Ratings are what you go by, if im wrong ok but by the design of pulling
a window into the frame as casements do my limited research of air
infiltration ratings showed casements superior, in air infiltration. I
know my casements are still tight after years, and my sliding glass
doors, Anderson a bit loose now from constant opening. It is logical a
sliding seal will loose efectivness faster than one pulled tight. One
other rating of many of importance is CDF, condensing factor, my Pellas
condense, my Andersons dont, I researched this to late as Pella at a
Consumer Reports test article, is rated lower on Dual pane Low E argon
than Anderson. For windows depending on where you live there are
different types of E coatings, some optimise SHG for high heat areas
some reduce SHG, solar heat gain. Windows have alot of science behind
them to save energy. Hurd offers several types , good to look at what
they offer to see what is location important, they have high SHG and
lower SHG types. In Fla you want low SHG and VLT in Minnesota for
example you would want high SHG + VLT. There is always something new out
with glass to make utilities less of a burden, glass is not equal as
salesmen tell you. Google there is alot to read.
New developments this morning that may be of interest:
(1) In an effort to be more flexible and consider vinyl-clad (as
RicodJour suggested), my wife called all around the area to HD and
others listed as selling Andersen. No one we've contacted has an
example to show us. One installer gave us an address of an install
they did to go look at. It's in Baltimore (We're in DC, and no, it
isn't all the same metro area.) That should give you an idea how
common what we're looking for is.
Exasperated, she called Andersen HQ, and was forwarded to the Carlisle
PA office, where they distribute for our region. They confirmed they
don't sell many vinyl-clad wood gliders in our region. Well, we're
thinking of dropping $20K on buying windows from you, and we'd like to
see one first, can you arrange to get one to our contractor for
inspection, she said. His response,
"No, Andersen doesn't have a program to do that."
Keep in mind, they're shipping millions of dollars worth of windows to
the DC area every month. They can't squeeze an extra window on one of
those trucks? Now, I don't think that bodes well for service in the
Compare that response to the response to my experience talking to
Marvin in the original post for this thread....
(2) Turns out there is a lumber yard with Loewen gliders in the
showroom in N VA that I'm headed out to look at on my lunch hour.
- posted on December 29, 2005, 9:14 pm
I'm a builder in Virginia and put Norco, a Jeld-Wen company, aluminum
clad glider in my house, also have Norco casements. We install
Anderson's, Marvin's what ever the buyer wants. The glider is a simple
but effective window design, that requires low maintenance (track
cleaning), but no moving parts to break (DH balances or Casement
cranks). I chose Norco, because I felt it's built as well as the big
boys, but is more affordable. Shelter System's in Manasas will sell
you Anderson, Norco, Marvin what ever you want. Call Brian at (703)
- posted on December 31, 2005, 7:01 am
Thanks. I have found a few contractors that will install whatever
brand I'm interested in. The rub is, where can I see one before I buy
15 of them? With the exception of Marvin and Weathershield, there
don't seem to be any in the area showrooms.
- posted on December 31, 2005, 5:39 pm
Does your Co detector have a digital read out and record peak readings
from 1ppm, if not get one 35$. Could it be an Ng leak, there are dual
types of senors for 50$. Get a pro to fix it if you can`t.