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Question DetailsAsked on 5/12/2013

What is the best window to put in a new home

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The ones that don't leak.

Seriously though, opinions will vary but I've always been partial to Pella for higher end windows. Not the cheap lines sold in any box stores but direct from Pella through one of their Authorized installers. No matter the age I have yet to see one of their windows with a broken seal or worn out. As far as energy efficency there are several companies that can match or probably beat them but when money is no object for a customer that's who I recommend. You can also get windows custom made from local companies. They will target the design specification to your needs and the requirements of your area/climate. Just make sure they are well established in case you have a problem down the road. Then you stand a better chance of them still being around for warranty work.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services


I agree with Todd Shell - it is to your advantage to have your windows installed by an approved installer certified by the manufacturer, that way the manufacturer has a harder time denying warranty coverage down the road by claiming it was an installation flaw. Also, if your local approved installer did the initial installation, it is not only the manufacturer but also the installer's reputation on the line come warranty time. However, if you are having the home built by a general contractor, he probably estimated based on a certain brand of window and a local installer (or more likely figured having his own carpenters install them) so it may increase your price more to go with a brand name and authorized installer _ I would go to that trouble, if I were you.

Like Todd I like Pella - also Pozzi, Anderson, and Jeld-Wen have been good to me.

Consumer Reports has a window buying guide online (you have to subscribe to see it), or find the magazine issue in your library. Link in Source below:

One major decision your will have to make after deciding basic is energy efficiency level, then construction materials - wood, vinyl, or aluminum frame. This may reduce the available brands some.


Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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