Casement Windows Reviews
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Vytex, Simonton and Andersen Casements
I'm overseeing our non-profit building window replacement project (currently have steel pan windows): I've gotten a number of bids, but value your opinion on the following:
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Jean-Marie, I like these selections. The Andersen 100 is a nice window, but unless you really like how it looks, I would say you aren't getting much in terms of performance from this window over the other two.
Casement Windows Reviews
I'm planning on replacing 12 casements in NE Ohio plus a sliding glass door and 2 pictures. We're doing a tear out down to the studs, taking out the Pellas that were installed in '73. There are a lot more to choose from than when we had those put in way back then. I want good windows but I also need a fair price and I was hoping for wood clad in vinyl or fiberglass. I know Inline and Marvin have a fiberglass model, are they good?
The Marvin Infinity is a good casement, and I think the fiberglass is a good choice. I think Inline just came out with a new design for their fiberglass casements, and it's supposed to have great engineering. If it isn't out yet it will be soon. Sunrise has a good one, also, with a lot of different material options. If it were me, I'd look at the Sunrise before making a decision, as they are generally one of the best windows out there. I don't like buying a new line, or at least one that's had major changes, so the Inline makes me nervous. I like to wait until they've had time to work out the kinks.
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In 2003, I purchased 16 casements, a double hung, and 8 fixed windows plus 2 sliding glass doors, all from SEMCO. The interiors are all wood finish and the exteriors are bronze aluminum. So far I like them, I expect to replace a few more with SEMCOs so they all match. We've been mostly happy with them, but our south facing windows have had some seal failures and sometimes fog up. 4 of 16 casements and 2 of 8 fixed have had their glass replaced because the low-e coating was deteriorating. The glass is covered under warranty but we had to pay for labor. Our summers are really hot, we're in SoCal, so I don't know if anyone else's windows could hold up better in our heat. We bought the wood/aluminum clad SEMCOs because they were so well priced. I think even with some minor problems, I'm glad we got them, because we could get the whole house done and we could never have afforded that in any other brand.
American Jewel vs Harvey
I'm considering either American Jewels or Harvey Tributes. I want them to last a long time. The American Jewel dealer says that one size I need, 36 by 45, doesn't come in a casement so I have to use a slider.
I'd be worried about the design and quality of a window that has to limit the width of their casements like that. American Jewel is low quality, you can do a lot better without even spending more money. Harvey isn't great either, but better than American Jewel. They do make a wider casement but it isn't good quality. If you pay a little more for a good window, you'll find it lasts for many more years with a lot fewer problems, and you're also paying for customer service in case something does break.
Best Casement Options
For casements, I'd take a look at Okna, Softlite, Sunrise, and Gorell. One of Sunrise's new lines has the thinnest profile I've ever seen on a casement, which gives you more glass and more natural light if that's what you're after. Keep in mind that you can usually order vinyl windows with a wood grain finish, but if you buy a white one and stain it you won't get the same results. If it's in your budget, take a look at Milgard and Marvin fiberglass windows.
Marvin Casement Windows
I love Simonton, but the 5050 isn't available as a casement. If that's what you're looking for you'll have to go with the Simonton Reflections 5500 or Prism Platinum. The Marvin is good if you're worried about smaller glass, they have thinner frames. A vinyl casement is always going to have thicker framing than the same line in a double hung, so I'd make sure to see one in person before buying.
I have a bunch of casement windows to replace, and I'm considering Marvin Ultimates, Pella Architects, and Eagle Axioms. They are all extruded aluminum clad. I've heard good things about Eagle, and I'm thinking about going with a triple pane instead of double.
Milgard Ultra vs Marvin Infinity
I've done a lot of jobs with the Milgard Ultra and the Marvin Infinity. They are both really good, but they have their strengths and weaknesses. They both make a good casement, but the Infinity is a better double hung. Milgard has a better warranty, but I think that a lot of times companies that have a good warranty do it because they need it. You don't need a good warranty if the window doesn't have problems. I think warranties are there to protect the company, not their customers. They keep people from being too upset when there's a problem. Both of them are well made and look good. I think most people would be happy with either option.
I'm replacing 26 double casements on my home. I first went to Renewal By Andersen, but the price was way out of my reach. I've gotten two other estimates, one contractor will put in Andersens and the other wants to use an aluminum clad Hurd windows. Both are right around $30,000 installed. I'm not sure which to go through. I've heard some bad stuff about Hurd, but I know this contractor and trust him, and he says he really likes them.
Renewal By Andersen Casements
I spent about $1200 each for 10 RBA windows. The weatherstripping came loose the very first time we opened the casement window. One of the double hungs won't lock, and another one won't open. So 3 of my 10 windows don't work, and I paid $12k for them. I'm beyond disappointed. They claim to be the best and they are certainly one of the most expensive, so they should at least be a mediocre window, which in my opinion they aren't.
Simonton Prism Platinum 6500
Over a year ago I got Simonton Prism Platinum 6500s put on my house. The house is less drafty, our energy bills went down. We have mostly casements and the cranking mechanism is very nice, smooth movement and good hardware. They look great, too. The only thing we weren't totally pleased with is that they only come with a white exterior, so at first it didn't look quite right, but now we're used to the white and love it.