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Vinyl New Construction Window Recommendations

Posted by momcilovic (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 31, 11 at 0:22

We are in the early phases of planning to build a home in SE Wisconsin and we originally had Milgard StyleLine single hung windows spec'd out. However, as some of you may know, Milgard recently announced that they are closing their Chicago factory that makes this window and is no longer servicing the midwest. Thus, we are now back to the drawing board to find a good vinyl new construction single hung window. My head is spinning with all the different manufactures/lines out there. So far, we have considered the following brands/lines which all seem to be around the same price range:

- Pella Encompass
- Quaker Manchester
- Anderson 100
- Simonton Master
- Weather Shield Visions 3000
- Hayfield Vinyl Classics

The home we are building is 2x6 construction and thus we will be needing extensions jams and all the casings will be stained to minimize the vinyl look of the windows. The key attributes we are looking at are energy efficiency, structural integrity, longevity, aesthitics and of course cost. Most of the windows will be quite large for SH windows at 48"x60".

Let me know if you have any opinions about comparing any of the above or if you have any other recommendations we should be looking at.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Vinyl New Construction Window Recommendations

Same as on the other board.

Click on HomeSealed's name.

RE: Vinyl New Construction Window Recommendations

In the past year, I have had two less than stellar experiences with Pella of Iowa ( a failed vinyl patio door, and a failed Proline vinyl window )
The problems have both been with warranty service, or the lack thereof.
One problem has been resolved ( sort of ), and the other is 2+ months old, and still unresolved.
I will not install another Pella product .... even if it is free!
I think my buying Andersen windows, would have been a much better idea!

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