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Therma-Tru Windows vs Andersen and Pella

We're replacing 16 double-hungs, 2 picture, and 3 center-hinged inswing French doors. We've got estimates from Marvin Integrity and Infinity (with and without Everwood), Pella ProLine and Impervia, Andersen 100 and 450 (Tilt Wash [TW] for windows) -- conversion kits and inserts, and Home Depot vinyl. All options are a lot of money for our budget.

A reputable window supplier (not installer) is advising us to do the Andersen TW conversion kit for all the double hungs, replace the sash and stops on the bay windows, and go with Thermatru fiberglass French doors. The TW conversion kits we could do on our own and we don't lose any viewing area. We would likely still have a contractor do the doors.

This route sounds like the way to go and could save us a heap of money. Does this seem like the best way to go from a cost-effective and useful-life standpoints?

I could send you all cost numbers tomorrow, if you'd like to see those. Thank you.

Jonathan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jonathan, all three options you have selected are rather expensive, three of the more pricey options you can opt for. I don't know enough about Thermatru to say whether they are good or not, from their website they look pretty interesting. I'm curious whether the window supplier's price compares with your others.

If these options are all out of your budget, you should consider going with a vinyl replacement window and door option. Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, and Polaris are all really high quality vinyl windows and should be a third less than those wood window options and will come with better warranties and require less maintenance. Get a couple bids from one or more of these brands and see how they comepare.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

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