Silverline Windows Reviews
Read 11 Silverline windows reviews from contractors, homeowners and industry experts who have workd with these window series over for years. Click to or Silverline window prices.
Editor's Silver line Windows Reviews
Silverline is a company that is owned by Anderson windows and is typically sold and many of the big box stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot. Silverlining specializes in mainly low-end vinyl windows, with their top of the line 9500 model a step above this. The company does offer a number of new construction and replacement options, although the model numbers are fairly confusing - 8700 series, 500 series, 2090 series, 70 series, 9520 series, 8600 series, 1200 series. They do offer a number of different styles including double hung's, single hungs, Casements, hoppers, awnings, sliders and bay and bow windows.
Silverline 9500 Window Review
I have a Silverline 9500 series in my basement and it has worked well - no air leaks and no issues to speak of. I installed it myself so I know it was done correctly. I think the biggest issue with consumers buying low end windows from the big box stores is that then also get cheap installation and that combination is not a recipe for long term success. I probably get 25% of my business fixing windows that have been installed incorrectly - gaps between the frame and sash and the window not plumb are the two most common mistakes I see. So I think for alot of homeowners they could buy a so so window as long as the installation is done properly. Of course, I would prefer to see them get a mid range window from a good manufacturer but if the dollars aren't there I say make sure the thing is put in properly.
Silverline 8500 Review
I put in Silverline 8000-8500s 12 years ago. We had 28 of them, double hung, low-e coating, argon filled, all the extra features. The salesman said they were the best vinyl windows on the market, we didn't pick them because they were cheap. Within just a few years, we started having trouble. We started replacing sashes almost right away. They have a rubber seal that keeps the argon gas in and they leak and make the glass streaky. Also, the plastic pieces that keep them in their track get dry and brittle and start to break. I will admit that they honor the warranty, but they do it stupidly. They won't replace the upper and lower sash together, but only one at a time. So they all fit poorly and we now have tons of drafts and upper sashes that won't stay up. I've talked to customer service a hundred times at least. I'm about to give up and I've started looking at windows to just replace these.
Silverline vs Alside vs PGT
I need vinyl replacement windows in central Florida. I've gotten 4 quotes so far, the Simonton 5500, Silverline 2900, Alside Excalibur, and PGT 2200. They were all around $29000 except the Simontons, which were just about $5k more.
The Silverline and Excalibur aren't as good as the other two, I would eliminate them right away. The Simonton 5500 is average, and the PGT is pretty nice, a 4" frame and exterior flange. It's comparable to the Simonton, but with better DP and AI numbers. I sell more of them than anything else.
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Thumbs Up From An Installer
I've put in a lot of Silverlines. I've heard a few people say they'll fall apart in a couple years, but I've never seen any trouble with them. The 1200 series is pretty awful, but the 9500 doesn't cost much more and is much much better. The biggest problem with Silverlines is that they're cheap, so they tend to get cheap installations. I haven't had any trouble with the ones I've installed.
9500 Series vs Alside Excalibur
I'm getting replacement windows, is the Silverline 9500 better than Alside Excalibur Series? Any others I should look at?
If you're flipping or renting the property, those are fine, but if you plan to live with them I'd look at something better. Softlite, Okna, Gorell, Sunrise, Simonton, PGT, Great Lakes. They are all a lot better. If for some reason you're determined to get one of those, the 9500 beats the Excalibur.
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The Silverlines are very low quality. You can do a lot better without spending much more money. I would say that anything you get is going to be better than these.
SilverLine 8500 Series
The problem with the SilverLine 8500 is that it's priced too high. If it was cheap, it wouldn't be too bad, because some people want a cheap window. But they are priced like a good window. I'd look at Softlite of Gorells.
Silverline vs Gorell
If you're looking at Silverlines and Gorells, the Gorell is a whole lot better. If you get Silverlines you'll have to replace them in just a few years anyway. Pay the additional money and get Gorell or something similar the first time.
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