American Craftsman Window Reviews
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Cheap Windows On Consumer Reports
I trusted the high ratings Consumer Reports gave to American Craftsman and took a look at them when I had to replace my old windows. Problem is, CR only looks at cheap windows in their ratings, I discovered. It's great that they only list windows that are most commonly accessible to everyone, but that often eliminates the quality windows from the list. Just take a look at what's offered in Home Depot. One look at the full-size floor models and you can tell that they are garbage. The windows are too loose, even with the sashes locked. I could go on about how they looked too, but this might get too long.
AC or Atrium
The Jeld-Wen windows and the American Craftsman 8500 have never been my favorite. The quality is just lacking there. If you are going to go with a Home Depot AC window, then I would choose the Silverline 9500 over the 8500. Atrium makes an okay window if they are available. The Atrium 3000 window offers a lifetime warranty with an additional warranty for glass breakage, plus it happens to be a decent window line. Simonton is a good choice as well, though you can expect it to be significantly more expensive.
Hiring the Right Installers
I would never call the American Craftsman window a good choice. There will always be a place for it in the market for temporary installations or rentals, of course, since it's not necessarily bad. Make sure that you get a different installer than they provide, though, since many big box stores tend to hire the lowest bidder and that usually means bad quality installs. If you get the right installer, they can improve the window with their install, make it look better and last longer. At the very least, they can make sure that their install minimizes possible leaking and drafts. Installers sent by the store typically do a rush job because it means more profit for them, and they don't take the necessary time, which results in issues later. It's not like that for every installer, of course, but it's a gamble. You don't want to risk it.
American Craftsman is under the Anderson windows ownership. Out of all the windows available out there, this is probably the poorest quality option. Even if you're on a tight budget and are hoping to find something cheap, I would pass these up due to the lack of high quality. If you are willing to sacrifice quality for lower price, though, then these are made for you. The design, though, is bad and fits the bare minimum of requirements. They tend to leak and are often drafty. It's made with cheap vinyl, making it more susceptible to leaks over time. And, even if that doesn't get you the overall look is bad and cheap.
Issues with the American Craftsman Windows
If anyone ever tells you that American Craftsman windows are anything but a cheaply made product, then don't trust them. These are made with cheap material and barely meet the minimum standards for approval. If you were planning to rent out a property or flip a house, I guess I could see why you might choose this but it's not something you want on your own home. The Consumer Reports seem to have good things to say about these, but it's all baseless. They don't review quality products and practically glance at bargain brands to get their options. I'd go for a Simonton 6500 window instead. Craftsman can't compare to it. Just make sure you hire someone else besides Home Depot for the job, because they do a lousy job with the install. There are plenty of better deals in quality with the same pricing out there, like Gorell or Sunrise.