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
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