Top 5 Best Brands by Fenster

New for 2020, Fenster Components is consolidating our online retail catalog to bring a more interactive and user-friendly buying experience. Our newly updated website is due to roll out for the start of spring with easier-to-navigate pages,  info tabs, an FAQ chat option and how-to videos. In addition to these new website innovations, we are reducing our online catalog to our top 5 best selling brands to streamline our production, shorten lead times and remove the controversial three sash minimum order requirement.

Let’s take a minute to highlight the brands and models we will have available for 2020.

Caradco

Our best selling models to date, thank you, Jeld-Wen! As of 2018, JELD-WEN has ceased all production and supply of any Caradco branded windows, making Fenster Components your sole manufacturer of an after-market replacement sash. We are incredibly grateful for their customer referrals.

The original carclad/heritage I model, which we label as a CC-101, remains our top-selling casement model. Produced from roughly 1980-2000, both the painted wood and metal clad versions are available as a fully assembled replacement sash.

The carclad/heritage II model, which we call a CC-102, was a short run with a bit of overlap to the heritage I running roughly 1999-2005. The CC-102 is extremely similar to the CC-101 in sizing and appearance except for the frame thickness which is thinner. We are starting to see more requests for the latest model of Caradco produced by JELD-WEN: the traditional casement. This was produced from 2005-2011 until JELD-WEN officially retired the Caradco brand. Other Caradco models we have replicated are the older C-200 series casement and the Vista slider.

Norco

We have replicated three of the most popular casement models known to exist. A very popular model was the primed Siteline casement from the ’80s and early ’90s. Signature to the Norco Siteline was differently sized sides from the top and bottom with a plastic bead trim around the glass on the outside.

Overlapping the Siteline was the very popular cladded Norco Teton model. The Teton also had the exterior side plastic bead that directly contributed to the failure of the unit. The Fenster model, NC-200, has deleted the plastic bead and replaced it with a flat-faced 2″ wide cladding.

Similar to the Teton, but manufactured later, is the D-series, which was produced late into the 2000s before the brand was officially retired. Fenster supplies a replacement for either model with the same model NC-200. The only difference between the two Norco models is the original Teton had mitered corner joints while the D-series had square corner joints.

Pozzi

Fenster offers three popular Pozzi casement models from the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s. There are several versions sold at different price points that were produced by Pozzi over the years, which makes the identification process very difficult, along with some vagueness of model names. We’ve found the best way to simplify this is not be all things Pozzi. We stick to the three models we are confident in and identify them based on what we know.

Malta

Malta is another challenging brand to identify. Luckily, they’re easier to make than they are to identify.

Malta changed ownership several times throughout the ’90s and early 2000s until they finally closed in 2012. Several casement versions are known to exist, with the possibility of others yet to be identified. While it seems with every change of ownership came a redesign, what we have found is that many of the later models were manufactured similarly.

Fenster makes one model of cladded replacement sash that is known to fit two aluminum clad and two vinyl clad casement models from Malta. Of course, you can expect some differences in appearance across the four models when they are compared to Fenster’s single replacement model.

MW

Fenster addresses the MW complexity much like the Pozzi. There are several models, known and unknown, to exist over the four decades of window manufacturing that Fenster covers. And again, there is some confusion of how and what MW labeled their models.

We know about the existence of the Freedom clad 400, 600 and 800, but no one can seem to tell us the difference between each model. So again, we stick to what we know.

Our model MW-100 is a painted wood casement from the ’80s and ’90s, often referred to as the MW “dual”. It was a painted wood casement with a flat vinyl bead on the exterior around the glass, and it is very easy to identify by appearance. We’ve had good success with these working properly.

Our clad casement model MW-200 is an aluminum-clad model made to replace the very popular vinyl clad casement also from the ’80s and ’90s. This model also had an exterior side glass bead and is easy to identify using the specs and example photos in our catalog.

For more details on all of these models, click here to visit our website catalog.

3 Comments

  • Carol Trejo
    Posted January 27, 2020 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Hi, Do you know where I could get window stops for Biltbest white aluminum horizontal sliding windows. The stop is white / ivory plastic, 2 1/8″ long, 3/4″ wide and 7/16″ deep.
    Thank you for getting back to me.

    • Posted January 27, 2020 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      Hi Carol, There is a Biltbest repair center. Biltbestreplacementparts.com or something like that. I’m not sure of the exact web address, but they might have what you’re looking for.

      • Carol
        Posted January 29, 2020 at 5:59 am | Permalink

        Thank you, Ryan!

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