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 Re: Use Renewal By Andersen

Author: Window4U (---.client.insightBB.com)
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I've been in the window industry since 1975 and have installed about every type of window. {aluminum ,vinyl, fiberglass, composite, wood}
I used to install for Renewal by Anderson in South Holland, Illinois. At that time, they were partnered up with Gilkey Window, and one day I'd install Gilkey vinyl windows, the next day Anderson. The organization of that company was amazing. The warehouse even had it's own trim shop, and when I pulled up at 6 in the morning, EVERYTHING I needed for the day had been put on a big dolly and was wheeled to my truck. They were very, very good to work for and I left only because I moved out of state.

That being said, there is a serious problem I saw with the Renewal windows. With only minor contact with the ground carrying them into the home, the frame would crack in half at the corner joint. Also, if an installer would put a screw in one side and snug it tight, then put the screw in the other side and snug it just a little too far, that also would crack the frame in two at the corner. It's like the joint just didn't bond right when they made them. Some installers I worked with would wrongly put some caulk into the joint to "fix" and camoflage it, and sometimes they had no choice but to order a new frame.
Now to be fair, any product has problems now and then, but the misleading claims of this window being a "super-window" and far superior to vinyl are just not true, and it bothers me to read the posts of Renewal salesmen on these posts lie about vinyl and build up Renewal like it's so far superior.
The window does have a niche in the market and nicely fits the needs of many homeowners, though I think it's somewhat overpriced and would not personally put it in my own home. I would rate its performance on an even par with most average vinyl windows I've installed, no better.



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