AuraLast and Jeld-Wen 'conspiracy'
Forgive me, but I need to re-phrase my 'pressure-treated wood' question, so I am starting a new thread in order to draw attention b/c I know that some people (myself included) often don't go back to threads if they have already answered the OP's question. (Wink)
Yesterday, we went to talk to a company that sells several different lines, including Kolbe and Jeld-Wen. From what I have read, Kolbe is more expensive than Jeld-Wen, isn't it? If so, then the sales people should be more interested in selling Kolbe, right?
Why would one recommend Jeld-Wen over Kolbe (as the rep we talked to did)? BTW, the guy was highly recommended by someone I (sort of) trust.
I have been shopping around like a "maniac", LOL, and several installers, independent of each other, recommended Jeld-Wen because of the AuraLast Wood that is guaranteed against rot and termites for 20 years.
I have called a few window companies directly. Some of them told me what kind of wood preservative their wood was treated with. Jeld-Wen rep said it was a proprietary info. To me, that means that it is not a Woodlife perservative.
Here is what their website says:
"AuraLast Wood is the result of years of research and development, producing an exceptional pine wood that lasts and lasts...for many years to come.
The proprietary vacuum-pressure process with leading-edge technology is designed to distribute the active ingredients into the very core of the wood for virtually 100% surface to core protection against wood rot, termites, and water saturation (shown at right in green) .
In contrast, other manufacturers use dip-treated wood (shown at right in red), which is protected on the surface only. This means the treatment's effectiveness will be compromised when the surface is broken during installation."
That is kind of ambitious. :-) Why would they make statements like that if they couldn't back them up?
What's up with "everyone" pushing Jeld-Wen? Are all these folks around me mis-informed? I wouldn't be surprised if they were, btw. Tt is next to impossible to find really competent here - and it is not an "empty" complaint b/c we used to live in places where it was not the case, believe me.
Can AuraLast really that superior to other woods? And, most importantly, does it matter, if I am going with a window that has PVC on the exterior surfaces as well as PVC sash interior?
Thank you for your patience!