S.O.S. - Relacement Window Advice
"Measure twice, cut once"... advice I adhear to in anything I do. I realize that some people who post on the internet have a hidden adgenda or motive, maybe an axe or two to grind. That said, with all of the information available in this day and age, I make sure I am as informed as possible, weeding through the postings by the aforementioned, before I make a significant purchase.
I was getting close to pulling the trigger on the purchase of replacement windows. As one who can not afford to outlay $30k all at once, I am doing this 'project' one side at a time, probably taking a couple of years to complete. Because I need a dark color (and as maintenance free as possible) I decided on clad windows to match wrought iron window boxes. The windows I was about to order were the Pella 450 Series through Lowes, ... and then I came across the threads pertaining to lawsuits for these windows. Now I've got the "jitter's" and am thinking of looking elsewhere. Does anyone know if these design issues have been corrected with the series of windows? I can't imagine Pella KNOWINGLY continuing to manufacture defective windows... Needing an Obsidian or Black window, are there any reasonably priced clad alternatives? (Is reasonably priced windows an oximoron?) Marvin vs Andersen? Fiberglass? OMG, information overload... I live on the tip of Lake Michigan and its cold as cold can get in the winter. Please... would appreciate any honest advice from non-axe-grinders.