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PlyGem Pro Series 200 Windows Quote

Hi Tom. Thanks in advance so much for your help.

I live in Los Angeles, on the Westside and just bought a new condo. I'm getting triple pane as it's near a noisy street. There are 6 windows and one sliding glass door. Total of the frame openings is about 150 sq ft. The current windows are single pane, aluminum frame. The installation is pretty straightforward in a stucco building, pop out pop in. I currently live in another unit on the property and the install on the windows I have now was seamless and quick. Since I live west of The Rockies, Soft-lite isn?t an option.

I've gotten three bids so far. One from American Vision Windows, one from American Reliable Windows and one from Lion Windows.

American Vision uses Anlin. Their salesman doesn't like Tuscany, saying they have problems. And there are some complaints I've seen online. But I've also read online that many vinyl window problems are the result of the way they were installed. His windows are also the most expensive, clocking in at around $7750 and $7100. The price was a few hundred bucks more but they came down in price without my asking, saying it's a slow time of year for them. The model names are Del Mar and Mar Vista (which is funny since I live in Mar Vista).

American Reliable offers Milgard Tuscany and PlyGem pro series 200 at $7100 and $6200. Their sales guy said he'd come down 150 bucks since American Vision came down a bit.

Lion Windows salesman was different. Just got the measurements from me over the phone that the other salesman used. He offered Milgard Styleline at $5600. Told me to feel free to come into his store.

Of course, whoever I go with will come out to take more precise measurements and to have their installers see the job before they begin and when they take first part of the payment. They all have a lead time about the same, maybe four or five weeks. None of the sizes are standard except the sliding glass door.

Right now I'm torn between the three most expensive. The Anlin Del Mar has nifty insulation built into the frame of the window and is also the most expensive. The Milgard Tuscany is the high end Milgard from what I can tell. Milgard is also a bigger name than Amlin. And the other Amlin is only a couple hundred more than the Milgard.

The difference in cost isn't that much, especially considering vinyl windows last so long. But I don't want to pay more than I need to if all I'm paying for is hype.

So, what do you think?

Again, thanks so much, in advance.

Andy - Homeowner - from 2018

Editor's Reply

Andy, first off you have some good brands on offer so that's a start. That quote from American Vision seems quite high to me, even with their discount. The Anlin window option is good, but I would put them on par with the Tuscany, which is the less expensive of the bids by far.

I think the Ply Gem Pro is a decent window as well and at $6200, that is a pretty good price. The Styleline isn't a bad window, but I would stick with the other windows in the lot of bids you have.

This is sort of a tough call. Perhaps tell American Vision that if they can give you the Del Mar for $7100, then you will sign with them that day. See if that works; that would be a pretty good deal I think.

Tom - Site Editor - from 2017

Andy's Reply

Thanks Tom. I sent American Vision a note to that affect. I doubt he'll drop to 7 but maybe he'll come half way. I'll let you know. Hey, also, when I didn't hear back from you right away I saw what I thought were two new names on your website and not yours. So I wrote the same question to them with some additional info. Thought I'd copied you. Maybe you just haven't gotten to it yet. Anyway, you could let them know you've already helped me?

Andy - Homeowner - from 2018

Editor's Reply

Andrew, we saw the duplicate email; the holidays are tough for us to get back sometimes with family demands etc. I agree that he might not drop it to 7, but they should drop it, especially at this time of year. They want to keep their crews working through the slow season so you have some nice leverage often times.

Tom - Site Editor - from 2017


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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