This summer we’re adding dormers to the attic upstairs and are on an extremely tight budget! For windows, we want wood interiors (which we will stain and finish) and would prefer a dark color exterior (i.e., dark bronze or brown).
I’ve looked at a lot of windows and so far the only windows I’ve found that have wood interior and fall in our budget are:
1. Andersen 200 series vinyl with unfinished pine interiors (approx $250/ea for 36″x48″). Unfortunately, the vinyl is only available in white or beige.
2. Marvin Integrity series fiberglass w/unfinished pine interior (approx $300/ea for 36″x48″). Advantage is that the fiberglass is paintable.
After pricing both with local distributors, it looks like the Marvin is approx $50 more per window. Doesn’t sound like much, but an extra $1200 towards our already strained budget means a lot to us! There are so many manufacturers and options and dealers that I’m starting to feel a bit overwhelmed at the task of choosing windows!
Any experience/opinions on Loewen, Sierra Pacific, and Weathershield. How do they compare on price/quality to the above?
Any suggestions, opinions, experience, or advice will be greatly appreciated!