Contractor Recommended Windows
Best Manufactures on the West Coast
"Ranking the best window companies on the West Coast I would have to go with Anlin, Amerimax, Milgard and Simonton. All four of these windows offer great features and are top quality. I always suggest customers obtain a number of estimates before making a decision. I would choose Milgard over Anlin is that they are not a large company and you want peace of mind that they will be around to honor their warranty in a few years."
"When it comes to casement windows you cannot beat the Okna Starmark. I have a number of reasons including the fact that they use superior materials with hardware screws. I cannot mention how many times I have seen casements with loose screws.
"I need some advice on estimates I currently needed for twenty one windows complete with caps, grids, etc. The quotes I received are on the Harvey Classics which came in at $550 each, the HiMarks DX400 at $585, the HiMark DX800 at $630 and the Simonton 5500 at $500. This is a lot of money to invest in windows and I want to ensure I make the right choice."
"You have a great selection but personally I would choose the HiMark 800, they are better than the 400 and a quality window over the others you have estimates on. They offer great energy efficiency, the have superior design, quality and appearance. The Simontons are also good and superior over the Harveys. If you're only going to be in your home for a short period choose the Simontons, but for the long haul I would definitely recommend the HiMark 800."
"We installed Vytex awnings and casements using Hallmark a few years ago. Overall I must say I am impressed, our utility bill has reduced with our single pane windows. We have had some problems with the cranks which stick from time to time and I wouldn't say they are the smoothest windows in the world. Only one seal has broken out of all the windows and I have been offered a free replacement, I only have to pay the $175 for labor.
"I think the Vinylmax Easton is a better quality window to the Simonton 5050 choice. The only problem is the Vinylmax comes with less options. That being said they have a triple pane which dramatically improves performances over the double panes by about forty percent. Vinylmax is a family business and are growing constantly. They only do replacement windows and concentrate on that to offer you quality. Recently I put a Hyde Park window into a family member's property and it is great. They offer great R-values and low air infiltration numbers."
Wincore Or Vytex
I really like the Vytex windows and feel they are a better choice than the Wincore, which can't be considered a bad window either. I wouldn't recommend any windows where price is based on the dealers company rather than the quality of the window. Quality and service are so important when buying windows and you don't want to end up dealing with a sales orientated business which won't stand behind their product. Watch out for the "buy today" sales talk in order to get your order.