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Read 20 MI windows reviews to see whether this company and their products are right for your next project.

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MI Storm Armor Windows

I'm looking to purchase a home from a builder in Fl. who has won "Builder of The Year" awards on multiple occasions. Im a bit concerned because he will be using the MI high impact windows (Storm Armor)if I purchase the home. I cannot find any reviews on these MI windows and was wondering if these are rated any better than the non-impact windows they sell. Thanks for your feedback on these windows.

Don - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Don, MI does not have a stellar reputation in the industry, but I know lots of builders like them, I'm assuming because they get them at a good price and they figure the windows are "good enough." I don't know much about the Storm Armor series. I'm sure they are better than the standard MI vinyl windows, but that isn't a recommendation by any means.

I would ask the builder for two other impact options or brands that he could order. If he does, see if you can compare the performance to the Storm Armor, specifcally the Design Pressure Rating, U-factor, Air Infiltration Number and Condensation Resistance Rating.

I would ask if he has access to PGT, Custom Window Systems, Stanek or the Simonton StormBreaker Plus window. Without knowing anything about the Storm Armor, I would think that the options I mentioned would be a better long term solutions than the MI. Each of the companies makes a very solid impact window that will be more expensive than the MI, but isn't going to be exorbitant.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Mid Range Vinyl Windows

We had Oxford windows but had a house fire and the basement windows need to be replaced. There are 3 smaller windows, and we will now have 2 egress windows. Our contractor wants to replace them with MI windows, but from the reviews I've been reading, it's not a good nor comparable replacement. What would you recommend that would be in the mid-range and still look nice?

Lisa - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

I would agree with you that MI windows are not a high quality window and I would recommend using another replacement window for your project. Several excellent vinyl window manufactures that produce numerous models (one or two of them will be their mid range series) include Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Okna and Polaris. These brands tend to be located in the mid west and northeast states and will not be available in the west.

For west region options, I would consider looking Milgard, Anlin and Amerimax. Ask your contractor if he can get you quotes on several of their mid range windows to get some comparison pricing that contains your specific product needs. You will be amazed at the price differences!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

MI vs Atrium Windows

We are replacing 24 wood-frame windows -- mostly double-hung -- in a 19 - 20 year-old house in southeastern Virginia. One contractor quoted $11,900 for MI-1650 windows. Another quoted $14,300 for Atrium Series 40 windows. In general, MI windows appear to get a low quality rating on various websites. What do you think about these quotes?

Frank - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Frank, you are right about the MI windows, they are builder grade windows and you can do better. Atrium makes a decent window, but I think you should keep going on your search for something that's going to offer you better long term value.

This company should serve your area and they have an excellent reputation and sell Okna windows (one of the best vinyl windows available) http://www.windowsonwashington.net

There are a number of other excellent vinyl window brands available in your area - you should be able to call up these companies and find out easily enough if they have a local rep who services your area - Polaris, Sunrise, Soft-Lite. All four of these brands that I mentioned are going to be a clear step above the Atrium, which again is not bad, just not the best. The brands I mentioned all have a few different windows series ot models, one of which should be in your price range.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

MI And CertainTeed Windows

Have you heard of MI Windows? www.miwd.com

Mark - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Mark, I have heard of MI windows, although they don't have a very good reputation either. They are a large building supply company that owns CertainTeed. While CertainTeed has a good reputation in terms of their siding products, their windows do not have the best reputation in the industry. The company manufactures a lower end vinyl window that isn't going to provide very good long term value. They are well priced of course. I would suggest looking at the window brands I mentioned - if you are looking for more of a budget priced window, I would go with these company's entry level windows, they are still going to be better than an MI window in my opinion.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

MIWD In The Desert

Dane, We need to replace all of our windows in a twleve year old house that was built on speculation and now has water coming in through the frames where the joints have opened up. We have spoken to an MIWD representative, but I see that you don't particularly like those windows. We are not looking to go "cheap" here, but we do want to make sure we don't throw our money away. The windows we now have are Jeld-Wen and they have not held up well in this relatively new house.

So...with the understanding that we live in the Sonoran Desert and we have south and west facing windows, what would be your recommendation for a quality window that will last a long time and be as energy efficient as possible? Thank you for your considered opinion.

Jeff - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jeff, if you are looking for the strongest windows that can hold up to harsh conditions, you may want to look at an aluminum clad window. The problem is they aren't very energy efficient. Milgard makes a good aluminum window, Don Young out of Houston might be available in your area and they make a good aluminum window as well.

You can also go with a good quality vinyl window. In Arizona, I would recommend Milgard, Amerimax and Anlin. All three of these brands will have companies in your area that carry and install these windows and they are my west coast go to vinyl window companies.

I would suggest getting 4 or 5 bids and trying to get a consensus as to what the local companies think is the best window option for your climate and environment. The desert is a tough place so finding the best fit is key - the local companies should have a better idea of the right fit.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

MI vs American Jewel Windows

I need to replace an old bathroom metal frame slider window. I have quotes at the same price for an American Jewel 1500 vinyl double hung with standard double insulated clear tempered glass. For the same price, I have an MI Windows and Doors series 1555 vinyl double hung insulated glass. Which window is better? I see many of your reviews do not like the American Jewel.

Trudy - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Trudy, neither MI or American Jewel tend to get very good marks in terms of a quality vinyl replacement window. You are obviously on the East Coast and there are some nice options, including Soft-Lite, Sunrise and Polaris. These three vinyl window manufacturers should be available through one or more local companies who service your area. I would suggest continuing your search in order to at least see how the prices compare, they are going to be more expensive, but I can pretty much guarantee that these windows will provide better long term value for you over time.

If I had to pick between the MI and American Jewel, I would have to go with the American Jewel windows. However, I think you can do better for hopefully not THAT much more in terms of cost.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

MI vs Sunrise Windows

Which window would you recommend? Sunrise, BF RICH OR MI ?

Chris - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Chris, you've asked an easy question to answer. The Sunrise is the better brand by far over the MI. BF Rich is not bad, but no where near the Sunrise. Sunrise offers a number of different models, all of which are very good except perhaps their entry level Essentials model. The Standard Sunrise is a very good window. You can order this and then choose any ala carte upgrades that suit your particular needs and budget.

Let me know how it works out! Good Luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

PGT vs MI Windows

I am building a new home and looking at windows. The sub originally quoted MI windows,now Jeldwen and PGT, all vinyl, Should I go with Vinyl or another type and which would be rec. pending pricing.

Rob - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Rob, congrats on building a new home, that's exciting stuff...and also very stressful so I hope you are enjoying the process as much as possible. In terms of quality, MI windows are near the bottom and not a brand I would ever recommend. Jeld Wen has an okay reputation in terms of windows, and a very good reputation in terms of doors. I like PGT a lot, obviously depending on the model and features you choose.

As far as materials go, vinyl runs the gamut. A low quality vinyl window is not going to hold up over time and can cause you lots of problems and headaches - poor seals, poor weatherstripping, clogged weep holes, overall poor air infiltration.

On the other hand, a high quality vinyl window will provide more long term value than almost any other material out there - wood, aluminum, composite, fiberglass. Good vinyl windows are not the best looking windows out there, but they have excellent energy efficiency ratings, are quite durable, and they are one of the most affordable windows on the market.

A mid range or high end PGT window, along with proper installation and quality glass and features, should serve you well for the next couple of decades. This would be my selection, no questions asked (actually you should ask as many questions as you can think of to your builder to make sure he feels comfortable installing the particular window you select....). Let me know what you decide!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

MI vs Simonton Windows

Dear Dane, we are in the process of replacing windows and have gotten a quote from an installer for MI Energy Core windows. However, after doing some research online, it appears that MI windows are a lower quality window and have gotten some bad reviews (as well as a class action lawsuit).

We are looking for a good quality mid-range window. We basically need 8 23"W x 59"H double-hung windows and 10 23"W x 59"H single hung windows. Looking at your website, Simonton appears to be a good brand. However the series names that are listed on the website do not match up with the collection names on the Simonton website. I'm assuming they just came out with new names? Can you recommend which Simonton collections are the better quality ones and which to stay away from? Is there another brand that you recommend over Simonton?

We live in the mountains outside of Albuquerque, NM. Our house is pretty shaded, but we do get quite a bit of sun, as well as 19" on average of rain and 59" of snow (not sure if any of this matters). Also, do you recommend vinyl over aluminum (or fiberglass)? Thank you very much for your time,

Melissa - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Melissa, I would have to agree to the MI is not typically on many contractors top 10 list. The Energy Core is not bad though, although I haven't seen numbers on it. In terms of good mid range vinyl windows on the west, I would say look at Milgard, Amerimax and Anlin. Milgard will be available for sure, Amerimax possibly and I don't know whether Anlin has reps in your area.

I would say stick with vinyl, although fiberglass is certainly an option. Aluminum is really only something you should consider if you are in very hot climates, which Albuqueque is not based on the fact that you get that much snow. Fiberglass options should include Marvin Infinity, Inline, and Milgard Ultra.

Simonton is a good brand, probably not as good as the ones I mentioned, although it all depends on which model you select. I like their 9800 Impressions, and their Reflections 5300 and 5500 series.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

MI Cutting Edge 1650 Windows

I had whole house window replacement (25 units) in September, 2008 with subject model. They had a ten year "warranty." To date, three have failed seals. The installation contractor is no longer in business and unreachable. Can anyone suggest a reputable contractor to replace the windows? I would prefer the same model for conformity's sake. Otherwise, suggest a higher grade brand with a like or similar appearance to the subject model. Thanks.

Roger - Homeowner - from 2014

MI Windows Reviews

MI has a new Energy Core line that looks like it might be good. My biggest problem is it has a pocket sill, which I really don't like unless you have an impact window or some other good reason. Their other lines are nothing special. You can find plenty of others for around the same price with a much better track record as far as satisfaction, efficiency, and performance.

Holland - Contractor - from 2012

MI vs Viwinco

Viwinco makes a lower end window. They're on par with Silverline or MI. If you need a cheap window, they aren't the worst you can do, but if you're going to live in the home for a while, try for something a little better. Oknas or Sunrise, Himark, Softlite, all of them are so much better in terms of performance and looks. Of course, sometimes that just is out of budget, and you have to do what you have to do. Really, you want a window with a u-factor of .28 or lower, a DP rating of at least 50, and air leakage under 0.07.

Michael - Contractor in New Jersey - from 2012

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MI vs Milgard

I'm getting two windows replaced and every quote I get seems to confuse me more. I can't afford to do all of the windows at once so I am only doing the two worst "leakers". I have quotes for 3 Milgards or an Amerimax with 2 MIs. But when I went to look at the Milgards again to try and decide, I saw the Andersen Series 100 and loved them. One installer said they are really good for the weather here in Arizona.

Al - Homeowner in Arizona - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

I'm in LA, not exactly the same weather but not too far off. The Milgards and Amerimax are all good choices. The Andersens, I'm not so sure about. They have a new Silverline that might be worth it and might not.

Jeff - Installer - from 2012

MI Energy Core Windows

I like the new Energy Core better than their old lines, but they still can't compete with most other brands. Builders go with low quality windows because they're cheap, and when you buy thousands of windows the money adds up. You want a real window for your house, not cheap junk that's only made to look good long enough to sell. Go with Sunrise, Gorells, Okna, SoftLite, they're all great.

Matt - Installer - from 2012

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Builder Grade Windows

MI windows are made for builders. They're cheap, designed to look good just long enough to sell the house. They aren't a window that anyone wants to live with. You'll be stuck dealing with flimsy materials and poorly made frames. You'll be replacing them in 5 years.

Mike - Contractor - from 2011

MI Window Warranty

My house has MI windows that are about 15 years old. I've heard they have a lot of problems, but I've been impressed with mine. Their warranty was better than a lot that I looked at and when I did have a minor problem they stood by it with no arguing. They replaced 15 year old glass at no cost to us, and not everyone would do that.

Grant – Homeowner – from 2011

Xacts vs Ply Gem

Allied Building Products has a private label window called "Cutting Edge" and I'm trying to figure out who manufactures it. Any ideas?

Jay - Homeowner from 2010

[Contractor Response]

They're made by MI. They are also sometimes called Xacts. They are a cheap, builder grade window designed to be the lowest cost possible. If you have your heart set on Allied, look at the Ply Gem Premium or Great Lakes 5000. Before you buy anything take the time to check out Okna, Sunrise, Polaris, and SoftLite. With any of those, you'll be getting a window that's worth your money and won't fall apart in five years.

Holland - Contractor - from 2010

Good Customer Experience

We looked at three options when we got our windows. Pella from Lowes, Simonton or CertainTeed from Home Depot, all with a local installer. We liked the Simontons, but finally decided on MI Xacts, which are made by the same guys who make CertainTeeds. They are identical to the Bryn Mawr IIIs. The installation was great, plus the installer had worked with the windows before. He didn't cut corners and the whole thing was done neatly and carefully. He did the trimming and priming and some really nice caulking and touch up work. The windows all work really well and look great. Plus it only cost us $3600 for 9 windows.

Steven - Homeowner in New Jersey - from 2008

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