"Do Europeans Really Make the Best Windows?"
asks that question in its latest issue. The article’s not available
online, but I had a look at the piece, which pitted seven different
European wood window products against five Canadian fiberglass window
products, Serious Materials' fiberglass window and Paradigm Window
Solutions' vinyl window.
Those choices can be explained somewhat
by the author’s focus on "the best" windows for homes in cold climates
that are seeking to take advantage of passive heating. Apparently
American window makers, even those offering triple-glazing, are at a
disadvantage in serving this particular niche because they don't offer
high solar gain products. European and Canadian producers do.
considerations aside, the patriotic side of me was a bit offended by
the lack of more American-made choices in the mix. I was also puzzled
by the lack of a Canadian wood window or a European vinyl window, just
to mention two of a myriad of other possibilities for “best” window.
Fine Homebuilding article doesn't really answer its own question, so I
thought I would make it our poll question of the week, and see what you
folks think. Of course, I want to hear more from you too. Are you in
the European, American, or Canadian camp? Do you have different answers
depending on different criteria? What are the common perceptions (or
misperceptions) about “what is the best” in the market? Email me and let me know what you think.
an aside, let me say congratulations to Paradigm, for getting its
triple-glazed gas-filled vinyl window compared favorably to some pretty