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When it comes to home use, fiberglass and wood are the yin and yang of surface materials for doors today although steel, aluminum, vinyl and composite material are also used. While less established in the market, fiberglass is believed to be eight times stronger than vinyl and twice as strong as steel. It is not vulnerable to splitting, bowing and rotting like wood, even prematurely due to forces of nature and frequent use, nor to denting and corrosion like steel. Wood's timeless appeal comes from the fastidious craftsmanship long seen in traditional doors, which in turn had been influenced by the make and handcrafting of even older doors, like the famous French doors in Victorian houses. Precisely, Milgard fiberglass entry doors are known for being throwbacks to antique French doors, given modern-day engineering to eliminate the headache caused by the maintenance of something wooden.
Milgard is an established name, having been around for some 50 years, longer than Surefit or Benchmark by Therma-Tru. Its specialization is window and patio door manufacturing. Milgard fiberglass entry doors, windows and other products come with a full lifetime warranty with glass breakage for as long as you have ownership of and residence in your home. Full lifetime warranties fulfill federal minimum standards that limited warranties and limited lifetime warranties do not, thus more demanding of any company to offer. If you sell your home, Milgard guarantees that coverage is automatically extended to 10 years for the successive owners. With headquarters in Tacoma, Washington, the company manufactured glass initially, and then aluminum windows, and later sliding glass doors.
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Simply put windows...are what you put in the holes in your house. Think about that. Holes in your house. It seems to me that if you are going to have holes in your house, you want a very good quality window to prevent the those holes from letting the conditioned air out and the cold air in and rain from destroying the interior of your house.
Their are three basic categories of windows:
Wood windows are made of wood, (primarily pine) but are sold primarily with a cladding on the exterior to reduce the exterior maintenance requirements that attach to all windows (no painting). The cladding is typically Aluminum, however their are increasing options in this regard in the form of extruded and sheet noble metal claddings such as Bronze, Copper and Zinc.
The last 3 materials are generally sold only on custom windows which are very expensive and typically can only be justified on hard budgets of over $ 400 PSF. If your like me (and most others) you will not be building a home in this range.
However, there are a few copper alternatives manufactured by commodity window manufacturer's that might in fact fit into your budget. I will discuss these in greater detail in a later post. Anyway back to clad wood windows.
The best known names in this field (due to huge marketing budgets) are Anderson, Pella, Weathershield, Jeld-Wen and Marvin. They probably comprise about 65% market share between them and each of them have their own specific advantages and disadvantages. Only a careful review of the features and benefits of each window will reveal what is best for your project. A brief description of the features that I consider important when reviewing the various windows follows below:
These are the (4) largest manufacturers of wood windows in the United States based on market share. The relative value of their products is affected by a range of factors that will make your choice dependent on your specific needs. There are also a great many regional manufacturers that make good quality windows that will be equally prevalent in your locale. I will discuss those in another post.
My personal selection for the highest quality wood clad window available would be Loewen Windows. Loewen is a Canadian company that is based in the far Northwest so I am not sure you will find them widely distributed in your area of the country. A few things that distinguish the design of the Loewen is that it is built out of Vertical Grained Doug Fir which is a moderately durable wood (better than pine) and is more beautiful than pine if you are staining the interior.
The window also is designed to meet the Canadian standards for Air infiltration which are the toughest in this hemisphere. The window is very well made and they are still a small enough company that customer desires and satisfaction are central to the operation of the company. I would highly recommend them.