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Read 8 Custom Window Systems reviews from contractors and homeowners on their hurricane and impact windows and prices.

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Custom Window Systems 8200

Hi Dane, my husband and I are contemplating adding a Florida room to our home. The contractor was here today to give us a quote, and told me the windows he would use are Custom Window Systems 8200 series. Since this room is going to be 90 percent window, I really want to make sure we have at least a mid-grade window.

I know that CWS has a good rating when it comes to their impact windows. I'm wondering, what is your opinion regarding the 8200 series. Is this a quality window, or is it a low-grade category window?

Marie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Marie, the 8200 is quite a nice impact window, assuming you like how the window looks. My own opinion is that it's nice looking, nothing crazy, but nice lines and a clean design. I like that the window comes in a number of interior colors that you can choose from and the performance data on the window is quite solid. The window has a design pressures of 60, which is excellent. CWS has a very good reputation in the industry. All in all, if you like and trust the people doing your installation, I think you are choosing a quality impact window for your Florida home!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


CWS vs PGT Windows

Hello Tim, I have to replace 17 standard windows in my house for Hurricane Impact windows. Home Depot quote me $20,000 for Vinyl PGT windows with a lifetime warranty. Any other better options out there using the Ygreene program? Thank you.

Pablo - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Pablo, I'd never heard of the Ygrene Works project, it looks intriguing at first glance, I'll have to do more research. It appears that it's simply a financing program so that wouldn't help with the overall cost (although certainly it would help alleviate that initial cost payment).

The price quote from Home Depot seems high, $1175 per window, I think you can do better than that, although I don't have any project specifics to back that up. Here's what I would do, call up PGT and see who their local rep is in your area and have them give you a bid. Do the same with CWS, Custom Window Systems, and see what their bid comes in at. The other affordable hurricane window that is available throughout Florida is the StormBreaker Plus from Simonton, if you google "StormBreaker Plus Jacksonville Florida", or whatever city you live in, you should be able to quickly and easily find a contractor who carries this brand.

Get these 3 bids and see how they compare. Typically, HD has great prices, but I would go somewhere else for the installation, the big box stores don't have a very good reputation for the subcontractors they use (not always the case, but I wouldn't take the chance with my home.)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Michigan And Florida Window Recommendations

Do you have any suggestions on which brands to look at for our cold Michigan winters? Also we have a home in sw florida and are considering building a home there and would like a product for that area as well but must be hurricane rated. Have a great day and thanks again.

Lorelei - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Lorelei, here are 4 manufacturers that should have dealers or local window companies in Michigan that carry their windows. Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite and Wallside. I would try to get a bid from as many of these companies as possible to maximize your chances of a high quality window at a reasonable price. Typically, the mid range window series is going to offer the best long term value.

In terms of hurricane rated windows in Florida, I would suggest looking at Custom Window Systems, PGT and Simonton. All of them are definitely available throughout Florida and offer nice quality vinyl windows at a mid range price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

CWS Hurricane Windows

We live in the southwest section of Florida and recently received a bid for hurricane windows on our home - 10 windows in all. The company that bid it out had two options, either the WinGuard from PGT or the Wind Pact Plus from Custom Window Systems. The CWS window costs, which were for single hungs, were $7,500 total, the PGT windows price was $800 more. I had definitely heard good things about PGT, but I've never heard of CWS and was curious what their deal is and whether the prices seem in line. Btw, I had a quote from Gorell 5400 hurricane windows that was more than double this!

Braden - Homeowners - from 2012

[Contractor's Response]

The CWS and PGT bids you got don't seem out of line in terms of price, the Gorell price bid is ridiculous - do not go with that ridiculous bid regardless of what they say. In terms of CWS windows, they are very high quality. I've personally installed hundreds of them (thousands? not sure...). I've had very few issues with them and when they did the company worked with me to make sure that everything was worked out to the customers satisfaction. I have no qualms recommending them.

Holland - Contractor - from 2012


Options In Florida

Vinyl windows are getting more popular in Florida, but they aren't available in a lot of colors. They are pretty much white, beige, and tan. They tend to be either laminated or painted, and both have some drawbacks. There are only two manufacturers that have decent designs and color choices, Custom Window Systems and PGT windows. PGT makes a PremierVue series that isn't bad, and if that is too high as far as cost, look at their 500 series.

Ian - Contractor in Florida - from 2012


CWS Windows vs PGT Windows

We're looking at Custom Window Systems for our hurricane windows, but there isn't much out there on the company. I'm also wondering what other companies I should look at in Florida?

Renton - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor's Response]

CWS does make good hurricane windows and they are not too crazy in terms of cost (or they shouldn't be). I recently put a ton of single hungs into a home in Florida and the homeowner was very pleased. They have a very cool latch and auto lock feature that is quite nice. The other company you should look at is PGT, which is my go to window. It's more expensive and some homeowners just can't afford to go that route (in which case I suggest the Custom Window Systems). One downside to the CWS is no double hung because it's more difficult to make them hurricane code complaint.

I'm very bummed that we can no longer get Gorell (out of business), the 5400 that they sold was a very hefty window and very well made. For very cost-conscious customers I would suggest the Silverline 9500 with several upgrades to make it code compliant. A very uninspiring window, but it does get the job done.

Bill - Installer - from 2012

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