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Ideal Windows vs Harvey

I had a quote on Soft Lite and the installer quoted me almost 25k for the job the other 5 installers quoted around 19k. Out of range for what I anticipated it would cost. Regrettably it seems these window manufacturers allow only certain vendors the right to sell and this limits who carriers what in the area. I also had quotes on windows from Ideal, Harvey and 2 for OKNA 400 vs 500. The journey to find the right installer and the best window started in late April and we are still looking. It has been a confounding path to say the least. Next to buying my car I have had to "do my homework" carefully and still no concrete decisions. Hope to arrive at one soon.

Nan - Homeowner - from 2015

[Contractor Response]

Yes, the journey to finding good replacement windows can be a difficult one, so good on you for sticking with it and doing your homework. I would agree that the Soft-Lite is not worth $6K more than the Okna 500 or 400 series (which I still think is your best bet in terms of windows.) Harvey and Ideal are both pretty good companies as well - if you like the quote on the Okna, take the lowest quote you have from the Ideal and Harvey and see if you can get one of the Okna guys to come down to that price and pull the trigger (assuming you feel comfortable with the installers.) Honestly, in terms of vinyl replacement windows, you really can't do much better than Okna - which is usually very similar to Soft-Lite windows cost.

Dane - Contractor - from 2015

Ideal Window Review

We're going to be getting new windows for our home soon. Someone recommended the Ideal UltraWeld to replace our double hung windows. I can't find a lot of info about these online. I did find something about a Polaris UltraWeld but I'm not sure if it's the same window. It looks nice in person, with a thin profile which I like. As far as price and energy efficiency and all that, it seems to be pretty average. It isn't the best or the worst, not the cheapest of the most expensive. I'd like to get a few opinions before we buy.

Freda - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

The Polaris and the Ideal are not the same thing. Polaris is a very solid choice - Ideal is, at best, a mediocre product. They have a flimsy frame and don't hold up as well as windows that are priced at an even slightly higher price point. Look for a product with a U-factor of under .30 and also look at AI numbers. Ideal is a bargain window, and it just doesn't compare to Okna, Soft Lite, or Sunrise.

Matt - Contractor - from 2012

Read more on Okna windows reviews.

Ideal Majestic vs Sunrise Restorations

Recently I had a chance to look at the Ideal Majestic and Sunrise Restorations together. These two windows are worlds apart. Ideal uses a cheap, low-grade vinyl. The seals are thin, the frame and rails are flimsy. Sunrise uses thicker, sturdier materials that won't wear out. Ideal might throw around good AI numbers, but they use such cheap materials that in a year or two, you might as well leave your windows open. They aren't made to last forever and if you're going to be in your house in 5 years then don't waste your time and money, go with a higher quality to start with.

Carey - Contractor - from 2010

Ideal 4500 Series

I am thinking about Ideal 4500 Series windows for my house in New Jersey. I 22 windows to replace. It's a lot of money and I want to get decent windows but I also need a good price.

Jane - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

Ideal makes a budget window. You could probably do worse, but Simonton makes a 5050 that is around the same price. Also, take a look at the Softlite Imperial Pro or Classic. Even the Soft-Lite Bainbridge (their entry level window) is better than Ideal if your budget is really tight. But Ideal just isn't what you want to live with.

Mike - Contractor in NJ - from 2010

[2nd Response]

Ideal is like American Jewel, good enough for an emergency or rental property but not something you really want on your house. You'll pay a little more for an Okna or Gorell, but you won't have to replace them in five years.

Steven - Installer - from 2010

Read more on Gorell windows reviews.

Ideal 5000 vs Soft-Lite Bainbridge

I'm looking for info on the SoftLite Bainbridge and Ideal 5000 Series. Any input?

Richard - Contractor - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

I don't know a lot about the Ideals, it isn't something I see much. The Bainbridge is pretty solid, they have good numbers and SoftLite stands behind everything they make.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2010

Ideal Windows vs Gorell

I live in east Penn. and want replacement vinyl windows. The Ideal 5000s were quoted at $400 per and the Gorell 5100 window was $572. Ideal had a 20 year warranty, Gorells 50. I had Ideals once before and they were junk, but I've been told they are pretty good now. Is that true?

Lewis - Homeowner - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

I'd go with Gorell. They are a better company and better product, but also higher priced. Worth it in my opinion. You'll get a better window, better materials, better engineering, better warranty, better service. If you aren't totally confident, then consider some other manufacturers. There are tons of them, and if you aren't thrilled with one then it's pretty easier to find another you like more.

Danny - Contractor - from 2009

Satisfied Customer

I had my house in NJ outfitted with all new windows 6 years ago. We went with Ideals and they've been great so far. They look good and we haven't had any problems. The price was good, too, a lot lower than some we looked at that had similar numbers and features.

Travis - Homeowner - from 2005

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