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Old 09-11-2011, 06:29 PM   #31
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Never installed Jenweld windows---I've put in a few of the doors and they were fine---only time will tell

They are the new kid on the block.

I did use Peach Tree windows on one house about a year ago---They sure did feel like good product.

Customer says all is still good---Not enough time to judge yet but I liked them.

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Jeld-Wen is the least expensive window on the market where I come from.

I will end my comment there.
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Didnít try to freak you out creeper. JW is simply just a builders grade window. I have some issues with them but none are because of failure.
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I'm going to hope that its a different quality/line up here in Canada. You never know eh? It is possible right? Right? Just a little freaked out. My guy says that Paella is a builders grade.
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I just had a Andersen Renewal sliding door installed. My feeling is that ANY window is just hole in the wall that has to be filled and installed properly to avoid infiltration since none have an insulation value much greater the a plain concrete block wall, except the block wall is better for radiant heat loss/gain, no matter what kind of funny gas is used. In spite of that, I wanted to fill the hole in the wall and still see out for deer and bird watching.

I have an over sized heavy 6' slider (1980's vintage), so it had the be custom. Even though I have taken several classes for moisture intrusion, I chose to have it installed because of physical and logistics. I refuse to buy anything immediately, but an hour after giving the go-ahead, I got a call from someone to do the detailed measurement the next day and he took 20-30 photos inside and outside to make sure all materials were loaded with the door. The time for the manufacture of the custom size was a little longer, but the installation was scheduled a week ahead and the installed called and asked it was OK to be a half hour early. The installer arrived at 8:30 with an equipped, enclosed trailer with generator, compressor, vacuums, power saws, break and other equipment and did the install (including custom interior trim, caulking, clean-up and vacuuming) and spent about 10-15 minutes explaining the how to use the door, future adjustments and explained he installed it slightly tight on the closure since the foam would compress. He left at about 11:30. He scheduled a city inspection for 1:00 that is required for any exterior work in my community. I did not realize this was required, but was covered by Andersen as were a CO and smoke alarms that he installed. The inspector took about 3 minutes to inspect (mostly to check out the detector locations) and never really looked at the door closely except it being plumb and level and check the caulking to the association required cheap vinyl siding.

I did not let him know I was familiar with window installation requirements, but he did everything buy the book. There is no question where the next window/door job on this old townhouse will be ordered from, in spite of me being a DIYer that has built a 75% of my 1800 sf lake home. - I know when to go elsewhere when it makes sense.

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Whew! Naturally, I ran to my window guy and this is his email response;

All large window companies have a "builders line" and most large companies have moderate to high end product as well. The jeld-wen "united" line is designed and built for the newhome warranty in mind! This new warranty is now only 5yrs and is operated by the new home builders association, this is also standard across Canada (the old HUDAC warranty was 7yrs) The Jeld-Wen DF (your windows) Jeld-WEn classic & J-W ccustom lines are considered to be high end windows.
Jeld-Wen has also won the manufacturing excellence award for many years in a row now.

So everything is calm in my little corner of the world once again.

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