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Read 78 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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Alside Window Prices | Mezzo Series | Excalibur Series

Sheffield Series | Ultramaxx Series | Insignia Series

Revelation Series | Fairfield 70 Series | 2000 Series

3100 Series | Fusion Series | 6100 Patio Door

Promenade Patio Door | Preservation Windows | General Alside Reviews

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

Alside Mezzo Windows Reviews

The Alside Mezzo is the company's newest window series; it's essentially an updated Excalibur window that uses an identical frame, but with an improved window sill and reinforced sash. The frame is still relatively slim (some contractors say flimsy), which allows for more glass, but sacrifices performance in the process.

It does achieve a .04 air infiltration and DP40 rating. The frame though is a bit worrisome in terms of its overall longevity. The Mezzo does have some 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 an indication to consumers of the overall construction and durability of the window. Not a bad window for low end budgets, but there are better windows out there for consumers looking to maximize long term value.

Tim - Site Editor

Alside Mezzo Windows Cost

Hi Dane, we've received a bid for 14 windows double hung with grids.

Alside Mezzo: $9,095

Simonton 6100: $8,500

Can you offer any advice about which is better? OR recommend a window that may be a better choice in that price range?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Paul - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Paul, I’d put those bids on par with one another. The Mezzo and the VantagePointe are comparable windows, solid mid range vinyl windows. I think that’s reflected in those bids. If those were my choices, I would switch from window to the company doing the install. This will makes a much bigger difference than the subtle differences in those windows.

Could you find something better in that price range...I would think so. In the Nashville area, I believe there is a Zen dealer that should sell Soft-Lite windows. (Make sure they sell Soft-Lite though as some branches have moved to Alside.) There should also be a Sunrise dealer and the Sunrise Classic or just Sunrise is an excellent window.

I’m going to also include my list of good and great windows if you want to spend 20 minutes searching for these other recommended windows.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021

Aslide Mezzo Window Bid

Hi Tim, we are replacing 13 double hung windows but are planning on moving within 3 to 5 years. Had one estimate of 5900.00 FOR ASLIDE mezzo. Waiting for an estimate for Okna 500 from a vendor who replaced 3 windows (okna 500) 9 Years ago. Thought of getting Window world to give an estimate but after reading a lot of reviews, their product is not as strong it seems. Is it worth getting an estimate from them? Champion is coming out on Wednesday but I hear they are high pressure. Do you have an opinion on how we might proceed? Thanks, Renita

Renita - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Renita, I suggest once you get all of your bids, you send them my way and I can help you sort through them. This is the best way to compare apples-to-apples. I will say this, your move date points to a lower end window from the perspective of ROI. Some buyers do put a premium on quality products, especially if you keep the documentation for Okna windows for instance.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Alside Mezzo Windows Quotes

Dane & Tim, I own a home that was built in 1988 that officially has 31 windows, but the one over the front door is a 3 piece window that we're considering having replaced as a single one. I've received a few quotes and to say the least it's confusing.

Quote #1 Alside Mezzo Windows (double pane) $15K – Local Company, been in business for 30+ years and has good reviews.

Quote #2 Simonton 6100 (double pane) $21K – Home Depot
Simonton 6500 (double pane) $25K – Home Depot

Quote #3 Pella 250 (double pane) $21K – Lowe's
Reliabilt 3900 (Triple Pane) $22K – Lowe's

Quote #4 4000 Series (double pane) $18K – Window World

Quote #5 Wincore 5400 (double pane) $17K – Transformation Home Svcs (Sears)
Wincore 7700S (double pane) $21K
Wincore 7700+ (triple pane) $25K

After speaking with Renewal by Andersen – I cancelled the estimate before they came out based on the price range of the estimate.

I'm waiting to get quotes from Champion, Pella, and one other local company that uses Simonton.

From everything that I read here's what I've gathered so far:

All of the quotes so far seem a bit pricey for the products being offered.

All of the windows seem to be fairly decent windows depending on who you ask. But overall they seem to be rated as ok mid tier windows.

Mezzo and Reilabilt on paper seem fairly comparable and were the ones that I was leaning towards. But are these good options? Some other key things to take in consideration: This is our 1st home and we've been here for 6 years and will probably only be here another 6ish years. Trying to get the best bang for the buck within about a 15K to 20K budget on a cash out refi.

So really looking to maintain the integrity and value of the home without killing the budget. So are there other better windows in the same price point that should be considered? If Mezzo and Reliabilt are good practical options for this project, what would be a fair price range?

Is it a good idea to have the 3pc window converted to a single panel (better on cost, but the wood that frames out the 2 side windows flanking the center picture have to be cut)? Is it important to stick with a window that is "virgin vinyl", and if so at what percent? This seems to be a big sticking point that some sales people push, but is this fact or just marketing?

The windows on the house break down as follows (all windows will have colonial style grids):

1 Picture Window 48W x 46H

2 Picture Window 48W x 54H

1 Picture Window 64W x 54H – this is the 3 pc being converted to a single panel

6 Double Hung 32W x 74H

1 Double Hung 36W x 38H

2 Double Hung 24W x 38H

12 Double Hung 32W x 54H

4 Double Hung 24W x 54H

Any feedback you can offer would be greatly appreciated!!

Kenny - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kenny, so yes some pretty high bids in general. If I were staying in my home another 6 years and then moving, I would absolutely go with quote #1 on the Alside Mezzo Windows for $15K. Loca installer with good reviews, knows the product, etc. The Alside Mezzo is a decent middle of the road window which should be solid for a decade plus. No sense in spending a ton of money if you're not going to be around to appreciate it come year 15. $500 installed per window sounds about right for this series.

The only thing I will say about converting the three piece to the single piece is to make sure that the installer feels that the Mezzo frame can support the added weight across the longer span.

Nearly all reputable companies use similar vinyl material. It's really about how they are extruded that makes a big difference in terms of strength, fit, tolerance, etc. All of that comes in the production line process.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Alside Mezzo with Climtech vs. Zen Windows Nirvana

Hello! We are located in Wisconsin and looking to replace 13 original to the home windows and one picture window. We have received over five but because this is a rental property of ours, have narrowed it down to the companies offering mid-range windows as we don't wan't or need top of the line.

Curious to what your thoughts on the bids/products below.

Zen Windows Nirvana (Soft-Lite Classic) $ $9255 with option spacer upgrade $416 — concern here is that the ratings in their brochure differ from the soft-life class (air filtration .07 compared to .11) which I am not sure how that is possible.

Local Contractor offering Alside Mezzo with Climtech Plus Glass $8875 - concern of all the bad reviews about the window looking/feeling cheap and the longevity of it. But most of the reviews are from 2014-2016, so could it possible they have made improvements to the construction? Also, because this is a local contractor, the warranty of install isn't lifetime.

All American Windows offering Perfection Gold $9925 - highest price, not familiar with the window manufacture

Any comments/suggestions/feedback on the bids or what direction you would recommend is greatly appreciated.

Desiree - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Desiree, for me this is an easy answer in the Zen Nirvana. Do the spacer upgrade if you want, but not a big deal either way. Air infiltration is based on the type of window, glass package, grids, there are a bunch of factors involved. The .07 is the Nirvana number usually cited for a double hung, no grids, with a standard low-e glass. The Soft-Lite Classic is the much better window over the Alside Mezzo and the Perfection Gold. Just make sure the Zen branch has a good reviews on their work.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Alside Mezzo Window Bid

I have a quote from an local company that installs alside windows. The first 14 windows would be Mezzo, we have been provided a quote for both double and triple pane windows for all but the last 3 listed (due to size they would be double). We are looking at replacing all of our windows. quote range is 14500-16600. Is this reasonable? I have seen some of your reviews regarding Alside as being, shall i say adequate.

Is there a window that you prefer that would still be reasonably priced?

7 - 40x40

6 - 36Wx54H

1 - 36x36

4 - 36x74 (oriel, picture on top, bottom needs tempered)

3- 65x74 (Picture - tempered, double pane due to size)


Derick - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Derick, so that quote for the Alside Mezzo looks quite high to me. That window is usually quoted in the $400 to $500 range, including installation. Tempered glass bumps up that bid by $75 to $100 per window though. Then there’s the oriel window, which can be pricey. Still...

The amount of work on the install is probably a contributing factor, but you won’t know that until you get a few more bids. See if you can have them break the bid down into windows and installation.

It is true that my opinion of Alside is that the windows are adequate but not great. Better brands for me include Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Kensington, Zen, Vytex, Vinylmax, and even Simonton. The mid range option from the first six brands and the premium options from the last three.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Alside Mezzo Quote

I am replacing some double hung wood windows, along with some storm windows. These are the original windows and besides them being completely inefficient, they are all fogged up inside. I have 19 windows in all and want decent energy efficient windows that rerun no upkeep.

I have several bids but my head is spinning with all the decisions to make

Home Depot gave us a bid on the 6500 series for $22K ($19K with their promotion). The 6100 series would be $18K ($15K with their promotion).

A local builder bid out the Alside Mezzo series for $8400.

Another local company bid out the Duragard series for $12K ($15K with an exterior frame color) These guys came highly recommended.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Beatrice - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Beatrice, the bid on the Simonton 6500 series is ridiculously high. They aren't worth $1000 a window, especially considering the bids you have on the other two windows.

The Alside Mezzo is an okay middle of the road window and with professional installation that sounds like its not a bad option given what your looking for.

The Duraweld series isn't bad, but I don't quite know enough about it to really give a strong opinion. I'd stick to the Alside Mezzo or if you want a premium window, I'd keep looking.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Alside Mezzo Basement Windows

We have 6 replacement windows, all encased in steel, which makes for a costlier project. Here is what we have so far.

Local comapny selling Alside Mezzo: $4200

America’s Windows selling the Okna 500: $4500

Local company selling their own window: $7500

Brienna - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Brienna, the Okna comes in first by a log shot, then the Alside, then the othe bid.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Alside Mezzo vs. Viwintec 6000 Ultra

Hi, I'm searching for 4 mid grade vinyl windows and have received a bunch of quotes that I wrote down below to get your take on. Thanks so much in advance for any advice that you may have.

Kensington Kingston Windows (w/KG4 glass): $2797

ViWinTech 6000 Ultra Windows: $3256

Viwintec Casement Windows: $3685

Alside Mezzo Windows: $3200

Sears Premium Windows: $9200

Dave - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dave, I'd toss the Sears quote as an outlier at the beginning. I would give the nod to the lowest quote you have in the Kensington Kingston. After that I would go with the Alside Mezzo. I'm not a huge fan of the Mezzo, but it's air infiltration numbers are impressive.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Alside Mezzo vs. Apex Windows

Hi Tim, I came across your blog tonight about replacement windows and wanted some insight if possible. We live in a suburb in Carmel, Indiana about 20 min north of Indianapolis . We live in a subdivision where vinyl windows are the norm and we built the house 23 years ago.

We have a 3000 sq foot house. The windows we have that were installed by the builder were low end and need replacements . We have a variety of window sizes with many being over the normal benchmark.

We are looking at replacing 30 windows ....3 small picture windows.

We have 3 bids

Apex ... their bid is over 22000..the Insignia line. of course they want to put the sign in the yard for 3 months ... want to make it a show house for the neighborhood but I am not in favor of being an advertiser for a company . If we are not the advertiser their bid goes up to 28k. All part of their high pressure sales team.

Alside... their bid is 20,475 for the Mezzo line The salesman lives down the road about 2 miles from us and the company he works for Fadely Home Designs has gotten excellent reviews on installation and warranty work . They have been in business for 30 years.

Window source....6000 series is Great Valley windows . The distributor has been in business for 3 years and is located about 15 min from our home.His bid is 19,875.

We plan on being in the house for 5-7 more years.

Any insight would be appreciated or any OTHER BRANDS that we should consider please let me know ! It is a lot of money and we want to make an informed decision.

I appreciate any help you may offer!

Paul - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Paul, I'm not sure I'm a fan of any of the bids you have. If I had to choose, I'd say the Alside Mezzo of the bids you have thus far. Apex tends to be gimmicky and not a particularly good window in my estimation.

The fact that you're moving in 5 to 7 years puts a different spin on my answer though. Most windows, even sub par windows, are fine for that period of time. So the question becomes do you put the cheapest window in that you can find? If this is what you want to do, I'd go to Window World and see what kind of a price quote you can get.

If you decide to get a better quality window, then I would suggest searching around to see if the following window brands are available from a local company: Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Vytex, and Zen windows. Their mid range offerings should offer you the best value for your buck.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Alside Mezzo vs. Window Mart 7100 Series

Hello Dane, I’ve read various window reviews on your website. I’m curious to know which window would you recommend between an Alside Mezzo window and a Window Mart Series 7100 window. The quotes I got have a $600 difference. The property is located in El Paso, TX. Thank you for your time.

Martha - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Martha, I don't know a lot about Window Mart, but I did take a look at their 7100 series page. I would definitely give the nod to the Alside Mezzo over the Window Mart model. In general, it makes more sense to go with a product from a company that is a national window manufactuer, as opposed to a smaller outfit like Window Mart. This isn't always the case, but the Alside Mezzo is a solid mid range vinyl window. I can't say this for sure about the 7100 series.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Alside Mezzo Series vs. MI 1650

Greetings, we're looking for a good quality mid range vinyl windows and have a number of bids so far. The project consists of 3 sliding glass doors, a 1 french door, and 8 window openings of various sizes.

MI 1650 Series: $14150

Alside Mezzo Series: $14,429

Simonton Reflections 5500 Series: $16950

VyWinTech Shoreline Series: $17,501

Simonton Reflections 5050 Series: $17,831

PGT 5400 Series: $17850

Franklin - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Franklin, the Alside Mezzo isn't a bad bid, but I'm not sure I'm a big enough fan of the window in general to endorse it. I think for the extra $3K, you can get the Simonton 5500 series or the PGT5400 series. Both of these are much better windows than the Alside in my opinion and probably the ones I would suggest going with. I think I would rate the Simonton slightly above the PGT.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Alside Mezza vs. Okna 600 Series

Dane, we recently acquired an older home near Cincinnati that is in desperate need of new casement windows. Most of the frames are rotten. We are going to start by replacing the front window.

We have a number of quotes that are all over the board. The first is the Alside Mezzo that is $15K. That comes out to $375 per window and include installation and grids.

We also have a Renewal by Anderson quote for $80K. That comes to $2100 per window.

My husband and I are leaning towards the Alside Mezzo because of the price and the great reviews for the installers. However, it looks like some people don't think these windows are very good. If that is true, can you give us a recommendation or two for reasonably priced windows for an older home. A middle ground between these two would be ideal.

Cathy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Cathy, your bids are on the opposite ends of the price spectrum, thats for sure. I think the Renewal bid is too high, but I would keep looking for a window that is better than the Alside Mezzo.

Ohio has many options that will fall in a more medium price range, say $500 to $600. Okna windows would be one option -- they have a 600 Series that is a nice mid range window.

Also, Soft-Lite and Sunrise have dealers in Ohio. Both these company's mid range vinyl windows are quite good and should be an excellent fit for what you are looking for.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Alside Mezzo vs. EnergyWall's EnergyWeld

As a novice replacement window buyer, your site has been so helpful, thank you. Would love your advice on my situation please ...

I have 22 wood casement windows to replace (half are badly rotted; rest in decent shape): 7 triples, 2 doubles, 2 singles, 7 picture, 4 awning. Plus 3 patio doors and 4 2-lite sliders in a porch.

I estimate being in this home another 1-5 years. I am looking at a decent vinyl replacement, and with so many windows, the best overall return on investment. I have nice interior wood trim which would clash with any "wood look" vinyl, so I'll go with standard tan in/out.

I have quotes for Alside Mezzo for $29,500 and EnergyWall's EnergyWeld for $27,800. Both companies seem similar in their installation quality/approach. I got a quote from Zen which is higher and their online way of doing business isn't ideal for someone like me who has a lot of questions and variables.

I like the look of the Alside thinner frame but see from your posts that EnergyWeld is thought to be a better quality window. Their frame is thicker and I do not like their sliding doors (will go with Sunrise doors and pay more if I use this company $1,939 versus $2,749 ea).

What are your thoughts about this scenario and are there any other brands I should be considering?

Many thanks in advance!

Michelle - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Michelle, the EnergyWeld is the better window—better tolerances, better sill, better features. Plus it's less expensive! The Mezzo doesn't offer as much long term investment value as the EnergyWeld in my opinion.

My pick would be for Sunrise over both of these, but it doesn't sound like that's a possibility. Still the EnergyWeld is a nice unit.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Alside Mezzo vs. Norandex X3000

Hi. I liked your website, so i thought i would write. FYI, I sent this same email to Dane.

We are looking to replace 12 windows in our sunroom in Dunwoody, GA (Atlanta metro area). The sunroom is not heated/cooled, and we are not in the market for the highest end products.

The company we were referred to initially recommended Alside Mezzo at $500/window installed.

When we inquired about other options the company suggested Norandex X3000 at $425/window installed.

Are either of these good options?

What about the prices?

Any suggestions?

Denise - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Denise, in my book, neither of these options is very good. The Alside Mezzo uses a fairly weak frame and bad design with loose tolerances. The Norandex X3000 is much the same, it's an Atrium window that is relabeled, and not quite up to what I would ever consider putting in my own home.

Sunrise, Okna, Soft-lite, Polaris, Zen, Vytex, and Ideal all make much better windows with better tolerances, as well as sturdier frames and sills. Most make an entry level window that I would avoid, but their mid range offerings are all very solid and should serve you well.

I would say get 2 or 3 bids from local companies that carry these windows and send me the bids -- I'll give you my two cents on what sounds like the best option.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Alside Mezzo vs. NT Presidential Series

Hi Tim, we have quotes for replacing all 30 windows in our home for the following options (Milgard was too high at $27.5k, although we liked the windows they were too much higher). We live in Houston, TX:

Note - all windows are cardinal glass low e 366, single hung windows. U factor and SHGC are very close for all options.

1. NT Exec. series windows - $20,325

2. NT Presidential series windows - $21,080

3. Alside Mezzo windows - $17,100

All these windows look acceptable to me, wondering if you have any insight on quality / value for these options?

Note - Alside has a 1 year warranty on installation services and they use their own installation crews. All have limited lifetime warranty on windows, but the NT firm installing (Allstate siding and windows in Houston) offers a lifetime installation warranty.

Would appreciate any advice you have!

Dave - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dave, I think the NT Presidential series is your best bet, but it's also your most expensive. NT windows have a solid reputation and the Presidential is a good vinyl window. I don't know much about Allstate siding and windows in Houston, but they do seem to have some pretty solid online reviews and they have been in business for quite some time.

I would try and find out how much they are willing to come off that $21K price, because the $17K bid on the Alside Mezzo is not bad. I'd tell them that the $17K bid is much more in line with your budget and that if they could get close to that price, you'd be ready to sign the work order that day. See what they say.

Check out this article for more information on the whole negotiating process.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Allside Mezzo vs. Energyweld Windows

I got a price from local window installer 17 windows installed $11874. mostly 35" x 70" 1 picture window, elite 2 glass package. Exact same price for 17 Allside Mezzo. Energyweld looks like a better product , foam filled frame, hidden double hung latches, etc. comes out to about $698 per window installed. What do you think. Supposedly the windows are quoted 40% off, labor is $4080. What do you think. The ratings beat Mezzo hands down. Thanks

Mark and Kathy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mark and Kathy, I agree that the Energy Wall window is the superior window to the Alside Mezzo, which is a decent enough window itself. I think the price sounds quite fair, although I would go back to the local installer and tell him that if he can do it for $11,000 flat, you'll sign a work order right away. See what he says.

You can even tell him that you got a bid for the Alside Mezzo for $10.5K and that that price is more in line with your budget. Then I'd go ahead and have him put in the Energyweld Window. From what I know about it, it's quite a nice window.

If you get a chance, let me know how it turns out!

All the best,

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

[Mark's Response]

Thanks for the tip I told him $10,500 from Alside. They agreed to $11,000, no financing on the Energyweld. I wasn't going to finance it anyway. I am in St. Louis MO, right now 20 degrees. House is a freezer. Minus 20 wind chill yesterday. They said 6 to 8 weeks 50% down. At least it should warm up by then, somewhat. If all goes well on the install , I will write back tell you the details.

Mark and Kathy - Homeowner - from 2018

Alside Mezzo vs. SoftLite Barrington

Hey- Looking for a little feedback on my quotes thus far. Located in Southern Ohio.

I have 10 windows to replace. 2 of them are 54″ wide, so they will likely be sliders or casements. I have 3 bids so far, with 1 more scheduled for a few days from now(Polaris Dealer). I guess I need some help sorting through them.

Vinyl Kraft TrustGard (w/ Low E, Foam Filled, Argon): $3700
SoftLite Barrington (Double Pane, Low E): $4966
SoftLite Elements (Free Triple Pane Upgrade, Low E): $6044
Alside Mezzo (Climatech IE Glass): $4,000

Obviously the Elements is the champ here, but this is my first house, and I don’t plan on being here in 10 years or so. Is it worth the price jump? Also, Should I just spring for 2 casements? I’m not thrilled with the idea of sliders.

Worth paying for full screens?

Matthew - Homeowner - from 2018

[Matthew's Reply]

Hi Matthew, so if you aren't planning to stay in the house longer than 10 years, then the equation changes quite a bit. I would go with the Alside Mezzo at $4000. That's a good price on the product and it's definitely not a bad window.

The Vinyl Kraft TrustGard is a decent window, but I think the Mezzo is definitely worth the extra $300. If the spread was more, I would consider the Vinyl Kraft Option.

You are correct that the Elements is the winner of the bunch and actually you have a good bid on that one as well. But I don't think it's worth it with your time frame.

As far as screens go, I think it's worth it to get a full screen, but that's just because I open my windows quite a bit and want the convenience. Totally a lifestyle call in my opinion.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dane, the Polaris Ultraweld bid came in at $5,500. Which just leads me towards the elements if I am going to go towards that end of the spectrum. Only plus is that the Polaris has a 54" double hung, and I don't have to deal with a slider.

Thoughts on the Polaris vs the elements?

Matthew - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

The Polaris Ultraweld is an excellent window. I think I might give the nod to the Elements, but it is right up there. That's a great window and a great price. If it were me, I'd definitely go with the Ultraweld for the extra $1000 over the Alside Mezzo.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

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

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.

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

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!

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 on the Alside Mezzo and the Simoton 9800, with the 9800 Impressions being quite a bit more expensive. The Alside dealer quoted us out on both the Mezzo and Sheffield, with these quotes being the same price. about the same.

Markus - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Markus, the Simonton 9800 series and Alside Mezzo are very different, with the 9800 being the much sturdier and well made windows in my opinion. You didn't say how much difference in price so I can't help you make out which window is better. The Mezzo is probably the preferred window over the Sheffield.

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

Considering the Mezzo and Milgard Tuscany. The cost are similar.

Jimbo - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jimbo, I would say Milgard has the edge in terms of reputation and Mezzo has the better air infiltration numbers. I think I might give the nod to the Mezzo, although not by a lot.

If it were me, I'd start looking at who is going to do the better job installing the windows. This is probably going to be the bigger factor than which of these two very similar mid range vinyl windows is the better one.

Best of luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Alside Mezzo vs. Sunrise Verde

Hi, I have old Marvin Integrity windows that are moldy and leaky. We need to replace all 16 windows and two sliding doors.

We are not happy with Marvin so we got a bid from Renewal but it was very high. The only thing I seem to be able to find are Alside Mezzo and SeasonGuard.

How does the upgraded Alside Mezzo compare with Revere Berkshire Elite?

Also, a local dealer sells Sunrise windows and another dealer can get us a quote on the upgraded Sunrise Verde.

Love to get some advise.

Sara - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Sara, the Sunrise Verde is the highest quality window you mentioned above. Followed by the standard Sunrise. Both of these would be preferable to the Alside Mezzo or Berkshire Elite. The last two are solid mid range windows, while the Sunrise is a tier above these. If you want to get the best long term window for your home, spend the money to get the Verde.

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.

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 Window Sticker

Hi, doing the google thing, I found your website. I am looking for a top pane replacement for a Series 0201 Double Hung. The stickers on the window have the numbers S/N 124-05143 PO: 5182 22x69 5/8. Another sticker has these digits:

HLC 25 44x77

HLC 45 44 x80

Photos attached. I just need the top piece, or where I can order or buy at Home Depot or Lowe's, It cracked during the Texas Snowmageddon.

Thank you.

Patrick - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Patrick, my best guess is that’s an Alside Excalibur. They don’t make this model anymore, but do a search for “Alside windows in [your city and state]” and see if you can find a local company that carries Alside. Call them up and ask them if they know where you can get replacement parts for your window. They should be able to point you in the right direction.

That Texas snowstorm was crazy...I hope you didn’t get stuck with a $10K electric bill!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2021

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

Alside Excalibur or Okna Envirostar

I'm shopping for replacement windows -- five in all and have a bid on both the Alside Excalibur and the Okna Envirostar. The Excalibur windows is $496 for double hungs. The Okna Envirostar is $740. That's quite a big price difference and can't decide whether it is worth the difference.

Dean - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

The Alside Excalibur is a poorly made window in my opinion. Fit, finish, tolerances, design, it's just not a well made window. The Okna Envirostar is one of the best windows around. But $740 per window is expensive. I would get some more quotes to see how this price quote compares to some other top contenders from local companies.

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

WE have been collecting a number of quotes like it suggests on your website and the best ones so far seem to be the Simonton 5050 and the Alside Excalibur. We are in Colorado and are trying to decide which is the best for here?

Samuel - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

Samuel, the Simonton 5050 is the company's entry level vinyl window, as is the Alside Excalibur. Honestly , neither one is a very good window. If you upgrade to the Alside Ultramaxx or the Simonton 5500, then you have a very solid mid range vinyl window. If you are in Colorado, you might want to check out Amerimax windows which makes a good vinyl window and is based out there.

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

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 several window quotes I'm looking over.
Great Lakes Grandview 5000 : $8300
Great Lakes Grandview 4000: $7500
Simonton Prism Platinum : $7700

Alside Sheffield: $6400

Jack - Homeowner - from 2009

[Response From Contractor]

Jack, your Simonton bid is quite solid. Great Lakes Windows are good, not sure you need triple pane on the 5000.

William - Contractor - 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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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. Mezzo

Hi Dane and Tim, I live in a condo in Palmyra NJ and need new 13 windows. The condo was built in 2000 and has original builders grade windows. I am selling condo in 2 years and moving south to Tennessee but windows must be replaced now. Some don’t open anymore and not energy efficient at all. I met a window installer here in the development installing Alside windows and I’m thinking of hiring him. He’s the installation company owner and is on all of the jobs. His crew are seasoned pros too which I really liked and they had all of the right equipment onsite like an aluminum brake to bend and form trim pieces.

That said, and since I’m selling in 2 years, I don’t want to go for high end windows and from everything I read, Alside Mezzo or Ultramaxx, while not the best, are ok windows.

Would you recommend the Mezzo line or Ultramaxx?


Steve - Homeowner - from 2020

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Steve, the Mezzo line is the newer series, while the Ultramaxx is the higher end series. If these were my choices, I would go with the Ultramaxx over the Mezzo, unless the cost difference was significant.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

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

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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

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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 Series

Hi Dane, I am looking to replace 4 windows on the front of my house. One of my bids was to use Alside Fairfield 80 series windows. I have 2 large picture windows and 2 small 3x3 single slider windows.

I have read many reviews and Alside windows, especially their customer service seems to be not so good. My bid was around 2500 bucks. Are these windows any good or should I look elsewhere. I'm looking for a good mid-price windows.

Lori - Homeowner - from 2016

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Lori, the Alside Fairfield 80 is not my favorite window -- and not my favorite brand. I would look elsewhere if it were my project.

Good mid range windows include the Ply Gem Pro Series, Milgard Tuscany (west coast), Wincore 7700 series, Okna 600, PGT 2300 series, Soft-Lite Classic, Sunrise Classic, Polaris Thermalweld, Simonton 5500 series, and Zen Nirvana.

Hopefully, I've listed some brand and options that area available in your area. There are lots of mid range vinyl windows out there.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Alside Fairfield 80 vs. Okna

We're replacing 8 old single paned windows, all measuring 48 inches x 72 inches. They are picture windows on top and awnings on the bottom.

A local Alside dealer quoted us $8730 using their Fairfield 80 windows with triple pane glass.

Chris - Homeowner - from 2017

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Chris, Alside windows are decent. They tend to be more builder grade. I think you need a couple more bids to round out your offerings.

Milgard is a good option, as well as Marvin. Marvins tend to be expensive compared to vinyl window.

Amerimax might be available and Jeld Wen has an Auralast wood clad window that might also be an option.

The west coast doesn't really have the same number of quality vinyl windows makers.

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

The Alside Insignia window or 8000 series is typically sold through specific dealers such as Apex Energy Solutions. The window itself is similar to the Preservation window, another Alside product (which is owned by Associated Materials Incorporated). Both of these windows offer some nice features, components, and options. They are also billed as a top tier vinyl window and often sold at a top tier price.

Number wise, the Alside Model 8001 Double Hung has a U-Factor of .22, SHGC of .21, and an Air Leakage of less than .3 (this is a generic number -- I would take a guess that the AI is roughly .13, not the best...).

Overall, the frame strength, fit and tolerance of the Alside Insignia 8000 windows themselves don't necessarily mandate this steep price tag. They are solid vinyl windows to be sure, but shouldn't be considered in the same quality range as the mid range or premium Okna, Sunrise, or Soft-Lite series.

Tim - Site Editor

Alside Insignia vs. Alside Mezzo

I am replacing all of the windows in my home. I do not have estimates yet from the two companies I am dealing with......One company would be installing Alside Insignia windows and the other would be installing Alside Mezzo windows. I am looking for a quality window as I have no plans to sell my home. I know the Insignia is triple pane. I live in Nashville and people have told me that is somewhat overkill for my area considering our winters here are not awful.....generally.

Any advice you could offer would be most appreciated.

Rosemary - Homeowner - from 2018

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Rosemary, the Alside Insignia window or 8000 series is fairly similar to the Preservation window, another AMI owned window series. There are a few differences between them. The Insignia and Preservations are solid vinyl windows, but they are often sold at a premium price that isn't necessarily justified given the performance data. If you are getting a competitive bid price on the Insignia, then it's something you ought to consider.

The Mezzo is an okay window, but the frame isn't as sturdy as I'd like. I don't think I would use the Mezzo for my own home, I'd try to see if other brands are available in your area. These would include Sunrise, Zen, Polaris, Okna, and Soft-Lite. You could also see if there is a Simonton dealer who carries either the Impressions 9800 series or the Reflections 5500 series, both very solid vinyl windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Alside Insignia Window Review

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

Chuck - Homeowner - from 2016

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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

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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 Bid

I am replacing 15 original wood windows (SE Pennsylvania) and this process is exhausting - so many things and "features" to consider. 😀 And I do not have the energy to become a window expert. 🙁

My choices are (all local installers):

Berkshire Elite DH: $8080

Ideal Majestic: $9456

OKNA 500: $7815

Ideal Duraweld: $8365

Alside Fusion: $7215

I see that you give Ideal Majestic a great rating and I am leaning towards that model or the OKNA 500.

Which windows would you recommend and why? I intend to sell the house in the next 2-3 years and need middle of the road windows.

Also I do not have central air and every installer tells me that if I drill a hole in the window to "secure" an AC that I void my warranty (all but the Berkshire dealer). Why is that?

And I was also told that I had to have pressurized glass (hope I am using the correct terminology) in the bathroom to meet code?

Thank you for your consideration. Your website was EXTREMELY helpful!!

Tracy - Homeowner - from 2020

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Tracy, you have some great options there. You don't need a very good window if you are leaving your home in three years. However, the Okna 500 bid is so close to the Alside Fusion bid that I think it makes way more sense to put in an excellent window instead of just an okay window. The Okna 500 is quite a bit better than the Duraweld and Elite options. It's close to the Majestic, but why spend the extra money when you don't have to.

The Okna 500 is a great window in terms of fit, tolerance, materials, craftsmanship. The energy efficiency numbers bear this out.

The hole in the frame can void the warranty. But you won't be around in 15 years to deal with this headache. Besides, what are you going to do anyway if that's how they are installing the windows? A well installed Okna will last 25 years easy.

Lastly, yes, you often need a tempered glass window in the bathroom to meet code. This is true.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

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

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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 live in Virginia and just replaced some of our windows with Alside Ultimate 2000. Now we want to replace the rest. Any opinions on what windows to go with? Its a DIY project at this point.

Tony - Homeowner - from 2017

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Tony, it's difficult to find window makers that will sell to consumers directly. You could go to Home Depot and buy the Andersen 100 series. With a good low-e glass, you would have a better window over the Alside 2000 series.

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

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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 Patio Door Price Quote

We are looking at installing Alside Mezzo vinyl patio doors. We are in an area that requires Design Pressure 50 rating for patio doors.

The local installer is quoting $2600 including installation.

Does the DP50 rating insure a solid (not flimsy ) door system ? How would you rate ( 1-10) Mezzo vinyl patio doors quality wise vs Simonton - all doors must have the DP50 rating ?

Thomas - Homeowner - from 2020

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Thomas, DP ratings for doors can vary but they should be at least 50. I'd say the Alside Mezzo door is a 5 to 6 on a scale of 1 to 10. Simonton makes a number of doors, but they aren't the best out there. Jeld Wen makes a very good door, as well as ProVia. $2600 is pretty pricey for an Alside door. I might get a couple more bids to see what else is out there. Sunrise and Soft-Lite are two other brands that make nice vinyl patio doors.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Alside 6100 Patio Doors vs. Vytex Georgetown

I'm getting set to do a small remodel on my townhouse, or one section is probably more accurate. 4 large windows and 2 sliding patio doors (5'). There is quite a bit of work to be done on the area.

Alside Mezzo w/ClimaTech Elite: $1800
Alside 6100 Sliding Doors: $2800
Total: $4600

Zen Nirvana Series: $2380
Zen Dharma Doors: $3900
Total: $6280

Soft-lite Pro Series: $2800
Soft-lite Kingsroyal Sliding Doors: $4200
Total: $7000

Okna 800 Series: $3000
Okna Elegante Sliding Doors: $5000
Total: $8000

Tani - Homeowner - from 2018

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Tani, I'm not a huge fan of Alside products, although it is quite a bit lower than the rest of them. I think I'd choose this option if I planned to sell the house in the next 5 to 7 years. Otherwise, I'd toss that bid and focus on the higher quality products.

Unfortunately, the Vytex Georgetown is not a great vinyl window (their upgraded Fortis is quite good though). So I would toss that one as well.

The Zen and Soft-Lite are my favorites of the bunch. I would feel more comfortable going with the Soft-Lite bid because I feel like the dealers are higher quality than some of the Zen dealers. A little due diligence on your part can suss out the reputations of both of these. If I did find that the Soft-Lite dealer had a good installation record, etc. I would ask them to do the job for the $6300 that the Zen dealer is willing to do it for. I'll bet they will come down off their price for the work. If not, maybe consider Zen.

The Okna 800 is an excellent product, but that bid just seems too high to me. The Soft-Lite Pro is a good vinyl window and so too are the Kingsroyal patio doors.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

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

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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

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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 Promenade Patio Door Reviews

Alside Promenade versus Vinylmax Highpointe

Dane we live in Brecksvile, Ohio in a condo development on a pond. We have an upper and lower deck. The upper is 12X8 with three four foot panels, the middle of which is a sliding patio door. The lower is 8x8 with two four foot sliding doors one of which is the slider. We are trying to compare these two options each with triple pane enclosed mullions. How do you view these options.

Bob - Homeowner - from 2018

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Bob, honestly without seeing the job, I can't give you a very professional opinion, I'd only be guessing. I would suggest getting a bunch of bids from local companies and contractors. They're free and you can pick the brain of each company that comes out -- after four bids, you should have a clear idea of what the best option is for the two spaces.

There is also the possibility that you will be even more confused than before :) but I seriously doubt that. Make sure to get pricing on all of it. You can send me the pricing and I can certainly give you my opinion on that.

I'd go slow, collect my bids, make sure I am good with the product(s) and the company performing the work -- and then pull the trigger.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

[Bob's Response]

Dane thanks for your response but all I was asking is which product of these two choices was of better quality. We are looking at two acceptable bids but will make our decision on product quality. Alside Promenade versus Vinylmax Highpointe.

Bob - Homeowner - from 2018

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Bob, I didn't realize that the title of the email contained the two products you wanted me to compare. I might give the nod to the Vinylmax Highpointe, but Alside is the bigger company. There will be very little discernible difference between the quality of these two patio doors from what I know about them. I'd say both are mid range products.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

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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. Champion

Alside recently came out to the house and gave us a bid on the Preservation window. They said it was a great window, their premium line.

Champion is coming out tomorrow to give us a quote. I don't know much about this company but they said over the phone that the Champion windows uses Cardinal glass and has energy saving options.


Becky - Homeowner - from 2018

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Becky, the Alside Preservation is solid, and is indeed their premium window. It's usually sold at a higher price point than it's worth though. I would say Champion makes a slightly better window, but they are pretty close. I would expect these two windows to be very close in price so if one is way over the other, go with the cheaper bid!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

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

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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 80 vs Simenton 5500

Dane, I need to replace 4 fixed rectangular and square windows due to leaks. The recommended contractor recommended Alside series 80 but said he can get brands. By reading, the simenton 5500 looks like a much better indie. What price range with installation per window should I expect. Windows are about 1x3 and one 3x3. Thanks.

Chris - Homeowner - from 2020

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Chris, the Simonton 5500 series is the preferred window to the Alside 80 series, by quite a bit. The 5500 is a very solid window, especially with a glass upgrade from the standard low-e glass. (Not required, but nice to have.)

Of course, I don’t know what specifics are involved with your project, but the Simonton 5500 installed might go for something like $450 to $550 per window. With smaller windows like yours, I would think more at that lower price range.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Alside vs Soft-Lite

We are replacing all window and sliding door. Alside vs soflite. The installer can do both. What window should I go with . We are on lake Erie. Shoud I go with triple pain? What should I ask? Alside has many different windows. Don’t want them selling me a crap window. What should I ask for?


Barry - Homeowner - from 2018

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Barry, Soft-Lite is a much better manufacturer than Alside. In fact, Soft-Lite is one of the best out there. I would recommend going with the Soft-Lite Classic or Pro models. If you are looking for a really solid premium window, you can always upgrade to the Soft-Lite Imperial LS or Elements series.

I don’t think you necessarily need triple pane, although it might be cold enough in your neck of the woods to necessitate triple pane. I would solicit various opinions from locals on this point.

Basically, the Soft-Lite models that I mentioned are very good products that will serve you well.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

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 sells an Alside window, as well as an AMI window. I believe the individual franchises are allowed to pick which window they choose to sell based on their customers. Neither of these windows is really very good.

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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