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The Jeld-Wens we looked at are rolled aluminum and they can dent. The Pellas we went with are extruded aluminum clad wood, so they won't dent and water can't get in...
The Okna Starmark has a thicker frame, and I don't like that so much. The 500 and 800 are very similar as far as the frame goes. The 800 has smaller lifting rails (I think they look nicer than the 500) and it has a magnetic seal which I like...
I've done a lot of jobs with the Milgard Ultra and the Marvin Infinity. They are both really good, but they have their strengths and weaknesses. They both make a good casement, but the infinity is a better double hung...
Vinyl windows are getting more popular in Florida, but they aren't available in a lot of colors. They are pretty much white, beige, and tan. They tend to be either laminated or painted, and both have some drawbacks...
Most people don't realize that it's a wood window because it looks like vinyl. I really wouldn't recommend them. If the stores had an actual window on display I don't think anyone would ever order them...
Reviews By Style & Type Of Window
Awning windows are a unique and great looking option that provide excellent ventilation for the home. Awnings are rectangular or horizontal in shape and have hinges at the top, enabling the homeowner to open the window outwards from the bottom.
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Bays & Bows
The Polaris UltraWeld is a good window. Their casement is pretty nice, but they make just about the best bays and bows I've ever seen. Compared to Simontons, I think they win as far as energy efficiency and design both...
I've done a lot of jobs with the Milgard Ultra and the Marvin Infinity. They are both really good, but they have their strengths and weaknesses. They both make a good casement, but the Infinity is a better double hung...
Last year I got 14 RBAs. We put in double hungs to replace sliders. I got bids from Andersen, Pella, Marvin, and RBA. The bid for RBA was about $5k higher than anyone else, and I was surprised...
Double Pane Windows
Nearly all replacement windows sold today are double paned windows. They come into a wide variety of materials (vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass, composite and wood clad frames) and offer far superior energy efficiency compared with the single pane windows of old.
Basement egress windows are used in hundreds of homes throughout the country as emergency exits that are now mandated by law. As a project, installing these typically involves much more than simply a replacement window and is much more costly to implement.
Fixed frame windows range from $125 to $650 for a standard sized frame (this includes the price of installation). These are unmovable or unopenable windows that offer excellent energy efficiency due to the fact that there are no movable parts and less chance of broken seals etc. that can reduce the overall effectiveness and/or performance.
Garden window prices range anywhere from $400 to $4000 for both the product and installation. These units are typically premade and put together by the manufacturer prior to be delivered to the job site. They are great decorative additions to a home and typically are installed in a kitchen and they provide a view into a garden or outside area. » Garden Windows Prices
Hurricane windows are strong and sturdy replacement units that are built to withstand even the toughest storms. Impact windows cost anywhere from $500 to $1500 per window fully installed.
Hopper windows are relatively rare compared to the more common styles such as double hungs and casements. They are a unique stlye of window that has tons of character and harkens back to another era.
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Picture windows are typically large, fixed frame windows that can create amazing visual focal points for homes. They can be expensive, depending on their size, but they can transform a wall into something pretty special. The downside of picture windows is that they can't be opened to let the afternoon breeze in or for easy cleaning. On the flip side, they offer much better performance numbers because they have no moving parts.
We put single hung Amsco windows in our home, the back of the house one year and the front the next. The ones in the back are starting to get some condensation when it rains, but that isn't a big deal because...
Horizontal sliders are one of most popular styles for residential homes for a few reasons. From a cost perspective, they are quite reasonable. We'll go through the basics, pricing and some of the main advantages of glide.
Replacement soundproof prices range from $450 to $1500 fully installed. There are lots of options when it comes to soundproofing your home and the right solution is typically specific to your existing openings and how much money you are willing to spend to reduce the exterior noises, measured according to STC.
The seals on the storm windows failed too, and the condensation and even ice on the inside was driving me crazy. I finally got a rep out to look at them and he said I had high humidity. I live in the middle of the desert in Arizona...
Sunrooms cost anywhere from $2,000 to $11,000 for an average project with 10 new or replacement windows, as well as the professional installation that's required. Get project pricing on Sunroom additions for three distinct price points.
Inline has a new line of Euro-style tilt in that are really neat. They're a popular style in Europe but I haven't seen them a lot here. They open in two different directions, which makes it easier to...
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Energy Efficient Windows
Energy efficienct windows and the features that go into making them should be an important component when you begin shopping around for replacements for your home. Learn about the five most important components...
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