Marvin Clad Ultimate vs. Hurd Aluminum Clad
We live in East Tennessee. We are replacing 23 20+yr old Andersen vinyl-clad windows in our house. We have looked at Champion, Pella, Anderson Renewal, Anderson vinyl clad, Marvin Clad Ultimate & Integrity, Infinity, etc. Neither of us can stand the look and feel of vinyl windows, so the Champions are out. My wife does not like the non-wood interior look of the Infinity/Integrity/Andersen Renewal (although I like the construction), nor the fact that there are limited exterior finish colors available in them, none of which match up with our house paint & shutters. We would prefer full-frame replacement rather than inserts, in part because we've had house settling & feel that would be better for squaring up the windows, plus we get the benefit of reinsulation around the frame, so that cuts out the Renewal & Infinity lines.
We like the look of the Marvin aluminum clad Ultimate, which seem superior to the Pella, and the colors available have what we want in Krylon finish on the exterior. There is a one-year labor & 10 year window warranty on these. The dealer is a subsidiary of a regional lumber/builders supply house, which itself has a high BBB rating, but is not BBB accredited, nor can I find any info on them on Angies List. The dealer itself recently moved & changed names & has ratings on neither, but seems knowledgeable.
The Infinity dealer is suggesting we consider Hurd Aluminum clad, as being pretty much equivalent to the Marvin's construction, plus HUrd's lifetime warranty & two years labor through him. The price range he's quoting is very similar to the Marvins, although with anodized external finish in the grey we're looking for (or we could order the exact finish in painted custom color). This dealer is BBB accredited & has excellent ratings on BBB & Angies list.
I'd convince my wife to go with the fiberglass because of construction, but the color issue is a killer. So we're down to the Hurds or the Marvin Ultimates. There's a lot of conflicting reviews out there, some several years old, both good & bad about the Hurds & the Marvins. This will be around a $23,000 investment. Would appreciate any updated opinions/experience with these windows, status on Hurd following buy-out by Monarch & going theough the bankruptcy thing a few years back, as mentioned in other posts, and recommendations.