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Old 05-07-2006, 08:54 AM   #1
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What are the best windows, Pella, Anderson, Jeld Wen? I live in San Antonio, Texas and will be starting construction on our house later this summer or early fall.

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Depends on your budget, and no matter how many builders or remodellers you ask will have their own preference. I myself like Anderson.

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Old 05-08-2006, 10:54 PM   #3
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I see windows at home depot for $80 per wind and some of the other major brands are 3 times that much. Is there that much difference?
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There are big differences in windows, the lower the E value - the better at reducing heat loss, also some have inslulation in the frame, etc etc.
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A friend of mine bought Pella because they were able to get them guaranteed. With a good guarantee it doesn't matter as much if it is the best because you can always get free replacements..
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First thing is ensure that whatever company you decide on, you get a dual pane window with the LowE coating. That is a no-brainer. The LowE WILL save you money and it will make your house more comfortable in that hot sun.

If you have a lot of direct solar gain then you might consider a tinted LowE coating. That will deflect even more solar gain and will help even more to keep your home more comfortable and it will give your air conditioner a break as well.

Look at the windows performance numbers. If you are talking with a salesman, then ask him or her about their products performance numbers.

In your neighborhood the SHGC or Solar Heat Gain Coefficient is the most important number to consider. Get a window with an SHGC of .4 or lower. IF you really like a particular window, you might go up to .45, but I wouldn't consider anything higher than .4, personally.

If the salesman is insisting about comparing R-value of his window versus others (especially if he is not concerned about SHGC), then (a) he doesn't understand what he is talking about or (b) he is trying to get you to buy an inferior product. Avoid his sales pitch.

If he is talking U value, then that is better, but in your environment U value is not considered by some (including energy star) to be as significant a factor as SHGC.

Next, decide on what sort of sash / frame material you want.

Wood, aluminum clad wood, vinyl clad wood, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum a few other composites are all available. What do you want?

All of the frame / sash choices except aluminum have generally similar energy numbers...independent of the glazing. Aluminum's energy numbers, for example, will not be as good as the others - even with the same glass package. Some folks will tell you that you can't use vinyl in your enviroment, but vinyl is fine in your world....if that is your preference.

Now consider companies and what they offer. And warranty is important, but even more important is knowing if they actually honor their warranty - not all companies do.

Finally, and definietly not the least important, installation is huge. Install MUST be done correctly to get the most out of your new windows. Not all installers are equal - by a huge amount!

Good luck and if you have more questions....:D

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Old 05-11-2006, 07:51 AM   #7
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The most prefered replacement windows by the guys is the simenton 5500. New construction is a different story. The guys are all over the place. Marvin for new or anderson but alot of the guys say they have become to commercialized meaning anderson.. I personally like Pella's aritectual series(spelling). If its new construction your looking for all i can honestly say is what ever cole 21 likes because he is in texas. See you have big heat down there with don't have here in Illinois. So different regions might like different windows and this could be the reason the guys are all over the place on new contruction windows.
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I am looking at Window Replacements for a house built in 1930 with original double hung wood windows mostly using ropes and weights which are now almost all broke and have other problems. My contractor highly recommends Simmonton 5500 at $450 installed. Most windows are close to 35 x 54 but a few are odd sizes including 3 small bathroom and 3 other smaller windows. The only distributor in my area with a Simonton display has a sample that looks pretty bad. The sash moves around, the welding is poor, there are chips in the vinyl, the window itself seems cheap. Lowes has Pella Thermostar that look much nicer, but my contractor does not like them and he has been very good on other home improvement projects. I have seen so many different opions on these two windows. I want low maintenance, easy to operate and clean, energy efficient, good looks etc. I would pay up to $600/window for wood and $450 for vinyl. I have up to 24 windows to do over the next 2 or 3 years and like everyone else have limited funds. Any more suggestions?
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Anderson is what is mainly in this area.

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Redline,

I don't mean to be ungrateful but your comment about Andersen is not really helpful. Do you have nothing of any detail to say?
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i think that what redline means is that anderson is the windows you want . they may have the needs for your old home
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Generally the vinyl windows will have a better warranty than the wood windows. Check the details of the warranties, lifetime does not really mean lifetime with most companies. Also, check to see how long the company has been in business---the industry is loaded with companies that open shop for a few years and sell out over night. Also some of the big names buy up companies that produce low quality products and put their names on the products to sell them.

I sell windows in New England so your purchase will not affect my life. So here is my honest opinion:

New construction: Either Pella wood (NOT THEIR VINYL) or a good vinyl window.

Replacement : 1st choice Alside, 2nd Simonton. With the price being about the same, Alside has a better warranty.

***Get a good installer, you can take the best product install it incorrectly and have a worst outcome than a cheap product installed correctly. Will the installer/installation company be around to service you warranty needs?
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New construction: Either Pella wood (NOT THEIR VINYL) or a good vinyl window.




I bought Pella vinyl windows for a new home I'm building... Wish I wouldn't have read this part of your post. I'll probably have nightmares tonight. Don't think I want to know any more. It's too late now...
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New construction: Either Pella wood (NOT THEIR VINYL) or a good vinyl window.




I bought Pella vinyl windows for a new home I'm building... Wish I wouldn't have read this part of your post. I'll probably have nightmares tonight. Don't think I want to know any more. It's too late now...
Is it to late to return them and get their wood pro-line? There is not a great difference in cost.
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I have Lowen windows, and they are by far the best windows I have ever had! Obviously, they are pricey, but worth it!

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