Sierra Pacific Windows Reviews
Read 10 Sierra Pacific windows reviews to find out what homeowners and contractors think of their products and customer service. The Red Bluff, California based company sells windows and doors, including an 8500 repalcement window, 8000 series new construction window, H3 fusion, all wood and aluminum clad series.
Editor's Sierra Pacific Review
Sierra Pacific Industries is a family owned and operated window and door business headquartered in Red Bluff, California. The company has been in business from a hundred plus years. While mostly known for their wood clad windows and doors, the company now also offers aluminum clad and vinyl products. The company acquired the assets of Hurd windows sometime back and integrated their manufacturing lines to their fleet of windows and doors.
Sierra Pacific 8500 Double-hung Windows
Hello Dane and Tim! I found your site while doing research on windows and I love it! what a great resource and wealth of information.
[Site Editor's Answer]
Rico, I have a pretty strong opinion on this one. The Ideal Ultra-site is the best of these windows. The overall build, fit, and tolerance of this window is much better than the Sierra or Pella. The Sierra Pacific 8500 series is going to be right behind the Ideal in terms of energy efficiency. The Pella 250 is going to be pretty far behind. Pella's vinyl windows have gotten much better, but they are still more of a wood clad window manufacturer than a vinyl window maker.
Sierra Pacific Sliding Doors
Hi Tim, since you answered my question in July the company we paid to install 2 Softlite Elements doors came yesterday and installed 2 Sierra Pacific sliding doors. The company claims that Softlite machinery was unable to accommodate the smallish size that we required. Not sure I believe that but will call Softlite to inquire. We were never told that that the product would be switched.
[Site Editor's Answer]
Molly, that is ridiculous, who shows up for an install and presents a completely different product? Sierra Pacific vinyl patio doors are not going to be as good as Softlite Elements doors. Sierra Pacific is primarily a wood clad window and door company that has more recently gotten into the vinyl window and door business. I haven't seen the exact specs, but I would be shocked if the Sierra Pacific could compete with the Soft-Lite Elements.
Good Customer Experience
We just put in Sierra Pacific windows in our home - 25 windows and 2 doors that replaced Andersen 200 series windows and doors. One of the biggest reasons was our contractor who has worked with their products in the past and liked most of what he saw. This general sentiment was also held by the architect who liked everything except the SP door handles. They had a showroom in the Bay Area that I visited and went over the specs with one of the support team. She was quite helpful and indicated that the majority of issues they have with customers is minor things like weatherstripping, the handles etc. Of course, she works for the company so it was unclear how much of what she said was lip service. One thing I did like was they had a lot of exterior color options, even though in our case we had an off white outside frame so it didn't affect us.
Sierra Pacific Vinyl Windows
Hi Dane, first off, I love the website. It's a great source for a vast amount of knowledge.
[Site Editor's Answer]
Bryan, I wish I knew more about Sierra Pacific vinyl windows. I looked on their website on the vinyl section, professionals section, under structural data. Decent enough air infiltration numbers, at least on the casement and awning windows.
Sierra Pacific vs Andersen
We're replacing 30 windows that are mainly double hungs with some horizontal sliding and awning windows thrown in there as well. So far, we have bids from Andersen on their 400 Woodwright series with upgraded glass and screens fro $20K. Sierra Pacific came in and their bid was about 7K less for an aluminum clad window with a triple low-e glass and screens. They seem to be more on the west coast so I don't feel like they do as much business here in Montana. Weathershield was $16K, but there were a few design features that turned me off so I'm going to pass on them.
Montana winters are pretty serious business and you obviously don't want to have any window failures. To be honest, I know very little about Sierra Pacific, but I would find out whether their aluminum is extruded or roll form and also how it is applied. The roll form is not a good design choice in my opinion because it is can trap water between the wood and aluminum if the water can seep in. The better manufacturers of aluminum windows use an extruded method. The Andersen 400 series is a high quality window and the Woodwright is the better option over the Tilt turn. I'm not a huge fan of the Weathershield windows, so if it were me I would take that one off the list.
[2nd Contractor Response]
Sierra Pacific does use an extruded aluminum on the frame and sash and I believe the wood they offer is either Douglas Fir or a Ponderosa Pine. Ask the person who came out whether they will send you a sample window so you can see the wood species and aluminum in person if you haven't had a chance yet. I like Sierra Pacific's windows and I also like the Andersen, which is obviously more expensive. I'm not familiar with the Weathershield so I can't comment. I would choose between the first two options.
[3rd Contractor Response]
Of the three you mention, I like the Andersen 400 window the best. They make a very good window at a top end price, but you get the backing of a very strong company. Sierra Pacific is a mid range manufacturer with mid range windows. I personally dislike Weathershield.
Sierra Pacific vs Pella And Eagle
We have bids from several manufacturers that includes Pella, Eagle and Sierra Pacific, although the Pella Architect is just too expensive so that's basically off the list. Eagle gets pretty good reviews and Sierra Pacific gets so-so reviews. The Eagle bid is a good 9K more, which is pushing out budget right now.
I don't know enough about SP to give an opinion, but I like Eagle windows. They are owned by Andersen but they more or less run as an independent company. The website lists their windows as the E series from Andersen and they are an aluminum clad wood window that are really pretty nice looking. I would spring for the 9K if you can do it and go with a brand that you feel comfortable with over one that leaves a question mark in your mind. Most of my customers are glad they went with a higher end window brand once the project is over, even if it stretches their budget thin in the short run.
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