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Old 05-31-2022, 07:52 AM
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I need new windows. DS's window is being held together by duct tape. Actually, I only need 4 new windows (all the ones upstairs). The rest are old but in decent shape.

Places I'm calling are booked out for MONTHS. As in, they'll come look and measure in the fall.

I get tons of advertising from Renewal by Andersen. I'm skeptical because anyone that advertises THAT much can't be good. But I'm also getting desperate. Anyone ever use them?


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Find a local company?
Old 05-31-2022, 08:04 AM
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We used a locally owned company. Just a word of warning, he told us that it’s taking about 10-12 weeks for windows to be manufactured. Once they were in, they were installed in 2 weeks but we ordered in early October and they were installed by the very end of December.

We’re currently waiting on the doors that we ordered in April to be manufactured so they can be installed.

Yaaaaay COVID.
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Old 05-31-2022, 08:28 AM
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I would recommend a local company instead of the one you mentioned. Unfortunately, I think you will have to wait. Sorry.
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Old 05-31-2022, 08:55 AM
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I get tons of advertising from Renewal by Andersen. I'm skeptical because anyone that advertises THAT much can't be good.
We had a great experience with Renewal by Andersen. First we did our ground floor windows, and a year later our second floor windows. They were punctual, gave us the exact time when to expect our windows (double-pane and custom-made because of the odd sizes), and installation was very careful. Granted this was 5 and 4 years ago, so I don't know what their present status is.
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Old 05-31-2022, 09:01 AM
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Like cvt, I had a terrific, but expensive, experience with Renewal by Anderson. I had 22 very different windows/sliders replaced and they did a fabulous job. That was my old house—and I think those windows were a plus when I sold.

Then I moved to this old condo and had all the windows/sliders replaced. It was a lot cheaper because there are fewer windows and because I had to follow condo guidelines. I was sad I couldn’t use Renewal by Anderson, but I went with a local company and now I have a great combination of Marvin windows and Fleetwood sliders.


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We checked out Renewal
Old 05-31-2022, 09:11 AM
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They wanted $32,000 to do our windows. Needless to say, we still have our old windows.
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Old 05-31-2022, 09:51 AM
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Thanks everyone. Internet reviews say they're expensive, but done fine. I think I'm going to pass on them, though. I posted a plea for more names on my facebook page and got a few leads.

I've called 3 local people today. The first, who I've used for some other work in the past (just not windows) didn't answer his phone and his voicemail is full. The 2nd is scheduled to come out in August now. The last call I made was to a place that does exteriors, and will actually come out next week.

I have 2 more leads I will follow up on if these don't work out.

I know window manufacturers are out 10-12 weeks. Luckily the window with duct tape is hidden from the road by a tree.
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Old 05-31-2022, 09:52 AM
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Linda - $32,000!!!! How many windows do you have? I have 16 I'd like to replace, 4 I NEED to replace. My high "in my imagination" estimate is $1,000 a window.
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Old 05-31-2022, 10:20 AM
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We just replaced 4 windows (the back of our house) about a month ago.

We hired a local carpenter/construction/builder guy. He had his own company was licensed & insured, yada yada, yada

I found his truck walking in my neighborhood one day & got his card. We wound up purchasing our windows from either Lowes or Hone Depot and he installed them, did the needed framing, etc.

Due to the supply shortage we chose to go with windows that were already in stock instead of ordering custom measurements. This required a little more framing but the alternative was months wait for ordering. (We were doing a full exterior renovation and couldn’t wait that long for just windows. It would’ve held up our entire project.)

I recommend finding a local company (make sure they’re licensed and insured). We got a couple of quotes from the “bigger” companies and the price was ridiculous. You’re also paying for their overhead: a salesperson, etc. My DH & I particularly didn’t like the pushy sales. We’d prefer to give the smaller business our business.

Good luck with whatever you decide. Keep us posted if you can.
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Old 05-31-2022, 10:21 AM
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My high "in my imagination" estimate is $1,000 a window.
We paid around this.


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Old 05-31-2022, 03:10 PM
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We used a local company over 20 years ago. A friend just had Anderson do an estimate, 15 windows, slider, picture windows: $29,000, ugh no. She’s looking local.
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Old 05-31-2022, 06:08 PM
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We need new windows and I am dreading this process. I have heard Renewal by Anderson are good, but expensive. My sister went to a place for a new patio door and the estimate for that was $10,000. It was a really nice door (Marvin), but that scared her off!
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Old 05-31-2022, 07:02 PM
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We are still waiting for our Marvin windows that were ordered at the end of March. Our cost for windows and installation for 7 single and 2 double windows is just under $15,000. It’s being done by a local contractor. He’s also a friend and remodeled our kitchen and bathrooms a couple of years ago.
We knew it would take months to get the windows, when we ordered.
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Old 06-01-2022, 12:03 AM
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We have twenty regular windows, but then our family room and bedroom have more expensive types of windows that cost more to replace. I should have mentioned that.
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Old 06-01-2022, 11:04 AM
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I replaced the windows at my mountain cabin with Milgard dual pane vinyl windows that are supposed to be very energy efficient two years ago. Then I replaced the sliders and windows at my primary home in the desert. For that house I chose Milgard aluminum dual pane and paid extra for sound resistant, extra heavy glass because I like quiet and I never plan to move. I love all my new windows!

Because all the windows were custom, it took months to complete everything both before and during the pandemic. I used two different local companies to do the install in each area. My advice is, be patient, and eventually you’ll have your beautiful new windows.
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