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Read 17 Silverline windows reviews from contractors, homeowners and industry experts who have works with these window series over for years. Click to or Silverline window prices.

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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. Silver Line 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.

With the exception of the 9500 series and perhaps 8500 series, Silverline does not make a very energy-efficient or durable window. They are probably OK for rental properties or if you're looking to flip houses, but other than this I would recommend staying away from them. The 9500 series, Which is their top-of-the-line double Hong, is the one exception to this rule. Is a pretty decent vinyl replacement window that is one of our recommended cheap window replacements for budget conscious consumers. I would recommend an upgraded glass package and a SIL reinforcement on the 9500 to bring this up to a decent mid range vinyl window.

Silverline should be available in much of the eastern half of the country in the big box stores such as Home Depot. One of the nice things about shopping at Home Depot is the prices are quite low, most of the reps and distributors can't really touch the price because Home Depot does such amazing volume. The downside of HD is that they're not gonna offer the customer service or the quality of installation the consumer should be looking for with their replacement window projects. If Home Depot does have your size and your model or series then you should definitely buy from Home Depot, however I would find an independent installer to do the actual installation.

The real issue with HD installation is that they subcontract out the work and pay a very low per window rate, which is a recipe for shoddy installation. Subpar installation with very mediocre windows is one way to really reduce the long-term value of this project. On the flipside, good quality installation with Justin OK window like Silverline offers will probably be fine for many homeowners who don't want to spend a ton of money but want to window that will last for 10 or 15 years and not cause the many headaches. All in all, there a better windows out there the web Silverline offers, but this is not the worst option if cost is a huge factor and you were willing to find a good quality installer who isn't going to cut corners and is gonna make sure that the window is installed Square, plum and is completely sealed and coughed.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015



Silverline 9500 Windows Reviews


Andersen Silverline 9500 series

Hi Tim. I was looking to replace 7 55 yr old double hung windows in my house in north/central NJ. Was about to buy Andersen Silverline (9500 series), but after reading your website I thought I should look around some more.

Any suggestions for other options in my area? I am currently working with a contractor on a kitchen remodel, so if I need to purchase the windows through his account if not offered directly to the consumer, that's not an issue.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Mike, I'm not quite sure what he has access to, but my top four vinyl window manufacturers on the east coast would be Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, and Polaris - in that order. The companies are going to be more expensive than the Silverline for sure, but I always point out that from a long term basis, you will usually save money by going with a high quality brand coupled with proper installation. Each of these companies has a number of models they sell, each of which has a different price point. I typically recommend going with the mid range option to get the best value for your dollar - so the Okna 500 model, the Standard Sunrise, the Soft-Lite Pro or Classic and the Polaris ThermalWeld.

Let me know if any of these recommendations works out!

- Site Editor - from 2016


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.

Don - Installer - from 2014


Silverline 9500 Window Review

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.

Todd - Installer - from 2010


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?

Walden - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

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.

Jeremy - Contractor - from 2010






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Silverline 8500 Windows Reviews


Silverline 8600 Series Options

Hi, my husband and I are looking to replace ten windows in our home and the contractor is talking up the Silverline 8600 series.

We haven’t been able to find a whole lot of reviews on these windows. We don’t have a lot of money to lay out and don’t want to have to worry about them in five years’ time.

Can you give us any sites with info/ reviews and or your professional opinion? Thanks.

Joni - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Joni, usually on this site i recommend to most homeowners that they go with a mid range vinyl window from a credible and known manufacturer. However, if you are leaving your home in five years, you don't have to worry too much about the quality of the windows. However, you still want to get good installation because slip shod work could get you some real headaches come winter.

Here are some windows that you could consider. I would probably sneak the Silverline 8600 series in that list, although the 9500 would be my preference when it comes to the Silverline. If you are buying from the big box stores, go in and talk to the guys working the windows section and ask them what their favorite window is and what they would put in their house. Then go find your own installer with good references and experience.

Zen Karma
Soft-Lite Barrington
Sunrise Essentials
Simonton VantagePointe Series
Simonton Daylight Max Series
Ply Gem Pro Series
Milgard Styline
Silverline 9500

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Silverline 8500 Compliant

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.

Jeremy - Homeowner - from 2012


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.

Steven - Installer - from 2009






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Silverline 2900 Windows Reviews


Silverline 2900 Series vs Soft-Lite Windows

What do you think about Soft-lite ARMOR IMPACT PLUS 5300 or Anderson 2900 series?

Bryan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

The Soft-Lite Armor Impact Plus is a solid hurricane window, I am a fan. The Silverline 2900 is not a good window, definitely not a fan.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Silverline 2900 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.

Miller - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

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.

Dan - Installer - from 2011

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Silverline 8700 Windows Reviews


Silverline 8700 Sliders vs Wallside And Amcraft

I have received 3 quotes from 2 different company's on replacement windows. C&L Ward quoted 7 Silverline 8700 slider windows with one Anderson 100 series (because silverline doesn't make a window this big) with low e3 glass, argon filled. Windows price of $6,780. Also quoted a silver line 5802 patio door at $2,445 for a total job of $9,225.

The second company, a local contractor quoted us Norandex extreme 6000 sliders, with the exception of the front window would have double hungs on both sides again do to the size. Also low e3, argon filled. Window price $5,700. Patio door is extreme 311 with a price of $1,190 for a total of $6,890. Same contractor also quoted Amcraft Grand Estates Original, all slider windows low e3 argon filled, for $4,905 with a patio door at $1,465 for a total of $6,370.

I feel C&L Ward is unrealistic asking that price from what I have read here for Silverline windows. So I think I am down to the other 2 and not sure if you believe one would out perform the other. Or should we keep looking and get another quote. We live in Michigan. Thanks for any help and your time.

Eric - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Eric, I have to agree with you that Silverline is not a high quality window, despite the Andersen window name attached to it. I would not feel comfortable putting those in my own home and would have concerns that issues would arise beginning in that 6 to 7 year mark.

The Norandex Extreme window is actually a rebranded Atrium window. Atrium windows are okay, but they aren't the greatest windows out there. I would put Amcraft in that same general category as well. Kind of in that lower end of the mid range of vinyl windows.

I would get another bid or two if I were you. See if you can get a bid from a Simonton dealer on either the Impressions Series, the Reflections or Prism series. Also Wallside windows is local to Michigan and I think they offer a good mid range vinyl window that will be higher in price than the Norandex, but should offer some better long term value than the choices you currently have.

It boils down to this -- I hear from lots of consumers that their Atrium windows have done a good job for them and they are in year 15, but I also hear from others who begin to have issues with seal failure etc. and they have to deal with the cost and heachache.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dane, Thanks for the reply. We decided to go with Wallside. A few people I work with said they have been happy with windows from them. None who have had them installed are all that old, so longevity wise hopefully we get a good number of years out of them.

I called Wallside and they came the next day to give us a quote. $6,000 for 8 windows and a patio door. No pressure sales tactics which I was kinda preparing for. He did show us a sample window, only salesman out of the 3 who did. The only thing I would say they try to trip you up with is quoting a cash or financing price. To finance they say it is 0% for 5 years but the price jumps to $7,200. Also the salesman did do the whole $14,000 but we have half off every window deal going right now. All in all 1 hour to write everything up wasn't bad. I'm not sure if he came in that low to beat the other bids I had or not but he came in $300 lower than the Amcraft window quote. We have a May 10th install date so hopefully the process goes smoothly.

Thanks again. I will be referring people to this site who are looking into windows. Tons of good info.

Eric - Homeowner - from 2017






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General Silverline Windows Reviews


Silverline vs United 8000 Series

Hi Editors, I'm planning to replace the vinyl siding on my 25 year old two-story house and the Silver-line single hung windows that are on it. The house is about 25 years old with more than half the window seals broken and taking moisture. I am looking at the United 8000 series Double Hung windows with nailing flange and built in J channel. Will removal of the Silver-line window allow for the setting of the United 8000 without touching the existing jams and trim? I have sixteen windows and one slider to replace. Your thoughts on the 8000 series needed.

Jerry - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jerry, United windows are more of a low end vinyl window and not a window that I would recommend putting in your home. They will certainly be better than your old Silverlines, but they're not going to off you the sort of long term value that you should be looking for in a window. I would prefer you get a mid range Simonton or a Ply Gem Pro over the United double hung.

Without seeing the existing windows, I couldn't say whether it would affect the existing jams and trim. Certainly a contractor could come out and tell you. I would get a few out there to get a consensus on this question and to offer up some additional brands and bids to compete with the United.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


United Ultra Tite2 Windows

Thank you so much Tim. That is great advice. It is interesting that last month I had one window company come, Unified Windows in New Jersey, and they only presented and pushed one brand of windows, Ultra Tite2, which I had never heard of. They wouldn't even discuss other brands. Plus their installation reviews online are mixed. So that is why my search continues. Based on your advice it sounds like I'm doing the right thing which is good to know!

Dennie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Different companies are structured in different ways. United Windows makes their own vinyl windows, so that's all they sell. Other contractor type companies might be dealers for a number of brands. It totally depends, there is no single formula, which can make it even more confusing. Btw, United is probably a company you can pass in.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


SilverLine by Andersen vs PGT

Are PGT, top of the line windows and sliding doors, the SAME as SilverLine by Andersen? Thanks,

Dorothy- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dorothy, I would say that PGT are good quality vinyl and aluminum windows. I don't think they are the BEST vinyl windows out there, but in terms of impact windows, they are very well regarded. I would certainly put PGT windows in my home -- although perhaps not their entry level models. Silverline, on the other hand, are considered relatively low quality windows. Andersen purchased Silverline in order to step into the vinyl window market, but the company they bought and the product that continues to be sold to consumers is not a high quality window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Silverline Windows Compliant

The guy that installed my Silverline windows is a friend of the owner of local company where I bought them from. Have you ever heard of being able to move the window panes within the frame while in the locked position? about a half inch each way and they move slightly up and down as well?

I guess even if a window was made to slide from either direction, I would not think there would be any movement in any direction regardless of weather they can be opened from either end. What is your take on this? It is almost as if the frame is too large for the window panes??

I have never seen such a crappy sash, I washed the two pieces of plastic out while picking the crap out from between and took about a half hour each window. I may as well have taken the plastic pieces off and put back on somehow. I have 30 year old anderson casements that have a solid sash that you can just swipe a rag across to clean them. I cant imagine anyone designing this two piece sash thinking it would be an ok thing to market.

Thanks for you help. I have tried to get the guy that installed them to do something, he says they all move around in the frames and that he could adjust the round plastic things at either side out further to make them stop further out from the frame, my worry is that by doing that would allow more air to get in.

As I mentioned there is already moisture on the panes now and in a few months it will freeze on the windows them selves, cant sit in front of the window, it makes ears hurt!

Lorelei - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Lorelei, here are a couple of suggestions. First, have the person who installed them come out and see if he can make some adjustments to reduce the sash movement. There shouldn't be any play to the sash if it is properly positioned in the frame. Honestly, it sounds like the windows are poorly made and perhaps poorly installed, although I can't say for sure without seeing it.

This is my other suggestions. Call one or two local window companies and have them come out and give you a bid for new windows. Don't mention that you aren't in the market for new windows, just let them take a look and ask your questions as to the problem. It's a bit sneaky and I don't love giving out this advise (it feels disingenuous but not horribly so), but it is an option that gets a professional to your house and gives you a somewhat honest answer to your question.

In regards to the condensation issue, poorly made windows typically have a high rate of air infiltration, which means that cold outside air is able to pass through the window and into the house. This cold air lowers the surface temperature of the glass - the lower the temperature of the glass (compared with the level of humidity inside the house), the more likely condensation and ice occurs. The point at which condensation occurs is called the dew point, which is defined at the temp. at which condensation forms on a particular surface (again, as it compares to the humidity levels).

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


Low Quality

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.

Carey - Contractor - from 2010


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.

Steven - Installer - from 2010






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