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Read 29 Apex Energy Solutions windows reviews to discover the strengths and weaknesses of their Insignia and 8000 series, made by Alside windows.

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Editor's Apex Energy Solutions Reviews

Apex Energy Solutions sells the Insignia window, which is a relabeled Alside 8000 window, pretty similar to the Alside Preservation model. The Preservation is a good vinyl window, although often marketed as a top-of-the-line vinyl window, which it is not, but it may be quote out in price as such. The Preservation vinyl window uses a block & tackle balancing system (which is preferable to a constant force balancing system). However, like most Alside products, the Preservation window uses a capture or snap in sill that is no inferior in design to a true sloped sill, particularly if you live in areas that are subject to lots of weather where the weep holes can get clogged up over the years.

I would be wary of the whole promotional home discount, this is a marketing approach instead of an actual discount price. Make sure that they are transparent with their pricing, none of this "our amazing price quote today is only good for another week, then it's going to jump 25%" - this is typically indicative of more shady practices than a reputable company.

Tim - Site Editor


Apex Windows Quote

Hi Tim, a solicitor from Apex windows came to the door today (even though we are in a no soliciting neighborhood) to offer our home a promo to get their windows into the neighborhood. Our windows do need to be replaced. We have a lot of noise coming through them and many of them are really hard to open. They are the original builders grade, vinyl, double paned window that were installed when the house was built 15 years ago.

I agreed to allow them to come back to give me a quote this week. In my research (we had a horrible experience with Kirby door to door sales back in the day) I came across your website. A lot of good information. While I wasn’t out requesting quotes, if I was offered something that really was a special, really good deal, it would be worth it. I am in Florida where hurricane force winds are a concern.

I have 26 windows in a 3000 SF house. Can you give me advice for how to know if I am getting this great deal? He said I pay no labor, or installation fees and get the windows almost at cost. I have trouble believing that. Anyway I’d appreciate any help.

Laura - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Laura, that does sound like Apex Energy Solutions. They sell the Insignia, which is a relabeled Alside 8000 window. A good deal on this window would be $450 to $500 per window installed. Apex usually prices their windows out at $650 to $800 a window. Prices depends on numerous factors though so its tough to say what a fair price for any specific project until you have three or four quotes.

My top picks for storm windows and doors include the Sunrise Coastal series, Soft-Lite Barcelona Impact Series, Soft-Lite Armor Impact Series, PGT WinGuard series, Stanek UltraExtreme series, CWS Windpact series, and the Simonton Stormbreaker series.

Not all will have dealers in your zip code, but a google search for "sunrise windows in [your city, state]" (as an example) should bring up local companies who carry the brand. Do this for each brand you are interested in searching. Call them up, get the bid, and compare. Feel free to shoot your bids over to me and I'm more than happy to provide you with my take on what you have.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Apex Insignia Price Quotes

Hi guys, my name is Andy Fisher from Mequon, WI (northern suburb of Milwaukee) and I got a visit from an Apex salesman and he quoted me $13,250 for 17 windows (replacing Metal single pane windows dry. I was wondering what you thought of that price? They did seem a little gimmicky with their pitch, but I think I can understand their business model. We would be in their first tier of pricing in our neighborhood so that is supposed to be their best deal.

That's about $780 per window (tax included) for their triple-pane vinyl Insignia window.

Does that sound reasonable to you?

I'm getting other bids and could use some advice? Thanks!!!

Andy - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

That sounds high to me. Apex often bids too high for the quality. There are some options in Wisconsin that might provide you with a better window at a comparable or even lower price. Try searching for local companies who sell Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris, and even Marvin. These are quality brands that are better than the alside 8000 that is bascially the Apex Insignia window.

Compare a few quotes and see how they stack up to the Apex option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020


Insignia Apex Windows

We're replacing some windows in our home and I found your website to be really helpful in educating myself on what to look for. We live near Atlanta and our home was built in 2007. We have rounded up multiple quotes and I was hoping you might be able to recommend the ones that look best.

We are replacing the following windows (currently all double hung wood, builders grade):

Laundry room: 32x46

Kitchen: two double hung, side by side over the sink: (2x) 25x38

Breakfast area: 3 double hung, side by side by side: (3x) 24x72

Living Room: 2 double hung, but separate: (2x) 32x72 (one is tempered glass because it's by a door)

Bedroom: 3 double hung side by side by side: (3x) 32x74

We have the following quotes for all 11 windows:

Vinyl Kraft Legacy $4400

Insignia (Apex) $4690

Simonton 6500 (Home Depot) $5851

Precision Millworks Enviroguard $8614

Infinity by Marvin $10,150 (This quote omitted two windows, so presumably the price would be closer to $13,000ish)

Soft-life Elements $6614

Soft-lite Bainbridge $5330

Okna Enviro-Star $5993

Okna Insul-tec $5596

Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks again for putting up your helpful website!

Josh - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Josh, you have lots of bids here and it's good to see that some of the really good vinyl window brands are available near Atlanta. If this were my project and I was staying in my home for many years to come, I would rank the top five as such: the Soft-life Elements, Okna Enviro-Star, Okna Insul-tec, Simonton 6500 and Apex Insignia.

If I were staying in my home short term, I would go with the Apex Insignia, effectively your lowest bid. I wouldn't touch the Vinyl Kraft Legacy.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020


Apex Insignia Window Costs

Hi Tim, I am a homeowner in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The house I live in is over 45 years old with original wood windows and they need to be replaced. I've gotten an estimate for 14 windows (11 double-hung windows and 3 picture windows), APEX is offering their Insignia windows for $9100. The sales person told me this is a special promotional homes price, is this a good price for the windows I would be getting. Is APEX a trustworthy company?

Sunny - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Sunny, so Apex is a somewhat trustworthy company. A bit of a mixed bag with the weird marketing gimmicks. I would definitely check the reviews on your particular branch to so how trustworthy others consumers have found them in the past. The bid price is pretty darn fair though. The Insignia is a good window and I would say is worth $650 a window installed.
If this were my project though, I would collect a couple more bids to see where the bids come in at. It's too tough to really tell with a sample size of 1, but I think you're on the right track.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020


Apex Insignia Windows Bid

Hi Tim, I am a homeowner in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The house I live in is over 45 years old with original wood windows and they need to be replaced. I've gotten an estimate for 14 windows (11 double-hung windows and 3 picture windows), APEX is offering their Insignia windows for $9100. The sales person told me this is a special promotional homes price, is this a good price for the windows I would be getting. Is APEX a trustworthy company?

Sunny - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Sunny, so Apex is a somewhat trustworthy company. A bit of a mixed bag with the weird marketing gimmicks. I would definitely check the reviews on your particular branch to so how trustworthy others consumers have found them in the past. The bid price is pretty darn fair though. The Insignia is a good window and I would say is worth $650 a window installed. If this were my project though, I would collect a couple more bids to see where the bids come in at. It's too tough to really tell with a sample size of 1, but I think you're on the right track.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020


Apex Windows vs. Window World 4000

I've gotten several estimates for 13 windows and I've narrowed it down to 2 companies I can afford. Window world is offering their 4000 series for $6000 and Apex is offering their Insignia windows for $8000. I'm leaning towards Apex (triple pane and no sub contracting, at least that's what the salesman says) but want to make sure these are good prices for the window I would be getting.

Am I heading in the right direction or should I keep looking?

Jeremy - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jeremy, I would definitely recommend the Apex Insignia over the Window World 4000. Certainly worth an additional $2K for this product over the 4000 series. This window is worth $615 per window installed, which is what your bid price is right now.

Should you get more bids -- up to you. I always recommend three good ones and I'd say you have one solid bid so far. You could skate on this one, or you could keep looking.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Apex And Alside Insignia

Dane, Just got a quote from Apex which they use Alside with their Isignia which is a special make from Alside. Also got a quote from Windows Universe for the Revere Birkshire Elite. Can you compare these 2 windows because there seems to be a large price difference.

Thanks.

David - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi David, so the Insignia is basically the Alside 8000 series. It’s their best window more or less. The Revere is actually the Alside Mezzo, a mid range vinyl window. The 8000 is the better window. By how much? I’d say maybe 30%...totally off the cuff.

Take a look at the reviews and Editor Notes on both of these windows here:

http://www.replacementwindowsreviews.co/company/alside-windows-reviews.html

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020


Apex Windows Bid vs. Zen Nirvana

Hey Tim, I've been reading some of your opinions on the Apex windows and I can tell its definitely mixed. That being said I have a connection with a salesman there and he thinks he can probably do somewhere near 650 a window. Not an official quote yet, but sounded good compared to what others have mentioned. I'm in Tennessee and some of my windows have mold around them and even some growth between the panes on a couple.

Thoughts? Does that sound like the right price for these?

Dave - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dave, this sounds like about what I’d expect for an Alside 8000 window. I don’t LOVE this window, but it’s the best model that Alside makes and is a very solid mid range vinyl window. Towards the top end of the mid range windows in my opinion.

The fact that your other bids are coming in higher might mean this is a good competitive price.

Have you tried to find dealers/companies in Tennessee that offer some of the brands we typically recommend? Sunrise, Okna, Soft-Lite, Kensington, Polaris, Vytex, or even Simonton.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

[Dave's Reply]

Hey Tim, I really appreciate this. I'm in middle TN, near Nashville but still gives me a good comparison. I've started reaching out to dealers that work with the brands you suggested in your previous email. Working on getting some quotes right now. Got a ballpark quote for Zen Nirvana windows, at ~550 per window. They also said if I wanted to upgrade to lotus it would be an additional $95 per window. Though I need to check with them if these are the soft-lite windows or the Alside ones (I think I've seen you mention these could be either).

I might compile some of these estimates and get back to you with a list and see what you think if that's ok?

Really appreciate the help here. I didn't know much about windows and your site has been great to help me do the research and get around the marketing.

Dave - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

David, shoot me the estimates when you get them for sure.

The Zen Nirvana window at $550 per window is a very solid price. This is the Soft-Lite Classic series, which is a good vinyl window. (Make sure that the Zen dealer sells Soft-Lite instead of Alside.) I don't think the move to the Lotus (again if they are selling the Soft-Lite this is the Pro series) is really worth $95 more per window -- unless this is your forever home, then you might want to consider.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Apex Windows Bid

Tim, your reviews are awesome...thx for putting them up. I live in Wisconsin and my windows are single pane 29 yrs old and in very bad shape for the very nice house we have. I have had a few quotes for around 20k for 18 windows and sliding patio door.

Apex gave me a quote for 14k triple pane window. I only plan on living here another 10yrs so trying to save some money but don't want any real problems down the road.

I know nothing about windows and wanted to get your opinion on moving forward with Apex. They are in my budget and leaves me some extra money to put towards the roof and siding that also needs replacement.

Any input would be appreciated as I do a lot of research online and have mixed emotions on this as Apex just seems like the weird salesmen. In that same breath I have had friends replace windows with some reputable companies/windows and still had problems with quality and them repairing.

Thanks for all your time,

Steve - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Not a bad price from Apex, Steve. However, before you go shelling out $14K, I'd really urge you to get a couple more bids. Great Lakes, Simonton, Ply Gem, Sunrise, Soft-Lite. Since you're leaving in 10 years, just get a bid on a mid range vinyl window, although I agree the triple pane in Wisconsin is a good option.

Compare the prices to your Apex bid and just see where you are. I think you should be able to get a quality mid range vinyl window for $500 per, plus $2500 for the slider. $11.5K would be my target range. Not quite sure if you'll get it, but that saves you an extra $2.5K that you can use for the roof and siding.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


APEX Windows Promotional Home Discounts

Tim, you have a great website that appears to understand Apex energy and it’s selling practices. I live in Colorado in the Denver metro area I need to replace 28 windows in a 3200 square-foot home. APEX came out and pitched me with with their promotional home discount and gave me a quote for $30,000 to replace 28 windows and my sliding glass door.

The contract did not give a breakdown of specific costs per window and the salesman never provided that. Regardless, the Insignia TG2 Poly tech foam insulated window triple pain looks great in their promotions. I’m not knowledgeable on windows but I know my Milgard double pane windows of twenty years have failed and need replacement.

Recommendations for a Colorado climate wrt window type, double v triple pane, reputable dealer, excellent installation?

Chris - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Chris, the Apex Insignia is a solid window generally (Alside 8000 model), but not worth $1000 a window solid. I would certainly get some additional quotes to compare it to.

Denver Colorado may or may not have Sunrise and Soft-Lite dealers — their websites should have a zip code search to search on.

Amerimax is Colorado based and manufactures a quality vinyl window.

Zen Windows, which should sell Soft-Lite (some branches have lately been selling Alside, so ask specifically), is a decent option if the branch has a good reputation for quality work.

Finally, a high end Simonton like the Reflections 5500 or the Impressions 9800 is always a nice option.

I think that should get you started.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Apex Window Quote And Pricing

Hi Tim. An Apex window sales person stopped by my home the other day and gave me a quote of $18K to replace 21 double hung windows. Another $3K to replace a sliding glass door. I know I need to replace the windows. No leaking or anything but the windows are 25 year old double pane windows. My house is in Michigan. The Apex guy assured me the insignia was a top of the line window. I asked him if Insignia was considered the best and he stated there were several good ones but he considered the Insignia the best.

I thought the $18K price was quite good and was actually planning to go forward with it but thought I would do a little research and came across some of your reviews. Now I am a little concerned. Can you make some suggestions for me. I live in Niles, MI. I would like to get a couple of competitive quotes on some triple pane windows. And do you agree I should be looking to triple pane?

Thanks in advance.

Matt - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Matt, that is quite expensive quote and I think you can get a better window than an Alside 8000, which is what the Apex Insignia really is. I would google "okna windows in niles michigan" and see if any local companies come up that carry Okna. Other brands to search for include Kensington, Sunrise, Polaris, Soft-Lite, Vytex, Simonton, and Wallside. Hopefully, some local companies carry these brands and can provide you with a bid that will serve as a good comparison to the Apex bid you have. The Apex window is decent for sure, I'm just not sure it's worth what they quoted you out at.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Apex Energy Bid

Tim, we recently had Apex stop by our home & give us their info. We have been talking about replacing our windows (we have whatever the builder installed in our home & it is approaching the 20 year mark).

Any suggestions regarding companies in the area that we should look into?

We have 37 windows to replace & prefer quality & like everyone else, we do not want to waste money on something like this. As we know, doing this can be pricey.

We are in the KC metro area & would appreciate any insight or ideas.

Thank you!

Karin - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Karin, there should be a Zen windows in Kansas City that sells Soft-Lite windows. Make sure they sell the Soft-Lite and not the alside.

There should be a Sunrise windows dealer in your area. These are excellent windows.

I believe there is a Soft-Lite dealer out of Blue Springs that would service Kansas City.

Certainly there are Simonton dealers — I would recommend only going with one of their higher end series.

This should get you a few solid bids, all of which I would recommend over the Apex — which is an Alside 8000 window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Apex Insignia Alside 8000

Hey Dane and Tim, Thanks for the work you do on the site!

I bought a home recently (Minnesota), and the seller had Apex Energy installed throughout the home (About 20 window and one sliding door).

I now have to replace an old window (72" x 59") and a nine foot sliding door (Items that hadn't yet been updated). So, I had Apex come out and give me their overview (https://apexenergygroup.com/presskit/downloads/InsigniaBrochure_iPad.pdf). They've been super friendly, but they just seem to have a vibe about them that makes me concerned I'm missing something...

Also, the contractor who is doing the work on my home (which involves the door and window replacement) prefers Marvin, and quoted us with Marvin Elevate.

Because of Apex's "preferred pricing," thanks to the previous homeowners using them I receive "25% off" their hardware. I've had a few quotes from other window companies and that pricing discount does seem to hold up. For example, for the three casement window, the Marvin Elevate is $1k more than the Apex ($2,131 vs. $1,100 for the hardware only).

I noticed that the Marvin is part fiberglass, part wood. Apex says "Composite is bad." However, I've also been told Fiberglass is better than "uPVC" (Which, if I understand things correctly, is vinyl).

$1k is a lot of money, but I also don't want to get taken advantage of here. I have the extra $1k to spend if I had to.

What would your advice be?

Thanks so much!

Josh - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Josh, the Apex Insignia is a relabeled Alside 8000 window. The Marvin Elevate is their Integrity line with a real wood interior. Okay so now that we know what you're really comparing (the window industry somehow prides itself on confusing their customers), let's compare. The Alside 8000 model is a solid mid range vinyl window and door. The Marvin elevate is a good fiberglass/wood clad window and door.

Fiberglass is typically about 30% more than vinyl. The price difference is about what I'd expect between these two product bids.

The Marvin isn't a composite window -- it's fiberglass on the outside and wood on the inside. The Apex guy is odd for calling it a composite. Composite frames aren't bad at all, but they also aren't as magical as some of the composite manufacturers like to say they are.

I'm skeptical of Apex Energy but I think you are probably fine with the product itself. However, if I had a contractor who had installed more Marvin windows and doors, I might be inclined to spend the extra $1K because he's going to know any little tricks with them in the installation process.

On this one, I can't give you a definitive answer.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Apex Windows Pricing In Florida

My understanding is that insignia is just a rebranded alpine 8000, manufactured by ami. Sold by Apex in Florida, we were quoted $7k for 8 windows, another 3K for sliding glass door.

Thoughts on pricing? That's about $875 per window for what I believe to be a mid range vinyl. Is that reasonable?

Yes, Apex is gimmicky with their sales tactics. I can overlook that if the install is solid and project priced competitively.

Thanks in advance.

Tona - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tona, I agree with everything you said. Is $875 reasonable for a good but not great vinyl window? I think you could get a Simonton Reflections 5500 series window for less money and I'd definitely say that the Simonton is equivalent to the Apex. I'd also search out a bid from PGT and possibly Custom Window Systems on their premium vinyl windows to see some additional prices.

If they all come back in that price range, then you have a choice to make, but I think you need to get to that place first.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Apex Insignia E2 Quote vs. Okna

Hey there. Found your site a couple days ago and it's been a tremendous help. Thank you. I'm in a predicament and would like some advice. We have have a 2003 home, here in the suburbs of Atlanta ( Buford). We have 35 windows, double hung, transom, fixed, and three half rounds.

We asked our friends etc (well my wife's fellow mom friends) for any suggestions on contractors. Well, happens to be that one of our girl's friends' parents is a regional mgr for Apex. Yes, I know your opinion of the company, and honestly I don't disagree. I've got a quote to replace all our windows for $17750 with their Insignia E2.

Now, I'm an Architect- so I'm looking at this going the $$ is probably great, but how about the performance and the aesthetic. The side by side double hung with a pocket/insert replacement looks awful with how much glass width we lose.

So, I've got quote asks out from Okna, Sunrise. For Soft-Lite we have Zen, locally.

Zen quoted me tonight for $28,395 for Nirvana. Lotus is coming tomorrow. (Attached the quote)

Okna and sunrise haven't responded to me.

So we're 11k higher for Soft-Lite over Apex (Alside)-- $315/window higher.

I think I'm getting a great deal on the Apex, and think Zen is high, but not sure what a realistic medium is. And fearful that Okna is going to come in even higher (if they respond).

Thoughts?

Justin - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Justin, finding the performance data on the Apex Insignia has been tough and honestly I'm not 100% convinced it is for the E2. I'm always a little confused why companies aren't more transparent about their energy efficiency numbers, but many just aren't. Anyway, I believe the air infiltration number is 0.10 (decent, I usually try to get consumers to go with a sub .10, but close enough), the U-factor is 0.30 (decent) and an SHGC of 0.28 (really depends on where you live).

Based on this small amount of info, I'm going to give the Apex Energy Insignia a thumbs up as a good mid range window. My problem in the past has been their marketing approach and price point, both issues that don't appear to apply to you based on your personal connection. The Nirvana is not worth $315 more per window, that's for sure.

If you can't live with the loss of glass, your'e going to have to go with the more expensive "new construction" options with the top and side nailing fins. Ask your friend if the Apex Insignia E2 comes with this option, which I'm sure it does. It will certainly add to the overall cost of the project.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Apex Insignia In Utah

Tim, first off thanks for the great site and information. I live in Park City, Utah where of course we get a ton of snow and deal with a real four seasons climate.

My general contractor recommended Apex Insignia windows and they came to the house today and showed us some of their product. And their install method seemed good and less intrusive than some of the others.

But when reading these reviews it gave me pause to use them. What would you recommend for Utah and cold climate for a very good quality window?

Would love any advice! Thank you.

Chris - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Chris, the Apex Insignia is not a bad window, but I think there are better ones out there. It may depend on what your contractor has access to. I'd probably prefer you go with a high end Simonton, like the Reflections 5500 model. Simonton is a pretty accessible brand. I know Anlin is now available in Utah and this is a really solid brand. The Ply Gem Premium is a solid vinyl window. I'd start by asking him to give you a choice of brands and models he can get his hands on for pricing purposes.

Zen may have a branch out there and if they carry the Soft-Lite window, then that would be an excellent option as well.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

[Chris's Reply]

Tim, I cannot thank you enough... so kind of you to respond... I studied your email in detail last night... Unfortunately looks like SImonton is exclusively sold by Home Depot here in Utah... so dont want to have to deal with that...

Anlin looks to be serviced out of Colorado so dont want to go that far if something happened...

Zen doesnt have a branch out here yet...

Looks like there is a very good Ply Gem dealer in Salt Lake which could work...

Any others I should be thinking of? I liked the Apex really because they were the first to spend time with us and show us how we could replace the windows without ripping off all the siding... but now looks like others offer this same system...

Is fiberglass over vinyl worth the money? The apex guys said their window was a "hybrid" but not sure...

Once again thank you!!!

- Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Chris, so Apex was basically suggesting a replacement window, instead of a new construction window. Yes most brands offer both options. The Apex Insignia or Alside 8000 is a good window — not a world beater — but the best one that Alside makes. I'd put it on par with the Ply Gem Premium model. If the price is fair, then it's not a bad deal.

Ply Gem's Pro and Premium are good windows, especially with a nice glass upgrade and perhaps a sill reinforcement (if not cost prohibitive).

Perhaps Amerimax has something in your area, they make a solid vinyl window.

The composite window is usually made from vinyl and wood chipping. They always claim this makes a stronger window…I'm not convinced.

Fiberglass is a good option. Not a game changer over vinyl, but very nice as well. Marvin is a great brand, but can be a bit pricey. Their Integrity model is the replacement option.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Apex Insignia Windows

Hello Tim and Dane, I was reading your review of Apex Insignia windows and noticed you make recommendations of other vendors based on area of the US. We did get a quote from Apex for to replace 32 windows. This is a mix of sliders and double hung. Who else in the Charlotte NC area would you recommend we check with? We currently have Wheeler windows, who went out of business and the sashes are very arched, thus the windows are smily.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mike, there are some excellent options in North Carolina, although I'm not absolutely certain what is available in Charlotte per se. Here's what I always suggest: go to google and search for "Sunrise windows in Charlotte North Carolina" for instance and see if any local companies come up that sell the brand. Here are my top 8 window brands in order from best to good: Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Kensington, HiMark, Marvin, and Simonton. Do this for each of these and see what local companies come up. Get your four free bids and go from there!

Feel free to send me the bids and I'm more than happy to weigh in on what I think is the best option and value.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Apex Energy Windows vs. Enviroguard BT

Dane, I have read some of your reviews. I am in Atlanta and have single pane windows that nee replacing. Apex Energy knocked on my door and have bid the 21 window project at $17,000. I have also received a bid for the Enviroguard BT Double Hung Window (Precision Millworks) for $25,000. I am a middle of the road guy looking for best value for the buck. Not most expensive, but not cheapest. Do I need double or triple pane in Atlanta? Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.

Mark - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mark, you should be just fine with a double pane window in Atlanta. Triple pane makes sense for cold climates like Wisconsin, but not down south. I have to say I'm not a fan of Apex Energy. Their prices are too expensive for the quality of window and I don't care for their marketing techniques myself.

I'd never heard of Enviroguard BT windows. They are very pricey, especially for a product that carries a 25 year warranty on the frame and parts and has a .48 U-value and 2.1 R-value. Hell, the entry end Kensington Kingston model delivers a 3.8 R-value and .27 U-value with a lifetime warranty. If it were me, I'd pass without another thought.

Having said that, Atlanta isn't exactly teeming with vinyl window options.

I'd probably start with Zen windows. They aren't cheap but they sell Soft-Lite windows (relabeled under their own names). Even their Karma (the Soft-Lite Barrington window) would offer better performance data than what you have bids on. I would prefer you get the Zen Nirvana (Soft-Lite Classic). This is a very good mid range vinyl window.

The other option that springs to mind is to find a reputable Simonton dealer. The Reflections 5300 and 5500 are good mid range models, as well as the Impressions 9800 series.

I would start here and see what you can find.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Apex Insignia In My High End Home

We are remodeling our home, which was built my father, an engineer, who was very particular about everything that he put into the house -- siding, windows, trim, etc. It's time to get a more energy efficient set of windows.

We had a salesman come round and pitch us on the Apex Insignia windows. We would be replacing 22 windows and the quote was for $13k. My father put in some very nice wood trim that I'm worried will look poor with the vinyl windows. What do you think?

Dionne - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dionne, the Apex Insignia wouldn't be my first choice in a vinyl window. The window is not a bad product, but I've never heard them talked about as the best. If your father really only put in the best materials, I'd consider going with a top quality vinyl window with a wood laminate interior that fits with the species and tone of wood you currently have.

I'd recommend checking out Sunrise, Okna, Soft-Lite, and maybe Polaris. This gets you a quality product with the look of the wood, but not the cost, maintenance or lack of energy efficiency of a real wood window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Apex Insignia vs ProVia Windows

Hello Dane, I’ve read through all the reviews and we have also been approached at our home by Apex on their Insignia windows. This prompted us to look at our windows and check other companies. We need to replace about 29 windows and Apex quoted 27000. Champion quoted 31000. Pella for their Vinyl was about 42000 and Andersen for their Vinyl came down to 52000. We also contacted a 3rd party that installs ProVia, Wingard and Beechworth.

Thinking that since ProVia was made by the Amish it was a quality product. We were almost sold on Apex till I read these reviews. We are in the Kansas City area. Can you provide some direction for us. Paying 42000 or more is not an option for us. We don’t know if there are any other options in our area. We did read that the 3 pane window is efficient but the other companies did not think 3 panes were necessary.

Thank you.

Cheryl - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Cheryl, it sounds like you are getting a number of bids, which is great. Not an inexpensive project I must say. I would rank Champion over Apex and Pella for sure. But I'd put ProVia over Champion and would hope that the bid would not be more expensive than the Apex bid you have.

In your upcoming bids, see if they will breakdown the bids by windows and work/installation. At around $1000 per window, that's a high average and it would be instructive to see how the bids are allocated.

Sunrise and Soft-Lite should be available in your area. I would look for a local company that carries these two brands and get a bid from them. These two companies make windows that are better than most of what you have seen so far. The exception would be the ProVia Endure, which is on par with the Sunrise Standard window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Apex Insignia vs. Zen Nirvana

Hi Dane and Tim, I have been reading through your website for some great info on windows, thanks for doing all that. I am trying to figure out the best windows, Apex Insignia or Zen Nirvana.

My Quote from Apex and their “promotional home” is $11,600 for 21 Windows (3 are small squares)

Zen Nirvana is $12,075 for 21 Windows (3 are small squares)

Zen Lotus is $13,500 for 21 Windows(3 are small squares)

Obviously, Lotus is the best, but what is the best between Nirvana and Insignia?

- Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kevin, the Apex Insignia is an okay window and that sounds like a fair price. The Apex Insignia is a relabeled Alside window, which isn't generally regarded as a top tier window manufacturer by most pros I know.

The Zen Nirvana is a relabeled Soft-Lite Classic window and quite a nice model. If it were me, I would go with the Nirvana over the Apex Insignia in a heartbeat.

I don't know if I'd pay an additional $1500 for the Lotus, which is a relabeled Soft-Lite Pro. I'm not sure I think its worth it, unless that price difference is negligible for you.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Apex Insignia Windows Quote

Hi Tim, I live in Indiana in a subdivision that was built over 20 years ago. Our 3000 square foot house was built with pretty low end windows that I want to upgrade. We have 30 windows, 3 of which are smaller picture windows. We have collected three bids. Apex Insignia is $22,000 if we advertise their services in our yard, $28,000 if we don't. Also, didn't appreciate their high pressure sales job.

Alside Mezzo line was $20,500 and the salesman is local, which I like. He works for a local company here that has very good reviews and have been in business for over 30 years.

Last bid is the Window Source 6000 series for $19,875.

We don't plan on being in this house for more than 7 more years so I'm a bit at a loss for what to do.

Paul - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Paul, of the bids you have, the Alside definitely sounds like the best. I don't think the Mezzo is the best window out there, but it's got good air infiltration numbers and is a decent mid range vinyl window.

There are much better brands out there than Alside and Apex with better reptuations -- Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Okna, Polaris, Vytex, and Zen come to mind. However, since you are only going to be in the house for 7 more years, I wouldn't spend much more money on your project than $20,000. The Mezzo will be just fine for that length of time.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Apex Windows vs. Sunrise

Hi there, we live in Northern Indiana wanting to install triple pane 5 Patio Doors, 16 Window Sliders, Bay Window ( 66x57 with 3 panes ) and 12X69 window.

Total Square footage = 528

Quoted $22,500 ( $42.61/sq ft ) by Apex as part of home promotion ( market ploy ).

Have been reading good things about Sunrise Windows.

Your thoughts?

Laura - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Laura, I would be very wary of Apex for the promotion approach they use. It just doesn't install a lot of confidence in me.

Sunrise is an excellent company and their Classic or Standard vinyl window is very good. Their premium Restorations is excellent.

For long term value, I would absolutely recommend Sunrise over Apex.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Apex Energy Solutions vs. Universal Windows Direct Plus Window

Hello Dane, I'm in Charlotte NC and looking at replacing 22 windows. I have quotes from both Apex Energy Solutions and Universal Windows Direct Plus. They are close, but I'm trying to determine quality difference and anything else about the companies. Apex offers just the 1 product Insignia windows, and Universal has 4 types and we are looking at the 2nd level up (the plus).

Any thoughts or insights would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mike, I don't know enough about either company to give you a strong opinion either way. I tend to hear better things about Universal Windows Direct than about Apex Energy Solutions. Based on this, I would go with the Universal Windows Direct, but I would ask them to provide you with some performance data on the window series you are considering. I would pay particular attention to air infiltration, which should not be above .12.

That's sort of my over under for a decent mid range vinyl window. Feel free to send me the data and I'm happy to give you my opinion.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Apex Energy Solutions In Seattle

Hello!

I just came across your website today while desperately digging for information on Apex Energy Solutions and their Insignia window. I read through the emails and responses you wrote on this topic, and I have a similar story to most of them - Apex came to my door and wants to do a "promotional home" deal with us, offering a discounted rate for their windows.

From your responses, it seems like this price isn't great for the actual window they sell. Who would you recommend I look into to get a comparison quote in the Seattle, WA area? Previously, some other guy came to our door and gave us a quote that was about 3 times the price Apex gave us, but I have yet to look for someone on my own.

We have 12 windows to replace and I don't need the nicest window ever, but I want to make sure I'm not paying way too much for the quality of product they are selling.

Thanks!

Priscilla - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi, first off, I would be pretty suspect in general about people knocking on my door and pitching me services—this is not the way most well run, professional companies do business. I would definitely be wary of going with the Apex Energy Solutions, which sells a relabeled Alside window. It really isn't a window most industry experts would recommend.

Seattle is a tricky area, there aren't a lot of good vinyl windows up there, which is odd considering how important windows are in keeping water and moisture out of your home and walls.

One option is to do a search for window installation on yelp and find one or two installers with the very best ratings. Then call them up and ask for a quote and see what windows they recommend.

Milgard is available up there. Simonton should be as well. I would go with their top end vinyl windows.

Sunrise might have a dealer in your area, I would check here first using their website.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Apex vs. Zen Lotus Windows

Dane and Tim, your site has helped educate me on the differences in windows. I am looking to replace 22 windows in an 1895 Queen Anne on the southside of Atlanta, GA.

I currently have three estimates and wanted your thoughts as well as potential other vendors to contact

Zen Windows Nirvana - $11,858

Zen Windows Lotus - $14,058 (+2200 on the Nirvana)

Apex Windows - $15,571 (told me that a price increase will occur on March 1 to try and pressure me to make a decision)

Marvin Infinity - $31,000 (about $5,000 is for sill work to replace some of the old wood (5 windows)

Thanks for your help!

Paul - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Response]

Paul, the best bids you have are on the Zen Nirvana or the Lotus. Nice pricing on both. I would probably spend the extra two grand for the Lotus window, which is a relabeled Soft-Lite Pro and quite a good vinyl window.

Apex is sort of known for their high pressure sales tactics, no need to look here.

Marvin Infinity series is a good window, but simply not worth additional $15K.

I think this is sort of a no brainer, but I would see if I could get Zen to come down a bit in price (even though it looks good to me). Never hurts to try.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Apex Insignia vs. Other Brands

Dane and Tim,

I saw your reviews of replacement windows being quoted by Apex Insignia @:

Anyway, it seems like you are independent and objective.

We are being offered the promotional home deal you’ve written about and are wary of these kinds of “deals.”

This looks to be a good quality PVC window with 3-panes and reasonable manufacturing add ons like foam insulation, etc. They would replace original 2 pane wood windows that were pretty high quality back in 1991 when installed. However age and loss of seal have caused these windows to have some foggy spots and they do require painting and TLC.

But of course we don’t know what we don’t know. Our home is high-end and we’re not interested in a bargain for a cheap product.

Can you help us? Is there a better type of window that we should look to? Other issues we might need to understand?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Brentwood, Tennessee

John - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi John, so I don't know much about Apex, but I do know that they sell a relabeled Alside, which I wouldn't really recommend for a high end home. I would start collecting more bids from companies that sell top vinyl or fiberglass window brands in your area. Simply google "Brentwood, Tennessee soft-lite windows" for instance and see if any local companies come up.

Top brands would include soft-lite, sunrise, okna, polaris, marvin, zen, and vytex. Not all of them will be available, but hopefully two of three. Collect the bids and then go from there! Send me over the bids when you receive them and I'll throw in my two cents!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

[John's Response]

Thank you, Dane. Apex is being pretty aggressive with a per window quote of roughly $700 all in. I am getting a look at Marvin-but they told me $1,000 per window as a starting place for aluminum clad wooden windows. That seems pretty darn pricey, but this has been a hot market in real estate so it may reflect high demand.

Once I get a bid, I will let you know. Again, thank you for your help.

Regards.

John - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

John, I'm not sure I would pay $700 for a relabeled Alside window. Marvin is a whole class of window above — but I completely get not wanting to pay $1000 a window. I still would like to see if Sunrise or Okna for instance is in your area and you can get a bid from them.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Apex Energy Systems vs. Soft-Lite Windows

Hi Dane, I have really received great research thought from your platform. I live in the Denver area and was approached by Apex Energy Systems door-to-door. After receiving a bid of $25,000. For 25 double hung and slider windows (including a 3-pane 8 ft patio glass door), I began to research window manufacturers and dealerships.

I settled on Soft-Lite window manufacturing, and searched for dealer/installers.

I was sure I would be offered something considerably less, but received a $24,000. bid for the same 26 windows, but utilizing the Nirvana model (same as the Pro series by Soft-Lite).

Question 1: These bids seem high considering other bids submitted to your review site.

Question 2: Are variances of $24000 versus $11,000 to $13,000 possible between different parts of the country?

Thank you for your response.

Frank - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Frank, I don't think that the region of the country would affect the price in that way, although there are price discrepancies between rural and urban settings based on cost of living, rents, labor, etc.

There are however wild swings in price based on the project requirements and from one contractor/company to another.

My advise to you would be to get two more bids; one from an Amerimax dealer in your area on their mid range Craftsman Portrait Series. The other from a Milgard dealer on their Tuscany vinyl window.

Both of these windows ought to be available and I feel like these bids should be enough to give you a good sense of the true market price of your project. If you can, ask them to break down the labor/install portion of the project from the windows. This will help you see where the costs are.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


APEX Energy Solutions Prices

We have 17 windows that need replaced (16 double hung and 1 slider).

We got a quote from APEX energy solutions.

They use one type of window - Insignia - 3 pane standard

They compared this window to the Anderson Fibrex and the Pella Architect

There quote was $11,877 for windows and labor.

Is this a good price or should we look elsewhere?

I look forward to hearing back from you

Diane - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Diane, the Apex Insignia window is a relabeled Alside 8000 window, which is probably the company's best window, but Alside is generally not considered a top tier window manufacturer. Not really anywhere close in fact.

I'm pretty sure that the Insignia is a vinyl window (am I wrong on this?)...so the sales rep comparing it to the Andersen fibrex (a composite frame window) and the Pella Architect (a high end wood clad window) is a ridiculous statement.

I would ABSOLUTELY keep looking. At the very least to get some more bids to compare it to.

I'll list ten window brands I like...at least a couple will be available in your area. Go with their mid range series for maximum long term value for your money

sunrise, okna, soft-lite, milgard, zen, hi mark, polaris, kensington, anlin, amerimax...

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Apex Insignia Window Review

I have two different company visit one selling Venetian and the other Insignia windows. The quote for 23 windows and one door. Venetian windows were close to 21,000 and the Insignia was about 18,400. I know that Alslide makes both windows which is the better window and price. Thank you

James - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi James, thanks for your question, it is an interesting one. First off, I'd never heard of Venetian windows by Alside and when I went to look them up online, I couldn't tell exactly what I was looking for. I'm going to assume that its this Energy One company that looks like it has branches in Austin, Dallas, Columbus, San Antonio and Phoenix. But I could be wrong.

Alside manufactures a number of windows that they then relabel under different names, including the Revelations and Apex Insignia. In each case, they seem to market the windows as uber performing vinyl products that are at the very top of the food chain in terms of quality, parts and features. I don't think there are many credible contractors and installers who would agree with the idea that any Alside window is a top performer in the industry.

I will say the Insignia window is quite good, I was impressed with the list of features used on this window. However, it is being pitched to you at $800 per window. The Venetian is being pitched to you at $915 per window.

In my opinion, no Alside window in the world is worth that much. It looks like you are located in Georgia, is that right? If so, I would recommend getting a bid from PGT, Zen Windows and possibly CWS (Custom Window Systems) and see how their window bids compare in price.

If you put my feet to the fire, I would say go with the Insignia window over the Venetian, but I would urge you to get some additional bids before proceeding with either of the bids you have.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Apex Energy Solutions Review

Are you familiar with Apex Energy Solutions? They sell the Insignia window which they claim is the 8000 series or top of the line that Alside makes. Their strategy is to go door to door supposedly looking for "promotional homes" where they offer you a big discount to buy their windows then help market their product, instead of pursing traditional advertising channels. Are these the high quality windows they are telling me they are? Is this a reputable company?

Jen - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Apex Energy Solutions is the Alside 800 window, pretty similar to Alside Preservation windows. The Preservation is a good vinyl window, although often marketed as a top-of-the-line vinyl window, which it is not, but it may be quote out in price as such. The Preservation vinyl window uses a block & tackle balancing system (which is preferable to a constant force balancing system). However, like most Alside products, the Preservation window uses a capture or snap in sill that is no inferior in design to a true sloped sill, particularly if you live in areas that are subject to lots of weather where the weep holes can get clogged up over the years.

I would be wary of the whole promotional home discount, this is a marketing approach instead of an actual discount price. Make sure that they are transparent with their pricing, none of this "our amazing price quote today is only good for another week, then it's going to jump 25%" - this is typically indicative of more shady practices than a reputable company.

The bottom line Jen is that the only real way to compare the Apex Energy Solution price and quality is to get 2 to 3 more bids from some local companies in your area. Compare U-factor, SHGC, Air Infiltration numbers, as well as features and components. Let me know how it goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Apex Energy Solutions Take 2

I had inquired about Apex Energy Solutions a couple weeks ago. I am forwarding you the specs from 3 of their windows. Can you comment on quality here? From what I am attempting to learn, it seems like they score very well, unless I'm missing something?? This is for the 2 lite slider, will send the double hung and casement specs separately.

Do you see anything that concerns you here? Thanks,

Jen - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Jen, the U-factor is very solid on the specs you showed (.19), I'm assuming this is for a triple pane option? The AI is high (.014), typically anything over say .09 is not ideal (the top vinyl windows have an air infiltration rating of .05 and lower).

Assuming you are getting a good price point on the window and installation (you'll only know this if you have additional bids to compare them to) and you feel comfortable with the installers who are coming out to do the job, I think the Alside Ultramaxx of Apex 8000 window is a decent option.

Good luck and let me know what you decide and how it works out!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Apex Energy Solutions Take 3

Yes, triple pane. I am getting a bid on Sunrise Restoration. Many of the others you mention among the best (okna/high mark) are not avail in Colorado. Renewal by Anderson is big here, but from what I read on your site, I wasn't overly impressed. Champion is another popular choice here so we may look into that as well. Thanks so much your site is really helpful!!

[Site Editor's Response]

Jen, the Sunrise Restorations is an excellent window. If it's out of your price range, the standard Sunrise window is well made as well, however the Restorations is one of the best vinyl windows around. Renewal By Andersen is a composite window and VERY expensive. Champion makes a good vinyl window and you may want to consider that option depending on how it compares to the Sunrise in terms of price. I'd put the standard Sunrise window on par with the Champion vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


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