Great Lakes Window Prices
Great Lakes window prices run $30 to $60 per square foot (not including installation). The company was bought by PlyGem, which enjoys a solid, but not cream-of-the-crop, reputation in the window industry. Great Lakes still markets the windows under their own brand; in fact, the company has separate website for each series they sell, which is pretty unique compared to other manufacturers.
Great Lakes Bayshore Windows Prices
Great Lakes Bayshore Windows
The Great Lakes Bayshore window is a builder grade vinyl option and is essentially a stripped down version of their better window lines. The Bayshore model does not include a transferable window warranty like the other models do. In terms of performance, consumers can expect an SHGC of 0.48 and U-value of 0.47 - pretty unimpressive numbers, although an upgrade to a low-e glass will lower both of these numbers.
Great Lakes Seabrooke Windows Prices
Great Lakes Seabrooke Windows
The Great Lakes Seabrooke window is a good mid-level vinyl window and comes with better features and upgrades than the Bayshore. The meeting rail has a fiberglass reinforcement and it comes in a double hung, casement, garden window, horizontal slider and bay and a bow window option. Performance wise though, the SHGC of 0.44 and U-factor of 0.45 aren't too impressive, but are comparable to many similarly priced brands. Compare the Great Lakes Seabrooke Series to the Atrium series 8300 vinyl window.
Great Lakes Lifestyles Windows Prices
Great Lakes Lifestyles Windows
The Great Lakes Lifestyles window is very similar in features and ratings to a Seabrooke Series. To compare, the Lifestyles slider has an SHGC of 0.45 and a U-factor of 0.45. Compare the Great Lakes Lifestyles Series to the Harvey Classic double hung windows prices.
Great Lakes Lifestyles Prices
We've gotten bids on the Simonton 5300 window through Home Depot for $5000 and another bid from a local company that sells the Great Lake' Lifestyles. After negotiating the price down, we got the GL dealer to $7500. Which company sounds like the better fit.
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Lauri, I think the Simonton 5300 model is comparable to the Great Lakes Lifestyles window. I would also expect Home Depot to have lower prices than a local company because they can negotiate with manufacturers more aggressively than local dealers can. Where they typically can't compete is on installation quality because they pay their subs per window, which can often result in the installer going as quickly as they can and the quality of the install can go down.
Great Lakes Grandview Windows Prices
Great Lakes Grandview 5000 Window
I have windows that need to be replaced. Here are the bids I have so far.
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I would personally stay away from the Sheffield, although I like their Ultramaxx series, which is their step up window. The Grandview 5000 is also a good window, but no better than the Prism Platinum. I think this is my selection, the Simonton option, followed by the Great Lakes 5000.
Great Lakes UniFrame Windows Prices
Great Lakes UniFrame Windows
The Great Lakes UniFrame window is the premium vinyl option that incorporates very good design and construction. In fact, it was one of the earlier designs to feature fusion welds. The Euroslider features an optional tilt. UniFrames are also available as a standard double hung, casement, bay, bow, or garden style. A U-value of 0.30 and a SHGC of 0.39 are solid but unexciting numbers. Compare the Great Lakes Uniframe Series to Ply Gem Premium prices.
Great Lakes Uniframe Costs
I need 9 double hungs (most about 35" x 59"), all with grids, 1 slider window 72" x 44", 1 sliding door 72" x 80". All with full screens. The cost of these without the cost of installation is $8800 for the Great Lakes Uniframe.
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The Uniframe is a good window and that doesn't sound too high on the face of it, those are decently large windows. What I would be more interested in is what the cost is with installation itself. I'd get a few bids if I were you and see what the complete project price is before you make a decision on the product cost.
Great Lakes EcoSmart Windows Prices
Great Lakes EcoSmart Windows
The Great Lakes EcoSmart window uses a composite frame and is also their most expensive window - it incorporates an energy efficient design with a one piece sloped sill. A non-metallic I-Core spacer and die cast aluminum hardware look good and increases energy efficiency. It also features high grade weather stripping and seals. It has a U-Value of 0.26 and AI of 0.06. If you opt for the ecoMaxKR glass package, the U-Value lowers to around 0.15. Compare the Great Lakes EcoSmart Series to Okna Starmark windows prices.
Great Lakes Comfort Smart Prices
Great Lakes Comfort Smart Pricing
I came across your website while researching windows – great site and info! I’m learning a lot. I’m writing to ask your insights on brands, types and pricing.
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Suzanne, you should be able to get an excellent vinyl window within your budget, although it does sound like there is some extensive installation work so let's see how the bids come in before I make that claim. I think you should see if you can find the following brands sold by local companies -- Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite and Zen. With the exception of the Zen, I believe all three of these brands come in an interior laminate that may or may not match your interior. These laminates should be as realistic as the Comfort Smart or better and also offer energy efficiency -- although I'm not sure how they compare to the triple pane Great Lakes bid you received.
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