Simonton vs. PGT vs. ViWinTech vs. Stanek - St Pete, FL

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Simonton vs. PGT vs. ViWinTech vs. Stanek - St Pete, FL

#1 Post by Windowtap » Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:25 pm

I have a 29-year old concrete block house in St Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay) with the original single pane windows. We are getting estimates for different makes of hurricane impact windows and sliding glass doors (preferably Miami-Dade approved) to replace what we have.

PGT and Viwintech are comparably priced, while the one quote we have for Simonton Stormbreaker is about 30% higher. We've talked with Pella and will speak with Stanek.

It's quite confusing...some say vinyl is better than aluminum; others say vice versa. Some say the laminated glass should be on the exterior and the single paned glass on the interior; others say vice versa. Some offer only double-hung windows; others offer the less expensive single-hung. We prefer single-hung since we rarely open windows in this climate.

I haven't heard of Viwintech; the dealer recommended them over Seasonshield.

Can anyone out there help us sort through what we brand we should get and why?

Thanks.

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#2 Post by Oberon » Wed Mar 15, 2006 8:38 pm


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#3 Post by Windowtap » Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:25 am

Oberon, thank you so very much for taking the time to provide this very informative reply. I will take your counsel to heart.

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Check the BBB

#4 Post by jodialex » Fri Mar 17, 2006 6:48 am

I am replacing windows in the Apollo Beach Area. Check your local Better Business Bureau on one of the companies you are referring to.


http://www.bbbwestflorida.org

Good Luck!!

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#5 Post by Windowtap » Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:49 am

Thanks, will do!

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what windows did you go with

#6 Post by gpzelcs » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:09 am

I live in Pinellas CO. Can you tell me what you ended up with and if you are happy? thank you

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#7 Post by Windowtap » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:19 am

We wound up going with Simonton, due to their warranty and that they're a national company rather than a local one.

We don't get the huge utility savings as promised because we didn't replace the sliding glass doors; much too expensive. Instead, to protect our lanai, we got ArmorScreen.

Fortunately, we haven't had any storms to test either the windows or ArmorScreen, which is fine by me. :D

Overall, we're pretty happy with our choices.

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installer?

#8 Post by gpzelcs » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:33 pm

Can you tell me which company you went with to install you Simontons? Thank you

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Estimate`

#9 Post by gpzelcs » Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:20 pm

I had them out for an estimate yesterday. I have not gotten a 2nd estimate yet. Did you get more than one estimate for the Simentons? If so did you find Clear Choice to be competitive? Also how was their installation and follow up with service? Did you ever get an estimate from Stanek? I'm concerned about their customer service after the windows go in. They have 11 BBB complaints to Clear Choices 1. We've also looked at Atlantic and CWS. Sorry for so many questions but as you know it's a huge decision. I really appreciate you being so gracious and answering all my questions.

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#10 Post by Windowtap » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:01 pm

We got seven (yes, 7!) estimates from different places, covering Simonton, PGT, VinWinTech, Stanek and local no-brand suppliers. The prices varied widely, even when comparing Simonton to Simonton or PGT to PGT. To save time, I took the window measurements from one estimate and emailed them to other vendors for price quaotes. From there, I had some of them come to the house.

Pricing also has to be apples-to-apples: some places quote double-hung vs. single-hung windows, so make sure you get estimates for comparable installations.

All of the prices for us (back in 2006) were fairly comparable, except for Stanek, which was much too expensive. Stanek also had a number of BBB complaints.

Clear Choice Windows and More, our vendor, has a fairly pristine BBB record. As for the installation, the guys who came out were quite professional, took great pains to clean up, and took care of my little nitpicks right then and there. There's been no problems since the 2006 installation.

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Thank you

#11 Post by gpzelcs » Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:50 pm

I appreciate you sharing your experience. It has been most helpful.

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#12 Post by Windowtap » Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:57 pm

You're welcome. Good luck!

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