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k2ham 03-11-2009 12:44 PM

New home window recommendations?
 
Good afternoon,

My wife and I are currently having a custom log home built in the Smoky Mountains region of TN. This will be our final (i.e., retirement) home. We've received quotes on several window brands and I was hoping to benefit from the experience and opinions of members of this forum.

While we do have a budget that we need to meet, our priority is to get the most efficient, high quality, low maintenance, long lasting windows possible. At a minimum we are planning on getting Low-E glass. As a point of reference, approximately 3 years ago we replaced the 20 year old windows in our current home with Gorrell vinyl double-hung tilt windows and we've been pleased with them so far.

1. We've received quotes on Pella Architect series, Andersen 200 series, Jen-Weld Siteline EX, and Semco. We may also be getting a quote from Marvin. Which of these, if any, would you recommend and why? Any others we should consider also?

2. Are today's clad wood windows problematic in terms of getting stuck/sticking? It seems like most of the wood windows we've owned in the past would stick and we've appreciated not having this problem with the vinyl windows.

3. Should we also be considering vinyl windows in addition to the clad wood ones in our new home? Why or why not?

Any advice, opinions, comments, etc. would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks.

Ron6519 03-11-2009 04:23 PM

If you go with the Andersen's, get the 400 Series units. They are much better then the 200 Series.
I don't know how well vinyl windows would look in a log cabin.
Ron

EMILY P 03-11-2009 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ron6519 (Post 243269)
If you go with the Andersen's, get the 400 Series units. They are much better then the 200 Series.
I don't know how well vinyl windows would look in a log cabin.
Ron


Ron is correct..go with the Andersen 400 Series, the 200 Series is midband window isn't the best...Marvin and Andersen Woodwright are tops in my book... Once one of these windows are installed it should last every bit of possibly 40 years and you will be able to get parts down the road if you need them...
The Marvin is an extruded window -not rolled aluminum
Andersen Woodwright is made out of a composite materail called Fibrex- which will not ever rott-

Good Luck-

Just Bill 03-12-2009 06:22 AM

What the others said, and I would hate to see vinyl windows in a log cabin, they will work fine, but just aren't right. Marvin is a quality window company, and probably 2-3 times the cost of Andersen. Both have good products, wether the cost difference is worth it is up to you. I do not like Pella. They are not really good at standing behind their products. I have had several customers with rotted frames just past the 10 yr warranty, and Pella would do nothing. I have received free parts from Andersen for windows that were way past their warranty.

k2ham 03-17-2009 09:47 AM

Thanks for the information. At this point, we have pretty much narrowed our choice down to Marvin's Ultimate or Eagle Axiom clad casement windows.

If the costs were comparable and you had to pick one or the other, which one would you choose and why? If the costs were not comparable, what "premium" would you pay to get one over the other (if at all)?

As a point of reference, the home will be about 5,700 sq ft and has 36 windows.

Thanks again for the responses.

Tom Struble 03-17-2009 10:59 AM

i agree the andersen woodwright would be an awesome window for you

EMILY P 03-19-2009 08:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by k2ham (Post 245736)
Thanks for the information. At this point, we have pretty much narrowed our choice down to Marvin's Ultimate or Eagle Axiom clad casement windows.

If the costs were comparable and you had to pick one or the other, which one would you choose and why? If the costs were not comparable, what "premium" would you pay to get one over the other (if at all)?

As a point of reference, the home will be about 5,700 sq ft and has 36 windows.

Thanks again for the responses.

Thats a tough one? I would not be able to choose personally...It comes down to options and what exactly you are after....and dollars... What color and wood interior? Did you look at the A/W Wood Wrights? price should be $50 to $80 cheaper a window if you choose Marvin or Eagle Green and Pine? Eagle and Marvin is the best of the best you can't go wrong with either

Scuba_Dave 03-19-2009 08:46 PM

Check the Tax rebates before you buy
Up to 30% BACK on purchase price

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?....pr_taxcredits


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