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Ply Gem Pro Series vs Anlin Bayview

Hello Tom - Thank you for you website it has helped me understand the complexity of window replacement. 8 windows. I have received two quotes for very different windows:

Ply Gem Pro Series $3,855 and Anlin Bayview $5,800

Below are the dimension of my windows. I am in Los Angeles County. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Carla-Anne - Homeowner - from 2017

Editor's Reply

Carla-Anne, both of those bids are pretty solid I think. While the Anlin Bayview may be a bit better window, I'm not sure it's worth $2K more. The Ply Gem Pro model is a decent middle of the road vinyl window and should serve you well in Los Angeles, where the climate is relatively mild.

I would go with that bid, unless you can get the Anlin rep to come down off their price a fair bit (which might not be possible). I would use the Ply Gem bid as bait and see if you can find his bottom. Of course, the same could be said for the Ply Gem rep.

Tom - Site Editor - from 2017

PlyGem Triple Pane Windows

I am busy replacing four double hung windows and an opening in my basement. The PlyGem Premium windows were recommended to be by someone I know in the building industry. I've been told these are quality windows, a decent middle of the range replacement window that should cost me $400 to $500 a window. I am wondering if anyone has advice on these windows and whether a triple pane is a better option rather than the double panes.

Charles - Homeowner - 2010

[Contractor Response]

The PlyGem windows are a decent middle of the range window, but there are better choices out there. In order to determine whether the price you have been quoted is good or not, you need to take any options and extras into consideration, such as the glass package, color and whether they are insert windows or complete tear outs. You can't really go wrong with the triple pane windows, keep an eye out because PlyGem sometimes offer a free upgrade to triple pane from time to time. You'll also want to look at their EP range with stainless steel spacers, foam fills and sash reinforcements.

Mark - Contractor - 2010

PlyGem vs Simonton Windows

The dealer I have been speaking to about double hung windows is recommending PlyGem Premium, he says they are a good window choice. I am drawn to the Simonton windows and would appreciate input on which is the better option.

Linda - Homeowner - 2010

[Contractor Response]

They are both good companies that offer some nice choices and options. If the dealer you have been talking to is a PlyGem dealer, then of course he is going to push them and try and down talk Simonton. If your decision is based on price alone, then the PlyGem are the better choice purely based on the visual aspect of the window. There are Simonton dealers that can offer windows at a more affordable price than the PlyGem. They are both good windows, so I would say that the choice is down to personal preference.

Drew - Contractor - 2010

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[Contractor Response]

The PlyGem Premium windows are a decent choice when looking at replacement windows. In fact PlyGem owns a number of window manufacturing companies. If you're looking for more information on the Premium range, they used to be Great Lakes Grandview 4000 / 5000 up until about a year ago. These are good quality windows, but overall you will be making a solid choice with the PlyGem or the Simontons.

Leon - Contractor - 2010

PlyGem vs Milgard Windows

I am replacing seventeen windows and a patio door. Two estimates just came in, the one is for the PlyGem Pro 200 series and the other for the Milgard Tuscany. The Milgard estimate is almost $2,000 higher than the PlyGem. I have spoken to dealers where some tell me Milgard are better quality and others say that the PlyGem is a good choice. According to the estimates, they both offer lifetime warrantees, which has left me unsure on which to choose. Saving $2,000 sounds good so any input would be appreciated.

Michael - Homeowner - 2011

[Homeowner Response]

I don't think you will be disappointed with the PlyGem Pro 200 series. I had eight of my windows replaced with these, I chose the low-e triple paned glass and they seal well and offer excellent sound reduction. I was very impressed with the installation, though I can't say the same about the sales rep that came to see me. Pay careful attention to who installs the windows for you, choose a contractor with loads of experience installing these specific windows to ensure the job is completed properly and reduce any problems in the near future.

Harry - Homeowner - 2011

[Contractor Response]

Personally I can't see you going wrong with either the Milgard or PlyGem windows. PlyGem are good products, though I do know they are different on the west coast. The Milgards are a good mid-range option. Either way you will be getting good windows, it's really down to personal preference.

Nigel - Contractor - 2011

[Contractor Response]

It's true that the PlyGem windows on the west coast are different from those on the east coast. You should get a choice of Pro series, Premium series and Contractor series. I wouldn't touch anything other than the Premium series, which is a good mid-range choice. Remember there are so many great window companies out there and so many other choices for you to consider such as SoftLite and HiMark 800 Series, if they are available in your area.

John - Contractor - 2012

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Ply Gem Window Options

PlyGem offer a number of windows series. If I had to choose I would go with the Premium series which is on the upper side of the mid-range options. Then there is the Pro series, which I don't really like, to be honest. In some cases you find this range called the 4000 range. If I was installing windows I would shop around at some of the other window manufacturers before making a decision, there are so many great choices out there. Take the time to go through the PlyGem website, you'll find windows in the west aren't as good as those in the east, for some reason. I can only comment on those sold on the east coast, which is what I am basing my opinion on.

Barry - Contractor - 2012

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