New Construction Window Choice

lkbum_gwMarch 26, 2011

New Construction - Lake Front, lot's of south facing windows. Combination of fixed glass, double hung, french doors with side lights or large (multi panel) sliders.

Trying like h@ll to pick windows and my time is running out.

On my current house with similar requirements, I have Peachtree (700 series I think) aluminum widows with stain grade wood on the inside. Really like these windows. Easy to open, after 19 years, insulated glass is still fine. The ONLY bad thing about these windows is the Anodizing on the window exterior has oxidized over the years and does not look that good (and it does not look like you can do much about that).

Builder likes Windsor (value for the money), but their website says not to paint them a dark color if they recieve a lot sun to avoid warping. We would like dark windows and the will receive a LOT of sun.

Looked at Marvins (very nice looking product). Unbelievable amount of complaints on these. Same thing with Pella and Andersen. Lots of these complaint posts are old.

Cladding of wood just doesn't seem like a great idea to me (how do you know if you have a problem under the cladding?)

I want easy opening windows, maintainable windows (don't mind keeping them up) and a reasonable warranty.

Any recent experience advice would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance.

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I don't know where you read a lot of complaints on Marvins but I would take a good look at the Infinity. Fiberglass or aluminum is going to be the best option IMO.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 9:46AM
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i echo sky's comments. I would look at the Kolbe Ultra as well as I feel this is a good clad window as well or the K-Kron factory painted exterior.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 10:30AM
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Thanks for the quick reply's. Several of the complaints were on this board. But they were made several (like 4 or 5) years ago and settlements of class action law suits for wood rot (1999 through 2002). Again a while back. I did like the fiberglass Infinity windows in the show room. The Kolbe's don't have a local distributor, I'm in North Georgia, but they look pretty nice.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 11:04AM
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