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Harvey Windows Reviews

Read 61 Harvey windows reviews from homeowners and contractors on their Slimline, Classic, Tribute, Vigilance, Majesty, Acoustic and Storm windows, as well as patio doors.

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Editor's Harvey Window Reviews

Harvey Building Products is a Waltham, Massachusetts based window, door and porch enclosure manufacturer that has quite a presence throughout the northwest. The company has been around since 1961 and sells and distributes its products through local companies, builders and contractors in the region.

In terms of its windows, Harvey is best know for its vinyl windows, with the Harvey Classic and Harvey Tribute being the two most popular series. The company also produces wood, impact, storm and sound control window models for consumer consumption.

In general, Harvey makes a good window. Not the best windows out there, but good quality workmanship and batch production. I definitely hear of Harvey windows being sold from time-to-time at a higher price than I think they are worth, but that same "criticism" could be made of many window brands and isn't the fault of the company itself.

I would say that consumers who want a good solid vinyl window, and can find the Harvey at a competitive price point, should absolutely consider this brand for their home. As always, good thorough installation is a must!

Dane - Site Editor



Harvey Slimline Windows Reviews

The Harvey Slimline Series is the company's entry level vinyl window. The frame is 1/4 inches thinner than the one used for the Classic and Tribute, allowing for maximum glass area, even sightlines and an STC of 28. However, the frame will not give you very good performance ratings and we would recommend this window for smaller openings. The Slimline is pretty typical of an entry level window that uses a narrow frame, but is not a very energy efficient window.

Dane - Site Editor


Harvey Slimline Windows

I have Harvey slimline windows. The house is three years old. Looking to change the sashes to a more soundproof option. I can hear traffic and would like to cut that down. Thank you for any recommendations.

Jim - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jim, if you have three year old Harvey Slimline windows and can still hear traffic, that is an issue. Replacing your windows with a thicker framed vinyl window would help. Finding a window manufacturer with a dedicated glass package with a higher STC, sound transmission control, is probably your best bet. However, I don't have list of these.

Ironically, Harvey makes a soundproof window. Check out this page to see some other options:

http://www.replacementwindowsreviews.co/best-replacement-windows/best-soundproof-windows.html

The best of the bunch is the Milgard Quietline, but it is expensive. Here are recommended window series, that when combined with an STC package, should be a solid step in reducing down noise.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2021


Harvey Slimline Windows vs. Alside Mezzo

Hi Tim. I have been researching replacement windows and have had a few quotes but i need some help. we had a quote for Harvey slimline windows and it was $8800.00 with installation. the Classic was about $10,500. i also got a quote for the alside mezzo window for $7325. We really don't want to do the mezzo window after seeing your recommendations.

I feel like both quotes on the Harvey windows are high compared to what your site says. What do we do in this situation? we have 15 windows total and are in Lebanon Maine, bordering NH. do we just keep looking for other installers or can we negotiate the classic price? what is a typical install price for windows? according to your site, for a mid-range window, 15 double hung, with standard installation, it says it should be around $6600. Thank you!

Nichole - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nichole, unfortunately the cost estimator on the site uses 4 factors to determine price, but in the real world a company uses probably 20 factors to determine price. I would suggest getting two more bids for a total of four in order to know what the fair market price is for your particular project. $10.5K for 15 Harvey Classic windows sounds high to me, but again I don't know what's involved in the install.

There should be a Zen dealer who services your area. Their Nirvana (ask them if it is the Soft-Lite Classic) is a very nice window. I'd also check with Sunrise, Okna, Polaris and Soft-Lite to see if they have local companies who carry their brands. The Harvey brand is solid and the Alside Mezzo is mid grade vinyl window.

The next couple of bids should give you a better idea of the fair market price of your project. The extra bids also help give you something to come back to the Harvey dealer for instance and bargain with.

Negotiate your bid.

My apologies if your bids were higher than what you were expecting.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019


Harvey Slimline vs. Soft-Lite Pro

Hi Dane, I’m replacing our windows again because we have too much condensation on the windows and our original wood sashes are now infected with mold that I can’t get rid of. We currently have Pella wood windows that were installed in 1999. We have a Cape style home with force hot water heat so there is no air circulation upstairs during the winter unless I open a window.

Our relative humidity in the winter is about 45% upstairs. It’s about that on our first floor and our walk-out basement. We don’t have condensation problems on the first floor or in our basement. We need to move towards vinyl windows so we can keep them clean. I’m also hoping these windows will be better for condensation.

I’m considering the SoftLite Pro window.

I have a quote for the Harvey Slimline window. I see notes saying that the SlimLine isn’t as good as the Classic model. That comment was from 2016. Is that still true? We have small windows so glass space is important.

I have a quote from Pella that is much higher in cost. I’m reaching out to Lowes to see if they can do the same window for less.

Do you have an additional guidance for me? Thanks.

Mara - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mara, sorry to hear that your wood windows are not holding up, its definitely a frustrating situation. I think the move to vinyl is a good choice. The entry level Harvey Slimline is a thinner frame than the Classic and therefore provides less energy efficiency than the upgraded window. In a mild climate, I tend to think you can get away with this option. In more extreme climates, you will feel the effects over time. Yes, you do lose some glass area, but not much. The Harvey Classic is a solid mid range vinyl window, while the Slimline is on the lower end of the mid range vinyl window spectrum.

The Soft-Lite Pro window is a higher end mid range vinyl window and would be my choice over the Harvey option. Have you looked at the Sunrise Restorations window? This is an excellent vinyl/fiberglass window that uses a relatively narrow frame, but still achieves high marks in performance and energy efficiency. It can be a somewhat pricey option though.

I know its tricky to balance frame thickness and energy efficiency. Both Soft-Lite and Sunrise windows come in interior wood laminates that do a good job of mimicking the look of wood without the cost and loss of energy efficiency. Something to consider if you want to preserve the look of your home, but still get top quality performance.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019


Harvey Slimline Or Classic Windows

How do you rate Harvey Classic & Slimline windows?

I’m paying $370 installed for the Slimline or $390 for the Classic. It includes the capping. Should I upgrade to the foam insulation?

Gwyn - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Gwyn, the Harvey Slimline window is their entry level window and not one that I would recommend. The Harvey Classic on the other hand is a nice vinyl window and one that I would have in my house. I would say it is a solid mid range vinyl window.

$390 for the Harvey Classic with capping is an excellent price! I would go with the insulation if it's around $25 per window.

Now the question is, how good is the installer? :)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Harvey Slimline

Hello Tim, we purchased the Harvey Slimline in 4/15. We replaced 16 fifty year old wooden windows. Now, our house is draftier than it ever was before. I spoke with the company the first year and they denied anything was wrong with the window. They even sent a repairman to look at them.

They then forced the contractor to return. He caulked the inside of every window, but they still leak air. The top part of the window drops down a bit at times. I have recontacted the contractor, but he has not come by yet. What can we do? It is hotter in the summer too.

Thank you.

Sue - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sue, I’m very sorry to hear about your window issues. Besides contacting the contractor or the manufacturer, there is little you can do from a warranty standpoint.

One option you can try is to call a local window company or two and have them come out and give you their opinion. Obviously they will want to replace the windows and you wouldn’t go this route, but they will possibly give you some ideas or options to help solve your problem. Perhaps there is a repair they can offer.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Harvey Slimline vs Paradigm

Can you give me your thoughts on Harvey vinyl windows vs Paradigm? Doing a replacement of old windows and it would be helpful to hear your opinion. Thanks.

Marc- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Marc, Paradigm makes a solid mid grade vinyl window that is probably on par with the Harvey Slimline or Classic. You really don't hear a lot about them, but I've seen the windows. Paradigm windows could use a bit of improvement on their welds and the overall look of it is nothing special. However, I've heard good things about their overall reputation and business practices. I would assume that the quotes are very similar in price. If it were me, I would turn my attention to the company doing the work itself. I would also use the two quotes to see which of the companies is willing to drop their price for the business. Here is a link to an article that talks about negotiating the bid price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Marc's Answer]

Yes the quotes were very close. A difference of $200. The Harvey windows price has already been reduced to contractor price and would be installed by the company selling the windows. They can complete the job in 2 days. The Harvey window would be installed by a local contractor who is already doing renovations to the property and would take then 5-7 days. Trying to do as much research as I possibly can but after a while it gets confusing as to which is the best choice. Thanks for your response.

Marc- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Personally, I would go with the Harvey. It's a known brand and I like the idea that the same company that sells the windows is installing. If anything goes wrong, you know where to go. Harvey has a good reputation.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Marc's Answer]

Interestingly enough, after I responded to your reply I found an error in the Harvey quote. They are now $700 more than the Paradigm quote. Interesting process.

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hm, I would negotiate each bid and see where it comes in at -- or simply go to the Harvey dealer and tell him that his bid is $1000 more than the Paradigm. You are ready to go if he can match the other quote.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Harvey Slimline vs Classic Series

I went to the look at the Harvey Windows yesterday. They also had the Slimline for less money, yet it seemed ok, what are your thoughts on that window.

On the way back I saw a Window World shop and saw their 4000 Series, at an attractive purchase and installation price with what seems to be a good guarantee.

Your thoughts on either of these would be appreciated. I think this will wrap it up for me.

Thank you for your time and advice.

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

The Harvey Slimline is okay for an entry level window, but I much prefer the Classic. Window World always has attractive pricing, but the windows they use are very low quality, I wouldn't put any of their windows in my home.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Harvey Classic Windows Reviews

The Harvey Classic Series is the company's mid tier vinyl window. Many contractors consider this their best valued window. It uses a block and tackle balancing system and has slightly more glass than the Tribute. The upper sash has a 3 5/8" depth and the lower sash is just slightly less deep at 3 1/8". In terms of Harvey windows ratings, the Classic has a U-value of 0.32, DP35, AI rating of 0.14, STC 28, and SHGC of 0.30, which are pretty average in terms of performance.

Dane - Site Editor


Harvey Windows vs Pella

I am having my siding replaced on my home in Cape Cod. I live right on the water and get terrific winds and driving rain. My plan is to replace 14 windows that face the water at the same time. Because I am removing the siding and trim boards (I'm replacing with PVC) I can use windows designed for new construction.

I have 2 questions:

One involves the siding. I'm leaning towards the Certain teed Vinyl Impressions siding. They make a line that comes in panels and another line that are individual singles. The individual shingle style is more expensive $660 vs $425 per sq. Given my location is the cedar impression product a good choice. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Feel free to recommend something else.

Now for the windows.

All are same size—rough opening is 32x49

We were leaning towards vinyl or fiberglass-we want white on white-no grills

I had Pella sales guy in and he was pushing the Pella 250 series. Harvey windows are big here on the cape. I see from your site you are not a big fan of the pella 250 series. The Harvey classic line is the other consideration. There is also Marvin but have not really looked into then yet. Recommendations appreciated.

If you were me-what would you use? Getting an opinion from you is super valuable. Ever time I talk to window place of lumber yard they push one over another. An unbiased opinion for knowledgeable individual is invaluable.

Thanks in advance for the help

Alan - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Alan, I would personally not put a CertainTeed window in my home. I'd much prefer the Pella 250 series. I'd prefer the Harvey Classic to the Pella 250, this is a quality vinyl window. The Pella 250 is a decent enough window, it's just not always priced out very fair in my opinion. Marvin is a great window, but it will be expensive. I would get a bid or two more off the following list.

[List Redacted -- contact us directly for our good and great windows list]

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


Harvey Classic Bid vs. Okna 500 DX

Hi Dane and Tim, first, I love the site - thanks so much! I've learned more about windows than I ever thought possible!

I've done a good amount of research and narrowed it down to Harvey and Okna. I understand that Okna is a higher quality window than Harvey is (the warranty is certainly better). I was hoping you could weigh in on some quotes that I've received, as I'm not sure if the Okna justifies the price premium over the Harvey (FYI, I'm located in NH):

Quote 1) Harvey Classic 15x double hung, 2x 25/50/25 picture/double hungs, all full frame replacements, full screens, composite trim exterior and primed wood trim interior. Northern region Energy Star Glass Package: $15,000. Company is mom & pop but has been around for 25 years with good reviews online and BBB accredited with A+ rating.

Quote 2): Same as above, but dealer is a Harvey Elite dealer. $17,920.

Quote 3) Okna 500 w/ deluxe package. All else the same. Established company that provides lifetime labor warranty. $21,800.

Struggling with whether or note the elite dealer justifies the premium over quote 1, and if Okna justifies the large premium over the Harvey. Any thoughts here would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Best.

Rob - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Rob, two great products, so good on you for that. Yeah, I would have a hard time paying an extra $7K for the Okna 500 over the Harvey Classic. The Okna is the better window, but not that much better. For me your first quote is the best, and it sounds like the installer knows his stuff -- 25 years with good reviews online and BBB accredited with A+ rating.

I think this this is where you get the most bang for your buck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020


Harvey Classic v Pella 250

What are your thoughts of Harvey Classic v. Pella 250 for a windows replacement project in the NY Metro area? Also is it worth the extra cost to go fiberglass (like with a Marvin Infinity)?

Thanks.

David - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi David, so the Harvey Classic is going to be the choice for me over the Pella 250 series. The Marvin Infinity is a good fiberglass window, but I'm not sure it's worth the additional 30% in cost.

I think you could get a bid from Ideal windows, Sunrise windows and a local Okna window dealer and see how they compare to the Harvey. The Pella isn't up to snuff in my opinion.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Help With Window Quotes

Hey Tim, we are looking to replace 15 double hung and 1 picture window in our 1961 house. We are planning to go with a painted exterior vinyl window so we can match our exterior trim but still have a white interior. My questions are:

- are these 2 color windows a good option? Does the color hold up?

- how much stock should I put into the warranty, particularly concerning the paint? (One of the companies offers a 20 warranty as opposed to 10 from the others)

Here are the quotes;
Window world 4000- $10570
Norandex perfection platinum- $9,400
Harvey Classic- $11,879
West Edge- $10,000
Vinyl design MountainView- $8,659
Polaris ThermalWeld- $13,280

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Andrew - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Andrew, you have some pretty solid bids in your collection. My top three would be as follows:

The Harvey Classic at $11,879, the Polaris ThermalWeld for $13,280, and then the Norandex perfection platinum for $9,400.

Lots of consumers decide to do a painted exterior, which can add a nice visual effect to the window, but definitely adds to the cost. The color holds up pretty well for the most part. Harvey, Polaris and Norandex are big enough companies that you can have faith that the color process will be effective.

I don't put a ton of stock in warranties because the cost to pull the windows out and replace them is so much of the cost. Labor warranties only last 2 years so you still have to pay for the labor, even if they cover the window that needs to be replaced or repaired. Warranties do tell you how long the company thinks their own product should last though - I like to think about it like that.

Bottom line is you should go with a company or brand that has a good reputation and makes a good product.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Harvey Classic Window vs. Soft-Lite Pro

Hi…we are replacing the windows in our house. We’ve had 4 bids. 3 of the bids are for Soft-Lite Pro. It’s 24 windows plus a slider. The best quote received was for $19,122. We then had a 4th company come in and they said they could get the Soft-Lite Pro but because it’s a local company they recommended Harvey Classic.

Their bid for the same windows and slider is $16,875. From the reviews I’ve seen that the Soft-Lite Pro is a very good mid-grade window and the Harvey Classic is a good mid-grade window. Where would you say they are in comparison to each other?

Thanx.

Bob - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bob, the Soft-Lite Pro is the better window than the Harvey Classic. The problem for me is that it's better by just about the same difference in your bids. $600 per window for the Harvey Classic sounds about right, but so too does the Soft-Lite Pro price.

If this were my project, I'd switch from looking at the windows themselves to the installation company. Find the one with the best reviews, reputation and time in the business and see if this can guide your decision...because right now the products are in a dead heat for "value."

The other deciding factor I often suggest is to ask how long you plan to be in your home. If it's over 10 years, then I'd go with the more expensive option and if it's under I'd go with the less expensive option.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Harvey Double Hung Windows

Hi Dane and Tim, I've received the attached quote from a local contractor to replace 4 double hung and 1 casement windows (original 1980's Anderson wood 73 x 50) with all Harvey double hung windows. Waiting for confirmation of which Harvey series they plan to use. I'm in NY, north of NYC. I'm new to the replacement game and am wondering if this looks like a thorough installation and if it is reasonably priced for the product. I don't have a straight per window cost because of all the other materials included but each double hung set will be $1800 in materials only. Thanks.

Nola - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nola, I think this bid is heavily padded with costs. New construction labor shouldn’t exceed $500 per window. If the windows themselves are say $400, which is a bit high in my opinion, you’d be looking at $900 for each window completely installed. This is about the cost I’d expect — add in $100 for the exterior trim and we’re at $1000 per window.

Basically I’d get a few more bids to see what other contractors think of the job. You’ll get a cheaper price quote than what you have so far, I can almost guarantee it.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019


Harvey Classic vs. Pella 350

Hi Tim - I live in the Boston area and am replacing 10 of the original 50 plus year old windows (8 double hung and 2 casement) which let a good deal of cold air in during the winter. The double hung windows are 34x45 or smaller, and the casement windows are 18x32. All of the frames are in good shape. I have looked at windows from 5 companies, and am now considering proposals from Pella, Harvey and Sunrise.

The Pella 350 windows are priced at $10,500, the Harvey Classic at $7,150, and the Sunrise Essentials at $12,000. The Sunrise dealer said they do not sell the Classic, but did price the Vanguard at $13,500.

From what I have read, the Classic and the Essentials seem to be comparable. Where would you place the 350? I don't mind spending a little more for a better window, and may ask for a quote on the Harvey Tribute. How would you compare that to the Vanguard?

One of the sales reps told me that the proper way to replace casement windows is to install new frames with the new windows. None of the others mentioned this. Do you have any opinion on this?

Any thoughts you have on the pricing or the proposals in general would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Dennison - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dennison, I would put the Pella 350 on par with the Harvey Classics. I would put the Harvey Classics on par with the Sunrise Essentials. So the Harvey Classic series is the clear winner in your match up given the price differences. The Vanguard is worth an additional $1300 over the Essentials, but I think that Sunrise quote is too high to begin with.

Even the Harvey Classic bid is charging you $1000 a window -- I'm assuming its a full frame replacement with your comment about the casements. The answer to whether you need a full frame replacement or a retrofit window is based on the quality of the existing window frames and sills. I can't answer that question without seeing the project. This is where more bids will come in handy -- you can get more opinions from the installers.

The pricing seems a bit high, but the Harvey quote sounds pretty fair to me. This is the bid I would focus on. Assuming the installer of the Harvey had good reviews and a good track record, this is where I would go.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Harvey Classics vs. Okna 500 In MA

Hello, I live in MA and really enjoy your website. I've spent hours trying to research replacement, slider and hopper windows for my home and feel like I'm not getting far. I noticed you like Okna 500 series with delux glass upgrade, but your review/comment was back in 2016. Is your opinion still valid? I'm looking for mid-cost windows with a great warranty - which Okna seems to have lifetime and transferable.

I've been looking into Harvey Classic windows as well. Tim wrote the following about their window, again in 2016: The Harvey Classic is a solid mid range vinyl window that should serve you well assuming you find a qualified and professional installer. Insist they give you their best team of installers.

Oh, my, as I was typing this email to you, I called Okna in PA directly and learned the only contractor in MA is with Newpro!!!! Aaaahhhh! I just had them at my house a month ago and not only was it a horrible experience but the pricing (for some type of composite not vinyl window) was ridiculous!

I really need a mid-range vinyl window, energy efficient, at least 20 yr warranty. I got a quick over the phone quote from Harvey Classic windows through Renoviso.com for 16 total windows, all sliders. 2 'bay' (solid middle window with slider on both ends), 5 regular size slider windows, and 2 small sliders (they are about 35" wide x 25" tall) and then 7 basement hopper windows. The basement hopper windows are metal frames so I was informed the frames would need to be dug out and frames built. Approximate total for all (no one has come to the house, this was over the phone - fyi) was approximately $11,275 with installation. Lifetime warranty on windows, glass, hardware & parts. 20 yr warranty on installation/labor.

1. Is that a reasonable price from Harvey?

2. Is the Harvey classic a 'good' window, scale of 1-10 for quality and longevity?

3. Do you have other suggestions for less expensive but good quality windows for MA area?

4. Do you have recommendations for contractors in the Worcester, MA area?

Please reply as soon as possible. I've lost count how many hours I've spent trying to figure out replacement windows for my 1949 cinder block&stucco home. I have no idea how long I will remain in the home but probably at least another 10 yrs.

Thank you ever so much!

Mary - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mary, that's too bad about the Okna rep. because the Okna 500 is one of the best windows out there. Is there another Okna company in your area who can give you a quote?

The Harvey Classic is a good window, just not a great one like the Okna 500. If you are good with a solid mid range window, than the Harvey Classic is a great option, assuming the price is right and the installation is professional. The bid they gave you looks pretty fair at first glance. A few more bids can give you a better sense of just how competitive this bid really is.

Offhand, I don't know other brands available in your area. You can find this out pretty easily though simply by googling "sunrise windows in Worcester, Massachusetts" and seeing if any local companies carry them. Do this for Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Vytex, HiMark, Kensington, and Zen. These are all brands I recommend and I would suggest going with their mid range or premium models, again depending on the price.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Harvey Classic vs. Window World 4000

Good Morning, I have narrowed down 4 replacement window bids to Harvey Classic or Window World 4000. As you know, there is a plethora of positive and negative reviews for both and of course want to make the best decision since it’s such a large purchase. Can you please provide your input? I am in CT.

Thank you.

Michelle - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Michelle, there may be lots of good and bad reviews on each of these windows online, but in my opinion, there is a very clear winner. The Harvey Classic is the much better window over the Window World 4000.

The 4000 is an Alside Excalibur, which is a poorly made unit that could give you problem after six or seven years. This isn't to say that this won't happen with the Harvey, but you have to go with odds and the odds are in Harvey's favor by quite a bit.

The Harvey Classic is a solid mid range vinyl window that should serve you well assuming you find a qualified and professional installer. Insist they give you their best team of installers.

Good luck on your upcoming project!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Harvey Classics v.s Pella 250 Series

I'm remodeling my home in West Virginia and plan on doing the installation myself. My frontrunners so far include the Pella 250 and the Harvey Classic. I am replacing 8 rather large windows and the Harvey quote came in at $4,000, while the Pella came in at $3,300.

I'm partial to Pella replacement windows since they've always worked for me in the past. Is the Harvey Classic worth an extra $700?

Josh - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Josh, Harvey Classics are better than Pella 250 windows as far as I'm concerned. They use better components and features and components, which usually means they will last longer. It depends on the window itself, but in general Harvey is the better bet and worth the extra $700.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Harvey Classic Window vs. Okna 500 Deluxe

Good Morning, I've been comparing vinyl window reviews and need to replace 17 double hungs and 2 fixed windows. I'm down to Okna 500 and the Harvey Classic. They are similar in price, but I would use a different contractor for each.

I'd love to hear your take on which window would be the best for my home. Thank you.

Vick - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Vick, the Harvey Classic is a good vinyl window, very solid and decent performance data. The Okna 500 is a very good window. The Deluxe upgrade is also quite nice. Two good windows, but the Okna 500 Deluxe is the better made and better performing window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Harvey Classic vs Okna 500 Take II

Two different area contractors have given me bids on the Harvey Classic and the Okna 500. The Okna 500 is going to be $800 per window, although it sounded like the guy was willing to come off this price. I wish he would just tell me what his best price is for the window.

The Harvey Classic is $525, which seems like a big price difference. Which window would you say is the better value?

Glen - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Glen, the Okna 500 is a better window, but $800 per window is a steep price tag, especially if another contractor is selling you the Harvey Classic for $500. The Harvey Classic is the clear winner in this scenario. It's a good window at a super strong price. point. Now if the Okna dealer can get down to say $625, that may be the make or break point between the two.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Harvey Classics vs Sunrise Essentials

I'm looking at a number of different window options, including Harvey and Sunrise. We need 15 windows in all -- 10 double hungs, 4 basement hoppers, and 1 slider. The quote with installation is $8075.

The Sunrise Essentials is the low end window and I know the Restorations is their high end. Unfortunately, the Restorations is just too expensive for us. their better model however too expensive.

The company that would be doing the work has a great reputation and they've come off their price pretty significantly.

We also have bids from Simonton, Ideal and Harvey. The Harvey quote ended up at $9,200.

Dane - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dane, the Sunrise Essentials use a slightly less well built extrusion, glass option and several additional features that are not quite up to par with the normal Sunrise. The result is a less impressive performance, with a .10 air infiltration and .30 u-factor.

I would say that the Harvey Classic is going to be a bit better window, but not by all that much. I would say the difference in price is what I would expect. Still I would probably pay the additional $1100 for the Harvey Classic. If you could upgrade to the Sunrise Standard then I would go with this window instead of the Harvey.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Harvey Classic vs. Alside Fusion Windows

We live just outside of Boston and are replacing a picture window and 10 single hung windows. We are looking at either Alside Fusion to the Harvey Classic.

The pricing on the Fusion is a bit lower and it still comes with a lifetime warranty. Which of these two seems like the higher quality for the price?

Tracy - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tracy, the Harvey Classic is the better of the two windows. The two warranties should be roughly the same for the Harvey and Alside Fusion.

If you do want to buy the Harvey Classic, you may want to use the Alside Fusion bid to try and lower the cost of the Harvey. Nothing like some good old fashioned competition to get the best price.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Harvey Classic vs. Alside Mezzo

Dane, I checked but can't find a ton of windows in my area that are on your best replacement window page. I have been able to find the Reliabilt 3000, Andersen Craftsmen 70, Silverline 3000, Alside Mezzo, and the Harvey Classic.

I need a mulled double-hung configuration for at least two pairs of them.

Appreciate your help so much!

Kimberly - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kimberly, of the windows you have, I would give the top endorsement to the Harvey Classic. It's a very solid mid range vinyl window. Next in line would be the Alside Mezzo, followed by the Reliabilt 3000. The American Craftsman 70 and Silverline are both poor windows and not ones that I would have in my own house.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Harvey Classic Window Review

I bought an old house in Boston that we are working with a contractor to renovate. We're hoping to move in this fall. Half of the house has been gutted.

The original part of the house is ~1850, and later additions seem to be 1880s-1910s. There are about 26 windows in the original part of the house that match in style but are slightly different sizes in different rooms. Then there are another dozen windows throughout in the newer parts of the house of varying sizes and styles. Almost all seem to be original to their time periods. About 80% are 6 over 6. They are all covered with aluminum triple track storms that are in fair to poor condition.

We were going to restore the windows ourselves, but it has turned into too big of a job with the time available before we can move in. We have removed all of the windows already. Our contractor says he can teach us to install replacements so we can save on installation costs.

I am disappointed to lose the the original windows, which are part of the charm of such an old house. But I am excited to get rid of the ugly aluminum storms and have a window I don't have to maintain. I looked around but the prices I'm getting for historically accurate simulated divided light windows are pretty high. Heirloom windows makes a very accurate window that has the efficiency and maintenance benefits of a modern clad window, but we got quoted $1000 per window.

Our contractor wants us to buy Harvey windows at $290 per opening. I'm assuming these are the Harvey Classics, but he hasn't said.

There's a nonprofit building services place down the street that also recommended Harvey. They have the Classics at $300 per opening and the Tribute at $352 per opening. They've suggested we upgrade to new construction windows in the part of the house that has been demo'd, which adds $40 per window. Harvey can add 3-part SDL for $119 per sash, but that's quite a lot of money for a purely aesthetic touch. If I buy from them this month I'll get 5% off.

Overall, I'd like to keep the price to $300 - $400 per window if I am going to do the installation ourselves under our contractor's guidance.

My questions:

1. At this price range, should we go with Harvey or get something else? Is the extra $60 per window to go from the Classic to the Tribute worth it?

2. Is my contractor marking up the windows? I don't mind, since he needs to make a profit and is cutting us a lot of slack. I just want to know before I shop around since if I buy elsewhere I might end up taking money from his pocket and may need to work that back into the budget elsewhere.

3. Does it make sense to do the new construction windows where we're down to the studs anyway? What exactly is the difference? Do we get new jambs, sill, stoop, etc.?

4. Is there a decent simulated divided light window with a true 3-part muntin profile available in my price range?

Jason - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jason, the Harvey Classic and Harvey Tribute are both very solid mid range vinyl windows and the price you are getting quoted is very good. I can't say whether your contractor is marking them up, if he is, not by much. I think it makes sense to do the new construction where possible, the only real difference is the nail fin that comes with it and allows for more secure installation along the header and sides.

Are there better windows out there? Absolutely, but not many in the $300 to $400 range. This is actually a pretty low price range for replacement windows. One option you can consider is looking at Sunrise or Okna windows that use a laminate woodgrain on the interior - both of these companies make excellent vinyl windows and their laminates are pretty realistic looking. The two problems I see with this though is finding someone who will sell you just the window (without the installation) and the cost. These windows are going to be in the $400 to $600 range just for the window itself, depending on the glass, interior options, harware, SDLs etc.

The reason I suggest at least taking a look is that you live in an area that gets some pretty severe weather and long term I think you would save more by going with a top end vinyl window that offers better energy efficiency.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Harvey Classic vs. Renewal By Andersen

I'm getting exhausted researching windows on our 1850s Victorian. Can you tell me what the average price is on mid-range window? I need double-hung vinyl or composite.

Renewal by Andersen gave us a quote but they are close to $1200 each. A builder we know gave us a quote using Harvey windows. It came out to $460 per window for the Harvey Classic series (double Low-e, argon, with an R value of 7.25). On your website, you have stated that Harvey windows can be overpriced. So is my bid overpriced? It seems it isn't in comparison to the Renewal By Andersen quote.

I may get a quote from Simonton windows as well. Are these good?

Deb - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Deb, thanks for your question. The Harvey quote of $460 is a very fair price, definitely in that sweet zone for a very solid mid range vinyl window.

In general, normal sized vinyl windows with normal installation should run $425 to $475. But even here there are lots of factors that can affect the per window cost.

The Renewal By Andersen quote is pretty standard for them and always strikes me as expensive.

If you are comfortable with Harvey and like the installer, then I think you are good to go!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Harvey Classics vs Simonton Windows

I need 21 replacement windows, along with aluminum capping and grids. I'm interested in getting the best value for my money. We have estimates for the Harvey Classic for $550 each, Simonton 5500 Reflection for $500 each, and HiMarks DX400 for $585 each and DX800 at $630 each. Which would you choose?

John - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

The HiMark DX800 is the best, followed by the HiMark DX400. I'd say the Simonton 5500 Reflections series and the Harvey Classic are probably on par with one another. Paying $630 per window with capping for the DX800 from HiMark is a great deal and is the option I'd go with.

Rob - Contractor - from 2010

See additional Simonton window prices.


Harvey Classic Series vs. Alside Windows

I have quotes on both Alside Excalibur windows, as well as Harvey Classics. I live near Boston and am replacing 12 double hung windows and 2 bay windows. The installer would be the same for both projects and is a contractor whom I like and have a lot of trust in. The Alside Excalibur quote is $7500 and the Harvey quote is $8700.

Bryan - Homeowner in Massachusetts - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

I wouldn't use the Alside excalibur at any price. They are a cheap window. The quote you have on the Harvey Classic is quite good and is what I'd use.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2009

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Harvey Tribute Windows Reviews

The Harvey Tribute Series is their high end vinyl window. At a price point close to the Simonton 5500, it looks better and often wins out when the two are compared. Some consider the frame to be a little bulky. The U-value is around 0.30 and it has a DP of 30. The triple pane option can lower these numbers, but this might be overkill.

Dane - Site Editor


Harvey Tribute vs OKNA 800

Hi there, I am contemplating replacement windows and I was looking into the Harvey Tribute Window but recently heard about the OKNA windows. Wondering if you have some insight on these 2 and which you would recommend? Also, what are the differences between the OKNA 500 and 800 series? I am in central CT with a Colonial Home.

Thanks for your time!

Jim - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

James, the Harvey Tribute is a good vinyl window, but the Okna 500 and 800 series are excellent windows. These two would be the clear winner over the Harvey option.

The Okna 800 series differs from the Okna 500 series here --The 800 gets a .01 AI (the 500 gets a .02), the 800 has a magnetic seal along the bottom of its lower sash (the 500 does not), the 800 uses a metal lift rail (the 500 uses a vinyl lift rail), the 800 allows consumers to upgrade to a brass or nickel hardware (the 500 does not), and finally the 800 offers SDL (simulated divided light) while the 500 offers only internal grids.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Harvey Tribute Or Classic

Hi Dane, we are looking at either the Simonton 5500 or the Harvey Tribute/Classic.

Harvey uses a pulley balance system, while Simonton uses a cam w/ a metal strip balancer. What is the better system in your estimation? Thanks.

Debrah - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Debrah, both of these balance systems work well, I wouldn't base my judgement on this factor alone certainly. I also like both the Simonton 5500 and the Harvey Classic and Tribute windows. I think they are close enough in quality that I would look at the company selling you the window as the deciding factor.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Harvey Tribute Window Installation

Dane, I am considering purchasing Harvey latest Tribute series. I like the foam core inside the frame, and I especially like the beveled styling. It doesn't look like a flat piece of plastic. One installer wants to remove the framing on the outside of the window (they have some rot).

If he does this he prefers to install the window from the outside so that he doesn't have to remove any interior moldings, etc. He is an Elite Harvey Dealer. Another contractor will install them the traditional way, from the inside and "wrap" the old outer frame.

Is there any advantage to inside verses outside installation?

- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

There isn't an advantage to either way. If they wrap the exteriors, it will look like you wrapped the windows (obviously). Some people like this look, others don't. I tend to think the Harder Elite installer has the right idea because he won't touch the interior moldings and it sounds like he's taking out the wood rot on the outside.

I would ask the Harvey installer to show you photos of EXACTLY what it's going to look like on the outside before you move forward. Assuming you like what he shows you, this is the way I'd be leaning.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Harvey Tribute vs Okna 500

A friend claims that the Harvey Tribute is one of the best windows on the market. Our home is only 4 years old and near a busy and loud street. We have also been hearing about Okna windows. Which would be a better buy?

Tony - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tony, the Harvey Tribute is indeed quite a good vinyl replacement window. It has solid performance numbers and is well build. However, I would still rate the Okna 500 above the Tribute. The performance data on the Okna 500 is quite impressive and the overall strength and craftsmanship of Okna is second to none in the business. If you get a smoking deal on the Tribute then you will have to reconsider.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Harvey Windows vs American Jewel

I'm considering either American Jewels or Harvey Tributes. I want them to last a long time. The American Jewel dealer says that one of the sizes I need, 36" by 45", doesn't come in a casement so I have to use a slider.

Lucas - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

Harvey is better all around; quality, service, everything.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2012

[2nd Response]

I'd be worried about the design and quality of a window that has to limit the width of their casements like that. American Jewel is low quality, you can do a lot better without even spending more money. Harvey isn't great either, but better than American Jewel. They do make a wider casement but it isn't good quality. If you pay a little more for a good window, you'll find it lasts for many more years with a lot fewer problems, and you're also paying for customer service in case something does break.

Brian - Installer - from 2012


Harvey Tribute vs Sunrise Restoration

We're revamping our windows, which will consist of mostly double hungs, plus single hungs in the bathrooms, 3 small basement hoppers, and a single sliding window.

We're doing the project in stages, starting with the upstairs. Thus far, we have quotes on the Sunrise Restoration, $465 for the double hungs, $420 for the slider, and $250 on the small hopper windows.

The Harvey Tribute quote came in at $490 for the double hungs, $450 for the slider, and $390 for the small hoppers.

Tina - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

Both these windows are very good quality, but the Sunrise Restorations is one of the best vinyl/fiberglass windows on the market. AND its cheaper -- I think the winner is pretty clear here.

Barry - Installer - from 2011


Harvey vs Okna And Gorell

I have a quote for 1 slider, 1 bay window, and 14 double hungs. The quote is on the Harvey Tributes and the cost is $8,000. Other brands that were mentioned include Okna and Gorell.

Cam - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

The Harvey Tribute is a good window, but probably not considered as good as the top windows from Gorell or Okna. These two brands are considered by many contractors and installers as a step above the Harvey window.

Harry - Contractor in Wisconsin - from 2010

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Harvey Vigilance Windows Reviews

The Harvey Vigilance window is an impact or hurricane window that is built to withstand severe storms in coastal areas that are subject to hurricanes etc. The company isn't necessarily known for their impact windows, so consumers may want to consider going with a manufacturer that focuses more on impact type windows. The performance numbers are just so so, most consumers can expect the double hung with the low-e argon fill option to delvier a 0.30 U-factor, 0.28 SHGC and 0.51 VT.

Dane - Site Editor


So far, we have no Vigilance reviews to offer.

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Harvey Majesty Windows Reviews

The Harvey Majesty wood window is the only wood clad offering from the company and, similar to their impact windows, is really not what the company is known for. The Majesty comes in a solid pine interior, with an exterior aluminum cladding. The Majesty comes as either a double hung or as a casement and includes several nice features, including two recessed cam locks, a block and tackle balance, aluminum sill expander and a tilt sash on the double hung.

The Harvey Majesty Series comes in 5 exterior colors and a number of different glass options. Consumers can expect the Majesty (with a low-e and argon fill) to deliver a 0.30 U-factor, 0.24 SHGC and a 0.41 VT.

Dane - Site Editor


Harvey Majestic Replacement Windows

I received two bids for 14 Harvey Majestic replacement Windows. 10 Double hung “standard” size and 4 half size windows. I live in a historic district although my house is a 20 year old reproduction. I know these are wooden windows but the prices for them seems crazy, doesn’t it?

The bids for these windows installed is $15,400 and the other for $17,000 installed. The higher bid includes staining. Are these reasonable bids for this window? I live in Rhode Island.

Ann - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ann, unfortunately wood windows are expensive. $1000 plus for a Harvey majestic does sound a bit pricey to me though, but its probably the going rate. Have you tried to get a bid on the Andersen 400 series. Probably about the same, but a very good wood window.

I don't know a ton about historical homes, but could you put a top end vinyl window with a wood laminate interior? Tough to tell the difference and you get the beauty of wood grain without all of the headaches -- plus great energy efficiency. Soft-Lite has RI dealers and they make a fantastic wood laminate window. You still might be looking at $700 to $800 a window, but they will last so much longer and will save you money on energy bills for a couple of decades.

Check out their Elements series windows and see what you think of the faux wood.

https://view.flipdocs.com/?ID=10017996_874387

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

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Harvey Acoustic Windows Reviews

The Harvey Acoustic window will deliver an STC window rating of 44 for the double hung and picture windows, while the casement will deliver an STC window rating of 40. Both of these are pretty solid numbers, not the top-of-the-heap in terms of soundproofing or noise attentuation (the Milgard Quietline window has a 48 STC, but is VERY expensive), but definitely a good option to consider if you are looking for reasonable sound control option at a fair price.

Dane - Site Editor


Harvey Acoustic Window vs Classic

Hi Dane and Tim, I'm replacing the windows of my 100 year old house which is on a busy street. I want energy efficiency but I'm also looking for noise reduction. My contractor uses Harvey windows. Which of the Harvey windows would be my best option?

Bonnie - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bonnie, Harvey windows are a good brand. Maybe not the best, but a very solid and respected name in the industry. The best option is probably the Acoustic series that is build to filter out noise. The double hung option delivers an STC rating of 44, which is pretty impressive. Certainly these are going to cost more than the Harvey Classic, which is their upgraded and most popular vinyl window option. I would have your contractor price out both, if he has access to them.

At the end of the day, a well made, double pane, double hung vinyl window is going to provide much improved sound quality over your old aluminum single pane windows. Of course, I don't know what type of noise reduction you require (perhaps a noise reduction window such as the Acoustic model is necessary), but again, for many consumers, the upgrade to a new double pane vinyl window is enough.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

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Harvey Storm Windows Reviews

Harvey manufactures durable storm windows that are some of the best out there. They offer two models, the Deadlite and theTru-Channel. The Deadlite storm is the less expensive option that uses an extruded aluminum frame, along with screwed corners and marine vinyl glazing. The Dealite model can be ordered in black, bronze, almond or white on both the interior and exterior.

The Harvey Tru-Channel storm window is their premium model that deliver a .05 AI rating, which is quite impressive. The Tru-Channel comes with 3 tracks for opening and closing, a sash interlock, 2x weatherstripping, a fiberglass half screen, and marine vinyl glazing.

Dane - Site Editor


So far, we have no Storm window reviews to offer.

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Harvey Patio Doors Reviews


Harvey Sliding Doors or Zen Nirvana

We are replacing two patio doorsliders. We are down to two quotes. The Harvey quote is for $4900 and is for two doors. The other is a Zen Nirvana quote for $5900. On the reviews, it seems that the Zen is the better of the two. I actually was able to get the Zen quote down from their original $7200.

Do you think that the Zen Nirvana quote is worth the price increase. It comes out to about $500 per door.

Taj - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Taj, Harvey makes a good product in my opinion, but I would agree that the Zen Nirvana (Soft-Lite Classic) is the better of the two. Is it worth $500 more per door...probably. I would go back to the Zen dealer and tell them that you like their product but its out of your price range. Show them the Harvey quote and ask them to match it. They might come close. Then I'd go with the Zen.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Harvey Classic Vinyl Patio Doors

Hi Tim - I found your site extremely helpful for my research. Could you give me a price on a Harvey Classic vinyl patio doors. I want the basic model with the Energy Star glass. Not sure of whether it is 6' 7' or 8'. If you could tell me the price for each with and without installation.

Suzanne - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Suzanne, I can't give you a quote on their products since I don't work there -- call up the Harvey rep in your area and have them come out and give you a quote. Tell the salesperson that you are collecting three to four bids from local window companies and that you are on somewhat of a limited budget.

Then get bids from three other local companies as comparison. If you like the Harvey product, you can always use the other bids to truly see if the Harvey dealer is willing to go below is initial quote.

http://www.replacementwindowsreviews.co/review-topics/negotiating-a-home-window-bid.html

If you put my feet to the fire, I'll say $1800 to $2800 depending on it it's a custom size, glass, hardware, other components, and the details on the install.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

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General Harvey Windows Reviews


Harvey Windows In Massachusetts

We are located in Hanover, Ma 02339 and want to get some bids on replacement windows.

Sally - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sally, Harvey windows is headquartered in Massachusetts and they will certainly have dealers. Also google Hanover Massachusetts sunrise windows for example. check for sunrise, soft-lite, okna, polaris, zen and vytex.

All of these brands carry excellent medium and premium window series.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Harvey Vinyl Window Quality

My builder tells me he likes Harvey. But I have seen them in many condo complexes, around the 8-10 year mark, and it is not good. They seem to fail , right around the warranty time. Yet I love this builder, and was so surprised he was ok with Harvey. Thank you for your guidance.

Lisa - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Find another manufacturer then. Why put in a product that you have serious reservations about? Honestly, see if he can order the Okna 500 DX. Fantastic window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Harvey Replacement Window Screens

Hi Dane.... we just got Harvey replacement Windows, and are wondering how to take out the screens. What's the secret technique to pop them out for cleaning?

Priscilla - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Priscilla, here is a good video for removing your Harvey screens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ooq6cG-fikE

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Harvey Double Hung Windows

We replaced all of our Windows a few years ago with double hung Harvey windows. The top section of one of the smaller windows must have a leak in the seal. There is a glaze in between the two sides. The contractor that installed them had an accident and is not working now. My question is does your company stand behind replacement? I do know of another contractor that deals with your company and works in our area.

- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Diane, we are not a window replacement company. Google harvey windows and the name of your city and state. See who sells Harvey windows in your area. They should come with a lifetime warranty on the frame — not quite sure if the warranty extends to the IGU. Ask the Harvey dealer if he can help you out.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Replacement Windows In Boston, MA

Hi, I live outside of Boston, MA and am looking to replace windows on my ranch. What type of windows are best for this area? I presently have sliding windows. Thank you for your help.

Sheila - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sheila, a good quality vinyl window is probably your best bet from both a cost and quality/performance perspective. Higher end vinyl windows often come in interior woodgrain finishes that can look very similar to wood, which might be important to you given that you live on a ranch. Quality brands that ought to be available in the Boston area include Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Harvey and Polaris.

My suggestion would be to get 2 or 3 bids from local companies who carry these brands and then do a nice compare and contrast analysis. Feel free to send me the bids and project details and I can give you an unbiased opinion on what might be the best bet from your home reno.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Harvey Replacement Windows

We live in a four story brick and steel condo building on the Nantucket sound. Looking for replacement windows. Very difficult to get honest information. Of course we want good Windows installed by a contractor who is experienced and gives a warranty with their work. One problem is some residence are saying when they have a leak the window company blames the contractor and vice versa.

Many here are using Harvey replacement. I'm told they are the only company who measures the Windows and manufactures then to your specific exact measurements. This is hard for me to believe that they truly measure to the 1/32th of a inch than make the Windows. I'm told all other manufactures use a standard window and do what ever has to be done to make them fit eg. Sealers.

Any advise? Thank you if your input and expertise.

Gail - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Gail, it is true that when issues arise, the installer and manufacturer may play the blame game. If you hire a good installer, there is rarely a need. If you get good windows, there is rarely a need. Harvey makes a good mid range window and they do the installation themselves. Both pluses, but they do often charge more for their windows than they are probably worth.

Every credible window company should come out, measure each window you want replaced, and order it to spec, usually within a 1/4".

If I were you, I'd get a few bids from local companies and see what windows they use. Check out our best vinyl replacement windows page for our recommendations.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

[Gail's Response]

Dear Dane, Thank you for getting back to me on the replacement windows. I have don't a lot of research ( probably too much) about "smart windows) tints, two vs. three panes and coatings and gas. They are getting better each year and it's hard to know who is telling you the truth when they are selling. I had a Harvey installer tell me they use aluminum for their windows which is not true. He also told me they measure the windows than his father goes to there shop and makes you custom fit while others use a stock size and fill in the gaps. So I do appreciate what you have told me and will check out your recommended site.

Gail - Homeowner - from 2016


Harvery Dark Interior Windows

I really like the idea of a dark interior and dark exterior on our front windows. I live in North Carolina where are winters are cold and summers are hot. Are there any companies that offer this for vinyl? I'm open to other materials as well.

Kim - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Kim, it can be difficult to get a dark interior vinyl window. Many companies offer dark exteriors, but not the interior portion. Here are a couple of options you might want to look at.

The Anderson 100 series is a composite frame that comes in a variety of interior colors.

Renewal by Anderson carries a good number of interior options. This window is not quite though.

Harvey Windows come in an interior dark oak, bronze, or red cedar color. The only issue I see here is availability in your area. Search for a local Harvey dealer and see if you can find one.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


Harvey Windows vs Simonton

We are replacing 15 windows with a good quality vinyl windows. We've had three estimates and three very difference opinions. One guy pushed Simonton windows, the other guy pushed the Ideal Majestic. The last guy said that Harvey was much better. It's tough to know what to believe!

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2015

[Contractor Response]

Hi Kathy, here is my own opinion. Simonton makes some mediocre windows and some good ones. The Impressions 9800 and Reflections 5500 are both good vinyl windows.

The Ideal Majestic is the best window of the bunch and is often sold at a pretty good price point.

Harvey makes a good vinyl window, both their Classic and Tribute series. They are probably on par with the Simonton, if not a small bit better. Still the Ideal Majestic is the best of the bunch.

Dane - Contractor - from 2015

Harvey Windows vs CertainTeed

I'm looking at Harveys and CertainTeeds for my house in Connecticut. Right now I have CertainTeeds from 2000 and 2003. We're putting on an addition so I need something that matches well. The old ones are good, but I'm not sure if they are still at the same level of quality. I like my CertainTeeds, but is Harvey a better option?

Nancy - Homeowner in Connecticut - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

Harvey makes a good window, I've never seen any real problems from them. CertainTeed is a lower end product. They have a lot of options to draw people in but they are pretty poor in quality.

Harry - Installer - from 2010


Harvey Window Review

Harvey is based close by and is really popular here in Massachusetts. Their prices are better here than some places because you aren't paying for all that shipping. It's a good quality mid-grade window, and there are a ton of dealers and installers that work with them, so make sure to shop around and find the best installer. Some brands only have one or two dealers and if you don't like the people, you're stuck with them or you have to pick different windows. The tribute is Harvey's highest grade window, but I think the frame is too bulky and I like the Classic better.

Barry - Homeowner in Massachusetts - from 2009


Harvey vs Ellison Windows

I have used and installed both Ellison and Harvey windows in the past. In terms of overall looks and specs, I prefer Harvey to Ellison. However, I really like the balancing system on the Ellison windows better. Several times in the past I've had to deal with Ellison and they have always was resolved my issues quite nicely. Their factory reps seem to go out of their way to provide helpful advice. I have never had to deal with any issues from Harvey so I can't speak to that.

Dan - Contractor from 2008

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