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Read 52 Alside windows reviews from homeowners and contractors to explore popular models such as the Excalibur, Sheffield, Ultramaxx, Mezzo, Insignia, Fusion, Fairfield and Preservation.

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Editor's Alside Window Review

Alside is a large building supply company that is owned by a larger company, AMI. The company has been making windows, siding, and patio doors for over 60 years. Alside has a mixed reputation, depending on the product you are talking about and who you ask about them. In terms of windows, Alside makes some bad ones and some decent ones.

The Alside Excalibur and Sheffield are, in my opinions, are not good windows and this is evident in a greater than .11 air infiltration rating. Both the Ultramaxx and Excalibur use a snap in sill, which is a poor design, and can present some problems down the road - and has for lots of consumers.

The newer Alside Mezzo is a decent window, probably on par with the Pella 350 vinyl series I'd say. Then there are a number of windows that are marketed as stand alone brands, but that are made by Alside; Preservation and Insignia are the most popular. These vinyl windows are pretty darn solid, the problem is they are often priced out as if they are the top tier vinyl windows on the market. My own opinion is that they are not.

All in all, I think Alside makes a couple good vinyl windows, but I feel that unless you are getting a great price on the product, there are better alternatives out there.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo Windows Reviews

The Alside Mezzo is the newest window series that is essentially an updated Excalibur window. It used the same frame, but with a different window sill. The frame is relatively slim and allows for more glass, but at the sacrifice of some performance. The Mezzo series has nice options such as some decent interior and exterior color options. It also comes with a high-quality extruded screen.

The Mezzo should be energy star qualified, but the frame won't support a triple pane glass option. This should be in indication to consumers of the overall construction and durability of the window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo vs. Vista Panorama

I emailed you before about recommendations and ended up getting several more quotes. I’d love any feedback you can give me! I have four windows by the way.

For an idea of my climate and what I’m looking for: I live in Southwest Michigan and winters get very cold and summers get very hot. I’ve gotten a lot of window bids. Here’s what I’ve gotten with brands, NFRC ratings, and cost. This is my first time buying windows and I want a good deal along with a decent window. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Vista Panorama Series (through Jack’s Wholesale Windows):
Quote: $2,945
U-factor .21
SHGC .16
VT 34%
AI .06

Alside Mezzo
Quote: $2,766
U-factor .23
SHGC .24
VT 39%
AI .04

Pella 250 Series (They did not give me any NFRC ratings which is worrisome to me)
Quote: $2,489
U-factor unknown
SHGC unknown
VT unknown
AI unknown

Radiance Plus (upgrade with Super Spacer and triple pane low-e and argon)
Quote: $2,447.15
U-factor .20
SHGC .27
VT 44%
AI unknown

Polar Seal
Quote: $2,551
U-factor .28
SHGC .43
VT unknown
AI unknown

Preservation Model 9001
Quote: $5,700
U-factor .17
SHGC .17
VT 41%
AI unknown

Ply-Gem Triple Pane Option (did not give NFRC ratings either)
Quote: $4,200
U-factor unknown
SHGC unknown
VT unknown
AI unknown

Polaris EN PS Series (the windows have the AAMA Gold rating and this quote includes a “free” whole house energy efficiency upgrade where they find leaks and fill them with insulation, insulated outlet backings, caulking, furnace efficiency test and recalibration, etc.)
Quote: $5,300
U-factor .18
SHGC unknown
VT unknown
AI .01

Sunrise with Ultra U Plus2 Glass
Quote: $3,045.06
U-factor .25
SHGC .28
VT unknown
AI unknown

Sunrise AR 90
Quote: $3,458.86
U-factor .23
SHGC .22
VT unknown
AI unknown

Thanks, in advance, for all your guidance!!

Tim - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Tim, man that's a lot of estimates, good for you. I would throw out the Preservation Bid and Pella bids to start out, as well as the Radiance Plus and Polar Seal (never heard of these last two and why go with a window that has that little visibility...)

The Vista bids and the Alside bid are both solid. The Polaris is stellar and I like the energy efficiency upgrade—if that upgrade is worth the extra money then you should consider this one for sure. The Sunrise is a great window and you can find the NFRC info on their website. The double hung has a .04 AI and the casement has a .01 AI. http://www.sunrisewindows.com/performance-ratings/nfrc-ratings/.

The AR90 option is a glass package, correct? I would talk with the salesperson to determine whether that upgrade is worth it or not. I do think I would end up going with the Sunrise myself. They make a great window and they are a very reputable manufacturer.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Alside Mezzo Bid

Hello, have been reading your website, thank you for all the great information. The issue I'm having is some of the vinyl brands you recommend are not in our area.

We live in the Moline, IL area and I would like your recommendation on mid range vinyl replacements for: double-hung and a quad casement window. Also replacing a patio door with French doors.

I have researched all kinds of windows and really who knew it would be this difficult.

A few years back replaced lower level double hung windows with the BEST vinyl our contractor recommended- they ended up seeming cheap as one would not stay closed at top without being locked from day 1.

A couple years ago replaced a double-hung bathroom window- went to the local contractor supply store and asked the salesman in the window dept. if it was his house what would he buy, Bought it - not happy with it- every time I try to open it to clean it.. it flips sideways and comes apart...cheap....cheap.

We need new windows on the upper level but have put it off, just because I don't want to end up with worse than what we have.

Last week a new contractor came and their company uses Alside Mezzo- which after reading reviews- don't think we want.

We have another contractor coming tonight for estimate - on the phone they offered to use whatever we like- but they normally install Andersen Silverline - those don't get great reviews either.

Would appreciate your input on a mid range vinyl replacement that we can get in our area. ( I read your reviews on Milgard Tuscany - the local Contractor store lists that company- but when I go to the Milgard website they list they don't have dealers in our area???)

Michelle - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Michelle, the worst window in that bunch is the Silverline, which are poor quality with the exception of their premium series. The Alside Mezzo isn't bad, but it's nowhere near the top of my list when it comes to replacement windows. Milgard used to be available in the mid west and east, but now is really only available in the west half of the country.

You're going to have to do a little digging. Google "moline, IL polaris windows" for example and see what comes up. Recommended brands include sunrise, soft-lite, okna, polaris, zen, vytex, wincore, champion, and harvey.

I found this and it looks like they sell sunrise and soft-lite windows, but I'm confused who handles the installation. Might be a good first start! http://www.krollsiding.com/vendors.htm

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Alside Mezzo Window vs. Reliabilt

I need to replace my old wooden windows with new vinyl windows. I am trying to decide between the Alside Mezzo window and the Lowes Reliabilt window. I must decide by Monday as they go off sale then. Would you please give me your opinion on which of these two windows are the best? Please help me ASAP. Thank you so much for your valuable help.

Rick - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rick, between the Reliabilt from Lower and the Alside Mezzo, I would suggest the Mezzo. It's a decent middle-of-the-road vinyl window, assuming you get good installation. The Reliabilts that they sell at Lower are typically their lower-end models and don't offer the quality that will serve you well long term.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Alside Messo vs. Soft-Lite Classic

I have quotes for Champion, Alside Messo and Soft-Lite Classic. The Messo and Classic are very close, with the Messo $550 more expensive. The champion for $2000 more expensive than the other two.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2017


Alside Mezzo vs Revelations

We have been all over your review site and appreciate all of the work that goes into it. We are in need of replacement windows, we were hit by straight line winds and have windows that are shattered etc. This, on one hand, gives us the benefit of replacing our windows which we desperately need but did not have plans on replacing due to cost! We have 22 windows to replace not counting three large picture windows.

The contractor with the insurance company recommends Alside Mezzo windows which they can install for $335 each, they also offer American Window Company's Grand Mesa line for $315 a window. We also had a door to door window company LEI Home Enhancements coming by for a quote in the morning, they offer Alside Revelations, I don't have a price yet.

This is all a bit overwhelming, I do not see any reviews of American Window company, is this someone you have heard of? And are they any good? As for the other two options, I know you are not crazy about Alside, but do you have thoughts of which are better? We are in Northern Kentucky

Michelle - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Michelle, the Alside Mezzo is not a bad window, but not a great one either. The American Window Company's Grand Mesa line is an Earthwise window, which is a group of manufacturers and each of their windows is different -- basically I don't know much about what you are getting there. Generally, its a pretty run of the mill vinyl windows.

I've sort of heard mixed reviews of LEI, but again my knowledge of them is limited. The Revelations windows is often very expensive and not necessarily worth the money.

I would LOVE to see you get a bid from Sunrise. They make a good quality vinyl window and they offer a number of models -- most reps have access to a number of models I should say. They might not be as cheap as Alside, but they are a much better quality window that should hopefully save you money in the long run.

Google "sunrise windows in kentucky," call up the companies that offer the windows and see if they can come out and give you a bid.

Also check if zen windows has a branch that services your area as well.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Alside Mezzo vs. Preservations

I have two bids, one from a company selling the Alside Mezzo and Preservations and the other selling Soft-Lite.

I was put off by the Preservation salesman at a Home Show last week anyway.

With regard to Soft-Lite, I'm just concerned that it's a small company and could easily go out of business therefore voiding my warranty. As a homeowner, and I also don't want to put a lot of money into this project because I fear I will never recoup the money as I am in my 60's. That is why I will look at the midrange windows. The problem is going from Pella wood windows with internal blinds to brand x. I am also hoping that a transferable warranty is a plus when I decide to sell my home.

Jan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jan, I understand the worry about going out of business, but Soft-lite did weather the great recession just fine.

I would say this -- go with a mid range Soft-Lite window if you want to drop the cost, the Soft-Lite Classic or Soft-Lite Pro are good windows. Even the Soft-Lite Bainbridge...

If you are set on the Alside, I would say go with the Mezzo series. The Preservations line is way overpriced in my opinion.

Good luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Alside Mezzo Windows vs ProVia ecoLite

Tim, we are looking to replace the windows in our home and install new siding. Windows are original Anderson casement windows late 1970s. We currently have t1-11 siding. The window frames are not in the greatest of shapes but not terrible.

Would you recommend complete frame replacement windows or installing new construction windows?

What window would you recommend to give us the best "bang for our buck"?

We will be installing them ourselves?

We have gotten a few quotes that were a little over our budget. One installer was using a ProVia ecoLite windows, the other using Alside Mezzo.

We are located in northeast Ohio.

Thank you in advance,

Gerald - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Gerald, as a rule of thumb I would say this, good installers can flash/seal replacement windows as well as new construction windows. The big question is if there is wood rot around the frames. If there is a lot of rot, you should go the new construction route, if not go the less costly method of full replacement windows. This is one place where getting a bunch of professional (and free) opinions from local contractors can help give you a consensus on what is the recommended option for your situation.

The Alside Mezzo is a decent window, but nothing great. ProVia makes a good window, this would be my pick over the two, and the ecoLite is a good model. I would recommend not going with their lower end vinyl model.

Other brands I would recommend in Ohio include Soft-Lite, Stanek, Polaris and Wallside windows. If you are doing it yourself, you probably won't be able to buy those direct from the manufacturers though.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Alside Mezzo Quality

Thanks for all the great info on your blogs about replacement vinyl windows.

Have you had any experience or knowledge of Alside Mezzo windows. They have a local distribution house here by me in Illinois. From what Ive read online they are a mfr/wholesaler that sells to contractor and installer markets. (no retail)

Wondering where they would rank on the quality and reliability scales? I've heard their pricing is competitive.

I've gotten quotes from Pella, Jeldwen, and American Craftsmen. Not blown away by any of them. The research ive read has them all on the lower end of the spectrum.

Anyway, your thoughts would be appreciated.

Shawn - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Shawn, the Alside Mezzo window is a decent mid range model. It's not a top tier window by any means, but given good installation, I think the window is just fine. You are correct that Alside is available only through contractors and/or reps that install in a certain area or region. I would rank the Alside Mezzo a 5 out of 10 for vinyl windows. Check out our page on top rated windows to see what we recommend in each price range. In terms of pricing, that is going to totally depend on who quotes out the project -- I've seen instances where the window was sold at a very reasonable price and other times it seemed to be too high.

None of the window manufacturers you mentioned are considered great in terms of their vinyl windows. Here are some options that may be available in Illinois: Okna, Sunrise, Zen, Polaris, Stanek, Wallside, and Vytex. See if any of these manufacturers has local reps that sell in your area.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo vs. Amerimax

Hi Tim, I found an installer that suggested Alside windows the Mezzo line. Do you have any insight into how this compares to the Amerimax? This quote is at $16,600 but I'm sure they will come down a little.

Stacy - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Stacy, I'm not a huge fan of Alside, although the Mezzo is a better window than some of their previous options. In my opinion, Amerimax is a better made window and will provide you with better long term value. Of course, this statement is based on the same quality of installation. If it were me, I'd go with the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait over the Mezzo.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo vs Harvey Classics

Dane, Thanks for responding. Living in the north-central part of the state, the window brands you cite are not readily available. In addition to the EcoShield, one can find Reliabilt 3000 series and Pella through Lowes, Andersen Craftsmen, Silverline 3000 series, Allside Mezzo, and Harvey Classics. Which models in these lines can you recommend? Please note the windows will be along one wall of a walk out basement that is mostly unfinished, so no need for bells and whistles nor eye-popping NFRC numbers

I am likely going for a mulled double-hung window configuration, and doing at least two pair. Would you suggest new construction or replacement windows if the windows are to be mulled?

Once I know that I can send the estimates that I have recently received.

With an early winter approaching I appreciate the help!

Kim - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kim, the only window I would really recommend in that group is the Harvey Classic. This is a good mid range vinyl window that shouldn't be too tough on the pocket book. You will probably get a replacement window if they are to be mulled...

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo Window Warranty

When Alside Mezzo window says lifetime warranty, what should I expect for length of performance in reality?

Karen - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

I would expect the window to last at least 20 years. The Alside Mezzo window is not a bad window, but it's also nowhere near the best. I think if you got 20 years out of them, you should consider yourself lucky.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo vs Simoton 9800

We have quotes for both of these windows with a big price difference. Are we trying to compare apples to oranges? Would you recommend the Alside Mezzo over the Alside Sheffield? Our quote for those are about the same. Will appreciate your assessment.

Mark - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Mark, there is a big difference between the Simonton 9800 series and the Alside Mezzo. The 9800 is one of the best window series from Simonton and I would say the Mezzo is just an okay vinyl window, maybe in the lower end of the mid range. I would say the Alside Mezzo is better than the Sheffield, so if the option is between these two, I would go with the Mezzo. In general, Simonton windows are one tier up from Alside, although the Ultramaxx from Alside is a pretty decent window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo vs Ply Gem Pro Windows

I have received quotes for Alside Mezzo and Ply Gem Pro double hung windows. The Mezzo was cheaper. Which would you recommend?

Stephanie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Robert, I would say the Alside Mezzo and Ply Gem Pro are pretty comparable in terms of quality and performance. Both of them are pretty solid middle of the road vinyl windows. I would say go with the cheaper of the two, although I would add that the installer would a bigger factor for me than the window. The quality (lack of quality) of the installation will affect performance more than the window itself.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo vs Milgard Tuscany

Looking at Mezzo vs Milgard Tuscany. Cost about the same. What do you think?

Jim - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jim, I think you're right that these two windows are about the same in terms of quality and performance. I think that Milgard enjoys the better reputation in the industry though in terms of consistency and batch quality. If it were me, I'd go with the Milgard Tuscany window, all things being equal.

However, since they are so close, I would suggest looking at the quality of installer or installation team, as the real basis of comparison. Who do you feel more comfortable with? Who has the better reputation? Ask the company how many windows of that brand they install per year, how many issues arise, how well do they work with the company to resolve the issue, how quickly does the company respond, etc. These are some great questions to help you narrow down the answer to the installation question.

Good luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo or Sunrise Verde Windows

Hi - I'm going crazy with window research. We have 18 yr-old Marvin Integrity that are terrible - such bad leakage we have plastic on many & lots of black mold in the corners.

Since we're looking at replacing every window in the house (approx. 16 Windows, most double-hung, plus 2 sets of sliding patio doors) we are cost conscious but also insist on getting better quality.

We live in far-western WI, which is basically like living in MN. We are not interested in giving Marvin any more money. The bid from Renewal/Andersen was insane.

Thing is, I'm having a very hard time finding anyone with a sample of anything else for me to look at, except Alside Mezzo and SeasonGuard (made "exclusively" for a WI construction co).

We want: efficiency, high VT (slimline frames preferred), wood-look interior (that looks decent), grid options (we like Prairie) and a really good warranty.

The upgraded Mezzos have good thermal ratings, but I'm wanting to compare with something else. I like what I read about Revere Birkshire Elite. ???

There is a nearby dealer who could get Sunrise Standard Series and another that can get Verde. HOWEVER, I've read that Sunrise uses multiple layers of Low-E 4 coatings to reach a better U-factor but this compromises the condensation resistance. ??? So help me God, if our new Windows have a problem with condensation resistance, my husband will have a fit.

Should we be looking at something else? Simonton? PlyGem? Great Lakes? I'm not even sure about dealers around here (Minneapolis/St. Paul area).

I just don't know what to do & really need some input.

Sarah - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Sarah, of all the windows you mentioned, the Sunrise Verde is by far the best…the Sunrise standard is good too, plus you can add any upgrades to it that are important to you — you really can't get much better than the sunrise, unless Soft-Lite or Okna are available in your area. These are the top three vinyl window companies as far as I'm concerned…

Ask the sunrise dealer to go over the low-e4 issue, I've never heard anyone say that, I would be interested if that were true, but I sort of doubt it…did you hear that from one of their competitors?

Please, let me know if you have any follow up questions!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo vs. Soft-Lite Element

Dane, Here is what I' m looking at:

One company is Alside Mezzo, case price 10,997 or 422.96/window

Another is Soft Lite Elements (free 3rd pane) discounted price?? 16,714 or 642.86/window

Another company is AMI (I imagine Alside, even though they say it is not Alside window) in the middle at about $450/window

They are all highly rated on BBB and Angie's list. I like the Soft Lite window (and the company - seem more trustworthy), but are they worth $220 more a window for 26 windows? My wife is hesitant to spend the extra $5700 for the Elements. We should be in our home at least another 15 years. The Soft Lite company is happy to divide up the job over a year or two and are not pushy at all. I'm not much of a haggler, but I wonder if 550 a window for the Elements is a fair counter offer? I won't hold you responsible, so don't hold back. Just tell me what you would do if you were middle class cop with normal family and bills.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Mike, if it were me I would go with Soft-Lite Element for $642 per window. This is actually a very good price. However, there is no reason not to try and get them to lower their price :) It never hurts to ask and the worst thing they can say is no. I'm not much of a haggler either, although my wife is amazing at it.

Here is what I do that keeps me in my comfort zone when negotiating - "We really like the Elements Series and want to go with you guys, but it is a little out of our price range. Is there any way to get that price closer to $600, $575 (insert whatever price you want) per window. If we could get here, I'm all ready to sign."

Perhaps they will come down in price simply for the business. They may also run through all of the options you've selected (glass, hardware, etc.) and suggest a way to lower the per window price to something that you guys can better afford.

I honestly think you will be better served with the Soft-Lite than the Mezzo in the long run, but I understand that paying the extra money is a tough pill to swallow at the outset!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Alside Mezzo vs. Sheffield

I have had two companies visit my home to give me an estimate. I have 26 windows, (2) of which are 11 inch sidelights on a second floor.

American Weathertechs LLS – local company highly rated on Angie's List and BBB A+. Their quote (cash) is $11,597. Window is Alside Preservation double pane

RWT – Replacement Window Techs – also local highly rated on Angie's List and BBB A+. Their quote (cash) is $10,997. Window is Alside Sheffield or Mezzo

*I think it is important to know that this company consists of 5 employees, owner + 4 steady employees. It seems to me that if the same 5 guys are always working together, and maintaining high ratings, that has to be considered.

After reading your site for hours, I have come to the conclusion that Alside may not be the best choice. We live in a 24 year old house with the original contract grade aluminum windows. I have tried to locate local dealers who sell Okna, Simonton, and Polaris as it seems these are very good choices.

I am by no means rich. I want a good value for my money. Would you mind pointing me in a direction and no I won't bitch if it goes south. I'm just a dumb cop who doesn't want to regret such a substantial purchase. Thank you for your time. Most sincerely,

Mike - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Mike, I'm not a huge fan of Alside Windows, although the Preservation is a nice model and the Mezzo is not bad either. I do think that a few more bids might help to clarify prices and let you see and feel some different vinyl windows that might provide you with some better long term value.

I absolutely agree that installation teams that know one another and install the same windows over and over again is a very good thing, especially if they have a strong reputation.

I'd get a bid on Simonton Reflections 5300 or 5500 model, perhaps even the Impressions 9800 - assuming you find a dealer near you.

This page has some recommendations for some affordable options - affordable vinyl windows.

These guys do Okna windows in Columbus - you may want to call them up and see if they know of a dealer in Cincinnati. http://winglerconstructionandremodeling.com/why-okna/

Call Sunrise and see if they have a local dealer.

Call Stanek - I know they probably service your area as well and they make nice vinyl windows - more on Stanek window reviews

We are in the process of creating state pages for consumers so let me know what you find out so I can add to the page and help other consumers get some good recommendations. Ohio Replacement Windows

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015






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Alside Excalibur Windows Reviews

The Alside Excalibur Series generally receives mixed reviews from industry experts. The Excalibur is considered a low to mid-grade window, although it is the most popular Alside window series (and the entry level window often sold by Window World). One of the best features is the narrow sightlines, which allows for less frame and more glass.

The company seems to stand behind their products, despite the issues the windows have - thin walls, AI numbers around 0.18 and poor seals. They also look rather plain and simple. They are a decent window for a rental property of a house flipper, but not something for a long term replacement window.

Tim - Site Editor


Alside Excalibur Replacement Windows

How do I get 2 Alside excaliber replacement windows replaced. They were installed in 2007 and now have moisture/mildew between the panes.

Catherine - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Catherine, the best step is to contact the Alside rep in your area and see if they can help you. I love the new smartphones because you can take pictures of the windows and send it to them and they can see the problem without having to come all the way out to your home, which can often be difficult to achieve. If you do not get any relief from them, call Alside directly and explain the problem and send them the pictures as well. Window companies like to avoid consumers who have legitimate gripes because its a headache. Consumers who are persistent and troublesome for them often get relief because they have a legitimate concern and the company wants the issue (you) to go away. It's the darker side of the business for sure, but unfortunately it does exist.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Excalibur vs. Alside Sheffield

I am in the process of replacing five windows in my property. The only reputable window company here is Window World. Now I know Window World doesn't have the best reputation, but there have been no complaints about the branch in our local area.

Through Window World I have been offered two good window choices, both Alside. I've been offered the Alside Sheffield, which is the ComfortWorld 6000 and the Alside Excalibur, which is the ComfortWorld 4000, but am torn on which one to go with. I can only see a small difference in the frames between the two, which is really making my final decision really difficult and I could do with some advice on which is the better option. Bear in mind I am in Kansas City and we have heavy winds here with dramatic weather changes, so this needs to be taken into consideration. Any advice will be appreciated.

Kyle- Homeowner - from 2013

[Contractor Response]

Taking Window World out of the equation and concentrating on the Alside windows only, I must say I have had bad experiences with both. I installed Alside windows not too long ago for a client and after the first bad weather they experienced air leaks and warped sashes. There are many other choices available which offer better performance numbers and are a solid window. I recommend you see if you can't get other windows, such as the Soft-Lite Imperial Pro. These are great performing windows, they are visually appealing and should manage the weather patterns you experience in Kansas City.

If your only choices are those from Window World, then I'd recommend the 6000 series. Bear in mind that the installation of the window plays a very important role in the overall performance. If the installer is working for Window World and is included in the price, make sure you are completely happy with the installation and that the job has been completed to the highest standard, as most of these installers are paid poorly by the manufacturer, which results in them doing quick jobs without paying enough attention to the quality of their work. Out of the two you have mentioned, I believe the Sheffield to be the better option. Though if you can spend some time to research some other options that are available which may offer you better peace of mind.

Fred - Installer - from 2013


Excalibur or Okna

I have been shopping around for replacement windows for a while now. I am replacing five windows and have quotes on Alside Excalibur and Okna Envirostar. The Excalibur windows have come in at $496 for double hungs completely installed. The problem is that while I have the quote in my hand, I haven't seen the windows, so I did some online research.

Reading through the many recommendations, I found Okna to be a top choice, so I found a company in my area that will supply these to me, though they advised they will cost anywhere from $600 to $800 for each window. I managed to secure a quote on the Okna Envirostar at $740 fully installed. Now of course I am not sure which to go with, which one would you recommend and why? The price is not my deciding factor, I would rather have a quality window that will last.

Dean - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

Personally I haven't had good experiences with the Alside Excalibur windows, I found them to leak air and don't see them as a favorable product. I believe in the Okna brand and don't think you can go wrong installing these. Overall Okna have the visual appeal and improved performance numbers. In my personal experience any installation problems we have encountered have been Excalibur windows and I would rate them as one of the worst windows available. Okna on the other hand is worth the extra money and I would rate them as one of the top three windows. If you are looking at price, why not look at the Okna 400s? These are entry level, but still good quality when compared to the Excalibur.

Steven - Contractor - from 2011

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Excalibur vs. Thermal Industries

I have shopped around and obtained two quotes for replacement windows, one is for the Thermal Industries Energy Wizard and the other is for the Alside Excalibur. Currently we have cheap builder grade windows and I want to move away from that. All I need is for my new replacement windows to be energy efficient and be built to last a good few years.

Linda - Homeowner from - 2012

[Contractor Response]

My recommendation would be to keep looking. Both the windows you have mentioned are not the best window options available. Both have poor reputations and their performance numbers are not worth getting excited about. Have you looked as the HiMark windows? What about SoftLite or Sunrise? All of these excel when it comes to reputation and performance over the Excalibur and Thermal Industry options.

James - Homeowner - from 2012


Alside Excalibur vs Simonton 5050

I am busy replacing my windows and have a number of quotes to consider. The ones that really appeal to me are the Alside Excalibur and the Simonton 5050, but I am not sure which is the better option for Colorado.

Sam - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

If you are looking at only those two windows, then the Simonton is the better choice. But if you want to keep shopping around, it's worthwhile having a look at the other Simonton models, as you can obviously get that brand in Colorado. The 9800 and 5300 are much better than the 5050. The Simonton 5050 are often used in rental properties as they are affordable and don't last. The Excalibur is much the same. Also check out Amerimax windows, which are based in Colorado.

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2011


Customer Satisfaction With Alside

Window World was the 3rd and lowest quote that I got for my windows. I had all of my condo windows replaced, and the difference in sound was amazing. The bed that's right by the window used to be cold at night, and now it's a comfortable temperature all the time, I'm finally sleeping all night without waking up for more blankets. They are a lot like Alside Excalibur, a decent window but nothing fancy, good when you have a tight budget and decent weather to work with. They probably wouldn't do in a place with harsh winter, but they look good and have a nice lifetime warranty. The installers were great, they worked fast, left it clean, and were very professional.

Daniel - Homeowner in California - from 2011


Alside Excalibur Window Complaint

I've seen a lot of windows, and I think that the Alside Excalibur has both a poor design and shoddy manufacturing. Air infiltration is a particular weakness here. The official test numbers aren't that good, but once installed they are even worse. The manufacturer takes a cheap, poorly designed window and then does a terrible job of making it. I wouldn't recommend it.

Tony - Industry Expert - from 2010


Alside Excalibur vs. Okna Windows

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, so if you're going to compare it should be against ones that cost the same. It's a decent window for the price.

Brian - Consumer - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

Brian, the easy answer is that of course you get what you pay for. For the most part, bargain windows aren't really a bargain. After only a few years, warping and bowing of the frame can cause leaks. Replacing a $300 window after five years compared to replacing a $600 after 30 years, it's pretty clear that the more expensive window is cheaper in the long run. Even with good customer service willing to cover the cost of the replacement windows, the installation will cost you.

Dan - Contractor - from 2010


Excalibur vs Silverline 9500 Series

I'm getting replacement windows, is the Silverline 9500 better than Excalibur? Any others I should look at?

Walden - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

If you're flipping or renting the property, those are fine, but if you plan to live with them I'd look at something better. Softlite, Okna, Gorell, Sunrise, Simonton, PGT, Great Lakes. They are all a lot better. If for some reason you're determined to get one of those, the 9500 beats the Excalibur.

Jeremy - Contractor - from 2010


Alside Excalibur Series vs Harvey

I got Alside Excalibur and Harvey Classic quotes for my house outside Boston. I need 12 double hungs and 2 bay windows. I liked the contractor, is was the same guy for either window. The Alsides will be $7500 and the Harveys $8700. I'm not sure if the Harveys are better, or at least enough better to pay that much more.

Bryan - Homeowner in Massachusetts - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

I wouldn't use the Alside no matter how much cheaper they are. The Harvey window price you got quoted is excellent.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2009


Importance Of Installation

As an installer, I've worked with a lot of Alside Excalibur windows and I think they are some of the best in the business. They look good and are pretty sturdy for the price. What people don't realize is that the dealer and the installer are more important than the manufacturer. You want to buy from someone who cares about customer service. The installer is just as important - a good installation can make a lousy window work pretty well for a long time, and a bad installer is going to leave you with a leaky, drafty window, no matter how much you paid for it. A bad installation is probably going to void your warranty as well.

Dave - Installer in California - from 2009






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Alside Sheffield Windows Reviews

The Alside Sheffield Series is a bargain priced window that few would recommend if you're looking for a something that will provide good long term value. A lot of window contractors don't like the snap or clip in sill and overall construction quality. To keep production costs low, all four sides have the same extrusion, which results in a weaker frame.

The Sheffield is slightly thicker than the Excalibur and the frame contains more chambers, but the seals and weatherstripping are poor. The Sheffield frame is pretty bulky and lacks visual appeal, although it will provide better strength and durability compared with the Excalibur.

Tim - Site Editor


Alside Sheffield Window Review

Last year my wife and I had Sheffield Alside windows put on our home. Within a few months they were leaking air, which was awful because it was cold and drafty all winter. They ended up being no better than the 20 year old windows they replaced. I don't know if it's the actual windows or if we had a bad installer. I've been trying to get him to come take a look, but he keeps putting me off. Our neighbors had their windows done around the same time with Renewal by Andersens and they haven't had any of these problems.

Dan - Consumer in Colorado - from 2011


Alside Sheffield vs Simonton Windows

I have a bunch of windows to replace - sliders, double hung, casement, and a sliding door. I've pretty much narrowed it down to a few choices. They all qualify for the $1500 tax credit, which is nice. I'm looking at:

Alside Sheffield (with Climatech & Super spacer): $6400
Simonton Prism Platinum/5500 (w/ Super Spacer): $7700
Great Lakes Grandview 4000: $7500
Great Lakes Grandview 5000 (triple pane): $8300

Sheffields are affordable but there's usually a reason when one thing is a lot cheaper. I've heard good things about Simontons, but are they worth that much more? And I don't know a lot about Great Lakes but they look good and I think the price isn't that bad.

Jack - Homeowner in Colorado - from 2009

[Response From Contractor]

The Simonton is always a good bet. Great Lakes makes good windows, and they have good customer service. Either would be ok. I would stay away from the Alsides unless the money is a problem.

William - Contractor - from 2009

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Alside Sheffield Windows Reviews

I've put in a lot of different windows, and the Alside Sheffield is one that I really hate to see. I think it's just cheap. Instead of a sloped sill, like every well-designed window out there, the frame has the same extrusion on all sides. It's a cheap shortcut that saves millions on factory equipment. Unfortunately, most home owners don't pay attention and they'll buy it anyway. Another problem the Sheffield has is the handle. When you lift up it puts stress on the glass. It's just a cheap and ugly way of doing things - a good window will have the handle in the sash rail.

Hartley - Installer - from 2008






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Alside Ultramaxx Windows Reviews

For the most part, installers give the Alside Ultramaxx Series decent reviews (but not enough to make our recommended window list). Like any window, good installation is vital. It does feature a pocket sill (which Alside calls a full capture sill), which a lot of contractors don't love as debris can build and and clog the weep holes and eventual lead to mold and mildew inside the frame.

Tim - Site Editor


Alside Ultramaxx vs Hawthorne Alliance

Tim, we recently purchased an older home and are looking to replace the single pane windows. I have had different contractors give me estimates and tell me their window is more superior to the other guys. I would rather have facts than just a bunch of talk. The two brands are the Hawthorne Alliance vs. Alside promaxx with Climatech TG2 (triple pane). There are roughly 20 windows to replace along with a sliding patio door. We would be looking for a wood grain interior and a beige exterior. I am wondering if I should check into the Ply Gem Premium window. I would appreciate any feedback that you would have. I never would have guessed choosing a window could be so difficult.

Brian - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Brian, I would say that the Alliance Hawthorne window is decent - I certainly wouldn't put it in the exceptional range, but decent numbers and decent features. The Alside Ultramaxx (I haven't heard of the promaxx, perhaps a specialty window line?) is a decent window as well, but again not a world beater by any means. Not to say that you need the very best vinyl window out there, but you do need really solid installation so this component of the project should account for 50% of the equation when you decide.

Absolutely get a quote on the Ply Gem Premium - maybe even one more from a Soft-Lite, Sunrise, Okna, Polaris or ProVia dealer - it can never hurt to get more bids. Usually, I recommend taking the lowest priced bid and calling the window company you most like and asking if they can come close to the per window price quote.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Alside Ultramaxx Series vs Gorell Windows

I have 23 windows to replace. I'm looking at the Alside Ultramaxx for $14,500 or Gorell 5300 for $11,500. Any ideas how they compare?

Dan - Homeowner - from - 2009

[Contractor Response]

The Gorell is much better, no question. I can't imagine why Alside would ask that much, they are lower quality than Gorells.

Larwence - Installer - from 2009






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Alside Fairfield Windows Reviews


Alside Fairfield 80 Windows vs. Okna

Just found your website. We are replacing 8 aluminum framed single paned windows. They are all 48 x 72 inches. The top part are picture windows with an 18 inch awning type window on the bottom. 5 are second story windows above a large deck with 3 windows at deck level.

We have a quote from an Alside dealer using Fairfield 80 triple pane widows with a bottom slider. The quote is $8730 complete with installation. That seems very high to me so I am doing some further research.

You seem to like Okna windows. Don’t know if they are available in Oregon. Would you have any suggestion for our project. From online searching it appears that Alside windows are not highly regarded. Thanks for any help.

Chris - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Chris, I am not a huge fan of Alside windows, but some people think they are decent. I feel like they are more of a builder grade window and paying over a $1000 per seems a bit crazy to me -- although the awning window at the bottom throws a pretty big monkey wrench into that calculation.

Okna is definitely not available in Oregon. Milgard makes a good quality vinyl window and they should be available. Marvin as well, but they aren't cheap.

Amerimax may be available and they are solid for vinyl. Jeld Wen makes a wood clad window with an Aurlast wood treatment that comes with a lifetime warranty that I've heard good things about. I normally don't recommend Jeld Wen or wood, but the lifetime warranty is impressive.

To be honest, the west coast doesn't have the same quality vinyl window manufacturers as the east coast. However, we also don't have the extreme weather that they do there -- although Oregon obviously gets cold and wet in the winter.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Alside Fairfield 70 Review

We are considering a new home construction with Alside windows series 70 single hung. Do you have any information or opinions concerning the quality of these windows? We live in Colorado.

Bruce - Homeowner - from 2016

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Bruce, I don't feel like the Alside Fairfield 70 new construction window is all that great a vinyl window. I'm not a big fan of the overall design or durability of the 70 or 80. I'd much rather see you go with something like an Amerimax or a mid range Simonton over the Alside.

Your contractor should have access to one or both of these -- I'd ask him to price out the mid range model from both of these companies. You will pay a bit more, but should save money in the long run.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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Alside Insignia Windows Reviews


Alside Insignia Window Review

Insignia Windows by Alside. How is there performance in the Rocky Mountain region?

Chuck - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Chuck, the Alside Insignia Window is quite good, I am impressed with the list of features used on this window. The problem is often how much they charge for the window. While they include some nice features, the Insignia is not one of the best vinyl windows out there.

If I were you, I would start out getting a bid on an Amerimax, perhaps their mid range vinyl window. I would imagine that it would be much more affordable, but I could be wrong. Get a couple more bids and see how the windows and prices compare before you ink anything.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016






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Alside Revelation Windows Reviews


Alside Revelation Prices

Hi Tim, we were currently offered a promotional deal from REI Home Enhancements on their triple pane Revelation window. Has all the bells and whistles, energy efficient, etc. Free installation/ labor and 30% off materials, 50 yr warranty that transfers over free if you sell the house. We would have to stick a sign in the yard for 30 days etc.

Their presentation was very impressive and very convincing. The two sales guys seemed very knowledgeable and there was zero pressure. After the discounted rate each window came out to be around $724. Is this a fair price?

We have 17 windows which would be a total of $12,308. I have always heard that windows are expensive and have been reading up on the internet trying to find what a fair price would be on the type of window we may be purchasing. What do you think? I appreciate wood appreciate any guidance and advise.

Holt - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Holt, the Revelation is made by Alside, but I don't hear a ton about the window itself. It's not listed on the Alside site in any way. From what I've been able to suss out, the Alside Revelation is the Ultramaxx that is relabeled and then sold by REI Home Enhancements, which has 15 branches at this point. So the Ultramaxx is considered a decent vinyl window, I'd probably say it's a solid mid range vinyl widow. It uses a snap in sill, which is not a great design in my opinion, because it drains water through the frame and dirt and debris can get stuck or clogged. Not a big deal until year 12 rolls around and the window is all jammed up with gunk. Yuck.

For $724 per window completely installed, you should be able to get a top of the line vinyl window. I would urge you to at the very least get two more bids, three more would be my preference. I'm not quite sure where you are located, but I would start with seeing if Okna windows has a local company that services your area. Their 400 or 500 series windows are going to be a much better window, with better tolerances, fit and finish than the Alside Revelation.

Other companies to look for include Soft-Lite, Sunrise, Zen, Polaris, Hi Mark, and Kensington. Get two or three bids and feel free to shoot them back to me and I'd be happy to take a look and give you my take -- I wouldn't rush this process, you want to do it once and then be done with it for the next 20 years.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017






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Alside Fusion Windows Reviews


Alside Fusion Window vs Harvey Classic

Hi, We’re near Boston, MA and replacing 10 windows plus a picture window. Your thoughts on Harvey Classics vs. Alside Fusion?

I see the pricing is a little lower in Alside and they offer a lifetime guarantee for repair/replace even on rental units. Where this will be a future rental, I see that a bonus, but which is a better choice for quality?

Tracey - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tracey, I think the Harvey Classic is the better built window. The warranty on the Harvey ought to be equivalent to the Alside Fusion -- I actually don't put a ton of stock in warranties -- check the Alside, it may be prorated so after a time you are paying a higher percentage of the cost of the window -- the warranty doesn't cover labor so that's 35% of the cost there as well. I guess what I'm saying is, it's cheaper to get a better window and not have issues in year 8 then to buy the less expensive window and have to pay to repair/replace in year 8 and deal with the headache of it all.

I would use the lower price quote of the Alside Fusion to get the lowest price possible on the Classic. Tell him if he can match the price you were quoted on the Fusion then you're ready to sign.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017






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Alside 2000 Windows Reviews


Alside 2000 Series Replacements

Hi Tim, I am so glad I ran across your website ? it is very informative. I live in Northern Virginia and have replaced most of the windows in the house with Alside Ultimate 2000 (can?t seem to find this model in any reviews or on their website). I used a reputable contractor to do the installation and am pleased with his work and all is well at this point.

That being said, I now want to finish the rest of the windows in the house (about 8) and I want to do the installation myself. I have replaced many windows for friends and relatives over the last several years using Pella, American Craftsman, and in one case Harvey windows. I know installation is a very important part of the replacement window process and I am extremely particular about the getting the installation right. I don?t have a contractors license but know my work is of high quality.

So my dilemma is being able to buy a high to middle grade vinyl replacement window from a dealer and do the replacement myself. I like all the things you have said about Okna and others but it does not look as though they will sell directly to the homeowner. Any suggestions as to how I can purchase a good quality vinyl replacement window and install it myself?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

Tony - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tony, you are correct that it is very difficult to find reputable window manufacturers that will sell directly to consumers. The best window I've found is probably the Andersen 100 composite frame. With a good glass package, that window is better than the Alside 2000 model in my opinion.

It is available locally for me at Home Depot, but HD is regional and carries different brands in different locations. I would go to the big box stores and ask the guys who work there what window they carry is the best and then what window would they put in their home from the HD selections. I would think the answer would be the same for both questions, but who knows.

You can also ask HD, Lowes, and Dixieline for example if there are any brands they carry that you can purchase directly. In all likelihood, they will say no, but they might say if you have a "contractor's license" then you can purchase and you can always find someone to put in the order for you.

Good luck and let me know what you find so I can be better informed myself in case someone else asks me this same question down the road!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017






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Alside 3100 Window Reviews


Alside 3100 Series vs. Zen Lotus

I have the following bid. The price includes all tax, labor, materials and picking up and hauling away all job related debris. Price includes all construction needed to convert current openings.

Install (14) "Lotus" Triple Pane Double Hung Windows by Zen Windows: $8500

Install (14) Alside Model 3100 Triple Pane Double Hung Windows by Zen Windows: $7200

Install (4) Hopper Double Pane Windows by Zen Windows: $220

Jim - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

I like the Zen Lotus part of the quote — the Soft-Lite Pro model, which is the Lotus, is good and $600 per window is a decent price.

Why the 14 Alside windows? I'm just not a fan of Alside to be honest and it seems weird to have two different brands of windows that look different in the same house. Again, my opinion.

If it were me, i would see if i could get all Lotus windows for $14.4K (the price they quoted the alside out at). I would say that if he could get to this price, I would sign a work order that day and be ready to go. Then I'd see what he said...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017






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Alside 6100 Patio Door Reviews


Alside 6105 Sliding Door vs Joyce 7500 Door

Hi Dane, I have been reading up on some of these Alside door and window reviews. They don’t sound all that great. We are having a kitchen remodel done and taking out french doors and putting in an Alside 6105 sliding patio door. Are they a good door to use?

I also have a quote for a 7500 Deluxe Sliding Patio Door from Joyce Windows. Have you heard about this company?

Diane - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Diane, I'm not a huge fan of Alside, but they aren't a bad manufacturer by any means. I simply think that for the price, there are better options out there. Their doors are no different in my opinion. However, the Alside 6400 patio door is the one product I would give a thumbs up to. I think it's a nice looking and functioning patio door.

However, I might recommend Alside over a small operation like Joyce. 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.

Ask him if he can get you a quote on a Jeld Wen door or a ProVia door. I like these two companies (for their doors) far better than Alside or Joyce.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Alside 6100 Sliding Door

Your reviews of Alside replacement windows are not that glowing. What about the Alside 6100 sliding glass door - any comments on it you can share. My experience with the contractor who would be installing is good, so I am not really concerned about installation issues, just any problems with the door quality from Alside. Any comments would be appreciated.

Jeanne - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jeanne, you're right, I'm not all that keen on Alside, I just think there are better brands that can provide better long term value for consumers. I don't know anything specific about the Alside 6100 sliding glass door, but I would say that any company who would make the Excalibur window should be questioned on their other product lines.

If nothing else, have the contractor give you two more options, hopefully from our recommended list of vinyl window providers. I'd love for you to have some more options to compare to the 6100 door.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016






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Alside Preservation Windows Reviews

Preservation windows are marketed as a stand alone product and touted as a very high end vinyl window. It is a decent enough window that does use a block & tackle balancing system (which is preferable to a constant force balancing system). However, like all Alside products, the Preservation window uses a capture or snap in sill that is no inferior design to a true sloped sill.

If we assume that vinyl window prices run $40 to $90 per square foot fully installed and the Preservation window is a middle of the road window, then you should be looking at $55 to $65 per square foot.

Tim - Site Editor


Alside Preservation vs Milgard

I am a single woman who just bought a 1977 split level home with the original alum windows. Some have fogging, some are just fine. I want to replace them and I've had many quotes over the past 2 months and I'm still at a loss. I have 12 sliders, 1 PW, and 1 sliding glass door. RBA came in at $38k and DaBella came in at $19k, so they are both ruled out. I'm down to Window World at $7.5k, Alside Fairfield 80 series $9,5k (triple pane which I think is overkill for Portland OR), and Milgard (through Lowes and with my own installer) both Styleline $10,5k and Tuscany $11,3k.

Based on your calculator, these are all over priced. I just want a mid range quality window and I don't know what to pick. Lowe's also suggested Cascade Empire Series, said these use the same glass as Milgard. Please help me with your opinion on what to do. Robyn

Robyn - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Robyn, that Renewal quote is crazy high. It looks like DaBella sells Preservation windows, which are a private label Alside window that are typically pretty overpriced as well (at least in my opinion). I'm not a huge fan of Window World or Alside so I can't in good conscious recommend going with either of these.

I do like Milgard though and think that the extra $800 for the Tuscany is definitely worth it. You can't really base those prices though on the calulator on our site though because sliding glass doors and patio windows can run $1000K plus easily. Based on the price you were quoted out on the Alside Fairfield 80 series, I would say the Tuscany quote sounds reasonable.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Preservation Window Review

Preservation windows are made by 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 high end price. That's a problem, the average person doesn't know that the Preservation isn't a top tier vinyl window like the best models from Sunrise Windows or Polaris. You may want to get some additional bids for the sake of comparison.

Pete - Installer - from 2014






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General Alside Window Reviews


Alside Window Quote

Hi Dane and Tim, I was hoping you can help with the below question. We were recently contacted by a company selling Alside windows and they mentioned that they are trying to become more prominent in the Kentucky area. With that in mind they are looking for houses that they can replace the windows and then photograph for their future marketing material. By allowing them to photograph the house they will sell the windows at 50% off the retail price.

The company selling the Windows is Cost Savers out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The window they are doing the promotion for is the brand Alside and the model is the Mezzo.

We have 24 windows in the house that would be replaced:

6 windows that are roughly 6 ft. tall by 1 ft. 7 in. wide

6 windows that are 4 ft. 5 in. tall by 1 ft. by 10 in tall

4 windows that are 4 ft. 5 in. tall by 1 ft. 7 in. wide

7 windows that are 4 ft. 5 in. tall by 2 ft. 3 in. wide

He total us the total cost is $9,750. The pricing includes all windows, installation, caulking, new trim coil, foam insulation around, and haul away. That also includes all tax. In terms of warranty, they stated they have a lifetime warranty. He said most companies lifetime warranty means 7-10 years, but theirs is truly the lifetime you own the house. He said if you sell the house you can pass over the warranty to 1 buyer, so you can put it in your contract for up to 1 other buyer.

The window he priced is the dual-pane (NOT the triple), white on white vinyl with the exception of the 6 windows highlighted in red. Those would be white with the wood grain vinyl on the other side. None of the windows would have grids and they would all only be the half screen not the full screen.

Does this seem to be a promotional price or their standard price? I see online that this brand is considered mid-range?

Since we were not considering windows immediately unless this truly seem to be a great deal and value we would not want to move forward, what is your opinion?

For the same price and the same number of windows do you recommend a different company, brand, model that would provide greater value?

Roughly how long does it take to get a reply? As they are stating this is a promotional value they said we have by EOB to decide.

Melissa- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Melissa, I hope I didn't take too long to get back to you. I would say that Alside's best window, the Ultramaxx, is a mid range window. I would say their Mezzo is okay and their other windows are pretty poorly made. I'm not a huge fan of Alside personally, although certainly the model makes a HUGE difference.

The whole promotional price bit sounds like a scam to me -- why do you have to let them know by end of business, what is changing tomorrow in their business that isn't allowing them to provide you with their best price this week or next?

$420 per window is a decent price, but I think for $500 a window you could probably get better windows that will last longer. Nearly all vinyl windows come with a limited lifetime warranty so the fact that he said most companies offer a 7 to 10 year warranty is wrong. Basically I don't like anything that this person told you.

See if you can find a local company that sells the following: Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, Zen. Even the entry level windows from these companies will be better than the best offering from Alside.

Here are a couple more brands I like Polaris, Stanek and Wallside. These company's windows aren't quite as good, but their mid range offerings will be better than anything Alside sells.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside vs Window World

Window World uses a lot of subcontractors, which I really don't like. You never know what kind of workmanship you're going to get. They use Alside as their main supplier. You can get a good deal if you need some simple white double hungs, but if you want energy efficient features or different style windows, 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 to keep the energy bills reasonable and the house comfortable. For a rental or if you're planning to move, cheap models makes a lot of sense.

William - Contractor - from 2011


Alside Customer Satisfaction

Five years ago I replaced all twenty windows in my home with Alsides. I live in Washington, DC and we have extreme heat in the summer and cold in the winter, and we haven't had any problems with drafts or cold spots. I think my installer did a really good job. They talked a lot about insulation and ended up using a foam around the windows and some aluminum cladding on the outside. We've been really happy with them.

Rick - Homeowner - from 2009






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