least expensive ALL wood windows

Bridget HelmJune 7, 2013

I don't like the look of clad windows. I can totally tell from the street that the windows aren't wood when they are vinyl. It is not in the budget to have all wood windows, but I want them anyway. I will use clad on the sides and back, but I still need to find a "cheaper" all wood window. Any guidance?

Also, is there a brand that you can't tell that they are vinyl or aluminum, in case I have to use a clad?? The Jeldwen's they are using in our neighborhood are not impressing me at all. They are very "fake" looking. Maybe it's a cheaper line of Jeldwen that they are using??

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Windows on Washington Ltd

Why not just go with something like Fiberglass. No cladding and the look of wood without the warranty concerns.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 7:48AM
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Why would you waste your money on " cheap wood windows"?
They would obviously be cheaply made and cause you to then replace them again in a few years. That doesnt sound cheap to me. As the other poster mentioned, maybe look at fiberglass.
Also, why would you want an all wood exterior? Unless you are extremely vigilant, you will experience moisture and rot issues.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 7:59AM
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+2 on the above opinions, cheap "all wood windows" are only cheap the first time you purchase them for a reason!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 9:37AM
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I agree as well. You seem to have a discerning eye for look and quality, yet you are asking for cheap windows. Those two don't normally go hand in hand.
I like Windows on Washington's suggestion of fiberglass. Marvin will do a wood exterior if that is the route that you end up going, but I would still suggest the clad or fiberglass.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 10:25AM
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Bridget Helm

i figured that the "cheaper wood windows" - if that even exists would still be of good quality just that maybe the grilles wouldn't be as prominent. I don't know. Y'all are right.

I will check out the fiberglass. I haven't seen those. We are still working with the architect on our plans so I haven't been to a showroom yet. I just know that I don't like the Jeldwin vinyl that I'm seeing in the neighborhood.

Thanks for the suggestion of Fiberglass.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 12:06PM
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Most pro's don't care for Jeldwen anything in a window product.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 12:13PM
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Here's some pics of Marvin Integrity/Wood. Fiberglass outside, wood inside. I've been in the house for over a year now and have only good things to say about the windows. The pro's on this board are getting tired of these shots, I need to take some new ones.


Interior painted

Interior Stained

Interior with a storm Brewing outside

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 12:34PM
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I never grow tired of great looking windows/install/homes. You should send those to Marvin, the last one looks like it could be right out of a brochure :)

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 2:35PM
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Bridget Helm

it bother's me to see some of these million dollar homes with cheap looking windows. ahhhhh!

mine won't be a million dollars - much smaller house, but i don't want the cheap plastic looking windows that i'm seeing. i just looked at the pella impervia online. they are fiberglass, but i find they look plastic too.

all of these windows look great on the inside of the home, even the jeldwens, but they look flimsy on the exterior. the grilles aren't beefy enough

milgard's look good online, but they don't carry them here.

i'm going to check out andersen 400, pella architect, and marvin integrity, and jeldwen premium in showrooms to see what looks best.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 6:23PM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

+1 on the picture HomeSealed.

Great looking home and window choices.

Don't go cheap on the window, you will just have problems down the road.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 7:01AM
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Out of the Woods Inc.- Window & Door Specialists

If you want a cheap wood window you get what you pay for. You say you don't like the look of a clad window but Kolbe Window's Ultra series extruded aluminum are meant to mimic the profiles and look of wood. Integrity Wood Ultrex is also a good alternate like others have suggested. Looks like a traditional wood window but has durable fiberglass on the exterior. Most of the major brands (Marvin, Kolbe, Jeldwen, Pella) have decent all wood windows, but be prepared to paint them every few years and be willing to keep them well maintained.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 7:59PM
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