I want a Honda!
I had no idea that entering the world of replacement windows would find me in the twilight zone! There is so much information out there and it is extremely difficult to figure out where reality is.
When you go and look at them, it seems fairly easy to weed out the truly inferior products from everything else. Thats where it becomes difficult.
Not everyone wants to buy and drive a Mercedes. I could if I wanted to, but I find it too impractical. I want a good, reliable ride that will service me well for a long time. With windows, the "Mercedes" type brands seem to be Marvin, Andersen, Loewen, Kolbe, and Pella. I'm talking expensive, not necessarily the best product.
What is the next tier? I can't afford to put 35k of windows into a 350k house. That doesn't make sense to me. So, leaving aside the brands above what does that leave you with?
The clad casement products from Windsor (Pinnacle) and Hurd look pretty good to me. Some installers I've talked with say they are good as well. I know Windsor had problems with their vinyl products in the past, and Hurd had problems with their double-hungs, combined with a bankruptcy issue. But they have increased their warranties, and look like they are in good financial shape.
Anyway, what specifically makes these products a "Yugo" type product (trying to continue the metaphor!) and not a Honda (or Toyota, or Subaru, etc). And if these companies aren't the mid-range, who is?
Can anyone out there help me figure this out? Thanks in advance for the info.