Aluminum Clad Windows Reviews
Discover aluminum clad windows reviews to find out what consumers and contractors consider the best and worst brands and models for this popular and durable window frame material. Explore aluminum window prices.
Gerkin Aluminum Windows
It's harder to find aluminum windows today, everyone is making vinyl. Gerkin makes a decent one. They don't have as many options as the vinyl ones do, but their windows have pretty low air infiltration rates, .01 to .04 depending on the window type. I like the sliders with a good sill support across the window. I also screw and shim the header to make sure there aren't any issues later.
Eagle Aluminum Clad
The Eagles are great when you have a strong color preference. They have an extruded aluminum exterior, 50 basic colors plus other in the anodized and custom lines. They also have a lot of different finishes and different wood options, custom grids, and tons of other options. When you have specific requests like that Eagle is the way to go.
Don Young Aluminum Windows
I like their double hung vinyl windows. They have great features, similar to the Simonton 5500. Reinforced meeting rails, several colors, triple pane options, low-e coating, screens, etc. Don Young windows are well made and hold up well, and their prices are great. They are as good as Simonton or Marvins but less expensive. I had 23 put in not long ago and I love them.
Eagle vs Marvin & Pella
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.
Options For Aluminum Clad Windows
I'm looking for an extruded aluminum clad window for a house with a stucco interior. I want the best windows I can afford, but I do have a budget. I'm considering SEMCO windows, Marvin, Windsor, and JeldWen, but I like the Semco and Marvin best. The Windsor and JeldWen are kind of plain and generic looking, and their movement seems less smooth. The Marvin and Semco seem to have better hardware.
I've been in the industry for over 25 years, and I've never sold a Semco and neither has anyone else I know. I can't say anything else about them, I really don't know if they're any good. I do know that the Marvins are good and you can't go wrong with anything from them.
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Gerkin Aluminum Windows
I've worked with Gerkins, and they're a solid product. They have good ratings and are made well. They don't have as many color and glass options as some lines, and they also take longer to order and deliver. Both their vinyl and aluminum window lines are a good choice for any home. Their prices are reasonable, too, which is a big deal to most people.
Pella vs Jeld Wen
I was about to order Jeld-Wens but I took the quote with me to a Pella showroom and I was surprised. Pellas are a lot nicer, as far as looks and quality both, and they are less expensive that the Jeld-Wens. I went with the Pella architect, they are really well made. The Jeld-Wens we looked at are rolled aluminum and they can dent. The Pellas we went with are extruded aluminum clad wood, so they won't dent and water can't get in.
Jeld Wen vs Kolbe
For a remodeling project, I needed a wood clad double hung. We've been looking mainly at the Kolbe Ultra & Classic, as well as the Jeld Wen Siteline EX. The Siteline, I learned, advertises that it is extruded aluminum, however it's rolled on aluminum. The Kolbe Ultras are real extruded aluminum, so they shouldn't have the problems rolled on can. Kolbe Classic is rolled, and it seems real similar to the Siteline. They are priced pretty much the same, although the Ultras are a bit more ($2K for the entire project). I'm not sure if it's worth the extra money for the Ultras? If not, which of the others should I get?
Definitely go with the Ultra. Rolled aluminum isn't nearly as good, and I don't like Jeld Wens of any type. The Kolbe Ultra is a great window, it's well made and will last a long time. Jeld Wen bought 3 low-quality window companies to get their start, and they haven't improved on the quality at all. I've never seen a house with Jeld Wens that didn't have a ton of issues. If they're the best you could afford, it wouldn't destroy your house or anything, but you probably would always wish you'd picked different ones.
If you've narrowed it down to those, I wouldn't even consider it a comparison. The best Jeld Wen can't compare with the cheapest Kolbe. Either Kolbe would probably be fine, but the Ultra is a little nicer - I don't like rolled on aluminum much.
Hurd Aluminum Windows
We're restoring a historic home in Cleveland, and our options are limited. We're required to use materials and designs that are authentic to the time period, which makes it pretty hard to find windows and other fixtures. We can use clad aluminum, thankfully, but a lot of manufacturers are only making vinyl now. We also can't have low-E or other glazing, no fiberglass either. Hurd makes a wood-clad aluminum that looks right and meets all the requirements, so we were finally able to get windows.
Sierra Pacific Aluminum Window Options
Sierra Pacific does use an extruded aluminum on the frame and sash and I believe the wood they offer is either Douglas Fir or a Ponderosa Pine. Ask the person who came out whether they will send you a sample window so you can see the wood species and aluminum in person if you haven't had a chance yet. I like Sierra Pacific's windows and I also like the Andersen, which is obviously more expensive. I'm not familiar with the Weathershield so I can't comment.
I had Andersen before but I think their quality is sliding fast. We then looked at Pella and Marvin, but the Pella looked average and the Marvin dealer was rude. Then I went to a Weather Shield dealer and we were impressed. The exterior is extruded aluminum clad and the inside is wood. The sliding glass doors are incredibly heavy, I think it would take a tank to break it, but they slide like you wouldn't believe. They have a lot of options available, fiberglass cladding and low-e coatings and different finishes.
Additional Hurd Opinion
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. Both are right around $30,000. I'm not sure which to go through. I've heard some bad stuff about Hurd windows, but I know this contractor and trust him, and he says he really likes them.