As many folks on this forum, I am looking for replacement windows. I have read alot of posts concerning the subject windows and many other brands. However, the more I read responses from the experts the more confusing it gets in the selection of a manufacturer. For example: someone gets a price for lets say 19 subject brand windows and asks if its a good deal. A typical response may be - price isn't too bad but for that price you should be able to get better than a medium grade window. What does that mean?? What is a better grade for the money?? And what is meant by grade??
I have prices for the Alside Excalibur and the Simonton 5500. They both will meet the 2009 tax credit requirements so the glass portion should function pretty much equally for both brands. The frame is the only remaining item on the window unit. Is this where we decide the better grade?? If so, what should we look for??
Under warranty Simonton 5500's have a 20 year material replacement coverage but no labor coverage. After 20 years the numbers drop to about 50%. On the other hand the Alside Excalibur has a Life Time warranty that includes labor. I have read the Simonton warranty but have not actually seen the Alside warranty, but lets assume that it is for Life as stated. Now Life time sounds better to me than 20 years. Why would the forum experts recommend the Simonton over the 5500?? I also know that both companies have been in business for many years and therefore must be doing something right.
Let's leave the installer out of this - as I'm just trying to make the window selection. Also this is a general question and shouldn't be related to a particular part of the U.S.
Help me out here - what am I not seeing correctly??