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Don Young Or NT Windows?

Hello! I’m looking at replacing approximately 35 windows in my home near Houston. I’ve had several bids from dealers offering Simonton (Asure & reflections 5500), NT Window, Don Young and Atrium. Do you have any thoughts on any of these products for a very hot climate?

I am a little hesitant on the Simonton Asure simply because it seems to be more of an entry level window, but is the reflections 5500 worth the additional money (Assuming both offer the solar pro glass).

Many thanks in advance for your help and opinion!

Sonya - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Sonya, congratulations on the start off the project and for getting several bids to see what's out there and what price range you are looking at. I would agree with your assessment of the Asure as an entry level window and would say that the premium or upgraded cost of the 5500 is probably worth it.

Of the bids you have, I would rank them in this order (not knowing the cost or any of the window particulars of course).

1. Don Young
2. NT
3. Simonton Reflections 5500
4. Simonton Asure
5. Atrium

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Don Young Vinyl Replacement Windows

I need to replace several wood clad windows in my home. I would like to get an estimate of the cost involved for Don Young Vinyl casement replacement windows?

What is the price range I should expect for a 56x60 Sunshield 2 Lite professionally installed. The window sizes range from 48x60 to 48x72.

It is impossible to find comps on the various web sites.

Any help you can provide is appreciated.

Richard - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Richard, the reason it's so hard to find comps is that each project is so different from one another. There are tons of upgrades and options available on the windows themselves that throwing out a price per window is virtually impossible.

Get the bid from Don Young and then get a few more bids to compare it to. This is the best way to see what the fair market price for your project is. Maybe get a bid on a Milgard Tuscany, or from Zen windows, Gilkey if in your area, even Simonton (you want to stick to their Impressions or higher end Reflections series windows). Others to look for include Okna, Soft-Lite, Amerimax or Polaris.

Get your bids, compare them, and then use the different bids to get the lowest price on the bid that seems like your best option.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Aluminum Window Recommendations In Texas

Hi I'm replacing 1920-year-old house wood windows with aluminum windows. Is MI a good choice? Or recommend another please. I live in central Texas. Thanks, gin

Ginger - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Ginger, MI is typically considered a builder grade window and not the brand that I would recommend - in fact, not even anywhere close. The first bid you are going to want to get is from Don Young, who is a Texas based manufacturer that makes an excellent aluminum window. They have three factories in your state and you should be able to find a dealer or two in your area w/o much problem.

Next, I like Milgard's aluminum windows and they too should have local companies that sell this brand.

Finally, I like Gerkin aluminum windows, which are made in Oklahoma, but should have a company or dealer who handles some or all of Texas.

I think any of these three options would be a much better long term option for you and while they may cost more in the short run, in the long run you will be saving yourself some money!


Don Young Windows In Oklahoma

I have about 20 windows in my 1967 ranch style house that I'm wanting to replace. I live in Norman, Oklahoma. I have quotes from Window World, someone who installs Don Young windows, and someone who installs MI windows. I came across your site today and am now thinking I need to get a few more quotes for better quality windows. Can you recommend some good mid-range windows that are available for install in Oklahoma? Sounds like Sunrise, Soft-Lite, and Okna are your top mid-range picks.

Justin - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Justin, you are right about Sunrise, Soft-Lite, and Okna - these are all considered top vinyl window manufacturers. I'm not a big fan of Window World or MI windows. I do think Don Young makes an excellent aluminum clad window and a decent vinyl window. I know Gerkin windows is available in your area and they make a very solid aluminum and vinyl window options. If Soft-Lite isn't available, Zen is a franchised option that may be available and their two upper lines are the Soft-Lite Classic and Pro models, both quite good. Let me know if this is enough to go on!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Don Young In Arizona

Dane, We need to replace all of our windows in a twleve year old house that was built on speculation and now has water coming in through the frames where the joints have opened up. We have spoken to an MIWD representative, but I see that you don't particularly like those windows. We are not looking to go "cheap" here, but we do want to make sure we don't throw our money away. The windows we now have are Jeld-Wen and they have not held up well in this relatively new house.

So...with the understanding that we live in the Sonoran Desert and we have south and west facing windows, what would be your recommendation for a quality window that will last a long time and be as energy efficient as possible? Thank you for your considered opinion.

Jeff - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jeff, if you are looking for the strongest windows that can hold up to harsh conditions, you may want to look at an aluminum clad window. The problem is they aren't very energy efficient. Milgard makes a good aluminum window, Don Young out of Houston might be available in your area and they make a good aluminum window as well.

You can also go with a good quality vinyl window. In Arizona, I would recommend Milgard, Amerimax and Anlin. All three of these brands will have companies in your area that carry and install these windows and they are my west coast go to vinyl window companies.

I would suggest getting 4 or 5 bids and trying to get a consensus as to what the local companies think is the best window option for your climate and environment. The desert is a tough place so finding the best fit is key - the local companies should have a better idea of the right fit.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Houston Texas Replacement Windows

Good morning, my name is Jeff and I live in Houston, TX. I need to replace three 84x58 picture windows in my living room. The window is faced to gulf court, so privacy and strength is a concern. Could you please recommend a window type to me? I am seeking for mid range windows. If you could, please give me price information also. Thank you so much.

Jeff - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Jeff, it sounds like you are looking for a vinyl impact window, although an aluminum clad window might be an option as well in the hot Houston heat (aluminum is very strong, but is poor in terms of energy efficiency). I would get a bid from Don Young in Houston (they make excellent aluminum window and mid range vinyl windows) and ask them if they feel that a laminated or tempered glass is sufficient in terms in being able to withstand a golf ball. I know Simonton is in Texas and they make a decent vinyl window, their 9800 Impressions window or their 5500 Reflections series with an upgrade to the laminated glass and perhaps a meeting rail reinforcement would go a long way to really creating a strong and durable window, without breaking the bank.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Frisco Texas Replacement Windows

I am considering replacing the front aluminum windows in our house in Frisco, TX with vinyl windows because a few of the seals are broken. Is it worth making this change or should I just have the glass replaced. If you recommend making this change which brand should I consider. Thanks.

Ed - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Ed, I'm not a big fan of replacing the glass, unless the cost of replacement is too high. For instance, my house is stucco and the windows are new construction, meaning they have a nailing fin around them and replacing them means tearing out the stucco around the window, replacing the window, patching the stucco and then matching the color (which is almost impossible if you are picky, which I am).

If the bids for the replacement windows aren't too high, I would say to do this. The energy efficiency you are going to gain is going to be worth the change from the older aluminum frame windows you have.

Three brands you may want to consider are Sunrise, Simonton and Don Young (out of Houston). Don Young makes a good thermally broken aluminum window that is great for hot climates such as Texas. Sunrise and Simonton should be in your area and they make a range of vinyl windows, from decent to very good, depending on the model and upgrades you select.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015






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Don Young Aluminum Window Company

We're excited about our Don Young windows. The Low-E technology, quality and design are just fantastic. But what really blew us away was how much more affordable they were. There was minimal quality sacrificed compared to the big-name brands, and we really preferred a product made in Texas! We now wake up each day in a clear and more beautiful world without all the radiant heat, and we didn't have to "gut" our savings account. Thanks!

Marv - Homeowner - from 2015


Don Young Aluminum Windows

I love Don Young windows. They make a great thermally broken aluminum window, especially the single hung. Their vinyls are nothing special, just average, but they do really well with larger windows, maybe 36" x 72" or bigger. For smaller ones, I like Softlite or Sunrise best. Simonton is okay, too, but so many dealers offer them you have to be careful to find a reliable one.

Daniel - Contractor - from 2011

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Aluminum Window Features

I like their double hung vinyl windows. They have great features, similar to the Simonton 5300. Reinforced meeting rails, several colors, triple pane options, low-e coating, screens, etc. They are well made and hold up well, and their prices are great. They are as good as Simonton or Marvin but less expensive. I had 23 put in not long ago and I love them.

Peter - Contractor - from 2010


Good Alternative To Vinyl Or Fiberglass

I don't like vinyl, I was looking for either aluminum or fiberglass windows. I've heard good things about the aluminums from Don Young, they are mainly in Texas.

Steven - Contractor - from 2011


Don Young vs Pella & Milgards

Don Young makes a decent window, but they aren't as good as Pella Architects - the price on the Pella though is going to be WAY more. There are tons of dealers selling Don Youngs and you can always find a good deal. Pella is more limited and you don't have so many guys trying to undercut each other. I'd also look at Milgards before choosing. The Milgard look great, have a better warranty than Pella or Don Young, and they have some different options including two tone so you can have different colors inside and out.

Justin - Widow Dealer - from 2010


Performance & Energy Efficiency Data

I'm based in Houston, and I sell a ton of Don Young's thermally broken aluminum windows. They have an shgc that can compete with vinyl, .29 to .31, narrow frames that give you more glass, and they can come in a great bronze color that I really love. They do have a high u-value .31-.34 and they cost more than Simonton 5500. If you get a lot of cold weather, they also don't have the energy efficiency that some windows do, but I like them, especially the 8200 series, which is commercially rated and is really sturdy and durable.

Barry - Installer in Dallas - from 2009






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Don Young Windows Review

I built a home in East Texas 2 years ago. I spent a lot of time researching windows to figure out what offered the most bang for your buck, and I decided on Don Youngs. They're a local company, so I was able to go to the factory and look around and ask questions. They seem to be quality windows, good specs as far as thermal qualities and well made. As an example, we had a delay in our central air and had to rely on a 6000 BTU window a/c unit, designed to cool one small room, for 1600 square feet, and it managed to keep the whole floor comfortable, including the room with an entire western wall of windows. The cost per unit depends on on a lot of factors, the style you're buying, window size, and features, but I think it's hard to beat them.

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2007


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