10:30AM | 06/11/04
Member Since: 06/10/04
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New construction, need to choose a window company. Looking at Pozzi, Marvin, Kolbe, Pella, Eagle, Andersen. I understand they all make various lines, I want the high end. I want the best but will settle for second best if it's a much better value. Pro's and Con's welcome.

Thank you


11:01AM | 06/12/04
Member Since: 09/06/03
2 lifetime posts
All these companies make different types & styles. What type are you looking for? Wood, fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum...?What style? Dbl hung, casement, awning...? Some offer options others don't. What options do you want?


02:16PM | 06/12/04
Member Since: 06/10/04
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Sorry, I thought they all had simular options. I want a high end casement wood window with aluminum clad exterior. Divided lites, dual glazed. Looking for quality. Thanks


04:16PM | 06/12/04
Member Since: 09/01/03
8 lifetime posts

If you are looking for aluminum clad you can erase Andersen from your list. They are a vinyl-clad product. I'm not sure if you are the same poster from the GardenWeb forums. If not go to the link below where there is a large discussion on many of the windows you are investigating including my posts on matters relating to Kolbe & Kolbe and some of the defect and leaking problems relating to their Ultra Clad series.

This is a link to the discussion inside the forum:

Or just search the Garden Web under Building a Home Forum. The subject is: Kolbe Eagle Marvin Pozzi Andersen Pella.

Good Luck with your search,



05:39PM | 06/12/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
I would put Marvin and Kolbe at the top of that list

Excellence is its own reward!


09:45PM | 06/14/04
Member Since: 09/06/03
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I think your going to find they are all pretty comparable if you are going for the high end. I would stay away from the Kolbe's. I think Fighter is right on about them. I used them in my last remodel and I think it was a mistake. I'm doing another addition and will probably go with the Pella or Marvin, whichever bid comes in lower.


09:54PM | 06/14/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
I'm going to throw out a name that has not been mentioned yet. Sierra Pacific Industries has a great window division. I have used them in various projects working directly with the distributor. The window quality was absolutely top notch and I received excellent service from the submittal of a competitive bid, delivery of the materials to follow-up on the sale. You never heard of them, but the parent company is the largest timber company in California, and their windows are worth considering.


05:44PM | 06/15/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
lelaqnd, If it comes to a price comparison between Marvin and Pella, I can gaurantee you that Pella will come in lower, but the frustration level of using them will be higher. I have never had a Pella ordeer that has leeft me fully satisfied, only marginally competant. On a $38,000 order right now, I am waiting to see if the promised June 29 date will resolve all the many prohblems they sent me .

Excellence is its own reward!


12:17PM | 04/16/13
Pozzi: crap
Marvin: excellent
Kolbe: crap
Pella: possible crap
Eagle: crap
Andersen: ok


08:46PM | 10/22/13
Most contractors won't use a high end windows for new construction homes they lean more towards mud to low range. For the very best replacment window it would be Bristol windows. Very well insulated
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