lilolady

Glendale, CA

#344 Jun 14, 2012
MHm wrote:
Can anyone compare quality of product and service for me please: Amerimax Riviera french slider with transom vs Plygem 970 french slider no transom.
U-value and DP rating values are comparable. I can't find the SHGC rating for Plygem. Unknown extrusion layers/hardware layout for plygem.
Thanks.
Can't compare products as you requested .... However, as a professional cleaning lady,
I want to ask you to always check for the weakest link. Some sliders weigh a tremendous
lot, which gives a fine feel to the sturdiness and security you are looking for. With weight comes problems with the wheels collapsing upon themselves. Double check the material
Also, do not rely on closing the doors using the locking mechanism. Good hardware is essential. I have dealt with so many expensive sliders over the years and have seen many very good ones, but have never had occasion to ask the brand or model. If you have a dog that jumps and scratches the glass, forget the whole thing. You will never cure that super destructive habit.
lil

Irvine, CA

#345 Jun 19, 2012
anyone heard of Hardy Windows in Anaheim? I heard they subcontract out their work, although the rep and owner told me they have their own installers in house. I read that they specialize in commercial properties, so not sure how they are with residential.
lil

Irvine, CA

#346 Jun 19, 2012
John wrote:
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Amerimax is a average window. I rate Simonton and Milgard much higher.
I saw Amerimax. They have a better build and more weather stripping than either Milgard or Simonton. Milgard doesnt even fit properly and it only shuts in less than an eigth of an inch when fully closed. The window also wiggles when its closed (not 100% shut tight)
Cher

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#347 Jun 21, 2012
We had Anlin windows and french doors installed three years ago. We are in the midst of a large remodel/addition and needed 2 more windows. My Contractor purchased and installed Milgard. I am not happy with the amount of vinyl framing the glass, it's much thicker and the grids are thinner than the Anlin. He is willing to remove them and install Anlin but the window dealers that he uses don't offer them. We don't want them installed by the dealer, but by my contractor. Where to go? I'm in Rancho Palos Verdes (Los Angeles county).
Mike

Paso Robles, CA

#348 Jul 2, 2012
Cher wrote:
We had Anlin windows and french doors installed three years ago. We are in the midst of a large remodel/addition and needed 2 more windows. My Contractor purchased and installed Milgard. I am not happy with the amount of vinyl framing the glass, it's much thicker and the grids are thinner than the Anlin. He is willing to remove them and install Anlin but the window dealers that he uses don't offer them. We don't want them installed by the dealer, but by my contractor. Where to go? I'm in Rancho Palos Verdes (Los Angeles county).
Call Progressive Insulation and Windows in Chatsworth. They have been an Anlin dealer for over ten years. Family owned and operated. If you have a problem the owner will pick up the phone and fix it with you. They have supplied and installed thousands of Anlin windows. www.progressiveiw.com
lilolady

Glendale, CA

#349 Jul 2, 2012
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>
Call Progressive Insulation and Windows in Chatsworth. They have been an Anlin dealer for over ten years. Family owned and operated. If you have a problem the owner will pick up the phone and fix it with you. They have supplied and installed thousands of Anlin windows. www.progressiveiw.com
Thank you, Mike, for that link!!! My installer turned out to be a crook. I have 27 Anlin window installed and some are on rental property. Need I say more?
North OC

Santa Ana, CA

#350 Jul 23, 2012
Jason wrote:
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.
I used Ca Replacement Windows and was very happy with installation..
Felix

Van Nuys, CA

#351 Jul 27, 2012
I was in the window industry for over 7 years and I can tell you most of these reviews about a windows or a company are from the companies themselves or salespeople from that company. Think about it. When does a homeowner search vinyl windows and write review on a forum? Usually never. Most reviews are fake on the internet. Look at the dates of when they were written.

From my experience go with a established company that doesn't play games. 8 windows for $2,600 is a scam. Companies use subcontractors and low end windows and materials. They can show you workers comp papers but they are not employees. These windows won't last past 5 years. Every problem gets pushed to the manufacturer. I know everyone wants a deal but the less money you spend the more problems you will have.

BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!
Brittany M

Los Angeles, CA

#352 Aug 21, 2012
We are looking to get new windows in our home. We have 39 windows and 2 sliders. We are trying to decide between Ply Gem and Amerimax. Both quotes that we got were very close in price. Can anyone give us feed back on which is better and why you would choose one over the other?
Paul

Pasadena, CA

#353 Aug 30, 2012
Brittany M wrote:
We are looking to get new windows in our home. We have 39 windows and 2 sliders. We are trying to decide between Ply Gem and Amerimax. Both quotes that we got were very close in price. Can anyone give us feed back on which is better and why you would choose one over the other?
I would keep looking, both Ply Gem and Amerimax warranties are not full lifetime warranties. Read both warranties. Glass breakage with labor NOT included.

Take a look at Milgard Tuscany or Simonton. Use the measurements you have and email them to some other dealers.
Paul

Pasadena, CA

#354 Aug 30, 2012
Jason wrote:
Trying to figure out if Milgard Tuscany vs Simonton 7300 has the same glass area for dual hung. I dont know what the Simonton 7500 series is. They only showed me the 7500.
Milgard Tuscany has much less glass space then Simonton 7300. Milgard Tuscany is equal sight line, Simonton 7300 is close but isn't.
Paul

Pasadena, CA

#355 Aug 30, 2012
lilolady wrote:
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Thank you, Mike, for that link!!! My installer turned out to be a crook. I have 27 Anlin window installed and some are on rental property. Need I say more?
Progressive estimate was twice as much as everyone else. No thanks!
Bob

Redondo Beach, CA

#356 Oct 22, 2012
Great information, thanks.
Loren G

Alhambra, CA

#357 Oct 29, 2012
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.
So how do you like your windows? I have had quotes but still undecided on what I really want and need. Everyone that has come out has given us information that was good but then different than the last and bad. It is so frustrating. I saw a Simonton, Milgard and Anlin.
Peter at SurePro Windows

Spring Valley, CA

#358 Nov 15, 2012
The MonteVerde brand is the best bang for your buck. They're made by Anlin (in the same factory), so you get a great window. They come standard with all the bells and whistles, such as triple-foam spacers, double-strength glass, triple low-E, and a lifetime warranty. The vinyl frame is slim and sleek and looks great compared to the large, bulky Milgard frames. The best part of all of this is that the MonteVerde brand windows are the most affordable windows you'll find. We have installed over 10,000 MonteVerde windows and have only gone back on ONE in the last 4 years. Just my two cents.
Peter at SurePro Windows

Spring Valley, CA

#359 Nov 15, 2012
Oh, and Anlin offers 84 months no interest financing through Enerbank!
Peter

Las Vegas, NV

#360 Dec 5, 2012
I have gotten quotes from four vinyl replacement window companies/contractors. Two of them are saying that plastic wheels/rollers are better and the other two are saying to get brass wheels/rollers. Which is better, plastic or brass?
EmmaCay

South Jordan, UT

#361 Jan 14, 2013
I'm not really sure what you are looking for as far as replacement windows near Boston goes. But if you want you can look into this company I discovered. They look like great people to work with. http://www.pellanewengland.com/ForTheHomeowne...
Debbie Hawthorne

Los Angeles, CA

#362 Feb 27, 2013
Edward wrote:
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.
Hi Edward who installed your windows I would like to drive by and look at them as live local. its a game finding a good company
Please reply if you read this
Jacob

Anonymous Proxy

#363 May 2, 2013
Shopping for vinyl windows is hard. Salesman lie and promise the world but then you check out the company and they have tons of bad reviews or complaints with the Better Business Bureau. All vinyl windows seem to have pros and cons. Energy savings is low compared to what you hear. The words "UP TO" come up a lot. References don't answer the phone or don't call back. Guess they weren't that happy with the job. Fake reviews are everywhere. Multiple company names when you search on contractors board. I believe most companies sub-contract out the labor. They say they don't but they do. Working under someone's license is still subcontracting the labor. A owner told me 99% of companies do this. So If they don't they probably don't have insurance at all. He told me a lien release is something to ask for. I don't have a clue who to trust. So I am holding off on doing my windows.

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