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Read 51 PGT windows reviews to explore if this company's product and window lines are right for your home.

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PGT Window Prices | 400 Series | 2200 Series

2300 Series | 5400 Series | 5500 Series

Winguard Series | Patio Doors | General Reviews

Editor's PGT Window Review

PGT is a Florida based manufacturer of vinyl, aluminum and hurricane windows that are sold through reps and local companies throughout the south and along the eastern seaboard (mostly in the south half of the eastern coast). Although the company is not typically well known by consumers, they do have a very solid reputation in the window industry as a quality manufacturer, particularly of hurricane or impact windows.

PGT windows prices tend to be in the mid range for hurricane windows and offer some nice value for homeowners. PGT windows are an excellent option for consumers who are looking to get a quality vinyl or aluminum window, but not looking to break the bank. They are one of my top picks for impact windows for families in the south who live in areas that are subject to harsh and sometimes severe weather.

Tim - Site Editor

PGT 400 Windows Reviews

The PGT 400 series is designed and marketed as an impact window and comes standard with an aluminum reinforced sash. The standard glass package isn't rated for hurricanes but with upgrades it can serve as a hurricane window. It comes in various configurations, including optional nailing flange, extruded fin, simple buck frame, or J-channel. It is most often used in new construction applications. With the right glass package, it can qualify for a tax credit. The 400 series is one of my picks for best affordable impact window on the market. Unfortunately, PGT is hard to find outside of Florida.

Tim - Site Editor

PGT 400 vs Amcraft Windows Simonton

I'm in Central Florida and just got quotes on PGT5400, Simonton Grand Estates Original, and PGT Series 400 PGT's are single hung and energy star and Grand Estates is dh and energy star. What are the best windows?

Frank - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Frank, you have some good choices there, kudos to you. The Grand Estates Original is made by Simonton and relabeled or rebadged by Amcraft. In general, Simonton windows are a good mid range vinyl window so I'll assume that this is the same for the Grand Estates Original - it appears that the Original is the mid range series, between the Grand Estates and Grand Estates Premier and Premier Plus models. The Amcraft windows warranty is not as strong as the Simonton warranty, but is a limited lifetime warranty on most frame, hardware and component parts.

Having said this, PGT makes a better vinyl window in my opinion. The 400 model is a bit of an older model, but quite a nice window that can be upgraded to an impact window if you need this. I like the PGT 5400 window, lots of industry people look down on the single hung (often with good reason), but I like a well made single hung. There are less moving parts to fail and you get much of the same benefit in terms of ventilation and ease of cleaning. I think the 5400 series looks quite nice as well. This is the one I would go with, assuming that the installation is solid and the project price is right.

Let me know how it goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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PGT 2200 Windows Reviews

The PGT 2200 window is well made and looks good, and is one of PGTs best known models. It comes as a double hung, slider, or picture window and has a multi-chambered frame. The heavy vinyl and reinforced aluminum sash make it a sturdy, durable window. It doesn't have an interior wood finish but does include double strength glass. The double hung features a top sash that tilts in for easy cleaning. With a good glass package, an air infiltration around 0.04, and the DP50 rating, the PGT 2200 series is a darn good window.

Tim - Site Editor

PGT 2200 Series vs Simonton

I need vinyl replacement windows in central Florida. I've gotten 4 quotes so far, the Simonton 5500, Silverline 2900, Alside Excalibur, and PGT 2200. They were all around $29000 except the Simontons, which were just about $5k more.

Miller - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

The Silverlines and Excalibur aren't as good as the other two, I would eliminate them right away. The Simonton 5500 is average, and the PGT is pretty nice, a 4" frame and exterior flange. It's comparable to the Simonton, but with better DP and AI numbers. I sell more of them than anything else.

Dan - Installer - from 2011

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PGT EnergyVue Windows vs NT

I'm looking at vinyl single hung windows, the PGT EnergyVue Series and the NT Presidential Series. The PGT windows are more expensive. Are they worth it? Which has the better warranty?

Lloyd - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Lloyd, I don't have a ton of experience with the NT windows, although I looked at the performance data on the NT Presidential single hung and I was impressed. It looks like with the standard low-e glass and argon fills, you can expect a U-factor of .27, .25 SHGC and .41 VT. These are solid numbers and will serve you just fine.

I do like the look and performance of the PGT Energy Vue Series, very clean lines and some great interior color options. However, it sounds like price is a big factor so I might go with the NT window option. However, the quality of the installation has to be a big factor here. How would you compare the companies or dealers who will be doing the installation? If one is the clear winner, I would lean towards them.

In terms of warranty, it appears they are pretty close, both limited lifetime warranties that can be transferred to a new owner. I tend not to put much stock in warranties, although I always assume that the better the warranty, the stronger the company feels about their products. I would ask the local installer/company what sort of labor warranty they provide on the installation. Also ask them about warranty issues in the past and how well the company responded to the claim. Let me know how it goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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PGT 2300 Windows Reviews

PGT PremierVue Windows

Vinyl windows are getting more popular in Florida, but they aren't available in a lot of colors. They are pretty much white, beige, and tan. They tend to be either laminated or painted, and both have some drawbacks. There are only two manufacturers that have decent designs and color choices, Custom Window Systems and PGT. PGT makes a PremierVu series that isn't bad, and if that is too high as far as cost, look at their 500 series.

Ian - Contractor in Florida - from 2012

PGT 2300 Windows

I really like the PGT 2300 window. Their only problem is they don't have a wood grain interior. I've sold hundreds of them when they had the NC factory, and I think I only had a problem with one order, but that was handled right away and the customer ended up satisfied.

Terry - Industry Installer - from 2012

PGT 2300 Windows vs. Gorell

The PGT 2300 and SoftLites both have AI ratings around .05. I sell both PGT and Gorell, but the PGTs cost less and I sell more of them. The Gorell is good too, especially their different glass packages. Their triple pane is better than almost anyone as far as energy savings.

Todd - Contractor - from 2011

PGT 2300 Vinyl Windows Reviews

I need vinyl replacement windows, and I feel like I've looked at a million of them. I think I've got it narrowed down to the Gorell 5500 and the PGT 2300. I'm not sure which is better? They both seem good, the installers for each have good reputations, but the Gorell costs about 30% more. I have 18 regular windows plus 4 sliders so it's going to be a lot of money, I want good windows, but I also want a good deal. I'd like input as to e-ratings, warranties, durability.

Tom - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

With that much price difference I'd go with the PGT. I've worked with them, although a lot of people haven't cause they're a smaller company. They make a good, solid product, and I think I sell more of them than the Simontons. We just had a job with 37 PGTs and not a single window had a rough weld or any other defect. Once we had a window delivered with broken glass and a screen with some scratches, but they were both replaced quickly, no problems. Their numbers aren't great, but they are a good serviceable window, good company and good price.

Steven - Contractor - from 2010

[2nd Response]

I've heard some good things about PGT, but I haven't worked with them. I have handled a lot of Gorell, and I'm sure that you'd be happy with them. If the PGT is good, it's a pretty big price difference to overlook.

Bill - Contractor - from 2010

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PGT 5400 Windows Reviews

The PGT 5400 single hung window is one of the best single hunts out there. It comes standard with some nice features, including an embedded tilt latch, constant force balance system, tilt sash design, comfort lift handles, and a beveled meeting rail.

The window comes in host of exterior finishes, including a natural oak and natural cherry laminate finish. The single hung is attractive, well made, and often times well priced. Certainly worth a good look if you are in the southeastern United States and can find a dealer in your area.

Tim - Site Editor

PGT SH5400 Window Bid

Dane, I got a quote to replace 2 windows in my condo, both 38.5 x 76, with PGT SH5400 for $1,650 each, one slider, 95x79.5, with PGT SGD5570 for $3,915 and one slider, 144x79.5, with PGT SGD5570 for $5,977. Located in Tampa and it includes installation and building permit fees.

Total cost of $13,194. I am moving from N Carolina and this seemed really high. What do you think? Thanks.

John - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

John, while storm/hurricane windows can be pricey, those quotes seem high to me for PGT. Sliding doors can be very expensive if they are custom sized, so I would definitely get some additional quotes to see if other brands or companies have your size in a standard unit. That might be a big game changer for your project. CWS and Simonton are both available in Florida, both make hurricane resistant series, and may offer more competitive pricing. They might not, but it's certainly worth a look before you move forward with this quote.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

[John's Reply]

Thanks. It was a lot more expensive than I thought and your website was very helpful in leading me to the same conclusion. I will definitely shop around. I read that Simonton was available thru Home Depot. Do you know if they are the same product as available thru a dealer? Sometimes they have lower quality of the same brand names.

[Site Editor's Answer]

John, the Simonton Stormbreaker Plus is their hurricane line and typically not available through HD. (but worth a check just in case this has changed)

You are correct that Simonton usually offers a lower series through HD, although I will say that the Daylight Max casement is sometimes available there and I'm pretty impressed with those numbers.

Not exactly a hurricane safe product, but I'm always wary of going with hurricane windows in general. I don't live in a hurricane prone area, so my advice is probably not very valid, but I always thought if a hurricane hit, I'd cut plywood to protect the windows and then have them on hand every five years for the next hurricane.

If it were my house, I'd buy a good "normal" vinyl window at a lower price point and have my plywood ready for the real tough stuff. Of course, building codes may mandate something else here.

Bottom line is I'd go with a Simonton rep over the HD route.

PGT 5400 Series vs. CWS Aria 6100 Series

It doesn't seem like you think the CWS Aria series is very good. You do however seem to like the CWS 8100 and PGT 5400 series. I was wondering if you still think the Aria series is a poor selection.

Thank you.

Deborah - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Deborah, the CWS Aria series a actually pretty decent vinyl replacement window. In general, I don't recommend entry level windows to most homeowners, but really it's one of their only non impact vinyl windows. I revoked at the specs and components and they actually seem pretty impressive. I would say that the installation will be important, but assuming you find a quality company to do the work, then I would think the Aria would be a decent option.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

PGT 5400 Window Bid

I have 1 sliding door and 4 windows windows to replace on an older home that I play to be in for many years to come. Had a bid from Simonton Perfexion and the PGT 5400 series. The cost on both is very similar, which strikes me as very weird for some reason. The bid price is $12.1K.

Patty - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Patty, not the cheapest bid I've ever heard of, that's for sure. The patio door must be very expensive, because you shouldn't be pay over $500 or $600 per window for a Simonton or PGT, unless they are very large or are a unique shape -- like an arched top etc. I would say the Simonton Perfexion and PGT 5400 are very comparable windows. I'd probably opt for Simonton over PGT myself. Bigger company that has been around longer.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

PGT EnergyVue vs. Pella 250 Series

We just moved into a new house in Satellite Beach, FL and are going to be replacing our highly outdated windows in our late 50’s house. We are going with horizontal rollers because the shape of our window makes installation cheaper and we like them better.

We narrowed our bids down to two and its between PGT EnergyVue and Pella 250 series. Both came in right at the same price for 12 windows at about 9.5k. From your reviews of those two windows, PGT would be the one to go with right?

Thank you for your time,

Brandon - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Brandon, yes I would choose the PGT EnergyVue over the Pella 250 series. I think it's probably a better quality window overall.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

PGT 5400 EnergyVue vs. CWS 610/615 vs. Simonton 9800

I live in the Orlando area I have narrowed my search to the final three. I believe that I’ve negotiated the best possible price and wanted your opinion. The Simonton has the best warranty but I’m more concerned about the quality of the product and appearance and not the warranty (since all three have a good warranty). Thanks in advance for your assistance.

$11,500.00 Simonton 9800

$11,268.00 CWS 610/615

$10,175.00 PGT 5400 EnergyVue

I have the following size windows: 2 each 36 x 49 ½ picture window, 1 each 82 x 105 Picture Window, 1 each 72 x 24 x 12 Eyebrow & Legs Picture, 1 each 36 x 24 picture window, 1 each 96 x 19 picture window, 1 each 36 x 61 hung window, 3 each 30 x 36 picture window, 3 each 52 x 70 hung window, 1 each 36 x 24 hung window

Meredith - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Meredith, I like all three bids and windows you have and good work on getting the bids as low as you can get. I would say the PGT is the winner for me given the product and the price. Assuming you are comfortable with the company doing the work, I think you have found a good option. My second choice is the Simonton 9800 window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

PGT 5400 vs. Simonton 5500

Tim, I’m in the process of making a decision and wanted your opinion. I live in Orlando, and I’ve listed my quotes for replacing 15 windows:

$12,687.95 Simonton 6100 Coastal
$9,650.00 Berkshire Elite
$10,950.00 EcoView Slocomb 7700
$12,665.00 PGT 5400
$12,900.00 Simonton 5500
$19,800.00 CWS (Outrageous! They started out at $22,640.00)

Also, I haven’t negotiated price with the other quotes that I received. So, there’s a chance they might be willing to come gown on their original price.

I have the following windows:
2 each 36 x 49 ½ picture window
1 each 82 x 105 Picture Window
1 each 72 x 24 x 12 Eyebrow & Legs Picture
1 each 36 x 24 picture window
1 each 48 x 55 ½ picture window
1 each 96 x 19 picture window
1 each 36 x 61 hung window
3 each 30 x 36 picture window
3 each 52 x 70 hung window
1 each 36 x 24 hung window

Thanks in advance for your help!

Meredith - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Meredith, first of all great job on getting all those bids. It's a pain in the arse, but now you have an amazing array of options, prices, and products to choose from. I agree that the CWS bid is much too high and it should be tossed (especially with the PGT bid in the mix).

The two bids I really like in your set are the PGT 5400 and the Simonton 5500. The Simonton 6100 Coastal is a bit of a question mark in my mind and I think the window is a full step below the 5400 and 5500 models. These models are better in my opinion than the Berkshire Elite and EcoView Slocomb 7700.

I would still use these lower bids to drive and see if you can get the PGT and Simonton dealers to come off their initial bid price. I'll give you a link to an article that goes over how you might approach this:
Negotiate Your Window Bid

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

PGT 5400 vs. Wincore 7700 windows

I have a quote for PGT 5400 Energy Vue & Wincore 7700 windows. The money is the same. I am ordering 7 windows in Ocala Florida for a stick frame house. $2300 is the price for either brand, but which is the better window. Thank you.

Mark - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mark, both the PGT 5400 Energy Vue and the Wincore 7700 windows are, in my opinion, good vinyl windows. I'm not sure I can rate one over the other. I would instead turn from the windows themselves to the installers, and use that as the basis of my decision of who to go with. Reputation, reviews, references, how long they've been in business, you gut reaction to each.

By the way, getting either of these windows installed for roughly $325 per window is a smoking deal. I would have suggested you try and negotiate the price and choose the one who drops it the most, but I don't see how much lower they can go for the windows they are offering you.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Mark's Answer]

Thank you for responding so quickly to my question. Both windows to my untrained eye seemed good & somewhat equal. I think PGT has better warranty that will be beneficial 50 yrs from now long after I'm dead and gone. I figure if they will put anything prorated that strong at 50 yrs & beyond they are more willing than Wincore to stand behind their product .

I think the only thing I noticed was the Wincore 7700 came with low E & argon gas, & the PGT only came with Low E. In Florida I think I can live without the low E due to are milder winters. Again thank you for quick response as your pro input is very influential to me in product purchased & I think I have chosen the better installer.

Mark - Homeowner - from 2017

PGT Energy View 5400 Window vs Simonton 5050

I am replacing my existing builder grade windows in my NW Florida home. I have hurricane storm shutters on my home so I am not in need of the impact resistance windows as a replacement. The two window models that I am comparing are the PGT Energy View 5400 and the Simonton Reflections 5050. The Cost proposals from two different companies are comparable so the question becomes which of the two is the better window? Interested in your thoughts. Thanks,

Scott - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Scott, the PGT Energy View 5400 single hung is going to be the better window over the 5050, which is Simonton's entry level model in the Reflections series. I happen to think that PGT makes an excellent window for the price point. Make sure that the company who is installing the PGT has solid online or traditional reviews -- given this, I think PGT is the clear winner in terms of the window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

PGT 5400 vs American Craftsman Windows

I have a Florida Block and Stucco home built in 1980. The old single pane aluminum windows needs to go. Looking for a neutral party comparison of the windows i have been quoted so far. The PGT 5400 and Anderson same in about the same price, is one better than the other? The Anderson is an American Craftsman line, i believe 50 or 70 series . Both are single hung.

The Simonton Vantage Point 6500 came in a lot more expensive but i also a double hung. My main two focus are efficiency and resale value increase. Are the Simonton windows worth the extra money? About $3500 more. If not PGT or Anderson? The Anderson was a lower level quote but the same people that quoted the Simonton. In my gut I am liking the PGT, i thought the presentation was better and more thorough. However, I do not like the fact they used the ' model home' discount, but they are still the cheapest quote. What are your thoughts on all 3 products?

Dan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

I love this email because it's so easy! The PGT is the hands down winner, I like the quality of the windows, the welds, the price point. American Craftsman are not good quality, they just happen to be owned by Andersen Windows. The Simonton Vantage Point is an okay window, but not better than the PGT.

Do make sure that the installer is doing thorough work, I always suggest asking him to take you through the process to give you a better idea how it's going to work. Most quality installer will have a nice thorough answer for you, as opposed to "we pull out the old windows and stick in the new ones." Check their reviews and reputation to verify the quality of their work. Assuming good installation, I think you have a clear cut winner.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

PGT vs Eastern Architectural Systems

I am in the market to upgrade my original Florida crank out windows(single pane glass) and have narrowed my decision to two window manufacturers. They are Eastern Architectural Systems single hung series 1431/1441/2451/2461 and PGT energy vue 5400 series. I am on a tight budget but need the upgrade for aesthetics and efficiency. Can you tell me about each window? I live in Jacksonville Florida proudly serving in the U.S. Navy. I appreciate your help!

Gus - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Gus, I have never heard of Eastern Architectural Systems, although it looks like they are part of Earthwise Windows And Doors, which is a loose knit group of smaller window manufacturers. Most of these smaller manufacturers buy all of their window parts and asemble them at the local factory and sell them within their regional market. The original impetus for the group was that smaller regional manufacturers lacked the resources and infrastructure (marketing materials, sales, support, engineers, designers, etc) of the larger national window manufacturers. They therefore banded together under the Earthwise group to take advantage of its branding, product awareness and national presence.

I like the PGT Energy Vue 5400 window, this is what I would go with. Make sure whoever installs it, has lots of experience with this particular window.

If you want two additional suggestions (the more bids you have, the easier it is to negotitate down the price). CWS and Simonton are both available in your area and are both very solid options as well - you can call up CWS Windows and ask for the local company that services your area.

Thank you for serving our country, please let me know if you have ANY additional questions and I'm more than happy to give you my advise!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

PGT 5400 vs CWS Windows

We live in the southwest section of Florida and recently received a bid for hurricane windows on our home - 10 windows in all. The company that bid it out had two options, either the WinGuard from PGT or the Wind Pact Plus from Custom Window Systems. The CWS window costs, which were for single hungs, were $7,500 total, the PGT window cost was $800 more. I had definitely heard good things about PGT, but I've never heard of CWS and was curious what their deal is and whether the prices seem in line. Btw, I had a quote from Gorell 5400 hurricane windows that was more than double this!

Braden - Homeowners - from 2012

[Contractor's Response]

The CWS and PGT bids you got don't seem out of line in terms of price, the Gorell pricing bid is ridiculous - do not go with that ridiculous bid regardless of what they say. In terms of CWS windows, they are very high quality. I've personally installed hundreds of them (thousands? not sure...). I've had very few issues with them and when they did the company worked with me to make sure that everything was worked out to the customers satisfaction. I have no qualms recommending them.

Holland - Contractor - from 2012

PGT 5400 vs Simonton 9800 Window

Trying to choose between Simonton 9800 and PGT 5400 (energy vue). Warentee is better with Simonton and cost is about the same. Which one do you think is more energy efficient?

Ken - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you Ken. I like both these windows. The Simonton Impressions 9800 is their best window IMO, very solid. I happen to really like the PGT 5400 window single hung and think it's an excellent choice at the price point. If it were me, I'd go with the PGT option. This is assuming equal quality installation. This is the factor I would use to make the decision more than the window itself. Installation is going to be half of the equation so if the windows are roughly the same, that should really be the deciding factor.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

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PGT WinGuard 5500 Windows Reviews

The PGT WinGuard Impact window is designed for coastal areas, although it can be ordered as a non impact window as well. The WinGuard impact is designed to withstand serious impact in areas with special code requirements. With either vinyl or aluminum frames, it comes in double or single hung, casement, slider, fixed, and picture styles.

Tim - Site Editor

PGT WinGuard vs. Viwinco Oceanview

I'm redo my whole house, but am pretty budget conscious throughout the process. We live on the east coast so we're looking at impact doors and windows. My contractor likes the Viwinco Oceanview series, but I also got a quote on the PGT WinGuard. The bid is for 25 windows and 3 sliding doors.

PGT Windward: $21,012 (Windows), $9988 (Doors)

Viwinco Oceanview $18,793 (Windows), $8816 (Doors)

Andrea - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Andrea, the PGT Winguard is the better window and door over the Viwinco Oceanview, but it doesn't comport with your budget conscious outlook. I would see if the PGT dealer is willing to come down on the price, maybe ask him to match the Viwinco bid and tell him you're ready to go with them. If they are willing to drop the price, then go with them. If not, the Viwinco Oceanview is not a bad window and door. It is considered a good budget product. Also, I would see if there is any wiggle room on their price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

[Andrea's Reply]

Thank you, I went back to Viwinco and they are willing to drop the price of their sliders by $1500 if I go with no grids. But they are raising the price 6 percent come February 1 so now if fell like they are pressuring me.

Andrea - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

I dislike the pressure game and not holding prices for consumers. I think you need to make a decision between the two companies, but I don't want to see you make the decision based on sales pressure.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

[Andrea's Reply]

Thanks for your input. Vinwinco would not hold the price for us. And when I suggested negotiating the price the dealer told me that the manufacturers only negotiate on really big orders and this isn’t one of them. :( So the price on the Vinwinco windows are going up which will bridge the gap somewhat. I’ll let you know what the quote is. Thanks again.

Andrea - Homeowner - from 2019

PGT 5500 vs. CWS 8100 Windpact Plus

Hi, we recently got bids for CWS and PGT for three sets of Hurricane Non-Impact windows. The quotes are for six 73 x 52 windows (in three pairs across the front of our home).

The CWS windows quoted are for 8100 Windpact Plus vinyl single hung windows. The PGT windows are 5500 vinyl single hung.

The estimate from Zager (CWS bid) is approx. $8800.

While the one from Weather Tite for PGT is 1$2,800.

This is also for the replacement of one cast windowsill inside and out. We are being told the PGT window is a better window, that the vinyl will not discolor and that the slider and locking mechanism are better quality. Seems like a big difference in money. What are your thoughts?

PS We live about 2 miles from the Gulf of Mexico in Seminole, FL.


Fraser - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Fraser, I would say that PGT has a bit better name and reputation than CWS, but not by much. I would say the two windows you have bids for are very close in quality. So I'd do the CWS if I were you and save yourself some money.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

PGT Vinyl 5500 Window Bid

Hi. I’ve never owned a home before and just inherited my Mom’s house in mid FL 3 miles from the ocean. I got this quote from Home Depot for 3 windows as one unit for $2177, including installation. Here are the specifics: PGT Vinyl 5500 Impact, Impact 3 panel Slider 1/4, Box Frame, White Int. Finish, White Ext. Finish, Width 107.00, Height 59.00, Width + Height 166, 3 Panel(s), Glass - Standard.

What do you think of the price? What do you think of Home Depot via a local contractor doing the installation? I have 2 days to decide.

Brad - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Brad, good window and not a bad price at all. However, before you jump in, I'd suggest getting a bid from an actual PGT dealer in your area as I question the subcontractors that HD sometimes uses. No sense in putting in a good window and having it put in improperly -- you might as well put in a subpar window and save yourself some money (of course you will pay for this in triplicate in the long run).

While you're at it, get a bid from Custom Window Systems on what they consider a similar impact window to the 5500 series from PGT.

Then get a bid from a Simonton dealer on either their Stormbreaker Plus or an Impressions 9800 series with the upgrades to make it an impact window.

Once your get these three additional and free bids, then I think you can make a good choice and very likely you will have a better price than what you currently have. Make sure to tell each of the companies that you are collecting bids and you would appreciate their best price at the outset.

Cancel the HD order -- you can always go back to them. That whole price is only good for a day is usually not right. They'll offer the same deal next month.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

PGT 5500 vs Simonton Windows

I'm trying to compare Simonton 9800 Impressions and the PGT 5500 series. I don't need the Hurricane Compliant window. When I had called PGT, they told me they had come out with a newer frame which is their 5500 series. They told me one can get that window frame in Impact or non impact glass. So if I were to choose the standard non impact double strength glass which would be a better product PGT or Simonton 9800? Thanks.

Ravi - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

I would say the PGT is better. Who is doing the install? This could tip the balance one way of the other. Assuming the same person is installing the windows, I was pretty impressed with that PGT 5500 window, at least from what I saw on the website. I haven't actually seen one in person, however I have used their windows in the past and for the most part, I've always found them to be very solid.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

PGT 5500 vs. PGT 5400

I'm looking at pgt 5400 series and the 5500 pgt series what is the difference in them? Looking at getting them ordered in a week thanks

Dave - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dave, I'm not an expert at PGT windows, but I believe the 5400 window is a standard vinyl window that comes as a single hung. The 5500 is their impact resistant hurricane window that comes standard with laminated glass and I believe comes in different window styles. The 5500 will be both a sturdier and more expensive model. I do believe the standard features and frame are similar between these models. The person you should be asking is the PGT rep who comes to give you a bid, these guys work with their window lines and models everyday and should be able to give you the skinny on the exact differences between them.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

PGT WinGuard 5500 vs Jeld Wen Windows

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

Michael - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

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

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

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

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PGT Patio Door Reviews

PGT WinGuard Vinyl Questions

Morning Dane, I have some additional PGT WinGuard Vinyl questions I was hoping you might be able to assist me with.

We found a local company, Artisan Windows and Doors, that will complete the 2 sliding glass door replacements with PGT WinGuard for $8,600.

With that being said, I see there are different premium options for glass. I am curious what the difference is between PGT's energyshield and energyshield max. As of now, the contract I have states Low E glass type: Dual Pane. Do we need to add argon gas or the high performance to this?

I thought all PGT Impact resistant sliders were the same, but it seems like there might be additional features we can add on.

In addition, I was told to ask about hinges to ensure they are up to Miami Dade Code ( we are in Tampa so the other coast) . Are there different hinge types for PGT WinGuard sliding glass doors?

Really appreciate the insight! For this price I want to ensure we are getting the BEST and safest product.

Katie - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Katie, the price is in the ballpark for sure. Have you compared the price to Custom Window Systems? This is the other bid I would get to see how they compare to one another.

Most companies offer a number of different glass options. The Energyshield is, I believe, PGT's low-e, argon-fill glass that the company offers standard. The Energyshield Max is an upgrade option that offers a lower SHGC, i.e. it deflects more UV rays and keeps out more heat. The downside is a darker tint to the glass, while the upside is better energy efficiency (less heat through the glass) in the hot summer months. My understanding of specific brand upgrades and options, however, will never be as good as the salesperson (or at least it shouldn't be since they sell their product everyday) -- so make sure to ask them this specific question so that you know exactly what you are getting.

Nearly all windows and doors come with optional upgrades that may or may not suite your needs. It's like a car with all of it's upgrades; some make sense and others you don't need. Go through all the upgrades with the dealer and then pick the ones you want and don't worry about the ones that you don't need. Upgrades might include frame colors, glass tints, colors and patterns, hardware finishes, grid styles, etc.

If you are buying an impact slider, definitely ask about the hinges. My notion is the standard hinges on a PGT impact slider would meet code, but you should definitely double check.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

PGT Patio Door Reviews

PGT Patio Sliders Quote

Hey Dane, my husband and I are looking to replace 2 old aluminum sliding doors with a more updated vinyl sliding door. We purchased our home in Tampa, FL approximately 2 years ago and are a younger couple. We plan to live in this house for maybe 10 years or so. We have a 2 year old and another baby on the way in June, so needless to say we are not looking to spend top dollar on sliders, but do want to get a quality product.

I have a couple of quotes and manufactures I was hoping you might be able to help us with some recommendations since this is the first time we are replacing a large item like this.

We live in an area that requires impact resistant doors. Unless we go through the loop hole of replacing < 25% of our windows at a time. I have been told these 2 sliders are < 25% of the total openings in our house, but I'm not 100% sure.

1 8” slider and 1 6” slider

Quote 1 : Window World- Align 5100 series brand- impact including installation and permitting - $6,800

Quote 2: Westshore Windows: CWS brand- non impact including installation and permitting- $12K

Quote 3: Local contractor: PGT brand ( not sure the exact window)- impact including installation but noted they are not in the “making it look beautiful” business so I’m apprehensive

Quote 4: Artisan Windows and Doors – PGT brand- $8K and stellar reviews regarding customer service and installation and quality. *leaning towards this company

Thank you so much in advance for any and all insights

Katie - Homeowner - from 2020

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Katie, based on the information above, I would absolutely agree that the Artisan Windows and Doors selling the PGT windows for $8K is the way to go. CWS is a slightly inferior window/door to the PGT in my opinion and I wouldn't put a Window World product in my house. The PGT is a quality slider door and the price sounds like the best bang for your buck. Unless, something changes here, I would stick with the PGT and well reviewed company for the install.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

PGT Patio Doors And Windows

I installed single pane aluminum pgt 5 x 3 casement windows, single hung windows, and french doors in my house in 2002. They are still wonderful. Now I need to install an additional single pane aluminum cabana door and a 32" x 80" fd101 french door to match what i already have. I've been told new pgt doors are not the same quality as my 2002 doors.

1. What do you think, are they the same quality?

2. The cabana door would replace the garage side entry door that receives a lot of abuse, especially at the bottom kick plate when either my dogs scratch to come in or i push to open with my foot when carrying loads. i understand cabana doors are not made as sturdy as the french doors. Do you think i would be better off with an fd 101 there as well or is the cabana door sturdy enough?

Thanks for your much needed opinion.

Charlie - Homeowner - from 2016

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Charlie, good to hear that your PGT windows and doors are holding up so well after 14 years! I haven't heard that the quality of PGT windows or patio doors have gone down over time. I tend to think that as PGT has become more popular, they get more scrutiny from consumers and homeowners and this brings about more negative reviews (due to greater consumer use and not necessarily a greater percentage of disgruntled customers). I could certainly be wrong about this, but you're the first I've heard this from. If it were me, I'd probably stick with the PGT for the overall continuity of look for the home (assuming that the door design hasn't changed too much, you should definitely find out). I would also grill the PGT rep over the quality issue and maybe solicit one or two unbiased opinions from places around you that carry the product.

In terms of the Cabana vs the French Door, I think it would depend on the amount of abuse it's getting. The Cabana Door is going to be less expensive and will fit in the existing opening so I would say go with this. Putting in a French Door would mean reconfiguring the opening (I would guess) and this is going to significantly add to the cost. The French Door is going to get just as much wear and tear in the section where animals are scratching, right? My one concern about the Cabana Door would be damage to the lower glass plates if the dogs jumped up and continually banged against it, the glass plates are definitely not going to be as sturdy as a non movable pane of glass.

I'd suggest getting a few contractors or companies out to see what their suggestions are for the side door. I hate to see you spend a bunch of money and the door looks horrible a year later.

Let me know what the local experts say - I'd be interested to know if there are any remedies available that I'm not thinking of.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

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General PGT Window Reviews

PGT Windows In California

Dane, I was reading your review on PGT replacement residential windows. Does PGT have any retail/wholesale sales in California? Or is it just east coast. It seems they are respectable quality along with reasonable price.

I reside at 4000 feet, mountain area of Southern CA. so it can get a bit chilly in the winter. If PGT isn't available on the west coast, have you any suggestions for a reasonably priced double hung?

I would consider Lowes or Home depot but if another option seems preferable, price wise, I would go that route.

I am on in years so am not interested in high end. Nor inferior replacement. I will have A contractor do the installing. (18 replacements)

Henry - Homeowner - from 2020

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Hi Henry. Unfortunately, PGT does not service much more than Florida. In California, you could look at Anlin, which is the best vinyl window available out there (in my opinion). Other brands that may be available include Milgard, Amerimax, and Simonton. Honestly, a high end Simonton like the Impressions 9800 or the Reflections 5500 is a pretty good bet for mild climates like Southern California. This is where I would start if I were you.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

PGT Aluminum Windows

Hi Tim, My wife and I recently bought a condo in Naples. We are looking to replace windows and sliding door but seem to be getting mixed information on aluminum verses vinyl. I am looking to use PGT but the vendors I have had quotes from all 3 were using aluminum sliding door and two were using PGT vinyl windows #5510 x 2 and 5500 x 3 the other was using all aluminum #SH7700A and HR7710A. From what I understand the vinyl windows are better but the aluminum sliding door is a better choice. Please HELP. Sincerely, Richard.

Richard - Homeowner - from 2019

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Richard, the main difference between aluminum and vinyl is strength versus energy efficiency. Aluminum is very strong, but lacks the energy efficiency of vinyl. Vinyl is not as strong as aluminum but is much more energy efficient. For residential purposes, nearly all homeowners are much better off with a vinyl product as it provides plenty of strength (assuming its a quality vinyl window or door). The only real time I think aluminum is is warranted is in very very hot climates like south Texas where there extreme summer heat can affect the vinyl. In Florida, I'd advise vinyl over aluminum in nearly all cases.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

PGT Windows In Florida

Dane, Tim, Good afternoon. I have been following your website for sometime and have read over your reviews of various companies. I have looked over the companies and the models you have reviewed and recommended, but unfortunately for me all your recommendation are for those residing in the northeast. I reside in North Florida and most of your recommendation are not applicable to me.

I was hoping that you could take a moment responding to my email and review a company or two and their models/series that would be applicable to me.

Thank you in advance and I appreciate your advice and assistance.

EJ - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

EJ, in Florida I usually recommend PGT, CWS, Simonton and Ply Gem. The first three make both impact and non impact windows that should serve your purposes. I would stick to their mid range or premium series (ask each of the reps who comes to visit what those specific models would be.)

All four of the companies I mentioned make a good premium vinyl window. Along with quality installation, you will be well served.

All The Best.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Expensive PGT Window Bid

Hello Dane, I am in the process to quote replacement for about 14 windows. I got a quote for PGT which was extremely expensive. I still have doubts about expending about 10% of the cost of the house on windows. I was referred by a friend to a company called Eco Windows Systems. Do you have any comments about the company?

Francyne - Homeowner - from 2018

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Francyne, I don't know a ton about Eco, although I have seen a few of their windows. I thought they had a somewhat bulky frame to them with a big bottom sash. Besides that, I don't know any more.

PGT and CWS are the two companies I would recommend in Florida so get a bid from CWS and see how it compares. Ask for a bid on their most popular mid range vinyl window and let them know your budget beforehand and see if this helps.

The other option is Simonton. They make good middle of the road vinyl windows that work well and won't break the bank. Find a Simonton dealer in your area and get a bid on one of their mid range vinyl windows.

Hopefully, you can find a bid from one of these sources that works and is in your price range. You will find that there is a huge variation in cost so keep looking.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

PGT vs. Simonton

What is the difference between Simonton and PGT? Is one a better window than the other?

Wally - Homeowner - from 2018

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Hi Wally, there are plenty of differences between Simonton and PGT as companies. Simonton is certainly the bigger of the two and they make lots of middle of the road vinyl windows. Their Prism Platinum (sometimes known as Reflections 5500 series) is a good vinyl window, along with the Impressions 9800 series. I would stick with those in terms of Simonton.

PGT makes better windows overall, but each company sells a number of different series: an entry level, mid range and premium. PGT's mid range and premium vinyl windows are considered quite good and I would certainly have any of these windows in my home.

I would get bids from both companies (also try Custom Window Systems if they have a dealer in your area). Feel free to send the bids my way when you collect them and I'm happy to give you my two cents on pricing, quality, etc.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Painting PGT Windows Or CWS

Dane, I live in an association that requires replacement windows be the same color as the original single pane bronze aluminum. They can be vinyl, which I prefer, but must match the color of the rest of the association windows. Do you know of vinyl material that is a bronze or even tan color in bulk.

I have looked at PGT and CWS, but it seems that all extruded vinyl for the frames is white in color, but can be painted on the exterior facing surface. I am concerned about the adhesion and life of the paint on the vinyl. Are there any window fabricators that make in bulk colored vinyl product? Your advice and help is appreciated. Thank you.

Michael - Homeowner - from 2018

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Michael, I would be wary about painting vinyl, it can void the warranty in some cases. Off hand, I don’t know which companies in Florida offer an exterior bronze vinyl window. (I’m assuming Florida because of your mention of CWS and PGT).

I took a look at the PGT website and found that they offer the PGT single hung 5400 series and the double hung 5460 in a bronze finish. Can you go back to the local dealer and ask them to custom order it for you? It’s possible they don’t know (you’d be amazed what the “pros” don’t know about their own product sometimes).

Unfortunately, custom color finishes can add quite a bit to the price tag, but if that’s what your HOA requires, then you don’t have much choice.

If this doesn’t work, I would start googling local window dealers in your area and simply asking them what brands they carry and if the brands can be ordered in a bronze exterior finish. Make sure to ask how that affects the cost to make sure you know what you’re looking at from the get go.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

PGT Impact Window Bid

There are about 10 windows that need replacing….which window (PGT or American Craftsman) would you recommend and what would be the estimate for windows and installation. Thanks

Frank - Homeowner - from 2017

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Frank, without a doubt I would recommend the PGT impact window over the American Craftsman. PGT makes a good window, but I can't say the same from American Craftsman. In terms of providing you with an estimate sight unseen, no sense in me doing it—there are too many onsite factors that would drive the price up or down. Instead, get the estimates or bids, and if you have any questions about them, send them my way and I can give you my take.

I would suggest you get a bid from Custom Window Systems, CWS, on their impact windows. As well, get a bid from a local Simonton dealer on the Stormbreaker Plus. Three three bids should give you enough information to make a decision.

Make sure to tell each company you get a bid from that you are collecting 3 to 4 bids and you would appreciate their best price at the get go.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

PGT vs. Simonton Coastal

I got a quote from Home Depot for the 17 windows a month ago - the Simonton Coastal line - for $24,270. High? About right? With this line of windows, we’d need to add hurricane shutters. Thanks for your advice!

Mary- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Lots of homeowners will combine awning and casements that can account for different spacial configurations. This keeps the cost down as you don't have to have custom window and installation requirements.

In terms of the Simonton Coastal line costs, that sounds high to me. $1400 per window installed isn't chump change! I would definitely get a bid from PGT and CWS and compare these prices. This will also give you two professional opinions on configuration options etc.

Being on site is much easier to give specific opening advise than sight-unseen. Both PGT and CWS are in my opinion better quality windows than Simonton. Get the bids and see how they compare. Feel free to send them back to me and I'm more than happy to give you my two cents.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Mary's Reply]

Thanks! I had an installer come out yesterday to provide a bid on PGT windows. Apparently hurricane windows aren’t readily available in many sizes in awning, so it’s a combo of awning for the small windows, casement for the medium size windows and sliders for the long runs of windows (75”+ long). In this way, I cut down on the total number of windows (one of the long runs was about 9’ long and currently three windows mulled together).

I appreciate your advice.

Mary- Homeowner - from 2017

PGT Impact Windows vs Soft-Lite

I actually cancelled my PGT contract. Thanks to your website, we learned that we were being overcharged by A LOT! They quoted us for $8520 for impact windows.

We are now in talks with someone that gave us a quote for Soft Lite impact window, Soft Lite 5300, for $5,928.

Thanks for your advice, and thanks for your site for helping consumers like me make an informed decision!!!

Best wishes, Maria.

Maria - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Maria, great to hear that you got what sounds like a smoking deal on Soft-Lite impact windows, some of the best in the business!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

PGT Impact Window Prices

Hello, We are in the process of getting bids to replace 10 windows & a sliding glass door on our home in SE Florida. I'm finding the options and opinions of salespeople are really confusing making it hard to choose. here are my concerns.

1. double paned argon gas filled insulated impact or single paned impact windows? Will the insulated make a difference in FL?
2. Low E coatings? which one (if any) makes sense for our FL climate?
3. Vinyl or aluminum frames? How well will the vinyl hold up? Some are saying it will yellow & crack over time or warp making it hard to open windows.
4. What brand is best? So far we have bids for NewSouth Window Solutions vinyl insulated impact windows, CWS 3700 series aluminum frame impact & PGT vinyl insulated impact windows.

The prices have ranged from $9,000 for the CWS 3700 series to $17,000 from NewSouth Window Solutions. So far I'm leaning towards the CWS if the difference in the insulation values isn't t much and it's a reputable product.

All guidance is much appreciated. Thank you.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017

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Dan, there is a lot of information out there and it can be very confusing. You definitely want a double paned window, but there aren't many single pane windows out there anymore. There are single strength or double strength panes of glass however, and it's preferable to get a double strength glass. Insulated foam frames will make some difference in terms of the overall strength of the frame and will help a bit with energy efficiency. I would pay for the upgrade if its $25 or less per window.

Most decent come with low-e glass. You can upgrade to low-e2 or low-e3, but it's not necessary. I say the standard low-e glass is a good way to go.

Vinyl is preferable in my opinion in Florida. A decent to well made vinyl will not yellow or crack over time. Proof of this can be found in the lifetime warranty that most vinyl windows carry. I cheap vinyl window will see more wear and tear over time. Aluminum is very strong, but it's not very energy efficient. I would stick with vinyl from a well respected manufacture.

I have never heard of NewSouth Window Solutions so I won't comment on them. CWS and PGT are both very solid picks. I would tend to go with the PGT vinyl impact windows if the decision were mine. The CWS windows would be my backup, but again I would stick with vinyl over aluminum personally.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Dan's Reply]

Dane, Thank you for you input, it does help.

Newsouth manufactures & sells windows only in Florida using subs for installations. (The others I'm considering use company employees) From my research, the windows seem to be decent, but they've gotten a bit of flack for poor installs and service. One of the principles of Newsouth was combative with customers on social media. Because of that and a much higher price point, I've eliminated them.

Now it's pretty much trying to decide if the Insulated vinyl PGT windows are worth the extra $4,500 compared to the single aluminum frame impact windows from CWS. I don't mind paying a bit more for better quality & benefit if I can justify the difference.

Thanks again.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017


Hi. I need 5 impact windows (preferable white vinyl framed) installed for my home which was built in 1981. The rest of the windows were replaced when I bought the home in 2014 by the GC who did my remodel, as they were leaking and it could not wait.

The dimensions of the ones I need are;
)3) 23 x 70 casement type
(1) 52 x 38 single hung
(1) 26 x 38 single hung

I am looking at quotes for PGT and CWS. Do you recommend one over the other.

Pamela - Homeowner - from 2017

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Hi, in terms of impact windows, PGT and CWS both offer a nice selection and array. I would put them both in the quite good category and I think they both offer a nice long term value for your money. I think PGT has a bit better brand recognition, but I wouldn't say their windows are any better.

I would definitely get a bid from both -- different reps/companies may have access to different models, get different pricing etc. This also gives you a great way to work the prices on both down by playing them off against one another. (I would love to go with your company, but you are more expensive than the CWS -- if you could match them, I would sign with you, etc.)

Get a few bids, work the prices down, and then pick the window you want with the best options and cost.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

PGT vs Andersen Double Hung

I'm building a new home on the Gulf coast off Fort Myers, on Pine Island, FL. The building code requires high velocity impact resistant windows which I've narrowed down to PGT vs Andersen double hung, low E windows. Jeld Wen was also suggested but I don't believe their windows are comparable. I think, due to salt, sun and wind exposure, the vinyl clad exterior should be considered over the aluminum clad? I've also been told that I definitely want the PGT aluminum clad sliding doors for our (2) sixteen foot openings. My concern… I want to use the best for my situation vs saving money, as this is our last home and I don't want to cut corners on something as important as this. Thank you for your expertise…

Susan - Homeowner - from 2016

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Susan, I think you're right to eliminate the Jeld Wen from the mix if you want the best hurricane windows for your home. I really like PGT and find their prices to be quite competitive and the quality of their windows to be good. I would price out both products first to see how they compare before I made any decision. Then I would compare the interior "look of the windows" - is the aesthetic difference worth the added cost of the Andersen to you. This is a personal decision and one that I can't make for you, obviously.

This is assuming you are going with the 200 or 400 Andersen series (the Andersen 100 series is the fibrex composite and won't look much different from the PGT vinyl windows). The exteriors of the windows are going to look very similar because the windows are going to be vinyl (or aluminum).

In terms of durability and quality of the products though, I'd put PGT up there with Andersen. Others might not, but I would. Another company you could take a look at is CWS, they makes vinyl and aluminum hurricane impact windows and they are one of the rivals of PGT. I always like to throw a third company in to see how their prices and products compare. Let me know what you end up going with!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

[Homeowner's Response]

Thank you Tim. I value your input and will let you know! I also spoke w/ my window gal up north and she was quite definite on which Andersen…the A series. She does a lot on the seacoast of New Hampshire where I also live and although she isn't familiar w/PGT….she says a whole world of difference between 400 vs A…and to go w/ A series, as made much better from the git go. So I'm pricing out PGT vs Andersen 'A' and will look into the CWS you mentioned. Thanks!

Susan - Homeowner - from 2016

PGT vs SilverLine by Andersen

Are PGT, top of the line windows and sliding doors, the SAME as SilverLine by Andersen? Thanks,

Dorothy- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dorothy, I would say that PGT are good quality vinyl and aluminum windows. I don't think they are the BEST vinyl windows out there, but in terms of impact windows, they are very well regarded. I would certainly put PGT windows in my home -- although perhaps not their entry level models. Silverline, on the other hand, are considered relatively low quality windows. Andersen purchased Silverline in order to step into the vinyl window market, but the company they bought and the product that continues to be sold to consumers is not a high quality window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

PGT Hurricane Windows vs Pella

What are your thoughts on PGT hurricane rated options vs Pella windows? Thanks.

Glenn - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Glenn, generally Pella is considered a top brand in terms of wood windows, but a lower end (quality) brand in terms of vinyl. PGT is a Florida based company that specializes in impact or hurricane windows and they enjoy a solid reputation for manufacturing these types of windows. I suppose that is a long way of saying the PGT is the much better option in terms of hurricane windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

PGT Windows vs. ECO Windows

ECO Windows vs PGT Windows for a single family home in Florida. Both are reputable in Florida and the prices seem to be competitive. My concern is quality and customer service. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Damian, I know virtually nothing about Eco Windows, so I can't comment much on them. However, I did look them up on the website, which lists performance numbers from hundreds of window companies. I'm assuming that Eco Windows is Eco Window Systems, LLC (but this isn't necessarily right, that's how confusing the window industry can be...)

Assuming they are this company, their U-factor VT, and condensation resistance numbers were pretty much deplorable. The best number I could find on their casement was a .67 U-factor, .25 visible transmittance, and 20 CR.

As far as PGT windows goes, I find their windows very high quality, good performers and very price competitive. If it were me, I'd go with a proven brand like PGT any day of the week.

As for Eco, I will continue to look at them and try to get some additional information on them. I don't like to rush to judgement on any company.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

PGT Hurricane Windows vs Simonton

We are forced to replace a large window with two awning windows and two plate glass windows. Total width is 196" and height is 62". We live in Florida, on a river, and close to the gulf - obviously a hurricane zone. Can you compare PGT class C window to Simonton class D window, please. This window faces the south, which is on the river. We have estimates that are very similar in price.

Deanna - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Deanna, PGT in my opinion is the superior window to the Simonton. Now, I will say that the installation quality would push me one way or the other, so if there is a noticeable difference between the two (reviews, reputation, etc.) then this would be my deciding factor.

But all (installation) things being equal, I would have to go with the PGT hurricane windows over Simonton hurricane windows.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

PGT Vinyl Windows

Hello Tim, I have to replace 17 standard windows in my house for Hurricane Impact windows. Home Depot quote me $20,000 for Vinyl PGT lifetime warranty. Any other better options out there using the Ygreene program? Thank you.

Pablo - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Pablo, I'd never heard of the Ygrene Works project, it looks intriguing at first glance, I'll have to do more research. It appears that it's simply a financing program so that woulnd't help with the overall cost (although certainly it would help alleviate that inital cost payment).

The price quote from Home Depot seems high, $1175 per window, I think you can do better than that, although I don't have any project specifics to back that up. Here's what I would do, call up PGT and see who their local rep is in your area and have them give you a bid. Do the same with CWS, Custom Window Systems, and see what their bid comes in at. The other affordable hurricane window that is available througout Forida is the StormBreaker Plus from Simonton, if you google "StormBreaker Plus Jacksonville Florida", or whatever city you live in, you should be able to quickly and easily find a contractor who carries this brand.

Get these 3 bids and see how they compare. Typically, HD has great prices, but I would go somewhere else for the installation, the big box stores don't have a very good reputation for the subcontractors they use (not always the case, but I wouldn't take the chance with my home.)

Tim - 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

PGT Window Review

I spent nearly $50,000 replacing all of the windows in my house with PGT Industries replacement windows. A feature window on the front of my house came in wrong. Two replacement windows have been provided; both were wrong. I have little confidence this will ever be corrected. The front of my house looks ridiculous. I am sorry I used these windows and would be very wary of using them. The contractor, Solar-Tite Windows & Doors have been great; already re-ordering the window twice. It's PGT Industries that can't get this right. Every time they re-order the window, I have to wait 3-4 weeks to get another (wrong) replacement.

Randy - Homeowner - from 2014

Follow Up From Randy

PGT Industries finally got my Study window right. Our contract to installed it this morning. They are awesome windows. They have significantly improved the look of my house. They are very high quality in appearance and performance. I have had to turn-up the thermostat on our air conditioning systems because they are so energy efficient that they do not allow the summer sun and heat to penetrate into the house. Also, the contractor, Solar-Tite Windows & Doors in Sanford, Florida did an awesome job installing them. I highly recommend these windows for anyone wanting high quality, high performance, attractive windows.

Randy - Homeowner - from 2014

PGT Glass Options

PGT laminates most of their own glass, and they do a really good job. Some of it is outsourced. Simonton gets their glass from a vendor, don't know if it really effects quality though. PGT mostly makes aluminum. They hold up well under Florida storm season, and are one of the biggest sellers of impact windows in the southeast.

Dan - Industry Insider - from 2011

PGT Windows vs EAS HR1000

Hi Dane. How do eas series hr1000 windows compare to pgt?

Connie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Connie, I don't hear a ton about Eastern Architectural Systems and honestly don't know a lot about the quality of their products. I do think the quality of PGT is quite high and I would certainly use many of their windows in my own home if I had the choice. I tend to think its better to go with a known brand, such as PGT, over one that has very little presence in the industry. But that's just my opinion.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

PGT Windows vs Sunrise

I like the PGT but they don't make a triple pane. They're comparable to the Sunrise, but I think the PGT looks better. I do like the MaxEdge spacer on the Sunrise better. They have similar ratings, so I'd go with either one. Between these two the price and installation would be the deciding factor.

Evan - Installer - from 2011

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