excited about WeatherShield until I came here :( any suggestions?

Bridget HelmJune 20, 2013

In most of the new construction homes going up in my town, Jeldwen aluminum clad is the window I'm seeing. I don't really like the look of it. I think the grilles are too flat and they look cheap.

I want to be prepared with which window company I like when I meet with the builder on Monday. So I went to the local window store and told them that I didn't like the Jeldwens, but I needed to stay around that price. The sales guy showed me Weather Shield Signature and said it was similar in price and possibly a tad bit less!!! I was stoked! I really liked the way it looked compared to the Jeldwens. The grilles looked so much better.

Then I get home to do some research on them and I find all these bad reveiws on gardenweb.

Is the Signature series "bad"? I'm hoping it's a particular series that people complained about??? Or am I reaching

Of course I LOVED the Marvin windows, but those are the most expensive. How high is the Integrity? Is it even close to Jeldwen and Weather Shield's price point? I like Pella architect too, but I am reading complaints about those as well

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Bridget Helm

what about Eagle? their windows look nice. are they a lot more than Jeldwen and Weathshield Signature?

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 11:42PM
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Eagle is decent, and Marvin integrity is very good for the price. It should be in your ballpark.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 8:19AM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

The Integrity window is a proven performer and is quite often used in new construction applications.

I should be a decent bit cheaper than the Marvin Ultimate option.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 8:20AM
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+1 on the gentlemen's advice above.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 10:06AM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

I guess this about sums it up.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 7:48PM
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Bridget Helm

i was under the impression that marvin integrity was a good deal more expensive than jeldwyn aluminum clad and weathershield signature??

i know that integrity is not as expensive as the other marvins, but aren't they still pretty high?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 8:32PM
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Price will vary a bit from dealer to dealer, best to price it out.
Jeld-Wen does improve in quality a bit once you get into there Site-line line and even more with the Custom line.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 2:30AM
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As Todd said, you'll need to price them out because pricing will vary.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 11:10AM
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Bridget Helm

ok. thanks everyone. i will price out integrity. i just have a bad feeling about it since EVERYONE here in new construction seems to be using Jelwen's aluminum clad. The super duper duper high ends aren't, but the 500K to 800K are. surely they priced out windows. maybe they think the jeldwens look fine? the grilles aren't prominent enough for my liking, but i guess others don't mind the flat grill look OR the other aluminum clad options were too expensive

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:43AM
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SDL profile is the least of the issues with Jeldwen. They but them because they are somewhat of an upgrade over builder grade vinyl in their minds and because they are cheap and allow them to make $$$. Aluminum clad and SDL profile does not necessarily make it a good window.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 11:01AM
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Bridget Helm

i agree that's why they buy them - they are cheap. but they must be a decent window without any problems even though they are cheap and ugly. my cookie cutter house had the cheapest windows ever, but we never had problems with them. they were ugly, but they worked.

so my dilemma is finding a window in the same price ballpark that is a decent window but not so cheap looking. i gut is telling me that there's no such window and we are going to have to bust the budget on windows.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 12:44PM
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Your gut is correct I am afraid. I also think you may be pleasantly surprised at the price of Integrity in a good way.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 2:35PM
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+1. We replace 10yr old builder grade wood windows on a regular basis. You are going to want to get a better quality product if you want them to last, and know that they will require some attention every so often as well. You can't just "set it and forget it" when dealing with an organic material.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 12:33PM
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Integrity will run you about 15% higher depending on the area you are in. Just remember....installation is key. Visit a showroom and compare brands.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 12:26AM
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