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Old 12-18-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Need a window which will be in production a long time!

I plan on replacing one window in a house early next year. I intend to replace all of the windows eventually. What I need is a window that will be in production for a long time, so I can replace the rest of the windows later with the same window model, color, ect.
Are there window models/brands that are more likely to still be around in 2-3 years? I've had a lot of problems getting parts for older windows cause they all seem to go out of production and the manufacturer doesn't care about them anymore.


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Unless you have a crystal ball who knows if the company, never mind the make and model will still be around.
Save up and do them all at once.


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Old 12-18-2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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I would say anderson.
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It would be great if you could back and add your location to your profile.
Just go to quick links to edit.
Right now no one even knows where on the planet you may be so it's hard to suggest a company.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:22 AM   #5
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Have to agree with Joe. There are plenty of manufacturers that will most certainly be around for awhile, however models and options are always changing with technology. I expect a pretty big wave of changes over the next few years with the new energy star requirements set to take effect in 2015. It drops the minimum u-factor from .30 to .27 in most zones, which is a pretty significant change.
If you are looking at vinyl, I guess my advice would be to look at a solid manufacturer with products that already meet/exceed that rating; Okna and Softlite come to mind.
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:47 PM   #6
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Tell us where you are at and what material are you looking at.

Impossible to say that the model will remain intact or unchanged. The technology is evolving and progressing.
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:16 AM   #7
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if you get the latest production runs for a particular model then it should last a few years if that model does not have found defects that takes it out of circulation. call the window company you want to work with and ask what the latest models are and if they expect that model to be produced 4 years from now.
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What material are you looking for? Vinyl windows are constantly changing, but they are such a commodity item that 99.9% of the population wont notice the differences between them. There are only a couple of premium vinyl windows that really stand out aesthetically.

Wood or clad wood windows don't change very often if you buy from the bigger names. It just costs too much to make changes when you are operating on a big scale. The smaller shop-built windows change pretty often. We have a local shop that imports sashes from Mexico and assembles the frame here, and they are constantly changing profiles.

Vinyl changes more than wood.
Smaller regional/local brands change more often than the big national guys.

The bigger guys also maintain production/inventory of most replacement parts for years after a change has been made. We just replaced all the sashes in a condo (hail damage to cladding) that was 16 years old. Even though the window is not longer in production and has not been for 10 years we will were able to get matching replacement sashes.


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