. They are in chatsworth, near my house in northridge.
Don't buy the low end line. I heard Anlin extrusions are from China. Anlin doesn't even put their name on the Monte Verde. Think about that.
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#333
Nov 24, 2011
 
Kelli wrote:
I bought 12 vinyl windows last year from a local company now their out of business. They made their own windows. I am kicking myself for going with the cheapest estimate.
Very true. Some local manufacturers are ok but most of the time it doesn't work out.
John

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#334
Nov 24, 2011
 
Ronald M wrote:
After 2 months of window shopping I can honestly say it was a horrible experience. I like to do my homework but the misinformation from window salesman and the internet really slowed down my search. Reading the warranties was really helpful.
Here are my rankings of windows and why.
Small manufacturers, slick saleman and bad warranties(no labor for me is a deal breaker, why pay for something twice) are things to stay away from.
1. Simonton 7300 - went with this brand because of the company and warranty. The slim look of the window is very nice. Price is in the middle. The Simonton windows look great on my house.
2. Anlin - didn't choose them because the company is very small compared to others. Warranty is good. Price is expensive.
3. Milgard Tuscany - didn't choose them because the vinyl frame is one of the largest on the market. If you like a thick vinyl frame look Milgard Tuscany is it. Warranty and company are good. Price is on the upper middle.
4. Ply Gem Pro 100 - didn't choose them because the company just bought this line of windows. Use to be called Certainteed. Ply Gem is a good company but customer service seems to be just ok. Ply Gem warranty is one of the worst I looked at. No glass breakage and lots of limitations. Window did look nice.
5. Superior Ultima - didn't choose them because they just came out of bankrupcy. Window is ok. No vent stops. Warranty is good.
6. Amerimax - didn't choose them because they are a very small manufacturer. Warranty is only 20 years with no glass breakage from Amerimax.
7. Green World - didn't choose them because they are a small manufacturer. Warranty is good. Window is nice. Price is one of the lowest I found.
8. Jeld-Wen - didn't choose them because of the 2 year warranty. Just horrible.
9. Renewal by Anderson - didn't choose them because of the 2 year warranty. Just horrible. Price was one of the highest I found.
10. Atrium - didn't choose them because they just came out of bankruptcy.
11. Silverline - didn't choose them because they don't have a labor warranty for their windows.
12. Amsco - didn't choose them because they don't have a labor warranty for their windows. Also manufactured out of state.
13. Cascade - didn't choose them because they don't have a labor warranty for their windows.
14. MI - didn't choose them because they don't have a labor warranty for their windows. Also manufactured out of state.
15. Empire Pacific - didn't choose them because they don't have a labor warranty for their windows. Also manufactured out of state.
I would only buy Milgard or Simonton.
John

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#335
Nov 24, 2011
 
Wayne wrote:
Wayne wrote:
I am very happy with Win-Dor in Anaheim. Low pressure salesperson, decent price, and good looking product and result.
Roth wrote:
I wasn't impressed by their prices. The word decent is a stretch. Win-Dor is a tiny window manufacturer compared to Simonton. I got Simonton windows installed for $900 less then the Win-Dor quote. Simonton is a much better window and warranty from a much larger company.
Waynes' reply-
My quote for Simonton was $1800 more than Win-
Dor. And my neighbor is unhappy with his Simonton windows, has had repair work done. So I am very happy with my Win-dor decision.
I can tell you Simonton is a very good window.
John

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#336
Nov 24, 2011
 
Terry wrote:
I see alot of good reviews for Amerimax windows on this forum but in my experience Amerimax is greatly overhyped. I have had nothing but problems dealing with Amerimax service department. I have had 2 windows fog up and 3 locks break on me. Each time Amerimax takes forever to fix the problem. They do fix it but I work and have to take days off each time. Not worth the money I paid for them.
Amerimax is a average window. I rate Simonton and Milgard much higher.
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#337
Nov 24, 2011
 
Steven wrote:
Have window prices gone up? This past week I got the estimates redone by several companies and the prices at up at least 20% from last year when I looked into getting my windows done. I was told the price of making a window has gone up but I can't believe in this economy that prices have gone up 20%. Anyone know if prices will come down any time soon?
Prices have gone up. Materials are way up - oil, glass, vinyl, tin, etc.

When you are ready to buy call the company you want to go with and ask if there are any more discounts. Don't ask for a discount and wait. I use to hate this. It cost companies money to give estimates.
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#339
Mar 16, 2012
 
great thread. i've been getting quotes from window companies in los angeles that carry: superior, milgard, simonton, and other lesser known brands.

simonton 7300 was the highest. most of the time milgard tuscany is second highest, then superior ultima, then lesser known brands.

i haven't decided between milgard or superior. this thread has been very helpful.
go sandy

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#340
Mar 29, 2012
 
go anlin windows catalina line and malibu for sliding door.
Jason

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Jun 2, 2012
 
Does anyone know if Cal Rep Windows or Cunningham Windows in OC are good? I am getting Tuscany Dual Hung with Ultrascreen (one big screen). Let me know if these are good. I saw the Simonton and they are slightly cheaper. I believe Simonton give you more glass area but heard they don't have as good customer service as Milgard. Not sure if these guys do good new window installations.

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