Harvey Windows Reviews
Read 25 Harvey windows reviews from homeowners and contractors on their Slimline, Classic, Tribute, Vigilance, Majesty, Acoustic and Storm window series.
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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.
Harvey Classic Windows 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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 Aluminun for there 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.
Harvey vs. Renewal By Andersen
I'm getting blurry-eyed from researching window companies and installers to replace 7 windows in my 1850s Victorian home. I've been reading your site. What is an average price for a mid-level window? I need double-hung, vinyl (or composite would be nice), white, and my frames are good, so they don't need to be replaced.
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Deborah, thanks so much for the question. The $460 window replacement price you received on the Harvey is right there in the ballpark, it's a very fair price from an industry average.
Harvery Dark Interior Windows
I'm really attached to the idea of all dark interior windows, with dark exteriors on the 5 front windows. Black or dark bronze. Mix of some big new construction windows and smaller replacement windows. I live in N.C. so we see winter and summer. I wouldn't mind vinyl, but it seems next to impossible to find in a dark interior. Any ideas for affordable options? Will want one bow window seat, some big fixed picture windows, and some standard double hung replacements. Thanks!
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Kimberly, I agree with you - interior colored windows look much better than white and off white for certain styles of homes. It is pretty difficult to find a vinyl windows with a dark interior. Most companies do you offer dark exteriors, but obviously this isn't what you're after. I would be more than happy to make several suggestions for options that should be available in your home state of North Carolina.
Harvey vs Simonton Windows
We are looking to replace 15 windows with white vinyl. So far we have had 3 different contractors/window companies over for estimates. Each guy has strongly pushed a different manufacturers window. Harvey, Simonton Windows and Ideal. Specifically the Ideal Majestic. Each guy had good arguments as to why they recommend their fave - how do I know which is the best for our money? We are hoping for this to be our forever home. Thank you!
Hi Kathy, well Harvey makes a decent vinyl window, although the common comment is that they charge a bit more for a pretty midrange vinyl window.
Harvey vs Okna Windows
We're replacing 35 windows in our PA home. My contractor is pushing the Harvey Tribute, but I like the Okna 500s and 800s. I think they're better as far as performance, ratings, and looks too. Then today I saw a Tribute that was loaded with options and features, grill, triple pane, self cleaning, krypton, etc. Those I was quoted $390 installed. Some of the windows are smaller, and would be a little cheaper. I want a good window, not just a cheap one, but I don't want to spend more if it isn't a lot better.
The 500 is one of the best windows out there. I wouldn't call the Harvey bad exactly, but they aren't even close to the Okna 500. Your price is going to vary a lot from dealer to dealer and installer to installer. I'd find the dealer that offers you the best deal, but you don't want an installer that's going to cut corners and do a slapdash job. You have to be willing to pay a decent price for the install. A great window put in badly will leak and look like crap.
The Harvey Tribute is a decent window, but it can't compare to the Okna. The Okna 500 has a U-factor of .25, DP structural rating of 50, and air leakage is .02. The Harvey has just OK numbers - U-factor .30, DP 30, and over 0.1 for air leakage. The Harvey loses in every way.
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.
Harvey is better all around; quality, service, everything.
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.
Harvey Tribute vs Sunrise Restoration
We're eventually revamping our home windows which will include standard double hungs plus some smaller ones for the the bathrooms, a few basement hoppers and a slider. We're going to only do the upstairs for now, but we'll need the same line in a years or so for the rest. So far, we have a quote from Sunrise Restorations, $465 for double hungs, $420 for the kitchen slider and $250 for the hoppers. The Harvey Tributes are $490, $450, and $390 for the same windows. I'm not sure which to go with?
The Sunrise is a good window. If that is really the installed price then it's a really good deal. Harvey isn't in the same class as Sunrise.
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?
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.
Harvey vs Simonton Windows
I'm not sure about the prices I was given on these estimates. I need 21 windows with colonial grids, capped and everything. It's a lot of money and I want to make sure I get the best value. The estimates were for Harvey Classics at $550 each, Simonton 5500s for $500, and two HiMarks, the DX400 for $585 and DX800 at $630. Which of these are better?
If I was picking from them I'd say the HiMarks are the best, the HiMark800 beats the 400 but they both beat all the others. They're better as far as manufacturing and design, energy efficiency, appearance, everything. If you can't do one of those, the Simonton is better than the Harvey, but if you're going to be in the home for a while, get the HiMarks.
Harvey vs Okna And Gorell
I'm looking at an estimate for 14 double hungs, a bay window and a slider, all Harvey Tributes, for $8,000. It sounds like a really good price, so should I keep looking into Gorell and Okna? They're supposed to be good brands but the Harveys seem nice.
Harveys aren't a bad product, but Gorell and Okna are better. You're going to get what you pay for. Most installers would rather work with better quality windows, they have less problems and better customer service. You'll probably be happy enough with Harveys if you go with them, but if you have the money go with a higher end window.
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Harvey vs. Alside Windows
I have an Alside Excalibur and Harvey Classic quote for my house outside Boston. I need 12 double hungs and 2 bay windows. I liked the contractor, is was the same guy for each of the windows. The Alsides will be $7500 and the Harveys $8700. I'm not sure if the Harveys are better, or at least enough better to pay that much more.
I wouldn't use the Alsides no matter how much cheaper they are. That's a great price on the Harveys.
Harvey Tribute 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.
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.
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