We ordered windows this week. It was actually pretty painless, considering that we had to look for a new contractor right around the time that we expected to be ordering the windows. You see, the windows can go in anytime, and should be completed before the renovation of the kitchen and living areas begins. We were ready to order from the company who had done our windows previously, but they were slow to respond to my email questions, and impossible to book time with to view the products. We were prepared to be loyal, as they had done a good job on our previous replacement windows, but we decided that they didn’t deserve or want our business, so we moved on. Out of our trusty BILD member directory, we picked out a few window companies, checked them out online, and called the one that had the best reviews, Ambia Windows and Doors. Michael returned our call, and at his request, I provided measurements on which he could base an initial quote. His quote was lower than the company we had originally planned to deal with, so we were pleasantly surprised. When it became evident that we would have difficulty finding a time for him to bring samples to our home, he agreed to meet us at our showroom. He arrived on time, and was knowledgeable about his products. We are convinced that we are getting better quality windows for a better price than if we had stayed with our previous contractor.
Here’s what we decided on:
Our existing windows are so bad that it really won’t be hard to improve on them, and we were pretty easy to please. We didn’t agonize over different styles, but I do have a few biases to admit to:
As a decorator, I’ve dealt with my share of arched windows. They are often a nightmare to dress, especially the homeowner wants to be able to see the arch, but still have privacy and block out unwanted sunlight. Too many homeowners dress only the rectangular area below the arch, thus lowering the height of the window and making the whole room seem short and frumpy. On most new housing, I dislike arched windows. And plastic mullions are silly! They don’t fool anyone into thinking the windows — or the home– are quaint and old, and they often fall right off.