CertainTeed windows have been around of years, but the specific products and models have changed quite a bit over time. While CertainTeed is a large and well known brand, they have never been specialists in the replacement window business.
In the past the CertainTeed branded windows were produced by smaller window manufacturers around the country and branded as CertainTeed products. This strategy didn’t work out too well and the CertainTeed windows were discontinued several years ago.
Since CertainTeed is a major roofing and siding manufacturer they have many contractor customers who offer roofing, siding and windows. As a result it is easy for them to distribute replacement windows to their existing customer base. It just makes good business sense for CertainTeed to offer replacement windows. As a result of this, they’re now back in the window business with windows produced by MI Windows.
The good news here is they are at least being honest about who produces the windows. This is an improvement over their old window operation, but MI was traditionally a new construction manufacturer and the transition to remodeling products doesn’t always go well.
Typically a new construction focused company is used to selling thousands of windows at a time. If a builder is building a neighborhood with 200 homes, each having 25 windows, he’s ordering 5000 windows at once. How concerned do you think he is about each individual window?
When you’re ordering 20 replacement windows for your home you’re going to be looking at each individual window. You’re going to be much more concerned about the quality than the new construction builder. This is the challenge manufacturers face when they try to enter the replacement window business.
As we get moving on the CertainTeed windows reviews we’ll take a look at the following windows. Remember that these windows are actually produced by MI Windows, not CertainTeed.
- BrynMawr III
- Devon II
- New Castle III
- New Bridge II
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