American Craftsman 70 Windows Reviews
The American Craftsman 70 window is considered an upgrade from the American Craftsman 50 Series, although there is not much that separates these two very mediocre home windows. In fact, at first glance, it is difficult to find the differences between the American Craftsman 50 and 70 series.
The AC 70 series comes with a brick mould frame, an indicator lock, a slightly beefier weather stripping, and a locking insect screen. The 50 Series on the other hand comes with a beveled frame, their standard weather stripping, standard indicator lock and their standard insect screen. The double hung 70 model includes a tilt in option on the bottom and top sashes and the single hung includes the tilt in on the lower sash. The AC 70 Series is available as a single hung, double hung, awning, casement, picture window and several specialty window options.
The American Craftsman 50 series can be ordered in a white or beige on both the interior or exterior frame, as well as in a white or beige interior cam lock. Consumers can choose from three different grill options, including a Contour, Simulated divided Light, and a Flat style. There are a whole host of grill patterns that can help enhance the look of the 50 series, including styles such as Diamond, Prairie, Estate, Colonial and Farmhouse. Consumers can opt for a number of different glass upgrades, including a low E, low E3, tempered glass (laminated glass), obscure glass, and a low E low solar glass.
The American Craftsman 70 model is often sold as the "house window" at Home Depot in many of the states in the eastern half of the country and comes in a variety of sizes for the budget conscious consumer. In terms of quality, however, the American Craftsman is near the bottom of the vinyl window market. On the plus side, the window is inexpensive. I would say this - a cheap window that is installed well will perform about equal with a solid window installed poorly. And here is where you run into problems - HD subcontracts out their installation and pays by the window and does not pay much. Basically, a recipe for poor installation.
Bottom Line: If you are going to buy the American Craftsman 70 or 50 window (I think there are much better options out there), make sure you find a quality installer who doesn't cut corners, takes his time, and provides you with a labor warranty, just to be on the safe side.
Review By John M. - Site Editor - 2015