This is a general question: Is it better to buy windows from one
company and have that company install the windows, or buy windows from
one company, and have another concern install the windows? I think I
may be better off buying the windows I need at the lowest price I can
and then finding the lowest priced installer I can. Or am I wrong?
And, living near Syracuse where winters can be fierce and sunshine is
not plentiful, what type of windows would be best? Thanks to anyone
who can give me some guidance.
Pella has approved installers that are supposed to know what they are
doing. If you are thinking about vinyl, Consumer Reports has review
windows within last few years..... check the library. They had a
best buy but I don't remember the brand.
If you go with a big national installer, watch out for their
boilerplate contracts. Probably has an arbitration clause that will
be a problem if they do a bad job.
Best Windows ? Look at consumer reports... Tri Pane,are best Anderson
ETC ... Get bids , Bids , but Anderson Glass Is no1 ,, and NO glass
is not glass, Anderson IS no 1 the machine they use is a
30,000,000 machine it coats Clear at the Atomic Level , Get prices,
Keep this in mind! If you buy the windows from the same company that
installs them, they will usually warranty them 100% if there is a problem.
If you buy the windows one place, and have someone else install them, the
warranty question gets muddied a bit. Was it the fault of the window
manufacturer, or the installer? Each company will possibly blame the other
if a warranty problem arises.
I would only buy them from the person who installs them. Why?
Warranty... If you have a problem with one the window will be covered
but the installer is going to charge you a pretty penny to swap it
out. The manufacturer may also balk about the window being installed
by a "non-authorized" installer.
[On 26 Dec 2003 15:57:09 -0800, email@example.com
Windows are one of the more controversial subjects that comes
My personal opinion is to ask around among as many of your
neighbors as possible. Good windows which are badly installed
will not make you happy. Mediocre windows which are installed
well would be better.
On 26 Dec 2003 15:57:09 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (humanbeing)
You may find the company you buy the windows from will contract out
for installation. They may warranty the windows/installation but a
couple of years down the road when you realize you have dry
rot/leakage problems and your exterior siding needs to be peeled away
and studs, etc. replaced it'll be a major PITA.
I had a general (who supposedly had been in the bus for 20+ years)
install my windows on an addition. From the start I knew he didn't
have a clue as to what he was doing. I found it best to supervise the
installation myself after researching how to properly install.
Some info can be found at the Fortifiber (window flashing) site at:
So, regardless of which route you take be very proactive in the
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