We are in South Windsor, CT. We are actually paying a friend of a friend to install them- he does windows. Clearly he won't charge what a window place would. He was suppose ot order other windows through a companybut there are problems and we have waited 12 weeks so far, so we thought we would go to either lowes or home depot, by a window and pay him the difference. The pella windowns they had are clearly better, but $300, and they don't come in vinyl. WE can't spend that much... I will take your feedback about the thicker glass. Between the two brands I named, are they about the same? any oher feedback welcome.