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Paradigm Windows vs Simonton 5500

Looking to replace two patio sliding doors, I large picture window and one bow window. Looking at Simonton 5500 and Paradigm. Which window/door is better? Should I be looking at another company. I live in upstate New York and have a lot of snow and cold.

Terry - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Terry, the Simonton 5500 series is a good vinyl window. Paradigm is going to be lower on the food chain in my opinion, although I don't know a ton about them. My notion is that their premium vinyl window would be somewhere close to the Simonton 5500. You might want to get 1 or 2 additional bids.

You should be able to do a quick google search for local companies who carry the following brands; Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Harvey and Polaris. These are the better window manufacturers that should be available from someone in your zip code. Feel free to send me the bids and project details and I can give you an unbiased opinion on what might be the best bet from your home reno.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

[Terry's Answer]

Thanks for your quick reply. I have met with a Sunrise dealer/installer in my area for the 2 patio doors I need. He is quoting about 3,000 for each patio door and 3,360 for replacement picture window and 1 double hung on each side. both are installed price. I'm reading that Sunrise sash panels are welded, however the frame is "knock down" meaning it comes in pieces and assembled via fasteners.

I am unable to locate Okna or Polaris in my area. Still looking. Harvey is about 1 1/2 hours away from me. Looking into Soft-Lite.

Terry - Homeowner - from 2016

Paradigm vs Sunrise Windows

We are having new windows put in; a couple of very large casement windows and a new sliding patio door. (I would love french doors, but afraid we don't have enough room in the area that they would open into.) Our contractor gave us a few names, Simonton, Kolbe we are trying to keep price down, but I've seen horrible reviews on both. Any midline brands that you can suggest? Paradigm? I assume Sunrise is out of our league. I really appreciate any input. Its a big investment and I would hate to have them leaking in a year or two. By the way, we are in Michigan, if that helps at all.

Laura - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

Hi Laura, yes there are bad reviews on just about every company out there. Simonton has a pretty good reputation actually and Kolbe had some issues with wood rot a while ago and that never plays well with customers (and nor should it.) They are more of an aluminum clad wood window maker, not so much known for their vinyl windows. (More on Kolbe windows pricing.)

I would see if you can get bids from Sunrise, their standard or classic frame is quite nice and well made. Get a bid from Okna and see what you think of their prices. Polaris may be in your area, call up their national office and see if they have a rep in your area. The Ply Gem Pro is decent and the ProVia Aeris Series is good.

It never hurts to get some bids and see what price range you are talking about. If the initial price is high, see if you can slim down some of the bells and whistles like hardware to get the cost down into a place that makes sense for you.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Paradigm Window Review

I've installed a lot of different windows. I always like Harvey a lot, but then I just had a job putting in Paradigms and I think they're the best I've ever worked with. They come from the manufacturer packed really carefully and the arrive all cleaned (some windows have to be cleaned before you even install them). They are easier to install, so I can charge less to do it, and they have a smooth action and good seal.

Bill - Window Installer - from 2011

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Paradigm Vinyl Windows

Paradigm makes vinyl windows, and they are pretty much the same as all the others. Most people will probably be okay with them, nearly everyone in the northeast has comparable windows. They aren't anything special, I like fiberglass a lot better.

Kent - Contractor - from 2010

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Mediocre Endrosement

I've recently put in some Paradigms, and I'm not normally a big vinyl fan but these are better than most. I personally like wood windows better, but were just fine.

Spike - Contractor - from 2010

Paradigm vs Okna & Sunrise

The Paradigm is ok if you're looking for a builder's grade window. It isn't the same level as an Okna or Sunrise. You can get better without paying a lot more.

Tim - Contractor - from 2009

Paradigm vs Jeld Wen Windows

My house is 13 years old and the windows are starting to rot. I'm looking mainly at Jeld-Wen, which uses a stainless steel spacer (Paradigm uses a duralite). Which is better? Also, the contractor I talked to said a full frame replacement isn't necessary, but if they've started rotting this early I don't trust the frames.

Anders - Homeowner - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

Paradigm is a good choice, I know a lot of contractors who won't work with anything except Andersen and Marvin for their higher end clients and Paradigms for your average home.

Peter - Contractor - from 2009

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Paradigm Customer Endorsement

I've installed tons of Paradigm windows, and I think they're a great company. The install is easy, so it's hard to have problems, and my customers have all been happy with the windows. A couple of times when we did have a minor issue, they really bent over backwards to make it right. They have a lot of different options available and the window itself is really well designed so they only need minimal weatherstripping, not thick bands like I've seen on some cheap ones.

Mike - Contractor - from 2007

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