Why are the windows I want not sold in my region?

NMJoeDecember 4, 2013

I live in Albuquerque, NM, and the window choices, especially in vinyl, are very limited. Why is it that the top choices (as described in this forum) are not sold in my state, or even in the SW region? I live in the high desert at 6,000 feet of elevation where temperatures get down to the single digits in the winter, while hitting over 100 degrees several times in the summer, not to mention our high winds. These really are challenging environmental conditions so why are the likes of Okna, Sunrise,Softlite, HiMark, Gorell, etc., not represented in the SW United States? For the most part, we have some real crap here when compared to the aforementioned brands. I recently looked at the Sunrise Essentials website, in detail, and was blown away by its construction and features. Instead, for vinyl, I can have my choice of the locally manufactured window brands, Simonton, or Milgard. Please help me understand why these top-tier companies have not entered our market.



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Windows are somewhat regional and for the most part, the upper NE and colder regions of the country seem to have a more dedicated focus on making and necessitating the supremely good performing windows that are out there.

Albuquerque certainly has weather and windows that would call for a well performing and airtight window but as you mentioned, there just doesn't seem to be as much representation there.

Once you get over the Rockies and at high elevations, that thins the herd of windows that will even ship to that location.

Anlin, Amerimax, and Milgard are all pretty well thought of brands on the West Coast too.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 11:22PM
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Thank you, WOW. I always appreciate your feedback and expertise!


    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 6:38PM
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My pleasure Joe.

Keep us updated on the project and let us know what you are able to locate.


    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 1:10PM
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