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Replacing windows in Chicago area - Brand & Installer reviews

#1 Post by davek »

Hi All,

I started getting quotes to replace all the windows on the first floor of our house. Most of them are pretty large, multi panel casement with transoms at the top. House was built early 90's and current windows are original and in rough shape. House faces south.

Looking at mid to mid high end vinyl as this should be our forever home. Some of the brands the installers have been selling at Provia, Midway, KHPP. In 2018 had a sliding door replaced with Sunrise Restoration. We like it, I know it's pricey but the installer is not being communicative and seems to have gone through some management changes.

Any reviews on those brands? What about installers in the area? What else to look for?

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Restorations is nice as you know, as is the Softlite Elements, Okna, Starmark, and upper offerings from Polaris among others. The KHPP has some nice numbers, but if you are worried about changes in management at your Restorations dealer, beware that this product has been passed around like nobody's business and with more volatility than a simple acquisition or two as is not all that uncommon these days. Provia's vinyl window is a middling first attempt from a great door manufacturer that's new to windows. You could do worse but also a lot better. Generic "chassis" used by several other manufacturers. Either of these options (KHPP and Provia) could be fine depending on what you are looking for, but I'd explore some additional options.

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#3 Post by davek »

Thanks, are you familiar with Midway? They are a local factory and I have a quote that is almost $10k cheaper than the Provia.

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#4 Post by HomeSealed »

Familiar yes, that pricing tells you all that you need to know.

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It seems most of the top installers in our area are selling MidWay or Provia. Only one offers Sunrise, and they are the one that is disarray right now. Very disappointing how difficult this is

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Great installers generally want to sell and install great windows. Did you try to search out dealers of the other products that I mentioned?

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#7 Post by masterext »

if you are on the north shore, call homesealed.. Awesome guy and a great company. I would at least talk to him.

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What he said.

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#9 Post by davek »

I'm awaiting remote quotes on OKNA from two dealers. I also have a quote coming for restoration.

I did get a quote on Provia from an installer I trust and I know does great work. I did see the windows in a showroom and am generally impressed. All of our windows are very tall, almost 70"-75" for the casement and an additional 12"-13" for a transom on top. I also need most of them to be tempered. The provia screen frames are definitely much nicer than the restoration and it seems the hardware is better as well. They both use cardinal glass. I'll await the Okna quotes and then decide.

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