Looking at vinyl replacement windows ...
Rod

United States

#23 Jan 26, 2009
I think I paid around $500 for the Milgard Tuscany in Los Angeles. I did get all the upgrades which did increase the price of the Milgard Tuscany vinyl windows. Price I think depends on the options you get and the size of the window. Los Angeles has alot of window replacement companies.
Lue

United States

#24 Jan 26, 2009
Milgard Tuscany vinyl windows are just fine for me. The Milgard Tuscany vinyl windows really help the house stay cool during the day.
gerri-berri

Los Angeles, CA

#25 Jan 26, 2009
I went through American Vision Windows & Doors and got dual pane windows. Gosh, the difference in sound transmission alone was well worth it.

I got 6 windows (one rather large at about 72 inches wide) in the high $3K's.

They measured twice, ordered, then measured the same day that they came to do the hackouts and installations.

And don't forget - this gives you about $200 to deduct from next year's taxes. Good luck.
Ted

United States

#26 Jan 27, 2009
I have gotten a bunch of window estimates and had a huge difference in pricing from company to company. American Vision Windows who sells Anlin is one of the highest. California Replacement sells Milgard and is a little lower. Door and Window Plus sells alot of brands and has some of the cheaper prices for Milgard and Amerimax. Looks like a good company. I like the Amerimax window the best. California Deluxe Windows is the most expensive and they make their own. A few local companies are lower but don't carry workers compensation. American Vision Windows salesman gave me a sign today price or lose it. Didn't like that. I guess he didn't want me to shop and find out they are overpriced. Very confusing process. Waiting on references from some of the companies. I will post on who I pick.
gerri-berri

Los Angeles, CA

#27 Jan 27, 2009
Ted wrote:
I have gotten a bunch of window estimates and had a huge difference in pricing from company to company. American Vision Windows who sells Anlin is one of the highest. California Replacement sells Milgard and is a little lower. Door and Window Plus sells alot of brands and has some of the cheaper prices for Milgard and Amerimax. Looks like a good company. I like the Amerimax window the best. California Deluxe Windows is the most expensive and they make their own. A few local companies are lower but don't carry workers compensation. American Vision Windows salesman gave me a sign today price or lose it. Didn't like that. I guess he didn't want me to shop and find out they are overpriced. Very confusing process. Waiting on references from some of the companies. I will post on who I pick.
True, American Vision was NOT the lowest, but low price is not always the best reason for choosing. I based it on their BBB rating, references I had heard of and the product they used. I did not sign the same day and did get a discount for a multiple window purchase. Service and installation quality was stellar.
Take all of our (posters) advice, then investigate their BBB rating for product and service, then choose the company and product you feel best with. I just hope we all helped you with some leads.
Rod

United States

#28 Jan 27, 2009
I didn't buy from American Vision Windows because I didn't like the salesmans sales approach. I mentioned I would like a quote on Milgard Tuscany windows and he tried to steer me away from them. He said Anlin was the best and Milgard Tuscany was much lower in quality. I never did get the Milgard Tuscany quote from him. Price he told me was good today only, but called back later said he would still honor it. From American Vision Windows website they are a Milgard Dealer. Why would they bash one of their brands? My price for the Milgard Tuscany with the argon, superspacer and suncoat max low-e was over $1000 cheaper than the American Vision Windows price. 12 windows and 2 patio slider in all. I went with Milgard because I knew the name and it is a huge company. The install was done well by the Milgard Dealer.
gerri-berri

Los Angeles, CA

#29 Jan 27, 2009
Rod wrote:
I didn't buy from American Vision Windows because I didn't like the salesmans sales approach. I mentioned I would like a quote on Milgard Tuscany windows and he tried to steer me away from them. He said Anlin was the best and Milgard Tuscany was much lower in quality. I never did get the Milgard Tuscany quote from him. Price he told me was good today only, but called back later said he would still honor it. From American Vision Windows website they are a Milgard Dealer. Why would they bash one of their brands? My price for the Milgard Tuscany with the argon, superspacer and suncoat max low-e was over $1000 cheaper than the American Vision Windows price. 12 windows and 2 patio slider in all. I went with Milgard because I knew the name and it is a huge company. The install was done well by the Milgard Dealer.
Salesmen generally tick me off, be it a car, windows, houses, shoes, anything. I realize they have a job to do, but don't "sell" me....if I want to buy, I'll buy.
WILL

United States

#30 Jan 27, 2009
IM A WINDOW INSTALLER AND THE MOST AND BEST POPULAR IS MILGARD THEIR WARRANTY IS LIFETIME LET ME KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE A GOOD ESTIMATE AND NEED AN INSTALLER MY EMAIL IS [email protected] THANK YOU
Paula

United States

#31 Jan 27, 2009
I shopped for vinyl replacement windows last year and made the mistake of signing up with Service Magic and Quality Smith services to get some free estimates. I must have gotten 20 different window companies calling me. Service Magic leads were the worse. Contractors getting mad when I didn't want them to come to my house. Said they were paying for the lead even if I didn't want them to come out. Contractors just showing up at my house. Prices and window brands varied. Total nightmare. Both Service Magic and Quality Smith said they could not do anything about it. I think Service Magic and Quality Smith sell the leads to other contractors unless you buy right away.
Paula

United States

#32 Jan 27, 2009
WILL wrote:
IM A WINDOW INSTALLER AND THE MOST AND BEST POPULAR IS MILGARD THEIR WARRANTY IS LIFETIME LET ME KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE A GOOD ESTIMATE AND NEED AN INSTALLER MY EMAIL IS [email protected] THANK YOU
Will, can you please give me your contractors license # so I can make sure you have workers compensation. A yahoo.com email kind of scares me. Are you a dealer for Milgard or do you buy the windows from a dealer?
gerri-berri

Los Angeles, CA

#33 Jan 27, 2009
Paula wrote:
<quoted text>
Will, can you please give me your contractors license # so I can make sure you have workers compensation. A yahoo.com email kind of scares me. Are you a dealer for Milgard or do you buy the windows from a dealer?
Good call, Paula!
Andre

San Francisco, CA

#34 Jan 29, 2009
I'd use anything in my house except American Woodmark
robert

Inglewood, CA

#35 Jan 29, 2009
I have looked at different brands of vinyl windows and see that alot of them are not well constructed or that energy efficient. The ones at Home Depot and Lowes are not very good. Jeld-wen and Pella ThermaStar are horrible. Pella ThermaStar is very cheaply made. Jeld-wen was not much better. I looked at a brand called Value Windows. What a piece of junk. Cheo Windows was pushing the Value Windows. Cheo Windows carried only Value windows which seem to be the bottom of the barrel when it comes to vinyl replacement windows. Value Windows are cheaper than most other brands but you can tell they are if you play with the window by opening and closing. The U-Factor on the sample was .36 which is the highest I have seen. I also looked at a window called Malibu windows. Malibu seems to be hard to move to open it. Malibu vinyl windows also have a high U-Factor .35 on its window sticker. I would stay away from Lowes, Home Depot, Malibu and Value Windows unless you want to be replacing them in a few years again. I will keep shopping but trying to find a cheap vinyl window is looking hopeless. My budget was $300 a window installed. Anyone know of a vinyl window in this price range?
jenny

Aliso Viejo, CA

#36 Jan 30, 2009
Edward or anyone happy with their amerimax broker- installer could you refer a name & # of contact. Thank you. Thank you to all who blog here and saving me. from All Brand windows.
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.
Katie

Inglewood, CA

#37 Jan 30, 2009
jenny wrote:
Edward or anyone happy with their amerimax broker- installer could you refer a name & # of contact. Thank you. Thank you to all who blog here and saving me. from All Brand windows. <quoted text>
Door and Window Plus sells Amerimax windows in Los Angeles. Bryan was my salesman. [email protected]
Ken

Los Angeles, CA

#38 Jan 30, 2009
I have Superior windows and they are pretty good. Never had a problem with them. My sister has Milgards and she seems to enjoy them. Marvin I have heard are good.
Todd

Los Angeles, CA

#39 Jan 31, 2009
I put Pella vinyl windows in my house last year. I had Pella Store do the installation. They are better then what I had but not by much. The Pella's don't work well and Pella has zero customer service. Would not recommend Pella vinyl windows.
John

United States

#40 Jan 31, 2009
Vinyl window shopping sucks. These salesman lie. The California Deluxe Window salesman said to not waste my money on Milgard. Said it would have to be replaced in a few years. California Deluxe Window really had a nice window but not worth $950+ a window. Galkos Construction was the worse trying to sell me Atrium windows for over $1000 a piece. Do salesman think homeowners are stupid? My windows on average are 6' x 4' Xo Sliders. Not giant windows. California Deluxe Windows and Galkos Construction won't stop calling me. They call and hang up when they get the machine. Both California Deluxe Windows and Galkos Construction are overpricing vinyl windows and pretty much ripping off customers.
Gregory T

Los Angeles, CA

#41 Jan 31, 2009
I got Simonton put in my house 6 months ago and they are pretty good. Not cheap about $675 a window installed. If you get Simonton make sure you get the low-e366 glass with white superspacer and the wide frame. The narrow frame and the metal spacer I was told is not as good. The french sliding patio door is great. I think it was around $2000 installed. I almost got a outswinging french door but at $3600 it was a little too much. I had a contractor put the windows and door in. Installation was ok. I don't know if he used the foam stuff.
Hank

United States

#42 Feb 1, 2009
Problem with Simonton windows is that their retro fin is only single walled. This is especially true on the 7300 narrow frame. Most companies have double walled and looks better I think. Just what I noticed when I was shopping for windows. I am still shopping.

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