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Manufacturers of Vinyl / Aluminum Combination Windows

Manufacturers of Vinyl / Aluminum Combination Windows

I wrote a column about vinyl windows back in 1995. Manufacturers of vinyl windows at that time were held to standards of ANSI-AAMA 101-93 certified windows. That window certification standard has now been changed to AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2-97. There must have been 100 plus companies across the USA that made vinyl windows meeting this standard. The field was narrowed considerably once another factor was thrown in. When you look for aluminum / vinyl combination window manufacturers, you only find two!

Both make what appears to be an excellent product. The Traco window, I know for a fact, is AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2-97 certified. I believe the Sugarcreek Industries window is certified as well. You will have to check for yourself for BOTH if you decide to buy. Remember, a company can lose this certification if their quality falls off. The AAMA/NWWDA people come and take random windows for testing purposes at their discretion.

These two window companies seem to have significant distribution east of the Mississippi River. You need to contact them and ask for product literature AND the locations of distributors / installers in your area. It is the easiest way to do it. Do NOT call random companies in your yellow pages. If you contact a dishonest company, they may lie to you and pull the famous bait and switch scheme.

  • Sugarcreek Industries, Inc.
    425 South Broadway Street
    Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681

  • Traco
    71 Progress Avenue
    Cranberry, Pennsylvania 16066

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