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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.

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 - from 2016

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.

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 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 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.

Gail - Homeowner - from 2016

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.

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

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 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!

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2015

[Contractor Response]

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.

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 then Harvey than Ideal.

Dane - Contractor - from 2015

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.

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 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 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 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 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

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.

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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