Looking at vinyl replacement windows in Los Angeles? Which brands are good?

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KDG

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#301
Oct 16, 2010
 
I got quote $500 per window 1000 for patio door from Anlin
Steve

Burbank, CA

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#302
Nov 2, 2010
 
Depending on where you live in California you might need your windows tempered to protect from FIRES. I got 10 estimates and only 1 company mentioned this. My insurance agent said my home would not have been covered if there was a fire near my home or a fire destroyed it, if the window weren't tempered.

Here is a map with each city that needs to follow this. Click on the county then city.

http://www.fire.ca.gov/fire_prevention/fire_p...
Pat

Pasadena, CA

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#303
Nov 18, 2010
 
I have been shopping for windows for the past 6 months hoping the prices would go down but they haven't. They actually have gone up. The $1,500 tax credit ends this year. A window company was in my home yesterday&theysaid here is your price today only. I have heard this before but today I heard the same thing from another company. I asked why the hurry and he said they are filling up so fast with orders they won't be able to install my windows this year if I wait too long. He said their prices have gone up and will go higher since they are in control which jobs they take and which ones they don't. I called a few companies today and a few said they were already booked up the rest of the year.
I guess the $1,500 is only good if you have the windows installed this year. The salesman told me the IRS probably wouldn't catch me if I installed the windows next year but they won't lie to them if I got audited. He said your payment will be a giveaway.
I told the saleman that there must be companies that could still do the install and he said yes there probably are but the good window companies are already booked up or close to it.
Has this happened to anyone else? Is the tax credit getting extended? Anyone know?
Jeff

Los Angeles, CA

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#304
Dec 9, 2010
 
I just found out that if you buy replacement windows this year(2010) that qualify for the $1,500 tax credit they MUST be installed before the end of 2010. I was told by a window salesman that this didn't matter but it looks like that it does. If I get audited by the IRS they will not let me take the tax credit. Here is the wording from the IRS looking at their website on the tax credit. I almost made a huge mistake by going with someone that would have installed the windows in 2011 and thus I would not be able to get the tax credit. If I would have been audited by the IRS they would have seen my payments to the window company after 2010 and they would not have given it to me and I probably would have been in a whole lot of trouble.

http://www.irs.gov/irb/2009-25_IRB/ar10.html
Pat

Pasadena, CA

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#305
Dec 9, 2010
 
Jeff wrote:
I just found out that if you buy replacement windows this year(2010) that qualify for the $1,500 tax credit they MUST be installed before the end of 2010. I was told by a window salesman that this didn't matter but it looks like that it does. If I get audited by the IRS they will not let me take the tax credit. Here is the wording from the IRS looking at their website on the tax credit. I almost made a huge mistake by going with someone that would have installed the windows in 2011 and thus I would not be able to get the tax credit. If I would have been audited by the IRS they would have seen my payments to the window company after 2010 and they would not have given it to me and I probably would have been in a whole lot of trouble.

http://www.irs.gov/irb/2009-25_IRB/ar10.html
Energy Star website says that the windows have to be installed before the end of the year. If pay for the windows in January 2011 with a credit card of check the IRS audit you for sure. I think window companies are just trying to sell windows and don't really care if a homeowner gets in trouble with the IRS.

http://energystar.supportportal.com/ics/suppo...
Pat

Pasadena, CA

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#306
Dec 16, 2010
 
Window Energy Tax Credits for 2011 is only $200.00 No more of the $1,500 Tax Credit.

http://www.democrats.senate.gov/pdfs/MAT10785...
Ronald M

Glendora, CA

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Dec 20, 2010
 

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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.
Wayne

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#308
Jan 30, 2011
 
I am very happy with Win-Dor in Anaheim. Low pressure salesperson, decent price, and good looking product and result.
Roth

Pasadena, CA

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Jan 31, 2011
 
Wayne wrote:
I am very happy with Win-Dor in Anaheim. Low pressure salesperson, decent price, and good looking product and result.
I wasn't impressed by their prices. The word decent is a stretch. Win-Dor is a tiny window manufacturer compared to Simonton. I got Simonton windows installed for $900 less then the Win-Dor quote. Simonton is a much better window and warranty from a much larger company.
Wayne

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Feb 4, 2011
 
Wayne wrote:
I am very happy with Win-Dor in Anaheim. Low pressure salesperson, decent price, and good looking product and result.
Roth wrote:
I wasn't impressed by their prices. The word decent is a stretch. Win-Dor is a tiny window manufacturer compared to Simonton. I got Simonton windows installed for $900 less then the Win-Dor quote. Simonton is a much better window and warranty from a much larger company.

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My quote for Simonton was $1800 more than Win-
Dor. And my neighbor is unhappy with his Simonton windows, has had repair work done. So I am very happy with my Win-dor decision.
leaky

Los Angeles, CA

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#311
Apr 6, 2011
 
Anyone looking at buying windows should take a look at this website. What a bad job of installation and customer serice. These Renewal by Anderson Windows aren't cheap. Salesman will tell you one thing and install totally differently.

http://leakyrenewalbyandersenwindows.blogspot...
SAM

Oxnard, CA

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#312
Apr 30, 2011
 
Has anyone heard of Monte Verde windows? Lifetime warranty including glass breakage for about $500 per window. Saw a cutaway frame and could look inside the workings. Looks like good quality to me (better than Simonton), but what do I really know? Installer has an A rating from BBB.

I can't find any info about them good -- bad or indifferent -- except their website.
Jake

Lenexa, KS

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#313
May 6, 2011
 
SAM wrote:
Has anyone heard of Monte Verde windows? Lifetime warranty including glass breakage for about $500 per window. Saw a cutaway frame and could look inside the workings. Looks like good quality to me (better than Simonton), but what do I really know? Installer has an A rating from BBB.
I can't find any info about them good -- bad or indifferent -- except their website.
Just looking at the Monte Verde window website I would like find out where they actually are manufactured. Monte Verde on their corporate website lists a P.O Box which is strange. Monte Verde windows aren't listed on the AAMA or NFRC website so their windows might not have been tested. What manufacturer doesnt give their business address? Buyer Beware.

You are always better going with a known window manufacturer because when you need service you can get it. Check AAMA and NFRC websites to see if the windows are certified. Listing it on there brochure doesn't make it so. Most of these new manufacturers aren't very big and won't last very long. If you go with a local manufacturer make sure they have a actual building and warranty.

Simonton might cost you a little more but you won't have to track them down if there is a problem down the road.
TAK

Redondo Beach, CA

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#314
Jun 4, 2011
 
American Vision Windows gave me a quote for Anlin (of course) for 6 windows and a sliding door for $6000 -- includes tax and install.

As far as I can tell, the slider door is about $1500. That means the 6 windows are about $750 each (again, includes install).

Too high? Too low?
JJBB

Los Angeles, CA

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#315
Jun 10, 2011
 
TAK wrote:
American Vision Windows gave me a quote for Anlin (of course) for 6 windows and a sliding door for $6000 -- includes tax and install.
As far as I can tell, the slider door is about $1500. That means the 6 windows are about $750 each (again, includes install).
Too high? Too low?
Price way to high.
JJBB

Los Angeles, CA

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#316
Jun 10, 2011
 
Wayne wrote:
Wayne wrote:
I am very happy with Win-Dor in Anaheim. Low pressure salesperson, decent price, and good looking product and result.
Roth wrote:
I wasn't impressed by their prices. The word decent is a stretch. Win-Dor is a tiny window manufacturer compared to Simonton. I got Simonton windows installed for $900 less then the Win-Dor quote. Simonton is a much better window and warranty from a much larger company.
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My quote for Simonton was $1800 more than Win-
Dor. And my neighbor is unhappy with his Simonton windows, has had repair work done. So I am very happy with my Win-dor decision.
Simonton very bad warranty
Gary

Pasadena, CA

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#317
Jul 2, 2011
 
JJBB wrote:
<quoted text>Simonton very bad warranty
Actually Simonton has one of the best warranties. Lifetime warranty with glass breakage. Go to www.simonton.com to look for yourself.
James

Pasadena, CA

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#318
Jul 16, 2011
 
Is the window industry doing ok?

I started shopping last year for my home.
I got a bunch of estimates but couldn't fit it into my budget so I didn't buy.
I now have the money so I started to call some of the companies that I got estimates from and found out 50% of them are no longer in business. These companies were all big well know companies.
I am concerned who to go with.

Are there alot of window companies going out of business?
Roger

Beverly Hills, CA

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#319
Jul 22, 2011
 
Terry wrote:
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.
Amerimax is a good window. They aren't a large manufacturer and might not have service techs in your area, so it takes longer. Hopefully their service improves.
Roger

Beverly Hills, CA

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#320
Jul 22, 2011
 
Noel wrote:
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.
Magic is a high end window when it comes to bells and whistles. Price reflects this. Energy efficient wise same as the other manufacturers: Milgard, Simonton, Amerimax, Anlin and most others with lowe366/argon package. Lots of moving parts. I think its made in Canada.

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