I have a two-story colonial in a NW suburb of Chicago, which has 16
windows and one sliding glass door. The only two quotes that we think
are legitimate so far are for $5700 and $6900. The $6900 guy is using
"Thermoplast" windows, but I believe the brochure he left was from
Republic. Anyway, do these seem like a reasonable price...$430/window
(I'm including the sliding door in this calculation)? That seems
pricey to me, but we like that guy and his windows and his warrantee
are the best so far. His company name is Creative Exteriors. The
other company we'll be talking to is Champion, but I expect them to be
like Sears- way overpriced, with an hour-long presentation. We're
also considering buying from Menard's or Home Depot and having a
trusted contractor install them.
Taking a step back, here's what I would expect: $170/window cost plus,
say, $100 installation = $270/window * 16 = $4320 + $1200 for the
sliding door = $5520... thoughts on this are greatly appreciated.
On the window design, we want the flippable, cleanable, but
importantly, well thermally insulated. My largest gas bill (~2000 sq.
ft) last February was $230... I hope to cut this down to $150 or less.
Again, any thoughts on this? I don't want windows that have a metal
strip in between the panes, and I want argon filled. Also, fusion
welded at the corners... pretty standard stuff I'd imagine.
Thoughts on any or all of the above issues are greatly appreciated.