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Single Parents - Divorced Adults Group Message Board › replacement windows

replacement windows

Sue
user 19379981
Prairie du Sac, WI
Post #: 34
Hi, does anyone have any suggestions or warnings for any companies to do replacement windows in a home? Thanks!
Optimistic C.
OptimisticChris
Madison, WI
Post #: 238
I have used ABC Home Specialists... very satisfied. Good local company to work with.
http://www.abchomespe...­
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Rick
RickThePerson
Madison, WI
Post #: 41
I went through window replacement a couple of years ago and am now replacing a sliding glass door. First you might want to work backwards a little bit. Figure out what kind of replacements you want (wood, vinyl, or fiberglass, and do you want an insert or a full frame replacement). Then find the good brands are that you want to look at and then check the installers. The forum on the http://www.replacemen...­ site is very helpful. The most common themes are avoiding Alside and a number of the big box windows (Jew-Weld, etc).

As for companies, I used Frey for the windows. The windows look good and work well, however Frey depended on the foam tape supplied by the manufacture for insulation and did not supplement it with a low expansion spray foam. If you use them, insist that they include this step for the best insulation.

For the door, I'm using HomeSealed, based in Milwaukee (they are planning on opening a Madison branch so they've expanded their service area). I'm not sure they'd make it to Sauk.

I'd stay clear of EnviroTech, their sales tactics were not good, and avoid dealing with anyone who tries the old 'The price goes up as soon as I leave the door if you don't sign now' pitch.
Sue
user 19379981
Prairie du Sac, WI
Post #: 35
Thanks for the information! I really appreciate it!!! Onward.... ha!
Val
user 40387772
Madison, WI
Post #: 12
I replaced my windows and patio door about three years ago. I used Advanced Home Technologies (AHT) which is a Wisconsin based company. They have quality products! I have received numerous complements on them! You may indicate I referred you and they may provide a referral discount. Good luck with your decision.
Don
user 10037615
Black Earth, WI
Post #: 39
Hi, Let me ask if you're sure it's windows you know you need. Often it's lack of insulation or sufficient insulation creating the real problem. If your home is old enough to need windows it is more than old enough to need wall insulation.
If it is windows take a look at http://windows.lbl...­ dot gov slash pub slash selectingwindows slash window.pdf and energystar.gov both of which will tell you a lot about windows. I think the very best windows are manufactured by alpenhpp.com in Boulder and taking a look there would be a good idea, too.
Due to some crossed wires and etc. I had pmi-windows.com in Lone Rock, yes I wrote Lone Rock, do my windows. I'd guess Madison and environs is well within their zone. A professional energy auditor likes my pmi windows, which speaks for itself.

Back to insulation: One recommendation I received was for a well known insulation company to pump a foaming insulation into my walls. I was assured the process was quick and the result would be a very quiet and very very well insulated home. Later, the same recommender suggested another technique because foam insulated homes contend with unpleasant odors from the curing/out gassing foam. I've yet to add insulation to my walls.

Two more insulation aspects: Almost immediately after having 3 feet of fiberglass insulation blown into my attic, I watched a This Old House which strongly suggested sealing around all joists and intrusions into the attic from below. Need I say I blew more than a fuse upon learning about sealing first?
Also, because all roofs leak to some degree, choose fiberglass insulation. Recycled blue jeans and etc may have a higher R-value but once wet it never dries while fiberglass dries, thus resisting mold formation.
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