Whether you’re updating an existing house to make it more energy efficient or building a new home that should last for generations, deciding which windows to order is a major decision.
Andersen, Pella, and JELD-WEN are the largest manufacturers of windows in the United States, each with revenues in excess of one billion dollars a year.
However, there are hundreds of window manufacturers in North America to choose from. Here is a brief guide to some of the major brands you’ll come across while window shopping.
5 Of The Top Window Manufacturers On The Market
Headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Alside got its start in the booming residential aluminum and vinyl siding market following WWII.
Today, the company has seven manufacturing facilities located around the country and makes a variety of vinyl replacement and new construction window lines each with an optional ClimaTech insulated package of argon gas and low-emissivity glass. The company sells directly to licensed contractors, builders, and designers.
Anderson Windows is the largest window and door manufacturer in North America. Started in Wisconsin at the beginning of the 20th century, the company is now headquartered in nearby Bayport, MN.
Andersen has overhauled a number of its window lines in recent years; switching over to their proprietary Fibrex composite material made of 40 percent reclaimed wood fibers and 60 percent thermoplastic polymer.
The company manufactures an extensive selection of the popular single-hung, double-hung, casement, awning, gliding, bay and bow, and picture windows. However, the company can also accommodate most custom and specialty-made window projects.
Founded in 1960 with the purchase of an old millwork plant in Klamath Falls, OR, JELD-WEN has blossomed into an international juggernaut in the building products manufacturing industry.
The company offers an extensive array of popular styles such as the double-hung, casement, and sliding window. Each window is treated with their AuraLast wood protection process and is highly customizable with in a variety of finishes as well as numerous colors, trims, hardware, and exterior options.
JELD-WEN offers a standard high-performance Low-E insulating glass on all its windows as well as several upgrade options for maximum energy efficiency.
Marvin prides itself on its state-of-the-art designs and a classic styling. Low-E glass comes standard on most their premium-priced windows.
The company specializes in catering to uneven sills and custom requests, and it sports one the most impressive assortments of grills and hardware finishes.
They also have wood finishes in pine, Douglas fir, vertical-grain Douglas fir, mahogany, white oak, and cherry; as well as a promise to deliver any color window or door that the customer desires.
Starting out as a window-screen manufacturer in the 1920s, the company switched gears after buying a lumberyard in Pella, IA.
Today it manufactures a diverse range of residential and commercial windows and doors. They offer wood, fiberglass, and vinyl windows as well as a unique triple-pane glass series. The company sells through its own design centers, independent home centers, and Lowes.
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