05:42AM | 03/14/05
Member Since: 01/01/05
23 lifetime posts

Maybe my last post was too specific. I was asking if anyone heard of Cradco. Maybe my question should be, is buying a replacement window from one of the big name companies....Anderson, Pella, whatever others are considered top of the line vs. a mid-level or lower level product a big deal? What REALLY is the difference? Is the price difference for a top of the line window justified in performance or resale value? It is hard to get an honest opinion because obviously you call a contractor and they tell you what they like with Anderson and Pella always leading the way it seems. After that it seems to be a crapshoot as far as what is recommended. Can anyone at least direct me to someplace where I can get an honest comparison of window types or at least explain what the bif difference is between and big name and all the others?

Thanks for any help!


09:39AM | 03/19/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
Just one more opinion - but start with realizing that the reason we builders have developed our opinions is from long and sometimes expensive experience.

You could benefit from that experience or go ahead and learn from your own mistakes.

When you buy a window, you are not only buying the unit, but the company rep and service that goes along with it. Too often orders are messed up and some companies do it more than others. Insulating glass will fail eventually. Some fail sooner, some later, on average.

Andersen is a long standing fantastic company, standing behind its products.

Caradco ( sp) is a so-so product from a so-so company

Excellence is its own reward!

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