Originally Posted by merlion
Which of these brand is best for their doors and windows in new construction in South Carolina? I want a quality window that will last for years and help to fight air movement between the inside & the outside. Do you have any other windows to recommend that I have not yet considered please.
Hello Merlion, I work for a major big box store as a Door & Window specialist in the Chicagoland area, I've been with the company since 1994 when we used to carry both Pella & Andersen windows. After 2000 they has carried the Andersen brand & no longer Pella.
Both are good brands, you can research consumer reports for unbiased reviews & testing, and check the local library for back copies. If you are trying to match specific color, that may end being a deciding factor.
Andersen's exterior is Vinyl, which when scratched will reveal the same color, and doesn't dent as easily as Aluminum. Pella's exterior is aluminum, which is easier to paint if you wanted to, but will dent easier. Pella does offer mini-blinds between the glass if that's something you want.
For sliding Patio doors, IMO the Andersen patio make much more sense in design than the Pella. One the Pella sliding door, the panel that moves is on the outside, which means that if you are in a snow climate, snow or ice can build up in the track preventing the sliding door from opening--also, someone could easily place a piece of wood on the outside preventing you from sliding the door open, another negative with the Pella sliding door design is that when the door that slides is on the outside, the screen is now on the inside, so you must slide the screen first before you can close the the door, thus any bugs on the screen are now between the screen & the patio door you just closed.
Again, they carried both brands I was able to compare both side-by-side. Unless Pella has changed, I would not consider using their patio door, but the window choice is up to you.