I've Googled the web and Googled newsgroups, so I know that the general
runs somewhat against vinyl windows and (more so) vinyl siding. If I was
that Craftsman style house I sometimes fantasize about, or building a new,
dream house I assure you that the word 'vinyl' would not be found near 'window,'
'siding,' or even 'flooring.' What I'm doing, is fixing up a 1970s tri-level
shoddy-from-day one aluminum siding and windows, in a neighborhood where vinyl
is *most definitely*
After getting quotes from various contractors, I'm trying to decide between two
them, either of which I think would do a good job. Both of their quotes were
significantly less than other contractors who really, really pushed to get us to
THAT VERY DAY to lock in the "huge discount" they were prepared to give us.
I must note that I have strong interest in energy conservation, so I
requested Energy Star qualified window products. We are replacing sliding
with new sliders. Also replacing gutters and trim. The contractors under
consideration are licensed, insured, members of the BBB (no complaints) and do
their own work (no subcontractors).
Contractor #1 seems to have superior products. His quote is $3,600 higher.
Contractor #2's bid includes a 'time-limited' 10% discount (his quote would
somewhat lower without that discount). I have sufficient funds to go either way
am willing to pay more if what it buys is quality and function.
So I'm asking for opinions (details follow):
Are these good products? Do you it be reasonable to pay the higher price?
keep looking around?
Contractor #1 provided references from neighborhoods a bit more upscale than
Quote was made by owner/president. He has worked in windows and siding 38
years. Michigan Remodeling Association member. They do windows, siding and
trim, gutters, and doors. (Contractor is listed in the search via Crane website.)
Sunrise windows, "Ultra Plus" glass (low-E, argon filled, with special heat
This window is constructed with fusion-welded virgin vinyl polyurethane-filled
extrusions. This window has extremely good test specs, and was also featured
different contractor (who is not in consideration). The heat-lamp demonstration
impressive. Full lifetime, non-prorated warrantee. Energy Star compliant.
sashes (both sides) for cleaning.*
Garden window option priced at an additional
Crane-board solid core siding over Tyvek. Panels are triple 6" with
integral foam insulation backing, Energy Star compliant. Matching window and
corner trim is also solid core. Quote includes replacing as much as 50' of
wood with no extra charge. Siding feature reinforced nailing hem. R-value 4.
Contractor #2 has done work in my neighborhood. Quote was made by salesman.
Family-owned company, in business since 1965. They 'specialize in' windows and
doorwalls, siding and trim, gutters, roofing, patio enlcosures and awnings.
Republic windows. Low-E glass, argon filled. Fusion-welded, metal-reinforce
Lifetime warrantee (brochure does not specify non-prorated). Energy Star
Sashes lift out for cleaning. Garden window option priced at an additional $1530.
Alside Odyssey Plus siding over ¾" tongue-in-groove extruded polystyrene
insulation (R-value ~3). Simple nailing hem. (This is not Alside's
vinyl siding.) Vinyl coated aluminum trim. Up to 15' of rotten wood replaced
I might finally add that we do expect to find some rotten wood on one side of
house where the old asphalt driveway* - since replaced - overlapped the siding
some places and pooled water in the direction of the house in others. And who
what may lurk under the aluminum elsewhere.
*This driveway was something else. Worse than the concrete guy we hired to
replace it believed it was. It was laid down over an older, shorter concrete
drive AND the old sidewalk to the kitchen door and UNCOMPACTED DIRT.
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