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Northeast Building Products Windows Reviews
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Editor's Northeast Building Products Review
Northeast Building Products manufactures several vinyl replacement window models and series that they distribute their windows and doors throughout the Northeastern United States. The company has been making windows and doors since 1975 and currently has four series, including the Crusader, 2700, TrustGard and Camelot windows.
The ratings that we found on the nfrc.org website for both the Crusader and 2700 series were quite good. The 2700 with the low-e glass and argon fills has a .29 U-factor, .28 SHGC, .47 VT and 61 condensation resistance. Upgrading to the foam filled option results in .26 U-factor, 26 SHGC, .47 VT and 61 condensation resistance. We have not been able to locate any air infiltration numbers, but will certainly post them once we find them.
Their windows utilize a feature called a Sashlite, which is a built in spacer system made of vinyl instead of the traditional technique. The company also uses a tempered glass that most companies offer as an upgrade. This helps their performance numbers, although it does add to the cost of the window as well.
Where NBP (and one of the main companies selling their windows in the Philly area) get significantly knocked is for their aggressive advertising and approach to selling their products and services. This claim has been made by consumers and echoed by contractors and installers who work and compete against them in the area. I have no experience with this company, so I won't saying anything more until I hear from additional homeowners/installers.
The company offers a Limited Lifetime warranty on the frame, mechanisms and components, as well as the insulated glass unit. The Northeast Building Products window warranty is transferable during the first 10 years, but then the warranty is prorated and the warranty that we looked at doesn't clearly lay out how this works (it does provide a prorated schedule for the IGU). There are lots of limitations and exclusions in the warranty so make sure to read the fine print before you buy your windows.
SL 2700 Windows
Dear Dane and Tim, I have scoured your review website for reviews. I am looking for reviews of SL 2700 windows manufactured by Northeast Building Products and installed by Power HRG. I would like to know how well they perform and hold up and how their appearance compares. Do you have any info you can share with me?
Kate- Homeowner - from 2017
[Site Editor's Answer]
Kate, I don't have more info on the window than what is on the site. I did, however, find a thread on a forum site that offers a number of contractor opinions on the window that I hope will be instructive for you.
Tim - Site Editor - from 2017
Northeast Building Products Prices
Hi Tim, I came across your website doing some research on window replacements after a long drawn out meeting with a representative from Power Home Remodeling. Long story short, I'm looking to get 18 windows replaced and was quoted a price of $15,476 ($860/ window including install) for their SL2700 windows (appears to be a window provided by Northeast Building). This was one of those - "sign up now deals or the price goes up". I decided to sign up since there was no money down and I have three business days to cancel without penalty.
Now I'm doing some research to compare these windows to others in terms of quality/energy efficiency/look/price and have come across several other brands which have better u-factors, etc. that may or may not be more expensive - I haven't received any quotes yet (looking into Simonton, Soft-Lite, Okna, etc.).
Since I only have until Tuesday to cancel, I'm trying to cram in as much info as I can and am wondering if you have any thoughts on the Power brand and pricing above (I didn't see much on them on your website)? Are the SL2700 windows worth that price or do you think I can do better for less money? Appreciate any advice you can offer.
Kyle - Homeowner - from 2017
[Site Editor's Answer]
Kyle, why are you rushing with a decision like this? The SL2700 is a good window from Northeast Building, but is it worth $860 per window, I don't think it is. Or to say it another way, for $860, you should be able to get the VERY BEST vinyl window on the market, the Okna 800, the Sunrise Restorations, or the Soft-Lite Elements...and possibly then some. All three of these windows have an air infiltration of between .02 and .01 -- basically outstanding.
Go get at least three bids from local companies that sell Soft-Lite, Sunrise, Okna, Polaris, HiMark, or Zen windows.
Take pics with your phone of the windows so you can compare what they look like. Get the price bids and do a nice thorough apples-to-apples comparison.
Then you are ready to make a decision that will be on your home for the next 20 years.
Any company that tells you that the amazing price they are throwing you goes up after three days is not a company you should do business with...that's my opinion anyway.
Tim - Site Editor - from 2017
Northeast Building Products vs Okna
Hi Tim, I am in need of window replacement and while doing some google searching I found your site. There is a lot of good information on it, but there is a window I don't see. Last night I had Power Remodeling at my house. They use a sl 2700 window that is made by northeast building products. I was trying to compare this window to other brands like say okna, but can't find much. Are you familiar with this company/product?
Jeff - Homeowner - from 2016
[Site Editor's Response]
Jeff, in terms of how they compare to Okna, I would say Okna would be the clear winner. Just in terms of the warranty, the Okna is going to serve you much better (and I would think the odds would be lower that you would have to use it). The big question is going to be cost, how these two brands compare with one another. The Okna 500 InsulTec series is a great window and would be the model I would use in my home if I was going to get replacement windows.
Let me know how it goes and also let me know how your experience is with Power so that I can let others know, good or bad. Thanks!
Tim - Site Editor - from 2016
Thanks for getting back to me. I really appreciate the information. Based on reviews I have read it appears as if the Okna window is a better looking window as well. Most things I read said the SL 2700 is a quality product, but it's pretty plain looking and the joints of the window are clearly seen.
The Power salesman main pitch was that was the sashlite, he said there were 2 companies using it and they were one of them, the other company was in FL. He said it make the window so much better because there is no metal frame in the middle holding the two window panes together, therefore the window panes on the inside wouldn't get cold from air on the outside. What does Okna use between their panes? I saw on their website it was something call "heat seal" but it doesn't say what kind of material it is.
Here is some other information for you on power. The guy that came to the house wasn't a bad guy. He didn't have any crazy sales pitch (if he had I would have told him to leave). The one thing I didn't like though was when we got down to the bottom line. He gave me 2 prices. The "now" price and then the price if he walks out the door. Other than that it was ok. Also, the warranty you describe below isn't what he told me. I was told it's a no questions asked 50 year warranty and if I sell the home at any time within that 50 years it can be transferred to the new home owner for 15 years.
The one issue I have with Okna is that I can't seem to find an installer in my area. It was nice with Power because he told me they are the only people that install the SL 2700. Thanks again for the information.
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