Finally made a decision on our windows!
I know that this is long overdue, but I actually just ordered the windows this week. We were focused more on the kitchen remodel for a while there.
I want to thank ALL of you that really helped me answer questions and help me make sense of the world of windows!
Marvin and Andersen were initially very close in their estimates, so we were ready to go with Marvin bc of their great reputation. Then, the rep came out again and said that after remeasuring, they would have to do custom sizes and the price different became much greater. Marvin ended up being almost 30% higher than the Andersen quote.
We ended up with Andersen, E series. The windows seem nice and we are getting the french sliders.
Anyway, I'll let you know how it goes with the install. The company states that they have 2 crews exclusively and the installers have been installing for them for 10 or more years. I'll keep you posted!
Thanks again for everyone's input!!!
Here is a link that might be useful: Initial thread with window discussion