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Read 6 Preservation windows reviews from contractors and homeowners who know the brand and the quality of this vinyl replacement window series. Check out all of our Preservation Window prices.

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Editor's Preservation Window Review

Preservation windows are actually made by Alside (although you won't find the company's name or information on the site.) It is marketed as a stand alone product and touted as a very high end vinyl window. The window is certainly decent, but it is probably comparable to mid range Simonton vinyl windows, rather than one of the really elite vinyl window options out there. If you talk with knowledgable contractors and installers, Alside doesn't have the best reptuation in the industry in terms of design and construction. The exception to this is their Ultramaxx series, which gets pretty decent reviews.

So back to the Preservation vinyl window. A decent enough window that does use a block & tackle balancing system (which is preferable to a constant force balancing system). However, like all Alside products, the Preservation window uses a capture or snap in sill that is no inferior design to a true sloped sill. The big question for consumers is what price can you get this window for? If we assume that vinyl window prices run $40 to $90 per square foot fully installed and the Preservation window is a middle of the road window, then you should be looking at $55 to $65 per square foot. So for instance a 28" by 36" window should run you $385 to $455 fully installed. If the price you are quoted is well above this, you may want to get some additional quotes to make sure you are getting the best deal possible.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


Alside Mezzo vs. Preservations

I have two bids, one from a company selling the Alside Mezzo and Preservations and the other selling Soft-Lite.

I was put off by the Preservation salesman at a Home Show last week anyway.

With regard to Soft-Lite, I'm just concerned that it's a small company and could easily go out of business therefore voiding my warranty. As a homeowner, and I also don't want to put a lot of money into this project because I fear I will never recoup the money as I am in my 60's. That is why I will look at the midrange windows. The problem is going from Pella wood windows with internal blinds to brand x. I am also hoping that a transferable warranty is a plus when I decide to sell my home.

Jan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jan, I understand the worry about going out of business, but Soft-lite did weather the great recession just fine.

I would say this -- go with a mid range Soft-Lite window if you want to drop the cost, the Soft-Lite Classic or Soft-Lite Pro are good windows. Even the Soft-Lite Bainbridge...

If you are set on the Alside, I would say go with the Mezzo series. The Preservations line is way overpriced in my opinion.

Good luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Preservation Windows vs Sunrise

My wife set up an appointment with a company that sells Preservation windows. WOW - 2 hours of my life I'll never get back AND he made me miss my VFW meeting! In short, after all "discounts" he had to offer, just under $6800 for 4 installed windows ($1670 each). I'll board my windows up with foam & plywood before I buy a vinyl double hung for that price.

Is there anything from Andersen, Alliance, Semco, Jeldwen and Therma-Tru (in a vinyl full frame double hung) that can compete with the Sunrise's double hung price, warranty, and performance? If no, no need to explain (my own research points to "no"). If yes, which lines should I get pricing for?

Tom - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

I'm not sure I would say there is anything that can compete with the Sunrise from that list, but I do think the Andersen 100 composite window is a decent performer and quite a nice looking window. Beyond this I can't vouch for any of the other brands. I wouldn't think there is anything specific to the Sunrise that would pose an installation challenge above and beyond any other window. So if your contractor feels comfortable doing the window installation and you trust him, I would say go for it.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Preservation Windows Price

I just received a quote from a distributor for the Preservation window line. I'm wondering if this is a good window and what a fair price is? It's a top of the line vinyl frame with triple pane glass and krypton gas. The cost per window I got him down to was $815 for a double hung 36" by 50".

Anne - Homeowner - from 2014

[Contractor Response]

Preservation windows are from Alside. They market them as their exclusive high end window, but I would put them as a solid middle of the road window that is often sold for a high end price. That's a problem, the average person doesn't know that the Preservation isn't a top tier vinyl window like the best models from Sunrise or Polaris Windows. For that price you can probably get a truly outstanding window like a Marvin Infinity windows. This comes out to $65 per square foot, which is at the very top end of the price scale that we put on the Preservation series. You may want to get some additional bids for the sake of comparison.

Pete - Installer - from 2014






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Preservation Vinyl Windows

Alside Preservation has a bulky frame and snap in sill that I'm not a big fan of. If the decision is between the Preservation and the Sunrise standard window, I would not hesitate to go with the Sunrise. They make a nice durable vinyl window that looks nice and uses a more narrow frame. The Preservation is pretty similar in design and construction with the Alside Sheffield window, which is not the best build window in the business. Sunrise vinyl windows are going to be a better long term investement for you and your family in my opinion.

Michael - Installer - from 2011


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