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Read 36 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.

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 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 Classic Series vs Okna 500 Series

Tim, I have 2 estimates from area contractors to gauge whether the first estimate is reasonable. Interestingly, the first contractor (Okna 500 for $800 per window) called me back yesterday and left a message saying he had "great news" which was they can do better on price. Of course, the message did not include what the new price would be and I certainly understand that. It does tell me his price of $800 per window has a lot of fat built into it.

I did see a Harvey window on line that would cost approx $500 per window installed. The U factor was 27 versus 25 for the Okna 500. Both are double pane hopper windows and all other specs were similar (insulated frames, metal latches, fiberglass screens).

I will have a conversation with the first contractor to get the details on his so-called great news. I will not make a decision until I have at least 1 other estimate, preferably 2.

Again, thanks for taking the time to respond. It is appreciated more than you know.

Glenn - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Glenn, good to see you getting that cost bid down to its real price. Harvey makes a good window and $500 per for the Harvey is a good price for the Classic model (I'm sort of assuming its for the Classic). The Okna 500 is the better window, but the Harvey is a solid vinyl window. If you had come to me originally with this brand and price, I would have said to go with this. At this point, it's your call on whether you want/need a great vinyl window or you are fine with a good vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Harvey Classics vs Sunrise Essentials

Hi I really like your site.

We have been shopping for vinyl replacement window for a while and vetting different contractors.

We have a 100 year old home with old pulley style single pane windows & single pane storm windows on the outside.

The old homeowner jumped the outside window casing with the vinyl siding they put on years ago and just rests against cheap aluminum molding which cases the window on the outside.

To be done properly – the siding needs to be cut back to expose original casing & would install J-channels & flashing and clad casing & sill in PVC.

The window company they work with is Sunrise.

Sunrise Essentials are the economy brand. Restorations are their better model however too expensive.

We are getting 10 double hung & 1 slider, double pane with Low E & Argon Gas, grids 6 over 0 on the upper sash only, ½ screens (no grids on slider) – plus the additional work which needs to be done noted above.

In addition, we are getting 4 vinyl replacement a Sunrise basement hoppers.

This company is highly rated on Angies list and has been around for 67 years and are known for good work. We have gotten them to bring their price down 2X so far.

The final cost for 15 window (10 double hung, 1 slider & 4 basement hoppers) with installation and extra work on outside is $8075.

I believe this company will do the best work of all we interviewed (approx. 10 different contractors), however given that this is the economy model of Sunrise windows (Essentials) and they do not seem to have the greatest of reviews – do either of you have any input??? The windows also do have a lifetime warranty on many aspects and the Labor has a 2 year warranty.

Other companies were going to use Simonton, Harvey, Ideal & 1 a local company to NJ only (Surburban Building Products).

I would really appreciate your thoughts on mostly the Sunrise Essentials brand. This place is a little more expensive than other however $8075/15 windows = $583/window with the xtra labor involved seems fair, however for this type of window is it fair and most importantly is it a good window????

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dan, the Sunrise Essentials isn't a bad window, but it does use a slightly different, and less well built, extrusion from the Standard and upgraded Sunrise windows. With a low-e glass, the Essentials should deliver a .10 air infiltration and .30 u-value. Not bad numbers for an entry level vinyl, but if it were me I would do what I could to get into the Sunrise Classic or Standard frame, which will be less expensive than the Restorations. If they have access to the Essentials and the Restorations, then they should be able to order the standard Sunrise window.

In terms of the company, I'm a bit confused, the one pushing the Essentials you say has been in business for 67 years and are known for doing good work (I like this!), although later on you say they don't have great reviews (I don't like this).

I agree that the price is fair given all of the installation/repair work they need to do. This is one reason why I'd like to see you go with a little better window than the Essentials, because you want these windows to last so you don't have to pay for repair work in year 12. Again, I'm not saying the Essentials is a bad window at all, it's probably on par with some of the better Simontons, better Ideals, and mid range Harvey Classic. I think if pushed and they couldn't get the Sunrise Classic, I would still probably go with the Essentials. If so, you may want to ask if you can get a metal sill reinforcement upgrade, something to ease your mind about the overall strength of the frame.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Harvey Classic vs. Alside Fusion Windows

Hi, We’re near Boston, MA and replacing 10 windows plus a picture window. Your thoughts on Harvey Classic vs. Alside Fusion?

I see the pricing is a little lower in Alside and they offer a lifetime guarantee for repair/replace even on rental units. Where this will be a future rental, I see that a bonus, but which is a better choice for quality?

Tracey - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tracey, I think the Harvey Classic is the better built window. The warranty on the Harvey ought to be equivalent to the Alside Fusion -- I actually don't put a ton of stock in warranties -- check the Alside, it may be prorated so after a time you are paying a higher percentage of the cost of the window -- the warranty doesn't cover labor so that's 35% of the cost there as well. I guess what I'm saying is, it's cheaper to get a better window and not have issues in year 8 then to buy the less expensive window and have to pay to repair/replace in year 8 and deal with the headache of it all.

I would use the lower price quote of the Alside Fusion to get the lowest price possible on the Classic. Tell him if he can match the price you were quoted on the Fusion then you're ready to sign.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Harvey Classics vs. Alside Mezzo

Dane, Thanks for responding. Living in the north-central part of the state, the window brands you cite are not readily available. In addition to the EcoShield, one can find Reliabilt 3000 series and Pella through Lowes, Andersen Craftsmen, Silverline 3000 series, Allside Mezzo, and Harvey Classics. Which models in these lines can you recommend? Please note the windows will be along one wall of a walk out basement that is mostly unfinished, so no need for bells and whistles nor eye-popping NFRC numbers

I am likely going for a mulled double-hung window configuration, and doing at least two pair. Would you suggest new construction or replacement windows if the windows are to be mulled?

Once I know that I can send the estimates that I have recently received.

With an early winter approaching I appreciate the help!

Kim - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kim, the only window I would really recommend in that group is the Harvey Classic. This is a good mid range vinyl window that shouldn't be too tough on the pocket book. You will probably get a replacement window if they are to be mulled...

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 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.

I've received a quote from Renewal by Andersen and they are over $1200 each. Ugh! I then got a quote from Harvey and was very impressed by the installer as well, as I know the installation is equally as important as the quality of the window. He's a builder and knows his stuff. He gave me a quote of $460/window and these are the Harvey Classic series (vinyl) with double Low-E/argon for an R value of 7.25.

My window openings fit what he called his "standard" pricing, about 36" w x 60" H. Four of the 7 are as long but much narrower. He said all would be the same price. You've said on your site that Harvey seems to be a bit overpriced for a mid-level window. What is overpriced? I live in Maine so I want an energy efficient window that is hopefully above average yet won't break the bank like the Renewal by Andersen.

I am hoping to find a good installer to get a quote on Simonton windows as well. Any advice for me?

Deborah - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

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.

I would say that the standard mid range price for a normal sized vinyl window with standard installation is $425 to $450. But notice how many qualifiers I included here...20 different factors can push this cost up or down.

The price on the Renewal By Andersen is their standard per window quote and gosh, talk about expensive.

I love the fact that you are comfortable with the Harvey installer and feel like he knows his stuff!

I think you have a winner, Harvey makes a very solid mid range vinyl window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Harvey Classics 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?

John - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

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.

Rob - Contractor - from 2010

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Harvey Classic Series 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.

Bryan - Homeowner in Massachusetts - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

I wouldn't use the Alsides no matter how much cheaper they are. That's a great price on the Harveys.

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 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

My twin brother owns a glass shop in Easton, PA and told me that the Harvey Tribute windows are the some of the best windows he has installed, with that said I keep reading your reviews on Okna 500 & 800 series. Our house is 4 years old and only about 1/4 mile off of very busy I-4 in Orlando, we are looking to find a window that is energy efficient as well as insulated as to keep the road noise down, what would you recommend?

Anthony - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Anthony, the Harvey Tribute is a good vinyl window and I wouldn’t hesitate to have it in my house if I knew the installation quality was top notch.

The Okna 500 and 800 are two of the best in the business. The best way to compare the Okna to the Harvey is by getting the performance data on each of the windows – U-factor, air infiltration, SHGC, design pressure, and condensation resistance.

These numbers will give you a good picture of the quality of each of these windows. I think installation quality has to be a big factor in your equation.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Harvey Tribute vs Okna 500 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.

Max - Homeowner in Pennsylvania - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

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.

Harry - Contractor in Wisconsin - from 2012

[2nd Response]

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.

Michael - Contractor in New Jersey - from 2012


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 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?

Tina - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

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.

Barry - Installer - from 2011


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.

Cam - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

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.

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


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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


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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


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General Harvey Windows Reviews


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


Harvey Windows vs. Simonton

I'm near Boston so I will read up on the windows you mentioned in the northeast. I hear people talk about Simonton and Harvey windows. One of the suppliers I like offers Simonton. The other offers Stergis which I think are a local company. Have you ever heard of them? I've got some reading to do! The guide you sent me is absolutely awesome. I'll probably make a spreadsheet comparison using that info and warranty and NFRC ratings.

Thanks again!

Nathan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nathan, I have never heard of Stergis windows. Simonton and Harvey both offer some very solid vinyl window options. I would stick with Harvey Classic or better and the top vinyl windows from Simonton.

Dane - 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'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!

Kimberly - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

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.

You should note that an exterior or interior frame color is typically considered an upgrade and can add 10% to 25% to the cost of each window. As well, the exterior coatings may carry a less attractive timeline in terms of the warranty period, often 10 years on the coating.

The Anderson 100 series is a composite fibrex frame that is a combination of vinyl and wood and is available in a number of exterior and interior frame colors, many of which are quite dark. The other thing that I like about this window is it comes in a number of finishes, the matte finish is very interesting and may or may not match your design style. Performance wise, the Anderson 100 series is just OK and in all honesty is probably a little bit overpriced for what you're getting. However, they do offer a lot of options and it's certainly something to look into.

Renewal by Anderson also carries quite a few dark interior colors, however the Renewals are even more expensive than the Anderson 100 series. These are actually a fairly similar window in that they use the same basic composite frame and offer tons of customizations, but in the case of the Renewals, they are very overpriced in my opinion, $1000 to $1200 for a standard sized double hung fully installed.

In terms of fiberglass, you may want to look at the Marvin Infinity fiberglass series with the Everwood interior. It comes in an unfinished form and then you can stain it really any color you want, as dark as you would like. However the Everwood is an engineered product and therefore won't weather and deteriorate in the same way that a real wood species well. The Infinity has a Fiberglas exterior cladding, and is quite well made.

Harvey replacement vinyl windows are available in an interior bronze, dark oak and a red cedar color. I'm not quite sure if they are available in North Carolina, the company is based out of Massachusetts but you should call them and see if they have a dealer who services your area.

I will keep searching for some additional vinyl window options and send you an email with anything else that I find. Good luck.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


Harvey Windows vs Simonton

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!

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2015

[Contractor Response]

Hi Kathy, well Harvey makes a decent vinyl window, although the comment is that they charge a bit more for a pretty midrange vinyl window.

Simonton is certainly a well-known manufacturer and their mid range to premium products are very solid. So in regards to them, I would make sure that you know what window series you are purchasing.

Ideal Windows is a smaller manufacturer, which is always a bit more of a gamble since there's a better chance that they're out of business in 20 years as opposed to a big company like Simonton.

One way to really compare the actual windows is to look at the performance numbers of each one and see how they compare there. In particular, ask for U-factor, SHGC, air infiltration and the visible transmittance or VT. The contractors should have these numbers, although you can also check nfrc.com - the site can be a bit cumbersome to navigate though.

The other issue, of course, is the installation portion of the project. The installation of the window is just as important as the window itself. So make sure that you feel comfortable with whoever is installing the windows. I like the installers who seen anal about their work, who seem like they fret over every tiny detail. These are the guys you know are going to do the job completely and thoroughly and not cut any corners.

If it were me, I would say Simonton windows, then Harvey, then Ideal.

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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