Best Replacement Window Reviews | Vinyl, Fiberglass, Wood, Consumer Reports
Consumer reports recently tested a swath of replacement windows and compared them on durability, maintenance and ease of use, all well as water and air leakage. Their general findings are below.
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Not surprisingly, wood clad and fiberglass window frames rated the highest. (These replacement windows also carry the highest price tags.) These window frame materials are better at keeping out the rain, wind and elements. Each window was put through a week of extreme temperatures to see how the window expanded, contracted and flexed with temperature and condition changes. Each window was then test for water and air leakage. Windows that exhibited little or no change in performance from the start to finish were ranked highest.
Vinyl is less expensive and convenient
Vinyl replacement windows account for nearly 50% of the market because they are reasonably priced and maintenance-free. However, vinyl windows will let some air seep through, especially in colder climates. In addition, vinyl is less attractive than wood clad and is not able to be stained or painted to match or compliment a home's exterior color.
Snapshot of Consumer Report on Replacement Window Reviews
The following replacement windows all scored at the top consumer reports replacement window reviews.
Wood Replacement Window Reviews
Clad Ultimate by Marvin Windows and Doors
Wood Ultrex Integrity by Marvin Windows and Doors
400 Series Tilt Wash by Andersen Windows
ProLine by Pella Corporations
500 Series by Peachtree Windows and Doors
Select Clad by Crestline Windows & Patio Doors
Weather Shield Custom Shield by Weather Shield Windows & Doors
Vinyl Replacement Window Reviews
The best vinyl replacement window reviews from consumer reports goes to:
5600 Series by Reliabilt/Survivor Windows
UltraMaxx Replacement by Alside
9500 Series by American Craftsman
Bryan Mawr II by CertainTeed Corp.
CrestFit Vinyl by Crestline
ThermaStar 25 Series by Pella Corp.
Fiberglass Replacement Window Reviews
The best vinyl replacement window reviews from consumer reports goes to Impervia by Pella.
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