Kolbe vs. Eagle
We're doing a window replacement at our new home (before anyone asks - restoration is not an option - original windows were already removed and we're dealing with terrible sliding aluminums) and I think we've narrowed down our choices for wood interior - aluminum exterior clad to Kolbe or Eagle. I looked at Marvin - they are superior for sure, but also too much money for us.
Most windows will be casements with hand cranks.
I've read a lot on this forum. I think Kolbe appears to be a slightly better product in terms of craftsmanship and they're around the same price. But most important is long-term performance. Reading on the internet is frustrating since people complain that Kolbes leak and have ruined their homes. Hard to tell if Kolbes have serious problems, or these are just the very rare defects that are bound to occur with any brand. I know Kolbes are installed at high-end homes all the time, and I can't imagine they're all leaking.
Looked like Eagle had some quality issues a while back, but they've been addressed in recent years. I can live with either window, but just wondering if anyone has any long-term experience / stories about these brands and if there are recommendations in either direction.
Thanks so much!