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Advanced Windows Corp vs Vinylmax Edison

We have 3 bids for 7 double hung vinyl replacement windows. Here they are followed by their ufactor, shgc, vlt & air leakage.

Vinylmax Edison $3080, .28, .39, 56% air leakage unknown (this installer is doing siding for our entire condo project & supposedly giving a good price for windows). We have limited info on the Vinylmax installer ratings.

Soft-Lite Imperial LS with Super spacer $3565 .27, .28, 51, .02 (yes, .02) &

Advanced Windows Corp 6300 for $2800, .24, .28, 52, <=.30.

The installers for the Soft lite & for the Advanced Windows each have good reviews on line.

We live in the western suburbs of Chicago. Would you have any advice to help us decide the better among these three? And is the Super Spacer usually good quality & any better than Intercept spacer?

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kathy, the Vinylmax Edison is a good window, a very solid mid range vinyl window. I would imagine the air infiltration on that window to be in the .08 to .10 range, not bad at all.

The Soft-Lite Imperial LS is one of the best vinyl windows on the market and this is reflected in the .02 air infiltration ratings.

I know nothing about Advanced Windows Corp, so I can’t speak to the product. However, the <=.30 air infiltration does not give me a lot of confidence.

One thing I will say about the U-factor is to be careful putting TOO much stock in this – the glass used to test can have a big impact on how well this number turns out. Air infiltration is a better predictor of overall quality (there is a way to manipulate this number, but for the most part, companies don’t do this often).

If this were my house, I would go with the Soft-Lite Imperial LS. It is without a doubt the best window in your list. You have a good price quote, but you may be able to shave a little off it – or at least try. If you were to go back to the SL dealer and tell him the Vinylmax quote and say that you want to go with him, but the price is just out of reach in terms of budget – if he could match that Vinylmax quote you would be ready to sign today. See what he says…

The Super Spacer and Intercept Spacer are both popular and well made spacers, no practical difference in terms of overall performance.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Advance Window Co vs Vista Windows

I own home that was built in 1964 and still has original wood windows. Similar houses in this area have sold from 150 to 180K. I would like to replace all of the windows as they are getting old and few of them do not work the way they should. Also tax credit is set to expire by the end of the year.

I got quotes from Anderson (renewal series) 22K, Window Works 9K, Vista 8K. Local contractor who is friend of a friend swears with Advance Window Co. Don't have quote for that one yet.

I feel that Anderson is overkill for this area although they have very good product. Need a recommendation for a VW of windows. I might move in the future and keep this house as a rental. Need to find balance between quality and price. Looking to get 14 double hung and 1 picture window. Any help/advice is appreciated.

Victor - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Victor, Renewal is overkill and frankly is way overpriced in my opinion. On the other had, Window World uses an inferior product and I would stay away from them. Vista makes a middle-of-the-road vinyl window in the Panorama that isn't bad. I don't know anything about Advance Window Co. so I can't comment on those. Of the quotes you have, my vote would be the Vista, although I would upgrade to a good glass package to help out with some of the energy efficiency of the windows.

If you can, try and get performance data on the Advance Window Co. and have your contractor compare them side-by-side, with particular emphasis on the air infiltration rates, Design Pressure and U-factor numbers.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

[Victor's Reply]

Here are numbers for Advanced Windows 5200 series. I compared them to Vista and Okna. Vista has best UF. Rest seem more less equal (at least to me). I got best quote by Advanced Windows so far. It is $2000 less then Vista and that (price) worries me a bit. Maybe that was insider price as I am friends with owner of the trucking company where I work and he is related to the contractor. I plan to go to their showroom. What do you think?

U Factor 0. 27
SHGC 0.28
VT 0.52

Victor - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Those numbers are pretty solid, but the price does seem quite a bit lower compared to the Vista. You are still paying $466 per window, which is what you would expect to pay for a mid range vinyl window installed. I don't know how complex or simple your installation is, but if you feel comfortable with the Advance Window Co. product and the installation that will go along with it, then maybe that's your answer. I can't really speak for the company as I know nothing about them. Okna is one of my favorite vinyl window manufacturers and I would be interested in finding out where their pricing comes in at.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Advance Tilt Turn Windows

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. If you get a good deal on their Tilt Turn, go for it. If you are looking for another style, I'd keep looking.

Dave - Homeowner - from 2011

Not Impressed With Advanced Windows

Advanced Windows is a Chicago company and I wasn't super thrilled with their windows or the quote I received. I would recommend going with one of the better known brands like Sunrise or Okna and save yourself the worry of going with a local producer. Just my two cents.

Yolanda - Homeowner - from 2011

Advanced vs Champion Windows

Right now I'm looking at Advanced, Feldco, and Champion, and I can't see any real differences between them. They're all nice windows, but a little out of my price range right now. I'm probably going to go with Crestlines, they seem to be decent and have most of the same features as the premium brands. I'm sure there's a reasoin they're cheaper, but it's a big savings. It's hard to justify spending that much more.

Sherwin - Homeowner - from 2010

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