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RE: Best Vinyl Windows (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: Karateguy on 04.15.2013 at 09:02 pm in Windows Forum

I don't really recommend any window that is available by the pick up truck crowd, other than wood just because they have no choice. The best windows and installation are sold though authorized dealers. The only reason that the other guys buy from lumber yards is because they either don't care enough about the product that they offer or their company is not established enough, or financially healthy enough to buy direct. There are exceptions to the rule of course, but it is still the RULE at the end of the day. When you are talking about the window itself, I agree with the other guys in that the best products are off limits over the counter. There are a few quality pieces out there though if you do your research.


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Best Vinyl Windows

posted by: tot09 on 04.11.2013 at 06:22 pm in Windows Forum

I am new to this forum but have read a lot of very helpful prior posts. We are looking for some Vinyl Replacement windows to replace a couple Wood Anderson windows in which the sills have all rotted out. I have done some research and it looks like some good brands are Gorell, Okna, Simonton, Soft lite my problem is I can't find anywhere in my area (central NY) that sell these. Everywhere I call wants to sell me Kasson and Keller windows or Pella windows. When I have asked for these brands they tell me they can probably get them but they don't promote them. So my question is does anyone know of a brand that may be easier to get in my area and still quality? Or any resale locations?


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RE: Windows replacement (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: mmarse1 on 05.14.2013 at 08:36 am in Windows Forum

Renewal is composed of mostly vinyl and some saw dust. Not a bad window, just NOT considered an elite window.
Elite windows are usually high end vinyl which do NOT look like the vinyl windows seen at home depot and lowes. Okna, HiMark, Soft Lite Elements, Sunrise Vanguard and Sunrise Restorations are all high end brands.
HiMark offers a beatuful composite with a stainable/ paintable interior.

This post was edited by mmarse1 on Tue, May 14, 13 at 21:21


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RE: Windows replacement (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: HomeSealed on 05.14.2013 at 07:13 am in Windows Forum

Lopay, there are other vinyls and composites that have stainable interiors as well, and accompanied by a lifetime warranty and superior performance. In addition, most windows regardless of material can be had as either inserts or with nailing fin and jamb extensions for new construction installation. Just pointing that out for the sake of others that my be in the same boat ;).
Your concerns about finding a reputable installer are very valid, as is having one company responsible for all of the work. In those areas, you made a great choice, and you certainly could have done worse on the window selection assuming that you got a fair price... Just be sure to maintain it like you would a wood windows to protect your investment :)


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What to look for in a window?

posted by: rph123 on 05.19.2013 at 11:30 pm in Windows Forum

I'm in the process of building a house now, and I know there are tons of different windows out there. What are some different things to look for in windows? Are there any brands some would recommend over others.

Thanks for any help.


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Replacing 18 windows --- Thoughts on quotes and window choices

posted by: KamLee on 05.18.2013 at 02:59 pm in Windows Forum

Hello all,

I'd like to replace all of our wood windows in our house. The lower portions are awning and the top portions are static. Many are non-functional (won't open), and that is my primary concern; don't think we could fit through the ones that do open in the event of an emergency. As such, I feel they need to be replaced.

I'm seeking quotes for double-hung, vinyl windows. I'd rather not have budget windows, but I’m not sure were in the spectrum of good-great my choices have fallen. The house is located in eastern Tennessee, which is the North/Central region.

Home Depot came out today and took measurements and gave a quote of $9,522 for their VantagePointe 6100 by Simonton. I assume this quote includes bare minimum features, as argon, low-E, and grids were not discussed. Wasn’t real impressed with this quote as so many details were lacking. I only mention it for feedback on the window choice and benchmark quote.

Lowe’s subsequently came out, measured, and provided an estimate of $8,088. The quote included the Reliabilt 3201 double-hung windows, advanced (I assume “ultra”) low-E & argon, half screens, contoured grids (I like that style), and lifetime glass breakage warranty (this was optional). The standard lifetime warranty guarantees against seal failure, material, and working parts. I like that this is transferable as lifetime if we were to ever sell.

There are not many independent window installers in my area. I’m have two additional estimates from Window World and Champion in the coming week.

Thoughts on the quote from Lowe’s? Are those good windows? The quote seems fair to me…but what do I know :)


This post was edited by KamLee on Sat, May 18, 13 at 15:04


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Lots of wood in house: vinyl vs wood vs fibrex

posted by: DomiNation on 05.14.2013 at 12:12 pm in Windows Forum

We have a 1978 home with lots of natural wood throughout the house and on the exterior (wood siding with brick). Our house has 21 openings. 19 of the 21 openings are encasements with 2 or 3 panes. 1 is a 4 pane encasement and 1 is a single pane encasement. All of our doorways and entryways have a natural oak trim (stained). Everywhere you look in our home, you see wood.

Our windows are now in need of replacement.

We are hearing 4 main options and/or concerns from companies. Please share what you think is your best recommendation. Here are the options we are hearing:

1. Complete install (down to studs) vs Insert (will take away an inch of glass around the windows). All of our windows have a 1 x 4 oak trim around them and this does impact the "look" of an insert vs a complete install.

2. Vinyl vs Wood vs Fibrex. RBA is telling us with the amount of wood throughout our house, we really should be using a wood-based product. Vinyl companies are saying their "look" will work beautifully with all of the wood in our home. Our concern with the vinyl is the fact we do have the 1 x 4 oak trim around every window. Won't it be obvious we have wood up against wood-grain vinyl? We haven't met with a company offering true wood windows yet, but are open to the option. Thoughts on how vinyl vs fibrex will look in a home with LOTS of wood throughout?

3. Window choices. A few firms have recommended changing the windows on the back of our house from encasement to slider windows to save money and still have a great looking window. In addition, we have a 4 pane window in our kitchen that several companies have said, "make that a nice big picture window, have a great view, and save a lot of money on the window." A picture of that window is included as a "Response" to this message. You should see 3 pictures of our windows. Thoughts on changing encasements to a picture window and/or slider?

4. Cost. Fibrex is the most expensive option we've seen so far. Vinyl is clearer cheaper. The question is, "Will vinyl and/or fibrex degrade the overall value and feel of our home?"

This post was edited by DomiNation on Tue, May 14, 13 at 12:24


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RE: Please help me with my shower (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: kam76 on 05.04.2013 at 11:56 pm in Bathrooms Forum

 photo masterbathlayout.jpg
It is a 8 foot x 19.5 foot long room.

We are doing the tub/surround like this with the arch and the 2 inch hexagon tile. Not the paint color though.  photo clawfoottubsurround.jpg

Here is one with chrome feet which is what we are planning and a brass like mirror :  photo clawfoottub2-3.jpg

I am planning to have the brass finish mirrors over the vanity and make them his and hers them in his and hers style like this :  photo hisandhermirror.jpg

The vanity will be white with carrera marble:


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Finished! Transitional white marble bathroom

posted by: pipdog on 08.22.2012 at 05:47 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We finally finished the upgrade of our master bath! The bath had been remodeled within the last 7-10 years by the previous owners, but it was pretty sloppy DIY job with few too many grout lines for our taste and we didn't like the tile counters. We decided to expand into a closet and make room for a separate shower.

Truth be told, I'm a little freaked out by the maintenance of the white marble (two toddlers use this bath), but so far it seems to be holding up. We did have some funky grout issues with the shower floor (efflorescence and orange spots appearing), but they seemed to have cleared up on their own. Hopefully it won't be a maintenance nightmare. If anyone has any good cleaning tips for white marble, I'd love to hear them.

I still need some artwork for the wall above the bath and some curtains, but the room is ready for prime time, and we're so happy it's over!

Calacatta Nuevo marble from AKDO - subway in shower, hex on floors and mini-bricks in niches and backsplash
Grout - White Frost by C-Cure. We originally tried Silver Shadow by Laticrete but it was too dark so we went lighter.
Counters - Caesarstone
Duravit tub
Faucets/tub fixture: Toto
Shower fixture - Raindance by Hansgrohe
BM Light Pewter
Lights - Restoration Hardware
Cabinetry - existing, sprayed with BM White Dove
Pulls from Lowes

Here's the before:

And the after:


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