Polaris Windows Reviews
Polaris vs Sunrise Windows
I've done extensive research and Okna is not offered in my area. Softlite Elements are roughly 1.5x more than the Sunrise Vanguard or the Polaris Ultraweld. The Vanguard and Ultraweld are close in price and seem to have similar numbers. Recommendations? My only thought about using Sunrise was there are more dealers in area v. just one for Polaris.
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Steve, I think you're correct on all points - the Elements is a slightly better window than the Vanugard or UltraWeld, but is not worth one and a half times more. You will be well served by either one of these excellent vinyl window series. I also agree that Sunrise is larger and does more volume, which tends to make it easier to get replacement parts etc.
Polaris vs Soft-Lite Windows
Sunrise, HiMark, Polaris, and Softlite are considered to be a kind of elite, status brand. I'm not sure if that means they are really better than the big players like Pella, Andersen, or Marvin. I think a lot depends on the dealer you get then from, since that determines some of your customer service. The dealers here that pushes Simontons is ok, and another one sells Alside plus a lot of others. I've dealt mostly with sells only Sunrise. They've been around a long time, and I have never had a problem with them, but not long ago they were bought by a new owner. I'm not sure how that's going to go. They people here who sell Himarks don't have much of a reputation, and the only place around here to get Alsides is a store that mainly deals in auto glass. With such limited options a lot of people go into the city to buy.
Polaris Window Review
My home in Indiana is 1900 square feet, but it's only worth $140,000. It doesn't make sense to spend $30k on windows, maybe if I lived in a huge house, but not now. One day I might be able to afford super premium windows, but right now I have to stick with a budget. I had Polaris 1000s, low-e coating and argon filled, put in another home and I'm not happy with them, but I can't spend the money for something better so it looks like I'll be stuck with Polaris.
Polaris vs Andersen & Atrium
I have a new house and we have several projects lined up, including replacing 24 windows. I have 6 casement windows, 14 sliders, 2 non moving windows and 2 pictures. I'm hoping for white interiors, black or bronze exterior, and colonial grids. I've been doing some online research, trying to find a good quality window that isn't too expensive. I got a quote from Andersen for $37k and was able to get discounts to $26k, but there's no way I can do that. Vista windows were quoted at $13,500, Polaris Ultrawelds would be $14,400, and Atrium 8700s will be $11600. Which is the better deal? Kristin - Homeowner - from 2012
The Polaris Ultraweld is better than any of the others in that list. Don't even think about Atriums.
Premium Window Options
Most people think of Okna, Sunrise, Softlite, and Himark when they are talking about premium windows, but I think the Polaris Ultraweld is right up there with them. The Energex Elite and all of Gorell's new lines too. If those are out of your budget, Plygem and Simonton, Wincore, and maybe Vista windows are good, their only real problem is that they are mid level windows and often have a top tier price. Their numbers just don't compete.
Read more Simonton windows reviews.
Polaris ThermalWeld Reviews
I need double hung vinyl windows to replace the aluminum ones I have now, and I'm planning on doing the install myself. I want a great window but at a decent price, and I was looking at the Polaris ThermaWeld. Does anyone have any experience with them?
The ThermalWeld is okay, better than a lot of them but not top tier. I like the Polaris UltraWeld much better. I think it's one of the all around best vinyl windows, and definitely the best of the Polaris lines.
Solid Quality Products
Both Alside and AMSCO are low quality, there isn't much point in comparing them. Use these for flipping a house, not one you want to live in. You'll spend more for on a quality window but you'll have lower energy bills and you won't have to replace them every few years. I'd also stay away from Silverline, American Craftsman and Pella's vinyl lines. It isn't that much more expensive to get a real quality product. Okna, Polaris Ultra, Gorell, Soft-Lite, and Sunrise are all extremely good brands.
Read more Soft-Lite windows reviews.
Polaris vs Simonton
The Polaris UltraWeld is a good window. Their casement is pretty nice, but they make just about the best bays and bows I've ever seen. Compared to Simontons, I think they win as far as energy efficiency and design both. With their new super spacer, they get a .28 u factor and have really good air infiltration numbers. Polaris uses Sturtz equipment in their manufacturing facilities, some of the best automation equipment that results in a good solid product with very few defects. I do prefer a stainless steel spacer, and they recently started making one, the UltraCept, which I like a lot.
Polaris vs Andersen
I'm getting ready to buy replacement windows, 2 casements, 2 sliding glass doors, and a front door with a single sidelight. Several friends recommended their windows, Renewal by Andersen, Stanek, and Polaris, but none of them have had their windows more than a few years. The Polaris is the best price, but I'm not sure how well a foam filled frame will hold up in the sliding glass doors, and I don't love their casements. Andersen and Stanek both seem sturdier. It seems like each brand has something I like best, I was actually thinking about getting the casements from Andersen, sliding patio doors from Stanek, and going to Polaris for the front door and sidelight, but that seems crazy.
I think they're all decent, and I don't think any of those are better or worse than the others if the price is similar. I wouldn't mix and match, it's just asking for headaches and complications with different installers, etc, even if it doesn't end up looking mismatched and chaotic. You might want to look at Gorell, Softlite, Okna, and Sunrise before making a final choice, I think all of them would be better if you can afford higher prices, but if you have to choose from those three then the Polaris might be the best deal. Their UltraWeld is the sturdiest design they offer, should have a u factor below .30, and AI numbers under .03. They don't usually need reinforcement on the sash or anything, and definitely go with the foal filled for better thermal values.
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