Window Question

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Window Question

I am looking at replacing windows in my house this summer.  A friend will be installing them as he does it for a living.  At first he priced out MinnKota windows and they were going to be around $4000 for 5 windows.  He then priced out Hayfield windows which were about $800-1000 cheaper.  He says they are comparable windows and has installed both before.  I am looking for more input on both window brands if you have them in your house.  Both have good warranties from their websites but not sure how either stands behind their warranties. 

The reason I am posting on Fishingbuddy is noticed there was an older thread on this same topic that seemed full of information, just looking for updated information.

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Don't put in vinyl or sliders.

Go with the best window you can afford.

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Just curious why not vinyl?

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They expand and contract way more than wood or metal.  Just not quality materials like wood or metal.

Maybe some of the new vinyl high dollar ones are good but wouldn't take most of the vinyl ones if they gave them to me.  Saw way too many problems in them.

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Nothing wrong with vinyl, put new ones in 20 years ago and they were from Menards, i think they were Crestline

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Also about 5 yrs. ago put the front window in, I call them picture windows, and it's big with sliding widows on the sides, no problem with it either, and it costed about $2,200.00 installed

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buy the hayfield. ive installed atleast 150 windows, the minnkota are not as good, i  prefer to see hayfield. thats exactly what id buy... you put them in the hole and they work, no adjusting 90 percent of the time... we`ve had problems with minnkota. as far as vinyl being not as good, i disagree. did the installer use all the nail holes on the flange? i`ve seen guys put a total of less than ten nails in them ( with air nailers for every type of nail now, nobody wants to actually use a hammer, so they get lazy when they cant use one), of course they are gonna move if installed poorly.did he get some meat when he nailed it? i`d buy a window from menards before i bought a minnkota from a lumber yard... same thing and alot cheaper., and actually for a slider i wouldent put a minnkota in my house for half price.. i remember less than 16 months ago putting 14 minnkotas in a newly constructed office building and to get the windows to lock you had to slam them so hard i was afraid to do it, the rep was supposed to come look at them, never seen him. i got to deal with a customer who asked me every other day or twice a day,"has that guy came and checked out the windows yet?" i found that if there was any dust,a dead fly ,anything, they wouldent close enough and correctly to lock..but they still had to be slammed.( people slamming doors,cabinet doors, etc is my pet peeve) my blood pressure went up typing this and recalling this. and that was`nt the first time we`ve fought with minnkota windows.

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I've remodeled 2 houses and used vinyl windows as replacements. I don't regret either one. One was Heartland and the other I don't remember.  Now, I did build a new house within the last 5 years and used "top of the line" Andersons. You want to start a discussion......those things are way overpriced for what you get. Might have been decent in the past, but pretty cheesy anymore.