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Old 01-12-2009, 03:58 PM   #1
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Marvin Windows - Alternatives?


I'm on a big historical remodel and the architect spec'd Marvin wood replacement windows (the kind that just pop into the old frame)

Marvin is expensive and the arch said I'm OK to use another company - but has to be wood, etc...so, I am shopping around but other than Pella or Anderson, not sure where to turn....

Anyone?

OH - And how much should I charge???

Seriously, the first question was geniune

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Old 01-12-2009, 04:03 PM   #2
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Eagle, Makes awesome wood windows with nice detail. They have tons and tons of options. If you work around some of their more common options you can get a pretty decent price. They are awesome to install and our customers always tell us they exceeded their expectations. If you dont care about looks, and just want cheap wood, look at Trimline you may have a local distributor that makes the trimline but just slaps a different name on it

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Eagle, Makes awesome wood windows with nice detail. They have tons and tons of options. If you work around some of their more common options you can get a pretty decent price. They are awesome to install and our customers always tell us they exceeded their expectations. If you dont care about looks, and just want cheap wood, look at Trimline you may have a local distributor that makes the trimline but just slaps a different name on it
You mentioned Eagle to me once before. I am in Massachusetts and I can not find a distributor. Any ideas?

For the original poster. I have use Marvin's before and I think you are going to have a hard time finding anything cheaper with any quality. I've used Harvey Majesty's. I think they are decent and have never had a complaint. You can get them with a nail fin or as a replacement window. I doubt they will be any cheaper. My only issue with them is they do not cut down on the outside noise as much as an Andersen
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You mentioned Eagle to me once before. I am in Massachusetts and I can not find a distributor. Any ideas?
They are only sold factory direct. Their local distribution site is
Eagle Windows of New England They are in Hatfield MA, but they service from the Berkshires to Cape Cod http://www.eaglewindowne.com/
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Eagle is owned by Andersen? unless im at the wrong site

http://www.eaglewindow.com/About-Us/Overview.aspx
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Eagle is owned by Andersen? unless im at the wrong site

http://www.eaglewindow.com/About-Us/Overview.aspx
Andersen purchased them about two years ago. LUCKILY, other than allowing Eagle to offer Lowe-4 glass and truscene screens, they let Eagle do their own thing. This stuff is nothing like an Andersen, and the people are top notch, and the service is excellent. Everything is still made in the original Eagle plant in Dubuque Iowa
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I have been happy with the MW Window. Local distribution folks are a pleasure to deal with.
http://www.mwwindows.com/
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Weathershield makes vinyl exterior/wood interior.

http://www.weathershield.com/windows...r2=9&subNav=11

I am going to install some of these in about a week or so. Haven't actually lain my hands on them yet, but from the site they look good. I have the new construction windows in my place and like them.
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Put those in my home 2 years ago. You can feel the cold come from the bottom below 20 degrees. The French door is great, nice looking and tight.
Nice lockset too.
I'm not too happy with my casements, but I saved $8000 at the time.
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Trim line is actually a nice wood window if you go with the eclipse series. they use krypton.
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Let me add this, because of the savings and because all my woodwork is painted I went with Jeld Wen. I went to the fenestration Council website and compared specs from Jeld Wen, Marvin, Pella and Anderson.
Jeld Wen actually did better on the ratings, or matched the others.
So after 30 years in building, I still got less than I hoped even after doing the research.
I think they are still better than the Andersons that were in my old house.
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thank you gents....

I will check out Eagle, etc.

Anyone ever heard of/dealt with PEACHTREE WINDOWS??

My local building supplier is talking them up, so I'm curious.....

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peach tree is a very good window.
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Sorry to jump in on this thread, but looking for recommendations for new construction vinyl windows for an investment property. Saw the SuperSeal windows and was impressed with them in the showroom (as opposed to Marvin's more expensive Integrity and Infinity lines), but can't find any independent info online - positive or negative. Any thoughts/experiences with these or other lines would be much appreciated. Budget range is in the $2-400 range per/unit.

Also, anyone know how to post a new thread so I can stop piggybacking others and changing the subject ??? I'm sure it's right there in front of me, but I'll be damned if I can figure it out.

Thanks in advance.
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Kolbe Windows and Doors has a nice pocket window(the kind that just pop into the old frame), however the price will be similar to Marvin. They are used on a lot of historical remodels.
They have an Ultra Series and a Heritage Series.
Kolbe-Kolbe.com
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I like the Pella Architect series (much better than the proline) and Windsors are pretty nice.
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I think Marvin Integrity windows are pretty good. Marvin name but they are fiberglass with wood on the inside. Pretty nice and alot cheaper than regular Marvins.
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peach tree is a very good window.

Their windows may be good, but their customer service sucks.
I did a clad french inswing patio door with two sidelights.
The one door panel had a scratch on it. First they said it was impossible for the door to leave their factory that way (the scratch was behind their sealed packaging), then when the new panel arrived I had to reuse the hardware for the throw bolts. I asked them to fax a drawing of how the rods and lock mechanism was installed and they said they couldn't, they could only fax to the supplier. I asked to talk to someone in the "technical dept." and again they said only the supplier could talk to them. So I had to call my supplier and have him be the middleman in a three way phone conversation. The throw rods would not unscrew out of the door even with a pair of vise grips on them. They said the mechanism wasn't defective and the supplier would have to pay for a new mechanism to be sent out. Three weeks later, the new mechanism comes. In the mean time the HO is beyond balistic (luckily not at me, at Peachtree). The main reason they were so po'd was because they need another identical set up for their first floor that they want me to do this spring and they hate giving their money to a suck*** company.
I don't know about now but all the older Peachtree entry doors I have to replace are all undersized in their height. Normal jamb size 81 1/2", Peachtree 81". You can keep Peachtree.
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I like both Marvin and Eagle windows.I like Eagle a little better than Marvin.
Marvin does have the better wood window and you can get it w/ actual divided lites.They use to offer a storm panel.Being in Florida are you on the coast?what is available for coastal applications (stainless hardware)

you can also try your local cabinet/mill shop and have them make replacement sash.Maybe you have or someone here has a "brosco" book.
use to order "boston"type windows which were all wood.

Andersen - is a good lower cost window has been getting better the 400 series is a good window.
pella - designer comparable to Andersen 400
Peachtree-good window gets expensive because everything is a add to the windows.
Kolbe &Kolbe also a good window have not use in a while.
jen weld - I have not use but I did see a aluminum clad that I liked.

let us know what you end up with
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