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Old 10-29-2009, 02:09 PM   #16
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I have almost all Andersen 400 series windows in the house
The main reason - HD sells them
I have a few Pella - don't like them, won't buy them again
The Pella slider casing pulled away from the window glass on the outside on both slider doors

I might have gone for Marvin, but my local lumber company that stocks them is useless
The number of times I have been in there they have been unable to help me on a number of issues

Many are off the shelf...if something breaks I can go get another one off the shelf
Quite a few were special order, on some I upgraded to the better glass
I haven't had a single problem with any of the Andersen windows or doors 39 windows all together with new sunroom & addition/garage

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Old 10-29-2009, 02:17 PM   #17
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The only problem that I've had with Andersen is with their bay window cable attachment system. It's inadequate for the weight of the window. I had a couple of adjustable brackets made that did nice job positioning it perfectly.
Other than that, I think the windows are nice. You have two months after install to finish the windows. It's spelled out clearly in the installation instructions.
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:41 PM   #18
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Does any other independent testing organization exist that could tell us whether Marvin or Andersen is a better or worse choice ? These two companies, along with Pella and some others seem to be the leading brands. I'm sure there may be a better window somewhere, but that company is just too small to have much market share and marketing exposure to make them well-known to the masses.
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:41 PM   #19
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I've been replacing and installing windows for many years.

My first choice is Anderson,second choice Marvin.

I refuse to install Pella-To many call backs.

I've never ever ripped out an Anderson window,I have them in my own house(22 years old)
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If you are considering the purchase of "Marvin Windows", we will be happy to share with you all the reasons why you should NOT. Even though the windows are of a very high quality, nonetheless, anything beyond that is extremely irresponsible and poor. The Company advice of the proper mechanism and style of windows for a particular area was very poor. for example, On a very high level single family home they installed such windows in a manner that there is no way to clean the outside of the window other than to hire a major crane. In addition, the installation workmanship lacked professionalism. Within less than three years some windows' mechanisms are squeaking, others are rusty, and some of the windows are not vacuum shut. On top of that, they did not follow our installation order. For example, we requested a door to be opened toward the outside and they installed its opening toward the inside. They sent us white screens to a bronze colored windows where the screens are designed to be installed in the interior part of the window. As a result we are unable to use the screens at all. The Company totally ignore us and is not willing to take responsibility to make the proper changes and corrections to our windows unless we pay additional fortune. We suffered major aggravation throughout the entire process and spent already a very big fortune that we have no satisfaction from.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:08 AM   #21
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I bought the sliding french door from my house from andersen and I haven't had any problems, looks great and has lasted 5 years so far.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:29 PM   #22
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I am in the process of replacing some windows, doors, and a 12' sliding system at my beach cabin. We are in the north, so it gets plenty windy and rainy in the cold of the winter. I only want to do it once, and when I die my kids will not want to do it again either.

I have a full light front door Casement window and 12 4 panel slider to replace. All face the beach and direct wind & rain.
I have a few other casement windows that are better protected from the weather as well as a french door, that is also better protected.

I'm not married to either brand. I want the exterior to stand up to the constant salt air, and the interior wood to last a lifetime.

What brand would you suggest? Is there a better brand than these two, also?

Thanks from the beach!
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:21 PM   #23
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I stand by what I said earlier--Anderson are the most trouble free.

This year they started a custom line and now make any size to match odd ball openings.

Bring a big wallet--those custom sizes are spendy.
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I keep getting mixed messages from the dealers, even the dealers that sell both lines. Andersen is best, No - Marvin is best, etc, etc, etc...

What about Milgard? How does Milgard stack up against these two?

The fiberglass is almost impervious to everything, and they come with a wood veneer too.

Do Milgard's last? Are the sliders weather tight?

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I love it how this post keeps sitting for 2 years only to be revived by someone motivated to b!tch about a certain brand or a certain contractor they paid to install a certain brand.
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I love it how this post keeps sitting for 2 years only to be revived by someone motivated to b!tch about a certain brand or a certain contractor they paid to install a certain brand.
Yup, it's what makes this forum fun!

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Old 09-09-2011, 09:56 PM   #27
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It would take much to beat out Marvin. We had very expensive Marvin windows installed when we built our house is 1991. Since then, we have had constant problems and expense. Several of the sashes rotted in just a couple of years--and these were the clad "lifeitme" windows! We picked them because they were supposed tilt in so you can clean the outside of each double sash from indoors... but it takes two strong men and a custom-built rod to get these windows tilted. The springs that balance the sashes are seriously under-engineered and we have a few break every year. Marvin's rep calls these "zingers," when the retaining fixture shoots up the side of the window and takes the skin off the outer side of your hand. Now we are going through our second set of window replacements, to the tune of about $12,000. Marvin did not stand by their supposed warranty for the first set of window replacements so we are not even asking them to chip in on the current round. Stay as far from Marvin windows as you can... there cannot possibly be worse windows on the market!
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Yo Mike,
What do you think of Jeld-Wen?
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Jeld-Wen is passable.
Andersen - if you want to spend the money.
Very good customer service with Andersen.
Just my opinion.
(Installed all of them - some better than others).
Get a good installer!

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K thanks,
I had 4 jeld-wen installed about a year ago and am about to have 4 more plus a door. I recently had an energy audit done and there was virtually no air leakage from the newer installed ones. And I do really like my installer guy. Besides being the husband of a friend, he has appeared on Holmes on Homes a couple of times. (Oh no not that can of worms) So for those reasons I know he does a good job of installing, I just hope the window itself holds up over time

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