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Amerimax Windows Prices | Masters Grande Series | Craftsman Portrait Series

Aristocrat Series | General Amerimax Reviews


Editor's Amerimax Window Review

Amerimax Windows And Doors is owned by Euramax International, Inc., which is headquartered in Georgia. However, Amerimax has two factories, one located in Colorado and the other in Northern California. Amerimax manufactures 3 main vinyl window lines that include colorful names like Masters Grande, Craftsman Portrait, and the Aristocrat casement series.

The company has a strong presence throught the western half of the United States and tends to me one of my vinyl window recommendation for consumers looking for a good vinyl window at a reasonable price point.

One place where Amerimax shines is in the large array of exterior frame colors they offer. They offer a lifetime limited warranty, that includes a 20 year provision on materials and labor. You will find lots of general review information on them below, so please make sure to take a look at this section.



Amerimax Masters Grande Windows Reviews


Amerimax Windows At 6000 Plus Feet

I am writing from Colorado. On your site, a respondent wrote the following concerning Ameramax Masters Grande windows. Amerimax windows are made here in Colorado. The main selling point for me is that they are filled with argon gas right here - windows filled at lower elevations have major pressure build up when they are shipped here.

Is it true that windows made at much lower elevations lose their efficiency at 6,000 feet elevation, that the air or argon leaks out due to the pressure differential? A local window replacer here makes that claim, and will not put in Marvin Infinity windows (my first choice) for that reason. Only Colorado-made windows.

Thanks for whatever advice you may have.

Jon - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jon, there is an issue with the fills that are manufactured at low altitudes and shipped to higher altitudes. The manufacturers try to combat these issues by installing small capillary tubes that help equalize the pressure during the transportation. If it were me, I would certainly inquire as to how often the company has done this and whether there have been any issues in the past.

The gas fills do increase the energy efficiency of a window, but only by about 10% to 15% over normal air, so I would consider not doing an argon fill (I believe many manufacturers won't do the argon fills if the window is going to be shipped above 6000').

Having said all that, my knowledge in this area is admittedly not great. I would recommend finding a few manufacturers who work in higher elevations such as Denver. Give them a call and ask them their recommendations, they are going to have the skinny on what you should and shouldn't do. But as to the argon, I don't think it's going to be the worst thing not to have it since it's just one piece of the energy efficiency within an insulated glass unit.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016






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Amerimax Craftsman Portraitt Windows Reviews


Amerimax Craftsman Portrait Cost

Hi Dane, I've been window shopping for three years, can you tell me if this bid is fair, so I can put myself out of this misery and buy the windows? Its for the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait, low e366, Neat glass, single hung.

2- 35" x 70" $1,400
2- 70" x 59" $2,400 (4 windows)
1- 36" x 59" $600
1- 59" x 36" $600
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8 windows in 6 openings $5,000

Sandy - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sandy, that bid looks fair to me. The Amerimax Craftsman Portrait window is a solid performer, assuming proper installation of course. I would be remiss if I didn't suggest you get a couple more bids to compare it with, but I would defintely think this is right in the ballpark for a fair price. The one window that I use as the counterpart to the Craftsman Portrait is the Milgard Tuscany. I would think you would get a similar bid to the one you have.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Amerimax Craftsman Portrait vs Simonton Daylight Max

You have a great site! It has been very helpful to me. I am deciding between two companies: one that uses several different vendors and one that uses Simonton Daylight Max. Both have been highly recommended to me by neighbors and have great reviews on online sites for installation and long-term service. If I use the first company, I would get the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait series. Right now the company is getting the best deals from Anlin and Amerimax; the Amerimax looks more attractive to me, and they say it is a better product that they can sell now for even less than Anlin. What is confusing me most is that each company has said the opposite about the seals/spacers, which is one of the main differences between the Amerimax and Simonton.

Company A (who I would get the Amerimax from) says a rubber spacer is much better that the seal has a lower failure rate, fogs less, and is much quieter. Company B (Simonton) says rubber spacers are bad and were invented only after the rebates were offered by the Obama Administration; because the Simonton Daylight Max has less vinyl than the Amerimax or other frames, he said, they didn't need to replace the stainless steel spacer with rubber in order to get their performance rating to the necessary level. He said the rubber spacers are junky and iffy, and that the metal spacers have proven to work over twenty years. He said rubber is only good when you need a curved window that needs a flexible spacer. He argued also that the small difference in performance level between Simonton-with-metal and anything else with rubber is very small and nothing compared to the difference going from single to double-pane, so not worth worrying out.

The other supposed selling point of the Daylight Max is the thinner frame. But in looking at neighbors' windows, I think that would only make a difference in terms of light-in-the-house in a very narrow window. Otherwise, on a three foot wide or six foot wide window, I'm not sure if the difference is negligible or really matters. I am in Southern California. I would like some advice on these two issues. Thanks so much!!

Anna - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Anna, I wouldn't get too hung up on the different spacers, or I wouldn't make this the deciding factor when you are trying to decide who to go with. Most industry people will tell you that a non metallic spacer is going to offer better performance, although there are a number of factors, such as what material the core is made out of.

I think it's fair to say that the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait is a better window than the Simonton Daylight Max. The Daylight Max does have a thinner frame, although off hand I don't know how it compares with the Amerimax frame. I would go with the Anlin/Amerimax over the Simonton, but I would be sure to include that Simonton does make some higher end vinyl windows that are quite good, better than the Daylight Max.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Amerimax Craftsman Portrait vs Simonton Platinum Prism

We are looking to replace 16 windows in our house, a combination of double-hungs and sliders. We got a pile of quotes for a variety of windows, and after deciding that we do not need high-end fiberglass windows, we have come down to the two lowest vinyl bids, Simonton Platinum Prism and Amerimax Craftsman Portrait (both double-pane). The Amerimax quote is about $1,400 less than the Simonton.

The Amerimax dealer made a big deal about the windows being made in Colorado (we are located in Denver) and that this ensures that the window will have argon in it, claiming that windows made at lower altitudes lose their argon upon being shipped to Denver b/c of the capillary systems they stick in the windows to ensure safe shipping. We are not sure whether or not give this credence?

The Amerimax quote is also for single-hung windows rather than double-hung. It is true that we often have trouble pushing the upper sash up enough to close our current windows, and to be brutally honest, we never clean the outside of our windows anyway, so perhaps the single-hung is fine. Is there something else we should consider about this?

A further question I have (which I can't seem to find an answer to) is whether one of these windows has narrower frames than the other, as I would like as much glass as possible since I feel our house can be a bit dark.

Of course, I would also like to know if either of these is more durable than the other, or has more issues with manufacture or operation, as I don't ever want to think about my windows again!

To throw a wrench in, the third lowest quote was from Zen Windows, for their Nirvana windows (which I understand are equivalent to Soft-Lite Classics). Their quote was $3,200 higher than the Amerimax, so unless there is a compelling reason to choose them over the Amerimax or the Simonton, we are not considering them. But I wanted to put them in in case there is such a reason.

Thank you for any input!!

Margaret - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Margaret, you've asked some good questions here. There is concern over windows made at lower elevations and shipped to elevations over 6000 ft. However, the capillary tubes help relieve the differences in pressure that would occur with the elevation change (assuming that the company does it correctly.) There should be a number of companies that manufacture windows in or around Denver though so you should have some options (make sure to ask about the elevation changes and capillary tubes to each of the companies to make sure that they use them and feel comfortable with the process, just to be safe).

If your two main bids are Amerimax and Simonton and the Simonton is more expensive, I'd say the clear winner is the Amerimax. I like this company and their vinyl windows.

I actually like single hung windows for the very reasons you suggest, plus there are less parts and components that can fail over the years. Many contractors automatically assume a single hung is a builder grade window, but many manufacturers have been making quality single hung windows because they offer better performance and still offer the ventilation.

Zen is a good window, and you are right it is the Soft-Lite Classic model. The Nirvana is better than the Craftsman Portrait, but I probably wouldn't pay the extra $3200. I'd go with the Amerimax, which is a good quality mid range vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016






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Amerimax Aristocrat Windows Reviews


Amerimax Aristocrat vs Marvin Windows

We are replacing 37 windows in our home in Colorado. Altitude is 7400ft, and temperatures range from 95 in summer to -20 in winter....humidity is low in all seasons. Please give me a recommendation on what would work for us. 37 is a lot of windows and sales men are confusing us with every turn. Some say vinyl are no good for us. Would like your advise as to what would be the best direction to go. Thank you for your help. Debbie.

Debbie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Debbie, I must admit that I always feel a bit out of my element giving advice on the elevation question because I don't live and have never worked in high altitude areas. The biggest issue is the argon gas in the IGU that if manufactured at a low altitude and then transported to a high altitude could break the seals. There are capillary tubes that they use to help adjust for the difference in pressure and from what I've heard, it shouldn't be a big deal, although I like the idea of the windows being manufactured at altitude to make this a non issue.

I don't think vinyl is a no go at all, but I would make sure to get a GOOD vinyl window. Vinyl windows often come with a lifetime warranty (not that I put much stock in the warranty), compared with a 15 to 20 year warranty on most wood products. There is a reason for that. Aluminum is a no go. That leaves fiberglass, which is a great option for places like Colorado.

I believe Marvin (fiberglass), Sunrise and Amerimax are all available in your state. Amerimax is a good vinyl window manufacturer and is headquartered in Colorado and will (or should) be the least expensive of the 3 options I mentions. Try either their Craftsman or Aristocrat series. They should have some excellent information on the gas fills at elevation. The other company I would suggest searching for is Zen Windows, which is a Soft-Lite franchise and makes a very solid product.

I say get bids from two or three of these companies, ask the elevation questions to each one, and see where you are in a couple of weeks. Some homeowners look for a high SGHC on their south facing windows in these higher elevations to take advantage of that passive solar heat during the day, the sales reps should high some good incite on points like these.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Amerimax Aristocrat Windows In San Diego

Thanks for useful site as there is little objective info on web regarding replacing home windows. I recently bought my first house and need to replace 14 windows. Current ones are white about 20 year old Milgard vinyl windows. My tastes are for very dark colors including black, but the house is in San Diego CA. Just had exterior painted with dark brown stucco and black trim (including wood window frames on 3 front windows-the other 8 windows do not have wood frames).

The tricky part is the exterior windows MUST be black and glass preferably with "sound-package" (2 panes of glass with varied thickness). If possible I would prefer the interior to be paintable if possible. I keep hearing (and reading) different points of view regarding black exterior windows.

First contractor only installs Anlin windows, and he said they have black vinyl with a lifetime warranty-can get them low E, double pane, argon filled, with an STC of .34. $10K installed.

The next contractor who only does a Simonton Vinyl window, stated that there is no such thing as black vinyl windows that will withstand sun for very long. He can do dark bronze or "espresso" but this colors just don't work-also for about $10K with my preferred sound glass package.

I read your web site which led me to the Andersen 100 series (comes in black) as well as wood option. So I'm still wondering what is best choice for black exterior, wood, composite, vinyl from Anlin?

Tom - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Tom, if you need the interior to be paintable, then vinyl is not an option. The Andersen 100 Series would therefore be a good option. They will, however, be more expensive than the vinyl options.

As far as Anlin specifics, I'm not quite sure, I would call them up at their corporate office and talk to someone there about your specific needs.

Milgard offers their vinyl windows in an espresso as well that is very close to black (I prefer the color to a total black). Call Newman Windows and ask for a bid - they carry Milgard and have a very good reputation in the area.

Also Google Amerimax Windows San Diego - I believe BM Windows carries Amerimax, which carries a black exterior frame color as well. In fact, Amerimax offers more exterior colors than anyone that I know on the west coast. I'd take a look at the Aristocrat casement windows, they're quite nice.

I would use Simonton after you have exhausted these other three options because the Milgard, Anlin and Amerimax are, in my opinion, a bit better than the Simonton option.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

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General Amerimax Windows Reviews


Simonton Impressions vs. Milgard Tuscany

Hi, I am searching for a good replacement window for the hot arizona climate. I want something that is energy efficient but not too bulky because I want to be able to install flush mounted shutters after the windows are installed. What would you recommend in a low to mid price range? Vinyl or aluminum?

Mary Jo - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mary Jo, first off I would say don't get a low end vinyl window, not in the hot Arizona sun, this will likely cost you more money in the long run. A mid range vinyl window should suffice.

I would recommend you get a bid from a local company that sells the Milgard Tuscany model. Ask them if they sell aluminum as well and if so have them bring a sample for you to pick up etc. and get a price on both of those.

Anlin services Arizona and is a good brand. They offer several nice models.

Amerimax also should have local reps and I would get a bid from them.

Finally, find a Simonton dealer who sells the Impressions Series and/or the Restorations Series. These are the two series that I like from Simonton.

Explain to the reps that you want to flush mount your blinds and assuming you know the dimensions, have them show you with a tap measure how deep the vinyl windows will sit and whether that will leave enough room for the blinds. Do this with each of the companies that comes out. By the third bid you will have a good idea whether this is going to work or not.

Remember that bulky and energy efficient stand in direct contrast -- a bulky vinyl frame typically offers good performance, while a thin frame will usually sacrifice some performance.

- Site Editor - from 2017


Amerimax Windows vs Alumax

I recently purchased a home with Alumax windows. They appear to be craftsman double hung. 38 of the windows have broken seals and have condensation or mold growing between the panes. I just realized that we needed to notify Amerimax, but I am beyong the 45 days (we closed december 16th and getting to it now). Do you find them to be fair? Do you think it is possible to simply purchase vents? I have a quote for just over $7500 ($3800 for the windows and $3800 to "install" them, but it seems like I should just be able to rebuy the windows if the warranty wont cover, no?

Anyway, I would like to know your thoughts. I submitted a claim because there is no other way to talk to them...

Josh - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Josh, Alumax makes bath enclosure parts, window glass and components such as locks that are often found on home windows. Amerimax is a completely separate company that is well regarded in the industry and based out of Colorado. It is possible to buy replacement parts from them, but if you have mold growing between the panes, then you have a bigger potential problem.

I'm not quite sure what that bid of $7500 covers, is it a full replacement window?

If it were me, I would call up the local Amerimax window dealer in the area and act like you want to get a bid on replacement windows (don't say a thing about the windows you have being Amerimax). When they come out (and assuming they are Amerimax windows), you can then hit them up for all of your warranty questions and see what they cover, their opinion on the condensation or mold, whether they think you need to replace them, etc. This is where I would start.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Amerimax In Southern California

I have 2 60x80, 1 72x 80 and 1 96x 80 vinyl sliders I need to replace. House is near the ocean in Southern California and gets south and west exposure so energy efficiency is important. Also security is important.

Can you recommend manufacturers and series I should consider. Per your site currently considering Amerimax, Anlin and Simonton.

Rick - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rick, if you're looking for vinyl windows and are in Southern California, then yes these are the brands I would consider — add Milgard in there.

I also happen to like the Andersen vinyl sliders, but they are going to be more expensive. You can get order them through Home Depot though and they may not be too cost prohibitive. Then you just need to find a local installer to do the work...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Amerimax Windows In South Carolina

I have the original double hung single glass wood windows with the triple track storms in my home built in 1978. I would like to replace them with new vinyl replacement windows. My problem is that I have a two story brick home and due to the brick coloration have always painted the exterior windows, trim and shutters with a dark brown paint. The interior of the house has everything from creamy white trim in some rooms to the original dark stain trim in others. I have been looking at the Simonton Reflections 5500 replacement window as that appears to be a popular brand in this area (SC) and seems to get decent ratings.

The problem is the cost of the window about doubles to get an exterior paint that is different from the few sample colors it comes with that is impregnated into the vinyl. Besides the cost I am concerned with how well the windows would hold up with a dark brown exterior from a fading and warping standpoint. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations?

Keith - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Keith, I know that upgrade frame color can add to the cost, but doubling it sounds very high to me. I feel like the industry average is more like 30 percent, which is a lot in and of itself as far as I'm concerned. There are a number of companies who offer a dark brown that may match your exterior brick and shouldn't add as much to the cost. Offhand though, I can't think of who is available in South Carolina. I would recommend Amerimax, Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris – I would do a quick search for these in your local area, find a local dealer, call them up and see if they offer the color you want and how much this upgrade runs. I would think this would be the best and quickest way to get what you're after. Let me know what you find out!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Amerimax vs Sunrise Windows

After reading so many reviews, I am surprised the Sunrise didn't even get a mention. Is that because you think the price isn't worth it over, say, the Amerimax window? I hear a lot about sunrise having quieter and more energy efficient windows than most others. Honestly, we have original aluminum windows from 1978, many of which are damaged, so anything on this list would be better than that. Still, I want to make sure I get the best bang for the buck and if I can find a superior product, I generally will want the absolute best I can afford.

We are going to the showrooms for Zen and Colorado Window Source (Amerimax and Sunrise) this weekend and will hopefully make a decision soon after that. At least I was able to find affordable AND quality options. RBA was our first quote and we freaked out. Thanks.

Josh - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Josh I really like Sunrise windows, but the quote you got was what seemed like the standard Sunrise model and it was $4K more than the Zen quote for the Classic model (I think my numbers are right), which I would say are comparable windows at a much better price point. The Sunrise is a better window than the Amerimax, that's true, but I'm not sure it $6K better :)

People often freak out when RBA comes out to give them a bid...and rightly so. Let me know what you end up going with and how it works out!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Best Denver Replacement Windows

How do I get/find an honest contractor? I live in Denver metro and am constantly quoted $1,500 to $2,000 PLUS for casement windows that are 36" x 42".

Thomas - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

What type of casement are you looking for? Wood clad, composite, fiberglass, vinyl? This is a lot of money if we are talking about any window that isn't wood clad (wood interior, aluminum or fiberglass exterior). However, I could seen this price if you have gotten bids from Pella, Renewal By Andersen, Loewen etc.

There are a number of ways to find a quality contractor that services your zip code, but this is my preferred choice. Find a local company who carries a quality line of windows and get 3 or 4 bids.

Marvin Infinity is a high quality fiberglass window that should be much more affordable than the price you quoted - I found this website and these guys look pretty legit. http://solarglasscolorado.com

Sunrise ought to have several dealers in your area who can give you a bid. I found these guys doing a quick search for "sunrise windows denver colorado" - http://www.coloradowindowsource.com/windowsdenver/sunrise-windows/.

Soft-Lite markets their Zen vinyl windows in Denver and has a local dealer - google soft-lite zen windows denver and they should come up - don't go with their lower end window, use their mid range or premium option.

Amerimax is sure to have local Denver reps since the company is headquartered in Colorado. Amerimax is considered a step below Sunrise, but is still considered a good overall vinyl window manufacturer.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Amerimax Vinyl Windows Reviews

In 2005 I put in Amerimax replacement vinyl windows and I love them. I looked at a lot of others - CertainTeed, Milgard, Window World. The Amerimax are priced somewhat higher to the CertainTeeds and Milgards. They look good, they are much quieter, and my electric bills are a little lower than before. The double hungs that tilt are so easy to clean, too!

Larry - Homeowner in California - from 2009


How They Measure Up To Regional Brands

5 years ago I bought 22 replacement vinyl windows from Amerimax and we've been very happy with them. They are painted dark green on the outside, white on the inside, and they look great on our house. They are sturdy, especially the locks, and the warrantyis great too. The price was reasonable, a little higher than we would have liked, but they are so much better than the others we looked at.

Some of the other brands we looked at just didn't measure up. Milgard only uses single strength glass. Atrium and Anlin don't have as good a warranty. California Deluxe was a good option, but were too pricey. Amerimax was perfect, it met all our needs without busting the budget.

Corey - Homeowner in California - from 2010

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Amerimax Replacement Windows

I just had Amerimax replacement windows installed in a fourplex. Too early to provide a review, although reduction in street noise was obvious immediately. I do have a question concerning the exposed screw heads in the frames. I asked the installer to cover them with caps (like my neighbor's). He refused to do so saying it will weaken the frame. Quite frankly, I believe he was in a hurry to complete the job, and used the "weaken frame" as an excuse. So my question is: Is it common practice to cap the screw heads, or to leave then exposed?

Al - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

Most companies do include plastic screw head caps for the aesthetics, but I'm not sure about Amerimax - it sounds like the installer didn't have any and didn't want to take the time to do it -- call up Amerimax and see if they normally include the caps and maybe they can send them out. If so, it should be very easy to do -- I know Pella includes it in the actual online instructions, step 3E? http://www.pella.com/support-center-assets/pdfs/V784331.pdf

[Homeowner's Repsonse]

Contrary to what the installer told me about the caps weaking the frame, Amerimax assured me that they do not. Their position is that "There is no requirement from them or any professional installation organizations that require screw covers. This part is up to the dealer/installer. It is purely to do with aesthetics."

The installer did have caps, and the tool to countersink the holes. In fact he actually installed them in one of the 4 units! He said "Because the tenant asked for them, and he thought he was the owner." Figure that one out! Needless to say, this isn't over yet.

Al - Homeowner - from 2015


Amerimax Windows Reviews

We put in Amerimax windows in 2007, and they are alright but not great. The noise level was reduced some, but not as much as they said it would. They aren't too drafty but they have some little holes near the bottom tracks that wind can blow through. I had to stuff them with toilet paper. Some of the vent stops broke last summer, and I called the dealer, who told me to call Amerimax. They said they would send replacements, but they never came. I forgot about it, and it wasn't until spring that I remembered and called again. I called Amerimax first this time, and the guy I talked to in the warranty department was rude and told me to go through the dealer next time. The windows are decent but not great, but their customer service was so bad I woudn't buy from them again.

Sharon - Homeowner in Colorado - from 2012


Amerimax vs MI

I'm getting two windows replaced and every quote I get seems to confuse me more. I can't afford to do all of the windows at once so I am only doing the two worst "leakers". I have quotes for 3 Milgards or an Amerimax with 2 MIs. But when I went to look at the Milgards again to try and decide, I saw the Andersen Series 100 and loved them. One installer said they are really good for the weather here in Arizona.

Al - Homeowner in Arizona - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

I'm in LA, not exactly the same weather but not too far off. The Milgards and Amerimax are all good choices. The Andersen windows, I'm not so sure about. They have a new "silver" line that might be worth it and might not.

Jeff - Installer - from 2012


Take From A Window Dealer

Amerimax makes pretty good windows from my experience. Most of their products have triple weather stripping, super spacers, double strength glass, and other great features that make them better than similar models. They also have more grid and color options than a lot of other brands. I also like that their standard glass package has an argon fill, which qualifies you for a tax rebate without having to do an expensive upgrade. Their patio doors are great too with a real key lock on the outside and a lot of different finish options. They offer a footbolt lock upgrade, which is totally worth it. It's a good product and my experiences with their customer service have been great. Of course, you get what you pay for, and Amerimax is more expensive than a lot of other brands, in some cases a lot more - see Simonton window prices for a comparison. They are also a little harder to get hold of, as they don't have as many dealers nationwide as some brands do. I think that they are worth it though.

Ken - Window Dealer - from 2010


My favorite window on the West Coast? I like Simonton and Amerimax the best, really don't like Atrium and Magic. My top 4 would probably be
1. Simonton
2. Amerimax
3. Milgard (Tuscany)
4. Anlin

Granted, I only deal with windows available in Southern California, so if you're somewhere else you might have more (or less) options. These four all have good features and are good quality manufacturing - even so I would always advise consumers to get a few quotes before buying.

Jordan - Contractor - from 2010


How They Handle Cold Weather

Amerimax windows are made here in Colorado. The main selling point for me is that they are filled with argon gas right here - windows filled at lower elevations have major pressure build up when they are shipped here. They look nice - I like the narrow frame, but they don't feel as sturdy as some others. We had a little problem with condensation in the winter. I think that they are probably great for warmer areas, but they don't handle our weather as well.

William - Homeowner in Colorado - from 2009


AAMA Color Certification

I've had Amerimax windows in my house for 7 years now and I love them. To me, the main selling point was the AAMA color certification - unlike a lot of vinyl windows the color won't yellow within a few years. They look much better than similar windows from other companies.

Barry - Homeowner in California - from 2008


Amerimax vs RBA

About 5 years ago I had Amerimax vinyl windows put in my Los Angeles home. They are still very nice and white. They work well, with a smooth movement and no leaks or drafts. When we were shopping for them we saw some really cheap vinyl windows. I'm sure if we had bought those we would have problems. We also looked at Renewal by Andersen but those cost 5 times as much. He kept saying that we wouldn't be happy if we went with vinyl, but that's crazy. People have been using vinyl windows for years, and if they were horrible no one would buy them.

Kenneth - Homeowner in California - from 2008






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