PlyGem Mira, or???
I am building a new home in upstate SC, a fairly mild climate. One of the decisions is of course, windows. I'm pretty strongly against vinyl, but am also up against a very tight budget. So far, the best thing I've seen in my price range is the PlyGem Mira, in an aluminum clad wood. They run about $350-400 each for the sizes I need. Upon doing some research, I'm hearing bad things about these windows, though. I'd like to hear what the experts have to say about competing windows in the same price range.
I'm not really fussy about looks; I just want a solid window that will hold up. We 'use' our windows a lot, preferring to open them in temperate weather. The house will be a Craftsman design, with large overhangs, and it is deep in the woods, so I'll have a little less sun and rain exposure than other designs. I need to keep the cost under $500/window. The windows will be a mix of casements and hungs, with only 15 windows in the entire house. Sizes run 36X72 and smaller.