Need Advice - Loewen, Weathershield, ?
I am remodeling my house and have to place an order for 50 windows soon. I have my heart set on push out French casements. I want a wood interior (that I will probably paint) with a clad exterior. I live in the Pacific NW where it rains all the time.
My first choice is Loewen windows because they feel so good to me operating them. My house is fairly traditional and I like the Loewen look. Of course the bid came in 20% over my budget! They seem to have a very tight distribution and my contractor doesn't feel he can get a better price.
So my GC suggested Weathershield as an alternative. He has used Weathershield on a lot of his projects recently and has been very happy. Curiously the bid quote came in exactly on budget. The Loewen seem so much nicer to me especially the exterior mullion profile. The Weathershile exterior seemed a little shiny to me. Am I crazy?
Does anyone have any advice how to get a better price on the Loewen and/or a suggestion for another window manufacturer? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks.