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Viwinco Cambridge vs ProVia AP500

We are having builder grade windows replaced in our bay window. I am getting a variety of estimates and getting recommendations to use Provia AP 500 windows, or Viwinco Cambridge windows. We also have Thompson Creek (TC) windows available in our area.I am inclined to go with TC because of how pleased I am with two other windows we have from them, but am willing to consider the other two. Your thoughts?

EW - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

EW, I don't know much about Thompson Creek windows to be honest, I've heard that the company is very aggressive in their marketing approach, but this doesn't have anything to do with their windows themselves. I took a look on the website, which lists performance numbers on thousands on windows and found their TC 900 Double Hung model got decent numbers - U-factor of .32 and .28 with different low-e options, .19 with the triple pane option.

I'm not sure which ProVia model you are referring to, but I like ProVia windows in general and would certainly give them the nod (knowing very little about your project) over the TC. Viwinco windows tend to be a lower end vinyl window than the ProVia brand so I would put these a bit lower in the overall scheme of things.

I would still get bids from each company and see how everything compares in terms of your take on window quality, looks, and the price bids. Get all your bids together and then you can do a nice compare and contrast on the companies.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

ProVia VT 800 Series Windows

Just had installed the ProVia VT 800 series windows. Was considering removing the screen for winter.....noticed a felt type insulation strip which would be exposed to the elements when screen is removed. Can screens be safely removed for winter without damage to insulation strip. Thank you!

Pat - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Pat, without seeing them I couldn't say for sure. You should be fine, however, I would start with a smaller window in a location that is out of the way - bathroom or something like this. Remove the screen carefully and go slow to make sure that the weatherstripping is not coming off with the screen. Weatherstripping is not made to have much in the way of adhesive on the upper edge, but if the screens are real snug and have been sitting on the weatherstripping for a long time (and the weatherstripping is starting to come off anyway), it could start to pull off. If this is the case, you can always remove and replace the weatherstripping (or hire a handyman to do it). It's not the worst idea to replace the weatherstripping every 10 years or so.

By the way, the ProVia Aeris is a nice window, let me know how they work out for you!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Gerkin vs ProVia Windows

Dane, I have been using your web page to help me better understand and choose replacement windows for my home. I am looking at Gerkin Comfort Series, ProVia Aeris window, and Sunrise restoration. could you help me understand which one would be the best to go with. I live in Lincoln Nebraska.

Nick - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Nick, if I were choosing in a vacuum (no consideration to window cost and quality of install), I would choose the Sunrise Restorations...

The Restorations uses a fairly narrow frame and sash, which give it clean lines and more glass area. Along with a high transparency screen, it has a clever tilt sash mechanism. The high quality finish makes it look close to real wood. A U-value of 0.28 and AI of 0.04 mean it ranks pretty high in energy efficiency.

The ProVia Aeris is a good window though and it can be ordered in the wood interior if you are interested (although I personally prefer vinyl for the cost, longevity, maintenance and performance). Performance wise, the Aeris double hung will produce a .28 U-factor, .10 AI and .47 VT - all pretty solid numbers. The ProVia also offers lots of color options and you can go with either the VT700 or the slightly upgraded VT800 - it's always nice to have some different model choices.

I would say that the Gerkin Comfort Series is right on par with the ProVia Aeris. For instance, the 6000 Comfort Series, which is the slider, will offer .29 U-value, .04 AI, .22 SHGC and .51 VT - I'm VERY impressed with the .04 air infiltration number. I tend to think the Gerkin windows aren't quite as nice looking as the ProVia, but this is my opinions and honestly once the windows are in you probably won't ever notice them unless something fails on them.

You have 3 solid window choices - now compare cost, which is important for obvious reasons. More importantly, installation, which should account for roughly half of the overall effectiveness of the windows.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Provia Windows Reviews 2012

The only place Pella is better than other brands is in their advertising department. Pella vinyl and fiberglass windows are both terrible. You're paying a premium price for marketing, not for good windows. Inline makes a good window as well as patio doors, and ProVia is a good choice too.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2012

Provia Aeris Review

I had someone from Provia Aeris out to do an estimate, and a lot seemed off. For one thing, he couldn't give me any numbers but said he would have to check with the factory and get back to me in a week. Also, I asked how it compared to some other brands and he said Softlite isn't high quality and he has never heard of Gorell, Amerimax, or Loewen. Seems like a window salesman should have heard of major players like those. The windows themselves, on their VT800 they are printed to look like wood but it's cheaply done, you can see pixels. They are just ugly.

Donna - Homeowner - from 2012

Contractor Opinion

ProVia's "Aeris" label is often only available to larger volume dealers. I've bought several hybrid wood interior Aeris windows in the past, but I'm not very familiar with the VT 800. I took a look at the specs online and it looks similar to the Integra (pretty much their flagship window), but with the Dual Tech tilt housing. I really like that feature and it adds alot to the window in my opinion. A good quality window and the only complaint I have is the two point weatherstripping contact points. The AI numbers was around .09, which is pretty decent as well.

Steve - Contractor - from 2012

Provia Or Andersen

I'm looking to replace some casements and awning windows, a total of 14. I'm mainly thinking about Provia or Andersen, but the Andersens are really high. Provia has a better warranty, but I'm not sure how the window quality compares?

Sarah - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

Provia isn't as well known as some brands, but they're a reliable company and they make a good window. I think they're equal to any of the more popular lines. I would take a look at Sunrise first, they have some new awnings coming out that are really nice, but other than that Provia is a decent choice.

Don - Contractor - from 2011

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Provia vs Marvin & RBA

I don't know a lot about Provia windows, but I do know their doors and I'm not a big fan. The Renewal by Andersen is okay, but not my favorite if you can afford something better. Look at Marvin's Infinity, it is about the same price as RBA but miles better in every way. Sunrise and Gorell are also really good, if you can fit them in your budget, they are a little higher but they're worth it.

Buddy - Contractor - from 2011

Provia vs Sunrise

I'm not sure what I think about Provias. They used to have a good vinyl window, but it was more expensive than Softlite, Okna, or Sunrise in a comparable model. When you're spending a lot of money on windows, you don't want to spend extra money if you aren't getting better features or performance in return.

Mike - Contractor from Delaware - from 2011

Provia vs Okna

Provia has a new PVC hybrid, the Aeris, that looks really good on the website. It might even be nicer that Starmark by Okna, I'd have to see them installed to be sure. The price is a little high, similar to a wood or clad window, but if it's as good as it looks that might be reasonable.

Howard - Installer - from 2011

Provia vs Soft-Lite

I'm trying to decide between Provia Integra 300 and Softlite Imperial LS. The Softlite seems sturdier and seems to fit the frame better, but the bid is $650 more. That isn't a huge amount, but are they worth that much more? The Integra has a double compartment in the sill, but I don't know if that really cuts down on drafts or just makes it harder to clean.

Sam - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

You should take a look at the Softlite Elements. I like it a little more than the LS. The ProVia is good too and you should be happy with either one.

Harry - Contractor - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

I really like ProVias doors. I haven't used their windows but the company is reliable. As far as Softlites go, I think you can never go wrong with any of their windows. The price difference is hard to determine, $650 is nothing if you're ordering 30 windows and it's a whole lot if you're only getting 2. I don't know the specs on the Integra, but I think it's NFRC certified and qualifies for tax credits, if you get the low-e and super spacer package.

Will - Contractor - from 2010

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