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the-wreck

01:33AM | 12/13/02
Member Since: 12/12/02
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Bvwindows
Im looking at CertainTeed replacment windows. Im trying to decide between the Devon or the Bryn Mawr II. Is the Bryn worth the 40 more for low E and gas filled glass? The only other difference is the frame on the Bryn is welded and the Devon is mechanically attached. I welcome everyone's opinions and experience's. Thanks. Chris

boilrman

05:39AM | 12/13/02
Member Since: 12/11/02
12 lifetime posts
the Bryn Mawr II ranks very well in the Consumer Reports ratings for replacement windows. The Devon is not listed, so I cant offer any info on it. I am looking at replacement windows myself and am starting to lean very much toward their windows. You can check out the Consumer Reports ratings by going to the library and checking out the Oct. 2000 edition.

JasonP

11:00AM | 12/13/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
66 lifetime posts
Greetings All,

I used to sell thousands of Certainteed windows but, I changed occupations.

This is what I would recomend you do,

I would probably buy the mechanical frame with welded sashes. Once the frame is installed, shimmed, screwed into place, it's not going to move!

The most important thing that you need to worry about is that the frames are shimmed properly so the sashes have a nice snug fit.

A welded frame will have to have the same installation process. So, there is no advantage as far as fit or installation for a welded frame.

The sashes do all the work so, you should have welded sashes. They are attached to the glass all the way around and are very strong.

Both windows should have the stainless steel coil balance system.

Now* Low e glass with argon gas.

Here's the deal!

Low e glass is good for saving on heat and a/c. It also helps to reduce fading of curtains rugs etc.

Argon gas will dissapate in about five years or so and I have yet to figure out where it goes in a sealed unit but, it does.

You need to look at the cost of the mechanical frame, welded sash with Low e, vs the all welded with low e and argon.

I think you will find yourself saving some money!

Good luck,
Jason

Ps. I had Certainteed in my old house and now have "Harvey Classics" in my new home.

Ca Sliding Door

07:22PM | 12/21/02
Member Since: 12/20/02
3 lifetime posts
Before you buy Certain Teed windows try going to their site and try to submit a warranty complaint. Their vinyl doors are terrible. The tracks crush under the weight of the doors. I find them impossable to deal with

JasonP

01:05PM | 12/22/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
66 lifetime posts
Greetings The Wreck,

I don't know about thier sliding doors because the licenced manufacturer in my area did not make them.

The windows, as I have stated, are fine.

But, this does bring up a subject that you may want to look into.

Find out where these windows are going to be made and how many licenced manufacturers there are in your area.

There are three in my area. They must buy all the parts from Certainteed and meet thier standards.

I would be surprized if they did not stand behind any problems that you "might" have.

Good luck,
Jason

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