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Caradco Windows Reviews
Read 2 Caradco windows reviews on this company that is now owned by Jeld Wen windows. Caradco was purchased by Jeld Wen in 2002, although consumers do continue to have questions regarding these windows and the warranty terms and specifics.
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Replacing Caradco Casement Windows
Tim, I need your advice on replacing 15 year old Caradco aluminum clad casement windows. I currently have about 15 that have rotting sills and Caradco (Jeld-Wen) will help only to the extent of selling me replacements for a slightly discounted price. With such a bad Caradco taste in my mouth, it is time to look at other brands. My original builder will be doing the install and we are currently looking at Atrium, Hurd, Sunrise, and PlyGem. Whatever brand is selected, the replacements will be vinyl or composite. We have met with the Sunrise dealer and were impressed with their quality and warranty but their pricing was pretty high.
The PlyGem Premium (with energy package) appears to be one to consider seriously but the warranty leaves something to be desired when compared to Sunrise. Do you have any strong recommendations regarding the four that are being considered? Do you have strong recommendations of other vinyl/composite windows to consider? I live in North Carolina so am not usually exposed to the temperature extremes seen in some other regions. BTW, love your web-site; it has helped me to become more knowledgeable about windows than I had ever expected. Thanks
Ben - Homeowner - from 2015
[Site Editor's Response]
Ben, sorry to here about your current window woes, you are not alone with your issues with Caradco windows. So, going forward, here is what I would say.
Atrium is not bad in terms of vinyl window, but they really are in the same tier as Jeld Wen. One of the higher quality Atrium windows, along with really solid installation, would probably work out just fine and keep your costs down. Again, installation is key here.
Hurd is known mainly for the wood windows, so if you are looking at vinyl or composite models, I think you could throw them out.
The Ply Gem Premium window is a good vinyl window, although I don't love Ply Gem for replacement windows only because they are a company that works more with big builders and contractors and sells lots of new construction. What I would say is this, if you have someone you are working with (and really feel comfortable with) and they have installed lots of Ply Gem and they really like how the company repsonds to any issues etc. then I would say this is a pretty decent option.
If it were me, this is what I would do - get bids from all 4 and then go back to the Sunrise dealer and see what kind of a deal you can work using the price bids you have. ("I really like your window and the company, but it's just out of my price range as it stands...how can we get that price down to somewhere closer to --") You didn't mention what Sunrise window model you are looking at. The standard Sunrise model with a nice low-e glass should be close to the Ply Gem premium cost. Ask him if there are options that you can go with that would drop the per window price (hardware is one spot where they may quote you the metal hardware cost but if you went with a quality plastic you would be fine and wouldn't even notice.)
Tim - Site Editor - from 2015
Caradco Windows Warranty
The Caradco window warranty covered their doors, windows and components from defects for a period of 10 years from the time they were manufactured. This time period has expired for all of their products. The insulated glass was warrantied for 20 years from the time they were manufactured. However, none of these windows are being made and it is highly unlikely that the new owner, Jeld Wen, will cover any of the replacement or repair costs.
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