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American Window Systems
I've gotten some quotes that I can share when I get back to my office but they're all over the place.
I started by going to the manufacturers and met with reps from Marvin, champion, Pella and window world. Most were out of budget, except window world which seemed like a low end product and I don't have much faith in their install team.
I also have spoken with a few installers that work with different products. One has developed his own window (American window systems) and this seems like a better route. I'd rather get a quality install on an ok product than the opposite. One gave what seemed like a reasonable quote for the job (attached).
Nobody has suggested aluminum so I've been focusing on vinyl. Thinking single hung to keep fewer moving parts but don't have strong feelings about that. Want a grid pattern and bronze color exterior with white interior. There will also be exterior cladding of brick on the outside.
Looking to keep budget to around $16k. I figure anything I do will be a huge upgrade over the 80 year old single pane windows I have that I'm not interested in paying a lot more to get from 80% --> 90% more efficiency if I'm already going from 10% --> 80%. I also don't anticipate being in this house for more than 3-5 years.
David - Homeowner - from 2022
[Website Editor Reply]
David, Window World is for the most part a low end option that doesn't make sense if you're in your home long term.
I've never heard of American Window Systems, but I agree that a high quality install with a mid range vinyl window is a completely viable approach.
Single hung is a good option as long as the window is well made and has a decent air infiltration rating -- say 0.11 or lower.
Bronze color exterior could add quite a bit to the cost of your project, so do keep that in mind.
If you aren't in the home more than 5 years, I would keep it at a mid range vinyl window -- the ROI on this won't be great.
Dane - Website Editor - from 2022
American Window Systems vs Simonton Generations5
We are researching replacement windows for our 15 yo house in Spring, TX (north of Houston). The two companies we have looked so far are: Simonton Generations series and AWS (American Window System). I was unable to find any reviews on AWS on your website. Do you know anything about them? We looked at them sample windows they look a little rough made, but $3k cheaper than what Simonton wants. Just wondering if you can provide any comments on AWS. Much appreciated!!
Anna - Homeowner - from 2016
[Site Editor's Answer]
Anna, I have never heard of American Window Systems out of Texas. I took a look at their website, they have a lot of models so it was unclear which window you were talking about. In general, you get what you pay for in the window industry (but not always) and I have to imagine that true of this very regional vinyl window manufacturer (who I've never heard of and who isn't listed on the nrfc.org website as far as I can tell).
The Simonton Generations Windows are I believe the Reflections 5500 window (or very very close), which is one of their better models. I think the name is simply a marketing deal -- just to make it more confusing!
If it were me, I would forget the AWS and instead get a couple more bids from local companies who carry the Milgard Tuscany and the Don Young mid range vinyl window. This should be comparing apples-to-apples and will give you a better product sampling to compare.
Dane - Site Editor - from 2016
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