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Read 59 Jeld Wen Windows reviews from both homeowners and contractors on their Builder Vinyl Series, 4500 Series, Siteline EX, IPEX doors, Premium Atlantic, Custom Wood and much more. Read more on Jeld Wen window prices.

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Editor's Jeld Wen Window Review

Jeld Wen is a one of the larger window and door manufacturers in the United States and that means they are going to have both glowing and not so glowing customer window reviews. As a very general statement, Jeld Wen has a good reputation for their doors and an okay reputation for their windows. (I know several excellent local companies that carry Jeld Wen and sell lots of them and assure me that they don't have any more problems with them than say their Milgard windows.) On the other hand, we do get our fair share of Jeld Wen windows complaints from customers who have ordering and installation issues that don't always get resolved (at least to the satisfaction of the homeowner).

For consumers considering Jeld Wen products, I would recommend ordering through a company that has a long track record working with Jeld Wen and has experience and confidence handling issues with them that might arise during the ordering, delivery and installation phases. One other reminder for homeowners - no one cares about your home more than you.

For better or worse, homeowners need to review orders that come in (especially large orders where there are lots of moving parts) to make sure that what you ordered is correct. This can be confusing and sometimes impossible, but the very act itself shows the installers or contractor that you are on top of things and should keep them on their toes as well.

Dane - Site Editor

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Jeld Wen 2500 Vinyl Window Reviews

Jeld Wen Windows For Manufactured Home

I own a 1996 doublewide manufactured home and I need to replace all 13 windows. So far, I can only find windows for manufactured homes made by Jeld Wen. I want something to last and provide sound resistance, heat and cold protection, and are double pane glass. Any suggestions? Are there other brands out there that work better than Jeld Wen? I have already checked Pella and they do not make those windows.

Bob - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bob, I would think that most of the big box stores would carry a number of windows that would work for manufactured homes. I would call up Home Depot, Lowes and Dixieline and explain your situation. Ask them if they carry and brands that would work for your situation. You could also try yelp (or our service) and see if you can get some local companies to come out and give you their assessment of what would work. They might work with a specific brand(s) that they could confirm would be suited for your needs.

Bottom line: I think you need to poke around a bit and see what's out there for your project. I would definitely think a brand like Simonton would make a series that would work.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Jeld Wen vs Ply Gem

We are getting ready to build a new home on the North Carolina coast, we have the contract in hand. All of our preparatory talks had been about Jeld Wen Brickmould Vinyl Double Hung windows. The contract we just received has Ply Gem windows on it. We had been given a Ply Gem Pro Series 400 Double Hung Wood Composite flyer but had never discussed these windows. We have not discussed this change with the contractor yet as we are trying to gather information so that we can have an informed discussion.

How do these two windows compare, what are the differences and advantages/disadvantages. I have spent the last two days trying to search on the internet but do not have enough background knowledge to make an informed decision. Thank you for any help you can provide.

Brenda - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

The Ply Gem Pro Series is a decent window. It wouldn't be my top choice, but I like it over the Jeld Wen option, I'll say that. I think that as long as you get good installation with the Ply Gem Pro window and everything is done well, you should be fine. The problem with windows is that you don't see problems until 5 years down the road, after the labor warranties have expired and the contractor is who knows where.

I'm confused why you had a contract with one brand on it and suddenly got something else. That would bring up a red flag for me.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld Wen 2500 Vinyl Windows

I am renovating a home which requires both replacement and new build windows. Options presented to me include: MW pro series classic and Jeld Wen Brickmould Vinyl Series (a.k.a. V-2500). I am not overly impressed with either option. I am looking for a solid mid-level window and will be installing 61 windows. Mid-Atlantic area. thoughts on these two options? Any suggestions?

Jennifer - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

Jennifer, I agree that you have two just okay options. I would suggest calling up these companies and see if they have a rep who services your area. All four make excellent vinyl windows.

Sunrise Windows
Soft-Lite Classic Series
Polaris ThermalWeld Window
Okna Insul-Tec Series

50% is the window and 50% the installation so also ask the companies how they feel about the person who services your area (hoping for a good recommendation)...they aren't always keen on saying negative things about their reps but they are usually pretty honest.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2014

Jeld Wen Vinyl vs. Ply Gem

Any opinions on Plygems versus Jeld Wen vinyls? I'm looking at windows that are Energy Star certified and qualify for the federal tax rebate. My house is in Idaho, hot, dry summers and mild winters.

Lisa - Homeowner in Idaho - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

I wouldn't recommend either, although there are worse out there. Some of the Plygem lines are good but not all, they bought some from Great Lakes that are fine but the former CertainTeeds are not. If you have to pick one of these, Plygem is better, I really don't like Jeld Wens. I'd keep looking if those were my only two options.

Manny - Installer - from 2009

Jeld Wen Vinyl Window Options

I have a condo in Mammoth Lakes that I'm looking for new windows. The place is in Northern CA and the winters can get really cold, so it's really important that the ones I choose are energy efficient. I'm mainly looking at Jeld-Wen and Milgard, and I don't know which is better. I want to get windows that will last a long time and hold up with all the wind and snow we get here. I don't really care about the price of the windows as long as I get quality.

Emily - Homeowner in California - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

If price isn't a concern, then I'd look at SoftLite, Gorell, and Sunrise. If you can get them where you are, they are going to be much better options than either the Jeld Wens or the Milgard, although Milgard has a decent reputation. The brands I mentioned have higher energy efficiency and they'll last longer too.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2012

Jeld Wen Vinyl Window Review

As small as our town is, we have Andersen, Jeld Wen, and Pella vinyl windows brands. All of them look pretty good, but so far I'm leaning towards the Jeld-Wens. For the money, I think they give you the most bang for your buck. If you're putting them in yourself, it isn't too hard a project, but make sure your measurements are good.

Chandler - Installer in Georgia - from 2011

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Jeld Wen v4500 Windows Reviews

Jeld Wen v4500 vs. Anlin Catalina

We have 7 single hung windows that we are going to replace in the next 4 months. It's down to either the Jeld Wen v4500 or the Anlin Catalina. The prices are very similar to one another, a few hundred dollars more for the Anlin bid. Thanks so much!

Alli - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Alli, the Anlin Catalina is the better window than the Jeld Wen v4500. I'd need to see a bigger price difference to justify going with the Jeld Wen option.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Jeld Wen v4500 Series Or Reliabilt

I recently received a quote for replacement windows and installation from Lowe's for Reliabilt 130 series windows. I cannont find any information on this series type. Is this perhaps a cheaper lowe's brand they are quoting and comparing it to Reliabilt? The project is in Jacksonville, FL Thanks for any and all responses.

Rick - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rick, I found a link to the 130 series --

Any window that costs $95 is not going to be very good or last more than 8 to 10 years. If you are going to shop Lowe's, I would go with the Jeld Wen w4500 series vinyl window. It's nowhere near the top of my list of vinyl windows, but it's the best of what I saw on the site. If not, find a good quality Simonton window and a local installer to put it in who has good online reviews. Simonton has a good name and their higher end lines are quality.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld Wen 4500 Series vs. Simonton ProFinish Windows

My bids have come in with Simonton ProFinish Brickmould Series, Jeld-Wen 4500 Series and MGM. I figured most of them would come in with mid range window. I'm not looking to break the bank, but I still want a good value window. Right now, I'm going to check out the Sunrise and Soft-Lite dealers to see what kind of quote I can get.

As I understand it from a technical performance I looking for:

- a U-factor; the lower the better (< .3)

- the SHGC; the lower the better (< .4)

- the Air Infiltration; the lower the better ( < .05)

- the VT; the higher the better

- the CR; the higher the better

Do I have this right?

Thanks again, Scott

[Site Editor's Response]

Scott, I would say either of the first two windows would be the call over the MGM. I'd say the Sunrise and Soft-Lite will be above this in terms of quality. Note that the ProFinish model has three options and the Master option is definitely the one to go with if it's in your budget. The Jeld Wen 4500 vinyl window is not a bad window, I don't love the performance numbers, but I do think the window is a decent performer and is quite a nice looking window.

In terms of performance, you are pretty much right on. However, SHGC is how much heat gain you get through the window so there is no ideal number for everyone. For instance, people living in cold climates want a higher SHGC for temperature retention while someone in a very hot climate would be looking to keep the SHGC as low as possible.

Visible Transmittance is also somewhat subjective because some homeowners want to allow more light in and others want less, depending on the direction of the window, where it's located etc.

I'd concentrate on three factors; AI, U-factor and DP - design pressure and shoot for a 30 or higher on design pressure.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Jeld Wen Windows vs Great Lakes

Hi, I am really hoping you can help me. I own a condo which was built in 1984. In October 2013, I purchased Great Lakes Seabrooke Windows. These are brown on the outside, white on the inside, slide side to side and have no grid. One of the reasons I purchased this model was due to the ability to slide the screen into either position which was previously not an option.

All went well till a neighbor had a fire on 2-13-16. The management company is rebuilding but has replaced my windows with a Jeld-Wen. The contractor is trying to tell me that these windows are far superior to the Great Lakes ones.

I am trying to have them give me the model number as there was not any paperwork hanging on the window with information, just with the brand name on it. This is an insurance issue and I am more than willing to fight them once I can prove I am correct.

Living in Connecticut and the winters are brutally cold. The electric rates (which is my only choice for heat) are the highest in the country. Can you assist me? Or at least offer an opinion?

Ruth - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Ruth, the Great Lakes Seabrooke is a pretty low end mid range vinyl window (does that make sense?). However, I have never hear anyone say that Jeld Wen is far superior to Great Lakes, but again it depends what window series we are talking about in terms of the Jeld Wen. They should absolutely be able to tell you what model and series of window they are putting in. If they can't this would cause me a bit of concern and lead me to believe that they are using a builer grade vinyl to keep the price tag as low as possible.

Frankly, the windows are probably about the same. The big thing I would look for with the contractor is that they do a REALLY thorough job installing and insulating around the window. Be the squeaky wheel when they come to install, that way you have a better chance that they don't cut corners - they don't really work for you so this would cause me a bit of concern that they are just trying to bang out the job instead of really installing the windows and insulating and sealing the windows as tight as possible.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

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Jeld Wen Builder's Vinyl Reviews

The Jeld Wen Builders Vinyl window is sold at Lowe's and Home Depot. It's a budget type vinyl window, suited for a rental property or short term solution. The installation makes a big difference in satisfaction. A good installer can overcome a lot of faults in design and manufacture, but in terms of long term value, the Jeld Wen Builder Vinyl series is not going to be your best bet. Compare to Pella 250 window pricing.

Tim - Site Editor

Jeld Wen Builders Brick Mold Windows

Hello Dane, my Contractor is building my home in South Carolina, and we have agreed to use Jeld Wen Builders Brick mold vinyl windows. Several windows will be using 2 mullions( a 3 section window).

Reading the specifications, I see "Mulled Window Assembly Has Not Been Tested To AAMA 450 Standards". Lacking testing of production line windows, does Jeld Wen guarantee the Brick Mold windows with mullions will withstand the elements of wind and rain without water leakage, and also, leakage of the gas between the glass panes due to twisting of frame, etc.??

My previous home had Anderson vinyl clad casement windows, and several mullions leaked. plus all the window glass in the house had to be replaced due to argon gas leaks.(Faulty manufacturing). This is why I'm concerned!!

My house will be in an open area with no trees or anything to block the wind!

So, does Jeld Wen produce a reasonably priced window that is tested to AAMA standards? Or, can you assure me that the Brick Mold design will be more than satisfactory?

Also, how long can I expect the color, Desert Sand, to last before fading?

I look forward to your reply, and thank you much,

Russ - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Russ, these are all questions for the Jeld Wen rep, who should know their warranty backwards and forwards. If the mullions are made onsite by the contractor (this wasn't clear to me), then certainly Jeld Wen will take no responsibility if water gets in because of faulty installation. In general, Jen Wen is not considered a top tier window manufacturer, although they do make quite a good door.

Top tier manufacturers include Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Kensington, and Vytex. Check out this page under the mid range and premium vinyl windows to see other picks.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Jen Weld Builders Vinyl vs. Andersen 100

Hello, my husband and I are building a new custom home in the Phoenix, AZ area. It is roughly 7000 sq ft and has roughly 40 windows. Our builder is suggesting Jen Weld builders vinyl or Andersen 100, to keep within budget, but after doing research I’m concerned about the quality of these choices.

I’d rather have a good quality window that will not allow dust to seep through when the dust storms hit, and downgrade something else in the budget. My question is, what windows would you suggest for the Phoenix area that are not too much more than the Jen weld builders vinyl would be?

I appreciate any suggestions you have. They are wanted me to sign on the Jen Weld, but I’m just not feeling good about it.


Monica - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Monica, I agree with your reticence. I'm confused how someone building a 7000 square foot custom home would go with a window that you could more or less buy from Home Depot. At the very least, he should be proposing the Jeld Wen Premium vinyl window.

The Andersen 100 window is not a bad composite window, aesthetically it's very nice. The performance data on it is decent, except for the air leakage, which is close to .20, pretty poor in my opinion. I you were to consider upgrading to a reinforced meeting rail and upgrade the glass package, then I think its a possibility.

The real problem is finding quality vinyl windows on the west coast. The usual suspects that I recommend include the Milgard Tuscany, the Anlin Del Mar or Catlaina, and the Simonton Impressions. In my opinion, any of these three would be better than the options you have. I think the Anlin is the most solid of the three, but probably also the most expensive.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Jeld Wen Vinyl Windows vs PGT

I am looking at replacing 8 single pane windows in my home and i have quotes from both Home Depot and Lowes. I have tried to keep the options the same as best i could to make sure i was comparing apples to apples. I am looking at single hung, impact glass in both Jeld Wen and PGT brands. The PGT WinGuard 5500 series window. The cost for the total install is about $1,500 in difference between the 2 companies. I live in Melbourne Florida and my question is, money aside, which company provides a better product and what would you recommend.

Michael - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Michael, of the two I would absolutely go with the PGT. Jeld Wen makes good doors and their treated wood windows are not bad, but their vinyl windows are not the best in the business by any means.

PGT makes very solid vinyl windows and they offer some excellent value for consumers. I always caution consumers when it comes to the HD and Lowes installers as these big home improvement companies tend to subcontract out the work and pay a low rate for the installation itself. I don't find this a recipe for getting a thorough and quality window install. This is a rule of thumb and not an absolute, so please due your due diligence with the installation because it is an important part of the equation. Best of luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld Wen Vinyl Window Complaint

We purchased six new vinyl windows from Jeldwen in April 2014. They were installed and look great. Less than a month later, the tab which allows you to fully pull the window down to clean the outside broke. I contacted Jeldwen immediately through email and sent pictures. They sent me a replacement that wasn't even close to matching and way to big. I contacted them and they sent another one. This time too small and wrong color. That was over 4 months ago. I can't get them to respond except one email in December saying they sent me every tab they had.....really? I won't buy anything from them again and regret the thousands I already spent.

Christine - Homeowner - from 2015

Jeld Wen vs Simonton

I'm replacing 17 double hung windows, a slider and 2 picture windows. Price is not a huge concern for me I would prefer to have the best possible window. I'm debating between the Simonton Prism Platinum or the Jeld-Wen Builders Vinyl.

Harry - Homeowner - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

Harry, the Simonton Prism Platinum is the better made window by far. The Jen Wen Buidler's vinyl is a cheaply made window, while the Prism Platinum is a well made window that will hold up for many years.

Daniel - Contractor in Texas - from 2009

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Jeld Wen Premium Vinyl Reviews

Jeld Wen Premium Vinyl vs. Paradigm 8300 Series

We are in the process of replacing 9 windows in the front of our house. The contractor we are working with offered the following: Viwinco Cambridge, Paradigm 8300 series, and Jeld-wen Premium Vinyl. The Viwinco and Paradigm seem like better windows, and we can get foam filled frames with the Paradigms. What are your thoughts on these windows? They will be facing eastward, so they will be getting a lot of sun. Any concerns on longevity?

Rich - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rich, all of these windows are in that sort of mid range vinyl window status, I'm not sure I'd say one of them is significantly better the other. I do like the Jeld Wen Premium Vinyl, it's not the best vinyl window, but it's pretty solidly mid range. However, I think if were my house, I'd go with Paradigm windows with the foam fills and a good low-e glass package.

In terms of longevity, there is nothing about the products themselves that would indicate a longer or shorter longevity. The vinyl they use will be the same. I think the quality of installation would play a bigger role in terms of how long the windows functioned well. This would be an important factor in the decision if it were me.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

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Jeld Wen w4500 Windows Reviews

The Jeld Wen w4500 is a clean looking wood clad window with even site lines and some decent features and components. While I'm not a huge fan of wood windows, I do think that the Auralast wood treatment used on the w4500 is an intriguing advancement. Whether it holds up long term is I believe still up in the air.

The Jeld Wen w4500 comes standard with low E366 glass and can be ordered in 9 standard colors,13 upgraded color options, and 7 anodized color options. There are an array of wood options to choose from on the interior. There are 9 difference hardware options and it comes in either a replacement or new construction set up.

Tim - Site Editor

Jeld Wen W4500 vs. Marvin Inserts

I'm considering either Jeld Wen w4500 series or Marvin inserts. The Marvins are more expensive even as an insert. What would your preference be?

Yolanda - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Yolanda, in general I like Marvin over Jeld Wen as a company. Jeld Wen makes a pretty decent wood window. I would say go with the Marvin inserts, unless you don't like the inserts for some reason. They do tend to lose you some glass. The Jeld Wen is a pretty solid second choice in my opinion.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Jeld Wen W-4500 Replacement Windows

Hi I have a small rental property in San Francisco a duplex built in 1939. Because of its age the city requires that Replacement windows be either all wood or aluminum clad wood if the windows face the street. I might be able to use fibers as well (I’m checking).

About 20 years ago my late brother and I had Marvin wood tilt packs installed along the same side as the 3 origional windows I need to replace.

I have gotten prices on the following

Marvin ultimate inserts generation 2.

Marvin tilt pacs.

Jeld-wen 4500 from Home Depot.which Jeld-wen says is the same as the their siteline model

And westhershield premium inserts.

I have gotten estimates in most of the above in both allwood and aluminum clad.

Price is an issue. In San Francisco there is rent control. And because if this my rents are way low.

Marvin are the most expensive. Jeldwen are second. And weathershield are a close third.

Weather shield were second then another dealer I called gave me a much better price. I have know idea why

The Marvin tilt packs are in the mix are current ones lasted a long time. However it seems like installers prefer inserts.

Of course the tilt packs would match what are already on that side. Though since these set in a bay window it probably doesn’t matter as much

Any thoughts ?

If you like I can give you the prices.

Also a local company ocean sash and doors makes sash replacements where you either reuse the ropes or put new ones in. They are in pine and I have been told i should upgrade to for. And are about the same price as the Jeld-wen and weatherahield inserts .

While the windows them selves aren’t outrageous the installer they gave me the name of wants $800 per hole (as he called it) to install them. So $2400 just to install the replacement sashes. They gave me the name of another installer and he said they all know what each other charges so they all charge the same.

I have two windows 18 x 54 and one window 42x54

Jack - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Jack, wow that is surprising that an environmentally friendly city like SF would make you put in wood or aluminum clad since they are so NOT energy efficient. I would be very wary of putting in a top product like Marvin into a rental home.

For me, the Jeld-wen W-4500 from Home Depot is probably your best bet. The company uses an Auralast wood protection that I've heard works very well. Now that is completely anecdotal, but the W-4500 does come with a lifetime warranty on the wood itself not rotting. I don't put much stock in warranties, but I do assume that it's a testament to what an actual company thinks of their own product.

Assuming you go this route, the next step is to find a good affordable installer. I'd go to yelp and angie's list and look for a top rated window installer. I might even go here first and get some bids from these guys and see what their opinions are in terms of windows. I'd be curious to see about their installation breakdown of costs.

I can't see you paying more than $600 per window for installation. Tearing out a window, reframing it, and installing a new one should not be more than $600 on the high end. But then again, the Bay Area is sometimes a different beast altogether, especially in this economy.

Keep me in the loop and let me know what you find!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Jeld Wen Auralast Windows vs. Marvin Integrity

Hi, I bought an older- looking home in Suffern NY 10901.

The Windows are framed with thick solid wooden beams. As such, it makes sense to go with all wood windows replacements.

Which company do you recommend that makes sturdy lasting replacement wood windows?

I'm not looking to over-spend ,just good quality.


Mendy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mendy, getting a good quality, well priced wood window is not an easy task. Wood is an organic material that breaks down over time -- that's why most wood windows come with a 20 year warranty, instead of lifetime with a vinyl window.

Two wood windows to check out include the Marvin Integrity with the wood interior and the Jeld Wen Auralast wood window (which should come with a lifetime warranty on the treated wood).

The other recommendation that I always make is to look at top vinyl window with an interior wood laminate. These look very similar to wood. Okna, Sunrise, Polaris, and Soft-Lite all have good wood laminate interiors that offer better energy efficiency and no maintenance at a lower cost. At least worth a look to see what's out there.

Good luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Jeld Wen w4500 Auralast vs. Marvin Ultimate Next Generation

Tim, I live in Prairieville LA so it is hot and humid. Replacing 5 wood windows. I’ve received two quotes:

A) Jeld Wen Auralast pine wood windows - $13,700

B) Marvin Ultimate Next Generation 2.0 - $10,700

Both installers come highly recommended. Thoughts on best window for the prices?

Kendall - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kendall, those are two expensive quotes. Are you sure you want to go with wood windows in your environment? A high quality vinyl window might serve you better long term. I know that there is a Sunrise windows dealer in New Orleans, but that is probably just too far for him. I know he services Baton Rouge. They make a nice faux wood interior that does quite a nice job of mimicking the look of wood.

Back to your question: the Marvin Ultimate is a great wood window and it's a lot less than the Jeld Wen. The only thing I'll say about the Auralast is that it comes with a lifetime warranty, which is rare with wood windows. I've heard good things about the longevity of these windows. If it were me though, I'd go with the Marvin Ultimate, it's quite nice.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Jeld-Wen Siteline Auralast vs. Simonton Contractor

We're replacing 20 windows -- picture windows, casements and sliders. My contractor wants to go with Simonton ProFinish Contractor single-hungs. I'm a bit confused by how good or bad this window is.

Last year we replaced our front windows with the Jeld-Wen Siteline wood windows. How do these two compare?

Maya - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Maya, the Simonton Pro-Finish Contractor Series is a middle of the road vinyl window that offers decent numbers. The Master ProFinish is going to be better, but the Contractor isn't bad.

The Jeld-Wen Siteline is the entry level wood window from Jeld Wen. Personally, I'd rather have the Simonton vinyl over the Jeld Wen wood clad window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Jeld Wen Wood Window Option

Hello, I live in Nebraska and am redoing 10 windows with either the Pella 450 series or the Jeld Wen Siteline window.

Gary - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Gary, the Pella 450 ProLine series is a decent wood window. The Jeld Wen Siteline isn't quite as good in my opinion.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Jeld Wen Auralast Wood Clad

Hello, looking to install 8 wood sash replacement kits. The current windows in the house are wood and I would like to stay with wood. Current windows are builder grade but I would like to install a better grade for this project to help with energy efficiency. I have looked at Plygem but am looking for other options in Memphis,TN. Thanks.

- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

You might want to look at Marvin Integrity with the wood interior option. I also like the Jeld Wen Auralast wood clad windows. They come with a lifetime warranty on the treated wood, which is pretty unique in the industry. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of wood, unless you are good with the cost, the maintenance required, and the reduced life-of-the-window. Although the Aurlast option does seem to be a good option at a competitive price.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

JELD-WEN Ex-Siteline Bid

I need to replace 50 windows (of varying sizes, I have it all in a spreadsheet) and my HOA allows very limited options:

Andersen: Renewal, 400 Series

JELD-WEN: Ex-Siteline, W-2500

Kolbe & Kolbe Classic, Ultra, Heritage

Lincoln Distinction - Marvin

Pella: Architect, Luxury, Proline 450 or 850

WeatherShield Aspire, Signature

I think of the above approved list, only the Renewal by Andersen are composite - but you would know best.

In any case, Andersen gave me a quote for $70K for Renewal, Lowes gave me a quote for $40K for Pella 400. Your site shows $28K for high-level composite windows. Any idea how I can reconcile the discrepancy and find an installer who can purchase and install without a more manageable budget?

Thank you very much for you help!

Asya - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Asya, can I ask why you don't have any vinyl windows in the mix here? Wood windows are nice to look at, but they are very expensive and typically come with a 20 year warranty instead of a lifetime warranty. (Personally I don't put all that much stock in warranties, but I find it a good indicator of how long the manufacturer thinks their product ought to last.) They also are nowhere near as energy efficient as vinyl windows...however they are much nicer to look at.

At any rate, let's get to it.

Renewals are composite frames, but they are so expensive that I can't even put them in my cost calculator. They're just way overpriced in my opinion. However, here is a thought. Go to your local Home Depot and see if they carry the Andersen 100 series window, which is made of fibrex, the EXACT same material as the Renewals. At my HD, a standard sized double hung Andersen 100 will go from something like $300. If you assume $150 per window for installation, that's $450 installed or $22,500. (Of course, you may want some upgrades on the windows so this could affect the per window price.) If you do go this route, please don't use HD subcontractors to do the install, find a well reviewed local installer who specializes in window installation and has installed this window before.

The Andersen 400 series is a great wood window, but I still have a hard time recommending wood windows - I try to come at windows from the perspective of long term value for the consumer.

I actually like the Jeld Wen that uses the auralast treatment on the wood and comes with a lifetime warranty (to my knowledge its the only wood window that does). I'm not a big Jeld Wen vinyl window fan, but I have heard good things about their wood windows.

Kolbe & Kolbe makes a nice window, but they are expensive.

I'm not a big fan of Pella, I find them overpriced like Renewal - although obviously not as much. I wouldn't go with Lincoln or Weathershield personally, just too many bad stories out there.

This is the window I would go with (I have no idea about this company but they are in Maryland...they may or may not service your area)

The Okna EnviroStar is probably the best vinyl window out there, with amazing energy efficiency numbers, especially the air infiltration. Also, it comes in interior wood laminates that look pretty good, but doesn't involve any of the issues that wood does. You can also upgrade to a metal hardware and I think get a really good looking vinyl window that simply can't be beat.

Not sure on the price, I'd say maybe $600 to $700 per window, so that's like $32,500, which is a lot, but it's less than your current bids and is a great window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld Wen Auralast Wood Windows

We are remodeling a cabin on a lake in central Alabama with a new addition. It is my understanding that we don't necessarily have to use a remodel style window for this project because we are going to use Hardy board on the exterior. If we choose a wood clad window, what do you know about Quaker? Also, if we choose a vinyl I will probably want a beige exterior with a white interior. I have priced Simonton 5500s and the platinum prism, and Anderson Silverline. Silverline reviews scare me, even though it is a good company. The contractor will install. He has installed Silverlines before and doesn't think home owners have had any problem.

I have been shown Lindsay and Comfort Air but I do not trust the quality of these. Windows on the waterside of house and the patio door will have evening sun and water splashing from the deck in big rains. Vinyl seems like an advantage there. I would like a 20 year warranty. Please, do you have recommendations for these or any other good windows available in our area. These will be a combination of double hung, two small casements in a garage, one picture window and a slider patio door. Thank you.

Nita - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Nita, in terms of wood clad windows, I don't know anything about Quaker. The Marvin Ultimates would be my choice for a wood window if it were me, I would stay away from companies that are smaller and more regional. Jeld Wen makes an interesting wood window that uses a treated wood on the inside and an aluminum on the outside that carries a lifetime warranty and looks very good. I'm not a fan of Jeld Wen vinyl windows, but these auralast treated windows seem to be a nice alternative.

The other option in the realm of wood windows is to go with a high end vinyl that uses an interior wood grain finish. I know it sounds hokey, but some of the wood grain finishes these days look really good. They come with a lifetime warranty and are much tougher and durable long term than any real wood clad window out there. This is a nice option because then you can use the same windows throughout the home. BUT, you have to go with high end vinyl windows, which is fine since vinyl windows cost less than a real wood window. Should even out and you will probably be better served come year 10 and year 11 etc…

I would caution you against Silverline, just because Andersen stuck their name on it does not do anything to improve the low quality of the welds, seals, etc. See if Sunrise windows are in Alabama, I know there are one or two dealers, but I'm not sure if they service your particular area. Soft-Lite I don't believe is in Alabama, but they have a franchise called Zen that might just have a branch. Polaris, Okna, HiMark, Stanek, ProVia – these would also be on my list.

I know you threw out a bunch of brands and I really didn't address them only because I know very little about these smaller wood window manufacturers.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld Wen Wood Windows

I have Pella windows, but I want to change them out. Do you recommend Pella again or should I go with something else?

Melanie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Melanie, if you want to stick with wood, Pella is a good choice. Jeld Wen wood with Auralast is a solid alternative. The Auralast is a wood preservative that goes on the exposed wood (the exterior of the window is a fiberglass) and carries a lifetime warranty.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

JELD-WEN Siteline EX vs Plygem Pro Series 400 PVC

We are replacing all 36 double-hung windows in our home with new construction windows and new brick moulding (due to several rotted windows and sills). I had chosen the Plygem Pro Series 400 PVC windows with attached PVC brick moulding. But I understand that the mouldings and the windows need to be painted.

Now I have been introduced to the JELD-WEN Siteline EX wood window made with Auralast that has a limited lifetime warranty against rotting. If I have to paint the windows, then why not go with a wood window? That looks suits our home. The price is a bit more, but the quality of the window seems to be higher. What is your take on all this? Thanks.

Susan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Susan, PVC and wood windows do need to be painted if the materials are on the outside. This is why most manufacturers use a vinyl or a fiberglass type material on the outside, it does not need to be painted and it holds up to the elements much better over time. The question you bring up goes both ways, why would you buy a wood window if you?re going to paint it, buy a vinyl window that never needs to be painted or requires any maintenance?

I was under the impression that the JELD-WEN Siteline EX uses an aluminum cladding on the exterior? If this is the case, then you don?t need to paint or do any type of work to the outside. I do like the look of the Jeld Wen Auralast wood and I like the lifetime warranty. I have a bit of a problem recommending a wood window in general though because of their spotty track record with durability and rot at say year 15 or your purchase.

I have talked to sales reps who say the Jeld Wen with the Auralast does last and again I think it?s a very nice looking wood window that, at least according to the manufacturer, seems to have circumvented the main issue with wood windows. However, I don?t have any anecdotal evidence to support this claim.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld Wen Siteline EX Complaint

I wish I had read the JELD-WEN window reviews and ratings on this website before purchasing JELD-WEN products! I purchased about $75,000 of JELD-WEN Siteline clad windows and sliding doors for our new home under construction. I was comparing them to the Kolbe and Kolbe Ultra series, and dare I say it, the JELD-WEN windows did look slightly nicer, and they undercut Kolbe & Kolbe on pricing. We took delivery of the JELD-WEN Siteline windows and sliding in summer of 2014, and it's been a nightmare ever since! More on Kolbe windows prices. F

irst off, we had many large mulled casement windows as part of the order, and my contractor commented that the windows were more warped & twisted that what he was accustomed to (he primarily uses Kolbe and Eagle windows). We found many of the casement windows to be difficult to close (you gotta really crank the handle) and lock.

We also noticed obvious quality and workmanship defects. Some of the mulled windows did not have clean transitions between the mulls, requiring woodworking to clean up and hide. The seals and the waterproofing on the windows were an absolute mess - the waterproofing had huge gaps at the corners, many corners weren't siliconed, the waterproofing wasn't properly adhered to the windows, and the list goes on and on.

As could be expected, when we got our rainstorms in December of 2014, we had massive water leaks from the windows. Nearly half of the windows in the house leaked water! We were horrified these are brand new windows in a house that's still under construction!

We got the usual runaround from JELD-WEN, who tried to blame the installation. We finally got JELD-WEN technicians come onsite and leak test three windows. All three windows failed the leak test (and two of the three were windows that had not previously leaked in any storm), conclusively showing that the windows themselves are leaky (and not the installation). Based on the defective JELD-WEN windows we received, I highly recommend looking at other brands and avoiding JELD-WEN at all costs.

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2015

Jeld Wen Double Hung Windows

I installed all Jeld-Wen Traditional Wood Double Hung windows as replacements throughout the entire house. They were acquired through a major home improvement store. Given the window price and cost-to-benefit ratio, they were a huge improvement over the 1950 vintage windows with respect to leakage, thermal, glazing, and maintenance factors. The window materials and construction were of average quality and representative of the purchase price compared to Anderson and Pella.

In general, I was pleased with selecting the JW double-hung windows with the exception of a JW fixed picture window with double hung flankers (4'H x 8'W), custom ordered due to jamb and rough opening widths. After receiving the window, I was very disappointed to find the following flaws: 1) the overall window width was ½" longer at the top compared to the bottom, resulting in an out-of-square window that neither met the specified dimensions or allowed the attached brick mold to fit within the existing brick opening, 2) the flanking DH windows were not aligned with the picture window plane resulting in a slightly inverted bay window profile at the top of the window, 3) JW achieved the 5" jamb width using extension molding instead of fabricating from a single board, 4) the JW installed fasteners did not retain mullion or jamb extension moldings requiring the addition of finishing nails, 5) the poorly attached sill extension molding made it difficult to attach the stool molding to the sill compared to a window with a single board sill plate.

It's apparent the individual fixed and double hung windows were constructed using a system to ensure the window frames are square and meet specified dimensions. However, when two different window styles were joined together, it was apparent that no such system was in place to ensure correct alignment and dimensioning. For the price, I can recommend JW's individual window styles fabricated to standard off-the-shelf window frame and jamb dimensions, but I cannot recommend JW's customized or combined fixed and double hung windows.

Tom - Homeowner - from 2014

Jeld Wen Siteline EX vs Kolbe

For a remodeling project, I needed a wood clad double hung. We've been looking mainly at the Kolbe Ultra & Classic, as well as the Jeld Wen Siteline EX. The Siteline, I learned, advertises that it is extruded aluminum, however it's rolled on aluminum. The Kolbe Ultras are real extruded aluminum, so they shouldn't have the problems rolled on can. Kolbe Classic is rolled, and it seems real similar to the Siteline. They are priced pretty much the same, although the Ultras are a bit more ($2K for the entire project). I'm not sure if it's worth the extra money for the Ultras? If not, which of the others should I get?

Helen - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

Definitely go with the Ultra. Rolled aluminum isn't nearly as good, and I don't like Jeld Wens of any type. The Kolbe Ultra is a great window, it's well made and will last a long time. Jeld Wen bought 3 low-quality window companies to get their start, and they haven't improved on the quality at all. I've never seen a house with Jeld Wens that didn't have a ton of issues. If they're the best you could afford, it wouldn't destroy your house or anything, but you probably would always wish you'd picked different ones.

Miller - Contractor - from 2011

[2nd Response]

If you've narrowed it down to those, I wouldn't even consider it a comparison. The best Jeld Wen can't compare with the cheapest Kolbe. Either Kolbe would probably be fine, but the Ultra is a little nicer - I don't like rolled on aluminum much.

Wayne Installer - from 2011

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Jeld Wen Aluminum Windows Reviews

Jeld Wen Aluminum vs. Milgard

I live in Phoenix and have 4 quotes on replacing our 6 arched aluminum windows. I want to stay with aluminum because the frames match our sliders, inside and out. All quotes have been for Milgard and all the prices are within $100.00 or so. Are there other manufacturers I should be looking at? One installing company represents IWC and Paramount/Cascade as well as Milgard. Your thoughts?

James - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

James, I like the Milgard over the IWC and Cacade for sure. Gerkin makes a nice aluminum window, but I?m not sure it would be in your area. Jeld Wen makes some decent aluminum windows - I never recommend their vinyl windows, but I have heard solid reviews on their aluminum windows, although they offer several options and I would be wary about their lower end ones. Don Young also makes an excellent aluminum window, they are out of Houston, but you may be able to custom order through them, have them shipped out to you and then have your contractor install them.

There aren't nearly as many options when it comes to aluminum windows as opposed to vinyl. Please let me know what you find in Arizona so I can help other consumers down the road find the best options!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld-Wen Aluminum Clad Wood Windows

We began building our log home May 2004 and ordered all of our Jeldwen doors and windows through Home Depot. The Home Depot held our windows and doors until we were able to have them delivered for installation by the builder, which was not until October 2005. The log home was finally completed in August 2006 when we received our certificate of occupancy. After moving in, we noticed drafts coming through the windows and condensation on patio doors. We had the Jeld Wen representative, Adam, come out on several occasions and he was unable to determine what or why air was flowing through our bay window and several other windows or why the patio door had condensation between the glass, and the warped door on our side porch. This went on for TWO YEARS.

He then came out in June 2009 due to three of the windows that were in separate areas of our home, the bottom sashes warped more than two inches in the center from the outside edge at frame on the 3'0"x 5'0" windows. He also looked at the patio door and the side door that were having issues, along with the bay window. It was determined at that time that the side door that had the air flow was only 6'5" instead of 6'8" as we had ordered, and where the bay window was made at the factory was racked. Where the bay window was mulled together at the factory was not buitd square. He told us that he would have to discuss it with his supervisor. In September 2009 the warped sashes were replaced, however, the rep informed us that the condensation between the glass of the double pane with mullions patio door AND the door that THEY made at 6'5" instead of what we had ordered (which was 6'8"), and the bay window would NOT be covered under any warranty due to the fact that we did not let them know within the two year warranty from the time they were ordered.

We did not take delivery of the product until the warranty was expired and Home Depot informed us that this was an issue that we would have to take care of directly with Jeld-Wen and there was nothing they could do. Claim Denied. Now we are stuck with 27 windows and 4 doors that DO NOT keep the cold air out during the winter. The air flow through the windows and doors during a windy day will extinguish a candle flame. We have to put up the plastic over windows to keep out the cold in the winter and towels at bottom of doors along with additional weather stripping to prevent some of the air from coming in. We don't have the extra money to replace the inadequate windows and doors.

I would NOT recommend these windows and doors to anyone. They have the worst customer service and communication of any vendor that I had to work with while building our home. These windows and doors are not what we were explained as exceptional and energy saving windows. These are worse than the cheap builder grade windows at efficiency. I have saved all of the emails between the company rep along with their customer care warranty department, Barbara, regarding the above issues and am VERY dissatisfied with their attitude and response.

Debbie - Homeowner - from 2015

Editorial Response

Debbie, that sounds like a nightmare and one that, unfortunately, happens to homeowners time and time again. This is certainly not the first time we've heard of a saga that is more or less this exact situation. It sounds as if it has become one big blame game between the manufacturer, the company that you purchased from (Home Depot) and the installer who did the actual work. And in the end, it's you whose left with windows and doors that don't fit the openings and leak. My only suggestion would be to call up one or two local installers with good reputations and see if they will come out and give you their opinions on your window and door situation. They should do it for free or close to it and, although its probably a hail mary, they may be able to provide you with a solution that doesn't cost you too much and addresses some of the most blatant leaking.

Pete - Industry Expert - from 2015

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Jeld Wen Custom Wood Windows Reviews

Jeld Wen Wood Pocket Windows

Do you have any reviews or information on Jeld Wen wood pocket replacement windows? Thank you.

Sherr - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Sherr, a pocket window is essentially inserted into the existing window frame and is sometimes also referred to as a retrofit window. In terms of quality Jeld Wen is just okay, middling is perhaps the term I would use. I like Jeld Wen doors and I do actually find their wood Auralast windows to be solid in terms of the longevity of the wood (the treated wood comes with a lifetime warranty I believe).

Do you have to have wood? If the answer is yes, then I would actually put Jeld Wen in the mix, although I'm not convinced on the overall construction and design of the window.

If you want the strongest, long lasting and best performing window, you need to look at a top end vinyl window. Wood windows look gorgeous, but they are not as strong, break down quicker and perform worse than high quality vinyl windows. Window brands I recommend over the Jeld Wen include Okna, Sunrise, Milgard, Soft-Lite, Anlin, Amerimax, and Polaris. Hopefully one or two of these will be available in your area.

- Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld Wen Custom Wood vs Pella

I was about to order Jeld-Wens, but I took the quote with me to a Pella showroom and I was surprised. Pellas are a lot nicer, as far as looks and quality both, and they are less expensive that the Jeld-Wens. I went with the Pella Architect, they seem really well made. The Jeld-Wens we looked at are rolled aluminum and can dent. The Pellas are extruded aluminum clad, so they won't dent and water can't get in.

Danny - Homeowner - from 2011

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Jeld Wen Pozzi Windows Reviews

Jeld Wen Pozzi vs Hurd

Jeld-Wen's top line is Pozzi. Hurds are decent, but not as good as Pozzi. Hurd actually has a better warranty, but in 2008 they were bought by another company, who decided not to honor the warranty. A great warranty is meaningless if no one wants to honor it. That made a lot of contractors and dealers mad, and they stopped working with Hurd altogether. I'd go with the Pozzis.

Trevor - Industry Insider - from 2009

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Jeld Wen Patio Door Reviews

Jeld Wen Patio Doors

Hi, so glad I found you. I need to replace an older, rotting patio door. It is standard height and a total of 97 inches wide.

Looking at a lot of info but the various brands give little info online—Pella, window world, Anderson, window nation, Home Depot, Lowe’s etc. looking for a mid priced sliding patio door which should last a minimum of 10 years...

Any suggestions?

John - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

John, many of the following brands also sell a patio sliding door. Some have the same series name, while others have a unique door series name. These are my window picks, but it also applies to their doors. Jeld Wen and ProVia also make a good door.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2021

Jeld Wen Door Quality

I am using American Vision Windows to replace a sliding glass door in my kitchen. On your site I saw all kinds Anlin windows discussed but saw no reference to Anlin "Malibu " style . Can you tell me about that style. Also paying $2284 for a 79 by 70 slider. Is that fair? Thanks.

Susan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Susan, the Anlin Malibu patio slider is a good product. As is often the case, the quality of a company's vinyl windows is commiserate with the quality of their patio doors. This isn't always the case, for instance, Jeld Wen makes an excellent vinyl door, but only mediocre vinyl windows. Anlin makes a good quality vinyl window and good quality patio door. For the product details, just google Anlin Malibu Patio Door and click on their link. It lists the configuration, hardware options, rail styles, frame and color options, glass packages, performance data, etc. The rep from American Vision Windows should have a nice glossy brochure on the Malibu door to give you at the very least.

In terms of price, that sounds in the ballpark, but towards the higher end of what I'd expect. American Vision Windows isn't the cheapest dealer out there, but I've heard they do a good job. If you want find the best price, I'd get a bid from Jeld Wen and Milgard for comparison. The Milgard Tuscany sliding door might be cheaper and is the same overall quality as the Malibu. If you like the Malibu better, use the Tuscany quote to see if American Vision Windows will come down off their price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

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Jeld Wen Auralast Wood Windows Reviews

Wood Windows In Iowa

Hi, I. Need. Help.

We live in SW Iowa. We have a 1960s split level (not split foyer) country house we are getting ready to renovate. This is the home I grew up in. The wood windows have been neglected for years. When my mother became ill my parents moved to town and rented out the farmhouse, as we call it. But while she lived there she took excellent care of the windows, which were nice looking single pane wood double hung, that could be removed for cleaning, and had standard storm windows outside.

Now the sills are rotten, and the windows are falling apart. can’t visualize vinyl windows in place of the wood, but my husband believes vinyl to be the better window replacement option. What I need is an unbiased knowledgeable opinion on the best options. There are lots of windows in the house, including a large (18ft) picture window. Not obstructing the view/light is one of my concerns. How the windows fit the look of the house is another. And, of course, function is important too, as well as cost. Can you advise me please?

Thank you.

Monica - Homeowner - from 2017

Editor's Reply

Monica, if this were me, I would search any local companies to see if any carried a top end vinyl window like an Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Kensington, or Polaris. If so, I would ask about their interior wood laminates and then go on their websites and see samples. If that passes the smell test, I'd ask them to come out and give me a bid and to bring out samples. (They may or may not carry samples of the wood laminates, but hopefully they do) Top end interior wood laminates are pretty darn close in look to wood (for most people, for those who love wood, maybe not true). If this passes your aesthetic test, then you've got a a pretty great combo -- the strength, durability, no maintenance, and low er cost of vinyl, with the overall look of wood windows.

Vinyl beats wood windows in every category except overall look. And here wood is the big winner. Unless the interior laminates work. The warranty on most wood windows is 20 years, while the warranty on my vinyl windows is lifetime. One option I did just think about is the wood window from Jeld Wen. Normally, Jeld Wen isn't in most of my conversations, but they do make a wood window with a lifetime warranty. Of course, the Jeld Wen wood window still won't measure up to a vinyl window on energy efficiency and the other categories.

Tom - Site Editor - from 2017

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Jeld Wen Wenco Windows Reviews

Jeld Wen Wenco Collection Review

17 years ago I installed Wenco vinyl-clad wood casement windows in the house I built for my wife and I. Since then, I have been generally well satisfied with their performance except for one thing. Over time, on nearly every one of them, the bottom stile has rotted out and allowed the open/close mechanism to become inoperable as there is nothing to hold it in place to provide the leverage to move the sash.

After spending about an hour perusing your website evaluating windows, I would like to know your opinion comparing vinyl-clad wood, vinyl, and fiberglass windows in terms of their durability, quality of construction, and price, and which one delivers the best bang for the buck?

Joyce - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joyce, my opinion on materials is this: vinyl, fiberglass and vinyl clad wood windows are all potentially good windows. Vinyl windows are the most cost effective and top tier vinyl windows offer excellent durability, construction and performance numbers. Fiberglass is more expensive than vinyl (say 15 to 25%) and offers all the same advantages, plus perhaps a little more longevity.

Vinyl clad is more expensive, much better looking and less impressive performance numbers and durability. For my own house, I bought high quality vinyl windows that have a lifetime warranty and have excellent performance data. They aren't exactly things of beauty, but they certainly don't take away from the aesthetic of the house. They provide excellent long term value, but remember that with vinyl, the key is to get a quality vinyl window. Low end vinyl can be total junk.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

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Jeld Wen Caradco Windows Reviews

Options In Richmond Virginia

I have 25 year ago Caradco windows that I probably paid $4000 for way back when. I have since come to learn that Cardco was bought by Jeld Wen. I have 15 windows in all and they are now in desperate need of replacement. One is a bay window and the others are double hangs.

We don't necessarily want the best windows out there, but something that is going to be a good long term investment. We will probably be out of this house in the next five years. Do you have any suggestions? I'm in the Richmond, Virginia area. We are hoping to spend around $8000.

Thank you!

Becca - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Becca, I definitely would go mid range if you are leaving your house in the next five years. I low end Okna like the Okna 600, a lower end Sunrise like the Essentials Series or the Soft-Lite Bainbridge. The Alside Mezzo might fit the bill or a Simonton Daylight Max. These are some of the windows I can think of off the top of my head.

I think the important thing is to find a quality company to do the installation. A mid range window and good installation should set you on the right track!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

General Jeld Wen Windows Reviews

Jeld Wen Windows Complaints

Hi Tim, my name is Phil and I live in Oregon. My spouse and I live in a condo community that is being renovated by a contractor, Gores Construction. The renovation includes removal of original aluminum windows, and replacement with JELD-WEN windows. There have been multiple incidents with defective windows, throughout.

Our unit recently had (1) sliding door, and (2) sliding windows installed. After recent installation, I proceeded to properly clean the exterior and interior panes, inspect window assemblies, and installations.

I discovered several significant and unmistakable assembly errors:

1) adhesive / assembly smear in upper corner of fixed window. Contamination is embedded and sealed between exterior and interior panes.

2) latch halves are mismatched approximately 1/8". When latched, it displaces the sliding window in a stressed position and results in an interference fit.

3) silicone sealant squeeze-out wasn't coved, or blended in an area on perimeter of fixed window.

4) adhesive / assembly smear in upper corner of sliding window. Contamination is embedded and sealed between exterior and interior panes.

My first impression seeing the defects was questioning how anyone could miss something so obvious. That said, I'd suggest someone within JELD-WEN review both their production and quality control / assurance methods and protocols. I'd be embarrassed and ashamed to deliver such defective product to a customer.

As a coincidence, when I discovered the defects, both the building contractor and the JELD-WEN service representative were on site. The JELD-WEN service rep. was on site attending to several other quality issues. After throughly cleaning the outside surfaces, it was clear the adhesive smears and contamination were embedded between the glass panes. Both the contractor and JELD-WEN service rep. acknowledged my observation was accurate. I was embarrassed for the service rep. He's just the guy on the front lines who's tasked with resolving defective products. In this case, unmistakably defective. He was a superb representative for your company with excellent customer skills. Professional, courteous, and considerate of customers' concerns.

If the defects were subtle, or insignificant, one could perhaps understand they were possibly missed by JELD-WEN Q.A. sampling. However, these are glaringly obvious — so evident, they can be seen clearly, from a distance. I well understand these things happen, but my understanding is this isn't the first issue in the delivered batch. Unfortunately, this compromises the customer's confidence in the JELD-WEN product. If they missed something so obvious during factory assembly and inspection, then it's highly probable they also missed additional critical features compromising the construction and functional integrity. Moreover, I'm doubtful these windows will stand the test of time.

While JELD-WEN was once a respected name in window fabrication, this recent finding suggests JELD-WEN should review their manufacturing and quality programs to maintain their reputation as superior, not inferior, or sub-standard.

Phil - Homeowner - from 2019

Jeld Wen vs Okna

Hi, Tim. Thank you so much for all the good avice regarding windows. A contractor told me he will give me a price quote for Jeld-Wen windows, and that they are better than Simonton.

I am not particularily interested in Simonton, I was considering VinylMax Edmunds or the Okna 500.

What is your opinion about Jeld-Wen windows?

Thank you.

Carmen - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Carmen, in general I would say Jeld Wen is just an okay brand in terms of their vinyl windows. I will say they make very good doors. I would rate Simonton above Jeld Wen myself, but remember that Simonton also makes a number of different series and models, from just okay to very solid.

The Okna 500 is an excellent window, one of the best out there. The Vinylmax Edison series is a good window as well. If you can find a good local dealer for the Okna, this would be my choice. The Vinylmax after that.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Jeld-Wen Impact Windows

Hi Dane, in 2017, purchased a New home in SW Florida and experienced my first hurricane in September of that same year.

Didn’t appreciate the “Sardine Lifestyle” with the Shudders up and thought Impact Windows are the way to go.

Got a startling price from a Contractor and felt the pricing was excessive so I visited Lowes and found the prices far more reasonable, but that it is with Jen-Weld or Jeld-Wen (not sure if there is a difference). After reading some reviews, I am concerned about using this Brand name! Or should I be?

Oh, didn’t mention that this name brand window contain Low-E glass.

What’s your take on Jeld-Wen and what are the alternatives (if any)?

Thank you ahead of time for your input.

John - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

John, I'm not a fan of Jeld Wen windows, although I do think they make a good door. I would be wary of buying windows at Home Depot, they usually carry pretty subpar windows.

Impact windows are pricey in general. I'm not a expert in this subject, but it seems like there are two ways to go. One is to buy a good quality vinyl window (non impact) and then board up your windows during hurricanes. The other is to buy good impact windows and hope they do the trick during hurricanes. Most good impact windows can take a pretty significant impact with the laminated glass.

I would google "Simonton windows in [insert your town/city name], Florida" and see if you can't find a Simonton dealer who sells a Stormbreaker Plus impact window. These are good impact windows and they shouldn't be too much in terms of price. Simonton is also a decent option for non impact windows, although I'd stick with their higher end Reflections or Impressions series myself.

You could also get bids from PGT and CWS who both make a decent vinyl window at a fairly reasonable price. These two companies are both available throughout Florida.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

JeldWen vs. Richlin Window

Dane, I am in the process of changing out 4 windows in my home. I have gotten quotes using JeldWen windows, Richlin Windows and what ever MadCity uses. I’m wondering out of the 3 windows which one do you think is more efficient? I live in Central WI and the winters can be pretty brutal.

Jenny - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jenny, of the three I would say Richlin would be the best (I have no idea what MadCity sells). I would advise you to get a bid from Okna windows. I know they are in Wisconsin, but perhaps not exactly where you are.

Also check to see whether Sunrise, Soft-Lite, and Zen have local dealers. I would get bids from at least one of these manufacturers and see if you can’t get one or two bids. They are going to be better than what you have thus far.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Questions On Jeld Wen

Please advise pros and cons of your windows. I have a house I custom built 33 years ago and am looking at replacing the windows for energy efficient windows. I have windows in both brick and wood siding areas of my house.

Are there any tax incentives available on your vinyl windows.

Please define your warranty. The Building Supply advised they have a lifetime warranty and when I asked to see it in you brochure and could not find a clear definition of lifetime warranty. I called your 800 number and was advised as long as I owned the house the windows would have a lifetime warranty. I asked for clarification by asking the following question. If the window ever cracks or the vacuum seal breaks is this covered under warranty. I was advised as long as I purchased the windows and had them installed and still live in the house, if I every had these issues or any other issues such as the vinyl cracking, then the windows would be replaced under warranty. Please define replacement. Does this cover window, labor cost to remove damaged window and labor cost to install new window.

I asked about the process of ordering the windows and was advised to order the windows as if they were going on a new house with brick construction and the installer would just break off the nail strips that are used to hold the window on the house then drill a hole in the window and use a long screw to secure the window to the wood window casing.

How is the area between the window and the window casing insulated so there is not a wind draft coming in around this area.

I was advised installing these windows was a pretty simple process and that the wood casing on the inside of the house would not be disturbed and not need any of this area repainted after installation.. Please confirm.

Does the Contractor that installs your windows need to be licensed or certified by your company as an approved installer of your windows.

George - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

George, our company has nothing to do with Jeld Wen windows, but I can provide a bit of insight on their windows. At this point, there may be a small tax break if the windows have a certain level of energy efficient, although Jeld Wen windows rarely qualify. Jeld Wen windows are not typically thought of as a top tier vinyl window by most industry insiders.

In terms of the warranty, the company who installed the window would have to provide the labor portion of the warranty. Otherwise, Jeld Wen would provide the windows but you would be responsible for the removal and installation cost.

As far as installation particulars, get a few free bids from local companies and when they come out to give you bids, ask them all of your questions. Think of it as free advise!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Jeld Wyn vs. Sun Windows

Hi Dane, I'm writing you in regards to 16 year old Jeld Wyn windows in my home. I've heard not so great info about them and am experiencing some of that not so good, first hand. I have a casement window on the second level floor - just one window. The bottom of the aluminum clad wood window is completely rotted. I've been told by one other company that these windows are known for that as they collect water and there's no way for the water to escape the window, so it begins to rot. What can you tell me about these windows?

I also am learning about the Sun brand window. Are any level of windows they carry worth the price as compared to Jeld Wyn? I know that down the road I'll need to replace the main 8 windows on my house. I want to make an informative and good decision on the best window within my budget.

Thanks for your time and service!

John - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

John, I can't speak for Sun Windows one way or the other. I would definitely advise you to get a couple more bids to compare it to. Brands to consider include Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, and Polaris.

These are going to be better than Sun, but also probably more expensive. Getting the mid range vinyl window from the brands I just mentioned is a great way to go and is the tried and true way to get a very solid window that will last for 20 years.

You are correct that each window company makes different models, typically an entry level, mid range and premium. I typically advise the mid range for maximum long term value.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Jeld Wen Window Glass

Hey Dane, I have a 4-year-old brick home in Caledon, Ontario (near Toronto). The builder used Jeld-Wen windows on all the houses in our subdivision. Many of us have decorative faux windows of various sizes and shapes. Quite a few of the windows (although not all) have turned green—like sunglasses. It doesn’t seem to matter which direction the windows face, so it seems like a defect in the window glass.

We have not noticed any leaks with the window and the glass was clear when installed. None of the standard windows have this problem, just the faux windows. The builder is no longer interested in helping as the warranty has expired. Any idea what the cause might be and if we should consider replacements?

Mike - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mike, I'm not a glass expert, so I can't say with any assuredness. Generally, a small amount of green tint comes from iron oxide (a tiny amount) found either in the glass itself or in the low-e coating.

If your windows are only 4 years old, it seems like the warranty should still apply. The fact that your builder is washing his hands of it is unprofessional, but not the most surprising thing.

I would think they could at least give you a contact at Jeld Wen so you could take pictures and send to them for their opinion.

You didn't mention if any other homeowners in the area with the faux windows also are also experiencing this problem...

If it were me, this is what I would do. I'd find a local company that sells Jeld Wen windows and call them up and tell them you want a bid for a few replacement windows. When they come out, I would play dumb (I have a natural gift in this area) and I would pepper them with as many questions as I could. Then I would take their bid and toss it in the trash.

I'm hoping that by the time they leave, you have a good idea of what's causing the problem and whether Jeld Wen will address the issue.

This is where I would start.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Vinyl Window Replacement Or Sash Kit?

Dane, we just purchased a home which is about 19 years old with very bad Jeld-wen wood frame windows. The company has offered 50% off to replace just the window part. We are intrigued because our price quote from Pella is around $30,000 just for the windows. We need around 30 double-hung, 6 cottage style. We are also close to a major highway and want to reduce the sound along with increasing energy efficiency.

We have had Certain Teed vinyl windows in our other house and I did not love the vinyl look. I see you are a big vinyl advocate. What is a high efficiency window that looks good (like wood) as well as a better sound barrier? Is it worth it to just replace the window with the 50% off Jeld-Wen?

Chris - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Chris, I’m a fan of vinyl because I feel like quality vinyl windows can provide the best long term value for most consumers. If I had the money, I would go with a high quality fiberglass window myself, but they can be $1000 plus per window and that’s simply not in my budget ☺

I wouldn’t think that sash replacement kits on the Jeld Wen would provide you with significant sound improvement, but you need to get a few companies in there to get more opinions from “on the ground” as to the best sound proof options.

What’s the total cost to do the sash replacement with Jeld Wen?

Pella windows can be expensive so that’s another reason that I would advise getting some bids to see what’s out there.

I would suggest looking for local companies who carry the following: Okna, Sunrise, Polaris, Soft-Lite,
Zen, HiMark, or even Vytex or Kensington.

Get some bids on quality vinyl windows and ask to see their interior laminate options. The interior faux wood look has come a long way and you can get a nice looking vinyl window for like $500 to $600 per window and they will offer energy efficiency numbers that will blow away any wood product out there.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld Wen Moisture Issue

We have had moisture buildup on the inside of our JELD-WEN windows for the last 3 years in the cold weather months. Not happy and not interested in putting plastic on my windows. I bought JELD-WEN because of their reputation. I guess we were wrong. Any ideas.

Lou - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Lou, If the moisture build up is on the inside of the double pane, then it's a window problem. If the moisture is simply on the inside of the glass (you can wipe the moisture with your finger), then you may want to try to lower the humidity inside or occasionally crack a window (obviously not always feasible). Its a tricky situation in very cold climates during the winter because of how much heat needs to be inside of a home. If you know the window reps contact info who you purchased from, I'd suggest sending them some photos and asking if the amount of condensation you are getting is typical for your area.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld Wen Windows vs PGT

Hi Tim. We are in the midst of looking at different brands of sliding vinyl windows to replace the old windows. Recently, the brown vinyl stripper started to warp. By the way, we live in PA . I read a lot about PGT and CWS brands on your website.

One of the contractor suggested Jeld Wen brand windows. I read on the website that Jeld Wen windows are not the best vinyl windows. Can you suggest a mid range price vinyl windows?

Tracy - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tracy, PGT and CWS are mainly available on the coast, particularly in Florida. Jeld Wen makes good doors and a decent wood clad window, but I'm not a big fan of their vinyl windows. Since you are in Pennsylvania, I would suggest looking at Okna, Sunrise, Zen, Soft-Lite and perhaps Polaris.

Certainly some of these will be available and sold through local companies. All of these vinyl window brands should offer a series in your price range. I would particularly recommend the Okna 400, which is a great entry level vinyl window, better than most manufacturer's mid range offering.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld Wen Windows vs MI

We're in the middle of a renovation and our contractor is suggesting Mi or JELD WEN windows. The JELD WEN are quoted as $3,000 more than the Mi. Are the differences between the 2 brands great enough to justify the priced difference?

Amanda - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Amanda, Jeld Wen generally makes a better window than MI, but that's not saying much. MI doesn't make a good vinyl window. Jeld Wen makes okay vinyl windows, I like their wood windows with the auralast and their doors, but not so much their vinyl windows.

If I were you I would ask him to get you a bid on some other window brands. See our recommended list for alternatives. Why pay a bunch of money to put in a mediocre to poor window? I'd prefer to see a Ply Gem Pro or a Simonton Prism Gold in there than your selections. He should have access to these brands.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Jeld-Wen Windows Complaints

Just to let you know I was sold JELD-WEN windows 5 years ago and the windows and the service is a disgrace and would never recommend these windows to anyone, Junk. Now thinking of replacing them with a good quality window after 5 years. The word is out to anyone needing new windows to contact me before buying.

Robert - Homeowner - from 2016

Northern California Replacement Windows

I was wondering if you have window recommendations for windows sold in Northern California? I sent your website a review for some terrible Jeld-Wen windows that had installed into our new house. Because of their leaking, we're going to tear them out and replace them. So far, I'm looking at Marvin Ultimate and Kolbe Ultra windows. Do you have any additional recommendations for clad wood windows?

Also, there don't seem to be any top rated vinyl windows sold on the West Coast (as a lower cost option to wood). Are there any that you know about that you'd recommend? Thanks,

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

Both Marvin Windows and Kolbe are very well regarded -- Windsor tends to be a less expensive wood window, but I'm not sure I would recommend it when you have those two options in front of you. Have you gotten a quote on the Marvin Integrity with the real wood interior (as opposed to the all Ultrex Integrity)?

A friend of mine in the Bay Area just got Hurd windows put in and loves them, but the company has had some warranty issues in the have a lot of wood window companies to be honest...Have you gotten a quote on the Andersen 400 Series? Or Loewen windows (gorgeous, very expensive). The Marvin Infinity has an Auralast wood veneer option that is pretty slick looking and requires no maintenance.

Jeld Wen vs Silverline

Jeld Wen has always made very good doors and I recommend them to many of my customers in my area. On the window side, I'm not as big a fan. I think there are better designed windows at the same price point and I usually steer my clients towards these. Jeld Wen is a big name though and if my customer feel more comfortable going with a national name, I would prefer to install Jeld Wen over other companies that market in the big box stores such as Silverline, Reliabilt (made by Atrium) and Pella Windows (their vinyl, not their high end wood clad).

Their vinyl windows aren't bad, they just can't compete with companies like Amerimax, Sunrise and even Milgard.

Bobby - Contractor - from 2013

Jeld Wen Customer Complaint

I ordered Jeld Wens from Home Depot and it's been a total pain. One window we had to send back twice before we finally got one that wasn't damaged. All of the sliders were going in the wrong direction, and another was narrower than we'd ordered. Every time we had to send something back, it would take a couple weeks to get the replacement.

The only reason I haven't walked away from them completely is that they keep giving us discounts and refunding some of our money. A lot of the problem is poor packaging, they are basically wrapped in plastic wrap with some cardboard at the bottom corners, so they tend to get beat up in shipping. So far the people have been nice, but it's pretty crazy to have so many problems.

Kerry - Homeowner in Texas - from 2010

Jeld Wen Customer Service

Renovating a Victorian home, I bought solid wood clad custom windows from Jeld Wen and they've been nothing but trouble. The first winter, 3 windows had the glass near the locks crack, and the rep told me the glass wasn't under warranty. They didn't even make it through one season! I spent over $20k with them and now they want another $1000 to send replacement glass. That's lousy customer service, they aren't standing behind their product and they won't be getting any business from me or anyone else I know if I can help it.

Renata - Homeowner in DC - from 2010

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