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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.

Dane - Site Editor

Amerimax Masters Grande Windows Reviews

The Masters Grande window is the low end offering from Amerimax that comes in 10 exterior frame colors, even sightlines and comes standard with a 10 year warranty. Performance wise, expect the following numbers; U-value 0.28, VT 0.56, SHGC 0.30.

Dane - Site Editor

Amerimax Masters Grand vs. Simonton Platinum

Amerimax masters Grand or Simonton plantinum. Close quotes. I’m here in Denver.

Greg - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

The Amerimax Masters Grande is the better window over the Simonton Platinum and the Amerimax is local.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Amerimax Replacement Windows In Hawaii

Hello, I happened upon your webpage and really found it informative.

In the back of my house is a major road with a lot of road traffic so I called a company to provide an estimate and he suggested the following product: Amerimax windows with the following features - double pane, argon, AG3 triple coat low-E, NEAT self cleaning stainless steel hardware . it also has an internal screen between the two panes if you open the window.

There's 9 windows of varying sizes. Total cost estimate came out to a little over $10,000 for the 9 windows after his 50% discount that he is offering.


Five are Craftsman Portrait Sliding window XO: two @ 60x38 - $1,078, two @ 60x36 - $1,056, 61x38 - $1,089
Three are Masters Grand Double Hung : 30x50 - $960, 36x50 - $1,044, 30x38 - $884
One is a Craftsman Portrait XOX: (for a particularly wide window - 90x58 ) - $1,628

That seemed high to me but I am not sure, given its a double pane and with all those other windows features I mentioned above, if that is a reasonable pricing. Supposedly, he said they had a 50% discount and that was the discounted price.

Thank you in advance!

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Daniel, I agree, that bid sounds high to me as well. Amerimax makes a good window, but I'm not sure it's worth $1K a pop. I would definitely get a couple more bids to find out what the fair market rate is for your project. I know that Anlin makes a window line specific to Hawaii called the Anlin Ali'i Extreme. I would definitely get a bid on this window. Also, maybe from a Simonton dealer on one of their better window lines like the Reflections 5500 series or the Impressions series. I would be cautious about going with their more entry level windows that they sell at Home Depot.

Make sure you tell the companies that come out that you are getting several bids and that you'd appreciate their best price at the outset. When you get the bids, and assuming they are lower than the Amerimax bid, you can go back to the Amerimax dealer and see if he'll match the lower bids. Even if he can't, he'll probably lower his price. Here is an article that suggests a good approach for this —

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

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 Portrait Windows Reviews

The Craftsman Portrait window is the mid range option and a step up from the Maters Grande series. It offers more robust weatherstripping and a better spacer between the window glass. Like the MG, it offers even sightlines and comes with a 20 year warranty on parts and labor. Performance wise, expect a u-value 0.28, SHGC 0.29.

Dane - Site Editor

Amerimax Window Bids

Hi Dane! I could sure use your insight to help me navigate the bids I have received.

I live in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. I am getting 15 slider windows and 2 half-circles replaced. I have 8 windows up to 99ui, 3 @100-109ui, 4 @110-119ui. Are these quotes reasonable? What strikes you as my best choice?

1.) ZEN windows;
Karma line: $13,450
Nirvana line: $13,740

2.)Lifetime Windows
Anlin Del Mar $16,500

3.) Window World;
Alside 4000 $11,858

The next are all local companies with good reviews selling Amerimax, which as you know is manufactured here, at altitude, in Colorado.

4.) Douglas Enterprizes $11,890

5.) Colorado Window Source $11,567

6.) Ross Windows and Doors $15,387

Thank you for offering your input! It is much appreciated.

Amanda - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Amanda, 6 bids, great! I don’t know any of the Colorado companies per se, so I can’t comment on those bids. For me, the top bid is the Zen Nirvana, and I am assuming that that is the Soft-Lite Classic. (Some Zen branches do use Alside, which I’m not a fan of...) Well worth the $300 upgrade over the Karma.

Anlin is my second pick, but it’s simply not worth $3K more than the Zen. I would put the Anlin Del Mar on an equal footing with the Soft-Lite Classic, both quite good vinyl windows.

So assuming the Zen branch sells Soft-Lite and they have good reviews, this would be the route I would go.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

[Amanda's reply]

Wow, I can't believe you responded so quickly! Thank you!

Your thoughts mirrored mine in going with the Zen Nirvana (yes it is the Soft-lite Classic) , but I was torn mainly between that option and the Amerimax window. Can you give me any input on how these 2 window brands compare? Is the Amerimax comparable for the $2000 price savings?

I will fill out the form on your website, thanks again!

Amanda - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Amanda, I didn't see the part about Amerimax window, so I apologize. Amerimax windows are good. I would put the Craftsman Portrait Series on par with the Soft-Lite Classic, with the nod going to the Classic.

But is the Classic worth an extra $2K...I tend to think it is not.

So assuming one of the first two local bids at $11.5K comes from a company with a strong reputation and good online reviews, I would have to serisouly consider one of these bids.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Amerimax Craftsman Quotes

Hello Dane, I need to replace 4 large (2-95x72, 2-89x72) windows, west facing. They currently are top 2/3 picture with 2 small sliders, and center panel. We never open the sliders, so opting to replace with picture only. I have received three bids from two companies.

Pella Impervia $9,698, and Milgard Tuscany $7243 from one company and Amerimax Craftsman $5900 from another.

My questions are: would you recommend vinyl windows in Arizona, especially facing west? The next question is should windows that large be tempered glass? Amerimax only comes tempered, but Milgard says only the ones by the slider needs to be tempered. Is it worth the extra cost of adding tempered glass to the Milgards and will the tempered V no tempered glass look different? As for the glass, Low E on all but Amerimax offers NEAT coating. Also Milgard says due to size ‘they may ship open’ what does that mean?

So many questions, apples to apples and want to get the best value and quality. Another factor is the home is stucco, so is one brand or style better suited for replacement? We are in our mid 60’s and have only been in the home for 4 years, and for who knows how long in the future 10-15yrs? Any advise or suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.

Susan - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Susan, ironically I would suggest the best options for you are cheapest to most expensive. Good quality vinyl holds up in the desert for the most part. Amerimax makes a good window, better in my opinion than the Milgard Tuscany. I personally think the Pella Impervia is not a good window and too expensive for the quality.

I’d go with the Amerimax and save the money, especially since you don’t know how long you are going to be there. Personally, I wouldn’t sweat the tempered glass, but I would work with the dealer to get the best glass to cut the SHGC, which essentially lowers how much heat is entering through the windows. I think in the desert this is certainly worth it.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dane I found your advice very helpful, thank you. I did fill out the contractor leads as requested. I prefer the look /style of the Milgard frames, but not enough to spend 2k more. Also, the Amerimax windows all are tempered glass, so not an issue. The SHGC rating is very good with the 340 low e and Neat coating, so a win all around.

Thanks again.

Susan - Homeowner - from 2020

Amerimax Craftsman Portrait vs. Anlin Del Mar

Hello Tim & Dane,

Wow, this is so awesome that you actually help those of us who have difficulty making these decisions and comparisons.

Basically, American Vision is recommending the Del Mar over the Coronado *when I think back I get confused and I was under the impression from Elias that the contract we signed the windows I'm getting had all the Del Mar features/benefits and find out that only the two PW=picture windows 12x60" will have the Del Mar features and all the rest will be Coronado.

Looking for replacement windows for T1-11 wood type home, single story, Phx AZ front of home faces "west" and home built in 1985, 10 windows and I did sign a contract (1/9/2020) with American Vision Windows and just unsure if I acted to hastily so while searching online I ran across your site; I'm still unsure what to do since I have limited $$ and a huge list of things that all need that same $$ (windows, exterior whole house paint job to prevent add'l dry rot...replace wood that is dry rot, roof at rental, rental homes also need painted, pool & pool deck, shade structure, yard work, car repairs... you get my drift, single mom and one kid just went off to college and one graduated) stress right?

Company Name & Prices (10 windows) + (patio door)
ROC 267599, American Vision Windows 6590 + 2472

Anlin Del Mar *single sliders &/or Coronado *double sliders
offered to upgrade to G340 sunshield extreme on only the Del Mar for ~$300 more

ROC 224119, Window World (quote over phone, Ryan)
Alside windows 6469 + 1750

ROC 72496, Affordable Windows (pushing or recommend Simington Daylight Max)
Amerimax Elite model = Craftsman Portrait 6235 + 2100

ROC 157938, Desert King Windows 10337 + 2332
I purchased windows from Desert King years ago for another home, (12) double slider and double hung windows for close to $5k and just can't find my paperwork, love how these windows work and look, love the full screens and the options to open all the windows from both directions, better airflow and I feel safe leaving them open. I got a verbal/txt quote $10337 w/ patio door $2332 prices installed w/ tax, with 2020 promo. Amerimax w/ upgraded glass & screens, just wasn't ready for this high of a bid.

Anlin Malibu Patio Door for block home built 1979, replacement, need lock mechanism for pool safety *extra cost through different vendor / source 72x80 XOPO Wht Vnyl gas LoE

If it would help any, I can take pictures and send to you. Thank YOU! ~Pam

Pam - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Pam, it sounds like you have four bids, all from local companies. From a products perspective, the Anlin is probably the best value bid you have. The price difference is negligible between Anlin and the Alside and the Amerimax. I'm not quite sure where the Simonton bid compares.

The Del Mar is the better window over the Coronado, but not by much, so I wouldn't make a big issue of this, plus it looks like most of the windows are single sliders.

American Vision has a good reputation and I would request their best installation team when you schedule the job and tell them you are very particular--basically that you're a pain in the ass when things don't go right :) Companies usually don't want the headache and this lessens the chance of screw ups. You might also go back to them and ask if they can match the Amerimax quote to keep you closer to your budget since you've already gone over by a lot...might work, might not.

The Desert King quote is for Amerimax windows right? It looks pretty darn high compared to the others and I'd toss it and concentrate on the others.

I think the Anlin quote makes the most sense and is so close to the others that you can't scrimp on product over hundreds of dollars (thousands yes, hundreds of dollars no because you will pay this and more over time.)

Good luck and let me know how it goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Amerimax Craftsman Portrait vs. Anlin Monte Verde

We live in southern California, deciding between Anlin Monte Verde Bayview vs Amerimax Craftsman. Price came in about the same. Which one would you recommend?

We find this site very helpful, thanks for your help.

James - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi James, both the Anlin Monte Verde Bayview and Amerimax Craftsman Portrait are both good windows. I might give the nudge to the Anlin brand over the Amerimax brand. The quality of these windows is very similar.

If it were me, I'd switch my focus from the very small differences in products to the actual company doing the work. I think this is going to be the more important factor for the project.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Amerimax Craftsman Portrait vs. Anlin Ali'i Extreme

Hi, I'm in Hawaii and need to replace twelve windows: single hungs, sliders and awnings. Here are the two bids I have.

Amerimax Craftsman Portrait Series: $11,000

Anlin Ali'i Extreme Series: $12,500

I believe there is some wiggle room on the Anlin bid but it didn't seem like there was any on the Amerimax bid.

Janice - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Janice, I would say the Anlin option is going to be the stronger product. By a little, not a lot. I would see how much each is willing to drop their price and then relook at the two options. If they are close, which they are now, I might put more emphasis on the company doing the work as opposed to the windows themselves.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

[Janice's Reply]

Dane, thank you so much for your insights.

After I sent my message we had 2 more places come out even though we had pretty much decided that we were going to go with either the Anlin or Amerimax based on research we did (mainly from your great website).

Both of the 2 new places said they would take out the old frames prior to the install. Both Anlin and Amerimax were going to do a retrofit. The 2 new places pointed out that there were places where the plaster was soft and obviously had been getting wet. They said that by doing a retrofit we wouldn't know if there was mold underneath or if the wood had been damaged. They also said doing a retrofit adds more vinyl and thus less glass.

When we asked the Anlin rep about it he was adamant that retrofit was the way to go. He said the Alii Extreme window was designed as a retrofit and by using the new construction method we would need to use as 'inferior' product.

When we asked the Amerimax rep about it he was also adamant that retrofit was the way to go. However he did say that for an additional cost (yet to be determined) they could do the new construction method even though he wouldn't recommend it.

So now we're really confused. Can you offer any advice/insight as to which is the best method to use?

Thanks so much again for your time and advice.

Janice - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Janice, if the walls are getting wet, then it is possible that mold and/or wood damage have gotten inside the walls. In this case, the full window should be pulled and reinstalled. If you don't do this, the internal damage will continue to worsen. But it is also expensive to do -- that's the problem. The retrofit adds a bit more frame and thus less glass, but is much easier to do and less expensive.

This is one of those home improvement questions where there isn't a right answer. If this wasn't my forever home and the plaster damage wasn't too bad, I'd go retrofit. If I was staying in this home long term and the damage seemed pretty legitimate, I would seriously consider do the full pull.

I wish I had a definitive answer for you. Take your time, talk to some neighbors perhaps, and see if the answer becomes clearer over time.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

[Janice's Reply]

Thank you again Dane. After much back and forth we've decided to go with the Amerimax, and have the full windows pulled. There is an extra $160 charge per window but we think it's worth it to make sure there's no mold or continued damage.

The Anlin rep was so insistent that this was wrong and seemed angry that we were even considering it that we ruled him out. When we had the Amerimax rep back in and pointed out the damage he did agree that was probably the better way to go.

It's actually my sister's house that the windows are for. I'm in Hawaii visiting her from Connecticut. A few years ago I replaced the windows in my own house with Oknas based on information I found on your website. So I really do appreciate all of the useful information you give.

Janice - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Janice, it sounds like that was the right way to go. An extra $160 per window sounds pretty darn reasonable for those extra steps. Now you just have to make sure they do the work properly so you won't have to revisit this problem down the road!

I sure hope the Okna windows are working out. Hawaii and Connecticut—you couldn't get two different places for siblings to live. It must be fun to visit one another. Best of luck to you and your sister!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Amerimax Craftsman Portrait vs. Anlin Del Mar

Tim, I have a second home but have never shopped for windows. I have collected my bids: 4 of the quality options you recommended for the west coast states. We live in Phoenix Arizona where it gets really hot. In our master bedroom we have a large XOX window that gets tons of heat that we would like to minimize as much as possible.

We have 14 windows and 1 sliding glass door that we need to replace. The windows are a combination of sliders, picture windows and single hungs. Here is what we have.

Ply Gem Pro: $8700, using a retrofit installation
Simonton Daylight Max: $9300, using a retrofit installation
Anlin Del Mar: $13,000, using a retrofit installation
Amerimax Craftsman Portrait: $13,000, using a full replacement

Thanks in advance!

Mike - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mike, I would rank them as follows: Anlin Del Mar, Amerimax Craftsman Portrait, Simonton Daylight Max, and Ply Gem Pro. The Daylight Max might provide the most value of the bunch if you were getting casements. The air infiltration numbers on these are pretty solid.

However, I'd stick to the first two. By the way, did the Amerimax rep give you a price for the retrofit installation. I'm assuming this would be considerably less with a stucco framed house since it's so costly to do full replacement on a stucco home. This might be the way to go if the price is quite a bit less.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Amerimax Craftsman Portrait vs. Milgard Tuscany

Hi Dane, we live in Colorado and are replacing 23 windows, original to the home which was built in 1965. We are looking at 1 large picture window above our entry door, 2 sliding glass doors (living room), 2 hung (for bathrooms) and 1 with hung, picture, hung for the living room. The remaining are single sliders —all probably are custom sizes. We are also replacing our front entry door and sidelight - we want to do sidelight, door, sidelight option instead.

We are considering a bay window for our kitchen versus single slider...I imagine that will drive up the cost too much though. We have received quotes ranging from $64,000 (Pella) to $25,000 (Window World). We keep hearing that vinyl is no good in Colorado because “they will end up warping”...but, then I hear, “that depends on the quality of the vinyl product and generally speaking, this is no longer a problem...what is important is that the installation, meaning the insulation and workmanship around the window is critical for optimal outcomes.”

Obviously, a composite or fiberglass window drives up the price considerably and we also have other needed upkeep projects which are high priority as well. However, we don’t want to replace our windows with crap either! In addition to the above questions/concerns, do you have an opinion about:

Milgard Tuscany versus Amerimax Craftsman Portrait series (I read somewhere that MIlgard only uses single strength glass, which I find hard to believe, but perhaps this is true).

Should we be replacing the frame as well? It seems some quotes assume this (like the one we got for the Milgard series) and others say “not necessary, it would just drive up the cost” (Window World)

Thanks you for your time.

Lisa - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Lisa, a low quality vinyl window can warp over time or if it is placed in too large an opening (again a low quality vinyl extrusion). Not the vinyl itself, this is no longer a problem, but the manufacturing of the extrusions, number of chambers, thickness of the vinyl, etc. You won't have this problem with companies like Amerimax or Milgard. Amerimax is a Colorado based company that does very well so the idea that vinyl doesn't do well in that state is ridiculous. In extremely hot climates like Texas, vinyl can have issues, but again it is usually due the quality of the extrusions.

I would give the nod to the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait over the Tuscany. The Tuscany uses a double strength glass -- single strength glass is somewhat rare these days and only found in low end vinyl windows.

Absolutely true about the workmanship, insulation etc. This is 50% of the overall quality of the project.

The question of a full frame replacement or retrofit is going to depend on the quality of the window frames and the material around the window. For instance, stucco is an expensive project with a full frame replacement because you have to rip out 8 inches of stucco around each window, replace the window, restucco and patch, and then match the color.

This question is best answered with more bids since you are essentially getting a new opinion with each new bid. I'd keep collecting them until I felt like I have a consensus on the best approach or until I felt comfortable with my decision one way or the other.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Amerimax Craftsman Portrait In Denver

Hi Guys, I’m having a tough time on our replacement window project. 3 years ago, I got a bid for 10 windows at $6K. Now I'm getting bids that range from $10K to $25K. What happened????

The bids are so high that I'm almost thinking I should just shelve the project and go spend the money on some other part of the house. I live near Denver and feel like I need good but not great vinyl windows. Your website says it should cost $4500 for my project so why is it so much more expensive!

Clare - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Clare, our windows cost calculator estimates that a mid range vinyl window with normal installation will cost you $440. That is a true statement. But the fact is every project is different. Installation can be complicated, driving that cost up to $1000 per window easily. So it's a ballpark range that doesn't take into account all the variations out there.

Since you are in Denver, I would make these suggestions for bids: Zen Nirvana, Amerimax Craftsman Portrait, and Simonton Reflections 5500 series.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Amerimax Craftsmen Portrait vs. Ply Gem Pro Series

Hi Dane, got a question for you on retrofit replacement windows. We are planning on replacing our old metal framed windows with new vinyl windows. We've met with several contractors on this. Trying to decide on Ply Gem Pro Series or Amerimax Craftsmen Portrait series. Please let me know what you think.

Appreciate the help.

Nicole - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nicole, those two windows are pretty close in terms of performance and overall construction. I like both of these windows and they should serve you well. I would probably lean towards the Amerimax Craftsmen Portrait myself, however the much smarter thing to do is consider the windows equal and turn your attention to the company/installers doing the work.

This is going to make the bigger difference in the long run. Choose the company with the better track record, the more thorough explanation of the install, the better labor warranty, who gives you the best price, and who your gut tells you will do the better job.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Craftsman Portrait vs Sunrise Essentials

Good Day...I wonder if you could shed some light on two windows I am considering for our home in Colorado. Amerimax Craftsman Portrait vs Sunrise Essentials. They have both given me bids that are close and I like both companies and contractors. I would like to know which of the two are a better window overall.

Thank you for your help,

Sandi - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sandi, that's a great question. Both the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait and Sunrise Essentials are both very solid middle of the road vinyl windows. The Sunrise Essentials is the entry-level sunrise window, however I think it is equal in quality and craftsmanship to the Ameriman Craftsman Portrait window.

Honestly, I'm not sure I can recommend one over the other, that is how close in quality they are to one another. On the plus side, you have two excellent options and what would tip the scale for me is which of the companies is willing to come down off their initial bid.

Take a look at one of our articles on negotiating a window bid and maybe throw an email out to both of them and see what you get. It certainly can't hurt and I'm willing to bet that each of them drops their price at least a little. Assuming that the installation is equal in terms of quality and the overall reputations of the companies are equal, I would go with the company that gives you the best price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

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
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

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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

The Aristocrat Casement can actually be ordered as either a casement or an awning window. It offers nice performance numbers, U-value 0.26, SHGC 0.25 and VT 0.47. This model is quite nice looking, with a nice slim frame and even sightlines.

Dane - Site Editor

Amerimax Aristocrat Windows

I live above 6000 feet in Colorado and need some advise on windows. I've seen Anlin windows, but they are made at sea level and shipped up here. I'm assured that tubes will handle the difference in pressure, but I'm not so sure. Anlin has a single rep in Denver who assured me there are no issues.

Would I be better off going with a local company like Amerimax who is located here in Colorado and is well versed in the issues and possible problems with at altitude windows?

Kerry - Homeowner - from 2018

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Kerry, I don't know as much about altitude issues as I might. I know that the tubes are supposed to adequately deal with the difference in pressure from sea level to above 6000 feet. I would speak with the company who sells the Anlin and ask how many windows they've sold and shipped and how often they have something go wrong. I would also make sure that any potential problems are addressed by the warranty in writing. At that point, I would be satisfied.

However, Amerimax has a pretty comparable reputation with Anlin so there is a case to be made that going local is the easier route. I really like the Amerimax Aristocrat window and consider it as good as anything Anlin makes. Depending on price, this would be the approach I would probably take.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

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

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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

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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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Amerimax CP-3000 Windows Reviews

Amerimax CP-3000 Windows vs. Ringer Premium Elite 5400

Greetings Tim! My wife and are getting bids for replacement windows and we've have two that we are interested in. Both companies have good reviews regarding installation and I'm wondering how close their windows are in performance. One company, R.O.I. in Waco, TX recommends the Amerimax CP-3000 series. The other company is Ringer Windows, out of Taylor and Austin, TX. They manufacture their own windows and have priced their Premium Elite 5400 Series. Both company's estimates are for single-hung windows. The ROI bid is about $3000 less for the same number of windows (16) in our 1952 home.

I would certainly appreciate any light you could shed sir. Thanks so much for your time.

Gary - Homeowner - from 2017

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Hey Gary, so let me say this at the outset, I have never heard of Ringer Windows. I did google "Ringer Windows Reviews" and saw that they have 27 yelp reviews and the reviews looked legit to me (I always look at how many reviews the reviewers have done and if they have only one review I assume its bogus. Not the case here.)

Amerimax makes a very solid vinyl window that I often recommend for consumers in the western half of the country. I have to say though that if Ringer Windows is offering you their premium vinyl window at $3000 less, I'd be pretty tempted to go with them. I would ask them to compare their performance data with the Amerimax window though, especially the air infiltration and the U-factor. The Amerimax AI is I believe in the .12 to .14 range -- the lower the AI the better (0.01 is the best you can get...)

I'd say if their premium window can match the numbers then you are in business!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

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Amerimax Promax8 Windows Reviews

The Amerimax Promax8 window is similar to the company's Craftsman Portrait series and sold through their bigger dealers. The window series comes standard with several free upgrades to the window package, including a the sound reduction package. The Promax8 model also includes a high definition screen and a child proof lock.

Tim - Site Editor

Amerimax ProMax 8 Window Bid

We just received a different quote from another contractor offering Anlin Del Mar but said they are named "Apex". They are offering same amount of windows and malibu door for $10,600. I went onto Alin website and the contractor is an authorize dealer. But personally I'm not sure if it is the same... have you heard of anything like this before?

Elmer - Homeowner - from 2020

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Interesting. The Malibu is the Anlin door, but I've never heard of Apex associated with Anlin. Apex is typically associate with Apex Energy Solutions, which sells the Insignia series (really a relabeled Alside 8000). The Alside 8000 is a better window than what Alpine sells, but not nearly as good as the Del Mar. But honestly, I've never heard of an Anlin dealer selling an Apex window.

I googled Anlin Apex windows and came up with nothing so he is selling a different window. I would call him up and ask him if the Apex is a relabeled window and if so what window series it is. If he isn't forthright, this would give me a lot of pause...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

[Elmer's Reply]

How about Amerimax promax window and Amerimax new horizon patio door For $9300...

I did call Anlin and they said it's one of their windows with a vendor sticker name on it.

Elmer - Homeowner - from 2020

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Elmer, the Amerimax ProMax 8 is a very good window and their doors are quite solid as well. Based on the Alpine window quote at $8500, this is the MUCH better deal.

Amerimax is a quality product and this is a good price! I think you have your winner.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Amerimax ProMax8 and Anlin Del Mar

I live in Southern California, in the Thousand Oaks area. We are looking to replace 18 single pane windows and trying to decide between two brands for retrofit vinyl windows: Amerimax ProMax8 and Anlin, Del Mar. Both manufactures offer these upgraded packages (ProMax8 and Del Mar), to our local companies because they are large dealers of these windows. Both windows offer a double life time warranty (ProMax is a $75 cost to second owner), argon gas between panes of glass, foam spacers, and a sound reduction package. They have similar U-factors and SHGC energy ratings.

Do you prefer one brand over the other? If so, why and what are the differences to consider, if any?

We have checked out the companies that carry these two retrofit windows and each have excellent reputations for professional quality installation. In our research we have discovered that vinyl windows are similar, but the most important aspect is quality installation. I appreciate that you know the different manufacturers of vinyl retrofit windows and what each one has to offer. With so many great choices I am just glad we have narrowed our decision down to these two manufacturers.

Thank you and looking forward to your reply,

Cheryl - Homeowner - from 2018

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Cheryl, I've never heard of the ProMax8 from Amerimax so I will have a tough time making a judgement on it specifically. The Anlin Del Mar is quite a nice vinyl window and I might give the nod to Anlin over Amerimax in an apples-to-apples comparison.

You might try to compare the windows by performance data -- see if you can get the u-factors, design pressure ratings, and air infiltrations on both of them. I would go with the window with the lowest u-factor and air infiltration number. (I'd love to hear what the ProMax8 is...) By comparing these, you should find your winner, although I would imagine the numbers would be very close.

Both of these windows sound like they are very solid, I would probably base my decision more on the company doing the work, although it sounds like you have two good options.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

[Cheryl's Reply]

Thank you for your quick reply. It seems the Amerimax promax8 was a package they offered their bigger dealers. Those who sell 500 windows a month. It has a few extras built into the window package that are not considered optional like the sound reduction package is on all windows. The promax8 also has a high definition screen that is less visible to the eye. Not sure this is for us since we live in a slightly windy area and the screen is finer. It also includes a child proof lock.

But the products are so similar and the performance package is about the same.

I appreciate your response. I think both Anlin and Amerimax are good windows. Now to make a choice. If you want to see the ProMax8 package you can go to Progressive windows in chatsworth.

Cheryl - Homeowner - from 2018

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Amerimax Windows Colorado

Hi Tim, I hope you can provide some guidance on some new vinyl windows I had installed. They are double hung windows and really leak a lot of air when the wind blows through the top sides/corners of the piece that slides. I can see the weather stripping is missing for about a 1/4" in both directions on these corners where the pieces are welded together. I had a blower door test run and the technician said they leak excessively for new windows. The manufacturer says all their windows are made this way and won't fix the weather stripping. If this is true, these are really bad windows. You can feel the air blowing into the room. My old windows (didn't replace all of my windows) do not leak like the new ones.

I paid extra to get a nail fin install so they would be tight. Never thought so much air would come through the window itself.

Any thoughts or suggestions to get them to fix the problem would be appreciated.

Thank you for your prompt response. The window manufacturer is Amerimax and the installer is JDI Properties. I live in the Denver area.

Mark - Homeowner - from 2021

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Mark, I'm surprised by this because Amerimax has a good reputation for quality windows. I looked up JDI and they have very good reviews too. In my experience, this happens so infrequently. I'm not sure what your best course of action is here. I would call them, tell them about the blower door test and ask them to come back out and fix the windows to your satisfaction. If not, you will have no choice but to post a 1 star review on them on Google, Yelp and Home Advisor.

If this doesn't work, I would go on yelp, find a highly rated window repair person and pay them to come and properly seal your windows to your satisfaction. It might not be that expensive and at least you would have non leaky windows (I hope).

Tim - Site Editor - from 2021

Amerimax Sound Pack

Hello, I have a sound problem on one side of the house. So I am looking to replace 4 windows in that area. I'm also looking replace 1 window on the hot side of the house. I have a company proposing to replace with 5 double hung windows with Ameriglas Sound Pack. at $1100/window, retrofit not full replacement. (2x 42by54 2x 42x43 1x36x54) I can't seem to find much on the "Sound Pack"....?? Is it worth $1100 per window.

Grace - Homeowner - from 2020

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Grace, Ameriglas Sound Pack is probably the glass option and not the actual window brand. Could the window brand be Amerimax? They offer an Ameriglass e2 glass package. Sound glass could/should up the cost by $100 to $150 per window. Generally, this is about what I'd expect. Most laminated glass bumps up the cost by $100 a window. Let's say it's $200 a window, which would mean you are paying $900 a window for a vinyl window. I would say paying $900 for an Amerimax window is too much. If this were my project, I would collect more bids, which is how to verify whether or not the initial bid is too high. Two or three bids should provide you with enough information to make this judgement. The other bids also give you some leverage if you want to go back to the first bid and try to negotiate the price down.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

[Graces' Reply]

Thanks so much for the advice.

Yes. It is supposed to be an Amerimax window. I don't see anything on their website about something called "sound pack" or any option that emphasizes managing noise. The salesman indicated it would be 2 panes of glass with different thicknesses... rather than a triple pane window. I cannot get any Amerimax specs from this company, the salesman has been very distant in the whole event. (he was referred to me.) So I'm pulling back the order while within the 3 day rescission period. Is the Ameriglass e2 a special option where the panes are 2 different thickness?

Do you know of any windows/brands that excel in managing noise? (The only reason I'm replacing any windows on this "new" house is because of a huge noise issue that affects my sleep every night.) I'm willing to pay for what I want... but only if it has great reviews on achieving this goal.

Grace - Homeowner - from 2020

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Grace, sound control windows are pricey. The different thicknesses is definitely one way to block different noise frequencies from entering the home. The biggest factor is the space or gap between the two panes. The bigger the space, the more sound is knocked down. Unfortunately, these windows can be very pricey. The Milgard Quiet Line is one option as well as the Amsco Serenity series. Indow out of Oregon also makes a noise reduction storm window that goes over your existing window.

Getting a high quality double pane vinyl window is usually the best way to knock down noise. I think you are on the right track, but that does seem like a high price to pay for a vinyl window with specialty glass.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Vinyl Window Options In Colorado

Hi Dane, which window would you recommend in a shower? The window is in the middle of the shower so it will get wet at times depending on how careful people are. The window size is about 46x46. I live in Colorado and it is a south facing window.

Thank you so much for your input.

Cathe - Homeowner - from 2020

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Cathe, I would recommend a well built vinyl window like an Amerimax, Zen window, or a high end Simonton series. The installation is going to be key as well -- improper installation can result in all that moisture getting into walls etc. Spend some times getting bids from some high quality installers in your area.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Amerimax Windows In Phoenix

I came across your site when researching windows. I found a list of energy efficient windows for the Phoenix, Arizona area that are better with our summer heat. Based on the list from the Efficient Windows Collaborative, is there one window company that you would recommend over another?

We have 17 windows to replace and we would prefer the most energy efficient, but still at a manageable cost. Thank you for any assistance you may be able to render.

Kind regards.

Sue - Homeowner - from 2018

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Sue, I took a look at the Efficient Windows Collaborative website, but it seemed to includes lots of window brands that I don't think are actually available in your area. I might be wrong about this but it seemed like a big long list of window brands, but not really specific to any area.

For Phoenix, I usually recommend Milgard, Amerimax, Anlin, a high end Simonton, or a Marvin.

Aluminum windows are definitely in play because of the hot climate -- Don Young might be available and they make a great aluminum window and a good vinyl window.

Let me know what you find and feel free to send me your bids when you collect them and I'll give you my two cents!

All The Best.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

[Sue's Response]

Hello Dane, thank you so much for your reply. I looked up all 17 of the manufacturers of the double-glazed, low solar gain, low-E glass, argon non-metal, improved windows listed on that site. We wanted to stay away from Aluminum frames as they conduct a great deal of heat (or so we were told) and as that is what we currently have. I saw reviews for both Alpine and Alside - both by Associated Materials and reviews were negative. Same for American Exteriors,LLC and Atrium Windows.

I found that many companies don't have dealers in our area -- such as NT Window. I did reach out to them via email as they were listed on all three of the top energy efficient listings. Disappointing. There were at least five other companies that are not in our area too.

Jeld-Wen does have distributors who order from them and install replacement windows as does Renewal by Anderson. We have had a quote from Anderson which was outrageous. Do you have any opinions about either of these companies?

I didn't see any of the companies you listed on the energy efficient manufactures listing. Thoughts? Further suggestions?

We have a local window replacement company who orders for Jeld-Wen coming on Friday to give us an estimate. Will keep you posted.

Thanks so much! Kind Regards,

Sue - Homeowner - from 2018

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Sue, in all honesty Jeld Wen makes great doors, but not very good vinyl windows. They pale in comparison to the three recommendations I made. I'm really not sure what this energy efficient manufactures listing is, but I wouldn't put much stock in it.

Renewal By Andersen bids are always quite high and honestly not worth the expense. The Anlin Del Mar window with a low e glass is going to be just as energy efficient as the Renewal composite frame.

If there were better and more efficient window manufacturers than Milgard, Anlin, and Amerimax on the West Coast, I don't know what they are. Each of these companies offers several window series. I would suggest going with the mid range or premium models, along with a nice low-e glass. Ask all three of them if they offer foam filled frame upgrades or a reinforced sash rail upgrade on their single or double hung windows. This is going to get you the most energy efficient window and I would hope you could get it close to the $700 per window price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Amerimax vs Milgard Millennium

Hello Tim, my mom is having some window put in her house in Colorado. The company told her that the milgard milinium windows are the top if the line window. He said they will decrease her heat bill and blocks the cold out. She is having her living room and dining room done. I believe it is approximately 8 windows total. The company has great reviews and is on Angie's list here in Colorado. Is he being truthful about these being the best windows you can buy? She is paying 7k for the windows and that is supposed to be half of what the original price was. I just don't want to see her get the shaft in the long run or them not to be as good as he says. Please let me know. Thank you

Belinda - Homeowner - from 2018

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Belinda, I’ve never heard of the Milgard Milinium window. I googled it, thinking maybe it was a new window, but I found nothing. If you have any literature on it, I would LOVE to see it.

In general, Milgard does make a good window, especially the Tuscany and Essence series. I’m not quite sure I would say they are a top tier window, but they are a solid manufacturer for sure.

Amerimax is in Colorado and they make a good window. I would definitely get a bid from them. Also check if there is a Sunrise Window dealer in your area, as well as a Zen window dealer. Zen often carries Soft-Lite (although they relabel them under their own name). Soft-Lite makes quite a good vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Amermiax vs. Crestline

Hi, I called Menard’s to see which companies they handle with regard to wood windows (wood interior/clad exterior). They said they handle Crestline windows. Can you give me your opinion of that brand?

Much thanks.

Corrine - Homeowner - from 2017

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Corrine, Crestline is not considered a very good wood window. I would be very hesitant about buying a lower end wood clad window. They carry a 10 or 15 year warranty, compared with a lifetime warranty on a good vinyl window. From a performance point of view, they will be much less efficient than a good vinyl window. And they are more expensive.

You would be much better off getting a good vinyl window over a wood window. There are some manufacturers who sell vinyl windows with interior laminate that mimics the look of wood—some look quite good, others not so much.

If you are set on wood clad, I would suggest looking at two options. One is the Jeld Wen wood window, which carries a lifetime warranty due to the treatment that the wood undergoes. The other option is the Marvin Integrity fiberglass with the wood clad interior.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Corrine's Reply]

Thank you for your comments, Dane. Very much appreciated. You mention a vinyl window with interior laminate that mimics the look of wood. Which manufacturers should I consider? We have a higher end home and I fear the look of white vinyl in the room with 5 large windows and 6 upper smaller ones would not look good.

Also an currently getting an estimate from an installer who uses Pella wood windows but you don’t mention them as a good option.

Would appreciate you input of both of the above questions!

Corrine - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

There are not many options in Arizona, I must admit. Normally, I would say Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Okna, and Zen. I would be surprised if you could get any of these where you are though.

I would get bids from Milgard and Amerimax dealers to start with. You may have to settle for an interior color in the vinyl, but ask both of them if they know any brands in Arizona that use an interior vinyl laminate.

As far as Pella windows go, I think they are way overpriced myself. They do make a very good high end wood window, but they are very expensive.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Amerimax Windows vs Northeast Building Products

Hello Tim, I am currently in the market for 10 Northeast Building Products windows, I have been priced $12,731.24 for all 10. This quote was from Power Home Remodeling. I have had a few other bids, PHR is the far more expensive route. I found an eco friendly window called Amerimax. Do you know the difference between Amerimax and SL2700? They seem to be very similar and the individual who is offering this is asking for half the price.

I think I am definitely canceling my agreement as I think the amount PHR is asking for is too much ( I didn't know any better at the time). I can't seem to find real reviews on the SL2700 windows. Anything helps!

Thank you.

Gerika - Homeowner - from 2017

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Gerika, the SL2700 is made by Northeast Building Products (assuming this is the same window, you didn't mention a brand). It's a good window, but nothing mind-blowing. Amerimax makes good vinyl windows that are well priced and offer good value for the quality. I would absolutely recommend canceling with PHR and looking more closely at the Amerimax. The company offers several different models, so the model you are considering is important. I would suggest not going with their entry level window, but their mid range or premium model (mid range is often going to offer you the best bang for your buck).

You may want to consider getting a couple more bids to see what else is available in your area. If nothing else, the multiple bids are nice if you want to negotiate the project price down some.

Negotiating a Home Window Bid

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

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.

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" -

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?

[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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