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Read 23 Alside windows reviews from homeowners and contractors to explore popular models such as the Excalibur, Sheffield, Ultramaxx, Mezzo and Preservation.

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Additional Reviews: Alside Window Prices

Soft-Lite Element vs Alside Mezzo Windows

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 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 Sheffield or Mezzo

I have had two companies visit my home to give me an estimate. I have 26 windows, (2) of which are 11" 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.

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

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 becuse 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

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 Preservation Windows 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

Alside Sheffield Windows Reviews

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 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

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

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Excalibur Window Review

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 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 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

Alside 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

Alside 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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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

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

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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