Building a Modern Farmhouse. Will have lots of windows (casement), awning, transom, sliders. Looking at Pella/Loewen/Ply-gem/Marvin. Would love advice for a new build.
You are all over the map on brands and quality. What do you want the exterior to like? Interior finish? Pella makes vinyl, aluminum clad wood, all wood and fiberglass and all are dubious in quality. Ply Gems make pretty much the same and are just as poor and maybe worse. Loewen is high end and makes either all wood or wood/aluminum clad. Marvin has 4 lines, Fiberglass, Fiberglass/Wood interior, Ultimate's in either aluminum clad or all wood and Modern (which is a high end fiberglass). You need to define what your looking for to get any real advice.
Yes, we haven’t made any decision, and I do know they are vastly different price points. i Had thought that Pella was a good company, then heard about Loewen. Ply-gem being the least expensive, maybe we will do a mix. our thought is to have Exterior will be black, interior white.
I suggest working with your designer and builder to select a window that balances the demands of your climate zone, the style of your home, and your budget. I've installed the brands you've mentioned, except for Ply-Gem, plus lots of others. I've only installed Loewen windows on a single project. They were a very high end product with a price tag to match. I suggest your consider Andersen as a candidate, too.
I recommend you select a single brand of windows for your home and not mix products from multiple manufacturers.
Marvin off that list.
To avoid thick looking windows and dark holes in your facades, start your window search by finding windows that offer black exterior sash with a frame color to match your exterior trim.
I believe Marvin Elevate and Ultimate windows offer that at no additional cost. Andersen E Series might still do it.
Janine, I'm in Utah, close to the same climate as yours. We went with Anderson 400 black/black and did drywall returns inside to keep the slim modern look. My husband is a GC, and has installed hundreds of windows (he corrected me, well over 1K)...these were a big upgrade to us from the original ones that our home had.
Hi lucky998877, we are in UT as well and are looking for black/black as well. How does Anderson 400 fall in the affordability spectrum? Thanks and sorry for diverting this thread.
Hey Sarah! We used a window broker as my husband is a general contractor...and he and his guys hung all the windows...some were replacements (totally custom= more $$), most were new construction. So...while I don't remember the exact pricing, ours was different due to that. They were not cheap ;) Anderson had some kind of special at the time that made the jump from 100 to 400 not huge. We really like them!
Lucky998877 - really appreciate your response (all the others too!). I had forgotten to include Andersen Windows as one of the companies we are looking at. My builder recommends one of these three: PlyGem or Pella or Andersen. My husband prefers black exterior with white interior. We both prefer casement windows. From looking at the Andersen website, it looks like the 400Series would be a good fit.
"PlyGem or Pella or Andersen"
Of those 3 the Andersen should be the only fit. But I would still strongly consider the Marvin Elevate or Essentials.
Janine, this is one of my kitchen casements that comes down to the countertop.
Lucky998877 - thanks for the photo!!! Can you explain what you meant in your earlier comment that "We went with Anderson 400 black/black and did drywall returns inside to keep the slim modern look". I don't know what that means!
This picture is exactly that...we have drywall returning to the window...no casing around it. But the window has to be ordered with that in mind...a little cheaper to order, but more cost to drywall it this way. The slim look was very important to me, many black inside/black outside windows have an overwhelming look to them due to so much black area. The outside doesn't look any different.