The Ultra Max is their top of the line vinyl window with features like wood grain interiors, cutom exterior laminate colors and glazing packages that are unparalleled. Triple glazing and Krypton Gas are options as is foam filling and a variety of spacer packages. Energy Star Partner of the year 2000, 2001, 2002. Better Homes and Gardens Best Buy 2008 and a number of other consumer awards make it a great pick for a national vinyl window manufacturer. The Ultra Max is sometimes rebranded as the Preservation Series Vinyl Window. It is also sold under the Gentek banner as a Sovereign. It comes in at about 3 3/4" of frame and U Value at .26 SHGC .21. By contrast, The Excalibur is a thinner framed product and in fact their single hung A2AO has one of the smallest profiles available in a full 3 1/4 inch jambed window. It has a frame that is just 2 5/8 inches in profile. Frame thickness is a factor as to how much glass there is in a specific vinyl window.
Locally made here in the Metroplex just south of Fort Worth in Mansfield Texas. This is a great performer with a factory glass package from the Cardinal Manufacturing plant in Waco. It has triple glazing and Krypton Gas as options, woodgrain interiors, two tone options and some fantastic exterior colors. A real value at its price point and a North Texas favorite. Many times, amount of time anticipated to be in the home is a major factor in selecting a replacement window manufacturer. Model changes can affect the ablity to purchase products over a number of years and is a big factor in which replacement windows we recommend for a specific home. It is a major reason I sell a great deal of these. We were proud to be the NT Window Energy Master Dealer of the Year for 2011
The Atruim Vinyl Windows offer a builders grade line and two upgraded versions of their popular line. Known for its price point it is sold under the Lansing Windjammer Vinyl Window banner. It has most of the same options as a mid range product but it's lower price point may make it appropriate for a remodel or a home that is to be put on the market in the near future. Not a great pick for further down the line beyond five years or upper end homes. This is another product that is also rebranded by Norandex. This is often done as a tool to prevent good comparison shopping by consumers and is a down side to researching vinyl windows. The best answer is to find someone you trust who knows all the ins and outs of vinyl window manufacturers.
This is a great shot of a great window. All the usual options apply here in a locally made North Texas product. Local window manufacturers are often less expensive than ones that are transported from out of state and can deliver some local accountability and customer service that is better than a national company with a great deal of territory to cover. That being said there are many window manufacturers who are in a market that simply wants cheap vinyl windows. As a rule this is not going to be an immensely long lasting product and may deteriorate in appearance after a short time. As with all products, you get what you pay for in most cases.
Locally made here in Dallas this is an all time favorite for many applications. Availible in Beige White or Adobe it is among the most durable of products on the market and a long time favorite of The Window Connection. Exclusive manufacturer of our quality storm door line. This is a manufacturer we're proud to represent. They use the Guardian Brand Low E Glass for their distictive cove mold decorated vinyl product line and also have a single and double hung aluminum line for more commercial type applications. This is a favorite for use in homes with dark brown or bronze colored windows that need to match others on the home.
Again a local product with more than 30 years in the industry. A great casement line that matches the windows and an alternative to beige and white with a great Adobe colored offering. Adobe is also called Sandstone or Terra Cotta from other manufacturers. You can see pictures in our gallery of this great product, or set an appointment and we'll bring out samples of all of our fine products. Energy code requires Low E Glass but doesn't guarantee longevity in a window. This is a sure long term performer for many North Texas applications. There are also affordable sliding patio doors to match the windows and we encourage that consistency when refurbishing or updating a home.
National manufacturers have real name recognition and can offer some specialty products that are great to have. Jeldwen vinyl windows are not a great operating window and the reviews will bear this out, but it does have a great application in bays and bows that are stationary. It has one of the narrowest frames available and therefore more glass than most products. It is a great option in many North Dallas, Richardson and Plano homes, as well as quite a few in Arlington and Fort Worth. It can keep the mullions of a bow or bay window down at around 3 1/2" for a total post size. This looks modern but not too heavy and is the best option out there for a narrow framed vinyl window product.
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