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"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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 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..."
"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..."
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..."
"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..."
"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 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..."
"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 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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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 glas...."
"I've found they offer a pretty basic vinyl window that tends to be more boxy than other window brands I've used. I would say that they're more of a builder grade window than a real quality replacement window. They aren't bad by any means..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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)...
"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..."
"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..."
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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
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.
"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..."
"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..."
"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...."
"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...."
"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.)
"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..."
"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..."
"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 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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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...."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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...."
"'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..."
"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..."
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