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Better Bilt Windows Reviews
Read 6 Better Bilt windows reviews on this now defunct window line.
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Better Bilt Windows
Good morning, I live in New Mexico and own a home built in 1996.
My home has Better Bilt windows and I realize that they are no longer in business, not an issue. I will try to explain what type I have. They have a solid upper window pane and a lift up lower pane. They became almost impossible to raise so several years ago I was able to find replacement parts with hopes that it would correct my problem. They helped for a while but now they are bad again which hurts our back trying to raise them.
After that being said my question is this. Can the lower windows be removed and some one make some windows that would slide back and forth in the framework without having to completely remove the entire window. Your advice would be very appreciated.
Ed - Homeowner - from 2017
[Site Editor's Answer]
Ed, it may be possible, but I sort of doubt it. You will have to talk to some local window companies and see what they say about the prospects. I would recommend having a few come out and give you their opinion and bids. You don't need to use them, but you can collect all of their information and information for you as well.
Dane - Site Editor - from 2017
Replacing A Better Built Window Slider
While searching for some direction for inquiry about replacing a very leaky Better Built slider window that is an original when i had my home built 20 years ago.in Fountain Hills, AZ (near Scottsdale ----HOT in summer), i found your website.
My builder died within 2 years of possession of home.... i never investigated warranty, insurance, etc. As we don't get much rain it took about 2 years for a substantial rain storm and discover a leak..... we were not sure whether it was the window and/or the installation process. my husband thought he should try to drill additional weep holes...
fast forward.... 20 years. my husband died 2 months ago and i am in the process of trying to figure out where to go to address this. have had 2 window replacement companies who want to sell me a house full of windows.
the slider is the major problem but a few other windows with the same westerly exposure get cool and damp on the windowsill wallboard after each big rain.... but nowhere near the (now) stain and watermarks on the wall below the window.
i realize that Better Built is no longer in business and that it wasn't the "top of the line" when they were. i'd like to find a window that may pretty much match the color and composition of the existing windows so that if i replace 1 or a few more it won't be a major difference and a "why are these windows so different from the rest of the house" red flag for future buyers.
any suggestions....? do i find a window company and then an installer... i'm pretty sure the installer will be the most important part of the equation. am i being unrealistic?
any advice and/or direction would be a big help!!!
Carol - Homeowner - from 2016
[Site Editor's Answer]
Carol, so it sounds like you have water/moisture issues on one window, but not necessarily all of them.
In Arizona, I would recommend going with Anlin, Milgard, Amerimax, or even a high end Simonton window. For the first three, I would say go with their mid range vinyl model they offer. Hopefully, you can have the local companies who rep these brands come give you a bid. However, I would be surprised if all of them didn’t try to sell you a house full of windows since that’s where they make all of their money.
I think if you don’t want to replace all of them (and it sounds like you don’t need to), you should find a good local window installer using craigslist or angies list and pay them for an hour of their time to come out and give you an opinion. They may be able to buy a higher end window from Home Depot (I’m thinking of an Andersen 100 model or better) that can match your colors and provide you with a good window(s) at a fair price.
Tim - Site Editor - from 2016
Better Bilt Replacement Parts
I have Better-Built single hung windows. I need replacement screens for 2 windows. The original owners of the house bought the windows at Lowe's. Lowe's doesn't carry this brand anymore. They can't have replacement screens made for me because they can't have them made with the same kind of tabs at the top of the screen. Where can I get new screens.
Mike - Homeowner - from 2015
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Tim - Contractor - from 2015
Better Bilt And MI Windows
Better Bilt was an independent manufacturer that was acquired in 1999 by MI Windows & Doors. MI sold Better Bilt replacement and new construction windows for several years through their distribution lines and Lowes Hardware Store. They sold both vinyl and aluminum clad windows. In general, the BetterBilt windows were considered a low to mid grade window - butt jointed coners, U-channel spacer, single strength glass and a non trasferrable warranty.
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Better Bilt vs Milgard Windows
I like Milgards much better than Better-Bilt, but Anlins and Superior are worth taking a look at, too. They are all fairly similar in price to Simontons, but I think the quality and service are significantly better. The Milgards and Superiors are probably going to have the best warranty and give the best value long term. Especially in Southern California, where Superior is based, you can sometimes get really good prices on their windows.
Aaron - Contractor - from 2009
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