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Hello - I hope my answer will help point you in the right direction.

 

The reason you're having a hard time getting clear information is because there are hundreds of companies saying their window is the best. There are probably millions of different features you can choose to have for your windows and in price ranges from $169-$1200 (per double-hung window).

 

I've been in the business for 15 years and have seen many different window products from many different dealers and manufacturers. This all comes down to: "what's important for you and your home?" If you want a strong warranty from a company who has a full-time service department to give you piece of mind and service your windows should needs be, or are you looking at only those companies who offer true wood interior windows that you can paint or stain to match the home decor? Whatever is your hot-button, then that's where you want to start.

 

I would recommend you first choose how you want your new windows to look. Wood-interior with vinyl clad is only offered by certain companies, while there is a vinyl woodgrain finish to give you similar results without the maintenance. If you're only looking for a white interior and don't want the maintenance, a fiberglass or vinyl window would be the best choice from what is offered in the market today (vinyl will be less expensive - not necessarily cheaper quality). If you are going to change out a window to a french door and a door to a window, then you WILL NEED to find a contractor with some carpentry experience. Some companies will tell you upfront that they do not handle those sorts of remodeling projects due to the complexity and time it would take to get it complete.

 

Unfortunately, we won't be able to personally help you with your project as we work in the New England Area. However, if you wish to talk further, please feel free to email me at: sven@ritewindow.com and I'll be happy to let you know our prices for what we offer so you can compare and hopefully find a similar company to do the work for you near the Austin area.

 

Cheers!

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Get your roofer back out there.  Course of shingles above the window need to be pulled, self sealing flashing, drip caps, and counter and step flashing are going to be required here. 

 

This is a flashing issue as the window connects to the mansard roof surface. 

 

Condensation and a leak are two different and very noticeably different (i.e. volume) things.

 

Flashing and roofing on Mansards can be tricky but is sounds very much like a roofing issue. 

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Much easier to scratch and typically not as good a finished quality as compared to glass.

 

Benefits are the resistance to breakage as mentioned by LCD.  Any glazing shop should be able to re-create that panel. 

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For a broken window (or leaking seal in multi-pane unit), for a standard roughly 2x3 foot window, can run from low of about $75-125 for single pane to more like $200-300 range for triple pane, depending on construction and any special ultraviolet or heat reflective coatings. If a removeable window unit, of course cheaper to remove it and take to replacement glass place then have them come out, measure glass size, order glass unit, then come back to install.

 

If taking in yourself, commonly they can do single-pane in an hour or two, but count on a week or so typically for sealed double or triple pane unit to come in, so you will have to seal the opening in the interim. That is an advantage of having them come out - they measure and determine type of unit on first visit and can seal with tape and plastic sheeting (if you have not already done that), then come back with new unit and install a week or two down the road - but you are not stuck with an opening in the wall for a long time.

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Thermal numbers look okay when looking at the NFRC.

 

Do you have any other data on them?  Air infiltration, Design Pressure, Visible Transmittance, and Condensation Resistance are all good evaluators.

 

http://www.mercuryexcelum.com/images/customer-files/Advantage.pdf

 

Air infiltration rate is way high at 0.21.

 

It may look nice in person but the performance numbers are below average. 

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If you are being sued and/or counter suing, then you should hire a lawyer.  While you can do small claims court and sue without a lawyer, the Contractor's insurance will provide him a lawyer to defeat you.  Plus, odds are good the Contractor has more court experience than the average Home Owner, especially if this is his standard opperating procedure.  If you go against a lawyer, you will lose, even if you are right (Saying the right thing at the wrong time is very bad in court rooms.  Get a lawyer who knows the processes).

Once you decide you are suing, there should be no further contact or access to the property with the contractor.  If you have already been told you are suing, you should stop all access to your property (you are allowing them to gather evidence AGAINST you.  Your lawyer may be able to reach an agreement outside of court to allow the contractor to fix the work within a specific time period, but even then make sure you are not in contact with the contractor.  Anything you say, will be turned against you ("The Home Owner said it was okay.")

A building official has no legal obligation in court; his job is safety and minimum construction requirements as allowed per Code.  He has no say over materials and methods, and cannot assess damage. (IRC doesn't have a requirement that the door you mention exceed 35", so he won't care it isn't 36" as an example).  What he CAN do is state if the work is unsafe or causing other conditions which are unsafe.  Let your lawyer decide; but it is not in your best interest to have the Building Offical inspect with the contractor.

To sue you need to show damages.  Get another contractor (get some references or hire an architect to help ensure you get what you need) to inspect the work and give an estimate to repair.  The amount the contractor(s) estimates becomes what you seek in court (plus court fees) from the contractor.  If his work caused problems, you should be suing, not sued.

Also, be aware that no door manufacturer makes an actual 36" door (as an example).  They each have their own frame sizes, so a "36 door" in reality will be 35 7/8" to 35 3/8".  Each door maker has slightly different sizes (go online, you can see Pella, Anderson, Kolbe-Kolbe, etc. have their actual sizes available for PDF downloads).  If you replace a Pella 36" with an Anderson's 36" they won't fit perfectly.  In fact, the different styles within the same manufacturer are sometimes even different.  The purpose of trim is to hide the gap between the wall and door frame, so your door may be perfectly fine in size and method of installation. 

When you have this work corrected (and for any future work) utilize the services of a lisenced Architect.  They will oversee the work, review requests for payments and document existing conditions and conditions found during construction to prevent the situation you are now in.  They will also ensure the proper permits are filed and the inspections called for.  Because they are a third party to the agreement, they can be the 'bad guy' and make the contractor perform, where you just have to pay the invoices they approve.  The contractor deals with the Architect (and vice versa) and you get the project you wanted. The cost of the architect would have been around $3,200 and is minimal compared to what you are dealing with now, the peace of mind is worth it and architects often find cost savings that go directly back to the Home Owner.  When you account for time alone, you will have spent more than this on just preparing and attending the court case.

Because this is headed to court, stop all communication with the contractor and get yourself counsel.  Good luck.

Window Replacement reviews in Champaign

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No complaints so far with labor. Wished the company had informed me prior to installation to obtain energy audit prior to installation in order to receive rebate from
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energy. Inegilible for rebate now.
- mark M.
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and his crew out of (
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?) Colorado did a superb job installing windows in my home. Even the young man who came to the door selling them was very nice and knowledgeable.
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came to the house about 2 weeks later for the estimate. Very professional very quick, took measurements of all the windows filled out all the forms and we were approved for a line of credit immediately. He even saved us a couple of thousand dollars by combining 2 windows into 1 big window in 3 rooms. I was able to pick my own install date. He explained the windows were going to be custom built and it would take about a month and a half. We picked a date of mid November. Through no fault of their own due to bad weather in the Midwest most of November they didn't make it to my house until mid December.
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called every week and gave us updates.
I got a call from
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on December 8th he told me the installers would be here on the 12th at 0730. My doorbell rang at 0729. 2 guys showed up ( i really wish i remembered their names) and went right to work. They had one window removed and replaced by 0800. The whole house was done by 1:00pm!
For 8 years every time the wind blew my curtains would move around and the windowsill was full of dust. I have had these windows for a little over a month and have yet to dust. My electric bill was cut nearly by 1/2 my heater doesn't run as much, and the house is a whole lot warmer.
The prep was a little laborious we had to move everything away that was within 4 ft of windows. Since everything was off the walls we painted!
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and his crew were phenominal. The transferable lifetime warranty is a plus too!
- James V.
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From start to finish they were professional. We had a prior experience that went badly so they were very aware that were a little gun shy. They came out 3 times to be sure they had correct measurements for our eyebrows in the front windows and over the door. Installers came on time. Finished in 2 days and were neat and professional. We would highly recommend.
- Nanci S.
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These guys have been in business for 140+ years, considerable experience and know-how. They knew there were 5 potential windshields for our car and found the identical replacement. It was installed as promised, all stickers were removed and replaced. They also gave strict instructions to NOT power wash the car for 48 hours, not sure everyone would have told us that since it was due for an inspection and we had planned to complete it and get it washed immediately. Excellent work.
- Lisa A.
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was very professional and answered all of my questions. For the issues on my window, she recommend that I would be less expensive to just replace the insulated gas unit instead of replacing the entire window. She put my interests above her own need to make money.
Very professional. I would use them in a heart beat if I needed to buy new windows.

- Richard E.
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They came out and gave us an estimate. They were right on time and understood what we wanted to have done. I felt we could trust them to do a good job and do exactly what we wanted done. I would use them if the future if the need arose. The knew what they were talking about and how to best complete the work needed for a very reasonable price.
- Cathy T.
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The windows are perfectly installed and though most were picture windows, the 3 that open operate very smoothly. One thing I would have done differently is to visit the showroom and look at all the options. We just had the salesman come out with a sample window but it was hard to visualize the window on a full grand scale. I probably would have gone with the taupe color vs white if I had seen it full size. We have had lots of rain and snow this winter and no leaks at all. Very good quality product and installation.
- Dianne L.
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installed. If any I will Sales: No pressure. Clear answers.
Price: No haggle clear competitive price. Clearly explains and divide price, rather then lumpsump total. No gimmick.
Installation. They have teams who work together. Not the best but still very good team work. I can see minor conflicts from my end.
All staff courtious, reliable and professional.
Cons:
Your presence at the time of installation does makes difference. Otherwise finishing, caulking, alignment etc may not be perfect. They need to be self motivated for these things.
They had to delay part of the installation for a few weeks, which is not a major factor for me.
I do not have any experience with after-payment service calls, as it is just installed. If any I will definitely update to reflect.
- Mihir G.

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3-D Construction

1470 W. Mound Rd
Decatur

A & A Creative Homes

PO Box 206
Fisher

Aaron's Construction Inc

242 Cravens Rd
Springfield

ABC Supply Co., Inc

701 W Kenyon Rd
Champaign

ALEXANDER LUMBER CO

1720 W Anthony Dr
Champaign

All Around Home Improvement

509 N Race St
Urbana

All Storm Solutions Inc

1011 W Ogden Ave
Naperville

Bacon & Van Buskirk Glass Co Inc

801 S Neil St
Champaign

Bash Roofing Co

712 N Hickory St
Champaign

Bob Ford Remodeling

22 Perks Trailer Ct
Villa Grove

Can Do! Construction and Remodeling

416 Van Dongen St. Po Box 383
Cerro Gordo

Coach House Garages

1902 E Sycamore

Constructive Ideas

410 W Columbia Ave
Champaign

Cramer Siding & Window

708 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign

CREATIVE IRON

108 WESTVILLE LANE
Westville

Custom Builders

904 S Race St
Urbana

Custom Home Updates

2907 Crestridge Dr.
Champaign

Dillman Brothers Contracting Inc

3509 N Cunningham Ave
Urbana

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Glass Doctor of Champaign

1417 W Kenyon Rd
Urbana

Glass Doctor of Vermillion County

511 N Gilbert St
Tilton

hit it hard construction

1000 perrysville ave
Danville

HOKE CONSTRUCTION

1136 EASTVIEW DR
Paxton

Home Depot Inc

820 Bloomington Rd
Champaign

Illini Home Improvements

2705 Bartlow Rd
Urbana

Illini Pella Inc

1001 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign

J & B CONTRACTORS

PO BOX 3733
Champaign

J J Swartz Co

2120 N Oakland
Decatur

Jim's Carpentry Service

217 S. Wisconsin ST
Atwood

Kaiser Construction Co

3701 N Prospect Ave
Champaign

Messing Construction Co

3416 NE Adams St
Peoria

MGC Home & Garden Services

963 Iron Horse Pl
Monticello

MIDWEST SIDING & WINDOW CO

2904 N OAKLAND AVE
Decatur

Minor Home Repair

1104 Cricket Knoll Dr

MJ Construction

PO Box 212
Gifford

Moreman's Home Improvement

105 Maple St
Danville

MOSELEY BROS INC

1602 E UNIVERSITY AVE
Urbana

New Prairie Construction Co

605 E Main St
Urbana

OE Schrock Inc

107 Moses St
Arthur

Pella Windows and Doors

1407 Veterans Parkway
Bloomington

Perkins Home Improvement, Inc.

502 E Green St
Urbana

Petri Painting & More

106 Walnut St
Heyworth

Primaris Construction

3315 East Russell Road

Prism Painting & Home Repairs

1750 E State Rte 9
Paxton

Pristine Inspections & Testing, Inc.

3912 Trailway Dr
Champaign

PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENTS

318 E MAIN ST
Monticello

Promax Construction

141 W Main St
Decatur

PSR Home Improvement

1012 County Rd 2125 E
Sidney

Reliable Overhead Doors

PO Box 1077
Saint Joseph

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

ReNew Concepts LLC

510 W Front St
Bloomington

Roofs By Rodger

210 E Sheridan
Longview

Schrock Builders

350 N County 200 E
Arthur

SelectBlinds.com

1910 S Stapley Dr

SK Exteriors

305 Tiffany Ct.
Champaign

Taylor'd Home Improvements

1006 E Water St
Urbana

The Glass Shoppe

309 S Locust St
Champaign

WHITE ROOFING & CONTRACTING

209 S SCARBOROUGH
Sidney

Window World Inc

690 High Point Ln
East Peoria

Woods Basement Systems Inc

524 Vandalia St
Collinsville

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