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Old 04-06-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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My wife and I are planning to build a new house soon. We are aiming to build an energy efficient, good quality, long lasting home. From what information I have obtained vinyl windows seem to be an energy efficient, durable, low maintenance way to go. We want a good quality window. I am unsure of which companies manufacture a good quality with long term success. Reading different reviews seem to cloud the issue with various opinions offered about +/- of especially mid to low end vinyl windows. We will have mostly single hung with several casement type windows. I have gotten bids on Showcase and Norandex brands since these distributors are in my vicinity. I am trying to research and compare these 2 since I do not have experience with vinyl windows and do not know the reputation of either of these companies. I would like to know if there are any other brands that manufacture good quality windows that may be better than these 2. I am also open to fiberglass frames, but the distributors here do not carry and could not give me any information. I would like opinions from those who are educated in various window frame materials and have long term experience. Thank you for your help.

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I use Simonton and Windcor and never had a call back for leaks or defects.
Go with double hung not single hung, that way you can unlock the top sash from the inside for cleaning.
1/2 screens are a lot easier to remove then full screens.

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Where is the home being built? Vinyl windows can be somewhat regional when you get into the upper end brands.
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My wife and I are planning to build a new house soon. We are aiming to build an energy efficient, good quality, long lasting home. From what information I have obtained vinyl windows seem to be an energy efficient, durable, low maintenance way to go. We want a good quality window. I am unsure of which companies manufacture a good quality with long term success. Reading different reviews seem to cloud the issue with various opinions offered about +/- of especially mid to low end vinyl windows. We will have mostly single hung with several casement type windows. I have gotten bids on Showcase and Norandex brands since these distributors are in my vicinity. I am trying to research and compare these 2 since I do not have experience with vinyl windows and do not know the reputation of either of these companies. I would like to know if there are any other brands that manufacture good quality windows that may be better than these 2. I am also open to fiberglass frames, but the distributors here do not carry and could not give me any information. I would like opinions from those who are educated in various window frame materials and have long term experience. Thank you for your help.
I would recommend you look at the Andersen 100 Series Casement. It's twice as strong as vinyl. Comes in 6 exterior colors and two interior colors. No ugly vinyl welds or plowed corners. If your going with casements, compare the Andersen 100 Series right next to the vinyl windows. Norandex, should be able to get the Andersen 100 series and Siminton samples to compare them side by side. If you decide to go double hung then I recommend the Siminton vinyl window.
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My wife and I are planning to build a new house soon. We are aiming to build an energy efficient, good quality, long lasting home. From what information I have obtained vinyl windows seem to be an energy efficient, durable, low maintenance way to go. We want a good quality window. I am unsure of which companies manufacture a good quality with long term success. Reading different reviews seem to cloud the issue with various opinions offered about +/- of especially mid to low end vinyl windows. We will have mostly single hung with several casement type windows. I have gotten bids on Showcase and Norandex brands since these distributors are in my vicinity. I am trying to research and compare these 2 since I do not have experience with vinyl windows and do not know the reputation of either of these companies. I would like to know if there are any other brands that manufacture good quality windows that may be better than these 2. I am also open to fiberglass frames, but the distributors here do not carry and could not give me any information. I would like opinions from those who are educated in various window frame materials and have long term experience. Thank you for your help.
I would recommend you look at the Andersen 100 Series Casement. It's twice as strong as vinyl. Comes in 6 exterior colors and two interior colors. No ugly vinyl welds or plowed corners. If your going with casements, compare the Andersen 100 Series right next to the vinyl windows. Norandex, should be able to get the Andersen 100 series and Siminton samples to compare them side by side. If you decide to go double hung then I recommend the Siminton vinyl window.
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I would recommend you look at the Andersen 100 Series Casement. It's twice as strong as vinyl. Comes in 6 exterior colors and two interior colors. No ugly vinyl welds or plowed corners. If your going with casements, compare the Andersen 100 Series right next to the vinyl windows. Norandex, should be able to get the Andersen 100 series and Siminton samples to compare them side by side. If you decide to go double hung then I recommend the Siminton vinyl window.
What about the Andersen 100 is twice as strong as vinyl?

Do you know the DP number on the Andersen 100? Air infiltration rate?

I would put the Sunrise and Okna casement right next to the Andersen casement and the field would probably be split down the middle as to who though which product was better looking.

In terms of performance, there is no comparison.
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+1 to WoW's comments. Not much appealing about the 100 series imo, particularly not the 10 yr warranty. Okna, Sunrise, Softlite, Polaris, Kensigton, Homeguard, and a few others make top performing vinyl products. Every product regardless of material is tested in assembled and finished form for thermal and structural performance. I'd recommend comparing those ratings in your buying process. U-factor, solar heat gain (region specific), air infiltration, and design pressure are all important to look at, and will give give an excellent indication of quality.

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