Best Window Manufacturers does not always equate to easy Replacement Window Screens

Posted by   Devin Smith
11/08/2014
replacement window screens

The big brands in the window business like Pella, Andersen, or Marvin should equate to an easy source for replacement parts...but, that is not always the case. Unfortunately, most multi-million dollar window manufacturers do not support their customers with replacing factory fit window screens. Since the big box home centers like Lowe's and Home Depot simply cannot support the 100+ major window manufacturers and the multiple parts and window screens they have, consumers are forced to the Internet to find a solution to their window parts and screen needs. Of the many top leading window manufacturers, many market multiple brands which can make the process to find parts even more challenging. Also, their are many brands that restrict their distribution as well. For example, Andersen sells some lines only to home centers and authorized dealers/installers. The following is just a few of the leading window brands Use these profiles to compare windows by brands.

American Craftsman Window & by Andersen (Home Depot)

The American Craftsman vinyl windows are one of the most popular brands around and are sold exclusively at the Home Depot. Available in multiple replacement and new construction lines, the most popular is the double-hung design and casement styles, The low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency is a close third in popularity. American Craftsman markets a line of stock sizes and has extensive special-order and custom options. Since 2009, there have been quite a few posted complaints on the Internet regarding the American Craftsman brand. Also, if you search "American Craftsman replacement window screens", there are not current options. Mainly, this is due to the type of screen that is factory installed in the 70 series double-hung windows. They are spring loaded and take some muscle to remove.

Andersen Windows

For many years, Andersen is one of the leading brands and marketers of windows. Andersen windows are available in multiple lines in double-hung and casement styles. Andersen window lines include aluminum, wood, clad, vinyl, and composite construction and low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency. Andersen markets a line of stock sizes that appeals to the home contractors. However, Andersen's special-order and custom options have grown substantially over the years. Like their American Craftsman Home Depot brand, most of the Andersen window SKU's lack an easy source for Andersen replacement window screens but do have a Andersen parts store.

Marvin Windows - Integrity brand

Another leading window brand, Marvin is available in multiple replacement and new-construction lines in both double-hung and casement styles. Marvin window lines include clad, wood, and composite construction and low-E and argon-filled glass. Marvin markets a window line of stock sizes and has extensive special-order and custom options. Marvin windows are sold through smaller independent home centers and dealers. The majority of Marvin windows carry a higher price point but are backed by a strong industry warranty. Like Andersen, Marvin has a thorough Marvin parts store online but lack supporting Marvin replacement window screens.

JELD-WEN Windows

Jeld-Wen is one of the leading manufacturers and marketers of windows and are available in multiple replacement and new-construction lines in popular double-hung and casement styles. Jeld-Wen window lines include wood, clad, vinyl, and aluminum construction and low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency and are sold through independent home centers and dealers.

Kolbe Windows

Kolbe windows are available in multiple replacement and new construction lines in popular double-hung and casement styles and include wood, clad, vinyl, and aluminum construction and low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency. Kolbe windows are available in stock sizes and extensive special-order and custom options. Kolbe windows are sold at dealers and approved installers.

Lincoln Windows

Lincoln wood windows are available in multiple replacement and new construction lines in popular double-hung and casement styles and include low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency. Lincoln windows are available in stock sizes and extensive special-order and custom options. Lincoln windows are sold at dealers, installers, and many national contractor companies.

Pella Windows

One of the leading manufacturers and brands, Pella makes its windows available in multiple replacement and new construction styles. Pella window lines include aluminum, clad, wood, and vinyl along with the low-E and argon-filled glass windows. Pella markets a line of popular stock sizes as well as custom. Pella windows are widely available through Pella company owned stores, dealers, independent home centers, and Lowe's. Pella markets a line of windows under the ThermaStar by Pella name at Lowe's home centers across the U.S.

Ply Gem Windows

Focusing on energy efficiencies and low maintenance, Ply Gem vinyl windows are available in multiple replacement and new construction lines. Ply Gem windows are available in many different stock sizes but support both special-order and custom. With a broad range of innovative, energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing new construction and replacement windows, Ply Gem has the performance, style, and material to match your specifications and budget. Ply Gem windows are sold through installers and dealers.

Reliabilt Windows

Reliabilt vinyl windows are available in multiple replacement and new construction lines and have grown considerably through their Lowe's distribution. With standard double-hung and casement styles, Reliabilt is known for both quality, style, and well priced. Reliabilt is made by Atrium Windows - one of the largest manufacturers of windows in North America. Reliabilt 85 and 95 window series has been two of their more popular series.

Simonton Windows

The Simonton vinyl windows are available in multiple replacement and new construction lines in both the double-hung and casement styles. Like many of the other top window brands, Simonton also offers the low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency windows. Simonton windows are available in stock sizes but also offer custom window options. Simonton windows are sold at Home Depot and through many dealers across the United States.

Weather Shield Windows

Weather Shield is one of the top brands for wood clad windows. Made in multiple replacement and new construction styles, both the double-hung and casement styles are their most popular. Weather Shield windows focuses on stock sizes but does work with their retailers and dealers on both special order and custom windows. Weather Shield windows are sold through dealers and installers.

Search online yourself and you will see a lack of sources for both competitively priced window parts and especially replacement window screens. Sites like Window Screen Pros has offered to fill the gap where the major window brands left off in getting high-quality window screen replacements for the top brands throughout the United States.

What clients say