What are some good window brands?


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Consumer Reports lists American Craftsmen by Andersen, Integrity from Marvin, JELD-WEN, Kolbe, Lincoln, Pella, Ply Gem, Reliabilt, Simonton and Weather Shield as some of the best quality window manufacturers. Its website offers brief profiles and feature comparisons for most of the listed companies.

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New windows may help to improve the look of a home. Additionally, they can provide better insulation and aid in noise control. Cleaning may also be easier when old screens and worn storm windows get replaced. Consumer Reports offers a buying guide on its website to help determine the best manufacturer choices before making a final decision on getting new windows.

Buying a full set of new windows involves replacing the window jambs, sill, frame and in most cases the nailing flange. The flange is what is used to attach the window to the outside wall around the opening, explains Consumer Reports.

If getting new windows seems a bit too high-priced, save money by getting a partial replacement. This is a good interim solution if the existing window frames are square and they are in good condition. Partial replacements are sometimes called pocket replacements. In a pocket replacement the new windows fit into house's existing window frames.

Prices for new and replacement windows can vary widely, so it's a good idea to spend some time browsing manufacturer websites and comparing prices.

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