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Editor's Polaris Window Review

Polaris Windows and Doors is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio and is actually owned by Modern Builders Supply. Polaris is a smaller, regional manufacturer, but they do sell their 3 lines of vinyl windows throughout much of the mid west and east coast.

Polaris Windows produces 3 models; the ValuSmart, ThermalWeld and UltraWeld. The ValuSmart is their entry level window and not one I would recommend, unless you are on a super tight budget. I like both the ThermalWeld and the UltraWeld and would have either of these windows in my home. Their top-of-the-line UltraWeld is one of the better vinyl windows on the market and certainly one to look at. The Polaris factory uses well made, high end machinery and their production quality generally receives good marks from industry experts.

Some homeowners have complained about the long sales presentations, while others have had no issues at all on this front. Please email us if you get a bid from Polaris and you do or don't have this experience so we can update this information.

Tim - Site Editor


Polaris Valusmart Windows Reviews

The Polaris Valusmart is the entry level window designed to fit into a tight budget. The vinyl extrusion is typical of low end windows, with a wall thickness of 0.70. The U-value is decent at 0.33. It is similar to a Simonton 5500, but not in the same category as the ThermalWeld or UltraWeld.

Tim - Site Editor






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Polaris Thermalweld Windows Reviews

The Polaris ThermalWeld is a solid, good performing mid-level window. It is similar to the Soft-Lite Classic, but with a thicker frame. The Thermalweld uses 7/8 inch glass instead of the 1 inch glass on the Ultraweld, uses a slightly less robust frame, but does carry the same warranty. The ThermalWeld comes standard with a 0.06 air infiltration compared with the very impressive .01 ai on the UW.

Tim - Site Editor


Polaris Thermaweld Windows Bid

Hello, I have gotten several quotes for whole house replacement windows and have it between a local company that is offerring 20 polaris thermaweld windows with foam and e glass coating for $7600. This would be 4 - 2 panel sliders, 3 smaller picture windows, and 13 double hung windows.

The other company window depot who uses joyce windows would be 13 windows with foam (i am waiting to hear back regarding the e coating) for slightly under that after he found out the others price and decided to take off more if i put a sign in my yard. They are making some windows 3 panel sliders and utilizing 2 panel sliders to decrease amount of windows. Both seem like good quality products from what I can tell from reviews although only window depot's installers are accredited, not sure how important that is. Please let me know your thoughts on the better choice and opinion on sliders versus double hung if you could. Thanks!

Andrea - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Andrea, I don't know a ton about Joyce's vinyl windows. I haven't heard anything positive or negative in that regard. I do know that Polaris makes a good vinyl window and the ThermalWeld series is quite good. This would be my choice since I know and like the product. Assuming the company doing the work is good and has a solid reputation, I would definitely lean toward this option. It's a very good price on the Polaris windows, you should ask what they would charge to instal the UltraWeld model, assuming they have assess to this window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020


Polaris ThermalWeld Window Bid

Hi Dane - Thank you for your prompt response. I will follow up with the Polaris dealer and inquire about Ultraweld - they do offer it and I initially inquired after that line, but the quote came with Thermalweld, I presume because of the price difference. I will also ask about the increase to include foam-filled frames, since that is included in the Verde bid.

I will also ask the Verde bid to update for casements rather than sliders. That way the two local bids will be apples to apples (Verde to Thermalweld, casement, double-pane Low E, Argon, foam-filled frames). I have a slightly better feeling about the Sunrise vendor, but I can't really explain why. They've both been in business more than 30 years, both offer a lifetime warranty, etc.

I have one further question, if you'll permit me. I had been leaning toward Apex because their windows and patio door are triple pane and the price is in line with the other local bids, considering that their casement bid was in line with the Verde slider bid. Can you tell me a bit about why you would take Thermalweld or Verde over the Apex product?

I have read on your site that their business practices aren't as transparent, which I'm sensitive to, but my personal experience with the rep has been low-pressure. I'd just be curious to hear if you think the Sunrise or Polaris quality is head-and-shoulders above Apex, or what makes you favor those two brands.

Thank you, thank you. I will follow up with the foam-filled Polaris and the Verde casement bids so you can put the updated numbers on the website!

Adrienne - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Adrienne, I personally think the ThermalWeld is better than the Apex, which is really an Alside 8000 model. The Alside 8000 is not a bad window, but I would rather have the ThermalWeld in my home. Better frame and energy efficiency numbers. But not by a lot.

The Verde and UltraWeld, on the other hand, beat the Apex window hands down. Better fit, tolerance, components, structural integrity, etc.

I will say that your Apex bid price is very good from what I’ve seen. Others might have different opinions, which I totally get, but this is mine.

I think you can go with the Apex no problem. But I do think you have better options. This of course doesn’t take into effect the installers themselves.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020


Polaris Thermalweld Casement Price Bids

Hi Dane and Tim, I'm in the Midwest (Indiana) and thank you for hosting this website. I am not a window expert and was very nervous about exploring replacement windows for my home, but the wealth of information I found here is very helpful and I feel more prepared to engage in conversations with vendors and make a decision. I'd like your take on my situation if you've got the time.

I have some odd-sized windows in my home so I knew they would be expensive to replace. There are three sliders upstairs (~46 1/2" square), and two of them have half circles atop the square (~21 1/2" radius). Downstairs I have a larger slider (~58 1/2" square) with a half circle atop it (~27 1/2" radius). I also have a standard 72" sliding patio door in scope.

I've reached out to some local companies having sales this month and so far have quotes from a total of five companies. While the original windows are sliders, I asked for quotes on replacing them with casement as well since I like the look better. In order of least feasibility, and these are quoted prices; some include promotions and others don't, one company had a further discount if I signed when I received the quote (which I declined to do) but these values are what I would owe for the projects at this time:

Bee Window
Infinity by Marvin Sliders: $20,982
Infinity by Marvin Casement: $25,724

Window Nation
Vytex Potomac HP Sliders: $20,044
Vytex Potomac HP Casement: $24,060

Apex Energy Solutions (some language about an NDA for pricing which is gimmicky and I know you don't love their business practices but the sales rep was not pushy with me at all so am just trying to abide by the rules):
Insignia Sliders: ~$10k
Insignia Casement: ~$12k

Local Company 1
Sunrise Verde Sliders (includes Low E Glass and Argon fill): $11,546

Local Company 2
Polaris Thermalweld Casements (was told they would not put half circles on sliders, includes Low E Glass and Argon fill, not foam-filled frames): $10,783

Please let me know if you need any further information from me in order to be able to provide an opinion. I appreciate you sharing your expertise and am so grateful to have found this resource!

A - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Adrienne, I will be sure to use another name when the post goes on the site. So, down to business. You have some excellent brands in the mix. From a price perspective, the Sunrise Verde bid is great. However, the Polaris Thermalweld casements is the best option I see. Casements are great because 1) you like them 2) they are much more energy efficient than sliders 3) they open up completely so they are great for cooling down your home in the summer. A better overall window for sure.

My questions would be how much would the Polaris dealer charge you to upgrade to the UltraWeld model, which is a bit better window. At least price this option out if they have access to the window. And then what is their reputation like and how long have they been in business? If you are satisfied with these two answers, then this is the route I would take.

The first two options are both great brands, but at half the cost you could redo the windows in 20 years with the same company and be at the same price point that the first two companies want to charge you.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Polaris ThermalWeld vs. Paradigm 8300

Dane and Tim, I am looking to buy windows for my home in mid-Michigan. I am looking to replace 17 windows, all double hung.

I am currently looking mostly at Polaris windows and Paradigm windows. I am presently looking at the Polaris ThermalWeld and the Paradigm 8300. They are about the same price and wondered if you have any input about which window is better on long-term quality. They are both quoting around $4,000 for purchase price only, the installation cost would be on top of that. I also looked into the Softlite Classic, but that was more in the $7,000 range and I didn't seem worth the extra cost, but certainly interested in your perspective.

Second, in talking with the local guys from MBS (Polaris owner), they don't see much of a difference between the ThermalWeld and UltraWeld windows. They indicate they both come with many of the same options (upgraded spacer, foam fill, triple pane) and come with the same warranty. However, I am looking to be in the home long-term and wondering if the upgrade to UltraWeld is worth it, given a 20-25% increase.

Last, I am planning to do new siding at the same time as the window replacement. As such, I have more recently been looking at new construction, vs. a replacement window, in order gain more window space and hopefully have a more efficient installation. In talking with MBS, they indicated the Polaris window does not specifically have a new construction window, but are able to add a nail flange to their replacement window to effectively make it a new construction product. Have you any experience with the nail flange to the Polaris window? Any thoughts on new construction windows, giving the larger project?

Thank you!

Peter - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Peter, Polaris makes a good product so no reason to spend the extra $7K on the Soft-Lite. I think I'd put the Polaris Thermalweld on par with the Paradigm 8300, with the nod going to the Polaris TW. I actually like the Ultraweld quite a bit more than the Thermalweld -- sturdier frame, thicker glass, better air infiltration and U-factor. 25% price difference is what I'd expect, but it's also tough to swallow, especially if they are telling you it's not that big a difference. The thing that makes me say the UW would be the right call is that you are staying in your house long term. If you had a shorter move timeline, I'd say stick with the TW. This is a coin flip decision.

In terms of construction, I haven't heard of adding the fin, but that's not to say it can't be done. I'd ask some questions about how often they have done this and ask to have the installer with the most experience handle the job. I'd also insist on flashing at the tops and sides to insure water damage doesn't occur. If you're redoing the siding, it makes sense to go with a new construction window, as long as it's good quality.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019


Polaris Thermalweld Plus Window Bid

We just got a quote for replacement of our 11 casement windows with vinyl Polaris thermal weld plus windows. We have 10 - 2 lite sliders and 1 - 3 lite sliders. No grids. They will throw in a new garage door and opener all for $13500. Is this really high? Includes an 86 in front window (3 lite slider), 4 - 56 inch bedroom windows, 2 - 70 inch windows, and the rest smaller standard.

Thanks.

Teresa - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Teresa, it's tough for me to say whether this is high or not. The garage door isn't really my specialty, but I know there is a huge range of prices. Let's say the garage is $2500, leaving $11,000 for 11 windows. The 3 lite slider is expensive, but the others seem relatively normal sized. That strikes me as high for the Polaris Thermalweld.

The bottom line is you need a few more bids to really drill down into whether this bid is high and to see what else is out there. Since you live in Ohio, I'd get a bid from a local Okna dealer on either the 400, 500, or 600 series, as well as a Soft-Lite dealer on the Classic or Pro models. There will all be relatively comparable to the ThermalWeld (you could make the argument that they are all better).

The more bids you get the greater your chances that one of them will be a really good bargain.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Polaris ThermalWeld Plus vs. Zen Nirvana

I’m looking to replace 21 double-hung windows with a good mid-range vinyl window in my house located near Cleveland, OH. All windows are double pane with grids, low-E glass, argon gas, foamed filled frame and sash, 7 have tempered glass in the lower sash as required by code and 4 are oriel style. Here are my quotes:

Zen Nirvana (relabeled Soft-Lite Classic)--$10,800 ($514 ea);
Polaris ThermalWeld Plus --$10,752 ($512 ea);
Polaris UltraWeld--$12,075 ($575 ea);
Simonton Prism Platinum --$18,286 ($871 ea) and
Universal Window Direct Unishield Plus--$15,550 ($740 ea).

After reading your website, I know you really like Soft-Lite and Polaris. Both companies manufacture their windows Ohio about an hour from Cleveland: Soft-Lite in Streetsboro and Polaris in Youngstown. The installers for Zen and Polaris both got excellent reviews. I like dealing with the Zen franchise owner, who lives less than a mile from me. Considering price and quality, which do you prefer? Great website…thanks for sharing all your knowledge. Carl

Carl - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Carl, you are right on about the Zen and Polaris bids (plus they are the lowest!) The Soft-Lite Classic at $514 is excellent. However, I might have a hard time getting away from the Polaris UltraWeld for $575 – that is a fantastic deal on a really great window.

On the other hand, if you are close to the Zen dealer and feel comfortable with them, there is something to be said for that. I think you have two really good options.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Polaris ThermalWeld vs. Pella 200 Series

I've found your site very informative. I have this good feeling from a local company who has a good reputation for installation. The first bid is 12 Polaris ThermalWelds and an UltraWeld patio door. The bid was $15,200.

A Pella rep gave me a quote on their 250 series that came in at $14,000

Do you have an opinion between these two?

Drew - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Drew, the Polaris is preferable to the Pella 250 series. That's quite a lot to spend on 12 windows and a patio door. I may want to see if there are other solid brands near you, including Okna, Vytex Sunrise, Soft-Lite, or Alpen.

The Polaris dealer might come down off his price as well.

http://www.replacementwindowsreviews.co/review-topics/negotiating-a-home-window-bid.html

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Polaris Thermalweld vs. ProVia Integra

Hi Tim! Replacing six 3' x 6' windows need in tempered glass on the bottom and getting full VA sun all afternoon with a lot of heat gain. The other 2 are typical bedroom windows. All are double hung and will be replaced with the same. U and SHG values are the same with the glass packages we are looking at. Provia is just over $5200 and Polaris is $5860. Which is the better window for the value? Thanks much, Robin.

Robin - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Robin, nearly every company replacement window manufacturer sells multiple series, from an entry level to mid range to high end. ProVia and Polaris are no different. I'm assuming its the Polaris Thermalweld and ProVia Integra, both the mid range vinyl windows from each.

Assuming that you are talking about an apples-to-apples comparison, I would put the Polaris on top of ProVia by a neck. The cost spread you have strikes me as about right. I like both of these companies though.

I would advise that you take the ProVia bid to Polaris and tell them if they can match that price, you're ready to sign with them. Polaris makes quite a good vinyl window so that's the one I'd shoot for.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Polaris Thermalweld vs Window World

What is is better between the Polaris Thermalweld and the Window World mid grade vinyl window?

Will - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Will, the ThermalWeld is going to be better than what Window World has -- better construction and better craftsmanship. You will get more long term value from them over WW.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Polaris ThermalWeld Review

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 ThermalWeld. Does anyone have any experience with them?

Loretta - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

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.

Henry - Contractor - from 2012






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Polaris E3000 Windows Reviews


Polaris E3000W Window Model

I have Polaris window style E3000W in our home that were installed in 2005 as a new build. I am trying to determine which Polaris window type that is and where to find an editable transfer of warranty form as we have some interior condensation in 1 window.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Steve, I agree that the information on their website and the model numbers are confusing. I don't want to guess (even though I think its the ThermalWeld Windows) - the company is difficult to contact which is annoying I know. I would suggest finding a local company in your area who sells Polaris and talk to them. They should know the information and they should also have a contact number at Polaris that you could call and get your answer straight from the horse's mouth as they say.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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Polaris Ultraweld Windows Reviews

The Polaris UltraWeld window is their top of the line vinyl window in both design and energy efficiency. The outer wall is stronger than in the ThermalWeld. It is similar to the Sunrise Restorations, but the Sunrise has a U-value of 0.28 while the UltraWeld's is 0.29, and the Sunrise AI number is 0.04 while the UltraWeld's is 0.01, which is excellent.There are a lot of upgrades and features available, including a stainless steel spacer called the Ultracept. The casements, bays, and bows all get excellent reviews in addition to the standard double hungs. The interior is composite wood, which is either stained or painted.

Tim - Site Editor


Ultraweld Triple Pane Bid

Hi, we are looking at Polaris replacement windows. We had a rep out that quoted us $17695 with discounts bringing it down to $12900 for 6 replacement windows with 5/6 windows double hung and 1 window (which oroginally is 2 side by side windows) would be replaced with 1 slider window.

They are ultraweld, triple pane, krypton filled. We are replacing whole windows not just inserts. This seems high as we replaced a few bedroom windows with Richlin windows 3 years ago and i dont think it cost as much. What are your thoughts. Also how does polaris compare to marvin windows or richlin windows.

Thanks.

Amy - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Amy, if you are doing full replacements, then this is in the ballpark of what I would expect. Combine that with the Ultraweld model, triple pane, and krypton filled -- pretty close to $1000 a window. Still...the bid does strike me as high, plus I never like when they do the whole discount thing. It rubs me the wrong way.

If this were my project, I get more bids to compare. This is the only sure fire way to know how the Polaris bid compares.

I'll bet a Marvin bid on the Infinity will be higher though. Fiberglass is on average a third more than vinyl windows.

I don't see enough Richlin bids to say one way or another on these.

The good thing is that in Minnesota (I'm assuming that's where you live), there are other brands to use as comparison.

I'd get a bid on the Soft-Lite Imperial LS Series, the Sunrise Standard or Restorations Series, an Okna 500 or 600 series, and perhaps a Zen Lotus bid. The Zen Lotus is actually the Soft-Lite Pro, a slightly less desirable model than the Imperial LS, but still a good window.

I'm almost certain that all four brands are available in your state.

I'd collect all of the bids and see where they fall. It's some work sure, but I think you should be able to save a few grand by opening up the bidding process.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Polaris UltraWeld Casement Windows

Tim, I have received a lot of good info from your website – Thanks! I plan to replace my old vinyl windows in my house soon. A local guy is selling the Polaris Vinyl casement replacement windows and I have never heard of them before. I saw in one of your articles you compared the Pella 250 series vs the UltraWeld a few years ago. 3 years later, do you still recommend the UltraWeld over the Pella 250 Series? I plan to use casement (crank out) windows? I was also looking at the Anderson 100 series and Marvin windows. Curious how the UltraWeld window compares to the other brands?

The window guy I spoke with offered me 9 windows and a patio door for 5k. The others are 2-3k more...not installed.

Thanks.

Chad - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Chad, the Polaris Ultraweld is an excellent window, comparable to the best on the market with its air infiltration rating. This is what the page review has to say about it.

The Polaris UltraWeld window is their top of the line vinyl window in both design and energy efficiency. The outer wall is stronger than in the ThermalWeld. It is similar to the Sunrise Restorations, but the Sunrise has a U-value of 0.28 while the UltraWeld's is 0.29, and the Sunrise AI number is 0.04 while the UltraWeld's is 0.01, which is excellent. There are a lot of upgrades and features available, including a stainless steel spacer called the Ultracept. The casements, bays, and bows all get excellent reviews in addition to the standard

The Pella 250 is at best a good mid range window. They aren’t even close in my estimation.

The Polaris Ultraweld is better than the Andersen 100 window and on par with say the Marvin Infinity fiberglass window. I would still prefer to have the Ultraweld over the Infinity though.

All The Best.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Polaris Ultraweld vs. Okna 600

Hi Tim, Dane, I got a few bids for 18 double hung windows.

Interstate 6800, $500
Polaris ultraweld, $450
Okna 600, $555
Soft lite ?, $600
Vytex ?, $600

I like the warranty for the okna 600 the best, and they have the best performance numbers. I think I have seen either one of you make a comment that the okna 500 is a better window then the 600, can you provide some clarification as to why? Also, if the 500 is better, do you suggest getting a bid? The rep did say they would sell 800s, but I didn't ask about the 500s. The rep was pretty adamant that the 600 was the best option.

Please let me know your thoughts. I would like to make a decision soon.

Nick - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nick, I think I did make a comment about the 600 being more of a drop down window, but I was mistaken. I need to go find and correct that.

From the website: The 600 is the company's newest window that uses a slightly more robust extrusion than the Okna 500. Specifically, the 600 series includes a sill interlock and structural reinforcement not present with the 500 Insul-Tec. Combine this with the other bells and whistles and the 600 series is close in quality and craftsmanship with the Okna 800 series.

The other option up there that is quite a nice window is the Polaris Ultraweld for $450 a window. The Ultraweld is pretty close to the Okna 500 in terms of energy efficiency and quality. I'm not sure I've ever seen that window for $450, that is a crazy low price.

Either the Okna 600 or the Polaris Ultraweld would be my choice. I'd probably opt for the Ultraweld myself and save the $1800...assuming that the quality of the installation companies are equal to one another.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Polaris Ultraweld vs. Pella 350 Window

Good morning Tim. I have recently received a quote for Polaris Ultraweld windows and the quote also priced out the Pella 350 vinyl window. The quote is to replace 13 windows (12 sliders and 1 large 3 pane slider). The contractor will be tearing the old window completely out and installing the replacements. I have a brick home and did not want to install standard replacements as I do not want to lose and viewable area so we chose to have the contractor do a full tear out.

The price we received was $6,922 for the Polaris Ultraweld and $7,347 for the Pella 350. I wanted your opinion on the following.

Best choice of these 2 quotes? Most viewing area in the glass (want the smaller frames if possible)? Best look vinyl (trying to avoid the normal replacement window look).

Thanks in advance for your time.

Todd - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Todd, the Polaris Ultraweld window is an excellent vinyl window. I personally think it's nice looking (all relative since vinyl windows aren't exactly beautiful). Glass area between these two models should be very close, with the edge maybe going to the Polaris Ultraweld. The fact that the Polaris Ultraweld is cheaper makes this an absolute no-brainer for me. The Pella 350 vinyl window can't even come close to the UltraWeld.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Polaris Ultraweld Quote

I am looking at replacing 3 double hung windows that measure approx. 138 x 82.

I have a quote from a lumber yard that sells Lindsay and has a subcontractor install them the windows are 3400 and the install is 900.

A home improvement business that is over 30 years old has quoted me 2 double hung and a picture window with sunrise (not the restoration) and they have their own installers for 3541. I understand the warranty is lifetime nonprorated and the screens are the same but that warranty is from the business not the window company.

Another home improvement business that is been around for about 10 years is pricing me for a picture and 2 double hung triple pane windows legacy elite which he tells me are the Polaris ultraweld. not sure why they have a different name. that price is 3514. the warranty on that is 25 years on glass breakage and I think after that is prorated. not clear on the warranty if there is any on anything else in the window.

I would appreciate your input on what is the best choice. thank you

Barb - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Barb, of the bids you have, the Polaris Ultraweld for $3514 is the best deal. The Polaris Ultraweld is an excellent window and one that will serve you well for a long time if theinstallation is done well. Hire a good installation company and get a good window and don't worry too much about the warranty. The warranties tend to be tricky to enforce anyway because so much of the cost is in pulling out and reinstalling the window. The Ultraweld is a great window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019



Polaris Ultraweld Price Quote

Hi Tim, I'm seeking some advice on the estimates I've received so far for vinyl window replacement. I'm located in Northeast Ohio. I have had 9 companies come out. We are looking for 14 double hung vinyl windows with grids. Two are over 100 UI and those same two need the bottom sash tempered. Here is what I have so far-

Integrity Windows- Polaris Thermalweld Plus at $7800

EZ Windows- Interstate 6800 at $7400 ($6900 w/o grids on back windows)
Polaris Ultraweld at $7100 ($6850 w/o grids on back windows)

Raetrent Remodeling- Alside Mezzo at $6279

Solar Windows- Sunrise at $8682
Sunrise Essentials at $7280

Window Universe- Okna 600 at $9181

Window Depot- Thermal Industries 9500 at $8890

Window Depot and Solar Windows sell just about any window and will beat comparable window pricing. Window Universe only sells the Okna 600 and will price match 110% to comparable windows. These three companies are larger and have been around longer than the others.

All of these companies have A+ ratings from the BBB, 5 star reviews on Google, 5 stars on Angie's list.

Can you tell me which of these quotes seem the strongest for quality and value? Do you have experience with or thoughts on Interstate windows? Which quotes should I throw out?

Any other suggestions? Thank you in advance.

Megan - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Megan, one of the quotes stands out above the others. The Polaris Ultraweld at $7100. This is a top tier vinyl window that you are being quoted out at for roughly $500 a window installed. You aren't going to get a better window at a better price. In fact, I'm a bit suspect of that price, considering you also got a bid on the Polaris Thermalweld Plus at $7800. The ThermalWeld is the drop down to the UltraWeld and this pricing is more in line with what I'd expect.

Assuming EZ Windows has a solid reputation, this is the deal I'd go with, no questions asked.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

[Megan's Reply]

Hi Tim, thank you for the response. I am a little cautious of the Polaris Ultraweld quote only because the company is a one man operation without a physical location. Plus while he has great reviews on several sites, there aren't a ton out there.

I spoke with Solar Windows again and they were willing to go down to $7000 for the Sunrise (standard) window. Do you think that is a good price? How does the Sunrise stack up against the Ultraweld in your opinion?

Thank you for your advice, there is a lot to consider here.

Megan - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Megan, the Ultraweld is the better window over the Sunrise standard, but the Sunrise is a very good window. At $500 per Sunrise window installed, you are getting a GREAT deal. I love the idea that the Solar Windows are a bit bigger and have an A+ rating on Angies List. Installation should account for 50% of your project so if you feel that Solar Windows is going to be there for you and do a good installation, then this is the route you should go. Both very good windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Polaris Ultraweld vs SoftLite King Royal Patio Door

We have gotten prices for both doors and SoftLite comes in at a higher price however we light the SoftLite salesperson better than the Polaris salesperson/contractor. We decided we need to focus on the quality of the door rather than the sales person and would like insights please. We are getting blinds in the doors. Both contractors were recommended. Thank you

Rita - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Honestly, both of these products are excellent. I would rate the Soft-Lite as slightly better than the Polaris in general. I would concentrate on figuring out which company doing the install feels more reliable, will do the better job, and will stand behind their work. These factors will make a bigger difference than the small difference in quality between the doors themselves.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Polaris UltraWeld vs Sunrise Standard

Tim, after having spec’d out these windows (5 double hung & 1 twin casement) to be equipped with the same/similar features to meet Energy Star Ratings, the total price for just the windows & tax came in at $3065 for the Polaris & $3046 for the Sunrise. Basically a wash. Within this price, the Polaris windows were spec’d with foam filled frames and the Sunrise dealer did not as he says they never do because he believes it does not add enough value compared to the cost.

However he can add if I want for an extra $22/window, adding another $110 to the Sunrise window. The Polaris window as spec’d has a u-factor of .29 with the foam and the Sunrise has a U-factor of .28 without the foam. I believe the Polaris has an AI rating of .01 but the Sunrise has a higher rating of .04 according to one of your window reviews.

According to the reviews I’ve read, both are highly regarded windows at their price points. Most of my research had surrounded the Polaris until recently when I found out that the Sunrise window is available to me in my area. In your opinion, is there one or the other that has a slight edge over the other.

Genee - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Genee, the Polaris Ultraweld is the better window over the standard Sunrise window. The AI rating of the Polaris Ultraweld is fantastic and the window in general is a top tier product. Assuming the ProVia installation is high quality and professional, this is the choice I'd go with.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Polaris Ultraweld vs. Thermal Series 7000

Hi Dane: I live in New York and have a bid from Thermal Windows And Doors on their 7000 Series for 10 windows in all. double hung with 2 panes of glass. It's expensive at $825 per window.

I also got a bid on the Ultraweld from Polaris that came in at $1000 lower.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Thermal Windows get nice reviews, although I'm not sure I know enough about them to say one way or the other. The Polaris Ultraweld is a great window, which if it's less than the Thermal 7000 window I don't see why you should even hesitate. just amen sure whoever is doing the install is a solid operation.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Polaris Ultraweld vs. Vytex Grandview

Hi, I received a quote from Window Nation today for 13 vinyl replacement windows called the GrandView made by Vytex. They seem like a pretty good window, but what do I know? Trying to compare windows online is mind boggling for me because I've never done this before and I'm not sure what to look for. I have a mid-range budget.

I live in the Cleveland, Ohio area. The quote from Window Nation for 13 double hung vinyl replacement window (with grids on top), including installation, is $9835.00. Is this a good price and is this a good Window?

My second consideration is to buy the Polaris brand windows from Modern Builders Supply and have them installed by an independent contractor who is someone I know.

Thanks for your help.

Leslie - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Leslie, the Vytex Grandview window is good — .08 air infiltration and .26 U-factor (depends on the glass, but this is with the low-e/grids option). $750 per window is okay, but not what I'd call an out-of-this-world price for what I would consider a top end mind range window.

If Modern Builders Supply carries the Polaris Ultraweld series, then you've got a top tier window. The numbers are very impressive on the Ultraweld, I think a sub .04 air infiltration. Now this window is probably worth the $750 installed -- assuming an installer charges you say $125 per window for the install portion. If you can get this window and a local window installer with good online reviews, this would be the road I would take!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Polaris Ultraweld Ratings

Hi Tim, I believe we have decided to go with the Polaris Ultraweld. Now our decision is do we go with double pane or triple pane windows.

The double pane has a U factor of .28 and the triple pane has a U factor of .18 I believe.

We live in the St. Louis Missouri area. We are trying to decide if it is worth the added expense.

Do you have any thoughts?

Thanks for your time.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mike, triple pane windows do get better U-factor and a bit better air infiltration. However, unless you live in a really cold climate (which I'm not quite sure St.Louis makes that grade), a quality double pane windows is totally sufficient. There are more parts of the window that can fail over time, but obviously when you go with a very good vinyl window, that shouldn't be the case.

It's your call, obviously, but I think you should be fine with the double pane option. If the triple pane is in your price range and makes you feel more secure going forward, then go with that option.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Polaris Ultra Weld vs. Soft-Lite Elements

Tim, I am looking at replacing 19 windows in my house. I have narrowed 7 quotes down to 2. Not caring about the cost, in your opinion what is the better window, Polaris Ultra Weld with Energy Smart Supreme-2 Low E coating, argon gas filled, Intercept Spacer (double pane) vs. Soft-Lite Elements, Ultra S Triple pane coating (Soft-Lite is offering free triple pane upgrade). I really don't need triple pane windows where I am located. I know that I am comparing double vs. triple pane, so if you could figure double pane vs. double pane, if that makes sense. Thank you for your assistance.

Greg - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Greg, both of these windows are good. The Soft-Lite Elements is better, even without the triple pane option. With the free upgrade to the triple pane, the Soft-Lite Elements is probably the best vinyl window on the market. (Or one of three best on the market.)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Polaris UltraWeld Quote

Dane, I promised to circle back after I made my window decision and I've done so, please let me know what you think. I ended up going with Polaris Ultraweld casement windows from Zen windows.

10 Series 8450 Casements: $5500
1 Series 7400 Picture Window: $460
$75 charge for debris haul away

The look of the casement window from them was much better than many others with both a nice beveled design on the outside, good specs, good seal, good spacer between the glass, low e and argon fill. Any questions please let me know. One note, the estimate accidentally left off grids, I am actually getting grids included for the same price, I confirmed that with John at ZEN windows.

Ken - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ken, the Polaris UltraWeld is an excellent choice. I actually didn't realize that they sold this window, but I'm beginning to see that different Zen franchises handle different lines of windows. I'll have to change my overall approach to Zen going forward, so thanks for opening my eyes to this!

The Polaris Ultraweld window is a very well made window. The installed cost on the windows seems very competitively priced to me. Congrats on getting a good window at a very good price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Polaris Ultraweld Window vs. Pella 250 Series

The Polaris Ultraweld or the Pella 250 series? Which is better

Robert - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

The Polaris Ultraweld by a mile.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Polaris UltraWeld vs Soft-Lite Pro

I am in the process of getting estimates and want to make sure I’m comparing apples to apples. I'm looking at the Polaris UltraWeld since the Soft-Lite Pro sales rep came back with an outrageous quote of $11,300. After a $2800 discount, it came to $8500 for 10 windows. That just seemed to be a little high. The Polaris Ultraweld quote was $6600.

Anyway, any insight you could offer would be wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! Hope to hear from you soon!

Amy- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Amy, the Polaris UltraWeld is a better window in my opinion than the Soft-Lite Pro anyway. The Soft-Lite Pro isn't worth $850 per window, I agree that is way too high. I'm not sure what the bid is for the Polaris UltraWeld, but it's an excellent window and assuming you are getting quality installation, I think you've made an excellent decision.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Polaris UltraWeld vs Sunrise Windows

The Softlite Element is half one and a half more than either Polaris Ultraweld or the Sunrise Vanguard, both offered in my area. Is the Elements worth the extra money or should I stick with the other two bids?

Steve - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Steve, the Elements is a better window but probably not 1.5x better. I would go with the Sunrise Vanguard first, then the Polaris Ultraweld.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Polaris Ultra Weld 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

[Contractor Response]

The Polaris Ultraweld is better than any of the others in that list. Don't even think about Atriums.

Michael - Contractor in New Jersey - from 2012


Polaris UltraWeld 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.

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

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.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2011


Polaris UltraWeld vs Simonton

The Polaris UltraWeld is a top tier window. They make very good bays and bow windows as well. They blow away Simontons

Matt - Contractor in New Jersey - from 2011






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Polaris Warranty Claims

I have several windows under warranty that require replacement. The replacements were received. However, it was only the glass and now I have to remove the old glass from the sashes and insert new glass. Is this protocol for Polaris warranty claims?

Thanks.

Mack - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mack, I would contact them and ask. I'm guessing the warranty covers parts, but not labor. Unfortunately, I'm not a Polaris warranty expert.

If you still have contact with the original installer, I'd contact them if possible.

https://polariswindows.com/contact.php

If you get no satisfaction here, I'd use yelp to find a window repair person and call them up and ask what they charge to swap out the glass.

Hope this helps,

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Polaris Seal Of Approval

From your web site it seems that Polaris vendors have a reputation for long winded sales presentations.

Our experience is the exact opposite. We are in Racine, Wisconsin. Our Polaris rep came to the house, looked at the window(s) that need replacing, measured up, and talked to us about what we were looking for. Said he would get us quotes for three options, left a Polaris Ultraweld brochure, and told us that if we were interested we could visit his showrooms.

He was in our home for 20- 30 minutes.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2017


Polaris Window Serial Numbers

Hello we experienced a house fire in 2012 our contractor before replaced our air tite windows (out of business at that time ) with what I see on our window as polaris. My question is we were not given warranty paper for windows and have just recently experienced a window that has cracked. My guess is this was caused by house settling and placing window in bind. Any way we can determine if we have warranty.

Thank you for your time

Steven - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Steven, you should be able to call up Polaris and give them the information that is posted on the window (I personally prefer to take a picture of it on my phone for the sake of clarity) and they should be able to tell you if it's their window. There is usually a sticker on the sash channel.

However, it's doubtful whether they cover a broken glass five years down the road. You may have to hire a local repairman to replace the glass. Check yelp, craigslist or angie's list for service providers who specialize in this service. They usually give an in home estimate for their work or if you measure the window, they will sometimes give you a quote over the phone.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Polaris Window Bid vs. Simonton Vantage

Hi Dane, so far I have collected 3 quotes on one sliding patio door and 9 windows. Softlite Imperial LS: $13158 Simonton Vantage .66: $11700 Polaris for $24,000

Larry - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Larry, the Polaris quote is crazy given the other two.

The Simonton Vantage Pointe is a decent window, but the clear winner is the Soft Light imperial LS for $1,500 more. This is a top tier window and door and blows the others away.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Windows From Lower

I have never purchased windows, and am having a difficult time making a decision. The only reason I would use Lowe's or Home Depot is the fact that I know they will be around in a year or more and warranties will probably be easier to handle if there is an issue.  I realize the quality of workmanship may be subpar however. Thanks again.

Rick - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

I completely understand Rick. Ask the guys who work at Lowe's or HD for the window they would buy if they were replacing windows in their house and see what they say. Also ask which window they see the fewest long term issues with. Then find a local installer using craigslist or angles list — someone with good reviews and reputation and have them come install the windows.

The other road is to get free bids from local companies who come to your house and give you their bid. This is the easier option because they do all of the work (as opposed to working with Lowe's or HD), but it will also typically be more expensive as well. The big plus is that there are much better windows that they have access to like Polaris, Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, etc.

Either way, the more information you collect, the better. Most homeowners only do this once so it's important not to buy anything cheap because you will end up paying for it 7 or 8 years down the road when you have to replace them once again.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Polaris Windows Ohio

Hi folks. I've come across this site and i'm trying to figure out its reason for being, if you will. Am I right in thinking it's put together by experts (contractors?) who provide info/input/thoughts on various windows, along with a forum for customers to provide their reviews as well? As a long-term sceptic of altruism, I'm just curious why? I've found the site really helpful so far, as we start exploring window options, so no complaints! I'm just used to an "about us" page that explains a bit about a site. I don't see any adds or revenue generating aspects. Are installation services available here as well? Curious "window shopper" in Ohio :-)

Dorrie - Homeowner - from 2016

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Hi Dorrie, the site generates money when consumers fill out the "Local Contractors Form" to get free window bids at the top of each page. We hope that the site provides excellent information to help you avoid some of the pitfalls in the process of shopping for windows - they are not exactly inexpensive :)

Since you live in Ohio, there are some great vinyl window manufacturers, check out our Ohio replacement window recommendations. I believe Okna may have local companies who sell their windows as well. Okna, Soft-Lite and Polaris would be my top picks in your state. Stanek and Wallside would be my picks after this.

Call the local companies who sell these windows and get them to come out and give you a project bid. After about three presentations, you should have a pretty good picture of what your project requires and the cost range as well. Good luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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.

Macky - Installer - from 2012


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.

Hooper - Homeowner in Indiana - from 2012


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.

Randall - Contractor - from 2011

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Polaris Windows In Florida

I have been reading the reviews on this site and would like to ask if you have any experience with the Earthwise 1400/1500 series windows. The company that offers them has been in business for 35 years in NE FL and has an A rating with the BBB. The salesman claims that he has such high regard for this window that he insisted they be used in the new home he is having built in a well-known new development of homes priced from $300,000 and up. I noticed that one review on your site gave a favorite report on the Earthwise Innovations; I do not know if the 1400/1500 series is in that category.

We are replacing old single-pane aluminum windows in a 40 year old home; it is a modest, one-story home with only 12 windows. We are looking for more energy-efficient and easy-to-clean replacements, which will also hopefully enhance the appearance of our home. We live in a suburb of Jacksonville, FL - not near the ocean.

I tried the cost calculator on your site and found that we should be able to replace our Windows for roughly $4860, which is less than the price estimate we received for the Earthwise Windows. Also, after reading the reviews on your site, I have disqualified the MI Windows from my choices and am now searching for a company that offers the PGT brand to provide us with an estimate of their cost.

Thank you for any insight you may be able to offer in helping us make our window selection.

Shelley - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Shelley, I have never heard of the Earthwise 1400 series specifically so I can't speak to their quality. Earthwise windows are on the nfrc.org website, but I couldn't find the series on there, very possibly because of the way Earthwise manufactures and sells their windows (see our Editor's Take on the reviews page for more information). What I would suggest is that you ask the company rep who provided you with the quote to also provide you with the performance data on the exact window he quoted you out at - air infiltration, U-factor, Design Pressure, SHGC. AI should be less than .10, U-factor should be less than .30, DP should be 35 or higher. See what their numbers come in at and let's go from there.

The window pricing calculator is an estimate only so you have to take it with a grain of sale, or two. Projects specifics vary so much that the best way to really figure out the right price (and to get the BEST price) is to get a few bids from the local companies in your area. I agree that you should toss out the MI windows quote.

In Florida, I like PGT, CWS, Simonton, Soft-Lite and Polaris. The first two companies should be easy enough to contact and find out if they have local companies that carry their brands in your area. Start here and see how their bids compare to the Earthwise windows cost bid. If you google Polaris Jacksonville Florida, for instance, you should be able to quickly track down local companies that carry these window brands.

Let me know how the bids come out!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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