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Explore 17 Polaris windows reviews from installers, contractors and homeowners on their window series and models.

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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 Valuweld 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 ccertainly 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 that Polaris reps engaged in so this is something to be aware of. It's not to say that that's what will happen, but Polaris does have this reputation floating around. (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 - from 2016

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

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

Window Shopping In 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

[Site Editor's Response]

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 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.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

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.

The one x-factor would be if the Polaris dealer is amazing and they are extremely committed to handling any issues that arise. Then I might go with them and the UltraWeld. I think either way, you have excellent window options. Now, I'd like you to compare the installation quality of each and you will have your answer. Let me know how it works out!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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

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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

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

[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

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.

Holland - Contractor - from 2012

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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?

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

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 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.

Matt - Contractor in New Jersey - from 2011

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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.

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

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