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Replacement Window : Suggestions needed

Hey Guys!

I am new to this community and was wondering if I could get some sensible suggestion and recommendation as I need to replace windows and I have been looking over the internet for some reputed companies that could take the responsibility of doing this at an affordable price.

I live in San Diego and I have been researching about various brands and came across Pellas, Lowes, Okna and wanted to know which one is good. I heard that Pellas are the best, is it so? I believe we should value windows and doors of our home because they give a good look to interior and home decor. Therefore, I am considering every suggestion that comes my way. Looking for some great suggestion! 

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Posted 2014-07-31T11:11:04+0000  by jencomton jencomton
Hi jencomton,

You overlooked the obvious choice Home Depot, we offer replacement windows from many different

manufactures, including Anderson, Hy-Lite, Pittsburgh Corning, American Craftsman, Tafco and more.

We offer design consultation in store or our technicians can come to your home for a free consultation.

Most importantly Home Depot guarantees your satisfaction with all of our window products including installation.

You won't be left out in the cold if you buy from us!

Call or stop by your local Home Depot for more information.


Posted 2014-07-31T18:49:36+0000  by Mike_HD_OC

Hello jencomton,

In addition to mike’s contribution, I would like to present an abbreviate history of the Anderson window and door company.  The importance of which is that Anderson has been an industry leader in innovation and quality for over 110 years.  And if for any reason you needed to purchase replacement parts or would like to add more windows or doors in the far off future, you can be assured that they will be available, with the same high quality and reliability.

I personally have own Anderson windows for over 33 years and LOVE them.  They are the best valued purchase I have made for my 1947 fixer upper.

                                 “Come Home to Quality, Come Home to Andersen®.”

In 1952 Andersen begins fitting its windows with a first-of-its-kind new Welded Insulating Glass to help provide protection against condensation and frost. It also eliminates the need for a removable storm panel.

In 1960 Silver Line starts producing residential and aluminum windows for both new construction and replacement applications. The Perma-Shield® cladding system makes its debut in 1966. The patented, tough vinyl exterior for wood windows is developed with the help of Italian inventor, Luigi Zanini. The low-maintenance, vinyl-cladding system revolutionized the window industry and created an entirely new category of wood windows, called clad-windows.

In 1991 Andersen develops Fibrex® material, a revolutionary composite made of wood fiber reclaimed from Andersen manufacturing operations and a special thermoplastic polymer, some of which is also reclaimed. Among its features are resistance to rotting, excellent insulation and low thermal expansion in extreme temperatures.

Renewal by Andersen is founded in 1995. The subsidiary offers a fresh approach to window replacement by serving “do-it-for-me” homeowners who want simple, reliable solutions for replacing old windows with low-maintenance, energy-efficient, custom-made windows.

In 1999 Andersen becomes the first window manufacturer to be named an ENERGY STAR® National Window Partner of the Year.

 In 2004 Andersen introduces Stormwatch® protections, which are windows and doors designed to resist the effects of high wind and wind-borne debris common in coastal storms.

2000-2005 In 2003 Andersen Corporation celebrates 100 years in business and launches its 100 Years/100 Homes project with Habitat for Humanity®, pledging to build 100 homes over five years—a $5 million commitment.

Andersen introduces high-performance Low-E4®glass, the next generation of energy-efficient, low-maintenance glass. Low-E4 glass features an innovative exterior coating that, when activated by sunlight, helps reduce dirt build-up and water spots on the exterior surface, and promotes faster drying. Andersen launches the TruScene® insect screen, made with a virtually invisible, stainless steel screen material that provides clearer views, increases airflow and is less visible from outside the home.


2008 A new steam generating plant at Andersen’s Bayport production facility provides the ability to use virtually all renewable energy to help power manufacturing operations. The facility is a testament to the company’s commitment to innovative design and environmental stewardship in its own operations. Andersen receives Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody certification (FSC-C016636). This certification is among the first of its kind in the window and door industry and is awarded to companies that meet FSC standards for traceability in their wood supply chain.

2009 Andersen introduces 100 Series windows and doors. Made of Fibrex® material, the 100 Series features environmentally responsible construction, economical pricing and energy-saving performance. Andersen® windows and doors and Renewal by Andersen® replacement windows receive SCS Global Services (SCS) Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification for indoor air quality. Andersen® and Renewal by Andersen®branded products receive recycled content certification by SCS Global Services (SCS). This certification is among the first of its kind in the window and door industry and states the minimum amount of reclaimed materials used in specific products. Andersen expands its glazing options with a new solar control glass designed to reject unwanted solar heat while allowing the sunlight to stream through. Andersen® SmartSun™ glass helps reduce energy consumption in the home while providing year-round thermal protection and enhanced visibility.

2012 Andersen earns the ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award, which is reserved for partners demonstrating outstanding leadership year after year. The award is only given to organizations that have been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for three or more consecutive years. 

2013 Andersen celebrates 110 years as a leader in the building products industry.




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Posted 2014-07-31T19:10:52+0000  by Char_HD_CHI
Hello jencomton, and welcome to the community!

I am a Millwork Specialist for the Home Depot in the Chicago area, and your question is one that I get often.  In addition to the great suggestions & comments from Mike & Char, here is my 2 cents. 

If you are looking for a unbiased opinion of windows, and want someone that can give you a brief description of windows in general as well as the leading manufactures, look no further than Consumer Reports  Home Window Buying Guide. There you will find information that will explain and walk you through the different types of windows.

Also, you don't need to subscribe to Consumer Reports to see all information that is available, you just need to check with your local library to see if they have back issues and if they do, you can usually make copies to take home to study & review. 
Posted 2014-08-01T13:21:55+0000  by Angelo_HD_CHI
Hey! The firms you mentioned are really big ones. But make sure that you make note of certain things before you go out to purchase a new window for yourself. A multiple pane window is much better at insulating the house. Take the measurement of the opening before you go out to buy. Its always better to purchase the vinyl windows because they are the best. I got my window from the Window choice at and I think they did a good job in installation. They charged an affordable price and the product quality was also good.
Posted 2014-11-26T06:46:55+0000  by MiaElizabeth
Good Evening jencomton,

May I suggest that you go into your local Home Depot and look at what they have to offer, I personally installed all of the window options that were recommended above and that they have in the store as well. There are many vinyl manufacturers that offer energy efficient replacement windows that have a great U factor and solar heat gain coefficient that are offered at your local Home Depot. Here is another home improvement link that you might find helpful with window selections options.

Greg Kapitan
Posted 2015-04-07T03:32:54+0000  by GregGKapitan
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