This seems to be limiting the possibities of brands I can use.
Currently my contractor - who I trust -- is recommending I go with the Home Depot American Craftsman brand. Although I feel that Home Depot provides quality products, AC windows came out low in a 2000 Consumer Report ranking and a neighbor who installed them last year said they were far better than the metal windows, but didn't seem very impressed.
Does anyone have any advice on how I should proceed? There are a myriad of window companies and get the feeling that comparing wood to vinyl is apples and oranges, but I am not sure if vinyl to vinyl is splitting hairs. Does anyone have any exp. with Am. Craftsman? I need to be budget conscious, but I want to get a good all around value, not merely the least expensive and most local solution.