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Read 5 Amcraft Windows reviews from consumers and indsutry experts and explore Amcraft windows warranty on the Grand Estates window, a relabeled Simonton series.

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CWS Window Bid vs. AmCraft

Tim, I have a fairly complex set of windows and work that needs to be done for the install. I got a quote from CWS today on 18 windows for $22,640. Then with some slight trickery of the pen the quote was changed to $19,936, which is still too much for my budget. The CWS salesperson carries PGT windows and claims that PGT line is 8-10% more than the CWS line.

It's so hard to trust what's truth from fiction with this industry. AmCraft came in around $16,500. The CWS windows were nice but averaged $1250.00 per window. I feel like they were trying to rip me off.

Again, thanks for your insight.

Meredith - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Meredith, I agree that the CWS bid is too high—although honestly I don't know much about your project. AmCraft isn't what I would consider a very good brand and I would be wary about going with them. If the AmCraft bid is only $3.5K above CWS though, the CWS bid might not be out of line. If you need work to the sills and or frames, the per window cost can go way way up. That's not the fault of the window company, but a function of the condition of your home.

I would say you need two or three more bids to round out the estimates. Take a look at our recommended brands and do a simple google search to see what is available in your area. Once you have the bids collected, send them over and I'll throw in my two cents.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Amcraft Window Costs vs Wallside

We decided to go with Wallside windows. A few people I work with said they have been happy with windows from them. None who have had them installed are all that old, so longevity wise hopefully we get a good number of years out of them.

I called Wallside and they came the next day to give us a quote. $6,000 for 8 windows and a patio door. No pressure sales tactics which I was kinda preparing for. He did show us a sample window, only salesman out of the 3 who did. The only thing I would say they try to trip you up with is quoting a cash or financing price. To finance they say it is 0% for 5 years but the price jumps to $7,200.

Also the salesman did do the whole $14,000 but we have half off every window deal going right now. All in all 1 hour to write everything up wasn't bad. I'm not sure if he came in that low to beat the other bids I had or not but he came in $300 lower than the Amcraft window quote. We have a May 10th install date so hopefully the process goes smoothly.

Thanks again. I will be referring people to this site who are looking into windows. Tons of good info.

Eric - Homeowner - from 2017

Amcraft Windows Prices

I'm trying to get a handle on a quote for replacement windows for my home. The installer quoted Simonton Grand Estates View windows, but I'm having trouble finding information on these windows. Do you happen to know anything about them? Lastly, the job quote came in at about $5500 to replace 10 windows. How does that sound?

Thanks so much!

Travis - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Travis, I believe that this window is manufactured by Amcraft, instead of Simonton, although it's difficult to know of every window model, series, etc.

If it is Amcraft, I'm not a huge fan, although I like several Simonton models well enough. Amcraft is more of an entry level building products company.

- Site Editor - from 2016

Amcraft vs Simonton Windows

I'm in Central Florida and just got quotes on PGT5400, Simonton Grand Estates Original, and PGT Series 400 PGT's are single hung and energy star and Grand Estates is dh and energy star. What are the best windows?

Frank - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Frank, you have some good choices there, kudos to you. The Grand Estates Original is made by Simonton and relabeled or rebadged by Amcraft. In general, Simonton windows are a good mid range vinyl window so I'll assume that this is the same for the Grand Estates Original - it appears that the Original is the mid range series, between the Grand Estates and Grand Estates Premier and Premier Plus models. The Amcraft windows warranty is not as strong as the Simonton warranty, but is a limited lifetime warranty on most frame, hardware and component parts.

Having said this, PGT makes a better vinyl window in my opinion. The 400 model is a bit of an older model, but quite a nice window that can be upgraded to an impact window if you need this. I like the PGT 5400 window, lots of industry people look down on the single hung (often with good reason), but I like a well made single hung. There are less moving parts to fail and you get much of the same benefit in terms of ventilation and ease of cleaning. I think the 5400 series looks quite nice as well. This is the one I would go with, assuming that the installation is solid and the project price is right.

Let me know how it goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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