Which windows and where to buy them???

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Old 08-25-04, 08:30 PM
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Question Which windows and where to buy them???

I am in the process of looking for replacement windows, 3 before winter and 16 more in the spring. Its amazing that in this day and age, this is such an impossible task for a DIYer... I have scoured the internet and it seems EVERYWHERE wants to come to your home to give a free estimate for the windows and installation. What about those of us that don't want anyone coming to our house but elect to do the replacement ourselves?

Does anyone know of a place online or maybe a place I can go that sells the windows directly to a consumer? I know Home Depot and Lowes do this but I think their markup is incredibly high and at least would like to do some comparison shopping. I guess I'm just really surprised that windows are a product that I can't shop for online.

Also, I'm sure there are 1000 opinions out there, but what are some good brands to look for? I know Anderson and Pella have a great reputation, but is the price worth it? I'm just looking for vinyl windows with a quality construction and the low-e glass... Any advise on brand and/or what to watch out for?

Thanks so much!
 
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Old 08-26-04, 05:35 PM
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Pete112,

A lot of the local glass shops that I deal with are willing to come out and measure your house for replacement windows, order exactly what you need, and let you install them yourself once they come in. Now, THAT is the best of both worlds!! The windows were ordered based on THEIR measurements -- if a mistake was made, it's THEIR problem. And, you're not paying the installation costs. For a reasonable fee, they will even DELIVER the windows -- and they have the trucks and equipment to transport them properly and without damge!!

I don't know -- maybe I just happen to live in the right part of the world and have great glass shops to deal with!!!
 
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Old 08-29-04, 03:32 PM
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Thanks Lefty, I haven't really thought of that.. I guess I figured if they are coming to my house, then they will want to install the windows and charge an extra $100-$150 per window for the work. I suppose I'll call around and ask if that's possible from various dealers. I have a lot of dealers in my area so maybe it won't be a problem for someone to offer this service. Thanks again!
 
 

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