I am planning on replacing existing windows on my 1932 brick colonial house. Currently there are iron, single pane glazing windows installed. Very nice, but already out of shape (82yo!). I tried to call local companies (NE Ohio) but the in-house estimates are complete waste of time and they are looking for some complete idiots willing to pay 1200$+ for a window that is ~80-90ui. Uncle google wasnt that much of a help in terms of finding local direct-manufacturer (all are ****** re-sellers or they point You to local "dealer").
Couple things that I found out so far:
1) I will need brown vinyl (or dark like bronze/black), this seemed to add like 300$/window since they have to paint this PVC, by handbrush. Anyone tried to paint their white vinyl windows ? I found a company that sells particular stain for PVC windows, and they offer complete palette of colors.
2) Grille is a must. The problem is the color. Most of the grilles that I have seen so far, are inserts inside the window pane. Are there any options to add the grille outside, so that they can be painted ? Is it possible to order stained (eg brown) grille inside ?
3) Cranking mechanism vs pushout. I would prefer pushout, and that seems to be cheaper option. Is it also more durable compared to cranking ?
What is the fair price (united inch) for a casement window like this ? Doing some research returned me values anywhere between 2.00$-3.00$ for a window cost.
Are Andersen windows considered cheap ? Its easiest, since most homedepots offer instore quotes etc. Are local manufacturers any cheaper than Andersen ?