04:07PM | 09/14/03
Member Since: 09/13/03
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I am interested in finding out if Andersen or Pella windows are better, i.e. baked aluminum or vinyl. We are putting on an addition and price-wise, the two are comparable, but I don't know which one is better.


06:04PM | 09/14/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
694 lifetime posts
Does not much matter.

Both (to my knowledge) are actually wood framed windows that have cladding on the outside.

In actuality, vinyl conducts heat/cold more than does vinyl.

This means that vinyl will lose heat/conduct cold more faster than aluminum.

But with a wood framed interior, such conductivity is neglible.

In short: it doesn't much matter.


04:24PM | 09/20/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
Vinyl vs. Aluminum is a toss-up.

But between the two companies, Andersen is hands down the superior product and company overall. Better millwork, better glass quality, better warrantee backup and replacement, better fit of parts...

The only way Pella excells is in options available


09:03AM | 05/21/13
When you are looking at aluminum clad - they are not all created equal. Rollform is not as strong as extruded aluminum. Vinyl clad from some suppliers has been reported to bubble or peel.


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