Best Composite Windows
Check out our four selections for the best composite windows that range in price from $750 to $1,800 installed. This is the newest window frame material that is said to be some 10 times stronger than vinyl windows. I'm not convinced this is totally true, but they are some degree stronger.
Best Composite Windows :: Okna Starmark Series
The Starmark is a composite window frame that is a bit thicker than most, although it has pretty nice sitelines. There are installers who feel that the frame's bulkiness takes away from the viewable glass area. When composite frames are discussed by industry insiders and contractors, the Okna Starmark is always mentioned as one of the better high end replacement windows.
Best Composite Windows :: Great Lakes EcoSmart Series
The Great Lakes EcoSmart window is a composite frame that is their high end energy efficient line (incidentally it is not listed on the Great Lakes site itself). It uses a one piece welded sloped sill, a non metallic space (I-Core), quality die cast aluminum hardware, quality seals and weatherstripping. Performance wise it is impressive, with a U-factor of 0.26 for the double hung (this drops to 0.15 with the ecoMaxKR glass upgrade) and an air infiltration rate of .06 (there seems to be some disagreement on this number, but this is what we found).
Best Composite Windows :: Renewal By Andersen Series
Renewal By Andersens are made from a Fibrex material (vinyl and reclaimed wood), which is the same material used to make the Andersen 100 Series window. The window is considered a very nice looking product that is fully customizable and comes with a number of nice features and hardware options. It has a fusion welded frame and comes standard with a stainless steel spacer. Performance wise, the window gets okay numbers; a U-factor of 0.30 and a SHGC of 0.34. Upgrading to the SmartSun glass package will result in the following performance bumps; U-value of 0.24 and an SHGC 0.28. Renewal by Anderson Window Cost
Best Composite Windows :: Andersen 100 Series
The Andersen 100 window is a fibrex/composite frame, which is a mix of wood sawdust and extruded PVC. It is considered a high end builder grade composite window that was produced to capture the composite frame market and to compete with vinyl windows. It was released in 2010 and sold in the Southwest before slowly being released to other markets. It can be used as a replacement or for new construction (in this case a nailing flange would be attached). The lower sash is slightly wider than the upper sash. Most pros think the 100 Series is a solid performer that looks very good. The issue for lots of contractors is that it is a good window sold at a great window price. It is available in custom sizes and colors.
Best Composite Windows 2023
Sunrise Restorations Series
17 Double Hungs
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Best Composite Windows 2021
Renewal By Andersen Series
22 Single Hung