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Erin

Los Angeles, CA

#69 Jun 3, 2009
The tax credit for vinyl windows is great. Been looking at getting my windows done for a while. Prices for vinyl windows have sure come down. One thing I noticed getting estimates is that alot of companies don't carry workers compensation. So make sure you get a copy of the policy. I went with the Simonton because it was the best value for a high end window. Warranty and brand name were important to me as well as price.
Vinyl Windows Selection

Alhambra, CA

#70 Jun 17, 2009
There are many manufacturers out there that appear to qualify for the energy credit. What is confusing is the difference in pricing for identical features. Can somebody recommend some lesser brand names other than Millgard, Pella, Simonton, Amerimax, Superior that do just that but offer good warranty and service. I am from the Los Angeles area and do not think I need the Argon Gas Fill and Supermax coating.
sue

United States

#71 Jun 19, 2009
Vinyl Windows Selection wrote:
There are many manufacturers out there that appear to qualify for the energy credit. What is confusing is the difference in pricing for identical features. Can somebody recommend some lesser brand names other than Millgard, Pella, Simonton, Amerimax, Superior that do just that but offer good warranty and service. I am from the Los Angeles area and do not think I need the Argon Gas Fill and Supermax coating.
MI makes a cheaper window then the above brands. How much do you have to spend per window?$1,500 tax crdit made me jump on buying windows. I think you have to get windows with argon and lowe to get $1,500 tax credit even in Los Angeles. you can find out which windows qualify by going to companies website.
Frank L

Monterey Park, CA

#72 Jun 27, 2009
I would go with the Simonton windows. Mine are over 4 years old and not one problem. Simonton windows are very energy efficient.
Roddie

United States

#73 Jul 7, 2009
The $1,500 tax credit is huge for me. I don't want to spend a fortune on replacing my windows and this really helps out. I get new windows and get money back from the government. Wow what a deal! I have looked at MI and Superior windows so far. Both are close in price. I like the MI more because they seem to be better built windows. Both qualify for the $1,500 tax credit.
George

United States

#74 Jul 19, 2009
My Simonton vinyl windows are great. Very energy efficient and with the $1,500 tax credit they are now affordable.
Noah - LA - CA

Warrenville, IL

#75 Aug 26, 2009
Anlin claims all their argon filled windows qualify -
http://www.anlin.com/energy-tax-credit.aspx
Liz wrote:
American Vision Windows just finished last week putting in my Anlin windows. I hear on the radio that I get $1500 tax credit for replacing my windows so I search the internet and find this forum. I just looked at my Anlin stickers that I was saving for the tax credit for this year and now they don't qualify with the numbers posted above. The windows that are sliding are a .31 U-factor and my sliding doors are a .33 U-factor. I am calling American Vision Windows and Anlin and maybe they will refund some money. I just paid over $10k for Anlin windows and 2 patio doors and I don't get a dime in tax rebates. Anlin or American Vision Windows need to solve this problem. The problem is that I bought the Anlin windows because I was told Anlin Windows were the best vinyl windows available for California by the American Vision Windows salesman. How can they not qualify. My husband is going to flip out when he finds out.
CGibb

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#76 Aug 28, 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?????
Just ordered Anlin windows and they meet the requirments plus a lifetime warranty- expensive though. Used S Ca Construction Consultants Inc.
Barbara

Los Angeles, CA

#77 Oct 9, 2009
I went with Superior Ultima vinyl windows and saved alot. Over $2,800 over Anlin American Vision Windows Quote. Superior has great customer service. One of the locks was missing from a window and they came out the next week and installed it on my window. Energy ratings were close to Anlin's. Superior's warranty is the same as Anlin's too. Very happy I waited and shopped some more.
Barbara

Los Angeles, CA

#78 Oct 9, 2009
I used Door and Window Plus626,3991569.
Tony L

San Bernardino, CA

#79 Oct 28, 2009
Vinyl Windows Selection wrote:
There are many manufacturers out there that appear to qualify for the energy credit. What is confusing is the difference in pricing for identical features. Can somebody recommend some lesser brand names other than Millgard, Pella, Simonton, Amerimax, Superior that do just that but offer good warranty and service. I am from the Los Angeles area and do not think I need the Argon Gas Fill and Supermax coating.
Superior makes a cheaper window called Deluxe. Good window for the money. To get the $1,500 tax credit you do need the lowe366 and argon. Upgrading to lowe366 and argon only cost about $25 a window which is well worth the money since you now get it back when you do your taxes.
Window man

Central Islip, NY

#80 Feb 16, 2010
Pella's vinyl "Encompass" a junk window and known to be the "bottom of the barell" along with Silverline/American Craftsman.
If you actually think(i doubt it) that Pella make's a good quality vinyl window then I have a bridge to sell you. I've been in the window biz for years and Pella uses a very low quality vinyl and the window will simply not last. Any window installer worth his salt will attest to this. There are very high quality vinyl window companies such as Okna, Gorell,and Sunrise that make a much better window. They use much higher quality vinyl and the engineering is head and shoulders above Pella's.
Window man

Central Islip, NY

#81 Feb 16, 2010
When buying a replacement window,you get what you pay for. There is no cheap way out. You may save money initially but over the next few years you will be back to square one and the cost will be more than double when you need to replace the cheaper windows. Invest in a high quality vinyl winodw and do the job correctly unless you only plan on living in your home for a very short period of time;that is what "builders grade windows" are used for.
Homeowner

Modesto, CA

#82 Feb 16, 2010
Wait, how much do these new windows cost to put in? I have around 30 windows in my home!
Save Your Money

Modesto, CA

#83 Feb 16, 2010
Homeowner wrote:
Wait, how much do these new windows cost to put in? I have around 30 windows in my home!
They end up costing a bundle! In this economy, just save your money and put plastic over the windows instead. It's just as good at saving heat or AC!
Value_Remodeling _NJ

New Egypt, NJ

#85 Aug 15, 2010
Just came across this post and feel I need to add my 2 cents. The bottom line is that all manufactures produce good windows. However, buyer beware. Do your research. For the most part, big name companies spend a lot on advertising. These costs are reflected in there window prices. Choosing a window manufacture that is more local may offer better pricing while offering equal or better performance.
Trying to compare windows has gotten much easier over the past several years. What I tell customers is to compare the ratings on the NFRC label. If there is no label, move on to another window.
Alex Quinn

Glenside, PA

#87 Sep 6, 2011
Even though the tax credit is nice, you will get your money back in the long run by replacing your windows. I bought replacement windows New Jersey last January and have seen a decrease in my energy costs. Not only do they cut costs, they have a better appearance, increase the value of your home, and help with leaving a smaller carbon footprint. The company that worked for me was great too. Here is their link if anyone needs help with replacement windows.
http://www.tristatewindowandsiding.com/index....

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