Choosing the Right Replacement Window
Selecting the right windows can be tricky.
Some people know exactly what they want… either a Harvey Classic Vinyl, or a Pella Architect Series with Simulated Divided Lights. However, many of the people we meet are not exactly sure. We try to lead them towards the appropriate window that fits their style of home, budget and long range plans.
For Wood windows, there are many choices. Pella and Marvin are my favorites, but Harvey offers an alternative that is good quality at a reasonable price. Both Pella and Marvin make great products, and both recently improved their existing lines of replacement window. There are countless others out there, but we have chosen 3 of the top performers based on quality, price and value.
Pella Architect Series/Designer Series Precision Fits: Pella has recently come out with a newer model replacement called the Model 3. We like Pella windows because their lines mimic the Boston style windows of the Northeast. They have thinner side rails and frames, so they maximize the view… while maintaining the look of your old window. Pella’s grid system is also quite appealing. Their simulated divided lite grid mimics the size and style of the local Boston area windows. Their snap in grill has a hidden clip that results in sleeker lines. This is our favorite snap in grill system. Pella has improved their old window in both appearance and functionality. The Model 3 is now available with an all wood jamb, full or half screen, and a hidden bottom tilt. This is a big improvement over their once famous center tilt mechanism. Pella windows also come in many exterior aluminum clad colors and options. Their interiors come in pine or primed pine. You can have the interiors pre painted white, which they send it out to an independent vendor.
Another great thing about Pella is that it has a local presence in Massachusetts called Pella Boston. This allows Pella to offer excellent customer service. If you have any issues with your new windows, the manufacturer is there to take care of you. This along with a lifetime workmanship warranty from Jeff Fisher Windows makes for excellent peace of mind before, during and after installation.
Andersen Woodwright Series Replacement Windows: Andersen has joined the replacement window market by introducing the Woodwright Series wood replacement window. This window is designed along the lines of the Andersen 400 Series Tilt and Wash window. The 400 series window is a very good value for a new construction window, it is affordable and available with many different options including a prepainted feature. The Woodwright window is comparable looking, but is not as good as one might expect from Andersen. The window has only been available for about a year in the New England Area, and I don’t think they have all the bugs worked out of it. It does tilt in for easy cleaning, and it looks like the 400 series, but it has some unfinished elements that make it a bit difficult to install and leaves you with a not so satisfying exterior.