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My husband and I fell in love with and purchased a MCM home in need of many repairs a year ago. We are now just looking into replacing all 13 of the horizontal slider windows and the three- panel sliding glass door unit. We want to replace the windows with low-profile aluminum ones (mill finish or clear anodized)  similar to the originals. For the sliding door replacement, we would also like a silver color and a low profile. Does anyone have suggestions for something available locally? We already looked at Fleetwood for the door, which is sexy but expensive

 

 

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Did you also check Milgard Manufacturing? Locally you might check with Gulf & Basco. They are just off the Gulf Freeway inside the 610 Loop at 2425 Broad Street. The phone number is 713 847-1750.

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I recently had a large aluminum slider replaced in my kitchen, along with a 8'x8' sliding patio door (one side fixed the other side slid) and used Sherwood Gregory at Custom Windows of Houston ( 713)864-2747.  They did a real nice job for the price.  He will talk quite a lot, but his price is great and the end product is good.  He uses Milguard windows sometimes, which you can find through other sources as well.  For the patio door, his custom fabricated door was about $2500 cheaper than the quote I got from Western Window Systems.

 

The Milguard windows are considered the lower end of the spectrum as compared with Fleetwood, Western, etc. but I have been very happy with the one we had installed.  It is about 5' tall by 6' wide.  It has very thin brushed aluminum framing, which is the look I was going for.

 

Hope this helps. 

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Thanks guys. We ended up splurging on the entry level Fleetwood slider ($2500 for a 3 panel 12x8) and going with Western Window Systems for the horizontal sliders. We were considering Milgard, but WWS was not that much more and the frame has more of the look we want. 1 more task down, about 15 to go!

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I bit the bullet about 4 years ago and put high-quality windows in my 1968 vintage house. I'm glad I did. Performance is better, maintenance is easier and they look great. Total cost was about a year's worth of mortgage payments (plenty of large windows) but I am very satisified with the results.

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As far as the doors I would defenitly go with ProVia doors. We bought these for our house and they are sturdy and come with a lifetime warranty. As for the windows i heard vinyl is better. I got both of my doors replaced by conservation construction. They did a great job with customer service and getting everything done on time. 

 

 

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Architects use Ram windows.  Good news the 9110 Bassoon house is being saved!  It seems to be having all the windows replaced with Ram products.  Of course the best thing would have been to keep all the original windows in place. They can be cleaned and sealed to perform as new.

 

Vinyl windows seem to ruin the looks of any house.  They have the thick glossy plastic looking frames, far wider than the original windows, which reduces the glass area by 20-30%.  They have to make the frames so wide because the vinyl is very flimsy.

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14 hours ago, SpaceAge said:

Architects use Ram windows.  Good news the 9110 Bassoon house is being saved!  It seems to be having all the windows replaced with Ram products.  Of course the best thing would have been to keep all the original windows in place. They can be cleaned and sealed to perform as new.

 

Vinyl windows seem to ruin the looks of any house.  They have the thick glossy plastic looking frames, far wider than the original windows, which reduces the glass area by 20-30%.  They have to make the frames so wide because the vinyl is very flimsy.

If the original windows were the typical 50's/60's aluminum frame items, performing as new means they suck. Crappy glass, hard operation, etc. We replaced our aluminum frame windows on a 1952 ranch with wood/fiberglass windows, and they are great. Quiet, electric and power bills went down, all in all a far better choice than teh old ones.

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Great topic. I own Houston Window Experts and I'd invite you to come visit our showroom at 467 W 38th Street. 

 

We sell 20 brands of Windows and doors. We are Houston's Fleetwood dealer and we also offer Milgard, Andersen, Pella, Amsco, Marvin, Gerkin and several more. We also install and service the brands we represent.

 

Jeff Ludy

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New windows are great. I would recommend the company conservation construction of Houston. They are a great local company who cares about the customers but also have great products! 

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