Andersen, Marvin, or Kolbe
So, we've had Andersen, Marvin and Kolbe come out to look at the windows/ sliding patio doors we need to replace. I want to change out 2 5ft sliding patio doors and a triple door sliding patio door and we have 2 single double hung and a triple double hung window that I want to convert to casements.
I've ruled out vinyl just for aesthetic reasons. I would like to do wood interior and clad exterior.
They are all tear out replacements.
Andersen would be the A vs E series vs 400 series
Marvin would be the Made to Order line [alum clad]
Kolbe would be the Ultra clad line
One of them said they could just replace the doors/windows and leave the transoms as is so that we could keep the shutters that we have on the transoms and still use the window treatments.
One of them said they would need to change the transoms but we could keep the window treatments on the windows and the shutters on the transoms.
One of them said that we need to change the transoms and there is no way the window treatments and shutters could be used.
I'm SO confused!
The reason I was given is that each company has a slightly different size window and if we change the windows the transom lines wouldn't match up and that the window width may be different so the shutters and window treatments wouldn't fit. They all seemed to think that the interior window trim could be reused.
Now, I need to consider cost of the transom replacement, new window treatments and new shutters for the transoms :(
I have no firm bids yet. I know that will help make our decision.
Questions for the experts out there:
*any thoughts on the windows from the three companies? which is preferred and in what order?
*any thoughts on the transom, window treatment, shutter issue?
Thanks so much!!!