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Read 63 Simonton windows reviews and explore review and pricing information on the Assure, Reflections, Impressions and StormBreaker Plus series.

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Editor's Simonton Window Review

Simonton is one of the largest replacement window companies in the United States, with one of the most recognizable names in the window business as well. Their products are available through a number of different channels; the big box stores such as Lowes, Sears and Home Depot, many contractors and local reps distribute them and even some higher end stores carry their more expensive lines.

In general, the high availability of Simonton windows is a good thing because the company produces some solid mid range vinyl windows. The downside to this approach is reduced quality control in terms of the overall level of installation since more or less any contractor with a pick up truck can sell the product.

So how good are Simonton windows? They are often said to be the "Ford" (as in Ford cars and trucks) of the window industry and it seems an apt description. They aren't the fanciest or best looking vinyl windows, but they are well made, sturdy and reliable. The company stands behind their products and has lots of series and models to choose from. Their lower entry Assure and Reflections windows aren't great, but their mid range and higher end Reflections, Impressions and StormBreaker Series are well built and often competitively priced.

Simonton's naming system can be confusing for consumers and with good reason. For instance, the Reflections 5300 series is essentially identical to the Prism Ultra Gold Series. At one point, the Prism Series was only available to certain dealers or distributors, but now the different names tend to be more geographical in nature - West Coast has the Reflections Series and the East Coast has the Prism Series. For consumers, the best approach is to ask the seller which product they are buying and how it compares to the more well known Simonton window models.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

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Simonton Replacement Window Parts

I had several replacement Simonton windows put in a house we are restoring, at the bottom side of the windows there's about a 1" gap opening in the sash. I found some pieces left from the installer that will snap into the bottom edge of the new window which gives a much better appearance. I need some more of that vinyl extension material. I found an old sticker with numbers like 50DHWIWH, and 110607 1100, are these good numbers so I could buy more of these extensions in 4 to 5' lengths, looks to be around 1-1/4" wide

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Michael, typically windows production and model information is found in the corner of the glass, although this isn't always the case. My advise would be to take pictures of the sticker and the glass and take it down to Home Depot and speak with one of the window guys down there. Also measure the width and height of the window and the length of whatever part you are interested in.

The HD guys can probably take a look and call their Simonton rep and order replacement parts through their web portal. I'm not saying this will work for sure, but the HD guy's Simonton rep should be able to tell you whether or they have the part you are looking for.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton Double Strength Glass

Hi Dane and Tim, I live in Northern Virginia. After several high pressure, gimmicky sales pitches on replacement windows, it was the last one that has me more confused. The salesman didn't give me a clear answer - maybe you can. The literature states: "dual panes of single strength glass." This is the Simonton 6100 series. Other manufactures' brochures and internet sources I've looked either says double pane or single pane glass, no mention of strength. I know double pane replacement is probably the better choice, but what about strength?

Dee - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Aunt Dee, nearly all vinyl replacement windows sold today are dual pane windows, these use two panes of glass in the insulated glass unit.

Some manufacturers use single strength glass 1/16" thick and others use double strength glass 1/8" thick (this is approximate)…

Thinner glass is lighter, but it lacks the durability that you should be looking for. You will lose some energy performance and a bit of sound efficiency.

While it isn't a big deal (visually it's nearly impossible to tell), over time it makes more sense to get a window with double strength glass, even if you have to pay the $50 per window more to get it. In all likelihood, you will make it up over time and you won't have as many broken windows (not necessarily true, but life is all about playing the odds...)

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton vs PGT Hurricane Windows

We are forced to replace a large window with two awning windows and two plate glass windows. Total width is 196" and height is 62". We live in Florida, on a river, and close to the gulf - obviously a hurricane zone. Can you compare PGT class C window to Simonton class D window, please. This window faces the south, which is on the river. We have estimates that are very similar in price.

Deanna - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Deanna, PGT in my opinion is the superior window to the Simonton. Now, I will say that the installation quality would push me one way or the other, so if there is a noticeable difference between the two (reviews, reputation, etc.) then this would be my deciding factor.

But all (installation) things being equal, I would have to go with the PGT hurricane windows over Simonton hurricane windows.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton Prism Bronze Windows vs Sunrise Restorations

Tim, I have 2 quotes on replacement windows.

1. Sunrise Restoration windows. 6 windows with grids. Size 35x59, with installation cost is $8322.

2. Prism Bronze by Simonton. 6 windows with grids $2974.

The one company only sells Restoration. I asked for middle of the road for the Simonton. The sample he brought said Prism Bronze on it but from what I can tell on your website, that is no longer being made.

Any opinions or suggestions that you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

Not sure where else to get estimates. We have Window World and Ideal Window companies here in Iowa but their windows are not that great.

Sharon - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Sharon, the Restorations bid is so much more than the Prism Bronze. I would much prefer you get a quote on the Simonton Prism Platinum window over the Bronze, it is a much better window. I would imagine it would be somewhere in the $4000 to $4500 range (based on the Prism Bronze quote...) The Restorations is a great window, but I think you would be fine with the Prism Platinum.

Long story short, I think you need one or two more bids because you have two such different quality windows and bids in front of you. I would agree that you should bypass Window World, but I think Ideal makes a solid mid range vinyl window. I would absolutely get a bid from their local rep and see how their prices compare...

- Homeowner - from 2016

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton StormBreaker Windows

I'm looking to purchase a home from a builder in Fl. who has won "Builder of The Year" awards on multiple occasions. I'm a bit concerned because he will be using the MI high impact windows (Storm Armor)if I purchase the home. I cannot find any reviews on these MI windows and was wondering if these are rated any better than the non-impact windows they sell. Thanks for your feedback on these windows.

Don - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Don, MI does not have a stellar reputation in the industry, but I know lots of builders like them, I'm assuming because they get them at a good price and they figure the windows are "good enough." I don't know much about the Storm Armor series. I'm sure they are better than the standard MI vinyl windows, but that isn't a recommendation by any means.

I would ask the builder for two other impact options or brands that he could order. If he does, see if you can compare the performance to the Storm Armor, specifcally the Depsign Pressure Rating, U-factor, Air Infiltration Number and Condensation Resistance Rating.

I would ask if he has access to PGT, Custom Window Systems, Stanek or the Simonton StormBreaker Plus window. Without knowing anything about the Storm Armor, I would think that the options I mentioned would be a better long term solutions than the MI. Each of the companies makes a very solid impact window that will be more expensive than the MI, but isn't going to be exorbitant.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton ProFinish Windows

I recently purchased a Mobile Home built in 1989 and would like to replace nine existing windows with mid range energy efficient single hung windows. Should I be looking for a certain type, Frame & manufacturer. Are there makes of windows that are more designed for Mobile Homes? I have received one estimate from a contractor for installing (single hung profinish builder white single hung windows J channel. Would these be Simonton low end windows? Any advice on purchasing new windows for my Mobile home would be greatly appreciated!

Pamela - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Pamela, I don't think there are any specific windows for mobile homes, the biggest issue will be the frame depth and how the replacement window fits into the opening. The Simonton ProFinish model comes in three options, the Builder, Contractor and Master. The Builder is the entry level and I wouldn't recommend that one. I think the Contractor and Master would fit with what you are looking for. I also like the premium Reliabilt 3500 and 3900 series, the Sunrise Essentials or preferably the standard Sunrise series, and the Ply Gem Pro series.

Some of these options should be available in your area and you should have the companies come out and provide you with a bid so you can get pricing and also to be able to handle the windows themselves and see how they open and close, etc.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton vs Milgard and Amerimax Windows

What are your thoughts on these three brands/Windows:

Amerimax Craftsman Portrait Series
Milgard Tuscany and Quiet-Line
Simonton Reflections 5500

I'm looking to drastically improve the comfort level in the upstairs portion of my house. 3 fairly large south east facing Windows and one large north facing window. The rest are in shady portions. I'm going to remove the siding around the Windows in order to add trim and to install new construction type Windows.

Thanks for the advice--I really found your site helpful.

David - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

David, I like each of the windows you mentioned. The Quietline is the outlier of the bunch and will be much more expensive that the others (if for some reason it isn't, you should jump on it!). I might give the advantage to the Reflections 5500 series of the three, but not by much.

I would say that with such close window selections, it might be best to now shift your attention to the installers. This component is obviously very important. Good installation will insure that they don't have to come back out and fix issue and charge you for their "service." If it were me, I would select the company that seems to offer the best installers with lots of experience installing their specific window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton vs Zen Windows

We just tore out a rotten window sill at our home yesterday (not the remodel project.) In our area, in vinyl, the local distributors carry Silverline, Pella, Simonton and the smaller companies (which I agree we should stay away from because the warranties are not great and the companies may not be around later for warranty work.) I have not looked at the home stores and hope not to because that seems to complicate things more. You have confirmed my feeling about the Silver Lines. I suspect that the same scenario applies to Pella.

I looked for Sunrise and Soft-Lite, but only found Zen about 40 miles away from the construction site. I will check into the other brands you mentioned, but if they are not available here that really only leaves Simonton reflections 5500 and Platinum Prism as worthy options here. They are expensive, but they seem to have a decent warranty. Again, I thank you so much for your help.

Nita - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Nita, the Simonton 5500 is a good window. Call up the Zen dealer and have them come out and give you a bid. Tell them you only want a bid on the Nirvana and Lotus, not the Karma model. The Nirvana and Lotus are the Soft-Lite Classic and Soft-Lite Pro (confusing right?)

Both of these models are quite good and are often at a nice price point. Not always so, but often. The more bids you have, the stronger your negotiating position.

Good luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton And Reliabilt At Home Depot

Hi Dane, My wife and I own a small brick house in Plano, TX that we had been renting out. As divorce is pending, we plan to sell it. It would be preferable to replace all 10 original (1967) windows, and a couple are even broken.

We don't live in the area and I don't feel comfortable giving out the address to potential contractors. Can you give me any guidance on affordable, good brands of windows, potential contractors you trust in the Plano, TX/ north Dallas area? Does it make sense to use Home Depot?

Drew - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Drew, normally I would say not to use HD, but you are getting rid of the house and the windows need to be fine, not great. HD sells Simonton and Reliabilt windows that are good. Ask to get their best installer for the job and ask whether it comes with any sort of labor warranty on the work. Subcontractors from HD aren't the most reliable, but there are some good ones. Just make sure you get someone who doesn't cut corners.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton CV500 vs Milgard Windows

We are considering replacing all our windows and sliding glass doors. We have the original windows in our home that is about 28 years old. We have spoken to two private window contractors and a representative for Home Depot. The private contractors seem to be leading us toward Milgard, one toward the Tuscany and the other toward the Style Line Series. The Home Depot representative is encouraging us to go with the Simonton CV500. Which brand and series would you recommend? Thank you for your help.

Sally - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

I would go with the private contractor and the Milgard. You will pay more for it, but it's a better window and hopefully better installation. The Tuscany should add 10% to the price over the Styleline and is worth it in my opinion. I like the Tuscany, it's well made and while not flashy, it's a decent performer, and has some good features.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton vs Okna Windows

I have gotten quotes from both OKNA and Simonton installers. My real concern is that the Okna guy is simply going to replace the glass part, not the frame or take the window back to the brick. The Simonton one is going to take out the old frame back to the brick. It seems to me that that is the right way to do it. What do you think?

Eleanor - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Eleanor, without actually seeing the project, I couldn't tell you whether you need replacement windows or whether you can simply replace the glass. I would suggest getting two more bids to see if you can get a better consensus on how best to proceed. A big part of that equation is going to depend on the condition of your current window frames and the overall cost difference between these two approaches. Get a couple more bids and see if this brings some clarity on how best to proceed with your project.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton Platinum Prism vs Zen Windows

Thank you for your reply. I realized after I sent my question that my bid for the Zen Windows included a painted exterior, and the other two quotes did not. Once I eliminate that, the Zen Nirvana window comes in at only $1,000 more than the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait, and about $200 less than the Simonton Platinum Prism.

It sounds like from your answer that the Simonton would be your third choice of these three? I admit that, though all three installers get great reviews on BBB, Angie's List, etc., we like the Simonton installer the best, though that's more of a feeling than anything concrete. Would it be a mistake to choose the Simonton for the installer; are the other windows that much better? Thank you!!!

Margaret - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Margaret, the installation is very important, I always say 50% windows, 50% installation. The Simonton Platinum Prism is a good vinyl window, I'd probably put it on par with the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait, but I would put the Soft-Lite Classic above these. But by how much, probably not a huge amount. If it were me and these were my options, I'd go with the installer who I felt was going to do the most thorough job, installed quite a few of the window I selected, and gave me the best overall feeling (and obviously had great reviews).

I have to say on the windows alone, I'd probably go with the Zen if it's only $1000 more, but again, the installer would probably be a bigger factor with the selections you have. Let me know how your project goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton vs Marvin Integrity Windows

I want to use Integrity replacement windows and my husband wants Simonton (high end). I know one is fiberglass and one is vinyl. Will the fiberglass last longer and be better quality than high end vinyl? Thank you.

Cheryl - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Cheryl, the Marvin Integrity is the better window in my opinion than anything that Simonton makes, with the possible exception of the Stormbreaker Plus, which is their impact window and not a fair comparison. The fiberglass will hold up as well or better than the vinyl over time. There is debate in the industry over which material is more durable, I tend to give a slight edge to fiberglass.

If you can afford the Integrity, like the look of it, and feel good about the installation, this is the choice I would make. Simonton's best windows however are not far behind the Integrity so I would also advise to go with the company and installation team that you feel most confident as to the quality of their work. The installation is quite an important piece of the project.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton Prism Platinum vs. Zen Lotus

Looking to replace 11 double hung windows and 1 large double casement and I am trying to chose a decent windows for a mid-range price. Currently have quotes on the Simonton Prism Platinum and the Zen Lotus. For installation I have a highly recommended company for the Simonton and for the Zen I would be using their contractors. I have read numerous pros and cons on both window manufactures. Pricing is slightly lower on the Zen but I am looking for recommendation on the better windows and warranties. I wouldappreciate any suggestions.

Al - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Al, the Simonton Prism Platinum window is quite a decent window, but the Zen Lotus is the better of the two. The Lotus model is the Soft-lite Classic, which is quite a nice vinyl window and the one I would go with. Make sure the Zen franchise owner and their installation team has a good reputation and offers a labor warranty.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Houston Texas Replacement Windows

We are looking to replace aluminum windows in a 34 year old home. We live east of Houston Tx. Do you recommend aluminum or vinyl? We found a vinyl window by MI. Based on your website, it seems evident that you do not like MI windows. What is your recommendation?

David - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

David, MI is indeed a lower end vinyl window manufacturer that sells cheap windows primarily to contractors and builders. I would definitely stay away from these if you want to maximixe the chances of getting the best long term value for your home.

Since you live in an incredibly hot climate down in Texas, I can go with either aluminum or a good vinyl. Don Young out of Houston sells an excellent aluminum window that you certainly should get a quote on from their local dealer - give them a call and they will refer you to the company or companies that service your town.

In terms of vinyl, you may want to look at Milgard, Sunrise, Zen (a franchise of Soft-Lite) and even Simonton. I would suggest staying away from the entry level option from each of these companies and instead stretch into their mid range (or high end) vinyl window model. With good competent installation, you should be well served with any of these brands. One note - in terms of the Simonton, I would recommend sticking to their 5500 Reflections or their 9800 Impressions series, these are the two models I feel comfortable recommending for such a hot climate as yours.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton Platinum Prism vs Amerimax Craftsman Portrait

We are looking to replace 16 windows in our house, a combination of double-hungs and sliders. We got a pile of quotes for a variety of windows, and after deciding that we do not need high-end fiberglass windows, we have come down to the two lowest vinyl bids, Simonton Platinum Prism and Amerimax Craftsman Portrait (both double-pane). The Amerimax quote is about $1,400 less than the Simonton.

The Amerimax dealer made a big deal about the windows being made in Colorado (we are located in Denver) and that this ensures that the window will have argon in it, claiming that windows made at lower altitudes lose their argon upon being shipped to Denver b/c of the capillary systems they stick in the windows to ensure safe shipping. We are not sure whether or not give this credence?

The Amerimax quote is also for single-hung windows rather than double-hung. It is true that we often have trouble pushing the upper sash up enough to close our current windows, and to be brutally honest, we never clean the outside of our windows anyway, so perhaps the single-hung is fine. Is there something else we should consider about this?

A further question I have (which I can't seem to find an answer to) is whether one of these windows has narrower frames than the other, as I would like as much glass as possible since I feel our house can be a bit dark.

Of course, I would also like to know if either of these is more durable than the other, or has more issues with manufacture or operation, as I don't ever want to think about my windows again!

To throw a wrench in, the third lowest quote was from Zen Windows, for their Nirvana windows (which I understand are equivalent to Soft-Lite Classics). Their quote was $3,200 higher than the Amerimax, so unless there is a compelling reason to choose them over the Amerimax or the Simonton, we are not considering them. But I wanted to put them in in case there is such a reason.

Thank you for any input!!

Margaret - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Margaret, you've asked some good questions here. There is concern over windows made at lower elevations and shipped to elevations over 6000 ft. However, the capillary tubes help relieve the differences in pressure that would occur with the elevation change (assuming that the company does it correctly.) There should be a number of companies that manufacture windows in or around Denver though so you should have some options (make sure to ask about the elevation changes and capillary tubes to each of the companies to make sure that they use them and feel comfortable with the process, just to be safe).

If your two main bids are Amerimax and Simonton and the Simonton is more expensive, I'd say the clear winner is the Amerimax. I like this company and their vinyl windows.

I actually like single hung windows for the very reasons you suggest, plus there are less parts and components that can fail over the years. Many contractors automatically assume a single hung is a builder grade window, but many manufacturers have been making quality single hung windows because they offer better performance and still offer the ventilation.

Zen is a good window, and you are right it is the Soft-Lite Classic model. The Nirvana is better than the Craftsman Portrait, but I probably wouldn't pay the extra $3200. I'd go with the Amerimax, which is a good quality mid range vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton 6200 vs Andersen 100 Series

I have a sunroom in my house with 5 old double hung wood windows that need replacement. We are considering Home Depot in Oakland, CA for the job and a small independent shop. Home Depot is proposing Simonton 6200 (vinyl) and Andersen 100 Series (fibrex). Due to apparent code requirements we have to use Casement to have an opening big enough in case of fire, for the fireman to be able to perform a rescue. Which brand do you think is best? Simonton carries a lifetime warranty and Andersen has 20 years warranty. Which is the better choice?

Vivek - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Vivek, between the Simonton 6200 and the Andersen 100 series, the Andersen is definitely the better option of the two. The VantagePointe is at the lower end of the typical mid range vinyl window (does this make sense?). Other options in your area that I think you may want to consider is Milgard, Anlin and Amerimax - these are my go to west coast options - look at their mid range offerings and compare these prices to the bids you currently have. However, the Andersen 100 series is a good window and certainly you will get a good price at HD.

I would however not use HD for the installation. I would instead suggest you find a local company or contractor to do the work on the sunroom. HD offers good product pricing, but they subcontract out the work and you may not get the quality of installation that you deserve.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton vs Renewal by Andersen

Tim, My apologies if this has been asked and reviewed already. If that's the case, you may just direct me to the previous review. We are looking at replacing 7 "normal" sized double-hung windows and three sliding windows of various sizes. We've had a local contractor come look at the job, and he uses Simonton vinyl windows...the model i am not sure of yet.

Based on some other estimates he had in his book, I'm guessing his quote will be in the $6,000 - $9,000 range. We will have the quote this week. He has a well-established company that isn't huge, but isn't tiny either. We also had an estimate from Renewal by Andersen for the same job and it came to $24,000. Their big pitch was their Fibrex composite material for durability/strength/etc.

Is this Fibrex material really that good and is it enough to warrant 3 times the cost versus a quality vinyl window? We live in St. Louis, so the weather conditions can vary quite a bit; high heat, humidity, high winds, storms. Our winters aren't too bad, but can get down in the teens a few times.

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hans, the Renewal Cost Quote is pretty typical and is not something that I would ever consider for my own home (one, I couldn't afford it and two it isn't worth it, although they do make nice windows, just not worth the crazy price tag). So if it were me, I would throw out the RBA at the outset.

Simonton makes a good vinyl window, but they are nowhere near the best. Their Impression 9800 series is the one window that I would say is quite good. I'd like to see you get a quote on some other windows, I know Zen has a branch in St. Louis - they sell Soft-Lite windows under a different name. Sunrise may be available in St. Louis, as well as Okna. Try these window brands and see how their mid range to slightly better vinyl windows compare in price to the quote you got for the Simonton. These are going to be higher quality vinyl windows and will provide you with the best long term value (although they will be more expensive at the outset).

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton vs Cascade Windows

We live in AZ.We are looking to replace 2 double wide windows on our west side to cut down on the heat from the sun & save on air-conditioning, We have an offer from Home Depot for $2000 & one from Lowes at $1,157. That is a big difference. We don't want to put in something cheap that does not work well. We have 2 friends recommending Home Depot & claim they do work well. Home Depot puts in Simonton & Lowes puts in Cascade windows. Both promise lifetime guarantee. What is your recommendation?

Eileen - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Eileen, I have to tell you that I'm not the biggest proponent of Home Depot or Lowes installation. These two superstores sell some okay windows, the Simonton brand being one of them. Cascade's reputation is not as strong as Simonton. In general, these two companies manufacture mid range vinyl windows, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is in the installation portion that gives me pause. Both of these stores typical use subcontractors that are paid by the window, meaning that the subcontractor is incentivized to go as quickly as they can, which can lead to less than ideal results.

I would get a few more bids if I were you to see what local companies in your area charge. Based on your mention of Cascade, I'm assuming you are in the western side of the U.S. I would do a search for local companies that use Milgard (Tuscany), Amerimax (Craftsman Portrait), and Anlin (Del Mar) windows. See how their mid range vinyl window price quotes compare to the HD and Lowes - the parentheses are all of these company's mid range vinyl window models.

I think you would be much better served in the long run to go with a local company with a good reputation that sells a better quality vinyl window such as the ones I listed.

I know I didn't answer your question, which I hate to do, but I'm just not sure how to answer it. That is a huge price difference. Simonton and Cascade each manufacture a number of difference vinyl window series, so that is going to play a big part in the price quote.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Gulf Texas Replacement Windows

Good morning, my name is Jeff and I live in Houston, TX. I need to replace three 84x58 picture windows in my living room. The window is faced to gulf court, so privacy and strength is a concern. Could you please recommend a window type to me? I am seeking for mid range windows. If you could, please give me price information also. Thank you so much.

Jeff - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Jeff, it sounds like you are looking for a vinyl impact window, although an aluminum clad window might be an option as well in the hot Houston heat (aluminum is very strong, but is poor in terms of energy efficiency). I would get a bid from Don Young in Houston (they make excellent aluminum window and mid range vinyl windows) and ask them if they feel that a laminated or tempered glass is sufficient in terms in being able to withstand a golf ball. I know Simonton is in Texas and they make a decent vinyl window, their 9800 Impressions window or their 5500 Reflections series with an upgrade to the laminated glass and perhaps a meeting rail reinforcement would go a long way to really creating a strong and durable window, without breaking the bank.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton Bronze or Simonton Platinum

Hello Dane, We own a townhouse in Maryland that is being rented out. We are replacing 5 windows (in all 3 bedrooms) and cannot decide between the Simonton Bronze or Simonton Platinum. The difference in cost is around $500. Is it worth spending that extra $500 on the Platinum? We are hiring a company we found in the Simonton website that's listed as one of Simonton window installers. Thanks so much in advance for all your help. Regards, Mary Ann.

Mary Ann - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Mary Ann, I wish there were an easy answer to your question. I can tell you some of the differences between the two. The Platinum is essentially an upgrade Bronze with a better stepped sill and slightly better glass and spacer. It will offer better air infiltration and U-factor performance, but not by as much as you would think. Besides this, the Platinum simply offers more options, features, colors and styles.

If the question was, "is it worth it for my primary home, I would say yes." A townhouse that you are renting out, I'm not completely sure. I'm leaning But that's me. I sort of think this one is a coin flip.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton ProFinish Master vs Viwinco Choice Windows

I'm replacing most of my windows with New construction Windows as part of residing mt house (I have access to the flanges). The original 21 year old Capitol Windows are junk. I have a 13 year old addition with Builder's First Source windows that seem ok (they're staying). I tried to match the Builder's First Source windows and ended up with two Certainteed (MI) windows in the garage... they seem ok, but it's hard to tell, since it's a garage.

The contractor has priced Simonton Pro-Finish Master and Viwinco Choice Windows... The Simonton is more expensive and I assume they better... are they? Is the difference significant?

Martin - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Martin, the Simonton ProFinish Master window is a solid vinyl window, better than the ProFinish Builder and with a fewer nice features that don't come standard on the ProFinish Contractor (the ProFinish is available in three levels or options).

Viwinco offers two new construction windows, the S-Series and the Builder's Choice, I'm assuming that your contractor is referring to the latter option. The Simonton option is going to be better then the Viwinco. Simonton is a bigger company and you will have more options if something does go wrong. Sure, you might pay more for the Simonton, but it's a better long term option that I would hop will provide better value over the life of the windows.

As always, make sure they do a thorough job installing the windows. I think you will be happy with Simonton ProFinish Master windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton Coastal vs Soft-Lite 5300 Impact Windows

Would you recommend Simonton Coastal Impact Window for $800/ window or Soft-lite 5300 Armor Impact window for $711/ window? Both would be retrofit. Thank you for your imput.

Jennifer - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Jennifer, I would have to say the Soft-Lite 5300 impact window would be my choice. While you didn't mention any of the features, glass package, etc., from a purely "reputation" standpoint, the Soft-Lite is a first ier vinyl window, while Simonton is a second tier company. The fact that the window is also less expensive makes the choice that much easier. I will say that the Simonton StormBreaker Plus is a pretty darn good impact window for the price.

Let me know how it works out.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simington 6500 series

I wanted to ask you about the Simington window 6500 series. We purchase our home in 08' and the builder used cheap Jelwin windows all around. I am looking to replace them and keep the cost reasonable. My dilemma is our home runs 100 feet parallel near the Long Island R/R, so we are attempting to reduce the noise, as well as the street noise. I had Home depot come and the rep seem to think we would benefit from this series of window at a total cost of 14k, including installation. They would be replacing a total of 11 window, plus 2 moon windows and a patio door. Do you think this sounds reasonable, and do you think these window are good? Can you recommend a window that can offer decent quality and noise reduction? I'm certainly not expecting that a window will block out all the noise, but the current window are god awful. Anderson comes to mind, but I know how expensive they can be? We had a contractor down our block come by and he gave a cost of 22k for Anderson….I appreciate your feedback and advice and hope to hear back from you soon.

- Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

The Simonton 6500 VantagePointe double hung is a decent vinyl window and I would recommend it for a lot of homes, given the right price point. In terms of the 11K, it sounds a bit high to me, but I don't know all of the specifics and features that the price includes so, it very well might be fair. I don't love the HD option though because they sub out their installation and I don't think this is a good recipe for quality installation.

I think there might be some better options out there in terms of a sound control window, although these are often not cheap. I would first start out and search for Okna and Soft-Lite reps who cover your area and get quotes from them on the project. I would assume they would be somewhere in between the Simonton and Andersen quotes. These aren't going to be sound control windows per se, but they are well made vinyl windows (better than the VantagePointe).

I would ask both people who come out if they think you need to go with a sound control window or whether they think their windows are going to be specific. This is where I would start.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton 7300 Reviews

We are in Valencia California and looking at vinyl windows. Our local well reviewed company has Simonton 7300 Daylight Max and I'd like your comparison thoughts between this and Milgard Tuscany series. We have a mixture of block frame and aluminum retrofit windows. Is there something else we should be looking at?

Colin - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi there Colin, The Simonton 7300 Daylight Max is an okay to decent vinyl window, but I would say the Milgard Tuscany is a better and more durable window. There are some very solid vinyl window manufacturers in California that I would suggest you take a look at and see if there are any local companies that carry them. One is Milgard, which you already have a bid for. The other two that come to mind is Anlin and Amerimax, I would suggest their mid range vinyl options if you want to maximize your long term value.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton Asure vs Sunrise windows

My husband and I are near Washington DC and we are trying to decide between Sunrise windows and Simonton Asure windows. All will be double-hung. Unfortunately, we can't get the extruded color we want from either of them. The windows on the back of our house are Andersen Renewal and they do have the right color, but we don't want to spend that kind of money again. What would you recommend if the prices end up close?

Janice - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Janice, I am going to assume that you are looking at the entry level Sunrise Essentials, which would be the closest comparison to the Simonton Asure window. The standard Sunrise window and the upgraded models such as the Vanguard, Verde and Restorations are all a whole other level above the Asure model.

I'm not exactly sure which color you are looking for, but Okna is an excellent manufacturer that will be available in the Washington DC area and offers quite a few exterior color options, including brown, white, bronze, sandstone, cocoa, almond, and some other custom colors. I believe that there are several local dealers who carries the okna brand and they can bring out window samples for you to take a look at, touch, feel, operate etc. In all likelihood, the local rep will just bring out a white as a sample, but they should have an Okna Delaer book that will show examples of the colors they carry.

If that doesn't work out, let me know and I can help you further. This is where I'd start though...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton vs Andersen Bay Window

We are considering replacing our old picture window with a bay window in our living room. Our contractor suggested Simonton because you can buy it with a finished vinyl inside {wood look} and then you have to stain the upper and lower yourself. That doesn't seem like a bad option. However as I was looking at them on the computer, it appears that the framing is a bit "bulky" looking as compared to say the Anderson {which doesn't have the inside color options} I also know that the Anderson is not entirely vinyl, and I read that vinly in general will be a little bulky. My question is how much more "bulky" looking is it. I cannot find a showroom in my area to view the Simonton, I can only view the Anderson.

Rosemary - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Rosemary, it's tough to judge Simonton vs. Andersen because an Andersen bay window will typically be at the upper edge of the cost spectrum, while Simonton bay windows will be towards the bottom. Most local Simonton companies and dealers should have samples of the actual windows (obviously not a bay, but the frame should be similar.) Before they come out, make sure they are bringing an actual window for you to see and touch.

You may want to take a look at the Marvin Infinity window, which comes with a nice looking interior laminate grain that looks like wood but doesn't have the same issues associated with it. Sunrise windows makes a nice bay window that will be more narrow than the Simonton. Most companies make a bay window - typically the bay will resemble the width and overall look of their other windows so find quality companies in your area, call them up, make sure they sell a bay window and they should have images and photos for you to see.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton Vantage Pointe 6100 Series

Hi Tim, I live in South Jersey and I wanted to know about the Simonton replacement vinyl windows. I'm looking for a good mid level window that won't break the bank. I got a a estimate from Home Depot for the Simonton Vantage pointe 6100 series. But I'm just not sure about how good there installers are. So if you have any insight on Simonton vinyl Windows I would greatly appreciate it!

Chris - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Chris, the Vantage Point is an okay window and is made exclusively for Home Depot. This means there won't be as many custom options, such as glass, exterior frame colors, etc but it will be affordable. In general, I would like to see you get something a bit higher in terms of quality, especially if your goal is to find a good mid level vinyl window.

The Simonton mid range and higher end Reflections, Impressions and StormBreaker Series are well built and often competitively priced. The Prism Gold and Prism Platinum are the east coast equivalents to the Reflections series and they are a decent vinyl window that should be a good investment.

Remember that the installation is very important so you are right to be wary of the installers from HD. I would find a local company who carries Simonton and offers their own installation. You will pay more, for both the window and the installation, but your long term cost savings will be higher.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton 7300 Daylight Max Windows

Can you please give me your opinion of the Simonton 7300 Daylight Max Series dual paned, vinyl replacement window, with double lifetime warranty?

I'm interested in heat, noise reductions and keeping the house warmer and without drafts in the winter. I live in Anaheim, CA. Thank you.

Marsha - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Marsha, the Simonton 7300 Daylight Daylight Max Series is going to be sold on the west coast - I see you are in Anaheim so this certainly makes sense. This window uses a narrow frame, which means better glass area and less energy efficiency. It comes standard wth ProSolar glass, which is a standard low-e1 and argon fill combo. It uses a stepped sill, which is a decent design feature and comes with a single lift rail. The double and single hung windows offer a tilt in feature for easier cleaning, which is nice.

It's pretty close in terms of number and features to the Simonton Madeira model. Overall, it's a decent window, but check the website for performance numbers and you are going to see it's certainly no world beater. Are there better windows out there? Probably.

Since you are in California, I would also suggest getting a bid from an Anlin dealer, as well as an Amerimax and Milgard dealer. All quality vinyl window manufacturers and honestly probably all a step above Simonton.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton Vantage Pointe Windows

Hi Dane, we just had a representative from Home Depot discuss with us 3 replacement windows. (We live in Suffolk county, Long Island, N.Y. in a 40 unit Condo community - all windows must look the same!)

The windows we are considering for installation are the 6500E Vantage Pointe Windows - double hung. I would like to know how you regard the quality of these windows. We need windows that will reflect the high summer heat but retain the warmth of the house during the winter months. The windows face west - lots of high afternoon heat in summer. Would you recommend an alternative to these windows which would better fulfill our needs. (We have a deadline for savings and must decide by this coming Wednesday.) Thank you so much for your assistance.

Carol - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Carol, sounds like your deadline is coming up very soon...I'm not sure I understand why you have to make a rushed decision on such a good sized purchase but here is my two cents --

VantagePointe is a specialty window from Simonton sold exclusively through Home Depot. The VantagePoint is okay - nothing particularly fancy or special about them - decent performance numbers, but nothing that is going to knock your socks off. The real issue I have with your situation is HD installation. They are a massive operation that typically subcontracts out their work to a variety of installers who may or may not provide adequate installation. They often pay them by the window, which means there is an incentive for the installer to get the job done as quickly as possible.

I certanly don't have an issue with you purchasing the VantagePointe from Home Depot, in fact you are going to get much better pricing here than elsewhere. However, I would suggest hiring your own installer that has solid references and reviews in your community to insure a proper install. Best of luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

[Consumer Response]

Thanks so much for your input, Dane. It was helpful and we did go ahead and purchase the 3 windows that we so badly needed. Although HD will be installing the windows, we were assured by the salesperson - who was very knowledgeable and spent 1 1/2 hours with us - that he knows the installers for many years and vouched for their expert work. I will get back to you in the coming weeks to let you know how things turned out!

Carol - Consumer - from 2015

Simonton Reflections Window Reviews

We are planning to replace three casement windows. Now the contractor propose the Simonton Reflection window. Is it the entry or mid level series?

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Nancy, the Simonton Reflections window is one of a number of "Collections" offered by Simonton and can be ordered in their entry level , mid range or high end model (each of which carries a Series number). The Simonton 5050 is the low end model, although this model is phased out in most areas and is now called the Asure. The mid range is the 5300 Reflections and is a decent mid range vinyl window. The 5500 is an upgraded version of this, and has a slightly sturdier frame, a shadow grooved sash and I think a bit nicer looking. In general, Simonton manufactures good windows - not great - but very solid and honestly (assuming quality installation) is probably just fine for 80% of all households out there.

Bottom line, make sure you know which Reflections window you are buying and see if you can't see the actual window prior to purchasing so you can feel and touch it, check out the casement hardware, how it opens, etc. Assuming you like how it looks and feels, you should be in good hands.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton Reflections 5300 or 5500

I have had two companies visit my home to give me an estimate. I have 26 windows, (2) of which are 11" sidelights on a second floor.

American Weathertechs LLS – local company highly rated on Angie's List and BBB A+. Their quote (cash) is $11,597. Window is Alside Preservation double pane

RWT – Replacement Window Techs – also local highly rated on Angie's List and BBB A+. Their quote (cash) is $10,997. Window is Alside Sheffield or Mezzo

*I think it is important to know that this company consists of 5 employees, owner + 4 steady employees. It seems to me that if the same 5 guys are always working together, and maintaining high ratings, that has to be considered.

After reading your site for hours, I have come to the conclusion that Alside may not be the best choice. We live in a 24 year old house with the original contract grade aluminum windows. I have tried to locate local dealers who sell Okna, Simonton, and Polaris as it seems these are very good choices.

I am by no means rich. I want a good value for my money. Would you mind pointing me in a direction and no I won't bitch if it goes south. I'm just a dumb cop who doesn't want to regret such a substantial purchase. Thank you for your time. Most sincerely,

Mike - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Mike, I'm not a huge fan of Alside Windows, although the Preservation window is a nice model and the Mezzo is not bad either. I do think that a few more bids might help to clarify prices and let you see and feel some different vinyl windows that might provide you with some better long term value.

I absolutely agree that installation teams that know one another and install the same windows over and over again is a very good thing, especially if they have a strong reputation.

I'd get a bid on Simonton Reflections 5300 or 5500 model, perhaps even the Impressions 9800 - assuming you find a dealer near you.

This page has some recommendations for some affordable options - affordable vinyl options.

These guys do Okna windows in Columbus - you may want to call them up and see if they know of a dealer in Cincinnati.

Call Sunrise and see if they have a local dealer.

Call Stanek Windows - I know they probably service your area as well and they make nice vinyl windows.

We are in the process of creating state pages for consumers so let me know what you find out so I can add to the page and help other consumers get some good recommendations. Ohio Options

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton 5500 Review

I need to replace 14 windows (2 double casements, 2 single casements, 10 awning). I've had estimates from a number of companies. I recently viewed the Simonton 5500 series. Nice window, but man, I now understand the importance of VT (Visual Transmittance). The sample was a double hung window, but holy cow, there was a lot of frame in that window. I realized how important VT is when considering replacement windows. The VT rating for the Simontons was .49. It is hard to find the VT rating for a lot of windows. Most of my windows will be casements or awnings, so maybe VT isn't as much a factor. In a double hung it was pretty obvious.

I've seen the Okna casement product. They are beautiful and have a good VT of .54, but the price is about $12,500, which is above my $10,000 budget.

I am waiting to see the Ply Gem Premium sample. What good mid-range windows have a good VT rating? I am also looking at the Sunrise windows.

I love this website. I have learned so much in the past 2 months. You guys really do a great service to homeowners.

Jeff - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Jeff, thank you for the nice compliments, we try our best to help out homeowners who are looking to get the best value for their dollar. I am surprised by how expensive that Okna casement window quote is, $12,500 for 14 windows is a lot of money. Those double casements can be quite expensive.

Simonton Windows do tend to be somewhat bulky. Ironically, American windows are much less bulky than vinyl windows in Europe, which are extremely bulky but also last considerably longer and offer better performance. It's basically a trade-off and those are some of the choices that you as a homeowner have to make. Vinyl, for the most part, will offer better performance numbers than other materials, the one exception being fiberglass.

Sunrise makes a pretty good vinyl window that uses a less bulky frame and it sounded like you were going to take a look at them. I'd be curious how you thought they measure up to the Ply Gem premium that you looked at.

In terms of comparing window numbers, you should look at the website. Click on the verify ratings residential link and search by manufacturer. The website is a little tricky to discern as far as what components and glass the window is using, however it has a wealth of information that will give you VT ratings, u factor and SHGC.

Let me know what you end up doing and how the site helps to compare the VT numbers...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

More Okna Windows Reviews

Simonton VantagePointe Windows Reviews

I am looking at windows quoted by Home Depot in Calif. The propose Simonton Vantage Point, with a little research they seem to be 6000 series window. How do these compare to other Simonton windows and Anlin, Thanks in advance

Dan - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Dan, The Simonton VantagePointe is a specialty window that is sold exclusively at Home Depot. You are correct that is is the 6000 Series, the 6100 is the entry level, 6300 the mid range and the 6500 the premium option. The window has some decent features, including a number of rather interesting interior frame color options. In general, it's a pretty standard vinyl window that is probably equivalent to the Anlin Monte Verde (one of their specialty windows that is more of a budget option). I would say Anlin is a level above Simonton when comparing apples to apples.

The Simonton VantagePointe window, with their Low-E 366 Cardinal Glass, Intercept spacer and krypton fills, you should be looking at around a 0.30 U-factor, 0.15 air infiltration, 0.32 visible transmittance, 3.33 R-value and 0.18 SHGC. While I don't like this AI .15 - the rest of the numbers are decent.

As to HD, they are so big that they get pretty amazing prices, local distributors can rarely come close. They can't compete though on service and I really don't like their installation, which they subcontract out. If you like the price point and options being offered on the VantagePointe in store, go for it. But I would suggest finding a window installer elsewhere - the last thing you want I shoddy installation - it will cost you more in the long run. Good luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton 9800 Casement Window

My current casement wood window has a Sash width of 17 1/2" and a height of 46". The visible glass width is 14" on this sash. I am thinking of replacing it with Simonton 9800 casement window with a sash of 171/2" but since vinyl frames are thicker than wooden frames what would be my visible glass width if I get a Simonton 9800 casement with 171/2" sash? Can u please advise.

Ravi - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Ravi, if you did a retrofit installation you would probably lose 1" to 1.5" on each side for the thicker frame, which is quite a bit for such a small window. If you are completely removing the old window and replacing it with the 9800, you will probably lose .5" to 1" due to the thicker vinyl frame - it will look better than the retrofit as well. (The only reason you would have to do the retrofit is if taking out the original wood window would require lots of work to the exterior surround that would bump up the cost to the point of not making it worth the expense.

So, long answer short, I would say you would lose about an inch of glass space on the sides and bottom and 1/2 inch on the sash top...

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton Asure Window Review

Would you say the Simonton Asure line is a contractors / apartment grade? I am not finding many reviews on these windows.

Jordan - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Jordan, the Simonton Asure is the entry level vinyl window that took over for the Simonton 5050 line back in 2012. The window is alright, it's actually one of the recommendations I make for "windows on a budget." It is very similar to the Simonton ProFinish Contractor, but with a nicer frame - the ProFinish is actually a new construction, while the Asure is a replacement window.

The short answer to your question is yes, the Asure is essentially a contractor grade window. However, with good installation it will work pretty well. If it were me, I would stretch for the Reflections 5300 or 5500 series - or the Impressions 9800 series, both from Simonton.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Best Simonton Windows

Dear Dane, we are in the process of replacing windows and have gotten a quote from an installer for MI Energy Core windows. However, after doing some research online, it appears that MI windows are a lower quality window and have gotten some bad reviews (as well as a class action lawsuit).

We are looking for a good quality mid-range window. We basically need 8 23"W x 59"H double-hung windows and 10 23"W x 59"H single hung windows. Looking at your website, Simonton appears to be a good brand. However the series names that are listed on the website do not match up with the collection names on the Simonton website. I'm assuming they just came out with new names? Can you recommend which Simonton collections are the better quality ones and which to stay away from? Is there another brand that you recommend over Simonton?

We live in the mountains outside of Albuquerque, NM. Our house is pretty shaded, but we do get quite a bit of sun, as well as 19" on average of rain and 59" of snow (not sure if any of this matters). Also, do you recommend vinyl over aluminum (or fiberglass)? Thank you very much for your time,

Melissa - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Melissa, I would have to agree to the MI is not typically on many contractors top 10 list. The Energy Core is not bad though, although I haven't seen numbers on it. In terms of good mid range vinyl windows on the west, I would say look at Milgard, Amerimax and Anlin. Milgard will be available for sure, Amerimax possibly and I don't know whether Anlin has reps in your area.

I would say stick with vinyl, although fiberglass is certainly an option. Aluminum is really only something you should consider if you are in very hot climates, which Albuqueque is not based on the fact that you get that much snow. Fiberglass options should include Marvin Infinity, Inline, and Milgard Ultra.

Simonton is a good brand, probably not as good as the ones I mentioned, although it all depends on which model you select. I like their 9800 Impressions, and their Reflections 5300 and 5500 series.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton 9800 vs PGT 5500 Windows

Dane, Thank you for the info. I am removing the old window and replacing them with brand new Simonton 9800. From current 14" width visible glass if 9800 gives me 13" width visible glass I can live with it.

How does Simonton 9800 compare to PGT 5500 series windows? I am debating between which one to choose Smonton or PGT? Any thoughts or suggestions between these two brands. Thanks.

Ravi- Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Ravi, both the Simonton 9800 Series and the PGT 5500 series are very solid vinyl windows. Are you looking specifically for an impact window, which is what the 5500 series is - part of the WinGuard series from PGT, I believe. I really like PGT, well priced (depending on who you buy from) and quite well made. I would say that PGT would get the nod over Simonton.

However, I could see the 9800 series being less expensive than the 5500 series and assuming you don't need a hurricane compliant window, the 9800 should be an excellent choice for most residential homes. The 9800 also comes in a number of different styles and options, which I like. If you do need a hurricane compliant window, the 9800 can be upgraded with an aluminum sill reinforcement and laminated glass and it should pass code. By the time you make these upgrades though, the 5500 might be cheaper.

I've just thrown out a lot of variables, I know, I apologize. All in all, two very good vinyl windows from two solid companies in the industry.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton 5300 vs Great Lakes Lifestyles

My husband and I are researching replacement windows. We had it down to Simonton's 5300 (or maybe it was 5500) through Home Depot or Great Lakes Lifestyles through a local company, which seems to have a good track record. The local company was definitely more aggressive in their sales (after almost three hours of the "pitch" we ended up signing on) but they're definitely more expensive and over budget. The window styles are comparable, warranties too. But Home Depot quoted about $5000 and the local company quoted $9200 (after really intense negotiating we got it down to $7500.)

Which is the better product? And which company do you think would be better to work with? (I'll give the name off-record as long it doesn't appear on your website). Your advice would be very much appreciated.

Lauri - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Lauri, I do think Simonton makes a good window, the 5300 and 5500 models are quite decent vinyl windows. However, Great Lakes Lifestyle is very solid and probably comparable to the 5500 Series. I'm not surprised that the local company was more expensive, HD typically uses subcontractors who are often paid by the window, which means the quicker they get the job knocked out, the quicker they get paid. This is not a great recipe for quality installation.

What is the reputation of the local company like? Assuming it is good and their installation teams have lots of experience installing this particular window, then I would say spend the extra money and go with the local company. I like the installers who are super finicky and seem almost anal about their work - these are the ones who are going to make sure that each window is installed perfectly. Do they offer a warranty on the labor, 1 year is typical, just in case something happens.

FYI, I'm impressed that you were able to work them down on price, so many consumers won't take this step and end up paying too much. So good on you for that!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton vs PGT Windows

I'm trying to compare Simonton 9800 Impressions and the PGT 5500 series. I don't need the Hurricane Compliant window. When I had called PGT, they told me they had come out with a newer frame which is their 5500 series. They told me one can get that window frame in Impact or non impact glass. So if I were to choose the standard non impact double strength glass which would be a better product PGT or Simonton 9800? Thanks.

Ravi - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

I would say the PGT is better. Who is doing the install? This could tip the balance one way of the other. Assuming the same person is installing the windows, I was pretty impressed with that PGT 5500 window, at least from what I saw on the website. I haven't actually seen one in person, however I have used their windows in the past and for the most part, I've always found them to be very solid.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton Pro Finish Windows Reviews

Hello, I know nothing about windows and we need to replace some windows in my home. I don't want or need top of the line, but don't want cheap windows that will be a problem. We have gotten some window estimates for 8 double hung windows (bedrooms) and a large picture window with a double hung on each side. We live in Illinois and we also live on a busy road.

These are the brands we have gotten offered:

Ply Gem
Simonton Profinish Builder
Simonton 5500 Windows
Sun View by Lindsay Windows
Sunrise Windows

How would you rate these windows?

Theresa - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Theresa, good for you for getting 4 bids, that's a good start. Okay, the best of the bunch is the Sunrise, although the Sunrise Essentials are their lower end model and I would stick with their standard frame or any upgraded model from here - Verde, Vanguard, Restorations. Whoever gave you the bid should have access to some if not all of these options, but their standard Sunrise frame is very good. I know nothing about Sun View windows, I did take a look at the Lindsey website, but it didn't provide me with any energy efficiency numbers or specific features on the window so I really can't comment.

Ply Gem makes a number of window series, their builder series is not very good, their Contractor series is okay and the Ply Gem Premium Series is good (probably on par with the Sunrise Standard Series). The Simonton Pro Finish Builder is not very good (they do have a Contractor Model and Master Model in the Pro Finish Series that are both decent, not fantastic, but decent Simonton quality). The Simonton 5500 Reflections series is quite a nice window (see if you can get a bid on the Simonton 9800 Series if they carry it, this is quite nice as well.)

I would take the Sunrise and Simonton 5500 Series quotes and try to get the prices down on each as much as possible (sometimes by telling them that you have several quotes for the same project for $500 less etc. and ask what they can come down to in terms of price.) Good Luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton vs Harvey Windows

We are looking to replace 15 windows with white vinyl. So far we have had 3 different contractors/window companies over for estimates. Each guy has strongly pushed a different manufacturers window. Harvey, Simonton and Ideal. Specifically the Ideal Majestic. Each guy had good arguments as to why they recommend their fave - how do I know which is the best for our money? We are hoping for this to be our forever home. Thank you!

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Kathy, well Harvey vinyl windows are good, although the common comment is that they charge a bit more for a pretty midrange vinyl window.

Simonton is certainly a well-known manufacturer and their mid range to premium products are very solid. So in regards to them, I would make sure that you know what window series you are purchasing.

Ideal is a smaller manufacturer, which is always a bit more of a gamble since there's a better chance that they're out of business in 20 years as opposed to a big company like Simonton.

One way to really compare the actual windows is to look at the performance numbers of each one and see how they compare there. In particular, ask for U-factor, SHGC, air infiltration and the visible transmittance or VT. The contractors should have these numbers, although you can also check - the site can be a bit cumbersome to navigate though.

The other issue, of course, is the installation portion of the project. The installation of the window is just as important as the window itself. So make sure that you feel comfortable with whoever is installing the windows. I like the installers who seen real picky about their work, who seem like they fret over every tiny detail. These are the guys you know are going to do the job completely and thoroughly and not cut any corners.

If it were me, I would say Simonton then Harvey than Ideal.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Simonton Stormbreaker Plus Reviews

I'm searching for new construction windows for my coastal home. The builder we are using suggested impact windows and sliding doors from either Simonton or Viwinco. It's one sliding door and maybe 20 double hungs. Any opinions on these two companies? The two products my builder prefers are the windows and sliding glass doors by the two companies mentioned above. Thanks.

Jennie - Homeowner - from 2014

[Contractor Response]

The Simonton Stormbreaker is their hurricane window and it's a tank. And it's pretty darn affordable (the Viwinco Oceanview should will less expensive, but it's not as good as the Stormbreaker). In general, Simonton makes a good mid-grade vinyl window and they have very good customer service.

Rick - Contractor - from 2014

Simonton 5500 Reviews

My showroom has samples of the Simonton 5500 Series and the HiMark 800, and when you look at the two together the differences are clear. The 5500 is a good, solid window and it will work fine for most homes. The HiMark, though, is in a class by itself. It's truly a premium window, with a good build and great look. Window replacement costs are expensive, so if it was me I'd buy the best I could afford. They'll last longer and give you fewer problems over the years.

Harry - Window Dealer - from 2012

2nd Take On The Simonton 5500 Series

The HiMark is better than the Simonton as far as looks and appearance. If you want a premium window and aren't in love with the HiMark, then the Marvin Ultimate is a good option and one of the best fiberglass window available (I'd say a tie with the Inline top end model). The Soft-Lite Imperial LS are top tier, too, but a vinyl/PVC and still aren't better than HiMark or Okna.

Todd - Installer - from 2010

Simonton vs Vinylmax

I like the Vinylmax Easton, I'd compare it to a Simonton 5500, but the Easton has a triple pane option that is great for noise reduction. They aren't as well known as a lot of brands, but they are a small family run business and I've had really good experiences with them. They are a lot like Simonton a few years ago, before the big corporate takeover left them with customer service issues. Maybe more like Wincore is now - solid but not well known.

Peter - Window Installer - from 2011

Simonton vs Marvin

My home in Maryland is 60 years old, and I need windows that will look good on an older Colonial style home. I'm looking for 13 double hungs in a simple white style. It's also important that they qualify for the tax rebate for efficiency. A local contractor is a good friend and came out and gave us a quote, but he only deals in Simontons. Another friend suggested a Marvin rep that they know and he suggested Infinity windows with a fiberglass frame. As far as installation, I think either company would do a good job. I usually look at Consumer Reports but they haven't reviewed Simontons. I know that most problems with windows come from installation problems. The bids are $7900 for the Simonton Reflections 5500 and $12,228 for the Marvin Infinity. Is there $4,000 difference in quality? If there is, it's fine, we plan on staying here for a long time and I want good windows, but I hate to waste money.

Suzy - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

Don't pay attention to Consumer Reports. They only look at low-grade stuff you can buy in a big box store, and they don't know anything about windows. Simontons are good windows, I have them in my warehouse, but I'm not in love with them. They have good customer service and the windows perform well, but I don't think it's anything special. The Marvin Infinity is excellent, I really like it. They have great engineering and design. I like fiberglass more than vinyl. It's stronger and does better in temperature swings, so you actually keep the great performance stats that you think you're buying. It's hard to say if they're worth the money. If you're going to be there 10 years, it's a difference of $400 a year. That's almost nothing when you're talking about a whole house of windows.

Buddy - Contractor - from 2010

Great Lakes vs Simonton Windows

I've narrowed down my window selections tothe Great Lakes Seabrooke and the Simonton Prism. First off, how does the Simonton Bronze compare to the Simonton 5500 window? I've never actually seen the GL Seabrooke, although I have read the brochure and they seem like a quality window. Are the Seabrooke and Simonton 5500 comparable? We are limited in window brands where we live, but for everything I've read I should avoid the big Home Improvement stores. Is that right?

Steve - Consumer - from 2010

[Site Editor's Response]

Steve, let's start out with the Simonton question. The Simonton Bronze is the equivalent of the Simonton Reflections 5050 Series, which is the entry level Reflections model - it goes 5050, 5300, and 5500. The Reflections 5500 series is the equivalent to the Prism Platinum, the higher end window model. I would recommend the 5300 and 5500 models, but not the 5050 or Prism.

The Simonton Prism and the Great Lakes Seabrooke window are probably on par with one another, although I would give the nod to the Seabrooke Series. In terms of Great Lakes, I would recommend upgrading to the Lifestyles or the Uniframe Series if you are able to stretch your budget a bit. It will pay off in terms of long term value.

Holland - Contractor - from 2010

Simonton 5050 Review

I love the Simonton 5050, but it isn't available as a casement. If that's what you're looking for you'll have to go with the Reflections 5500 or Prism Platinum. The Marvins are good if you're worried about smaller glass, they have thinner frames. A vinyl casement is always going to have thicker framing than the same line in a double hung, so I'd make sure to see one in person before buying.

Steven - Contractor - from 2010

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Simonton Reflections 5500 Review

Simonton has some good windows, especially the Reflections 5500 and Prism Platinum. They are pretty much the same with only some minor cosmetic differences. I like the Prism Platinum best, it has the Super Spacer and double strength glass. If you are in the south, I'd go with the ETC Super 366 for the low solar heat gain. In the north, you want the solar gain so get the ETC Super Solar instead.

John - Contractor - from 2010

Simonton 5050 vs Ideal 4500

I am thinking about Ideal 4500 Series windows for my house in New Jersey. I 22 windows to replace. It's a lot of money and I want to get decent windows but I also need a good price.

Jane - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

Ideal makes a budget window. You could probably do worse, but the Simonton 5050 that is around the same price. Also, take a look at the Softlite Imperial Pro of Classic. Even the Soft-Lite Bainbridge (their entry level window) is better than Ideal if your budget is really tight. But Ideal just isn't what you want to live with.

Mike - Contractor in NJ - from 2010

Simonton vs Ply Gems

I live in Oklahoma, and we can get some pretty crazy weather. I'm looking at Simonton, Plygem Premium Series, and Reliabilt. I need something that will hold up under winds and driving rain, but not be too hard on the wallet. Any suggestions?

CC - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

PlyGem and Simonton are both solid choices. I have more experience using PlyGems, so I'm a little biased, but I think you'd be happy either way. The prices should be close, so as long as you get a good install it shouldn't matter which you pick.

Harry - Contractor - 2010

Prism Platinum vs Jeld Wen Builders Vinyl

I'm considering Simonton Prism Platinum and Jeld-Wen Builders Vinyl, and I could use advice. I'm getting 17 double hungs, 2 pictures, and a slider. Both are Low-E, both qualify for tax credits and have similar warranties. I don't care about the price, I just want the best window.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

The Simonton Prisms have a stronger frame and they'll last longer with fewer problems. They are, however, a lot more expensive than the Jeld Wens. If price really doesn't matter, the Simontons are a much better choice.

Daniel - Contractor in Texas - from 2009

Simonton vs Okna

I don't think there's much question that the Okna 800 is one of the best windows on the market. I'd certainly consider it among the top 4 or 5 out there. The double pane has a U-value of .25, air infiltration .01, and DP of 60. That beats pretty much any of their competitors. They definitely beat Simonton, although Simonton has really good customer service. The Simonton is a solid window that won't give you any trouble, but they aren't exciting. Oknas have the features and options to push it up to a higher class. They are more like the Sunrise, Gorell, and SoftLite.

Wayne - Industry Expert - from 2009

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Reflections Series

Simonton seems like it makes a lot of different windows, but it's actually quite simple. They make three different windows, and three levels in each one. The Reflections comes in either a 5050, 5300, or 5500. Prism is either Bronze, Ultra Gold, or Platinum, and then they have the Generations line which is a private label. The 5050/Bronze level is less expensive, thinner frame, and just a more basic window. They are all good, but the better lines will generally last a little longer and have some extra features.

Peter - Contractor - from 2009

Simonton StormBreaker Plus Reviews

Just bought a place in Miami Dade County and need to upgrade the windows to impact low-e2 that are hurricane code ready. What would be a fair price and what are some good brands to look at? I have someone coming out in the next day or two who sells Simonton impacts, but I'm not sure they sell low-e2 windows with an impact glass. I've also been considering Silverline, which is owned by Andersen and I know that they have a good reputation.

Ray - Homeowner - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

Simonton makes a good window, a whole level or two above Silverline and not that much more expensive, maybe $50 or $75 more for each window. If your choice is between these two brands, the Simonton wins every day of the week. Silverline was purchased by Andersen, but the brand is pretty low on the totem pole when it comes to quality. The purchase was just a way to get Andersen a cut of the vinyl window market. I wish they would have bought something else, maybe Gorell, that would have been a good move. I don't think Andersen wanted to buy a really strong vinyl window company for fear that they would start to cut into their profits.

Holland - Contractor - from 2009

Prism Platinum 6500 Review

Over a year ago I got Prism Platinum 6500s put on my house. The house is less drafty, our energy bills went down. We have mostly casements and the cranking mechanism is very nice, smooth movement and good hardware. They look great, too. The only thing we weren't totally pleased with is that they only come with a white exterior, so at first it didn't look quite right, but now we're used to the white and love it.

Nikki - Homeowner - from 2008

How They Stack Up To American Jewel

I'm a Simonton dealer, but I used to work with American Jewel windows. In the 1980s they had a heavy frame and were a decent window, but now they use designs with weaker frames and they are flimsy and fall apart. BF Rich is better than them and about the same price. Personally, I like Simontons, that's why I sell almost nothing else. Their best lines, the 5500, 6500, 9800, and Prism Platinum. These are much better as far as window quality, company reliability, and customer service. I can sell any window I want, I'm an independent dealer, but I can't be successful if my customers aren't happy so I try and steer them towards Simonton. I would avoid American Jewel.

Bill - Window Dealer - from 2008

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