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Week of September 22, 2014

The Editor's Top Discussion Board Picks

Is this what windows really cost?
This homeowner is looking for new windows in Minnesota - 4 regular vinyl and one with tempered glass. Both Pella and Alside are quoting $1000 per window. After researching, the average price seems to be about $600 per window. Should this shopper look elsewhere for a cheaper window, or is this really the cost of windows in Minnesota? See what our pros have to say about these high price tags! Read More >>
Trimming Out Vinyl Windows
This window shopper is thinking of installing either Pella Proline Wood windows or Sunrise Restoration windows. Both these windows have integrated J-channels. This shoppers new home siding is stone and vinyl, how will that look and work with the J-channel? Are there better alternatives to keep an attractive appearance with wood windows and the new-home siding? Read More >>

Surviving Detroit Climate
Detroit winters can be harsh, and it can make window shopping even harder. This homeowner is looking to replace 18-year old windows with new full-frame Marvin Infinity windows. Will these windows help with air-infiltration? Is there a better option for the cold weather? Check out our experts responses! Read More >>

Review the Basics

Window OptionsLow-E: Hard Coat vs Soft Coat
Winter is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!! Learning how Low-E works with Hard Coats vs Soft Coats could mean a warmer house during the snowy days of December. Take a look at the advice from our resident expert, Oberon.
Double-Hung Tilt Windows by Weather Shield
Rating 2
"we built the house 22 years ago. after first year, the condensation was so bad i had to refinish the window. within the first 3 years i had to do it again. this time i used marine grade varnish!" -Mike

"The lower sashes of the two $600 Crestline windows my husband and I purchased from Menards do not fit properly within the frames. We requested replacements. Instead, Weathershield twice sent a repairman to our home to "fix" the brand new windows. Its policy is "we have the right to repair, replace or reimburse (in that order), at our discretion."" -Rose

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5500 Series by Simonton
Rating 4
"We had simonton 5500 windows installed in our whole house by a great contractor. After three years one top sash lost its integrity and fogged out. I notified simonton and they replaced the sash free of charge within three weeks. We would highly recommend their product to all." -GKL, NY

"The Five (5) casement windows were average for a vinyl window,the problem was 1 of the windows was made wrong and the seal around the glazing was deformed.When I notified Simonton that day about the problem there were no apologizes or sense of urgency on their behalf to correct the problem." -Mark, NJ

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