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 Re: Use Renewal By Andersen

Author: Barbara (198.214.211.---)
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As an installer, what vinyl windows would you recommend...not too expensive but of decent quality. We live in central Texas.
Or would aluminum be overall better? I'm totally lost.


Window4U wrote:

> 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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