Update: For several years the American Craftsman brand was owned by Andersen windows. The Renewal by Andersen salespeople were routinely out there telling people how horrible vinyl windows were while their company was producing and selling many thousands of them. We always found that to be funny. They’ve since sold to Ply-Gem who is a large manufacturer of vinyl windows. We’ve updated this post to reflect that change.
American Craftsman windows are vinyl replacement windows produced by Ply-Gem windows for sale at Home Depot stores across the country. American Craftsman windows are not known for their quality or their beauty. If you’re considering these windows for your project you might want to keep looking.
If you’ve been shopping for windows you may note that the Renewal by Andersen salespeople tend to go on and on about how horrible all vinyl windows are. They constantly tell folks that if you install vinyl windows in your home the value will go down and you’ll need to replace them again in 5 years. Of course this isn’t true, but it’s funny how they forget that Andersen was one of the largest producers of vinyl windows in the country.
As we get into the reviews of the American Craftsman windows we’ll look at the following models:
- Series 50
- Series 70
- Series 70 Pro
Often times consumers compare wood and vinyl windows when considering new windows for their home. Nice vinyl windows can be a very competitive option for many reasons. When selling vinyl windows like this through box stores they tend to be very price focused offering the cheapest thing they can.
They tend to produce lower end vinyl windows to meet this need. That makes good sense from a business standpoint, but it doesn’t make for a great line of vinyl windows.
In addition to the window models we’ll look at the warranty and the costs associated with the products to offer a full picture. The bottom line is that vinyl windows offered by Home Depot tend to leave a little to be desired.
While these reviews are being completed take a look through our list of common window sales tactics and how to avoid them.
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