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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 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 Barrington, but with a thicker frame. It isn't quite as sturdy as the UltraWeld but has the same warranty.

Tim - Site Editor

Zen Nirvana vs. Polaris ThermalWeld Plus

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

Tim, I found your website to be very informative. I have a good vibe from a local company and trust their installation. However, I'm not sure on the cost? I have attached the quote and would be curious to get your opinion.

They are about $1,000 less than a quote I got on Pella 200 series directly from Pella. As you know they are WAY Less than the Andersen Replacement that uses Fibrex?

Any input would be appreciated.

The original bid was for 12 Polaris ThermalWeld Windows and 1 UltraWeld patio door. The total on the project bid was $15,200.


Drew - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Drew, the bid looks high to me at first glance. $780 per window installed is about at the top end of what I'd expect for vinyl windows. This doesn't mean that the price is unfair, but I would get a couple more bids.

Pella is always a high bid, as is Renewal, so I'm not sure you can look at those and feel secure in your Polaris bid.

Google whether Sunrise, Okna, Soft-Lite, Wallside, or Vytex is available in your area. Hopefully you can get two more bids and then make your decision.

You may also want to take a look at this article...the Polaris dealer will probably come down off his price is he thinks you are getting multiple bids from competitors.


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 your opinion between window world mid grade low E argon gas filled vinyl windows & Polaris Thermalweld low E argon gas filled vinyl ?

Bill - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Bill, you've given me a fairly easy question here :) The Polaris ThermalWeld is a better window than anything Window World offers. Polaris is going to offer better craftsmanship and quality construction, while Window World Comfort World series are simply not known for offering long term value to the consumer. I think most industry experts would agree with this assessment.

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 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

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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

Thermal Series 7000 Double Hungs

Hi Dane: I live in upstate New York – near Saratoga. We’ve gotten a bid (from a very high pressure company) to replace 10 windows using Thermal series 7000 double hung with 2 panes of glass. The bid is $825 per window (down from the original $995 per window). My research shows that even the lower price is way above the average. Are these windows really that good?

Thank you.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Thermal Windows seem to be a good outfit, although I don't hear enough about them to make that judgement myself. It's more anecdotal. I would certainly get a few more bids for comparison.

You can probably get a good quality vinyl window for less. Check Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite and Polaris for local dealers who service your area and have them come out and give you a quote. After that, you should have a pretty clear picture of whether the $825 per window is a fair market price or not!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

[Steve's Reply]

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! We actually have a bid for Polaris Ultra Weld's for WAY less (like $570 per window). Thanks for the input.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Steve, the Polaris UltraWeld is an excellent vinyl window -- $570 is a great price too. Assuming the installer has a good reputation, that's the window I would go with.

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

Pella 250 series vinyl windows vs Polaris Ultraweld. Let me know what you think.

Robert - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

The Polaris Ultraweld over the Pella 250 by a mile. Maybe even a mile and a half :)

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

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 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

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 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 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 Compared To Renewal By Anderson

Good Morning. We live in the Pocono Mountains in PA.

I just got a quote for 4 composite double hung Renewal windows, approx 3’ X 4’ for over $6200. Your website gives a price for high end budget composites for $2200. Is Anderson that much better, or am I getting a raw deal?

George - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

George, the short answer is yes. RBA is always very expensive and although its a nice product and warranty, it's just not worth it in my opinion (unless money is not an issue). If you want a fantastic vinyl window (that will blow the doors off of the RBA), look at Okna. The company is PA based, so there is definitely a dealer in your area. Their mid range 500 model is excellent and their high end 800 series is the best in the business.

In terms of pricing, you might be looking at $600 to $650 installed for the 500 series with normal installation and a mid sized double hung. Pricing can be all over the board though because there are so many factors that come into play for any specific project. (Our cost calculator is relatively generic pricing because of the complexity of different projects.)

I always recommend getting a few bids and other companies to look at include Soft-Lite, Sunrise, and Polaris. Google them and see if they have dealers that service you area. I also recommend telling each company that comes to your house that you want to be up front with them and that you are collecting 3 to 4 bids before you make a decision and would appreciate their best bid up at the outset.

Bottom line is there are better vinyl windows out there at a much lower price point.

All The Best,

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Polaris Window Serial Numbers

Hello we experienced a house fire in 2012 our contactor 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 Tim, I'm a new home owner and the windows need to be replaced. I've gotten 3 quotes for 9 windows and a sliding patio door. 1 of the quotes is for softlite imperial ls with new trim for $13158.00 and 1 is for the Simonton Vantage .66 for $11000.00 without the trim. (By trim I mean the interior casing, stool, apron , all the wood work inside the house). All windows are the same.

Do you think the pricing is fair and which Do you think is the better window. I will greatly appreciate your opinion. The one I didn't mention was from Polaris for $27000.00 for the same as the Simonton, which I thought was completely insane.

Larry - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Larry, thanks for the question. so let's take each of the bids separately. I will start out with the Polaris windows for $27,000. You are absolutely correct that this bid is insane, especially considering that the top of the line window from Polaris is equal in quality to the soft light imperial LS.

The quote you have for nine windows and one patio door for the soft light imperial LS $13,000 seems relatively fair to me. I can't say with total a surety because obviously I haven't seen the project personally but based on what the quote is for the Simonton I would say that the 13,000 seems quite fair.

The quote for the Simonton Vantage 66 window, which I'm assuming is the Simonton Vantage Point window, at approximately $2000 less than the soft light LS is about what I would expect in terms of the price difference between these two windows.

If it were my house, I would absolutely spend the additional $2000 for the Soft Light imperial LS. If you assume that we have 10 windows in total including the patio door. That's only $200 more per window which I think is worth it to get one of the best vinyl windows on the market.

Having said that, if this were my house I would try and negotiate that 13 $13,000 down to see where the soft light dealers actual floor is. Check out our article that discusses how to negotiate a window bid and I think that the techniques explored in it will help to save you some money. Good luck!

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

[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 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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