Peachtree - yay or stay away?

pompeiiApril 8, 2011

We have a very large picture window to replace, flanked by two casements on each side. The picture window is 124" alone, with the casements adding another 56" on each side. We would like to replace the picture with a bay or bow, and replacement the casements, too. So I have two questions:

1. A bay would let in more light and be a little less expensive than a bow, but it seems that more people are choosing bows over bays. Are bay windows outdated?

2. We have quotes ranging from a little over $6000 for Peachtree through Lowes, to over $10,000 for Marvin. I haven't read good things about Peachtree, but all of what I've read is from a year ago or longer. Can anyone shed some light on Peachtree's current level of quality?

We also have quotes for Pella and Stanek. Who else should we check out? If it matters, the house is a 1957 ranch with original Pella casements. Quotes for all windows in the house range from $20,000-30,000. Due to cost, we want to start with the picture window, then do the rest of the windows in stages.

Since this is such a big investment and since that picture window is so huge, we don't want to make a big mistake, so I'm asking the experts!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
millworkman

Personally my opinion would be to stay away from Peachtree, they were not great a few years ago and the management has done nothing to make me feel they would be any better. Plus in my opinion Lowes selling them(even though I much prefer them HD) would make me even more likely to stay clear of them. I do not trust box stores selling windows(my own issues)as I came from a traditional lumber yard background and progressed to working for window specialists and I just feel that someone selling me a lawnmower one day has no business selling windows the next. You cannot go wrong with Marvin but that is up to you and the price point. You may want to look at Integrity by Marvin, Kolbe, Lepage and sky or WOW can turn you on to some vinyl companies that would be very good as well.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 8:01AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
skydawggy

Peachtree is made by Atrium. It's an OK brand but there are better choices available IMO. The installation of a bay/bow window can present potential issues and my recommendation would be to have the most experienced installer you can find do the work. If they aren't installed properly, you can end up with your worst nightmare.

If you have decided on a vinyl window, the brands I am familiar with that I think make an excellent product are Sunrise, Okna, Gorell and Softlite.

You didn't give any details in terms of where you live so I can't really advise you on the appropriate glass packages offered by these manufacturers.

You will have to have a test done for lead paint, so it's important to make sure you are dealing with a company that has the EPA Certification to do this job correctly. If a company isn't EPA certified by now, they are the wrong company to do any work.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 9:59AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
millworkman

I thought Peachtree was owned by SNE which is the Shield family of Weathersheld fame. Had I known they were Atrium I would have given them a worse review.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 10:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
skydawggy

You are right, Peachtree is owned by SNE aka the Shields Family.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 11:17AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
millworkman

still a good reason to stay away though

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 1:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
pompeii

Thanks for the info. How about Anderson? We have a quote for Anderson through HD but would get another quote from a window dealer. I love the Marvin, but $10,000 is hard to justify. But I also don't want to spend $6,000 and have nothing but problems.

We live in NE Ohio, so cold temps and snow are a fact of life.

One of the guys tested the frames and yes, there is lead based paint.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 4:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
skydawggy

Depends on which model Andersen you are looking at. I would avoid their vinyl windows. The Woodwright and Eagle are better if you want wood. Marvin, well, what can you say? Great company and great products but all good things come with a high price tag.

If you want vinyl, stick to the brands I recommended and you will be fine.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 5:05PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Pros please help differentiate between two window manufacturers...
Hello, we are the midst of a new construction build...
rebph
French Door Advice (looking for affordable alternative)
We are looking to replace a sliding door with a french...
state00
Adding SDL muntins to Exterior Only Windows
We are building a custom home along the coast in Galveston,...
shellismith
Dual pane window retrofit, for sound blocking, question on thickness.
Been looking at options on vinyl windows with better...
mystrwizard
Window won't stay up
This is the rail next to the top sash: This is the...
oh42
Sponsored Products
Hunter Hotel New York Embossed Dobby Sheet Set
$21.99 | zulily
Shower Heads Chrome Shower Head 51 Fine Mist Jets
The Renovator's Supply, Inc.
Chelsea Home Montgomery Upholstered Loveseat - 73372-10-GENS-37014
$719.99 | Hayneedle
Modern Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Chandra Rugs Zeal Grey 7 ft. 9 in. x 10 ft. 6
Home Depot
California Umbrella Patio Umbrellas 11 ft. Aluminum Collar Tilt Double Vented
Home Depot
Element Classic Task Light by Humanscale
$329.00 | Lumens
Shires Foxes Breakfast Coir Floor Mat - 2500-5639
$24.99 | Hayneedle
Worlds Away - Hicks Gold Leaf Pendant - HICKS G
Great Furniture Deal
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™