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Mark362

10:29AM | 02/21/10
Member Since: 12/06/09
10 lifetime posts
Well, out of all the windows we have used over the last 32 years, the least 9-10 have been Semco with the least amount of trouble. Pella offers 3 disctint lines, ProLine, Designer, Architect. If you want the best, hard to beat teh Pella archtect series, but they are $$$$$ Proline is affordable, but the aluminum extrutionsare much thinner and they do not offer the ridged nailing fins and the adjustable casement sashes. Colors are also limited. Seems like we have some vociferous haters on this blog when it comes to Semco, but I suspect that they have alterior motives, maybe if they left their name and phone number I could grant them some credibility. I have nothing to gain if you purchase Semco. I think Hurd makes a great window, not as appealing aesthetically as Semco, but very good functionality. I heard they were in financial straights, but do not know that as fact. Anderson is a very good window, they didn't get to be #1 by making a bad window, but they are more than Semco, Hurd, Pella Pro, and are a very small step below in specs. I have a couple of Builder friends that have been at it as long as I have and they would throw me off the cliff with that statement, they think Anderson is the best period. But I point out that that is the only window they have ever used! Marvin is excellent, but more money as you point out. The critical part of this is to spec the windows out correctly when you order them. I am going to guess that many of the Semco problems that are legitimate on this blog are a result of the windows being ordered with just insulated glass, not low e argon with warm edge. Makes a significant difference. Semco offers plain insulated, I do not think Anderson does. If a had to choose and Semco was out of business I would look at Hurd, Pella Pro, then Anderson and Marvin. If you want less window problems, use less windows! yes I know, I didn't do that either when I built my last couple of houses.

Mark Etrheim, President Mastercraft Homes Inc

Mark362

10:42AM | 02/21/10
Member Since: 12/06/09
10 lifetime posts
So 17 windows 12 years ago makes you qualified to trash a product? You might well have had a serious problem, every product I use has issues once in a while, including Anderson, Pella, Hurd, Semco,and Marvin. I just don't think that that is enough information to make a broad based conclusion. If asked to evaluate Alliance windows for instance, I pass, despite the fact that I used them in 3 homes and had serious problems. Not enough information. The web makes us all experts?

Mark Etrheim, President Mastercraft Homes Inc

Mark362

10:47AM | 02/21/10
Member Since: 12/06/09
10 lifetime posts
Semco does not make a Vinyl clad window! Extruded aluminum frame with a wood inside. or all wood, just not vinyl.

Mark Etrheim, President Mastercraft Homes Inc

Mark362

10:51AM | 02/21/10
Member Since: 12/06/09
10 lifetime posts
Wow, a rational, thoughtful response. Thanks, this medium could be very helpful if you could some how qualify the blogger?

Mark Etrheim, President Mastercraft Homes Inc

rjmcken

12:14PM | 02/21/10
Member Since: 04/04/05
13 lifetime posts
Semco hasn't gone down the tubes since Mr. Semling passed away....rather, the market has gone down the tubes. Your's sounds like the ranting of a disgruntled employee.....

MerrillJeff

03:45PM | 02/21/10
Member Since: 02/19/10
5 lifetime posts
I'm not mad at SEMCO, just want the consumers to be aware how much of a low quality window producer they have become in the past three years... As you are aware, we sold thousands of windows in the California area and have had numerous returns with many of them. I hope SEMCO can return to making quality products in the future

beevee12

05:43PM | 02/21/10
Member Since: 10/18/09
6 lifetime posts
Hey all. I did not find this post just to slam Semco windows. I am not an expert nor do I work for the competition... I am a home owner with semco windows and they suck. We moved from a house in 1994 with single pane windows. When we built, the builder used Semco and we thought they where good windows. Wow we were wrong.I just bought 8 new Andersen windows and will buy the other 3 later this year. The ones that were not exposed to the weather are doing good. Once again I am not out to SLAM SEMCO but if I had it to do all over, they would and will never be installed in anything I build again. They were total junk...

loera19

11:43AM | 07/21/10
Member Since: 07/20/10
1 lifetime posts
I have been a contractor for the pass 15 years and I have never had a window leak or fog up due to manufactuer defect. I had one leak due to one of my guys installing incorrectly. I would recommend them over Andersen or Eagle, very easy to install. The only window I like more is Marvin but its about 35 percent more.

woodone

05:24PM | 10/24/10
Member Since: 10/23/10
1 lifetime posts
I BUILT MY HOME IT IS 14 YEARS OLD AND PLAN TO LIVE IN FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

THE SEMCO WINDOWS HAVE HAD MOISTURE PROBLEM EARLY ON AFTER CONSTRUCTION THINKING IT WAS HUMIDITY AND WOULD TURN DOWN THE APRIL AIR NO HELP WITH THE MOISTURE AT ALL ON THE WINDOW MOISTURE BUILDING UP. I LIVE IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND YES IT GETS COLD OUT. SO I HAVE TO LIVE WITH SOME MOISTURE ON THE WINDOW. OK TODAY I WAS LOOKING THE HOUSE OVER AS WINTER IS ON THE WAY SO THE FIRST THING IS LOOK THE WIDOWS OVER MAKING SURE THE SEALS ARE IN PLACE AND A GENERAL LOOK SEE.

I OPEN THE WINDOW AND LOOK FROM THE OUTSIDE AND CAN SEE THE WOOD IS BLACK NEXT TO THE CRANK MECHANISM I TAKE MY ICE PICK OUT AND POCK AROUND CHECKING THE SOUNDNESS OF THE WOOD AND FIND ROT

UNDER THE HOLE WINDOW DIRECTLY UNDER THE CLAD ALUMINUM AND DOWN ABOUT 12 INCHES ACROSS THE HOLE WINDOW GREAT. SO IF YOU WANT TO BELIEVE A CONTRACTOR THAT DOES NOT LIVE IN THE HOME HE IS GIVING OPINION ON BE MY GUEST. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT I HAVE TO SIT HERE AND WASTE MY TIME WRITING THIS. THE REASON I' AM IS TO HELP THE POOR (SOB) THAT THINKS SEMCO WINDOWS ARE GREAT THERE ARE NOT

I WILL NO LONGER BE A CONSUMER OF ANYTHING UNLESS ABSOLUTE NECESSARY BECAUSE MOST THINGS ARE JUST MADE LIKE CRAP WITH PROFIT BEING THE SOLE REASON FOR THE SALES OF CONSUMER PRODUCTS ALL TO MAKE SOME JERK ALLOT OF MONEY. NO PRIDE IS LEFT IN THE USA JUST GET ON THE (F) TRAIN AND PAY PAY PAY

SEMCO SUCKS

PLEASE RESPOND IF YOU HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM SAY SOMETHING. DO SOMETHING PUT DOWN YOUR GAME BOY AND SAY SOMETHING
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