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Champion vs Window World

I am looking for a sanity check on a window bid. Is this something you could help with?

After a long chain of events that included cancelling a contract for Sunrise Essentials, I now have an offer for 8 sunrise restorations double hung vinyl windows (4 with grids; 1 tempered and obscured) all 32"x73" for $5500. On the write-up the options are only listed as "with low-e, argon gas, polyurethane frames, and latch lock plus."

Is this a fair and competitive price? The other bids I have are probably not of comparable windows and I don't have many sunrise vendors locally to call. The other bids:

1) Window World - $3200 (probably not the quality I'm looking for)
2) Champion - $5900 (I didn't like the sales approach from Champion)
3) Local window company that wasn't transparent enough about the name of the windows they source - $3800
4) Berkshire Elite - $3592

Heather - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Heather, the $5500 bid for the Sunrise Restorations is in the ball park of fair and is the best window of the five. The Window World is poor quality, the Champion is good but too much for that quality. The other bid I like is the Berkshire Elite for the $3600. It's a mid range vinyl window, while the Restorations is one of the best vinyl windows on the market. They are probably equivalent at the per window price. So the question is do you want a not bad mid range vinyl window or a really top rated vinyl window.

If it were me, I would try to use the Revere bid to see if the Sunrise dealer will drop his price. If he gets to say $5000, I would definitely go with the Sunrise option.

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Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Champion Windows vs Vinylmax Edison

Hello Dane,

I'm looking to replace the windows in my 1979 condo in Colorado. A few are the originals show the wear from the years in the sun and snow. I've received so many different quotes that my head is swimming. Originally I was going to just replace the two sliders (68 x 80) and two windows (42x70 - tempered and a trapezoid approx 42 x68) that were failing. Then I realized they all had seal failure. The quotes with an * are with these 2 doors and 2 windows and the other quotes include the rest of the windows ( 30 x 70; 30 x 18 triangle; 30 x 48; 60 x 36). All windows are double hung.

Champion Vinyl: $8,500 *

Colorado Windo source (Amerimax vinyl): $5,500 *

Renewal by Andersen: $16,000

Windows of America (Edison vinyl): $10,300

I'm thinking the Edisons are the best option. Will you opine please?

Big thanks.

Joni - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joni, I'll try my best here, but it's difficult with two bids being for the truncated number of windows. Of the Champion vs. Amerimax, I would easily go with Amerimax and save yourself $3K, although I wouldn't recommend going with the entry level Amerimax window. I would upgrade into the Craftsman Portrait or Aristocrat models.

I think I agree with you on the Vinylmax Edison window though. It's a good vinyl window and the price you are getting for everything is quite competitive. I would have the Champion and Amerimax companies bid out the job for the whole thing though and see how it compares. I would think the Edison would still be the best price. Assuming you like the installer(s) and they get good reviews, I'd say you have a clear winner.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Joni's Answer]

Thanks for your speedy reply.

If you say the Edison windows are good then I'll go with them. The Customer Service reviews for the company installing these had amazing reviews and they are were an Angie's List winner a few years ago. They also are accredited by the BBB. The Customer service with the others seemed to be not as highly recommended online and my experience with them has been not that positive.

Just a quick question about the Edison, does it matter which model I purchase (4600, etc) or are they all good vinyl windows?

Thanks again.

Joni - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joni, it won't matter which model you purchase. Usually the different models refer to the style of window you are buying (double hung, casement, etc.) This might not be true for the Edison, but I thought it was. Ask the sales rep -- they will certainly know the answer to this.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Champion Window Quote

As of today, I still like the sunrise window & the installer, I also really like the champion salesman, their window & their installers have good reviews in this area, and have not laid hands on the Polaris ultraweld window yet, but I like their energy numbers. (and this installer also has good reviews) The Simonton dealer has a FB page, and seems to have much positive feedback.

Champion has come back to me, lowered their price about 4K for windows and 8' french back doors for a total of $22604 for everything including doors. (windows are double hung, picture and 1 slider)

Unishield ultraweld - windows only - $16,709.
Energy numbers
U: .26
Shgc: .20
Al: .13
VT: .47
Condensation Resistance: 57

I received a a href="http://www.replacementwindowsreviews.co/pricing/slocomb-window-prices.html">Slocomb model 144 window quote for $10,800 today for all the windows. I don't like their windows near as well as the champion or sunrise, and as I said above, I've not laid hands on the unishield windows yet.

Their numbers are:
U factor .27
SHGC .21
VT .50
AL < .3 (they didn't get more specific)

Next week, I will be getting a quote on Simonton windows.

All things being equal, would you pay an equal amount of $ for a sunshine single hung window with no outer frame insulation, vs a champion double hung fully insulated? Are the unishield ultraweld or the best simonton windows in the same ball park as either Sunshine or Champion? Let say if there was a $1500 difference - who would have your business?

Are all/any of the above worth the $ premium over the slocomb model 144? (and I read their warranty, and do not like their phrase about sending the window unit back, etc - that line gives me much hesitation)

I plan on counter offering, but I guess I would like an idea of how these particular windows rank vs each other.

Thank you,

Angie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Angie, there is alot here so lets start at the top. Champion makes a good window and door, but they do tend to be spendy. In my opinion, you are paying that premium for their advertising, etc. But again, they do make a solid product.

The Polaris UltraWeld (I'm assuming that's what we're talking about so I'm referring to the premium vinyl window from Polaris) is very solid and I like this selection over the Champion bid -- both because I feel like the window is better and the price is lower.

Slocomb makes an okay window and the price point is great, but it's nowhere near the UltraWeld in quality. If it were me, I would stretch for the UltraWeld instead of getting just an okay vinyl window in my home.

I would think that the Polaris UltraWeld would be equal to the Sunrise, but that air infiltration rate should not be that high (I was thinking more like .03 or .04 for the UltraWeld) -- which kind of leads me to believe that we might be talking about a different window...the UniShield label is throwing me off.

I would go with the Sunrise over the Champion for the same price, although I would take and compare the performance numbers of these particular windows before I did. I think the sunrise is a better made window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Champion Windows vs Wincore 7700

Is the Wincore 7700 and the Champion window, of similar quality? The Wincore factory warranty does not include glass breakage, but the remodeling company offers the glass breakage warranty.

Wincore & Champion double hung window quotes:

I just received a wincore 5400 quote for 11,850.

The Wincore 7700 quote for the 27 windows was 13,850. This supplier is a remodeling company, and I can only find good reviews from windows, to siding, to roofing, to bathrooms.

The champion windows came down to 15,850, this supplier also has good reviews in this area.

All things being equal I completely agree the Sunrise Restoration window is by far the best. But price wise, I am looking at other options. 26K for the double hung restorations, and 17,500 for standard sunrise single hung windows, just seems out of line.

Angie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Angie, I like Wincore, I feel like they make a solid vinyl window. They're not the best out there, but with good installation, I think they make for a good product. I agree with you that $26K compared with $14K is a huge difference and I would go with the Wincore 7700 window. I think the 7700 model is worth the upgraded price from the 5400 Wincore model.

I'm not quite sure how Wincore and Champion stack up -- I think perhaps the 7700 is probably equal to the Champion vinyl windows. I would honestly have to look at all the performance specs to make that call, but that's what my gut tells me. I say go Wincore 7700 with the installers with the glowing reviews!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Champion vs. Pella 250 Series

Do you have an opinion of Pella 250 series v. Champion replacement windows? I am looking for double hung replacement windows with installation. I have talked with Pella and Champion reps, as well as Renewal by Andersen (very expensive).

I am trying to compare vinyl double hung replacement windows with installation. I am finding few manufacturers who have installers within the company, or even long-time relationships with installers.

I have found and received estimates from Champion and Pella (250 series) and also for Renewal by Andersen fibrex windows (very expensive). The Champion warranty seems better, but also seems too good to be true – why would they agree to replace a window damaged by a rock thrown by a mower? For a trip fee?

Do you have an opinion on the comparative quality and reliability of the Champion and Pella 250 series windows? Thank you.

Fred - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

The Pella 250 and their 350 are certainly better than their previous generation ov vinyl windows, but honestly there are much better places to go for vinyl windows than Pella. Champion makes a stronger vinyl window in my opinion and they do their own installation, which means they know the window well and are well versed in the little tricks that often go into installing a specific model of vinyl window.

The one criticism of Champion from some consumers is that the company charges a premium price for a good (but not great) product. This will certainly depend on the salesperson you get etc. The window breakage provision is a good one and they can offer it because they are a big company and have lots of window parts and glass on hand.

Assuming you like the price from Champion, I'd say go for it. Please let me know how it works for you!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Champion vs Zen Windows

I live in Missouri and we recently bought a 15 year old home and the current windows do not fit well or close tight. I am looking for a good vinyl replacement window that also will help with the street noise as our house backs up to a two lane road with a fair amount of traffic. What would you suggest? Thanks

Donna - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Donna, I'm not an expert on all replacement window brands available in your state, but I know of 4 quality options and brands that are sold through local window companies in Missouri.

Sunrise has local reps and their vinyl windows are excellent. Avoid the Sunrise Essentials and go with the standard Sunrise or any of the upgraded models.

Zen windows is a franchised Soft-Lite window, also one of the better vinyl windows out there. Again, avoid the lower end Karma model and go with either the Nirvana or Lotus models instead.

Vista makes a good vinyl window called the Panorama that is well built and might be the most affordable of the bunch.

Champion makes a solid vinyl window - some customers have commented that they seem a bit pricey for the quality so this is worthwhile to note.

A few programming notes: Prices can be all over the board because certain companies may sell lots of one window and get good pricing on it. Get a few bids to really compare how the window and installation costs stack up.

The other really important issue is installation, make sure you find a company with a good local reputation and one that stands behind their work. You want installation teams that have worked together for a while and have experience with the particular window you are buying. Proper installation will play a big role in how long your windows last and how effectively they insulate your home.

Good luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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Champion vs Sunrise Windows

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 composite windows tend to be VERY expensive and I'm not sure they are worth the steep price tag. 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 window prices.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Champion Windows Complaint

Our Champion Windows and a door were installed quickly. The weather went really cold and the door had frost on the inside of the of the door almost up to the door knob. The service rep tried to tell us it was just condensation and we should expect some. When he was finally convinced (with photos), he said someone right out--three weeks later and our calls finally got someone to fix it. The house has been drafty since the install. Champion's rep gave us foam rubber to stuff in the drainage holes in the windows! Today we found a 1/4" gap under the the trim Champion installers put around the window in the bedroom and the wind blowing through (it's 21 degrees outside). I am considering having the gas company come test the house for energy loss. We spent $16k for Champion windows and it was a MISTAKE!

Ann - Homeowner - from 2014






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Champion Window Review

We had 2 bay windows and a garden window installed in our home last week and I give Champion an A for service, price and quality. We are in the Minneapolis area. The installers were the hardest working people I have ever dealt with. Very meticulous. Protected my plants and did not let my cat out! Having done 2 other remodeling projects in the last couple of years that were horrid nightmares, this one was a pleasure.

Champion met or exceeded everything they said at contract signing. No extra charges, windows came right in between committed time range and work started and finished exactly in the time frame stated. The windows are high quality and installed perfect. I am a tough customer as I work in Marketing for a Fortune 500 company and expect excellent service and quality. $11,704.00 included installation, taxes, etc. We also ordered their top of the line windows.

Jeanne - Homeowner in Minnesota - from 2013


Champion vs Sunrise Windows

I looked at both Champion and Sunrise to get a quote for 21 double hungs and 1 half round windows. I also need some sills replaced and 9 of the windows required colonial grids. The prices were nearly identical, less than $50 difference per window. I have a quote from one other company scheduled so I'll meet with them before I decide. So far, the Champions look good as far as quality of the window, but I think the Sunrise might be a little better. I have to look into them more to be sure, but I like both.

Andrea - Homeowner in Alabama - from 2011

[Response from Contractor]

Champion windows are good, but the Sunrise Essentials may be even better. The Champion is decent, and they deserve their reputation as a good window company, but the Sunrise products are kind of a sleeper hit. If they are priced comparable to the Champions then you're getting a deal on the Essentials. (Click to use our window replacement cost calculator). A couple more estimates wouldn't hurt, but you can't really go wrong with Sunrise.

Don - Contractor - from 2011

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How They Compare

Champion makes a decent window, although I don't think they're as good as any of the following; Stanek, Gorell, Softlite or Sunrise. All of the numbers they list, like R-value, DP rating etc are a waste of time. The Total unit U-value is the only one to really look at. The one thing in colder climates is that the Champion 365 is a poor choice because it allows too much passive solar gain. Other than that, it's an OK window if you're on a budget but you can do better.

Holden - Contractor - in 2011


Champion Window Quality

I had Champion windows put in last year and the best I can say about them is they're average. They didn't fit well, and they had to use a ton of foam insulation to make up for it. These were the installers sent out by Champion, not someone I picked. The window works, it opens and closes and locks, but that's it. They are drafty and cold and my energy bills are no lower than they were before. I feel like the whole thing was a waste of time and money.

Ron - Homeowner - Cincinnati, Ohio from 2011


Champion vs Gilkey Windows

If you're set on Champion windows, trust me and take a look at Gilkey first. They have a more limited line because they're a smaller company, but they have the same quality customer service and commitment to their product. I think their windows may even be a little better.

Ken - Homeowner in Ohio - from 2010


Champion Windows vs Sunrise

Sunrise Restorations, Vanguard, and the regular Sunrise are very similar. Some of the features that are options on the basic model are standard on the higher priced lines. They have fiber core reinforcements, which is nice for some installations but unnecessary for others. You might get more for your money if you get the basic Sunrise with triple panes and then add the features that you want. They do have a really great patio door, equal to Softlite, HiMark, or Okna. Pella, RBA, and Champion are overpriced and overrated.

Daniel - Contractor - from 2010

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Champion Pricing Techniques

I got a quote from Champion and I didn't like the way they do business. They gave us a price that seemed high, but then they started talking about discounts and "special" offers and eventually they gave us a lower number, which was way better than the first but pretty much the same as every other company we talked to. Why can't they just give us the real price? It was kind of insulting, like they don't think I'm smart enough to figure out they offer that crap to everyone. The windows seem to be well made, and from what I've heard they have good customer service and really stand behind their windows. That wasn't enough to make my buy from them though.

Buck - Homeowner - 2009


Champion Window Quality

The Good: Champion windows are well made, and they send their own installers, which means whoever puts it in knows the windows and their warranty will cover labor.
The Bad: They're more expensive than similar windows, but you're also paying for the warranty and service.
The Ugly: They have very aggressive sales tactics. They promise all kinds of discounts and special deals, but only if you sign today. But then a couple weeks later they'll claim it's a different offer, but they still take off the same amount. It's unpleasant but the end price is usually close to their competitors.
Advice: They're a good company, with a good product. They are definitely a good choice, I think most people would be happy in the end, even if the salesmen are a bit sleazy.

Ken - Homeowner in Ohio - from 2010


Champion Window Customer Satisfaction

I recently got 5 replacement Champion windows and they are great. It's not like they are best replacement windows out there, but they have nice design and features, you can lock them partially open and the locks are very strong. They were the most expensive of the ones I looked at but I think they're worth it. The installers were on time and did a nice job. My only real complaint is I thought my heating bills would be a little lower and they aren't, but the outside sounds are quieter. All in all a good experience.

Nick - Homeowner in Idaho - from 2009


Sales Tactics

I called Champion and I just wanted to ask some questions on the phone, but they really pushed a home visit. The rep that came out was nice and spent a lot of time going over the options. He had sample windows and heat lamps and thermometers, it was very professional and good. He did all his measurements and gave us the quote. We had talked about replacing 14 windows plus a storm door, and we decided to do the three windows on the second floor, and if we were happy with how they did in the winter we'd get the rest next spring.

The quote started out around $5,000, which was a lot higher than the other people we'd talked to. But then he started offering different discounts. This much off if we go ahead and do them all, then some more for signing today, on and on. It ended up around $1800 (so $600 installed each) but we had planned on waiting a couple days before deciding anything. He kept pushing, offered a free storm door plus a guaranteed discount on future windows if we signed. Their contract says you have a few days to cancel so we went ahead and signed just so we could go eat dinner.

Two days later we decided to cancel and keep looking before making a decision. They eventually agreed to cancel it, but I had to sit through another long sales pitch while another guy tried to change my mind with even more discounts. I would recommend to price out windows beforehand with a window cost estimator so you know what to expect

Walden - Homeowner in Kentucky - from 2007


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