American Craftsman 70 Windows Reviews

American Craftsman, now owned by the Ply Gem corporation, is mostly sold by "big box stores" and is a lower quality vinyl window at a low cost price point.

American Craftsman Vinyl Windows receive a 3.3 rating out of 5 stars -- read 13 American Craftsman window reviews by accessing the company page using the link above this text.

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 70 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 series 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 70 or 50 series (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.
The American Craftsman 50 Window Series gets a 3 out of 5 star rating.

Review By John M. - Site Editor - Updated In 2023

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American Craftsman 70 Window Costs

Consumers can expect the AC 70 to run $375 to $575 fully installed. Many factors will determine the ultimate project price point: where you purchase, size of the openings, as well as the upgrades that you select. Comparable windows include the Amsco Studio series and Reliabilt 3201 series.

-- Window Itself: $250 to $325 --

-- Installation: $125 to $250 per opening --

-- Fully Installed: $375 to $575 -- *

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American Craftsman 70 Ratings

The 70 casement series 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 70 series will have to be upgraded to a low E3 glass in order for it 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 series 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 unit or to install the replacement - it only covers the replacement window and/or the replacement part(s).

The remainder of the warranty, which consumers can find at the company 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.

American Craftsman 70 Windows Reviews

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Am Craft 70 vs ViWinTech Shoreline

I received a cost quote on four replacement windows -- one is the ViWinTech Shoreline series for $2900. The other bid was from Home Depot for an Am Craft 70 for $1800.

Todd - Homeowner - June, 2023

Website Editor's Answer

Todd, the two options are very different. The Am Craft bid is for a non hurricane replacement, while the ViWinTech Shoreline is an impact window -- which are always going to run quite a bit more. I would opt for the ViWinTech Shoreline over the Am Craft myself, especially if you do need protection from heavy storms etc.

Editor John M. - June, 2023

American Craftsman 70 Series Reviews

How does the Slocomb 177 window compare to the Simonton 5050 or American Craftsman 70 series?

Teresa - Homeowner - March, 2018

Website Editor's Answer

Teresa, the Slocomb Protech 177 is the superior window to either the Simonton 5050 or the AC 70 series. The Slocomb 177 double hung gets a .27 U-value, .09 air infiltration, and .49 visible tranmittance. The window also has an R4 rating. All in all, pretty decent numbers. The other two windows are entry level vinyl windows with much higher air infiltration numbers and are not made as well.

Editor John M. - March, 2018

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