Best Aluminum Clad Windows for Ca new home

LC01July 22, 2013

We are building a new home Ca and are deciding between Milgard, Kolbe and Sierra Pacific Extruded Aluminum clad windows. Any suggestions as to which windows will be the most problem free windows?

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millworkman

Of those three, Kolbe first and best choice, Milgard second and Sierra Pacific so far down the list that it should not even be considered in my opinion. Milgard is from reading and other window pro's advice and opinions as the product has never been available on Long Island to my knowledge. Kolbe and Sierra Pacific I have experience with.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 9:51AM
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LC01

Interesting. Thank you. I heard a lot of good things about Sierra Pacific especially about their wood since they are primarily a lumber company. Supposedly that is why the cost is a little less even though cost isn't as much of a factor for us.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 10:34AM
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millworkman

From my perspective the cost is about the only good thing about their product and if the rest of the unit is not quality then the price really does not matter. As far as them being a lumber co. that doesn't really mean they know what they are doing with finished product.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 11:23AM
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LC01

Thanks. That is a big help.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 12:29PM
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Out of the Woods Inc.- Window & Door Specialists

What area of California are you in?

Sierra Pacific all wood windows are okay. Their aluminum clad is pretty far down the line in quality compared to most brands from what I've seen.

Milgard I wouldn't even consider, they're a vinyl window company attempting to build what looks like a wood window. The cross sections I've seen is that they're a fiberglass window with a thin wood veneer laminated to the inside. There's no milled wood on the window. Maybe they have some new aluminum clad product I don't know about now? That was just from my research. They're a good vinyl company but not for the wood/aluminum clad market.

Kolbe is your best choice in my opinion. Go with the Ultra series, very few issues, it's a great looking product.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 2:13PM
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Out of the Woods Inc.- Window & Door Specialists

I did do some more research. The Milgard "wood clad" line is a fiberglass window with wood veneer. The Milgard "essence" line is a fiberglass window with wood interior, but in my opinion still more resembles the proportions and profiles of a vinyl or fiberglass window. So I stand corrected!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 2:22PM
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LC01

Thanks. Glad to hear everyone likes Kolbe. That was my first choice but just trying to follow up on some window suggestions from other sources. We are on the central coast but inland a little, not right by the water.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 3:03PM
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Esko

+1 for Millworkman's post

Go with the Kolbe. It may cost you around 15-20% more but the difference in quality exceeds the cost difference by far.

Milgard makes a good window. Their new Essence window is a nice product but it is fairly new and has many limitations.

Although the cost of Sierra Pacific can be attractive, I can honestly say, they are still over priced for what they deliver.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 3:15PM
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eastbay10

I am curious. Why wasn't Marvin and Marvin Integrity on your list?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 9:36PM
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Esko

How far inland?

This post was edited by Esko on Mon, Jul 22, 13 at 23:32

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 11:13PM
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LC01

Actually we quoted Marvin and Loewen which are both beautiful windows but 30% more. We have over 80 windows so it was considerably more.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 11:27PM
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sushipup1

How far Central? We are Monterey County. Nothing to add to the topic, I'm afraid!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 3:34PM
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