We have to reside the back side of our house and were planning to have to brick mold replaced on some of the windows and all the trim painted. The contractor told us it would be cheaper to replace the windows altogether with anderson vinyl clad wood windows. My husband hates painting, the rest of the house is natural cedar shakes so the window trim is all that needs painting. The existing windows are from 1977 and have aluminum tracks that radiate cold into the house so we are not entirely opposed to replacing the windows. We have done some preliminary research and found some Pella windows that look very nice, work smoothly, have hefty looking muntins ( or mullions, whatever) and are very reasonably priced. But they are aluminum clad wood. How do vinyl clad windows compare in longevity with aluminum clad. Also, how do you compare windows for quality? And, do you really not need storm windows on any of the new breed of windows? The house currently has combination storms on all windows (zone 5 upstate new york - on top of plateau with lots of wind. Also, most of windows will have full southern exposure, which is why the siding is being replaced on that side of house.)
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We just replaced 33 windows in our house and we went with Marvin Ultimate Clad Double Hung and some of their Gliders. I can't say enough good things about them. Our house sits in a cleared field on top of a mountain and we get blasted with terrific winds. We live in Northern Arkansas and we've had several ice storms this winter and plenty of 12 degree days. I don't feel a thing through our windows. They're wood inside, clad in aluminum on the outside. We looked at Anderson windows and their operation on the inside is not as nice as Marvin. To tilt the Anderson windows in for cleaning you have to push on the sides of the windows. The Marvin's have a little pull pin on the locking hardware that is a breeze to use. Also, after we had them installed we happened to see a comparision of windows in a magazine and they had the highest efficiency and satisfaction ratings. The Marvin people are great to work with. We had a window that arrived with some discoloration inside the panes of glass. They sent a representative out immediately to replace it plus he checked all our windows and did adjustments on all of them to have them open and close more smoothly. We didn't know that they weren't ultra-smooth, they seemed great to us. We looked at Pellas and they don't even compare, the Anderson's were nice but their tilt operation was very awkward. Give the Marvin's a look - I highly recommend them.
07:18PM | 07/23/13
I actually looked at a lot of competitors in Tucson, AZ were I live and it's been very hard to pick a good quality aluminum window installer. American Openings was a good fit for me but Tucson Window and Door also had some good prices. I ended up going with American Openings because they actually take time to talk to me on the phone, came out for free right away to make an estimate, and did a great job on 4 double hung windows! Me and my wife were very excited about this and now can enjoy non-vinyl, which have melted due to Arizona's hot weather, windows for another 8 years. Really good company, I highly recommend them for their customer service, since other companies just make you fill-out a form "and get back to you soon!" Their website: www.americanopenings.com
06:22PM | 08/23/13
Here's a question. Why does the Bob Vila forum leave posts from years and years ago active? It just junks up the forum and gives new users outdated or incorrect info. Does this bug anyone else?
02:48PM | 08/26/13
bugs the hell out of me
11:23AM | 11/01/15
no, it doesn't bug me. What bugs me is not finding the answer to the original question about aluminum clad vs vinyl clad windows.