Composite Windows Reviews
Read 9 composite windows reviews to see what brands and models homeowners and contractors recommend. For additional information, see our page on composite window prices.
Renewal Composite Window Alternatives
We are interested in replacing our 30 plus windows. We think we would like composite windows. We have met with a Renewal by Anderson rep, but we really don’t want to spend $50,000 on windows! We like the 20-year warranty and the maintenance-free aspects. Do your windows compare?
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Janet, we don't sell windows, but I can give you some alternatives to the Renewals, which tend to be very expensive. The Andersen 100 is similar in construction to the Renewals, both of them are made from the fibrex material (both made by Andersen). The Andersen 100 window will be quite a bit less expensive.
Composite Windows vs Vinyl
How reliable are composite windows? Some composite siding have had some pretty big issues.
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William, you bring up an excellent subject and one that doesn't necessarily have any a single answer. Even the word composite is a bit all over the board because every window company that manufactures and markets a composite window uses a proprietary mix of materials. As a general rule of thumb, composite windows are made from a mixture of vinyl and wood (often time essentially saw dust, although they rarely use this word in their marketing because it hardly sounds like the stuff of strength).
Vinylmax Sherwood Review
Any opinions on the Vinylmax Sherwood? It's supposed to be some kind of vinyl/wood hybrid? I was originally looking at the Simonton 5500 and the Sunrise (not sure which model Verde maybe?), but then someone suggested these and I'm not sure what to do.
I don't like the Sherwood model, it looks to me like they made a cheap vinyl window and glued wood to it. It's also bulky, which means a lot less glass to let light in. Look at the Andersen Woodwright, it has similar vinyl exterior and wood interior but much higher quality. Marvin makes a composite, too. For that matter, there are tons of all vinyl windows that offer wood-look interior.
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I looked at a lot of windows before going with the Okna Starmarks. They look nice and actually cost less than the Marvin Infinity. They aren't vinyl, more of a composite, and the only thing I didn't like about them was that they have a little less glass space. We were able to afford entry and storm doors, too, which we weren't sure we'd be able to get. I'm really satisfied with them and I don't regret it at all.
Andersen 100 Composite Series
I've used some Andersen windows, mainly the 100 series. The only real benefit to using them is that they paint well. I would recommend switching to a vinyl window, the Andersens are a composite of fiberglass and wood. They are overpriced and don't perform as well as cheaper vinyl windows.
Okna Starmark or Viwinco Cambridge
Starmark vs Cambridge, I think the Starmark wins by a mile. The Viwinco looks good on paper, its ratings are competitive, but they don't last long and they are just cheap and flimsy.
Okna 900 Series
I've been looking into Okna and I've found out a lot of info. The Starmark has a thicker frame, and I don't like that so much. The Okna500 and Okna800 are very similar as far as the frame goes. The 800 has smaller lifting rails (I think they look nicer than the Okna500) and it has a magnetic seal which I like. My biggest problem with the Okna500 is that you can see from the outside if it's locked or not. Basically, I like the 800 better, but it is also more expensive. It isn't much in terms of cost and I think the difference is worth it. Also, the Okna800 I was looking at qualified for a tax credit, but the 500 didn't, which kind of makes up for the higher cost.
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Amsco vs Milgard Windows
I think Amsco makes pretty good windows. I'd go with Milgard as my first choice, but Amsco is better than Simonton windows. You'll definitely get a better price if you're doing at least one side of the house, one window at a time gets steep.
Amsco's Studio and Artisan series are vinyl, and the Renaissance ones are composites. Their warranties are lousy, they will send you parts but they don't cover any labor at all. They'll tell you that the dealer or installer handles that, but when you ask them they'll say to ask Amsco about it. If you can handle any repairs yourself, then you don't need the labor warranty and they aren't a bad deal.