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      05-12-2020, 01:59 PM   #1
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Home Windows & Doors Replacement

Thinking about replacing the 8 really old windows and 1 sliding door in the house. Got some quotes ranging from $5,300 for Ply Gem to $6K for Milgard Trinsic and Simonton Daylight Max. All quotes include installation, taxes, lifetime warranty on parts and labor.

Some quotes were around $7,500-8,000. One in particular quoted $10K after discount on Anlin windows and door. Supposedly itís higher end but seems expensive to me. Guy said Milgard was good until it was sold to another company which kind of ran it to shit. The original company said theyíve been around for decades so they are fine vs going with something almost twice the cost. Curious what you guys have here and what you would recommend?
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Here's my two cents. Replace windows if they don't open, stick etc. I wouldn't do it for energy savings, they will never pay for themselves despite what the sales pitch says. Those prices don't seem too unreasonable I guess, depending on the size of the window. The other reason to change windows is for ascetics, to change the colour or style. If I wanted to do all my windows it'd be $20-30K......my house is over 100 years old and the windows are original and all work. Some are leaded. My heating bill is reasonable, and if you subtract the gas delivery charge and debt retirement from my bill it cost me about $1000 a year to heat, I also use gas to cook, for my hot water and BBQ. If the windows saved me 20% that'd be about $200 a year in savings.
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Are the windows 2x2 feet each?? Prices seem INSANELY low. And yeah, energy savings is BS of highest order, will take a million years.
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8 years is not very old for windows, why replace so early?
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Thinking about replacing the 8 really old windows and 1 sliding door in the house.
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8 years is not very old for windows, why replace so early?
8 "really old" not 8 "years old." I had to do a double take too.
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I have 19 custom Milgard windows in my house. All in was about $20K. Absolutely love them. They are fantastic.

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I’ll piggyback. What about for noise cancellation? I’m considering closing in my rear covered patio area and getting some good windows to reduce the sound. A sun room of sorts.
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I don’t know the specific window companies you listed. My opinion from having installed windows and also using cheaper places, don’t cheap out. You’ll hate spending money on windows you don’t like every time you look at them. Get something that’s good quality, looks good, and from installation ppl with real experience. Only thing worse than a shitty window is shitty installation.
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I’ll piggyback. What about for noise cancellation? I’m considering closing in my rear covered patio area and getting some good windows to reduce the sound. A sun room of sorts.
That was a huge driver for us. We live on a busy street and the old windows were single pane. We opted for double pane where the outer pane is thicker than the inner. The different thicknesses means they vibrates at a different frequency so the two panes cant amplify each other. Supposedly helps with reducing noise. Made a big difference.
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I looked up all the ones I got quotes from and they have great reviews for the most part (every business has a few bad reviews here and there). The $10K one is out of consideration because itís twice as expensive.

Considering the ones around the $5500-6000 mark as they have excellent reviews and come with lifetime warranty on everything. Just trying to get some feedback on Milgard vs Simonton. Thereís a thread on Reddit where the guy was recommending Anlin while nothing on the Milgard or Simonton.

Current windows and door came with the house so who knows how hold they really are. Theyíre single pane with aluminum frames. Also donít look good. The door and one window take some effort to open hence replacement. Donít care too much about energy savings but hey, if it helps then all the better.
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I have a 12 year old tract home with PlyGem windows and they are junk. Had several replaced due to failing seals between the panes. Had more issues, but not enough room to type it all. Avoid PlyGem.

Milgards used to be excellent -- had them in a previous house. Can't speak to current quality if the company has been sold.
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I looked up all the ones I got quotes from and they have great reviews for the most part (every business has a few bad reviews here and there). The $10K one is out of consideration because itís twice as expensive.

Considering the ones around the $5500-6000 mark as they have excellent reviews and come with lifetime warranty on everything. Just trying to get some feedback on Milgard vs Simonton. Thereís a thread on Reddit where the guy was recommending Anlin while nothing on the Milgard or Simonton.

Current windows and door came with the house so who knows how hold they really are. Theyíre single pane with aluminum frames. Also donít look good. The door and one window take some effort to open hence replacement. Donít care too much about energy savings but hey, if it helps then all the better.
The first house I bought had single pane windows and a sliding door leading out to the deck. I can't remember what we replaced them with.

But depending on your situation, we replaced the sliding door with a nice French Door. It looked so much better. Just throwing it out there if you haven't given it any thought as they still give you ample space to bring things into the house.
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