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Pasadena, CA

#261 Apr 12, 2010
Here is a video clip from Fox News talking about the new EPA Lead Law for pre-1978 homes and its effects on homeowners and window companies.

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4137761/new-le...
Jack

United States

#262 Apr 26, 2010
Steve wrote:
When you call to get a window estimate please ask the company if they are certified for lead or will be by April 22, 2010.
Here is a website for EPA certified companies. Seems like the website is not showing everyone yet so ask to see the certification card when you get your estimates. Don't believe anyone that can't produce a lead trained certification card or isn't listed on the website below.
http://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_firm.htm
Each Certified Firm can give you a EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm number they got when they became certified.

The number should look like this.

Number begins with: NAT - their company number 5 digits - 1

If they don't have this EPA number that should be written on the contract you sign then look at a different company. I have caught 4 companies saying they are certified and they are not.
jeff

Rosemead, CA

#263 May 13, 2010
i think Sureguard is the best. I am a contractor and tried tons of companies but this company made me windows fast n I mismeasured one window and they did me a huge favor. The owner Christina made me a new window within one hours. Great company
TRIP

San Diego, CA

#264 May 19, 2010
Any suggestion on Anlin Vs Brothers brand of windows.
I am getting more or less same quote from both.
Both offer lifetime warranty and also online reviews for both are good.
I need to decide one against the other. I have 8 Windows and 1 patio door to replace.
Travis

United States

#265 May 27, 2010
I'm confused having read all of these reviews.(Great info here. Thank you.) I know about the link for the ATRIUM forum that has far too many negatives. I'm hoping to get more objective responses here. Do the readers here have any experience with ATRIUM? Initially I was considering SIMONTON (Hardy Windows, Anaheim) but the ATRIUM salesman (United Builders, Rancho) was excellent. AMSCO was even suggested but I heard negative things about them. I don't want to get a window that will cause me on-going problems. Beyond all of the technical tips please give me your thoughts. Thank you.
Robbie

Pueblo, CO

#266 May 28, 2010
Travis wrote:
I'm confused having read all of these reviews.(Great info here. Thank you.) I know about the link for the ATRIUM forum that has far too many negatives. I'm hoping to get more objective responses here. Do the readers here have any experience with ATRIUM? Initially I was considering SIMONTON (Hardy Windows, Anaheim) but the ATRIUM salesman (United Builders, Rancho) was excellent. AMSCO was even suggested but I heard negative things about them. I don't want to get a window that will cause me on-going problems. Beyond all of the technical tips please give me your thoughts. Thank you.
I had Atrium windows in my rental property for less than 4 years and they all ended up having to be replaced. Atrium's service department is horrible and didn't want to fix anything. Fighting with them did no good. They don't care. I would not buy a certain brand of windows by what a salesman says they are good. Most salesman I know are on commission. The salesman aren't the ones that are going to be fixing the problems if they occur. The manufacturer is. I have heard of Simonton but not Amsco windows.
rolexguy

United States

#267 May 30, 2010
Seeking some advice. We are replacing all of windows old aluminum single pane windows. The sliding doors will be done in a couple months till we decide if its going to be sliders or french sliders. We have 8 windows and have received numerous quotes on different makers. When looking at the different makers it seemed that the lowe2 & lowe3 tint,darkness,greenish color levels vary. We had completey ruled out lowe3 because of those factors and had decided on lowe2. We were told that amerimax was the only maker that could meet the numbers to qualify for the rebate. Is this true? If not what other makers meet it using lowe2? I did see the milgard tuscany series yesterday with the dual glaze, 3dmax, edgegardMax spacer and it looked like a lowe2 tint? I was also told that the amerimax doors with lowe2 wont be able to meet the numbers, while the milgards do meet them. Is there any other maker that could hit those number with lowe2 for doors and windows to qualify for the rebate?

Fyi quotes for 8 slider windows total,1 passthrough slider, 1 obscured tempered, clear view screens, all retrofit.
amerimax 3500
Milgard 3700

Best i have received so far.
Derk

Riverside, CA

#268 May 31, 2010
rolexguy wrote:
Seeking some advice. We are replacing all of windows old aluminum single pane windows. The sliding doors will be done in a couple months till we decide if its going to be sliders or french sliders. We have 8 windows and have received numerous quotes on different makers. When looking at the different makers it seemed that the lowe2 & lowe3 tint,darkness,greenish color levels vary. We had completey ruled out lowe3 because of those factors and had decided on lowe2. We were told that amerimax was the only maker that could meet the numbers to qualify for the rebate. Is this true? If not what other makers meet it using lowe2? I did see the milgard tuscany series yesterday with the dual glaze, 3dmax, edgegardMax spacer and it looked like a lowe2 tint? I was also told that the amerimax doors with lowe2 wont be able to meet the numbers, while the milgards do meet them. Is there any other maker that could hit those number with lowe2 for doors and windows to qualify for the rebate?
Fyi quotes for 8 slider windows total,1 passthrough slider, 1 obscured tempered, clear view screens, all retrofit.
amerimax 3500
Milgard 3700
Best i have received so far.
Simonton, Ply Gem and Green World all make windows that meet the tax credit requirements using lowe2/argon. I only know of Green World's Patio Door with lowe2/argon that meets the requirements for the tax credit. Going with lowe2/argon will probably save you $400.00 on the patio door.

Amerimax lowe3 glass is really dark because it comes with the self cleaning glass film. Most lowe3/argon are not that dark. If you get direct sunlight then lowe3/argon is what you should get. Don't let a salesman talk you out of it.

Passthrough windows can have problems since both sides slide. The lock will hit and damage the vinyl and this will not be covered under the warranty. This happens all the time.

If price is a concern then look at Green World which is a small window manufacturer in Southern California.
ted

Whittier, CA

#269 Jun 1, 2010
rolexguy wrote:
Seeking some advice. We are replacing all of windows old aluminum single pane windows. The sliding doors will be done in a couple months till we decide if its going to be sliders or french sliders. We have 8 windows and have received numerous quotes on different makers. When looking at the different makers it seemed that the lowe2 & lowe3 tint,darkness,greenish color levels vary. We had completey ruled out lowe3 because of those factors and had decided on lowe2. We were told that amerimax was the only maker that could meet the numbers to qualify for the rebate. Is this true? If not what other makers meet it using lowe2? I did see the milgard tuscany series yesterday with the dual glaze, 3dmax, edgegardMax spacer and it looked like a lowe2 tint? I was also told that the amerimax doors with lowe2 wont be able to meet the numbers, while the milgards do meet them. Is there any other maker that could hit those number with lowe2 for doors and windows to qualify for the rebate?
Fyi quotes for 8 slider windows total,1 passthrough slider, 1 obscured tempered, clear view screens, all retrofit.
amerimax 3500
Milgard 3700
Best i have received so far.
I would not go with the Amerimax windows. Their service is not very good. Took them 5 times to fix my window over a 5 week period. Missed work and my personal time with my family. It was a combination window that leaked water in the bottom panel. I spent alot of money and don't think it was worth it. Amerimax dragged their feet and Hardy Windows in Anaheim didn't help one bit. Can't recommend either.
Pam

Fair Oaks, CA

#270 Jun 11, 2010
Those who have window replaced, does your contractor take care of buidling permit?
I just got a contract and it state that "Owners to pull permits and call for instpection when job is complete."
Bob

Riverside, CA

#271 Jun 14, 2010
Pam wrote:
Those who have window replaced, does your contractor take care of buidling permit?
I just got a contract and it state that "Owners to pull permits and call for instpection when job is complete."
If it says that, YOU the homeowner is responsible for the permit and if your home doesn't meet egress in your bedrooms(5.7 square feet opening) you will have to pay to have your windows redone if the city catches you doing the windows. Some companies have waivers for the egress since most homeowners don't want to pay for it to be done. Reason why most window companies don't pull permits is because it is a pain to deal with each city. City might require a drawing or tell you what they allow. Homeowners can pull a permit if they want or hope they don't get caught. Most don't pull permits. Pulling a permit also allows the city to raise your property taxes. Also if your home is built before 1978 you must hire a EPA Certified Safe Installer of face possible fines for you and the company doing the work.
Steven

Pasadena, CA

#272 Jun 26, 2010
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?
roger

United States

#273 Jul 6, 2010
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?
I am getting pricing on getting my upstairs done after getting my downstairs done last year and prices have gone up significantly. The company that did my windows is quoting the same size window at a 25% to 30% increase from what I paid last year. I have gotten other estimates and they are higher as well. Some have been lower but I have a bad feeling about these companies. I am being told prices will go up even further since the tax credit will end in December.
Rich

Overland Park, KS

#274 Jul 29, 2010
I can recommend Simonton vinyl windows. They are considered the best.
Tom

Los Angeles, CA

#275 Aug 3, 2010
I don't recommend Cascade Windows. Mine are horrible and can't get them fixed by Cascade Windows or the dealer that installed them. Horrible experience.
Jennifer

Whittier, CA

#276 Aug 11, 2010
Got a quote for 'Cleo Certainteed' windows and I have been looking all over the internet for this brand but have not seen any reviews. Has anybody worked with this company or have these windows? If so please let me know what you think of the quality/price.

Thank you!
Tom

Los Angeles, CA

#277 Aug 11, 2010
Jennifer wrote:
Got a quote for 'Cleo Certainteed' windows and I have been looking all over the internet for this brand but have not seen any reviews. Has anybody worked with this company or have these windows? If so please let me know what you think of the quality/price.
Thank you!
I think it is Cleo Window your talking about. I looked at Cleo Window and didn't like them. Seemed very cheaply made. I remember the warranty was not very good. No glass breakage warranty. I believe it uses vinyl from China is what I was told by the saleman.
Jennifer

Whittier, CA

#278 Aug 12, 2010
rolexguy wrote:
Seeking some advice. We are replacing all of windows old aluminum single pane windows. The sliding doors will be done in a couple months till we decide if its going to be sliders or french sliders. We have 8 windows and have received numerous quotes on different makers. When looking at the different makers it seemed that the lowe2 & lowe3 tint,darkness,greenish color levels vary. We had completey ruled out lowe3 because of those factors and had decided on lowe2. We were told that amerimax was the only maker that could meet the numbers to qualify for the rebate. Is this true? If not what other makers meet it using lowe2? I did see the milgard tuscany series yesterday with the dual glaze, 3dmax, edgegardMax spacer and it looked like a lowe2 tint? I was also told that the amerimax doors with lowe2 wont be able to meet the numbers, while the milgards do meet them. Is there any other maker that could hit those number with lowe2 for doors and windows to qualify for the rebate?
Fyi quotes for 8 slider windows total,1 passthrough slider, 1 obscured tempered, clear view screens, all retrofit.
amerimax 3500
Milgard 3700
Best i have received so far.
I have about 9 windows being replaced and my lowest quote has been 6700. I was wondering if you have gotten your windows replaced and if so are you willing to give me the company name?
Thank you,
Jennifer
Terry

East Greenwich, RI

#279 Aug 18, 2010
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.
Noel

Toronto, Canada

#280 Aug 19, 2010
anyone considering replacement windows, who is also concerned with getting the best window technology possible, should take a look at "Magic Window" found on-line at magic-window.com .

they are by far the best available.

buying ANY of the others is a pain in the you-know-what, and is very risky.

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