Consumer Reports Ranks Replacement Windows

Consumer Reports ranked replacement windows in its October 2007 issue. The consumer group based its ratings on wind and rain resistance, durability and convenience.

Following is a listing of how the windows rated stacked up.

Ranking Window Manufacturer Material
1 Clad Ultimate Marvin Windows and Doors Wood
2 Wood Ultrex Integrity Marvin Windows and Doors Wood
3 400 Series Tilt Wash Andersen Windows Wood
4 ProLine Pella Corp. Wood
5 200 Series Tilt Wash Andersen Windows Wood
6 Designer Series Precision Fit Pella Corp. Wood
7 500 Series Peachtree Windows and Doors Wood
8 Select Clad Crestline Windows & Patio Doors Wood
9 Weather Shield Custom Shield Weather Shield Windows & Doors Wood
10 Premium Wood Tradition Plus Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors Wood
11 5600 Series Reliabilt/Survivor Windows Vinyl
12 UltraMaxx Replacement Alside Vinyl
13 9500 Series American Craftsman Vinyl
14 Bryan Mawr II CertainTeed Corp. Vinyl
15 CrestFit Vinyl Crestline Vinyl
16 ThermaStar 25 Series Pella Corp. Vinyl
17 Impervia Pella Corp. Fiberglass

In addition to the above rankings, Andersen's #400 Series Tilt Wash ranked as best overall, as Consumer Reports notes it is the only clad-wood window in the group available in custom sizes. Pella's ProLine and its Impervia, along with Andersen's 200 Series Tilt-Wash, also ranked best overall. Reliabilt's 5600 and American Craftsman's 9500 Series were both named "Best Buys."

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