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sok454 02-21-2011 10:47 PM

Windows in New Construction
 
Hi all! We live in central IL and are in the process of building a new house. In fact just dug hole on friday... we are in the process of making choices about windows and our builder, who has been great so far, has theoptions of either using Andersen 200 or Viwinco winows. They are both in the allowances are have no difference for us in price.
DOes anyone have a preferrence on these. I did a search on Viwinco on here I know the Bill guy loves them... didn't know how they compared to Andedrsen.

Thanks all...

IN case it matters... we are building 2500 above grade 1.5 story w/ another 1000 finished below.

Ron6519 02-21-2011 11:50 PM

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Originally Posted by sok454 (Post 595414)
Hi all! We live in central IL and are in the process of building a new house. In fact just dug hole on friday... we are in the process of making choices about windows and our builder, who has been great so far, has theoptions of either using Andersen 200 or Viwinco winows. They are both in the allowances are have no difference for us in price.
DOes anyone have a preferrence on these. I did a search on Viwinco on here I know the Bill guy loves them... didn't know how they compared to Andedrsen.

Thanks all...

IN case it matters... we are building 2500 above grade 1.5 story w/ another 1000 finished below.

If the Viwinco windows are the same quality as the Andersen 200 series, upgrade the windows and go with the Andersen 400 series. Windows are not where you want to "save" money.
Ron

jklingel 02-22-2011 01:49 AM

Once you have selected the appropriate glass for your goals (high R? high/low solar heat gain coefficient? high/low visual light transmittance? low e? double/triple pane? etc) then the hardware and warranty should be looked at closely. If the design is not a done deal, consider having someone help you with passive solar heat gain, shading, window orientation, etc. You have sun; you may as well take advantage of it during the heating season. Illinois gets cool, as far as I recall.

Just Bill 02-22-2011 07:30 AM

Remodeler for 26 years. I have used Viwinco products for about 20 yrs, quality products and very good service if needed. I would prefer Andersen 400 series also, especially for new construction. I would pick Viwinco over Andersen 200.

sok454 02-22-2011 10:35 AM

Thanks guys! I appreciate the answer. I guess we need to find out what the charge is for going from andersen 200-400... what is the big difference between the two?

Ron6519 02-22-2011 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by sok454 (Post 595644)
Thanks guys! I appreciate the answer. I guess we need to find out what the charge is for going from andersen 200-400... what is the big difference between the two?

It would be make sense to go to the Andersen website and read about the features of each.
Ron

sok454 02-22-2011 01:44 PM

We decided to go w/ the Viwinco Signature series double hung. I'm sure it'll work out.

Ron6519 02-22-2011 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Just Bill (Post 595534)
Remodeler for 26 years. I have used Viwinco products for about 20 yrs, quality products and very good service if needed. I would prefer Andersen 400 series also, especially for new construction. I would pick Viwinco over Andersen 200.

Bill, does this company also have various grades of windows?
Which one do you use?
Ron

High Gear 03-01-2011 12:09 AM

Very true on the Andersons ... if you have a dealer close another good one is

http://www.integritywindows.com/.( made by Marvin )

Lots of builders around here use Pella , probably because they get free tool

for buying them, but heard plenty of complaints with them.


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