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

American Craftsman 70 Cost

Consumers can expect the AC 70 replacement window cost to run $15 - $25 per square foot for the window itself, depending on where you purchase, as well as the upgrades such as glass that you select. Comparable windows include the Amsco Studio series and Reliabilt 3201 windows.

-- Window Itself: $15 to $25 per square foot --

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American Craftsman 70 Ratings

The American Craftsman 70 casement window with a low E2 glass and the Intercept spacer will deliver a U factor of .30, an SHGC rating of .27 and a visible transmittance rating of .46 and will beEenergy Star compliant in both the North and north central regions.

For the South Coast and South regions, the window will have to be upgraded to a low E3 glass in order for the window to be Energy Star compliant. All windows that meet this criteria will have the sticker displayed when you purchase it.

American Craftsman 70 Warranty

The American Craftsman 70 model comes with a very limited lifetime warranty on the materials and workmanship that covers the vinyl frame, sash and insulated glass unit. The warranty doesn't cover the cost of labor to remove the defective window or to install the replacement - it only covers the replacement window and/or the replacement part(s).

The remainder of the American Craftsman warranty, which consumers can find at the AC website, lists the exclusions and limitations of the company warranty. I always recommend that consumers read the warranty on their specific product before you buy.

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