Homeowners Will Get $1500 Tax Credit ...
Harvey P

Los Angeles, CA

#44 Mar 5, 2009
Looking into this vinyl replacement window tax credit of $1,500 and I found most companies don't have a clue which brands qualify. I have found that a few vinyl window brands will qualify for the tax credit but want to make sure. Is vinyl windows a good choice? I was told vinyl windows are a better choice then fiberglass windows. Is this true?

Anyone know if these vinyl window brands qualify for the tax credit? Anyone know if any of these vinyl windows are any good or should I go with fiberglass? I know nothing about windows.

Window Master vinyl windows
MI vinyl windows
or
Pella fiberglass
Savvy Researcher

Sewickley, PA

#45 Mar 7, 2009
Take a look at the NFRC web site... it's very helpful!

Search the window manufacturer you have in mind (or one that your installation company is pushing!)

Then, set your U factor and SHGC to a max of 0.30.

Finally, click "find products"

You will be given the manufacturer's product line that meets your set criteria.

Click on the line and you will easily find the U and SHGC values!!!

I hope this helps!
Dee
Savvy Researcher

Sewickley, PA

#46 Mar 7, 2009
Ooops ... here is the website.

http://cpd.nfrc.org/search/cpd/cpd_search_def...

Dee
Savvy Researcher

Sewickley, PA

#47 Mar 7, 2009
I'm not from Sewickley, PA ... I'm from Arlington, VA.

Either way, our goals are the same - to take advantage of the tax credit incentive :)

Dee
Savvy Researcher

Sewickley, PA

#48 Mar 7, 2009
Serious question ...

PS: Can anyone tell me if these window companies allow for buyers to just buy the windows? Anyone know of a company in the VA-MD-DC area?

Thanks!
Justin

United States

#49 Mar 7, 2009
You should have gone with Encompass by Pella, meets all requirement for the $1500 tax credit. Its the best vinyl window out there. If you are looking for wood clad Pella's Designer Series windows and doors meet all the requirements as well.
GO GREEN Vinyl Windows wrote:
After doing some research most vinyl, wood, aluminum and aluminum clad windows don't qualify for this Stimulus Bill Tax Credit of $1500.
Looks like vinyl windows with superspacer, low-e366 glass and argon gas have the best chance of meeting the 0.30 u-factor and 0.30 shgc. I would insist on this so you can get the $1500 tax credit.
Windows that meet this 0.30 u-factor or better and 0.30 shgc or better requirement are:
Milgard Tuscany - have to upgrade this window to Superspacer, Argon and SuncoatMAX(low-e366)
Amerimax - have to upgrade this window to Argon and Low-E366. Amerimax comes standard with Superspacer.
Justin

United States

#50 Mar 7, 2009
You should have gone with Encompass by Pella, meets all requirement for the $1500 tax credit. Its the best vinyl window out there. If you are looking for wood clad Pella's Designer Series windows and doors meet all the requirements as well.
Justin

United States

#51 Mar 7, 2009
Pella Impervia wont qualify but Encompass by Pella (vinyl) will qualify.
Harvey P wrote:
Looking into this vinyl replacement window tax credit of $1,500 and I found most companies don't have a clue which brands qualify. I have found that a few vinyl window brands will qualify for the tax credit but want to make sure. Is vinyl windows a good choice? I was told vinyl windows are a better choice then fiberglass windows. Is this true?
Anyone know if these vinyl window brands qualify for the tax credit? Anyone know if any of these vinyl windows are any good or should I go with fiberglass? I know nothing about windows.
Window Master vinyl windows
MI vinyl windows
or
Pella fiberglass
gmoney

Ballston Spa, NY

#52 Mar 8, 2009
It looks like there are no DIY windows available, so the tax credit you are getting is just being passed along to the installer.
savvy researcher

Arlington, VA

#53 Mar 10, 2009
My coworker answered my question about ordering windows without installation service ... yellow pages! and I found 2 companies that take special orders with no installation contract necessary in a mater of 10 minutes.

I will never snub another yellow page book again!:)

Dee
Pella Encompass Owner

United States

#54 Mar 10, 2009
Justin wrote:
You should have gone with Encompass by Pella, meets all requirement for the $1500 tax credit. Its the best vinyl window out there. If you are looking for wood clad Pella's Designer Series windows and doors meet all the requirements as well.
I got Encompass by Pella put in my house and have had nothing but trouble. Pella's has come out each time but each fix creates a new problem it seems. Since the labor warranty is only 2 years I have a feeling I will be replacing my windows again in a year. Justin since you think these Pella Encompass vinyl windows are so good why did Pella only give a 2 year labor warranty and no glass breakage? I love when I went to the Pella store to buy these and the salesman said lifetime warranty. Not even close Pella and I have only had them less then a year. Out of my 22 windows 10 have failed. If I would have know this I would have gotten the Milgards that I was looking at. The Milgard vinyl windows have a lifetime labor warranty and glass breakage. I would not recommend buying Pella's Encompass.

Here is Pella's vinyl window so called lifetime warranty.
http://web.pella.com/products/Documents/Vinyl...
Kurt

Davis, CA

#55 Mar 18, 2009
Anlin windows do meet this requirement. Go to the following site for more information.

http://www.anlin.com/thermal-performance-data...
C Mountain

United States

#58 Mar 25, 2009
My dad bought windows by Anlin. The Anlin window Does meet (in fact exceeds it!) the Tax Credit standard of ".30 or under" in U-factor and SHGC when ordered with Optional argon gas. I suspect most Anlin dealers will now make it standard in their orders to assist customers wanting to earn the Tax Credit. The CATALINA series, got a .27 U-factor and a .22 SHGC, well below the new "strict" Tax Credit standards. They use an "Infinit-e Plus Glazing System" (version of Low-E #366?) with a special foam spacer called "Platimun Elite" as standard, but argon gas (instead of air), is optional.
You can confirm this info at their site ( anlin.com ) for details and thermal data listings.
Windor Rep

Beverly Hills, CA

#61 Mar 27, 2009
John M wrote:
I've been researching vinyl replacement windows-I need them bad. My windows are single glass aluminum. I also want the $1,500 credit. Looked in Milgard, Anlin, Windor, Certainteed, Pella, and Andersen- all seem to be poor quality and don't meet the requirements for the energy credit! Does anyone out there even know what brand does? Any recommendations for a good quality and energy efficient window from a reliable and trustable installation company, or am I just living a fantasy here?????
Being in the Industry, I know Milgard, Anlin, Win-dor & Certainteed can all qualify for the Tax Credit. Some of the companies can meet teh requirement with their standard windows, while others need to add upgraded options. Usually LowE3 glass, with Super Spacer & Argon will be enough to meet the Federal requirements. Make sure you get this in writing as we have seen a few companies quote a product that will meet the Tax Credit requirements and then install a lower quality window.
Jonas

Coventry, RI

#63 Apr 3, 2009
When the Biggest Name in Home Improvement Teams up with the Biggest Name in Vinyl Windows and Warranties the Install & Product for as long as you live in Your Home...why would you go anywhere else?? Home Depot Home Services & Simonton Windows. 6500 DBL Pane is .30 (.24 SHGC) and the 6500 TRPL Pane is .23 U factor...
Paul

Laguna Beach, CA

#64 Apr 5, 2009
I found this online looking at different window brands. It tells you what window brands qualify.

The Windows below are for retrofit frame. The Windows below are with NO GRIDS. Grids can be tricky depending on the window brand.

Milgard Tuscany (Simi Valley and Temecula plant)
Each one of these windows is upgraded to 3D MAX (Superspacer, Low-e366 and Argon)
U-Factor / SHGC
Single Hung
.29 /.21
XO and XOX sliders
.29 /.21
Double Hung
.30 /.21
Picture Window
.27 / 24
Patio Door Sliders
.28 /.19

Silverline by Anderson Traditional Series - Texas Plant - NEW LINE JUST FOR WEST COAST - Totally different window from the east coast series)
All Windows and Doors have Low-e366 and Argon
U-Factor / SHGC
Single Hung
.30 /.20
XO and XOX sliders
.30 /.20
Double Hung
no double hung available
Picture Window
.28 /.20
Patio Door Sliders
.29 /.20

MI Windows Professional Series - Arizona Plant - NEW LINE JUST FOR WEST COAST - Totally different window from the east coast series)
All Windows and Doors have Low-e366 and Argon
U-Factor / SHGC
Single Hung
.30 /.23
XO and XOX sliders
.30 /.23
Double Hung
Not available in Professional Series
Picture Window
.27 /.24
Home Maker II Patio Door Slider
.29 /.23

MI Windows Homemaker II Series - Arizona Plant - NEW LINE JUST FOR WEST COAST - Totally different window from the east coast series)
All Windows and Doors have Low-e366 and Argon
U-Factor / SHGC
Single Hung
.29 /.23
XO and XOX sliders
.29 /.23
Double Hung
.30 /.22
Picture Window
.26 /.24
Home Maker II Patio Door Slider
.29 /.23

Amerimax Windows - California Plant
All Windows and Doors have Low-e366 and Argon (Superspacer is standard)
U-Factor / SHGC
Single Hung
Does NOT Qualify over .30
XO and XOX sliders
.30 /.22
Double Hung
.29 /.22
Picture Window
.29 /.23
Patio Door Sliders
.28 /.22
Clare

Sturgeon Bay, WI

#65 Apr 30, 2009
Weather Shield, Peach Tree, and Crestline all have extensive lines of windows that will earn homeowners a tax credit. Peach Tree and Crestline can be found in many of the big boxes. Window companies haven't been lobbying Congress for this. In fact, it's the opposite. Some companies are lobbying to have their less efficient windows qualify because they aren't concerned with energy conservation. Thankfully, we finally have an administration that is serious about this and is giving homeowners a financial incentive to reduce their energy consumption.
Peter R

United States

#66 May 5, 2009
I got the MI Professional windows installed in my home a few weeks ago. The MI Professional windows do qualify for the tax credit and were in my budget. The MI Professional windows make the house quieter and cooler all day. Money well spent.
Sue

United States

#67 May 5, 2009
The tax credit is for replacing my existing windows with better quality ones, correct? Why is it only $1,500 tax credit? The tax credit should be more if they want people to actually change out their windows. I dont have thousands of dollars to change out my windows. The tax credit for replacing windows is a nice idea but I think most people can't afford to spend the money in this economy.
Larry

United States

#68 May 7, 2009
I have MI vinyl windows in my home and they do a good job keeping out the heat and cold. I did at the time get a tax credit but I think it was only a few hundred dollars.

Sue do you think the government should just give you money so you don't have to pay for it? Give me a break.

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