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Okna Windows Reviews

Read 47 Okna windows reviews on their 400 Series (Precision Weld), 500 Series (Insul-Tec), 600 (Eco Pro), 700 (Casements), 800 Series (Enviro-Star), 900 Series (Starmark) composite, and Elegante patio doors

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Related Topics: Okna Window Prices | 400 Series | 500 Series

600 Series | 700 Casement Series | 800 EnviroStar Series

900 Starmark Series | Elegante Patio Doors | General Reviews

Editor's Okna Window Review

Okna vinyl windows sit at the very top of the rather large vinyl window industry as a whole, along with Soft-Lite, Sunrise and Polaris. (But remember that many companies make 3 different levels of window, their economy, their mid range and their premium model.) The fact that Okna is often mentioned in this very top tier is impressive given that fact that there are literally hundreds of vinyl window manufacturers in the United States. Okna offers some nice wood veneer interior options that consumers would do well to take a look at - the look of wood without the maintenance and cost! (Click to explore Sunrise window reviews.)

The company manufactures 5 different window models that have both names and numbers attached to them. There is the 400 Series or Precision Weld, 500 Series or Insul-Tec, 700 Series which are Casements and Awnings, 800 Series or Envirostar, and finally the 900 Series or Starmark. Note that the 900 Starmark is a composite window, not a vinyl window frame like the other 4 series.

The company offers two basic packages, their Standard and Deluxe. The Deluxe is an upgraded glass and performance package that will improve the energy efficiency of the windows - expect to add $50 per window for this upgrade.

The only real downside to Okna is availability - they are Pennsylvania based and have good distribution in neighboring states and the region in general, however they are not available in the west. We hope they do expand, because they are one of our top picks for consumers.

Okna Vinyl Windows

The 400 Precision Weld is their economy or entry level window that is okay. It's not a bad window (a good one for an entry level window), but it isn't going to offer the same energy efficiency numbers or durability as the 500, 700 or 800 models. The step up is the 500 Insul-Tec and here is where you are getting a very good vinyl window. It might lack a few of the bells and whistles of the 800, but it is an excellent window and probably the best consumer value in the Okna fleet.

The 500 model is going to be on the thinner side compared with other vinyl windows, which consumers are going to like (more viewing area, less frame.) Other window companies often market a thinner frame, but these come with worse performance, while the 500 maintains some nice energy efficiency marks. (If someone asked me, what is the best window for the price, I would have to mention the 500 Series with the Deluxe glass package) The 700 series is their casement and awnings and they are comparable in quality and cost to the 500 Series.

The 800 EnviroStar is the premium vinyl window from Okna and one of the best vinyl windows available. An excellent window, but it is pricey and some consumers balk at paying such a premium price for a vinyl window. (It is worth noting that well made vinyl windows will blow the doors off of wood windows in terms of energy efficiency - organic materials can never match inorganic in this regard.)

Okna Composite Windows

The 900 Starmark window is a composite window that also sits at the very top of the composite windows on the market. The 900 is quite bulky, but if you can get past the depth and bulk, it is a fantastic performing window that is sturdy and strong. The Starmark is going to be thicker from the edge of the glass to the edge of the frame compared to their 500 or 800 model.

Okna Windows Warranty

The Okna window warranty is one of the strongest in the business. It covers the windows for the life of the owner and is completely transferable to another homeowner. It's a single page warranty that you can actually read, instead of the some 3 page tiny print warranty that looks like its written by a team of lawyers and full of confusing language.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Okna 400 Windows Reviews

The Okna 400 window is one of the best low priced models on the market. With the Deluxe package, you get a U-value of 0.28, AI of 0.05, and SHGC of 0.30. You can see advertised deals of around $400 but to get the best install, expect to pay around $450, which is still a good price. It doesn't have some of the fancy options and upgrades that more expensive windows offer, but it is an excellent budget window.

Tim - Site Editor

Okna 400 Window Bid

Hi Dane, I got a quote from Okna dealer. $11200 for 1 slider door, 1 bow (5 windows) and 11 slider windows. These are all foam filled and triple pane. Among these 11 original Windows, 1 is single casement. rest are all 2 casement with a picture window in the middle. Some are pretty wide. thus he suggest to use slider since double hung will looks strange on some of the wide windows. it is a old brick house with metal frame around it. My house is close to a train station. He also said laminated option will be $250 more per window.

Wonder if this is a fair price? I live in long island not sure if local price is higher than national average.

Thanks so much

Ming - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

I'm going to assume the slider is $2K and the bow is $2.5K, which makes the breakdown for the 11 windows $558. That's a very good price for an Okna 400 window—for the triple pane and foam fill, that's a great price!

In terms of noise reduction, I'm not sure that a laminated glass for $250 per window makes a lot of sense. The biggest factor in noise reduction is the amount of space between the panes of glass. I would think that the triple pane would go a long way towards this. You may want to ask the Okna dealer about different glass thickness between the panes. Using panes of glass that have different thicknesses will reduce different sound frequencies. Also ask if the company sells an NRG or noise reducing glass that isn't a laminated, but will help with the sound.

To be honest, a good Okna window is probably all you need for noise reduction (from a sensible cost perspective). You should probably think about air-sealing your walls, this can make a huge difference. I would get a few estimates on this and get their opinions on how to best reduce the noise.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Okna 400 vs. Simonton ProFinish

Hello! I have extensively researched replacements for 10 sliding windows and 3 6’ and 2 8’ sliding patio doors. Would you be able to offer an opinion on my options?

Currently considering:

Simonton ProFinish Doors
Sunrise (models above Essentials) windows


Okna 400 windows
SoftLite Doors

Neither of the contractors that I like recommend the doors that match the windows so I either go fully with Simonton or mix and match. I am disinclined to use Simonton for both windows and doors.

Here is my criteria:

Maximum glass
Ease of use for doors, especially for the 8’ ones
Style to match contemporary house
Ability to have white on interior and brown tone on exterior

Also, one of the contractors has said I need to be careful about the glass used as some brands are dark. He specifically mentioned Guardian.

This has been mind boggling as I want to make a good decision. Both contractors are well recommended though I prefer the contractor who uses Simonton and Sunrise.

Thank you for your help!

Nanette - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nanette, I like both of the options in a broad sense so that's a good start. In terms of brands alone, I would have to lean towards the Okna/Soft-Lite. Simonton is a good manufacturer, but not quite in the same league as the other three. Having said that, each manufacturer has a number of series and that has a lot to do with the quality of product you are getting. The Simonton ProFinish for instance has three grades itself so make sure you avoid that Builder model and stick with the Contractor or Master options. However, even the Okna 400 is probably as good as the top of the line from Simonton.

Simonton tends to have less glass area than other window brands, including Okna and Soft-Lite. In terms of windows, the Sunrise Restorations is one of the narrowest frames without sacrificing on performance and strength.

I would say two things: one, make sure you are able to look at the products you are buying to see how the hardware looks, how thick the frames are, how the windows and doors open and close. Hopefully there is a showroom close or the contractor has samples of the windows and/or doors to show you.

Assuming you like the look and function, I would go with the contractor you feel most comfortable with and the one who will do the best job. Bad installation issues after the fact is a much bigger deal than the small differences between the products that you won't notice once they are in your home.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Okna 400 vs. Simonton 6100

Hi, Good Morning! I just bought a townhouse and the windows need to be replaced. I've spoken to several companies but am leaning toward Home Depot and their Simonton 6100 option. The sales rep recommended that over the 6500 since I'm protected on two sides (I'm in between two other units). The quote for 12 windows is $7,500. I don't need anything too fancy since the homeowners association requires that I replace with the same style that's already in my house.

Do you have thoughts on that window and the pricing; I spoke with Pella, Renewal by Anderson, and a local company that uses Ideal. I don't need windows that cost more than my house, just a good window at a fair price (which I'm sure everyone says!). I live in Tinton Falls, NJ (central part).

Thanks so much!

Karin - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Karin, the 6100 is a decent window, but I'm not sure it's quite worth what you're paying at $625 per window. I would possibly pay that for Simonton's best windows -- the Reflections 5500 or the Impressions 9800, but I'm not sure you're getting a great deal with the 6100 at that price. HD isn't always the best deal in town—although sometimes they are.

I would suggest you find the local OKNA dealer and tell him you want a quote on the Okna lower end 400 series. Explain your situation and tell him that you want to put in a decent window, but are hoping not to spend over $500 per window. Maybe check Sunrise and Soft-Lite as well and see if there are dealers in your area. Both of their entry level windows are better than the 6100 series in my opinion.

I think you need a couple more bids to see where the fair market value of your project lies.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Okna 400 Series In Wisconsin

Dan - I'm interested in pocket replacement windows for 7 of my home's slider windows and the Okna 400 series appeal to me as a good choice. However, how do I locate a dealer in my area of FondduLac, Wisconsin or nearby area who would come to my home for a quote. Any assistance in this matter would be appreciated.

Dick. - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dick, this company looks like it sells Okna windows. I know nothing about them but certainly call them up and get a quote, then make sure they have good reviews!


Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Okna 400 Window Review

I got quotes from a dealer for both the 400 Precision Weld and the Gorell 5100. I need 4 sliders, 3 of them large ones, and 6 double hung windows. The Oknas would be $5750. The Gorells are $5950. The dealer said the Oknas are better, but the price difference is mainly because their sliders are less expensive. My question is, if price is ignored, which is better in quality? Are the prices reasonable, or should I look at something else?

Mary - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

Gorell is a good window, but Oknas are better. They're just a higher class window. The pricing for the Oknas is great, you'll have decent energy efficiency too. If you're install is good, then you won't really do any better than these.

Holland - Contractor - from 2011

[2nd Response]

Okna... although the Gorell is also good. The only thing I'd recommend is looking at the Okna 500s. They're a little more expensive, but not much, and they are a better product. I work with both of these windows, and I have to say the Okna is better all around. There's nothing wrong with Gorell, they just aren't at the same level as the Oknas. That price quote for either one is really good.

John - Installer - from 2011

Okna 400 vs 500 Series

Hi Dane, I am looking to install the OKNA windows and have requested the installer in my area about the 500 series. He told me the 500 is not used for replacement windows but for new construction. Yet I see from a number of reviews this is not so. They only carry the 400 and can obtain the 800 but they informed me there is minimal difference.

From what I read I feel like u am not being provided full disclosure. How do I find an installer who carries the 500 series. I live in Easton PA.

Kind regards,

Ann - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Ann, the 500 Series or Insul Tec is listed right on their website under replacement windows so unless something has changed with their line up that I am unaware of, I don't what he's talking about. Yes, something seems a bit off about the person you are working with.

I tried to contact Okna, but I couldn't get an actual person on the phone to see if anything has changed. I would suggest filling in your information on their website and see what they come back with in terms of installers in your area. I would also suggest getting a couple of additional bids, Sunrise and Soft-Lite should be in your area.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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Okna 500 Windows Reviews

The Okna 500 window is used as a replacement window, but sometimes is seen in new construction as well, with a nailing fin or a flange and J-channel. The efficiency numbers are a little better than the 400, with a U-value of 0.25, AI 0.02, SHGC 0.28, and DP50. In addition, it has some upgraded features. The sill wall is improved and it comes with a Duralite spacer. It is a good value for a mid-grade price.

Tim - Site Editor

Okna 500 Deluxe vs. Harvey Classic Window

Good Morning Tim – I have been using your site for the last week, comparing different vinyl window reviews. My question is: We are replacing 17 double hung windows and 2 picture windows. We are down to 2 names: Harvey Classic Window and Okna 500 deluxe. They are both with different contractors and comparable in price.

Please advise on which one you think would be the better option. (we are replacing the original windows with storms on them in our 1968 ranch)

Any help/advice you can give, would be great.

Thank you.

Vicki - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Vicki, thanks for using the site. Both Harvey and Okna are quite reputable companies. While I find the Harvey Classic to be quite a good window, the Okna 500 Deluxe is an excellent window. Either that or the 800 model is what I'd have in my house if Okna was actually available where I live. Obviously, you want to make sure that the installer is reputable and know what they're doing, but assuming this is true, the Okna is my pick hands down.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Okna 500 InsulTec Deluxe vs. Simonton Relections 5500

Hi Dane, I've been lurking on your site for a couple of weeks soaking up all the good information. Now I have two quotes from Angie?s list A-rated window contractors that I?d like to run by you. These are for 9 windows installed. I live in Raleigh, NC so USUALLY keeping the heat out is the main need but we are having a tough winter this year.

Okna 500 InsulTec Deluxe - $4703 installed, with grids. This included the foam filled extrusions for added insulation but I wonder if this is a necessity?

Simonton Relections 5500 - $4595 installed, with grids. Metal band lift mechanism vs. block & tackle on the Okna, Simonton rep claimed the band was longer lasting? The installation on this quote includes moving furniture out of the way and reinstalling blinds which is nice but not necessary.

I'd love to get your ideas on these two quotes? From what I've read on your site these windows are comparable but I?d like to know if one has features that make it a better choice for me.

Thank you,

- Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Susan, I agree that both of these windows are quite good. For me, the Okna 500 is the clear winner. This is definitely true from a performance standpoint, as well as an overall quality and craftsmanship. Okna is superior to the Simonton, and absolutely worth the extra money (which isn?t much).

The price bids you have are quite impressive $500 installed for the Okna 500 with the upgraded package is very good. I would hold onto the upgrade package, I think it adds structure and strength that will serve you well as the window ages.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Okna 500 Basement Windows

I am looking to replace 6 basement windows in my home, which was built in the late 1950’s. The windows were installed with steel frames securing the windows to the foundation. A reputable local contractor has suggested the mid-range Okna 500 series vinyl hopper windows.

These seem to be well constructed windows, better than most others that I have seen. The cost of the windows, including installation is a bit over $800 per window. The contractor claims it will take about a half day to remove the old and install the new. Is this a fair cost to pay?

Thank you for your time.

Glenn - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Glenn, the “mid range” Okna 500 is an excellent window – a top tier vinyl window to be sure. The price your contractor quoted sounds quite fair to me given the amount of work entailed.

However, I would get a couple more quotes to confirm this. It might help you sleep better knowing you did your due diligence. If local window companies give you a much better quote, you can then ask why he’s charging more than them for the labor portion for the windows.

Up to you of course, but I tend to think contractors may act like you’re being a pain in the arse, but they respect you more and tend to price out other portions of the remodel lower knowing that you might go out and have independent providers/suppliers confirming the bid.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Glenn's Reply]

Tim, Thank you so much for your response. I appreciate your advice. I have asked for 2 more estimates from area contractors to gauge whether the first estimate is reasonable. Interestingly, the first contractor called me back yesterday and left a message saying he had "great news" which was they can do better on price. Of course, the message did not include what the new price would be and I certainly understand that. It does tell me his price of $800 per window has a lot of fat built into it. I did see a Harvey window on line that would cost approx $500 per window installed. The U factor was 27 versus 25 for the Okna 500. Both are double pane hopper windows and all other specs were similar (insulated frames, metal latches, fiberglass screens).

I will have a conversation with the first contractor to get the details on his so-called great news. I will not make a decision until I have at least 1 other estimate, preferably 2.

Again, thanks for taking the time to respond. It is appreciated more than you know.

Glenn - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Glenn, good to see you getting that cost bid down to its real price. Harvey makes a good window and $500 per for the Harvey is a good price for the Classic model (I'm sort of assuming its for the Classic). The Okna 500 is the better window, but the Harvey is a solid vinyl window. If you had come to me originally with this brand and price, I would have said to go with this. At this point, it's your call on whether you want/need a great vinyl window or you are fine with a good vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Okna 500 vs. 800 Soft-lite Imperial LS

Have trouble comparing: Is the Okna 500 or 800 similar to the Soft-lite Imperial LS. I have quotes as follows for 16 windows:

Okna 500 DS - $523 ea. From ClearView

Soft-lite Imperial LS $531 ea from Window Nation

Vytex Grandview with triple silver glass at $470 each from Window Nation

Any input would be greatly appreciated I am trying to decide today if you could possible respond today.


Sandra - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sandra, those are good prices on the Okna 500 DS and Soft-lite Imperial LS. I think they are definitely worth the extra money from the Vytex Grandview. The Soft-lite Imperial LS is the better window from the Okna 500, but not by much. In fact, I would turn from the windows (unless you have a clear preference for one or the other) to the company doing the installation. This would be the deciding factor for me.

The two windows you have quotes on are excellent.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Okna Deluxe 500DX Insultec vs Gentek Sequoia Select

We had researched windows and decided on the Okna Deluxe 500DX insultec only to find out there are no dealers in our area to install them. We live in the Midwest-KC area. In our search we found a company that carries a different window called Gentek. The specific Model is the Sequoia Select BarrierXP TG2. This window has a U-factor 0.23 and SHGC 0.25. This is a triple glass with two surfaces of of low-e glass and two air spaces of argon. Of course, the company owner believes this is the best window on the market.

However we cannot find a lot of current reviews on this window. The cost is $750 per window installed with colonial grids. We have 11 windows total 8 double hung, 1 large picture window and 2 casement windows. This price also includes wood rot repair on several of the windows. Before committing have you had any experience or heard current reviews on the Gentek windows?

Rachel - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rachel, you are correct that there is precious little information on Gentek replacement windows, possibly because they are a Canadian based company. Or because they are a building company that sells most of their windows to big builders and not so much through smaller distributors. Whatever the case, I have heard good things about the Gentek Sequoia Select window. However, paying $750 per window for a vinyl window is at the upper end of the cost spectrum.

If it were me, I would keep looking for a couple of reasons. One, you want to get a few bids to see what's out there and what sort of price range you're looking at. Two, it's nice to see, touch and feel different windows to know how sturdy they feel and how well they open, which hardware you like the best etc. And to see if their is a particular installer who has good reviews that may be the best for your project. Finally, you can use the bids (particularly the lower priced ones) to negotiate the best price possible on the Gentek windows if you want to go that route. Here's an
article that suggest one way to go about this process.

I would look at our page on the best replacement windows and then google "sunrise windows Kansas City" etc. to see if there are any local companies who service your area.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Okna 500 Window vs Vytex Grandview

I have bids for 24 replacement windows - one for Vytex GrandView windows from Window Nation and the other for Okna 500 windows. Both prices are approximately $15,000. Can you tell me whether one window is significantly better than the other and whether I am getting a fair price? Thanks for your help.

John - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

John, the Grandview window is from Vytex and then relabeled by Window Nation. It's a good window for sure. .26 U-factor and .08 air infiltration rating. Window Nation has a good reputation and sells a good product.

The Okna 500 is an excellent vinyl window, one of the best out there.

If the prices are the same, I would go with the Okna 500 from WoW in a heartbeat. Great window, great installation as far as I've heard.

You should hear some of the horror stories I hear from consumers getting poor windows or poor installs -- issues and headaches for years. Consider yourself lucky or just smart :)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Okna 500 vs Ply Gem Premium

I’m trying to evaluate some of the major brands available in the Kansas City area by their NFRC data on U-Factor and SHGC. I was surprised when I rank ordered data on PlyGem PremiumEP, Soft-Lite Imperial LS and Elements, and Okna 500 and 800, that the Plygem Premium has significantly better U and SHGC ratings than any of the other brands.

Given that Plygem is considered a mid-grade vinyl window and the others are Tier 1, how can this be explained? Should I really be considering a Plygem Premium over these other brands?

I don’t have pricing on any of them yet, that’s coming next week.

In trying to find a quality local installer that could obtain OKNA windows in Kansas City (no dealers locally), I found one that has very high install ratings, but installs solely Plygem. He is willing to look into obtaining Okna product, but is very high on Plygem. Is Plygem really better than your reviews might lead one to believe relative to Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise? Or should I really exclude Plygem from my serious consideration and only look at this installer for any Okna opportunities?

Bob - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bob, thanks for the question, it is an EXCELLENT one. The nfrc data is difficult to wade through and can be confusing because there are so many ways to slice and dice the numbers. For instance, the Ply Gem Premium window with clear glass gets a .39 U-value, with the HP 2 gets .27, with the Max glass gets down to a .25, and the HP 3 delivers a .22. All based on glass, but no changes to the window frame itself. I try to always compare windows with a basic low-e glass and grids as a way to do an apples-to-apples comparison, but even then sometimes that comparisons are a bit off.

SHGC is the amount of solar heat that is allowed through the window, so this is more a function of your location (you want a higher shgc in cold locations and less shgc in warm climates) and also the direction the window faces -- both places where a good contractor or window company should be able to help you out.

Vinyl windows are tricky because they often look the same and, as you noted, the NFRC values can be very similar depending on the glass packages. Where the differences lie is with the the manufacturing tolerances, the rigidity and overall strength of the extrusion, as well as the long term manufacturer's reliability.

Ultimately, I think the best performance number to compare is air infiltration or air leakage. The Ply Gem Premium is a good window, but I believe their air infiltration is something like .08 to .12 (I may be a bit off, if you know the exact number do let me know). The Soft-Lite Imperial LS is .02 and the Elements is .01, the Okna 500 is .02 and the 800 is .01. I typically say .10 or lower is good, .05 or lower is great.

The bottom line is that the Ply Gem Premium is a good window and I like the fact that the local installer has a good history with the window, installs it a lot, knows who to contact if their are issues etc. I still think that most industry experts would rate the high end series of Soft-Lite and Okna above the Ply Gem Premium and I feel that the AI number bears witness to that. Quality of the installer though has to play an important role in your decision as well.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Okna 500 vs Thermal Industries 5000 Series

Hi - my builder - who I completely trust and over all the years working with contractors on many houses I've owned he is one of the most thorough and detailed I've found. He takes care of all my siding and wood replacement and installed new roof and has built new porch and deck and many things. When any wood rots on the house he replaces with non rot pvc. (Like the Masonite siding to hardie plank)

The house was built in 1991 and I have replaced nearly everything on the house now. The last big thing I have now is all the windows. Due to money I will have do the windows in stages doing 6 or 7 at a time. The existing windows are double hung wood windows with 1 inch old style pull out grills and exterior wood trim. Scott said the best route is to replace all exterior trim to pvc and use ply gym vinyl sash replacement kits. (They can do 1 inch contoured grills) that way I won't get any glass loss compared to using pocket replacement windows. Cost per window for all that is around $600.

I don't like the idea of pocket replacement windows and have had many estimates from contractors for those. My favorite of those is a guy who will replace all exterior trim to pvc and use thermal industries 5000 series 1 inch grills. Cost is around $450 per window all in.

The best window guy I've found though is a window contractor who refuses to do pocket replacements...he will only price for full frame and believes that pocket replacements are bad news. He replaces all exterior wood trim to pvc and also does all new interior wood trim. This looks like a great thorough job but it will be more mess on the inside of the house than using my builders method. He proposes to use okna 500 series windows and for all exterior and interior trim with window it's $660 per window. Many thanks .

Rowland - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rowland, sash replacements can be a mess, unless the installer really knows what they are doing and has some experience putting in sash replacement. If it were me, I would go with the full frame and the best window in the bunch -- the Okna 500. At $660 per window, that's a pretty great price for all that that entails.

I did take a look at the performance numbers of the Thermal Industries and I was impressed with those, but again I think it's worth the extra money to go with the more thorough approach, especially considering it sounds like you will be living here for a long long time. Although I have to say that $450 per window is a pretty good price :)

Ply Gem makes a pretty good window -- they make a number of models so I'm not sure which is offered in the bid. I think I'd put the Ply Gem below the other two options you have though.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Okna Insul-Tec vs Soft-Lite Elements

My neighbors have chosen Okna Insul-Tec for replacement windows in their 20-year old homes. We live in the south central region of the U.S. The same company offers Soft-Lite Elements for a few hundred dollars more. I'm confused with all the numbers, ratings and online rants. What's the best choice? I'm only doing the front of the house at this time. Thanks for your guidance. Enjoying the read.

Natalie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Natalie, the Okna Insul Tec is quite a good vinyl window, but not as good as the Soft-Lite Elements in my opinion. The Elements is more or less the best vinyl window out there (the Okna EnviroStar or 800 series is equal to the Elements). If the Elements is only a few hundred more, I think it's worth it. The bottom line is that either way, you are buying an excellent product and assuming you have good installation, you should be well served for a couple of decades at least!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Okna 500 Series vs Andersen Silverline 9500

Hi Tim. I was looking to replace 7 55 yr old double hung windows in my house in north/central NJ. Was about to buy Andersen Silverline (9500 series), but after reading your website I thought I should look around some more.

Any suggestions for other options in my area? I am currently working with a contractor on a kitchen remodel, so if I need to purchase the windows through his account if not offered directly to the consumer, that's not an issue.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Mike, I'm not quite sure what he has access to, but my top four vinyl window manufacturers on the east coast would be Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, and Polaris - in that order. The companies are going to be more expensive than the Silverline for sure, but I always point out that from a long term basis, you will usually save money by going with a high quality brand coupled with proper installation. Each of these companies has a number of models they sell, each of which has a different price point. I typically recommend going with the mid range option to get the best value for your dollar - so the Okna 500 model, the Standard Sunrise, the Soft-Lite Pro or Classic and the Polaris ThermalWeld.

Let me know if any of these recommendations works out!

- Site Editor - from 2016

Okna 500 vs 800 Series

The contractor reviews say the Okna 800 is one of the very best windows. The U value is .36. The 500 U is .25. Seems like the 500 would be a better choice. What am I missing?

Mark - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Mark, there are so many variables when it comes to testing windows that it's easy to see numbers(especially online) that sort of spin the truth one way of the other. Check out the nfrc.org website. Go to verify ratings, residential, search by manufacturer - compare the Okna 500 vs 800 against one another and you should see very similar numbers. The U-factor on their standard low-e glass should be MUCH less than that. The 500 is an excellent window and honestly probably the better value. The 800 is a top of the line vinyl window that will have similar numbers, if anything just slightly better numbers.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Okna 500 Series vs Sunrise Windows

I received quotes for Sunrise and Okna 500 windows, Okna 500 being $300 cheaper. The salesperson told me that Sunrise uses Cardinal glass which is much better than Okna's glass. Is that the case? Also, which is better Sunrise or Okna 500, if I am considering replacing two double hung windows with one slider (76 x 48)?

Natalie - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Natalie, I've never heard that the Sunrise glass is better than Okna. I don't actually know what type of glass Okna uses. I would say this - ask the salesperson to give you the U-factor, air infiltration and Design Pressure numbers for the Sunrise and Okna 500 and see how they compare. The lower the U-factor and AI the better - with DP numbers, the higher the better (not as important, but I'm just curious). Make sure he is comparing apples to apples, the standard low-e glass with argon fills. Okna has some pretty awesome AI numbers. I've always been under the impression that the Okna would perform slightly better than the Sunrise. I would LOVE to hear what he says. Beyond this, both of these vinyl windows are excellent. I would say at this point that the installation quality would be more important than deciding between two very well performing vinyl windows.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Okna 500 Double Hungs

I'm currently looking to replace some old steel casement windows in my home, which was built in 1950. I was interested in the Okna 500 series in the double hung style, but the only local dealer in my area which carries Okna windows only seems to deal the 400 and 800 series. While looking at the 400 series display in their showroom, it looked to me that the 400 series features an interior weeping system, but the brochure they gave me on the 400 series features a picture of the double hung which appears to have holes in the exterior sill for external weeping (not sure if that's the correct terminology) and it doesn't explicitly state anything about the weeping system. I'm thinking either the dealer's display model was old/outdated or that the picture in the brochure was not of an actual window.

Does anyone know which type of weeping system the Okna 400 windows use?

Jason - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Jason, it's interesting you are having an issue finding the 500 Series, someone else just mentioned having the same problem, not sure why the local rep would not carry their most popular replacement window model. You may want to submit your information to their website and see if any additional dealers are available in your area. The best way that I can explain this is that the weep holes on the 400 Series are secondary drain paths. The window has a 1 piece sloped sill that properly drains most or all of the water and is the best sill system on the market. The weep holes on the 400 are there as a sort of conduit for water in the event of sustained rain.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Okna 500 vs Harvey Windows

We're replacing 35 windows in our PA home. My contractor is pushing the Harvey Tribute, but I like the Okna 500s and 800s. I think they're better as far as performance, ratings, and looks too. Then today I saw a Tribute that was loaded with options and features, grids, triple pane, self cleaning, krypton, etc. I was quoted $390 installed, which seemed like a fantastic price. Some of the windows are smaller, and would be a little cheaper. I want a good window, not just a cheap one, but I don't want to spend more if it isn't a lot better.

Max - Homeowner in Pennsylvania - from 2012

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The 500 is one of the best windows out there. I wouldn't call the Harvey bad, exactly, but they aren't even close to the Okna 500. Your price is going to vary a lot from dealer to dealer and installer to installer. I'd find the dealer that offers you the best deal, but you don't want an installer that's going to cut corners and do a slapdash job. You have to be willing to pay a decent price for the install. A great window put in badly will be a mediocre window in terms of energy efficiency.

Harry - Contractor in Wisconsin - from 2012

[2nd Response]

The Harvey Tribute is a decent window, but it can't compare to the Okna. The Okna 500 has a U-factor of .25, DP structural rating of 50, and air leakage is somewhere around .02. The Harvey has just OK numbers - U-factor .30, DP 30, and over 0.1 for air leakage. The Harvey loses in every way.

Michael - Contractor in New Jersey - from 2012

Okna 500 vs Soft-Lite

I've looked at so many windows I'm sick of them. I have 16 windows to replace and I've managed to narrow it down to the Okna 500 Insul-Tec and Softlite Imperial LS. The quotes I got were $9680 for the Oknas and $9920 for Softlites. Any opinions on which is better?

Rob - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

They are both great options that will last a long time. With a fairly close match I would probably let the installer be the deciding factor. Either window should last a long time and not give you any problems.

Holland - Contractor - from 2012

[2nd Response]

Both of them are great choices. The Soft-lite is always a good deal, they're a good company and have some good options, I realty like their Edgetech Super Spacer. They are also simple to reglaze if you need it. The Oknas are also really good, reliable and nice. I'd pick the one whose installer you like best.

Matt - Contractor - from 2012

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Okna 500 Windows Reviews

I've been looking into Oknas and I've found out a lot of info. The Starmark has a thicker frame and I don't like that so much. The 500 and 800 are very similar as far as the frame goes. The 800 has smaller lifting rails (I think they look nicer than the 500) and it has a magnetic seal which I like. My biggest problem with the 500 is that you can see from the outside if it's locked or not. Basically, I like the 800 better, but it is also more expensive. It isn't much in terms of cost and I think the difference is worth it. Also, the 800 I was looking at qualified for a tax credit, but the 500 didn't, which kind of makes up for the higher cost.

Steven - Homeowner - from 2009

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Okna 600 Windows Reviews

The Okna 600 Eco Pro is the company's newest window that uses a slightly less robust extrusion than the other Okna models. It has fews bells and whistles, but it looks pretty similar to the 500 and has the same foam inserts, weatherstripping, standard glass and locking mechanism. The window is overall well built and delivers very solid performance numbers.

Dane - Site Editor

ONKA ECO-PRO 600 Series Quote

I have a quote for ONKA ECO-PRO 600 series. It is for 10 windows including installation for $9,9093.30. Is this a reasonable quote or do you think this is high for 9 windows.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mary, this is an expensive quote, although I don't have any information on the details. I would absolutely recommend getting a few more bids to see how they compare.

Search for Sunrise, Soft-lite, Polaris, Zen, Vytex, and Wincore. I listed these vinyl window manufacturers in order from best reputation to good reputation. Find the local companies that carry these brands, call them up, and get a few free bids. Make sure to tell each one that you are comparing bids and that you would appreciate their best bid at the start.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Okna 600 Window Series vs. NEBP Trustguard

How does Okna 600 replacement windows compare to Trustguard?

Jackie - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jackie, the NEBP's Trustguard window is decent; it's essentially the drop down or step down from the Crusader series that they sell. All in all, a decent but not great vinyl window.

The Okna 600 Eco Pro is an excellent window, with performance numbers to back it up. The Okna is the better brand and the better window. Now, how do the installers match up? Okna usually uses well respected local dealers, but NEBP's has a solid reputation as well. Assuming the installation quality is the same, the Okna 600 wins hands down.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

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Okna 700 Windows Reviews

The Okna 700 window is the company's casement and awning vinyl window styles. The 700 Okna is considered a very good vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor

Okna Casement Windows

I need to replace 14 windows (2 double casements, 2 single casements, 10 awning). I've had estimates from a number of companies. I recently viewed the Simonton 5500 series. Nice window, but man, I now understand the importance of VT (Visual Transmittance). The sample was a double hung window, but holy cow, there was a lot of frame in that window. I realized how important VT is when considering replacement windows. The VT rating for the Simontons was .49. It is hard to find the VT rating for a lot of windows. Most of my windows will be casements or awnings, so maybe VT isn't as much a factor. In a double hung it was pretty obvious.

I've seen the Okna casement product. They are beautiful and have a good VT of .54, but the price is about $12,500, which is above my $10,000 budget.

I am waiting to see the Ply Gem Premium sample. What good mid-range windows have a good VT rating? I am also looking at the Sunrise windows.

I love this website. I have learned so much in the past 2 months. You guys really do a great service to homeowners.

Jeff - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Jeff, thank you for the nice compliments, we try our best to help out homeowners who are looking to get the best value for their dollar. I am surprised by how expensive that Okna casement window quote is, $12,500 for 14 windows is a lot of money. Those double casements can be quite expensive.

Simonton Windows do tend to be somewhat bulky. Ironically, American windows are much less bulky than vinyl windows in Europe, which are extremely bulky but also last considerably longer and offer better performance. It's basically a trade-off and those are some of the choices that you as a homeowner have to make. Vinyl, for the most part, will offer better performance numbers than other materials, the one exception being fiberglass.

Sunrise makes a pretty good vinyl window that uses a less bulky frame and it sounded like you were going to take a look at them. I'd be curious how you thought they measure up to the Ply Gem premium that you looked at.

In terms of comparing window numbers, you should look at the NFRC.org website. Click on the verify ratings residential link and search by manufacturer. The website is a little tricky to discern as far as what components and glass the window is using, however it has a wealth of information that will give you VT ratings, u factor and SHGC.

Let me know what you end up doing and how the nfrc.org site helps to compare the VT numbers...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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Okna 800 Windows Reviews

The Okna 800 EnviroStar window is regarded as one of the top vinyl windows available. The 800DX is very popular, with a frame thickness of 0.80, which makes it very durable and strong. The U-value is 0.25, and Air Infiltration is 0.01, which literally cannot be beat in terms of the AI numbers. Impressive. Okna 800 is one of the highest priced vinyl windows on the market and with good reason, it's my favorite. This is the window I would put in my house if I could afford it. The Okna 800 is available in a variety of colors and finishes for both the interior and exterior, plus some excellent hardware options including brass.

Tim - Site Editor

Okna 800 vs Marvin Integrity

Hi Dane, Love your website! It is very helpful. Question: Would you go with Marvin Integrity over one of the high end vinyl replacement options from Okna? Even though Integrity only has a 10 year warranty (from what the salesman told me) I am leaning toward it. I live in Washington DC where we get both warm and cold weather. Maybe that is crazy and I should just choose the one with the lifetime warranty like the Okna.

I would love to buy Infinity (life of the home warranty) but they are quoting $48,000 for that line versus $28,000 for Integrity.

Angela - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Angela, I would go with high end vinyl window like Okna over the Integrity. The performance data is going to be much better on the Okna 800 than the Integrity or Infinity. I agree that the Infinity is the better window, but not for almost double the price. That's crazy. If it were me, I'd get a bid on one or two of the high end vinyl windows like Okna 800 and Soft-Lite Imperial LS or Restorations and compare the cost, overall look, and all of the performance data to the Integrity. This should give you enough information to make a much more informed decision.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Okna 800 vs. Marvin Infinity

I have found your website very helpful, and appreciate the advice you offer. We are in a traditional colonial with wooden (1990's) oriel windows. One broken window, a few difficult to open, and no tilt in feature have me in the market to replace. I have narrowed to Okna 800 series for high end vinyl, and Marvin Infinity...both are highly rated on this site. Cost is significantly higher with the Marvin (9K for 8 double hung) vs under 5K using Okna. I'm sold that Okna is an efficient window, and it is nice looking with an upgrade to metal hardware. I am simply concerned about losing glass space and overall appearance in comparison to my existing wood.

Of course the Marvin rep says his window would outperform vinyl in resale, appearance and durability. I know that windows are a great and worthwhile investment, but I am still undecided if better to invest in the much more expensive Marvin Infinity line or in the very highly rated Okna vinyl. Both seem to have solid warranties. Any input on these...or would you steer me to another brand that supplies northeast Ohio?

Lisa - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Lisa, I think you have two very good options here in the Marvin Infinity window and the Okna 800 window. I would say that the price difference definitely warrants going with the Okna -- I think the loss of glass area would be very minimal between the two. One option you may want to ask the Okna rep about is an upgrade to an interior wood grain laminate -- Okna makes a very nice one that looks quite similar to wood, but without the requirements of wood.

In terms of performance, the Okna 800 is superior to the Infinity by far. The Infinity is quite a nice looking window in my opinion, but the Okna with the interior laminate and the metal hardware is pretty tough to beat.

As far as resale value, I can't see that being much of a factor. Keep the performance numbers handy on the Okna (especially the .01 air infiltration number) and hand it to the potential owners and tell them that they are buying a house with the most energy efficient windows on the market -- just leave out the vinyl part, it's got to one of the least sexiest words in the english language!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Okna 800 vs Soft-Lite Pro Windows

I have been looking for replacement windows for a vacation home I have in Franklin, NC. I do not want to buy them at a big box store. And I have my own installer. I am considering the Affinity Elite series, Soft-Light Pro series or a similarly quality product. I need excellent protection from the cold. I have been unable to find where to purchase them from directly. Could you please help me with information of where to purchase a good window? Thank you for your help

Cynthia - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Cynthia, the Soft-Lite Pro is a very good window. Can I ask you about the Affinity Elite, because the company is now out of business and if you have access to their windows, I'd love to hear about it because I have a homeowner who wants to finish up her house with these windows (she used them for ½ and then stopped the project) but now can't find them. Having said that, if I were you, I would NOT use the Affinity Windows, although your contractor may be giving you a great deal because the company is no longer making the windows (obviously I don't know the details).

If you already have an installer, have him call up Okna and see if he can get the 500 series or the 800 series. Or call up Sunrise and see if he can get their standard Sunrise window shipped to you. Some companies are willing to ship like this. Polaris also makes a great window.

It is true that many window companies may not be willing to do this and go around their reps, but it doesn't hurt to ask. I know out here on the West Coast, Home Depot carries the Andersen 100 composite window, which I think is a decent window, almost on par with the Soft-Lite Pro. They sell it for a very good price and with a meeting rail reinforcement and glass upgrade, I'd certainly consider this for my house. Especially if you have an installer that you like.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Okna 800 Series Enviro-Star

On the 800 Series Enviro-Star are they Foam Filled? Do they make custom size windows? Does the customer have to ask if they want foam filled Vinyl windows? Are the 800 series argon filled?

Raymond - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Raymond, the 800 series is a fantastic vinyl window, probably the best there is. The company offers a Deluxe option on any of their window models that includes the foam fills and a locking screen. Probably worth the extra money, perhaps an extra $50 to $75 per window.

You should be able to custom order your windows for the local Okna rep, who will come to your home, measure all your windows, and order each window to fit your existing openings.

Good luck and if you think about it, get back to us after your windows are replaced and let us know how your project went so we can report back to other consumers!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Okna 800 Windows Reviews

I don't think there's much question that the 800 is one of the best. I'd certainly consider it among the top 4 or 5 vinyl windows out there. The double pane window has a U-value of .25, air infiltration .01, and DP of 60. That beats pretty much any of their competitors. They definitely beat Simonton, although Simonton has really good customer service. The Simonton is a solid window that won't give you any trouble, but they aren't exciting. Oknas have the features and options to push it up to a higher class. They are more like the Sunrise, Gorell, and SoftLite.

Wayne - Industry Expert - from 2009

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Okna 900 Starmark Reviews

Okna Starmark vs. Sunrise Restorations

Hi, we are looking to replace 36 double hung and picture windows (and a sliding patio door) in our 30-year-old home.

We received three vastly different quotes for windows and installation:

Okna Starmark: composite: $33,000 or $28,600 for vinyl

Soft-Lite Imperial LS $46,569

Sunrise Restorations $53,000

Is one product vastly better than another? Are composite windows better than vinyl?

They all seem to have similar air infiltration and R ratings.

We’d really appreciate any advice on the windows and the companies.

Thank you! You have a great site.

Kristen - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kristen, the windows you got bids for are all excellent, some of the very best in the business. So...I would go with the Okna Starmark for $33K, it's the best composite window out there. However, if you want to look at their vinyl windows for $5K less, they also make great vinyl windows as well. I'm going to assume it for the 400 or 600 models, in which case you should stick with the Starmark. However, the Okna 500 and 800 models are both excellent -- the 500 is equivalent to the Soft-Lite Imperial LS and the 800 is equivalent with the Sunrise Restorations.

Bottom line is the Starmark is a great window and it's $13K less than the Imperial LS! I would still see if I could get them to come down on the price though :)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Okna Elegante Windows Reviews

Okna Elegante Patio Doors

Thank you for all the information on your website! I am looking to replace a sliding glass patio door and have received 3 quotes (ours is a custom 5.5 ft door) - $4500 for a Renewal by Andersen, $1900 for an Alside (he simply referred to it as "turnkey"), and $1998 for an Okna Elegante. Does a company's reputation/reviews on their windows translate to the quality of their doors? Do you have any thoughts on these three companies regarding their door quality and these prices? Based on my own research Okna seems like the best value, but there is so much information overload out there I'd love to hear your input! Thank you!

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Sara, while window quality does not always translate to doors, although generally it does. Let's start with the Renewal quote. Renewal makes a good door but as you have probably surmised it's expensive. In my opinion the renewal windows and doors are too expensive for what you get. Especially with the Okna Bid.

Alside manufactures an okay patio door but at the same price as the Okna Elegante, it really isn't a contender in my opinion.

Okna manufactures very good windows and doors and this is the option I would go with. Without hesitation.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

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Okna vs Alside Fairfield 80 Series

Just found your website. We are replacing 8 aluminum framed single paned windows. They are all 48 x 72 inches. The top part are picture windows with an 18 inch awning type window on the bottom. 5 are second story windows above a large deck with 3 windows at deck level.

We have a quote from an Alside dealer using Fairfield 80 triple pane widows with a bottom slider. The quote is $8730 complete with installation. That seems very high to me so I am doing some further research.

You seem to like Okna windows. Don’t know if they are available in Oregon. Would you have any suggestion for our project. From online searching it appears that Alside windows are not highly regarded. Thanks for any help.

Chris - Homeowner - from 2017

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Chris, I am not a huge fan of Alside windows, but some people think they are decent. I feel like they are more of a builder grade window and paying over a $1000 per seems a bit crazy to me -- although the awning window at the bottom throws a pretty big monkey wrench into that calculation.

Okna is definitely not available in Oregon. Milgard vinyl windows are a good quality and they should be available. Marvin as well, but they aren't cheap.

Amerimax may be available and they are solid for vinyl. Jeld Wen makes a wood clad window with an Aurlast wood treatment that comes with a lifetime warranty that I've heard good things about. I normally don't recommend Jeld Wen or wood, but the lifetime warranty is impressive.

To be honest, the west coast doesn't have the same quality vinyl window manufacturers as the east coast. However, we also don't have the extreme weather that they do there -- although Oregon obviously gets cold and wet in the winter.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Okna Windows vs Sunrise Verde

I live in NJ. I found one guy off a window review site and the other guy is a Master Installer Certified guy and in a round about way, he knows my husband. But that isn't always a deciding factor. I really want to choose the best window but also the installation is key too. The Okna guy is offering lifetime warranty on the Windows and his installation so to me, that kind of makes the "master installer certified" thing almost the same?? Since both are guaranteed for life on the installation. I spoke with the sunrise rep in our area and he noted the Okna is a very good window but sunrise replaces the glass, no questions asked, and it doesn't matter "how" it's broken - even if a kids throws a ball through it. He said this was the major difference in the warranties. Also, I know Sunrise's big selling point is the less bulky frame but we have such wide Windows, it doesn't really matter to me that much. And are they really that much "prettier" than the Okna window? I can't tell. But I also haven't seen two of the side by side, unfortunately.

Both installers have A ratings with Angie's list and A+ on BBB so I am really just hoping someone will tell me to pick one over the other and why. I like that the Okna has the fibercore interior in the sash whereas the Verde does not. I also like that the Okna has a non-metal spacer but I guess sunrise's is stainless steel and has a bunch of other stuff around it to make the seal better insulated? But on the other hand, Sunrise has the polyurethane fill as opposed to a "foam" fill in the Okna, which I heard can possible shrink over time? I spoke with Okna and they said their foam fill is like a the foam for a styrofoam cup. Also, Sunrise uses Cardinal glass whereas Okna uses Guardian. Is one favored more than the other in the industry?

Do you have any advice, suggestions, encouragement? I'm at the point where I'm not sleeping at night because I can't make a decision, and I'm usually very good at making decisions. I think it's actually been hard because my husband hasn't been here for the presentations and can't really offer me any insight on who he likes better either. He doesn't "really" know the one guy, I guess they just have a similar circle of people in common. So he's not leaning one way or the other. He's relying on me to make the decision and trusts me to make a good one since I'm so thorough in my research. ;-)

(We are replacing 6 DH and 1 octagon window right now. Quotes are approximately $3800. Our home is a 1959 split level and we plan on being here for a pretty long time.)

Please help if you can! Thanks so much,

Sonja - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Sonja, you should be sleeping just fine because you have selected two excellent vinyl windows. I believe the Okna warranty includes a glass breakage provision, but this might be an option upgrade, you would have to check with the company that gave you the bid. I really do like the Sunrise Verde window and think this might be my option, although honestly both are going to perform well, given proper installation. Very competitive pricing as well!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Okna Windows vs Harvey Classic

I bought an old house in Boston that we are working with a contractor to renovate. We're hoping to move in this fall. Half of the house has been gutted.

The original part of the house is ~1850, and later additions seem to be 1880s-1910s. There are about 26 windows in the original part of the house that match in style but are slightly different sizes in different rooms. Then there are another dozen windows throughout in the newer parts of the house of varying sizes and styles. Almost all seem to be original to their time periods. About 80% are 6 over 6. They are all covered with aluminum triple track storms that are in fair to poor condition.

We were going to restore the windows ourselves, but it has turned into too big of a job with the time available before we can move in. We have removed all of the windows already. Our contractor says he can teach us to install replacements so we can save on installation costs.

I am disappointed to lose the the original windows, which are part of the charm of such an old house. But I am excited to get rid of the ugly aluminum storms and have a window I don't have to maintain. I looked around but the prices I'm getting for historically accurate simulated divided light windows are pretty high. Heirloom windows makes a very accurate window that has the efficiency and maintenance benefits of a modern clad window, but we got quoted $1000 per window.

Our contractor wants us to buy Harvey windows at $290 per opening. I'm assuming these are the Harvey Classics, but he hasn't said.

There's a nonprofit building services place down the street that also recommended Harvey. They have the Classics at $300 per opening and the Tribute at $352 per opening. They've suggested we upgrade to new construction windows in the part of the house that has been demo'd, which adds $40 per window. Harvey can add 3-part SDL for $119 per sash, but that's quite a lot of money for a purely aesthetic touch. If I buy from them this month I'll get 5% off.

Overall, I'd like to keep the price to $300-$400 per window if I am going to do the installation ourselves under our contractor's guidance.

My questions:

1. At this price range, should we go with Harvey or get something else? Is the extra $60 per window to go from the Classic to the Tribute worth it?

2. Is my contractor marking up the windows? I don't mind, since he needs to make a profit and is cutting us a lot of slack. I just want to know before I shop around since if I buy elsewhere I might end up taking money from his pocket and may need to work that back into the budget elsewhere.

3. Does it make sense to do the new construction windows where we're down to the studs anyway? What exactly is the difference? Do we get new jambs, sill, stoop, etc.?

4. Is there a decent simulated divided light window with a true 3-part muntin profile available in my price range?

Jason - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jason, the Harvey Classic and Harvey Tribute are both very solid mid range vinyl windows and the price you are getting quoted is very good. I can't say whether your contractor is marking them up, if he is, not by much. I think it makes sense to do the new construction where possible, the only real difference is the nail fin that comes with it and allows for more secure installation along the header and sides.

Are there better windows out there? Absolutely, but not many in the $300 to $400 range. This is actually a pretty low price range for replacement windows. One option you can consider is looking at Sunrise or Okna windows that use a laminate woodgrain on the interior - both of these companies make excellent vinyl windows and their laminates are pretty realistic looking. The two problems I see with this though is finding someone who will sell you just the window (without the installation) and the cost. These windows are going to be in the $400 to $600 range just for the window itself, depending on the glass, interior options, hardware, SDLs etc.

The reason I suggest at least taking a look is that you live in an area that gets some pretty severe weather and long term I think you would save more by going with a top end vinyl window that offers better energy efficiency.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Okna Windows vs Simonton

I have gotten quotes from both OKNA and Simonton installers. My real concern is that the Okna guy is simply going to replace the glass part, not the frame or take the window back to the brick. The Simonton one is going to take out the old frame back to the brick. It seems to me that that is the right way to do it. What do you think?

Eleanor - Homeowner - from 2016

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Eleanor, without actually seeing the project, I couldn't tell you whether you need replacement windows or whether you can simply replace the glass. I would suggest getting two more bids to see if you can get a better consensus on how best to proceed. A big part of that equation is going to depend on the condition of your current window frames and the overall cost difference between these two approaches. Get a couple more bids and see if this brings some clarity on how best to proceed with your project.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Okna Windows Warranty

I liked the Okna windows really well, but the Wingler Window company sales person is what shot them down. I did not like games and he was playing with the prices. He tells me I need all the windows in rooms with water with tempered glass, I know that drives the prices up. He gives me a $25,000 price. Leaves and takes the fliers with him, then calls me back in about 20 minutes with my price down to about $22,000 without tempered glass in the windows and a company discount included. Then I get a price later that day of over $28,000, no tempered glass.

Then a few days later I get a $1500 discount and I hope that helps your price. I do not know what I was getting! Those windows were 36" x 60" (the ones he missed). I am only adding grids has an option. The glass was supposed to be upgraded and these windows were their ones with wood veneer, so their top of the line windows.

Robin - Homeowner - from 2015

Sunrise vs. Okna

The better lines of Okna and Sunrise are pretty comparable. Even their basic lines are better than maybe 80% of other brands out there, even some so-called premium ones.

Barry - Contractor - from 2012

Additional Okna Window Review

Okna is a good company, they make some of the best windows available. For each .01 difference in u-value, you'll save about $100 a year in energy costs. The Oknas are more expensive than a lot of brands but you're going to satisfied in the long run.

Peter - Contractor - from 2008

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