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Thinking about buying new windows through Wallside. They've already been to our place for the sales pitch and all that jazz. Price seems reasonable at about $400/window (normal double-hung windows, white trim, nothing fancy).
Can anyone speak to Wallside's window quality, service, etc? Is the price reasonable? Good or bad experiences with Wallside? TIA.
They ARE the factory!
When I got new windows about 2 years ago I had Wallside and Hansons come out and give me quotes. Hansons was by far the cheaper of the two and they actually did a really good install job too.
I got new windows from them a few years ago, no complaints. You can probably find windows for cheaper but you can't beat Wallside's reputation and customer service. And I think if you tell them one of your friends referred you they'll send them $50.
We had them replace seven windows about 10 years ago. We haven't had any problems with their windiows.
Did a whole housefull 6 years ago for about $280 apiece 0%/2 years and a tax credit on top of that.
They were rough yanking the old ones out and pretty much relied on the flashing caulk to make it look nice.
Their service was excellent. A couple of windows were like 1/32 large or small and bound or was loose in the frame. Called them up, told them which windows, and they had all the info in their systems. Cranked out a couple of replacements and brought them over a few days later. They'll do the same thing over the 35 year warranty as well. Out of the 18 or so windows we had installed, we had one double pane seal fail. Though as I am selling the house, I haven't dealt with it.
All in all, a good experience.
I'm no window expert or snob but my parents had them installed about 15 years ago and they've held up pretty well. Seems there's still a draft from the windows in the winter but I remember when they first got them that the house seemed warmer in the winter too.
We have them at our house where the previous owner had them installed. They've held up well too. I would advise shopping around just to get pricing. I like the fact that they're a Michigan company.
I used a local guy in Royal Oak and had him install Weather King windows......also a Michigan company. The pricing was less then Wallside and Hansens.....about $350.00 per window as opposed to about $400.00 per window....and having used Hansens on a previous home I am more happy with the window product.
I guess time will tell as far as "customer service" and "warranty" go but was completely satisfied with his work, timing, effort, follow-up, and he has been in business for almost 15 years so he is doing something right.
Fox 2 Detroit is doing a half off promotion with Wallside that should start Tuesday 5/17. Check out the site. They just showed it during the 10 pm newscast.
What kind of windows are you replacing? double hung, casement?
Just a suggestion, check out windows at Home Depot and price them for similar windows at Wallside/Hansons. Realize that Wallside/Hansons are probably going to sell you cheaper vinyl windows and the price is going to be mostly labor.
You can get better windows (like Anderson) with wood interior and better options cheaper than Wallside. And then you can a) pull the windows your self then b) hire a contractor to replace the windows. Or just replace the windows yourself.
it depends on the windows, but it's putting a frame in a whole in the wall, not rocket science.
I've replaced a dozen of windows, it's not tough if money is an issue.
Tim Carter, of http://AsktheBuilder.com, demonstrates how to install a new window and frame.
Cool tutorial video, I had a empty window seal for weeks, and I just figured it out thanks to countless hours or research, and thanks some of the folks in this blog. I'll post my findings in case anyone else is installing on their own.
Really bored at work to be registering for a message board to drop some spam, heh john 'wallside'?
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I had them out for a quote, then had quotes on new Anderson's and Pella's. The Wallside were amazingly cheep compared to installed Anderson or Pella. The issue for me was that we have an old house and I'm not sure I want vinyl windows, plus the frame on the Wallside windows is very thick and you will have a less actual glass in the window than you originally had. I'd still like new windows, but not at $1,000 - $1,200 a pop. I'm just going to have our windows painted for now.
My mom had them come out and they gave her a price. She didn't like it. They lowered their price. She didn't like it. They asked what price was she looking for. She gave them a price and they accepted it. I'm wondering if they could do it for half the price why would they initially give her a price so much higher.
To make more money?
We had some new windows including a new bay and went with WeatherGard. Top notch quality windows and excellent installation. Checked them out on Angie's List and they have a very good rep.
Great experience with Wallside myself. Actually had a stone fly out of my mower and crack one of the windows and they replaced it no questions asked and I had told them what had happened.
At the time of the window installation, had the put aluminum trim around one window I wasn't replacing in the garage and they did it for next to nothing.
Had one screen with a little snag in it and one with a little slackness.....came to my house with a full set of replacement screens for all 12 windows and gave them all to me.
A year or so later, had a little fogging in one of the bathroom windows...and that was replaced promptly. Remember, they aren't really replacing the old windows, but gutting the insides out leaving the old frames and they insert the new ones inside those and then wrap the outside with aluminum...the new windows are slightly smaller glass area than the old ones, which was fine with me.
My buddies and I loved that commercial.
"I know something about blocking unwanted shots. Wallside knows something about blocking unwanted drafts."
Someone with an advanced degree in advertising must have written that gem.
Interesting. I just recently closed on my new house and some of the windows are broken (double hung, but the top won't stay up). Looking at obviously fixing them first, but they appear to be very cheap vinyl windows and that may not be possible. Can I PM you for advice this summer if I need help?
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." - Mark Dantonio.
We had Wallside replace a bunch of windows about 10 years ago. They are all fine. No fogging, no leaks, etc. I'm very happy. I questioned the quality of the window for the price, but we haven't had any problems. I'd recommend them.
They were also FAST.
OT: I had 501 posts, now I have 500!
You can PM me as well if you have questions. I moved into my house in Royal Oak and had very little money but needed new windows did all 14 myslef and it was not too bad, it's pretty easy and if you go to home depot and hang out for a while until they're not busy usually one of the guys can walk you through the process.
I sold windows in out of Lansing for awhile. Wallside windows are okay. If you plan to stay in your house for several more years, consider spending more. There are windows out there that will save you half on heating and cooling. Expect to pay $700 for a standard double hung though. They'll guarantee 30% savings, but 50% is typical with triple panes and heavier gas like krypton. Wallside will have argon unless they've updated. Also, an old house that shifts will stress corner joints. Fused corners are superior to those that are screwed and glued. If the window frame can't hold up, the gas leaks, your energy saving are gone, and you get that stupid fog on the inside of the window.
All window salesman that I knew of had drops like someone said before. Just let them go through their pitch, tell them you can't afford it and, if you want them, take the last price they give you before they leave (usually the 4th quote).
I'm a little skeptical of wallside's guarantee. I believe they have bankrupted in the past to avoid costs associated with warranties, but it's been some years and I may be thinking of a different company. It sounds like several people have had good experiences with them and it's probably not a bad way to go, especially if you'll be moving within 5 years.
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