Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave
I went with almost all Anderson windows
I have 5 Pella - 2 are in an attic, 1 is on a 3 season porch, another looks out on the 3 season porch. The 5th is in bathroom
I was told that the "in-stock" Home Depot windows are a lower quality then "normal". Not sure if it is true, quite a few of mine were special order due to size. They were stock Anderson windows, just HD did not carry that size in stock. I was told that with these special order from Anderson they were the reg quality windows
Some prior owner installed cheap replacement windows
House is much quieter & warmer with new windows
I hear this all the time. HD does not sell seconds, it's the same quality window you buy at other lumber yards, unless you get a window that was already returned and on reduce tag from another customers order. Oh, some times the window at HD has sat on the shelf for years, be sure too keep your receipt for warranty purposes. Some HD stores stock 400 Series Casements and Tilt wash 400 series in my area, some other stores stock the 200 Series. There prices are competitive, but check out your local lumber yards, they also carry some stock, it's the same window. Special order can mean many things: example would be a standard size not in stock, but still a standard size may not be in stock or you want many different options that could mean S.O.. 400 Series windows are still 400 Series windows-there is no difference who might stock them-200 Series can come insulated glass. But, I still would have shopped at a local lumber yard, better service, better knowledge. If you bought the 400 Series you bought A/W top of the line window now as we currently know it. But, there are new series coming soon from want the A/W rep tells me.