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"Aside, Sunrise, or Acadia. I'm not familiar with any of the brands. We just want a door that is going to last and won't cost us a fortune like Anderson. We just want an overall good value. Our house is 20 years old, I'm the 2nd owner..."
Advanced Window Products
"I hadn't heard of Advanced Window Products out of Utah. I took a look at their website and saw they are part of the Earthwise Windows And Doors, which generally seem to get good..."
"I work in and around Chicago so I have some working knowledge of Advanced Windows. They make a nice tilt turn, but I'm not overly impressed with their double hungs..."
"I have quotes from Alco, Simonton, Okna and MI and so far have since gotten rid of the MI quote. The bid is for 21 openings total, most of which are standard double hungs, about half of which are to be installed in a sunroom that we are building out back. Any opinions on which ones I should go for..."
"Alliance Windows are made by a loosely connected group of fabricators who used to work with Certainteed. Their product is average - a decent builder's grade window. If you're looking for a bargain, you could do worse, but..."
"I have an estimate from Window World and one from Allstate. Window Worlds end estimate came in at $1182 less than Allstate. Allstate started at a total of $8702 and came down to $4400. Allstate does not offer financing...
"Alpen HPP makes an expensive and quite good fiberglass window, as does Inline. Their numbers are going to be better than the Marvin, but you will be paying a premium for that difference. Get the bids with installation and then see if the added cost is worth it to you. ..."
"Alside, Revere, Alpine, AMI, they are all the same thing, they just keep renaming new lines to try and avoid their reputation. They make a low quality window and they don't do too well, but they are successful at..."
"I've seen a lot of reviews that trash the Excalibur and talk about how much better the OKNA 500 is. That's ridiculous! The OKNA 500 is about twice as much, of course it's going to be better. The Excalibur is a low-cost window..."
"The Amcraft Grand Estates Original is made by Simonton and relabeled or rebadged by Amcraft. In general, Simonton windows are a good mid range vinyl window so I'll assume that this is the same for the Grand Estates Original..."
"The American Craftsman isn't a good window. It has its place - if you need a temporary window or something for a rental property, it isn't bad. I would get an outside contractor, though, because the big box stores go with the lowest bidders..."
"Our installation was supposed to happen in May, and everything fell apart. They were on back order, then there was a mix up, then back order again. We finally got them put in in September. It was ridiculous that a window company can't handle an order for 7 windows..."
"I'm a carpenter and I've put American Jewel windows in dozens of homes over the last few years. I've heard some bad things about them but I want to say that I like working with them. It's easy to get a person on the phone when you..."
"I knew I wanted Anlin windows, but I was having trouble finding an installer. The first person I turned to gave me a ridiculous price, so I called Anlin and asked what installer they recommend. They told me to call American Vision..."
America's Best Choice
"We have a local Abc windows dealer and he quoted us $1100 on a double hung 28 inch by 54 inch Comfort window double pane. I didn't find any information..."
America’s Choice Windows
"America’s Choice Windows of New Orleans promised to deliver his windows by last week. When I didn’t hear from hi, I called he said he didn’t know whether the windows would be on the truck this week, if not he would call me and they would be delivered the next week. ..."
American Window Systems
Read reviews from consumers and industry experts alike on this Texas based vinyl manufacturer.
"About 5 years ago I had Amerimax vinyls put in my Los Angeles home. They are still very nice and white. They work well, with a smooth movement and no leaks or drafts. When we were shopping for them we saw some really cheap junky vinyl windows..."
"I wound up going with Ameristar, they have been around since 1999. The rep quoted me $9,400 and matched the sliding glass door and all. He had nothing bad to say about..."
"AMI or Associated Materials, Inc. is a large building supply company that owns a number of window and siding companies, including Alside, Xact, Preservation and Alpine..."
"The big problem with their composite and vinyl windows is the warranty. They claim that they have one, but if you read the exclusions they eliminate pretty much everything that can go wrong. You can call and order..."
"I've seen and heard a lot of bad things about Andersen windows, but I've had mine for years and they are great. I haven't had any problems at all. They don't have any leaks or drafts, they look great, and I've been happy..."
"Anlin products are supposed to be really good, I haven't heard much bad about them. You should always get at least three estimates, for both the windows and the installation. Prices can be surprisingly different, but don't automatically go for the cheapest..."
"My dealings with APCO, was their prices might have been a little high for my son's house. It was about $14,500 or so for 26 windows, with grids, low "e"glass, and argon filled gas..."
Apex Energy Solutions
"Their strategy is to go door to door supposedly looking for "promotional homes" where they offer you a big discount to buy their windows then help market their product, instead of pursing traditional..."
"I have an appointment for measurements to get an estimate on Armaclad's Encore Series. The Better Business Bureau gives them an A+ but I haven't talked to anyone who's bought from them before. They also have two different systems..."
"Astor Windows did our house in Coral Gables and were recommended to us from a friend who had used them several years ago. The whole project from start to finish went off without a hitch and the installers did a great job..."
"Atrium has several levels of windows. The builder grade is the cheapest, the mid grade is sold in hardware and home improvement stores, and the premium windows usually have to come through a dealer. Their premium grade windows are great, especially the..."
"I know very little about Beechworth, except that they are manufactured by James Hardie, who is the largest manufacturer of fiber cement siding in the world. I liked many of the features that I saw on the website, but this doesn't really tells us much..."
"I like the Bell Brothers since it seems like their window has everything, but their quote is high and I cannot find reviews for them online. I can't tell if it's truly a great window or just a good sales presentation. Can you share what window is the best, long term value..."
"Better Bilt was an independent manufacturer that was acquired in 1999 by MI Windows & Doors. MI sold BetterBilt replacement and new construction windows for several years through their distribution lines and Lowes Hardware Store..."
"Because I live near their plant, a lot of local stores carry BF Rich windows. Their double hungs are one of the bulkiest I've seen. The welds are sloppy and their designs all look dated and old. I haven't really heard anything bad about their performance..."
"I'm looking to replace 15 Bristol triple pane windows. So far I've managed to narrow my choices down to the..."
Brothers Home Improvement
"I also had an earlier quote from Brothers Home Improvement using their own proprietary line (I think) for about $24,000. I went with the..."
"Burris is a vinyl window manufacturer that is headquartered in Carrollton, TX. The company sells three window series, including the TectView Ex, TectView CA, and TectView AC..."
"California Deluxe makes nice looking windows, but I would never buy from them. I met with a salesman for over an hour and I really liked the windows, but I decided to wait a while before I had them put in. I figured in a couple months I'd call and have them..."
"Caradco was purchased by Jeld Wen in 2002, although consumers do continue to have questions regarding these windows and the warranty terms and specifics..."
"I've installed a lot ot Empire Pacific/Cascade windows here in Los Angeles, and I've never had any major problems with service or the warranty. The quality is spot on for the price and they always deliver on time. I've put in hundreds of their windows..."
"I have seen them around in the past eight years or so and they have appeared on several well known magazines for the amount of business they do. I believe they fall into the bargain window category, around $169, the strange thing is that I work in the area where they are based and have only even seen a handful of sites displaying their name..."
"I had Certainteeds installed about 4 years ago and we started having problems after only 3-4 months. They let so much cold in, I compared with a thermometer and the bathrooms where they were installed are about 3 degrees cooler than everywhere else..."
"I called Champion and I just wanted to ask some questions on the phone, but they really pushed a home visit. The rep that came out was nice and spent a lot of time going over the options. He had sample windows and heat lamps and thermometers, it was very professional..."
" I met with one of the owners of Citiquiet and he has been very helpful as far as offering solutions for my windows, which are oddly shaped and his general demeanor etc. He wasn't pushy and didn't try to shove anything down our throats, which I appreciated..."
"Two guys came in and installed the soundproof windows in a day and the difference is pretty stunning. They are sturdy and work great. They don't match perfectly with the color of my existing frames, but it's not noticeable until I point it out to people..."
"Sharon, thanks for the question. Clear Choice is very similar to Window World, they are set up as a franchise where each city or area is independently operated. This means it's impossible to say what the quality..."
"I've received quotes on the Simonton 5500, Alside Preservation Serie and ClearView windows from two different companies for 14 double hung windows. They do their own installation and have a long list of references for me to check so I feel like the install quality is covered..."
"I took a look at their website and was impressed with at least the amount of information they provide, including performance and structural data. It looks like their vinyl windows are relatively budget based in my opinion. They certainly aren't a top tier..."
"My entire house has Crestline double hung windows, which are made of aluminum and wood and were put in around 1993. I never loved them, but there weren't awful. Then not long ago I noticed water stains under some the sills..."
"John, I don't know much about Crystal Pacific windows (based out of Riverside, California). I did look them up on the nfrc.org website to look at some of their performance numbers and they appear to be okay. I'm sort of assuming that the company like many smaller manufacturers makes a sort of mid range
"I've put Crystal windows in new construction and also as replacements. I've never had a major problem. They aren't as sturdy as some and I wouldn't put them in a hurrican zone or anything, but for most homes they work well and look nice..."
Custom Window Systems
"CWS does make some of the best impact windows and they are not too crazy in terms of cost (or they shouldn't be). I recently put a ton of single hungs into a home in Florida..."
"I love Don Young windows. They make a great thermally broken aluminum window, especially the single hung. Their vinyls are nothing special, just average, but they do really well when it comes to..."
"Eagles are great when you have a strong color preference. They have an extruded aluminum exterior, 50 basic colors plus other in the anodized and custom lines. They also have a lot of different finishes and different wood options..."
"The only line from Earthwise I really like is Innovations. It has a lot of good features and performs well. It might be the only window of theirs that is worth the price. Besides this line, it is an average window. They have a curved lift rail that looks really good, and colonial beading around the glass..."
Eastern Architectural Systems
" I don't hear a ton about Eastern Architectural Systems and honestly don't know a lot about the quality of their products...."
"Echo Windows, LLC was headquartered in Red Oak, Iowa and ceased operations back in early 2009. Echo came out of Traco's residential window operation and was owned by the Gilman family..."
"ECO Windows vs PGT Windows for a single family home in Florida. Both are reputable in Florida and the prices seem to be competitive. My concern is quality and customer service...."
"I will meet with Ecoview tomorrow in person. Over the phone, the high end of their estimate came in $500 below HD's Craftsman estimate – $1200 below Simonton..."
"I've found they offer a pretty basic vinyl window that tends to be more boxy than other brands I've used. I would say that they're more of a builder grade than a real quality replacement window. They aren't bad by any means..."
"I've installed a lot ot Empire Pacific windows here in Los Angeles, and I've never had any major problems with service or the warranty. The quality is spot on for the price and they always deliver on time. I've put in hundreds of their..."
"The second was with a local company, Encore Windows, who sells several different name brand windows. Their quote was $43,000 for 38 double paned..."
"I sell the Energex Elite and always recommend them to buyers, along with two other brands I carry. The windows are very well engineered and designed. The corner welds are cleaner than just about all brands out there. They use a..."
"It looks like they manufacture their own vinyl windows (or buy them from another retailer). I would ask them to provide the U-factor, SHGC, Design Pressure and Air Infiltration numbers on their Signature..."
"Energy Wall is essentially a relabeled UltraWeld window, which is Polaris's top of the line vinyl windows. The energy Wall offers a few options and extras that aren't available on the UltraWeld, such as a..."
"EnerLux Windows and Doors manufacture fiberglass window and doors based out of Omaha, Nebraska. The performance data is impressive, for instance, their casement garners a .01 air infiltration..."
"Although it's been in business for about 30 years, about 5 or 6 years ago the owner sold the company. They don't make their own vinyl windows. They used to buy from Accuweld and now they get them from Thermal Industries. I've heard a few..."
"We've received quotes from both Thermotech and Fibertec and the Thermotech was 15K more than the Fibertec quote - all for the same number (20+) and I believe the same quality (there might have been some minor differences but I think they were comparable)...
"The other really good thing about the Fleetwood windows was the good U-factor for aluminum. I was really impressed with the windows, although they are very expensive..."
"Gentek is more known for its vinyl and aluminum siding products than its vinyl windows. Nonetheless, the company manufactures three vinyl window lines, including the Sequoia Select, Signature Elite, and the Concord Plus..."
"It's harder to find aluminum windows today, everyone is making vinyl. Gerkin makes a decent one. They don't have as many options as the vinyl ones do, but their windows have pretty low air infiltration rates, .01 to .04..."
"We bought Gienow for our whole home. The service was great, and their windows seem to be a good quality product. The exterior doors are another story, just terrible. They seem so cheap it's hard to believe they come from the same company..."
"Gilkey makes a great window. I'm not a fan of the Heat Mirror, but it does help to lower energy costs. Their windows are really sturdy. They even have a System Boreal that's hurricane rated, but it isn't the prettiest of..."
"I really like the Gorell 5300. It's one of the best designed vinyl windows on the market. It's a lot like the Vekaplast DH1WW but without the shortcomings. With a sloped sill instead of a pocket sill and the glazing beads on the exterior, it looks and works great..."
"In the 1990s I was an installer with Great Lakes. They do have strong fused corners, and the glass is great, low-E, argon filled, all that. They're also good about providing replacement parts quickly and without hassle. I think their biggest weakness..."
"Hanson has its good and bad points. They handle customer service really well, fast responses and they take customer satisfaction very seriously. It can be annoying, though, because they investigate pretty closely and it can make some..."
"Harvey is based close by and is really popular here in Massachusetts. Their prices are better here than some places because you aren't paying for all that shipping. It's a good quality mid-grade window, and there are a ton of dealers and installers..."
"My friend had Hayfields put on his whole house and he is really pleased. He said he got a great deal, and when we decided to get new windows we called the dealer he had gone through. We've been really happy with them. The warranty is..."
"Heartland is an Iowa based vinyl window manufacturer that doesn't get a lot of publicity for the most part. It's hard to know the quality of their products because of this..."
"Sunrise, HiMark, Polaris, and Softlite are considered to be a kind of elite, status brand. I'm not sure if that means they are really better than the big players. I think a lot depends on the dealer you get then from..."
"I have received bids from Acadia, custom made in house and HomeRite #1650 picture window; both have vinyl frames and are low-e, tempered glass. How is it possible to compare apples to apples..."
Home Performance Alliance
"Home Performance Alliance is a St. Petersburg based business that sells a rebranded Soft-Lite window called a DuraShield. Soft-Lite has an excellent reputation in the industry..."
"The new Hurds are pretty good. In the 80s they changed the wood preservatives and for a few years there were some windows really prone to rot, but the newer ones don't have that problem. A few years ago Hurd hired..."
"I live in east Penn. and want replacement vinyl windows. The Ideal 5000s were quoted at $400 per and the Gorell 5100s was $572. Ideal had a 20 year warranty, Gorells 50. I had Ideals once before and they were..."
"I bought Indow Windows in 2010, just about the time they started selling their storms. The installation was very easy, it took three hours do the whole house. The next year we purchased more..."
"I think the Inline fiberglass is great. Finding an installer can be harder than choosing a window. If the frames are still good and you just need inserts, that's one thing, a full tear out is something else. For some reason, it can be hard to find a..."
"Linda, I don't know a ton about Interstate windows. I looked on what I believe is their website and found some performance data that is actually pretty impressive..."
"My wife and I have been looking at Intus Windows and they are really well made compared to some of the sample windows we've seen. In particular, I like the quality and durability of the hardware and the screens are so much sturdier than the Marvin windows that we currently have..."
"I've sold a lot of windows, many of then IWC. They are cheaper windows made out of materials that are better in terms of energy efficiency and environmental impact. That said, it doesn't matter anymore since they have closed down..."
Jancor Cos. Inc. closed its doors back in 2008 and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company had been basd out of Ohio and made vinyl windows and siding products. To the best of our knowledge, the company's assets were purchased by Kensington Windows.
"Jantek is a pretty reliable company, with a decent product and good customer service. To me, their top selling point is that they make vinyl inswing sliders. As far as I know there's only one other company making them, and I really like that window style..."
"I'm considering Simonton Prism Platinum and Jeld-Wen Builders Vinyl, and I could use advice. I'm getting 17 double hungs, 2 pictures, and a slider. Both are Low-E, both qualify for tax credits and have similar warranties..."
"I don't know a ton about Joyce, I would say they're a mid range outfit like Alside. Since they are probably comparable in quality, I would say go with what your contractor recommends in terms of his overall experience with the two companies. ..."
"Kensington is a smaller window manufacturer that has a factory in Western Pennsylvania and produces 3 vinyl window series. They were once owned by Jancor and then by Serious Energy and today are owned by Alpen High Performance Products. This has created some real issues for consumers..."
"Klearwall Windows And Doors is a Virginia based business, whose triple pane windows are designed with more of a European style, function and materials. This emphasis on energy efficiency, specifically on greatly reducing..."
"Krestmark is decent, they sell mainly through local lumber yards, manufacturer direct supply places and so forth, not so much through distributors. This is one reason why there isn't as much information on them as other companies..."
"If you're looking at Pellas and Kolbes, the Pella is probably a little cheaper, but not by much. I think the Kolbes are better by a big enough margin to be worth the higher cost. I had 20 double hung wood windows put in..."
"I finished replacing 25 storm window in a bungalow style home with the Larson Gold series storm windows. They cost more than their other storms, but I felt they were worth it. The frames are much stronger and..."
"LbL was based out of Toutdale, Oregon and manufactured a number of vinyl and composite models and series. The company also manufactured a number of private-label series that were then relabeled..."
"I've used Lepage windows on a project and I was pretty happy with how it turned out. We needed to get several window locks replaced, so the installer also did exterior trim work and the price was still under..."
"Our whole neighborhood was built with Lincolns and almost as soon as the warranty expired, people started having to replace them. All of them were thermopane windows and I've already done 9 and have more that need replacing..."
"The Lindsay option seems like the best value for the money, but that's just because of the price compared to the others. The numbers were pretty good on the Lindsay..."
"I recommend Loewen, sort of, but only with caution. About 10 years ago I had almost 40 custom doors and windows put for our renovation project. They kept sending us the wrong order. Once we finally got the right ones though..."
"Marvin windows are widely considered one of the best brands on the market. While there are some differences from one Marvin line to the next, they are almost always going to win out when compared to any other brand with..."
"The other installer has been using Mercury Excelum exclusively for quite a few years. Mercury Excelum is actually a local manufacturer here in CT, but their web site is not up to date for the product we've been quoted..."
"One of the lumber yards quoted a window from MGM Industries. I didn't see anything on your site about them. I was wondering if you knew anything about them or how the would compare to other Windows such as..."
"My house has MI windows that are about 15 years old. I've heard they have a lot of problems, but I've been impressed with mine. Their warranty was better than a lot that I looked at and when I did have a minor problem..."
"I've been told that the Midway is basically a "souped up" Alliance Hawthorne. Rep said he chose this option when he was looking for value ..."
"We went with Milgards for a few reasons, mainly the warranty and their reputation for a good product. I've been happy with them, no drafts or anything else, but the dealer we went through has been awful. Several different things were ordered wrong..."
"The Monte Verde is darn good and the best of the bunch. The Monte Verde is the low end window from Anlin, but it gets decent numbers with the triple window option. If the installer gets good reviews, then you should definitely consider this..."
"At one time, Napco manufactured both residential windows and siding that was sold to builders, supply stores and consumers under their own brand name. The company was eventually purchased by Ply Gem..."
"I would suggest that you call the Nescor rep and have him give you the air infiltration, U-factor, design pressure, and SHGC numbers for the particular vinyl window that he quoted you on. Then I would get these exact same numbers from..."
NewSouth Window Solutions
"He also quoted me Newriver 5300 series at $7,780... he told me the Newriver 5300 are better then both the windows that Window Nation quoted..."
NewSouth Window Solutions
"Newsouth manufactures & sells windows only in Florida using subs for installations. (The others I'm considering use company employees) From my research, the windows seem to be decent, but they've gotten a bit of flack for..."
New Windows Of America
"I've just received a quote for replacing (not refitting) 2 windows from New Windows of America. One is for a bathroom, double hung (32wX42h), their Edison series, with tempered glass, and opaque lower sash. The other is a casement awning window for the kitchen (36wX42h). Windows include..."
"I honestly don't know if Newpro makes a decent product or not. All I can say is that the sales pitch is so horrible I knew long before it was over that I would never buy from them, ever. It takes hours, and he started with..."
"Norandex sells the Viewpoint 3000, which is actually an Atrium line. It's a mid-grade window, so if the price is good it isn't bad, but if you can afford something nicer then you can probably do better..."
Norco was a wood and aluminum window manufacturer that was acquired by Jeld Wen back in the mid 1990s. For repairs or other issues, consumers should contact Jeld Wen directly.
Northeast Building Products
Northeast Building Products manufactures several vinyl replacement window models and series that they distribute their windows and doors throughout the Northeastern United States. The company has been making windows and doors since 1975 and currently has four series, including the Crusader, 2700, TrustGard and Camelot series
"NorthStar isn't terrible, but they don't have great ratings. Their best offering with triple pane and Krypton gas is only rated 0.21, which isn't that good. For the same money you can probably find something in the high or low teens..."
"If you're looking for quality, definitely find an NT dealer in your area. For a mid-priced vinyl replacement window, they are an excellent choice .They come standard with low-E 366 coating, double strength glass package, and an aluminum reinforced meeting rail. They are also 100% American made, which is always a plus..."
"The better lines of Okna and Sunrise are pretty comparable in quality. Even their basic series are better than maybe 80% of other brands out there, even some so-called premium ones..."
"I have Owens Corning Solace windows. They are actually manufactured by Sunrise, but sold by OC. I like them a lot, they are really well made and look great..."
"We had Oxford windows but had a house fire and the basement windows need to be replaced. There are 3 smaller windows, and we will now have 2 egress windows. Our contractor wants to replace them with MI..."
"Paradigm is a good choice, I know a lot of contractors who won't work with anything except Andersens and Marvins for their higher end clients and Paradigms for your average home..."
"I need 12 replacement windows, probably vinyl. I'm in upstate NY, cold winters, humid summers, 1700 sq foot ranch home. The Peachtrees don't look good at all, they look poorly made and cheap. Pellas seem better, but they were way too expensive..."
"Pella makes a wood clad sliding door that looks great at first, but then after a few years the cladding tends to separate from the glass. I'm not sure I can recommend them. When you're choosing a window, you have to look at three numbers..."
"I really like the PGT 2300. Their only problem is they don't have a wood grain interior. I've sold hundreds of them when they had the NC factory, and I think I only had a problem with one order, but that was handled right away..."
"Plygem is a good mid-grade product. You sometimes find someone trying to sell it as a premium, but if you do the research you can get a good price. I would get the energy package, you get reinforced sashes, foam filled frames, and a stainless steel spacer..."
"The ThermalWeld is okay, better than a lot of them but not top tier. I like the Polaris UltraWeld much better. I think it's one of the all around best vinyl window, and definitely the best of the Polaris lines..."
"Polybau and Anlin both make really good windows. I think they're way better than Simonton or anything sold at HD (Home Depot). They offer a slightly larger extrusion..."
"Power Windows have a "Crusader" model, made by North East Building Products. It's really a builder's grade product, although it does have a few upgrades. It uses a sashlite glazing, some sort of coating they call Sunclean, and tempered glass. I think it just looks..."
"They look like cheap vinyl windows -- I wouldn't be surprised if they were relabeled Atriums... However, I don't know this for a fact so I will try and collect some additional consumer reviews to get a better judge on this company...."
"Preservations are from Alside. They market them as their exclusive high end window, but I would put them as a solid middle of the road window that is often sold for a premium price, which is..."
"Provia isn't as well known as some brands, but they're a reliable company and they make a good window. I think they're equal to any of the more popular lines. I would take a look at Sunrise, but other than that Provia is a decent choice..."
"There are hundreds of window manufacturers and Quaker windows have never entered our review boards. I'm not sure where they fit into the vinyl window equation. I will say that, in general..."
"Reliabilt offers good value for the price. I'd would recommend their 3201 Series over the 3500 Series for the superior air infiltration numbers. One interesting note: with some searching you can actually find them for less under a different brand name (Reliabilts are made by Atrium and then rebadged and sold.)
Renewal By Andersen
"The RBAs are a good quality and they custom make each order. The big deal is getting a good installer, they really are the ones who determine if your window performs well or not. RBA is franchised, so the quality..."
"Republic Windows and Doors was an Illinois based vinyl window manufacturer that started back in 1965 and ended up declaring bankruptcy at the end of 2008. There was quite a bit of controversy surrounding..."
"Revere is owned by Associated Materials, along with Alpine, Preservation and Alside and and is known for their Berkshire Elite vinyl windows. Each of these companies tend to use similar quality vinyl extrusions and materials to manufacture their windows. In general, they are not as well built as other options ..."
"You don't hear alot about Richlin on a national level (or in many of the online forums) and honestly I don't know a ton about them. Their products do offer some very impressive performance numbers that can be found ..."
"Schuco stopped selling their windows on the residential market around 2008 and their windows certainly are still in homes, but they are no longer available as residential replacement windows. ..."
"I'm not going to recommend the Sears Brand because I don't know what it is exactly. Sears typically sells a relabeled Simonton window. I would doubt whether the Simonton is a better offering than the..."
"There isn't much information out there on SeasonGuard Windows, but they do appear to be a rebranded Sunrise window. This isn't that unique to the window industry, there are many examples of larger manufacturers selling..."
"I've installed Seaway windows in the past and they are a good window. $500 for the Encore with installation does not seem excessive to me, I would say that's probably right in the middle of what you could expect..."
"In 2003, I purchased 16 casements, a double hung, and 8 fixed windows plus 2 sliding glass doors, all from SEMCO. I think even with some minor problems, I'm glad we got them, because we could get the whole house done and..."
"I think Serious makes a good window, and I also like Thermotech and Inline. Serious makes a really good product with suspended film glass, the lighter weight makes the moving parts last a lot longer and..."
"I have Shelter windows which the wood on the outside has deteriorated. I need to replace them very soon. About 7 years ago I replaced 3 windows with Andersen. I now have many contractors that are providing me with bids and..."
"I have a bid from Showcase. This is s $1 million plus home. Any suggestions? Must have vinyl probably due to moisture in area less than a mile from Lake Ponchartrain in South Louisiana...."
"Overall, the Sierra Pacifics seems to be well built. The casements they installed were good looking and the crank is nice and smooth, but these also felt a bit flimsy in their design. The corner welds seem good, although there are a couple that probably could have been done cleaner..."
"I put in Silverline 8000-8500s 12 years ago. We had 28 of them, double hung, low-e coating, argon filled, all the extra features. The salesman said they were the best windows on the market. However, within..."
"Simonton has some good products, especially the Reflections 5500 and Prism Platinum. They are pretty much the same with only some minor cosmetic differences. I like the Prism Platinum best, it has the Super Spacer and..."
"There isn't much information about Slocomb because they are not a very big player in the replacement market and they make a product that is mediocre - not bad, just nothing special. Their design is..."
"The Softlite is a good company and they have some good options, I really like their Edgetech Super Spacer. They are also simple to reglaze if you need it. In general, reliable and nice..."
"From what I've seen, Stanek makes a good window, but I have a big problem with the pocket sill. Manufacturers like it because it's cheaper and faster to produce than a true welded sill, but every time it rains you have..."
"I have been researching hurricane impact windows and have become thoroughly confused. We spoke to someone at Storm Tight and though we were going to go with them, but we are now having second thoughts..."
"Six years ago I replaced my original windows with some from Sun Windows and I love them. I honestly can't tell you if their customer service is any good, because we've been problem free since day one..."
"I think the Sunrise Elements is a really good window, I like it even more than the LS. It has a lot of upgrades and options available, and it has a .01 air infiltration rate, which is pretty much impossible to beat..."
"Superior makes a good, reliable vinyl window. They recently came out with a new screen with a super fine mesh that makes it much less noticeable. The lift handle is extruded, too, so it doesn't have the..."
"The contractor who I know is a fan of the Target Hampton, so I'm leaning towards this option. Any info. is appreciated. I have 12 windows that need to be replaced...."
"A reputable window supplier (not installer) is advising us to do the Andersen TW conversion kit for all the double hungs, replace the sash and stops on the bay windows, and go with Thermatru fiberglass French doors..."
"I'm considering either Thermal Industries or Okna. Is one of them better than the other, or should I be looking at something else? I'm either renting or selling the home soon, so I don't want to spend too much, but I don't want to have to replace them in just a few years if I do keep it as a rental..."
Thermal Windows & Doors
"I'm in need of vinyl replacement double hungs and called Thermal Window & Door company (the installers) in broomall, PA. I've use them bf (last July) for a larger patio door & think they're terrific!..."
"I also like Thermotech and Inline. Serious has been used in a lot of famous buildings, including the Empire State Building, plus they come with a lifetime guarantee. Thermotech is also great, they are more expensive, but they have really great service, and I recommend them especially if you don't know anything about what you want or need..."
"Hi. How does Polaris compare to Thermo-Twin? The prices for both were about the same for a 3 section picture window with casement flankers..."
"From what I can tell, they seem to be on par with Marvin and Andersen in terms of quality. Perhaps a bit less expensive than these big name brands but I would suspect that Trimline windows cost will be only a bit less than what you would pay for a comparable Andersen or Marvin..."
"I used to use United windows a lot. They are mostly in New Jersey. They are a nice, solid product, that's what I put on my own house..."
Universal Windows Direct
"Universal is much more regional and that has some advantages also - they will both sell the door and install the door so if there are any problems, you know actually who to go to. Assuming you like the Unishield Plus..."
"Velux makes a great skylight in my opinion. If one of their skylights leaks, it was probably installed improperly. I haven't seen any of their products fail, but I also haven't worked with that many of them..."
"Thanks for your question, it is an interesting one. First off, I'd never heard of Venetian windows by Alside and when I went to look them up online, I couldn't tell exactly what I was looking for...."
"Beth, unfortunately, the Ventura brochure didn't include any performance data, which is really what I would need to compare them. I've never heard of them and when I did an online..."
"It looks like they are a pretty small operation based on the google map pics I saw. I also checked their performance numbers on nfrc.org - it looks like their double hung option is..."
"The company manufactures three vinyl window series, which includes the Legacy Series, the 5500 Series and the Trustgard Series. The company uses vekka extrusions in their frame rails and sashes, which is a high quality vinyl material and one used by many of the top companies in the industry..."
"I like the Vinylmax Easton, I'd compare it to a Simonton 5500, but the Easton has a triple pane option that is great for noise reduction. They aren't as well known as a lot of brands, but they are a small family run business and I've had really good experiences..."
"The Vista Panorama Series is a nice mid range vinyl frame. I actually use it as my drop window, or the one I recommend to customers on a tight budget but who still want a decent product. Over the past several years, I've installed loads of them and had relatively few issues..."
"I've heard a lot of bad things about Viwincos but I like them. I've seen them in a lot of homes and they look very nice and seem sturdy. I'll probably use them when it's time to replace more of my..."
"The Stormbreaker is a good window for coastal applications. I don't know a ton about ViWinTech windows, but I know their reputation is..."
"I did replace a number of windows 5 years ago with VPI windows and they seem to be holding up fine...."
"I am impressed with the Vytex Fortis range, its a decent windows that looks good. Personally, I wouldn't recommend the Vytex Heritage or the Alside Excalibur to my clients..."
"Wallside is a Michigan company, and they manufacture their own frames and then also handle the install and service. They offer a 35 year material and labor warranty. The windows I'm looking at have an Intercept spacer and Guardian Climagard RLE 71/31 glass, but their numbers just seem average..."
"I would say that the products are equal in strength - so the big question is going to be which company provides better installation - which one do you feel represents you..."
"Alpen is a great window, but it has to be quite expensive. In terms of the quality of WeatherMaster installation, I really don't have much information. What I would say is this..."
"Weathershield Legacy is a good wood clad window, but their lower end products are not so good. When people order a builders quality frame, they have to expect an entry level product..."
"Their main office as well as factory where they manufacture their own windows are located in Anaheim, California . They seem to be a trustworthy company, but very limited window style selection (ie they discontinued their double hung windows due to lack of supply demand)..."
"'Wincore makes a great product. Based on Veka extrusions, the frame is well designed and engineered. It's sturdy and durable but still looks great. They're a fairly new company, and the sales and marketing need some work..."
"I am looking into buying replacement windows online. I am looking at windowestore.com From my research it seems they are selling Simonton windows. Do you know which models it is they are selling?..."
"We are looking at replacement of 8 windows, 5 double hung, 3 half round, We have had estimates from Window World, Lanham Window Company (a local family owned business 0perating for 42 years in the area) Window Express and Renewal by Anderson..."
"In terms of the Window Mart warranty, it looks like they offer a Limited Lifetime on all the vinyl parts, hardware and components. They also offer a 3 year glass breakage provision, which is quite a nice provision..."
"I know very little about Window Works, only that they are Chicago based and have a number of reviews on them through the BBB website. In general, they seem to get mostly positive reviews..."
"Window World is one of the biggest and best known vinyl window manufacturers in the U.S. The company has achieved this through a huge nationwide advertising and marketing campaign that includes..."
"We recently had our windows replaced by Window Nation and are thrilled with our new windows. They were well priced and I think they are great looking and performing windows. Overall a great experience, professional sales staff and installers..."
"You can get a good deal if you need some simple white double hungs, but if you want energy efficient features or different styles, you'll find a lot of extra charges. Generally, you can do better than Window World. If I'm going to live in a house I want decent windows..."
Windows By Unlimited
"Beth, I have never heard of Windows By Unlimited, but this is what I found out. Windows By Unlimited has been in business since the late 60s and is a Wisconsin based company..."
"I'm considering SEMCO, Marvin, Windsor, and JeldWen, but I like the Semco and Marvin best. The Windsor and JeldWens are kind of plain and generic looking, and their movement seems less smooth. The Marvin and Semco seem to have better hardware..."
"I wasn't super impressed with the 10 to 12 reviews that I read (I try to weed out the perfect reviews and the dismal reviews and concentrate on what look like thoughtful and legitimate reviews). Most of the complaints seem to focus on the overall business approach to how they attract new customers. However, I know nothing about their windows, which I saw no complaints about. ..."
"Xact is now part of MI Windows And Doors, which is a large building supply company that has 3 manufacturing locations, including Pennsylvania, Texas and Arizona. The company also owns the CertainTeed brand. Both Xact..."
"Zen Windows are essentially a private reseller of Soft-Lite windows, although I don't know much more about the relationship than that. To the best of my knowledge, the Zen Karma is the..."