Aluminum Windows with High NFRC Rating?

wayhopMay 7, 2013

We are building a new contemporary home in Northern California and need to buy windows. The outside will be aluminum and we're on the fence about wood or aluminum interiors. We have to pass both Title 24 and an energy rating so the quality of the windows is very important. Dual pane and low e-coating are a given. Our only experience with new windows was with Andersen and it was a distaster. We had to reorder the French doors 3 times due to manufacturing problems.

Can anyone recommend a high quality window manufacturer that will likely not have these issues? Ideally, Tilt and Swing windows would be part of the product line.

Thanks in advance.

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Why aluminum on the exterior?

Are you needing a specific color?

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 11:56PM
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Thanks for your question. We are trying to blend with a set of Nana doors which are all aluminum. The Nana windows are not NFRC rated so we can't use them. Looking for a close match.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 12:10AM
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What color are the doors? If they are anything but mil finish, there are other material options that should give you a bit better performance.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 3:40AM
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The most efficient aluminum windows have a thermal break to give you the rating that you will need.
Also consider fiberglass. You can get the color and the thinner profile replicates the "aluminum" look.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 9:04AM
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+1 on wow suggestion, Aluminum, Aluminum clad wood, Fiberglass and or Vinyl or often mixed on projects as he stated. The exception being just as he mentions Clear Anodized which most companies cannot match.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 9:05AM
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Thanks to everyone for their thoughts. The Nanas we're putting in are going to be a Medium Bronze. That gives us some flexibility because I believe that most companies that produce aluminum windows will do a similar color. Good point on the thermally broken feature. I forgot to add that was also on our short list. We had not considered fiberglass and will look that up now. Does anyone know of a brand that we should check for either material? There are so many manufacturers that it's hard to know where to start.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 10:35AM
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Marvin Integrity is probably the most widely available window of some merit that has a bunch of different options and a great company behind it.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 11:13AM
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