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Read 91 Sunrise windows reviews on their Essentials, Standard, Verde, Vanguard & Restorations series and find out what contractors and homeowners think about their quality and customer service.

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Editor's Sunrise Windows Reviews

Sunrise Windows And Doors is a top vinyl window company, comparable in quality and price to Okna and Soft-Lite windows. Their entry-level Essentials Series uses a different extrusion from their standard window and honestly customers should consider stretching to get their standard window frame, which is an excellent value for the money.

All of the upgraded Sunrise models, including the Verde, Vanguard and Restorations are essentially upgrades to this standard extrusion. Their high end Restorations Series is one of the top rated vinyl windows that money can buy. Sunrise is based out of Michigan and they have strong distribution in the area and in many of the Eastern States (as far south as New Orleans, you literally can't get much further south than this!) Unfortunately, Sunrise windows are not available in the western states.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015



Sunrise Essentials Windows Reviews

The Sunrise Essentials series is the company's entry level option, although it's still probably a better option than some companies mid range vinyl window. Instead of the extrusions and sash design used in other Sunrise lines, it uses a less durable version and this will affect the overall strength and longevity of the window.

Performance wise, the Sunrise Essentials delivers a .30 U-value, .10 air infiltration, and .56 visible transmittance. These are good numbers for an entry level window.

The Essentials series is available in a limited number of colors and it only comes in a double hung, slider, and picture window. Most homeowners would do well to stretch to the Standard Sunrise model.

Dane - Site Editor


Sunrise Essentials vs. Zen Nirvana

We are replacing 19 windows in our Maryland house. We got several quotes and can't decide which window to go with.

The quote for Zen Nirvana (soft lite classic) and the Essentials by Sunrise came in very close in price. The companies are highly rated on Angies list.

Please help us with our choice

Dulcie - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dulcie, if we are comparing the windows, then the Soft-Lite Classic wins over the Sunrise Essentials. The Essentials is the company's lower end vinyl window (it uses a less robust frame over their Standard frame). The Soft-Lite Classic is the mid range offering from Soft-Lite and is quite a good vinyl window.

I like the fact that the companies are both highly rated on Angies List, that is important.

The easy call here (in my opinion) is to go with the Zen Nirvana over the Essentials.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Essentials Price Quote

Tim, thank you for your continued assistance. I was finally able to get a quote on a Sunrise product. However, it is a Sunrise Essential, and the quote came in more expensive than the quotes I have received for the Alside Mezzo, Norandex X300, and Andersen 100 series. It is getting overwhelming trying to sort out which product is right for a sunroom that is not insulated or heated and cooled. Out of those options, Alside, Norandex, Andersen 100, and Sunrise Essential, which would you choose?

Sam - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sam, I'm not shocked that the Sunrise Essentials quote came in higher than the other quotes. I would go back to the Sunrise dealer and tell him that you would like to get his absolutely lowest price on the standard Sunrise. This is a better frame and overall window than the Essentials, which is their entry level vinyl window option. The standard Sunrise is an excellent product and one that should offer some very nice low term value.

If I had to put the windows you currently have bids on in order from best to worst, this is what I would say... If you threw the standard Sunrise in there, it would be the obvious winner over these others.

Alside Mezzo
Sunrise Essentials
Andersen 100
Norandex X300

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Essential vs. Vytex Grandview

Hi, which one would you pick and why, Sunrise Essential or Vyteck Grandview, if replacing 34 double hung windows assuming equal installation quality? I was quoted $16,700 by a Sunrise installer and $21000 by Vytech installer? Thank you, Bill. P.S. your website is fantastic!

Bill - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bill, the Vytex Grandview is the better of the two windows, but not by a whole lot. The Sunrise Essentials is the company's entry level vinyl window and although good for an entry level window, I'm not sure that this would be my pick if I were planning on staying in my home long term. I would prefer you got pricing on the standard Sunrise window and see how that compared to the Grandview. My guess is it would be a bit more expensive that the Grandview.

I would go back to the Sunrise dealer and ask him to give me the Sunrise standard window for the price they quoted me out for the Essentials -- they won't do it, but I'll bet they start offering you a better deal than their initial gambit.

I would also go to the Vytex dealer and tell them that if they can match the Sunrise price then you're ready to sign a work order and get something on the books.

Both decent windows for sure -- now it's time to see where their floor price is.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Essentials vs Amerimax Craftsman Portrait

Good Day...I wonder if you could shed some light on two windows I am considering for our home in Colorado. Amerimax Craftsman Portrait vs Sunrise Essentials. They have both given me bids that are close and I like both companies and contractors. I would like to know which of the two are a better window overall.

Thank you for your help,

Sandi - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sandi, that's a great question. Both the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait and Sunrise Essentials are both very solid middle of the road vinyl windows. The Sunrise Essentials is the entry-level sunrise window, however I think it is equal in quality and craftsmanship to the Ameriman Craftsman Portrait window.

Honestly, I'm not sure I can recommend one over the other, that is how close in quality they are to one another. On the plus side, you have two excellent options and what would tip the scale for me is which of the companies is willing to come down off their initial bid.

Take a look at one of our articles on negotiating a window bid and maybe throw an email out to both of them and see what you get. It certainly can't hurt and I'm willing to bet that each of them drops their price at least a little. Assuming that the installation is equal in terms of quality and the overall reputations of the companies are equal, I would go with the company that gives you the best price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Essentials Windows vs Pella 250 Vinyl

Sunrise essentials vs Pella 250 vinyl windows. Which is best?

Brian - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

While the Sunrise Essentials isn't the best window out there, its a decent window with a .30 U-factor and a .10 air infiltration rate. This is going to be better than Pella's entry level window, the 250 model. If it were my house, I would go with the Sunrise Essentials. If at all possible I would try and stretch into the Sunrise window (sometimes called the standard or classic model). Pella has definitely stepped up their game with the 250 and 350, but I still don't think they can hold a candle to the top tier vinyl window manufacturers.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Essentials vs Harvey Windows

Hi I really like your site.

We have been shopping for vinyl replacement window for a while and vetting different contractors.

We have a 100 year old home with old pulley style single pane windows & single pane storm windows on the outside.

The old homeowner jumped the outside window casing with the vinyl siding they put on years ago and just rests against cheap aluminum molding which cases the window on the outside.

To be done properly – the siding needs to be cut back to expose original casing & would install J-channels & flashing and clad casing & sill in PVC.

The window company they work with is Sunrise.

Sunrise Essentials are the economy brand. Restorations are their better model however too expensive.

We are getting 10 double hung & 1 slider, double pane with Low E & Argon Gas, grids 6 over 0 on the upper sash only, ½ screens (no grids on slider) – plus the additional work which needs to be done noted above.

In addition, we are getting 4 vinyl replacement a Sunrise basement hoppers.

This company is highly rated on Angies list and has been around for 67 years and are known for good work. We have gotten them to bring their price down 2X so far.

The final cost for 15 window (10 double hung, 1 slider & 4 basement hoppers) with installation and extra work on outside is $8075.

I believe this company will do the best work of all we interviewed (approx. 10 different contractors), however given that this is the economy model of Sunrise windows (Essentials) and they do not seem to have the greatest of reviews – do either of you have any input? The windows also do have a lifetime warranty on many aspects and the Labor has a 2 year warranty.

Other companies were going to use Simonton, Harvey, Ideal & 1 a local company to NJ only (Surburban Building Products).

I would really appreciate your thoughts on mostly the Sunrise Essentials brand. This place is a little more expensive than other however $8075/15 windows = $583/window with the xtra labor involved seems fair, however for this type of window is it fair and most importantly is it a good window????

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dan, the Sunrise Essentials isn't a bad window, but it does use a slightly different, and less well built, extrusion from the Standard and upgraded Sunrise windows. With a low-e glass, the Essentials should deliver a .10 air infiltration and .30 u-value. Not bad numbers for an entry level vinyl, but if it were me I would do what I could to get into the Sunrise Classic or Standard frame, which will be less expensive than the Restorations. If they have access to the Essentials and the Restorations, then they should be able to order the standard Sunrise window.

In terms of the company, I'm a bit confused, the one pushing the Essentials you say has been in business for 67 years and are known for doing good work (I like this!), although later on you say they don't have great reviews (I don't like this).

I agree that the price is fair given all of the installation/repair work they need to do. This is one reason why I'd like to see you go with a little better window than the Essentials, because you want these windows to last so you don't have to pay for repair work in year 12. Again, I'm not saying the Essentials is a bad window at all, it's probably on par with some of the better Simontons, better Ideals, and mid range Harvey Classic. I think if pushed and they couldn't get the Sunrise Classic, I would still probably go with the Essentials. If so, you may want to ask if you can get a metal sill reinforcement upgrade, something to ease your mind about the overall strength of the frame.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Essentials Review

I've only installed the Sunrise Essentials windows one time, but I didn't like them. It took six or seven shims in the jambs to keep the top sash from falling. The other Sunrise products I've seen haven't had any problems, and it could have been a fluke that the Essentials were so bad, but I think they're just a low-value window for dealers and builders to push when budget is an issue. The sashes, balance system, locks, everything is different from the regular Sunrise windows.

Mike - Installer - from 2009






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Sunrise Standard Windows Reviews

The Standard or Classic Sunrise window is certainly an upgrade from the Sunrise Essentials model. It uses a nicer vinyl extrusion that is actually the same basic frame for all of the upgraded window series from Sunrise, including the Verde, Vanguard and Restorations. The only difference between the classic Sunrise and the upgraded models is the standard upgrades that come with the higher end series.

The standard Sunrise should be available for ala carte upgrades though, which provides consumers with some nice flexibility in terms of tailoring the window to their specific situation or needs. Overall, the standard Sunrise window is a high end mid range vinyl window that many industry experts would recommend for good long term value.

Tim - Site Editor


Sunrise Price Estimate

Hi. I would like your advice on pricing.

N2100a, ultra u plus glass, dual pane IGU, argon gas, max edge spacer. Pocket replacement. No low e coating, no noise reduction, no solar clean. Yes to standard screen.

NFRC slider: U .29, SHGC .28, VT .53, CR .59, AI .11, 85% UV blocked. Not energy star.

Ballpark, what should this run installed in the Chicago area? 3 sliders (bedrooms) and bay window (casements on the sides. If cost prohibitive, we’ll skip the bay and just do a picture and 2 sliders.

Jill - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jill, my best guess would be $450 to $550 installed, really depends on the size of the windows.

A price estimate on a bay window is impossible without know all the specs and installation requirements.

Collect a few bids and these will tell you the fair market price for the project. Once you get them, send them over to me and I'm happy to give you my opinion on the best value on the bids you have.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Standard vs. Feldco Sophia Series

We have a 1920s house outside of Chicago and we have a bid to replace 24 windows and an entry door. Feldco gave us an estimate that came to $17,000 on their Sophia window series. I wasn't sure if this was a good window or not.

We then had a rep from Sunrise comes out and bid the project on their Standard series windows. His estimate was $14.5K. I wondered how you thought these two bids compare.

Brian - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Brian, I don't hear much about Feldco windows, but I know they have a strong presence in Chicagoland. The Sophia series is pretty good so I wouldn't necessarily rule it out.

However, Sunrise has the better national reputation and is well regarded by many contractors and window installers in the know. The standard Sunrise is quite a nice unit and you can add any upgrades a la carte if your needs require them. The Sunrise quote is also lower, so in my book this is a pretty easy answer. They offer a good warranty and are known for a quality product that stands the test of time.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise vs. Vista Panorama

Hello Dane, I've got a lot of useful info from your Website. However, I can't find the exact info I needed so asking this question; sorry if I missed something.

We are going to replace two twin casement windows in a 30 years old house in Central VA. Each window is approximately 58 inch high and each single window is approximately 26.5 inches wide so the pair is approximately 56.5 inches wide including central spacer.

As replacements, we would like to get two white vinyl double-pane double casement windows with screens and without any grilles. One of the windows is for 2nd floor bathroom and should have tempered glass. We don't need high-end Low E coating since it blocks light so asked for "regular" low E.

I got several quotes from local and nearby (Richmond VA) installers:

Vista windows (just Vista, the salesman said but looking at the literature I believe it's Panorama), $1765 total. The installer uses theirs own labor and has glowing reviews;

Sunrise windows ( again salesman said "just Sunrise" but he is sure it's neither Essential nor Vanguard or Restoration), $3631 total. The installer, a small business, uses his own labor and has glowing reviews;

Preservation windows, triple pane, $4140. Salesman said they don't have double pane and was overall sort of pushy. Don't know if they contract labor or not;

ProVia windows, windows themselves $1797 plus installation $1760-$2640 ( they didn't visit us). Installer said they work with ProVia for a long time, are properly trained and have good reviews. So the total for ProVia will be $3557-$4437.

I like Sunrise windows more than others since they has a narrow frame and I'll be losing less glass space than with other replacements. On the other hand, Vista is almost 2 times less expensive. True, it's frame is a bit wider than the Sunrise but it's only like a third of inch.

Could it be that Vista windows are so much inferior that it's reflected in the cost? Or the installer hides something?

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Andrei - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Andrei. Vista has only one line of vinyl window, the Panorama. Not a bad bid -- their window is solidly middle-of-the-road.

The Sunrise window is sometimes referred to as the standard or classic model and is quite good. Better than the Vista Panorama, but I have a hard time saying its worth 2x.

The Preservations bid and the ProVia bids are too expensive for the quality of window they are offering.

My advise would be to go back to the Sunrise dealer and tell them that you like their window the best, but it's out of your price range -- especially considering you have a bid from Vista for about half of what he is offering. If he could get the bid to more like $2400, you would be willing to sign the work order today. Then give him a few days and see if he sweetens the deal for you.

I would put my over under at around $2700. If Sunrise can't get the price under that, then I would go with the Vista, which is not as good as the Sunrise, but with solid installation is still a very decent vinyl window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise And Soft-Lite Casement Windows

Hi there, I'm in the market for replacement windows and came across your website. It's been really helpful. I'm trying to decide between Sunset and Soft lite casement windows. It's somewhat challenging to get the specs to compare the two. If you could share the window cost sheet that would be great.

Tom - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Here Tom, I hope this helps. Both Sunrise and Soft-Lite make good casements. Both companies also make several lines or series of windows so I would need a bit more info to tell you which is the better deal.

If its the standard Sunrise window and say the Soft-Lite Pro or Imperial LS, I would say you are comparing apples-to-apples. In that case, I would shift your focus from window to installer/company as the way to make your decision.

Check their online reviews and reputation, find out about labor warranty, etc. Choose the best company who you feel are going to address any issues that might arise during the project.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Tom's Reply]

It is between the Soft Lite Imperial LS casement and the standard Sunrise casement. I know it depends on existing conditions, but what is the general rule for going with a full replacement option vs insert option? I've got pricing for both. Would be nice not to have to spend the money but hard to know if I should or not. Any guidance would be helpful. Home was constructed in mid 1990's.

Tom - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tom, the full replacement vs. inserts question is a tough one. You lose some viewing area with the inserts, but its cheaper. It may not be quite as watertight (totally depends on how well the flashing, sills, walls, etc. are holding). Full replacements are more expensive, but are a tighter fit and often more watertight (again with the same caveats).

I have stucco on my house, so to do full replacements means taking out six to eight inches of stucco around each window, replacing the windows, patching the stucco and then color matching. This last step is so time intensive that it almost makes sense just to repaint the stucco on the whole house. Therefore for me, I will replace all my windows and paint the stucco (thankfully they now make this breathable paint) in one fell swoop when the time comes.

I think this is where tons of bids comes in because you can basically solicit lots of free and professional opinions. I'm sort of a believer that you get as many bids as you need until you know the answer for your project without question. I would ask each installer what they would do if it were their house (I find you get the most honest answer with this question).

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Tom's Reply]

Thanks, Dane. You've been very helpful. I think we're going to go with Sunrise and new full replacement. Pricing for inserts was only $800 less (on a $21K job). I have a lot of dual casement windows and they said it's not much savings to do inserts. So, worth the $ in my opinion.

Good luck with the stucco!

Tom - Homeowner - from 2017


16 Sunrise Standard Windows

We just got an estimate on 16 Sunrise Standard Windows. 14 double-hung of various sizes and two half round architectural windows. Installation price after a 25% discount was $19,000. See attached picture of the estimate detail.

We feel like this is a very high price, but we are in despair ate need of windows. Any help would be great.

Ryan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ryan, I took a look at the estimate and I find it very high as well. I don't see how they are charging over $1000 for a Sunrise window on relatively standard sized double hung. I have no idea what kind of installation requirements you have, but I would certainly take a couple more weeks and get a few more bids.

I'm not sure where you're located, but take a look at our recommended window list and see if any of the brands are available through companies in your area.

Negotiate a window bid.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise vs Simonton 6500

I got a quote for 3 double-hung windows, 5 sliders, and 1 glass patio door. The quote from Sunrise was around $9000 and the quote from Simonton 6500 was around $10,700. What are the pros and cons between the windows because the both have a double lifetime fully transferable warranty. Both windows seem equally good and durable.

Carl - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

I love getting questions like yours because they make my job soooo easy. The Sunrise windows are far and away the better window over the Simonton Vantage Pointe. And $1700 cheaper....how great is that? Go with the Sunrise and if ask the dealer to go over any potential upgrades such as foam fills, sill reinforcements, or simply an upgraded glass package. For the price of the Simontons, you could get some awesome upgrades and have a really great vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise, Marvin And Jeld Wen Comparisons

I wrote a couple of weeks ago. We are replacing 15-20 Jeld-Wen casements installed 17 years ago. Bottom stiles started disintegrating in 2007. Wenco replaced several at that time under warranty but Jeld-Wen not willing to stand behind warranty after they merged. We have been exploring your website and have found it very informative and quite helpful

Yesterday we requested proposals from local Marvin and Sunrise reps and are considering a request for Jeld-Wen AuraLast Wood despite our past experience with them. I have had a satisfactory experience with a local contractor that handles them and suspect they would be quite competitive price-wise. Have you had enough exposure to AuraLast Wood to feel comfortable giving me your opinion of their value in comparison with Marvin and Sunrise? Would appreciate hearing your thoughts.

Joyce - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joyce, I would certainly put Marvin and Sunrise above Jeld Wen in terms of quality and craftsmanship. Sunrise would be my pick, they make an excellent vinyl window. Marvin makes good fiberglass windows that are going to be more expensive. I have heard good things about the AuraLast wood, but I don't think it's been around long enough to say for sure whether it will last for 20 to 30 years. It's still wood, which is an organic material that doesn't offer the same energy efficiency or the long term durability of a quality vinyl. But it does look quite nice :)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Classic Windows vs Simonton 5500 Series

I am replacing 13 windows and 2 sliding glass doors. I gotten a bunch of quotes and here are my final two. The Sunrise is supposed to be the better brand right? Is the Standard Sunrise window worth $2,000 more than the Simonton 5500 window?

Simonton 5500 series and Profinish Contractor Doors: $9,300

Sunrise model and Atrium 332 Series Patio Doors: $11,300

Monica - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Monica, it's a tricky question and I kind of want to say no if it were just windows, but it might be right at the make or break price difference if you include the doors. I would go back to each one and see if they are willing to come off their price at all. Tell the Sunrise dealer that if he can get close to the Simonton quote, then you're ready to sign. Why isn't the Sunrise bid include a Sunrise door, that seems a bit strange to me. The Sunrise patio door is going to be better than an Atrium door.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Windows vs Preservation

My wife set up an appointment with a company that sells Preservation windows. WOW - 2 hours of my life I'll never get back AND he made me miss my VFW meeting! In short, after all "discounts" he had to offer, just under $6800 for 4 installed windows ($1670 each). I'll board my windows up with foam & plywood before I buy a vinyl double hung for that price.

The next day I had my local trusted contractor come over for his 2 cents. A little back ground - He's built homes for 40 years, and has done everything from hardwood floors & cabinets to entire start-to-finish home builds for many people I know including my own relatives. Very trusted and well known for the quality of his work. I went over the pocket window vs. full frame replacement options with him, and he advised full frame installs as the better long term option. It made sense to me when he explained that when we re-side our home in the future, we'll still have the ability to flash the window correctly before the install of then new siding (vs being stuck with a pocket window wrapped inside the old original frame).

I was originally worried about opening up too much of the window opening without removing the siding to reseal everything in, but he's confident we can get everything sealed back up appropriately with the full frame installation. His window vendor is Wisconsin Builders Supply and they only carry Andersen, Alliance, Semco, Jeldwen and Therma-Tru. However, he said he would install whatever windows I want even if he doesn't order them though his vendor (which would likely be better pricing with his discount there).

He has heard of Sunrise & ran across them in homes, but has never installed them before. He doesn't run a full crew anymore in his older/wiser years, and instead generally sticks to smaller jobs he can get done on his own or with the occasional 2nd set of hands. He expressed that, as an option, he'd work with me as the 2nd set of hands on the removal & installation. Also he'd charge time and material for the work. I'm an experienced wood working hobbyist, but have never done window or door installs. This seems like the perfect opportunity to learn how to put in windows properly and get a break on the install costs too. Perhaps at some point, I can even install the remaining windows in our house without the help & expense of my expert. It's an added bonus that my contractor was taught by my grandfather whom built homes for a living way back when. Grandpa actually threw a hammer at this very guy on one occasion to get him moving a little faster - I look forward to hearing the story directly from the guy!

All that being said, here's my current looming questions I'm hoping you might answer:

Is there anything from Andersen, Alliance, Semco, Jeldwen and Therma-Tru (in a vinyl full frame double hung) that can compete with the Sunrise's double hung price, warranty, and performance? If no, no need to explain (my own research points to "no"). If yes, which lines should I get pricing for?

The local Sunrise distributor gave me the window price over the phone it seemed they would sell directly to me. Is there any reason my contractor wouldn't be able to install the Sunrise windows without issue given his level of experience? Or, is it better to have the distributor install them since they put these window units in so regularly?

I called Sunrise to see if they would warranty a window not installed directly by one of their distributors. The guy in the warranty department said yes, it would be warrantied as long as the distributor is willing to sell us the window. Can you comment on this based on your experience and insight with Sunrise?

The way I understand it, Sunrise offers 2 full frame install options. #1 Built-into-frame brick mold with screw holes that get covered by a snap on strip. #2 is the window frame with a standard screw strip as commonly seen on new construction. Any insight on the 2 options? My current old windows have a wood brick mold that will be removed leaving room for either option. My contractor says we can cover the option #2 screw strip with aluminum wrapped wood so it can be removed and properly flashed when we re do siding at a later date. Seems reasonable, but I like the look and ease of option 1. What are my flashing options at siding replacement time with the built-into-frame vinyl brick molding?

The full frame installation from Sunrise offers a pre-assembled interior trim package. Have you seen these, put them in, or have an opinion? They look slick, but are they worth the money? I'm fully capable of doing all the interior trim work myself, and it would perfectly match the existing stained oak trim in the home. I'll price it both ways and let you know what I come up with. Are double hung the best bang for the buck in the Sunrise brand? Are they the least problematic of Sunrises' available window types? Is there a more efficient vented type we should also consider? I'm leery of all casement windows (of any brand) due to their reputation of the hardware failures. I'm on the fence about sliders & the wife isn't crazy about that look anyway. Lots of questions - I know. I only ask all this since I'm leaning towards having a guy install them that hasn't ever put in this brand.

Our local Sunrise distributor/installer has a great quality reputation and a high price reputation too. I do have an appointment next week for them to come out to measure and price the different install options. I'm also stopping at their showroom today too to take an in person look and discuss ordering options and costs involved for each. I've tried and failed to find a local dealer for Polaris or Soft-Lite thus far. Their websites brought up no suggestions either when I was researching them. But I did take your que and submit e-mails to both of them via their websites requesting the nearest couple of dealers to our location. Hopefully I'll hear back from both companies. I'll let you know if get prices from them so your future readers in our area might compare. Thanks again for all your insight.

Tom - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

1. I'm not sure I would say there is anything that can compete with the Sunrise from that list, but I do think the Andersen 100 composite window is a decent performer and quite a nice looking window. Beyond this I can't vouch for any of the other brands.

2. I wouldn't think there is anything specific to the Sunrise that would pose an installation challenge above and beyond any other window. So if your contractor feels comfortable doing the window installation and you trust him, I would say go for it.

3. I would just check with Sunrise to make sure there isn't anything specific that would void the warranty during the installation — perhaps a certain type of expanding foam. They should be able to tell the contractor if anything exists.

4. New construction typically offers a sturdier install that does not involve screws through the frame, instead they go along the nailing flange. The downside is replacing the windows at a later date and what this means for your exterior siding -- it can be quite expensive to remove the siding, flash etc. This is where buying a good window that lasts 30 years becomes very important, so you don't have to go through the expensive process very often. In the perfect world you could coordinate both jobs. There are pros and cons to both approaches and I think you and your contractor should sit down and go over both ways, the costs involved, and come up with an answer that makes the most sense for you from a long term perspective.

5. I haven't seen their Sunrise interior trims, but it would be nice to stain and match the existing trim --

6. I take your point about casements, although I personally like them. I would say that double hungs are the most popular window and one of the most energy efficient -- along with casements. Sliders are nice for bedrooms, but won't be quite as energy efficient as hungs. I like sliders personally because they are so easy to open and shut in bedrooms. I think at the end of they day it all comes down to preference. Choose what you like.

7. At the end of the day, it is always better to have someone put in your windows who installs that brand and that brand only, however it isn't rocket science. As long as your contractor installs the windows properly and thoroughly, you are going to be fine.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Vinyl Windows vs. Vytex

Hello-Can anyone provide any feedback on Sunrise vinyl windows vs Vytec vinyl windows (installed by window nation). Which is the better window? Any help/input would be must appreciated, thank you.

Bob - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Bob, Vytex makes a good vinyl window, I'd put them in the second tier of vinyl window manufacturers -- let's say there are four tiers with one and two being quality producers. I would put Sunrise in the first tier. However, each company makes a number of series or models, from an entry level to a premium. I'd say the top two from Vytex are quality windows. Sunrise has a standard window -- this is a good window. Any of their upgraded models -- Verde, Vanguard and Restorations -- are considered excellent.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Windows vs Window World

I am needing some advice when it comes to windows. I am in the process of receiving quotes. Should have a total of 5 by the end of the day. The suppliers are Window World, Sunrise (& restorations), Universal Windows Direct and Champion.

I am going to replace most of my windows (28 in total – 8 will be picture windows, rest will be either single or double hung). 15 of these windows, get full west sun. 6 of these will be upper level picture windows.

Window world double hung 4000 series, with a solar shield package, gave a quote of around 15k, after speaking with some other people that have recently installed windows with them, there should be considerable flexibility in that price.

Restorations windows, 20 double hung, (8 picture windows) with the 12 layer coating quote was 27K.

Sunrise, Sunrise windows with the 12 layer coating package, 20 single hung windows (8 picture), was over 17K (636 per window). They said the only difference between the restoration package and the sunrise package is the outer frame is not insulated like the restoration style. Also a difference in the locking mechanisms.

Also planning on replacing a patio French door. Changing out a 2 6'8" doors with transom, to 2 – 8' doors. Window world gave a price of $3250 for a therma true door, and the sunrise installer gave a price of $4932 for their steel door. Their brand is Provia.

Any suggestions? To me, I prefer the quality of the restorations and then the sunrise, and believe I will get a good install from that company. But I also think the price is very high, especially considering 8 of them will be picture windows. I am considering counteroffering, but I would like your opinion of the sunrise/restorations vs the other brands. The Universal Window Direct supplier in the area, has good reviews.

Thank you for any help,

Angie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Angie, I'm not in the habit of recommending Window World -- I don't think their windows are well made and don't offer the sort of long term value that make the initial low cost worth it. The Restorations price bid sounds high to me. The Sunrise on the other hand is a great window AND its nearly the same price as the Window World 4000.

In terms of the doors, I would also not recommend Window World (are you sensing a pattern here), but I might get another bid from maybe a Simonton or Jeld Wen -- if for no other reason then to take it back to the Sunrise dealer and say, "I really want to use your company, but your bid is still out of my price range. If you could get the price down to (insert whatever dollar amount you feel comfortable with), I would be willing to sign today. Something like this, it usually works if they have any spaces on their books.

Bottom line, the Sunrise is the clear winner, their door bid seems a bit high but that might not be totally true -- another bid or two will tell you the answer.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Windows vs. Kolbe Latitude

I have 38 year old single pane Weather Shield double hung windows in my home (1978 Ranch). A couple have been replaced with SIMCO sash kits prior to us buying the home. One of those is already showing air leakage problems (condensation on the glass in winter). We've settled on insert replacements since a full siding replacement is not an option for us at this time. My sons bedroom window is leaking air and condensating so bad that the wood sash started to mold at the end of last winter. Origonally we wanted Andersen 400s but cant afford the 720 window price tag per window (uninstalled). The comparable Kolbe was $893 (uninstalled).

Quickly we're realizing a good vinyl insert is going to be the best price point for us. We're more concerned with good function than keeping the look of the wood on the interior. Our son's bedroom window is the one we've price out to try to compare costs. It has an inside frame opening of 43 7/8" wide by 53 7/8" high. We really like the warranty and reputation of Sunrise windows - got quoted a single window price of $559 from our only local distributor. I have that distributor coming to do a full quotation for everything we have. They're offereing $250 off for 4 purchased windows.

Is that a decent price for that size and brand I think it is, but can't seem to find 3 other comparable vinyl manufacuters with distributors in our area to get quotes from. I have a quote for a Kolbe Vinyl Latitude insert replacement for $354. I know the quality won't be as good, but is the difference worth $200 per window for Sunrise? Any knowledge of the difference in customer service or warranty? Lastly what, if any, manufacturers should we be looking at for vinyl double hung windows in our area? We live in La Crescent, MN 55947. I have 12 double hungs to replace on the first floor, and 2 smaller sliders in the basement. We'd like to do a few a year and plan to stay in our home - not flip it. Any advice you could give would be great.

Tom - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tom, sorry to hear about your current issues, but it does sound like you are on the right track with the Sunrise.I'd say the $559 per window is a good price and it sounds like they are offering some sort of discount from this. So yes, this is a good price.

In terms of the Kolbe, I haven't had much experience with the Latitude. They are more of a wood window company, so I wouldn't take the chance with their vinyl window "pick up." If it were me and I was going to be in my house for longer than 10 years, I'd go with the Sunrise. If you aren't going to be there that long, then you may want to consider the Kolbe (I sort of hate this advice for the next homeowners but its the truth from a purely economic standpoint).

I believe that Polaris, Soft-Lite, Andersen (100 series composite), and Marvin are all available from dealers in Minnesota. I would focus on the first two as nice comparisons to Sunrise. Let me know what the bids come back at and I'll give you me 2 cents!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Window Options

Thank you for the reply Dane. I have decided to proceed forward, based upon the excellent reviews of sunrise products. And I have built a good relationship with my contractor guy and know that when I pay the $2k, he is not going to do the job then disappear or other potential issues ("I broke my leg and can't get back to your project for 6 months").

As a follow up question, Sunrise has several options both for appearance and performance for their windows. Would you recommend an "options package" that isn't overkill but also has those essential options to get the most out of the window?

Bryan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Bryan, I would always recommend getting whatever upgrades make the most sense for your project and lifestyle. On the flipside, you can always go more basic on any feature that you don't deem as necessary in order to keep your costs under control.

Here's an example of the latter. My mother-in-law got a bid (on Sunrise windows, ironically) but they were out of her price range. The only other bid she had was from Window World and I urged her to find a way to make the Sunrise works. So we had the local dealer come back out and it turned out that when he bid it out, he used the metal hardware and low-e2 glass that she didn't feel were necessary for her home. She actually liked the look of the plastic hardware and was fine with the more simple low-e glass. It ended up bringing the price down into the range that made it palatable for her pricewise.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Windows vs Amerimax

After reading so many reviews, I am surprised the Sunrise didn't even get a mention. Is that because you think the price isn't worth it over, say, the Amerimax window? I hear a lot about sunrise having quieter and more energy efficient windows than most others. Honestly, we have original aluminum windows from 1978, many of which are damaged, so anything on this list would be better than that. Still, I want to make sure I get the best bang for the buck and if I can find a superior product, I generally will want the absolute best I can afford.

We are going to the showrooms for Zen and Colorado Window Source (Amerimax and Sunrise) this weekend and will hopefully make a decision soon after that. At least I was able to find affordable AND quality options. RBA was our first quote and we freaked out. Thanks.

Josh - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Josh I really like Sunrise windows, but the quote you got was what seemed like the standard Sunrise model and it was $4K more than the Zen quote for the Classic model (I think my numbers are right), which I would say are comparable windows at a much better price point. The Sunrise is a better window than the Amerimax, that's true, but I'm not sure it $6K better :)

People often freak out when RBA comes out to give them a bid...and rightly so. Let me know what you end up going with and how it works out!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Ultra Plus Vinyl Replacement Windows

I received a quote for Sunrise Ultra Plus Vinyl replacement windows however, I can only find information on Essentials (which everyone says to avoid) and the Verde, Vanguard & Restorations. Do you know if this model is part of the entry level essentials platform or the standard/upgraded platform of the other 3?

Tom - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Tom, the Ultra Plus is the type of glass used on the window. It is very likely that the window frame you have been quoted is on the standard Sunrise window. So it's the Standard Sunrise vinyl window with the Ultra plus low-e glass. This is a very nice window. If you do want any of the upgrades that sunrise offers, you can typically add them to each window as needed and the per window cost will reflect any upgrades that you opt for. Does this make sense?

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunroom Windows Questions

We would like to have our screen porch enclosed keep elements (rain, snow, dust, allergens) from coming in and increase the usability of our space, however, we also do not want to make this into a full addition. We have received 3 estimates (so far). 2 came back with sunroom recommendations and the 3rd came back with a recommendation of installation of Sunrise windows.

Our intent is to be able to extend the time frame of this space (earlier in spring, later into fall\winter) and create a space that our 3 year old can extend into when we can't physically be outside with him (we live on a busy corner). I understand that naturally any window will allow for some "greenhouse" effect to warm the space and we are even considering a baseboard space heater only to extend the time frame, not to make it usable in true winter temps. Based on the conversation with the contractor and the research I have been able to do (thanks largely to your website which was very informative!) I am thinking he is recommending the Sunrise Restoration Windows (he referenced low-e glass, argon gas and a smaller profile).

Several questions:

1. Are Sunrise windows a good option for our solution? Or is there another line of window you might recommend? (more sunroom windows reviews)
2. Is there a Sunrise line that is better for this solution in order to balance cost? (your website mentions increased energy efficiency for Restoration, but we are using it on and uninsulated room)
3. Insulated glass vs tempered glass? (what is really needed? want to make sure our 3 year old is safe)
4. Will our planned usage affect the life of the windows or warranty?
5. Anything else we should consider?

Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Short the purchase of the home, this would be our first big expenditure.

Nick - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Ryan, sorry for the delay in my response, I was spending the week with my kids so I have been a bit out of touch.

1. and 2. So, Sunrise vinyl windows are an excellent brand and the Restoration line is very good. The Verde and Vanguard models are also very good and should be a bit cheaper, but not always (some contractors get solid pricing on the Restoration line that is pretty close to these two other models, which are actually not THAT different from the Restoration model). The standard Sunrise frame, with their basic low-e glass would probably work fine, but it's not going to provide the same quality over time as the Restoration. From a long term value, I would say stretch to the Restoration and insist on a good quality install.

3. A standard low-e glass is fine. Laminated or tempered glass is not necessary, unless you require a hurricane or impact type window for the coast. The laminated option also provides some increase in soundproofing qualities, but nothing too substantial.

4. Using the space as a sunroom will not have any effect on the warranty or the life of the window.

5. The only other issue I can think of is whether you might want to consider a higher SHGC on the glass to allow in more heat during these cooler months in order to extend the time period that you can use the sunroom each year. Ask your contractor - I assume he knows the Sunrise rep - if this makes sense (perhaps not).

Good luck with the project and with your 3 year old!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Sunrise Ultra Plus Windows

Your website is very helpful, thanks. I have two questions for you. First question: for the Sunrise window, I can only find the Ultra-U Plus, Ultra-U Plus 12, Ultra-U Plus8 (3 panes), Ultra-U Plus10 glass systems. What are these options related to Sunrise Verde, Vanguard, or Restorations models (no information in sunrise web site)? What is the difference between these two sets of model.

My quote question between soft-lite and Sunrise. I got quote from Soft-lite LS Solar Lowe Double Pane with Super Space with $10100, and Sunrise Ultra-U Plus12 with interior Low E coating with $11000. The Sunrise Interior Low E Coating is a new option for Sunrise windows. Soft-Lite LS with U:.27, SHGC:.18, VT:.41, AL:.02 and the Sunrise with : U:.24, SHGC:.22, VT:.48, AL:.04. Please give me your comments, and help me to make my decision. Thanks

Ning - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Ning, thanks for the question. The Ultra-U Plus is a dual glazed window glass system that is an energy efficient upgrade, which should be available on any and all available Sunrise models in your area (often dealers have access to most but not all models). There are a number of options, U-8, U-10, U-12 - the numbers specifies how many layers or coatings are used in the glass making process.

I would say that the standard Sunrise frame window is good and the upgraded models that you refer to (Verde, Vanguard, or Restorations models) are all very good.

As to the comparison between Soft-Lite and Sunrise, both of the performance number sets you are looking at are excellent. Assuming the installation quality is the same, I would save $1000 and go with the Soft-Lite window costs. I don't think the new glass system is worth that price. But, focus on the installation as much as the window itself and make sure you are getting a quality install and labor warranty on the installation.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Sunrise Windows vs Simonton Pro Finish

I know very little about windows, but it's time to replace ours (I do know this much!). I don't need a top-of-the-line window, but also don't want to buy a cheap window either. We have 3 estimates on 8 bedroom double hungs and 1 larger window that is I suppose three windows, two double hung windows on either side and a fixed window in the center.

These are the brands we have gotten offered:
Lindsay Sun View Series
Simonton Profinish Builder Series

Standard Sunrise Series

Theresa - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Theresa, the best of your bids is on the Sunrise by far. I don't know what prices you were quoted out on so I can't comment on this aspect of the bid. I don't actually know about Sun View windows so I'm going to assume they are a lower end mid range window. The Simonton Pro Finish Builder is the entry level Pro Finish model -- if you had said the Pro Finish Master series I would say this is a solid window and approaching the quality of the Sunrise you have.

You might want to go back to all three and see if you can negotiate the price down as much as possible and see where the prices end up. So far, the Sunrise is the clear winner for me.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Sunrise or Pella Wood Clad

I have a price quote on the Pella Pro Line. It's a nice looking wood windows, but I'm concerned about the wood rotting over time. Our neighbors recently got a bid on Sunrise windows and he said they have a wood looking interior. What is your opinion on these two brands?

Brian - Homeowner - from 2014

[Contractor Response]

Pella makes a very nice wood window, but they do tend to break down over time. As far as rotting, they come in an exterior cladding so that shouldn't happen, although you will have to stain or otherwise protect the wood. You should do this every five years or so.

Sunrise makes a good vinyl window and they do offer the interior laminates. Some wood enthusiasts don't like how they look, but I tend to think they are hard to tell apart except at close range.

There are a lot of issues with wood and I tend to think vinyl offers more advantages, price being one. Get bids from both and make the comparisons yourself.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2014


Sunrise vs Seaway Windows

I have project bids from Sunrise and Seaway windows and the price per window is only like $50 difference, the Sunrise being more expensive. However, I feel like the Seaway warranty is better so it makes it a tough choice. Any input on these companies?

Brenda - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor's Response]

Sunrise makes some very nice windows and for my money is one of the top 3 or 4 vinyl window manufacturers in the field. I'm not very familiar with the Seaway products, but I did visit the website and I was impressed with the list of features and the performance numbers on the Ovation.

I will say that the numbers were based on a triple pane glass so I would be interested to know how the standard double hung with dual pane and argon fills fare, this would be a more fair set of numbers to put on the site. I think if you get a good bid from them and feel better about their installers than the Sunrise dealer, go with them. If not, stick with the tried and true and go with the Sunrise.

Scot C. - Contractor - from 2011


Sunrise Casement Windows

For casements, I'd take a look at Okna, Softlite, Sunrise, and Gorell. One of Sunrise's new lines has the thinnest profile I've ever seen on a casement, which gives you more glass and more natural light if that's what you're after.

Keep in mind that you can usually order vinyl windows with a wood grain finish, but if you buy a white one and stain it you won't get the same results. If it's in your budget, take a look at Milgard and Marvin fiberglass windows.

Steven - Virginia contractor 2011






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Sunrise Verde Windows Reviews

The Sunrise Verde window uses the same frame as the "classic Sunrise," but comes standard with foam filled chambers, a foam wrap, and the Solar Clean glass package. (These features would have to be upgraded on the standard or classic Sunrise.) The Verde incorporates both good design and function that should make it a window worth looking at, depending on whether your local dealer carries this particular model (not all dealers are going to offer the Verde model.)

Dane - Site Editor


Sunrise Verde vs. Sunrise In House

Hi Dane, I think I've narrowed it down to two companies, one is the only dealer in Colorado to install the Sunrise Verde line, the other installs an in-house line of Sunrise. I would love to know your thoughts.

Both companies have good reviews, I had a bit more faith in the Verde salesman (and they have full-time employees do the install), the in-house guy didn't impress me as much, and they have sub-contractors (although he claims they have used the same group of guys for 2+ years).

The Verde is coming in around $1000 cheaper (on a 18k bill for 25 windows, that's not enough difference to make or break a deal).

Both have the s2210x glass. They both have insulated frames.

The in-house model has fiberglass reinforcement throughout the frame and sash. The Verde includes the solar clean treatment. Both have optiview screen.

I guess my question-- is the fiberglass frame/sash worth a grand? I have two windows around 3 feet wide, the rest come in under 30 inches.

Carl - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Carl, the Sunrise Verde is typically an upgrade from the in house Sunrise. I do like the fiberglass reinforcement though. The Verde should come standard with foam fills. I think I would probably go with the Verde and the installer who seems a bit better.

Dan - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Verde vs. Provia Endure

First off, thank you for your website. I enjoying being an educated consumer and your insight has been incredibly valuable in the daunting world of windows.

I'm looking to replace 25 windows in my old Denver house. I've done my due diligence and gotten bids from various, well reviewed, installers who are all pushing their partner brands-- Milgard (Tuscany), Simonton (5500), Amerimax (Craftsman), Provia (Endure) and Sunrise ("Premium"... an in house line supposedly with various components of the Vanguard, Restoration and Verde lines).

I'm not terribly impressed by the Milgard or Simonton. A few years ago I installed Amerimax in my basement and think they're fine (I used your site to help pick them over the Simonton), but I am particularly intrigued by the Provia and Sunrise for this project, which sound like a "step up" from the other lines.

Wondering your thoughts on these two windows. The Sunrise is coming in a bit more expensive, but not enough to truly make or break the decision... particularly because (ideally) these are an investment and (hopefully) will last for years/decades

Your insight is appreciated.

Carl - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Carl, the Sunrise premium models are better I would say than the ProVia Endure. Having said that, the ProVia Endure is quite a good window. You've done a good job of getting your bids and weeding out the "lower quality" vinyl windows. (The Milgard, Simonton and Amerimax are all more or less solid second tier vinyl window companies, not low end.)

If you are staying in your home long term, I think paying a bit more for the Sunrise V, V, or R models is worth it. You may want to see if they'll match the ProVia bid—tell them that their bid is out of your price range and that you have a bid on the ProVia Endure that is right at the top of what you can afford. If they can match the ProVia bid, you'll sign a work order that day.

Give them a few days and see if they drop the price. Worth a shot...

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Verde vs. Simonton 9800 Series

Hi there, I am looking to slowly replace all the windows in our home (built in 1995) in Colorado. The major concern is noise and heat/cool transfer. The sun is pretty intense on a couple of the west facing windows. I got a quote from a local company who installs Sunrise Verde windows for around $950 a window and a larger company who does Simonton 9800 for around $1350/window.

Of course they both say their window is the best. Simonton's windows are triple pained- I'm wondering if that is better or unnecessary? We can hear a decent bit of car noise currently through the windows with a somewhat large street outside. I'm leaning towards Sunrise Verde because I liked the company and price tag better (my husband is worried about going with the lower bid) but is their a big difference between the windows? I don't want to regret a window purchase and are open to either, just want to know which one is the best choice! Thanks for your input!

Joy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joy, both of these windows are good, but I'm happy to tell you that I would say the Sunrise Verde is better than the Simonton 9800 model. Sunrise makes a great window and the Verde model is one of their best. The Simonton 9800 model is their best window, but I don't think its air infiltration, fit, and tolerances can match the Verde.

That's quite a high per window price -- I'm assuming the installation is tricky in some way. You might want to grab a couple more bids from local companies just to make sure that that's the fair market price.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joy, it sounds like the Andersen is not the way to go based on the price :) At the end of the day, pricing is based on the project and it sounds like you have the range of prices. On the plus side, you have a great window in the Verde and they gave you the best price. I think you've got your answer!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Verde vs Restoration Series

I was looking at the Verde and Restoration series from Sunrise. The Verde has some sagging issues, it's covered under the warranty but still a lot of hassle, but they offer a reinforcement option and I'd definitely get that if you go with Verde. The Restorations is a little bit higher quality with more bells and whistles. Both of them are good options, though. They are equal enough that I'd choose between them based on the dealer and installer you like better.

Steven - Contractor - from 2013


Sunrise Verde Windows vs Energex

I'm looking at the Sunrise Verde, along with similar priced products from American Window and Homeguard Innovations, which are both local companies here in Indiana. I was curious what everyone thought abt these three. One company I talked to who sells all of these windows told me he thought Homeguard and the Verde were about equal, while the American Window was a notch below these two.

Aimee - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]


The Verde is similar in design to the Energex Innovations, but the Verde has lots more features. Now the NEW Elite series from Affinity is a totally different story, that is a great window. They are a step up from the old profiles from that company.

Robbie - Contractor - from 2012


Sunrise Verde Window vs Alside

We starting looking at windows and so far have received 3 bids. The Alside Sheffield price is $410 per window installed, the Sunrise is $650 per window installed and the Soft-Lite prices are $700 per window installed. We might try to get a few of the Sunrise or the Soft-Lite and just see how they work and then go from there (although the companies don't seem to like this). I just don't see how the windows can be 100s of dollars more for what looks like the same thing. We are also considering doing Larson interior storms that run around $100 per window.

Bennie - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

I hear this sort of thing all the time, that these vinyl windows look the same so they must work basically the same. The Alside Sheffield is a poorly made window, from design to the glazing to the components. This might mean you have to replace them in 10 years. The Sunrise and Soft-Lite (granted I don't know what models you are looking at) windows are well made and designed and you might have to replace them after 20 years. If we are looking only at economics of it all, the Sunrise and Soft-Lite is actually a better buy. Plus it's a pain to have your windows redone. Do it right the first time and get the long term value. Just my two cents.

Holland - Contractor - from 2012






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Sunrise Vanguard Windows Reviews

The Sunrise Vanguard window is similar to the Sunrise Verde model, essentially a Standard Sunrise frame with a fibercore reinforced sash and a recessed lever lock. It also comes standard with separate tilt buttons and is available as a single hung.

The Vanguard is somewhat of a specialty model that was originally only available to certain distributors (it's unclear to us if this is still the case).

Dane - Site Editor


Sunrise Vanguard Windows Quality

Hi Dane, we’re adding Sunrise Vanguard windows to our house. The framing is not included. The window people would put windows in only and it’s $740/window. Is that expensive? We’re in NC.

Thank you.

LC - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

LC, that's a pretty fair price for the Sunrise Vanguard, which is a VERY good vinyl window.

However, it wouldn't hurt to negotiate on the price to see where their bottom is, especially since they are only doing the windows (it's not like you are nickel and dining your GC).

Negotiate A Window Bid

I'd give it a try and see if they come off the price a bit.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Vanguard vs Andersen 100 Series

What is your opinion about Vanguard windows made by Sunrise. We had a Rep out and he showed me the windows. They look nice. It seems you get a lot of bang for your buck. We are replacing 14 windows both double hung and sliders. We have had quotes from Renewal for 33,000, Anderson 100,200 for 25,000 and Simonton for 16,000. Not sure I like the look of the Simonton. We are waiting on the quote from Vanguard but would like to know your opinion of the windows.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mary, the Sunrise Vanguard is an excellent vinyl window. So much more value for your money than the RBA, which is often just ridiculously priced. Andersen 100 is a composite frame, almost like a stripped down version of the Renewal (both of these are made by Andersen with fibrex). The 100 model is pretty good for the price, but no where near the quality or performance of the Vanguard.

Simonton makes a number of window series and their top end Reflections and Impressions series are good, but even those are not nearly as well made as the Vanguard. Obviously, I don't know how much the Vanguard is going to be, but it is a great window and should provide excellent long term value.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Mary's Reply]

The Vanguard came in at 13,895. I think we are going to go with that after your positive review.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2017


Sunshine Vanguard vs Thompson Creek

Hi Dane and Tim! I'm in the midst of selecting a firm for replacement windows. I have a 1937 Tudor with a 1988 addition in Northern Virginia/DC area. I have all casement-style windows with a large bay-box window in the front. The bay-box will have grills but the rest will be clean rectangular casements. I have quotes as follows:

Thompson Creek Vinyl Casements (local DC, MD, VA company that's well-known in the area). They make their own virgin vinyl windows. 50 yr warranty parts and labor. 47 windows and one fiberglass provia patio door with custom exterior color for $48,727.

versus...

Sunshine Contractors (Woodbridge, VA) installing Sunrise, Sunrise line vinyl casements. lifetime warranty. 47 windows with exterior color selection and one fiberglass provia patio door for $34,750.

I had never heard of Sunrise before and the low quote made me feel it was too good to be true?... Sunshine Contractors did my GAF architectural roof and so far, so good.

Renewal by Anderson came in at $66k for less windows.

Thoughts? Thanks.

Kim - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Kim, so I have definitely heard good things about Thompson Creek, but the bid is not exactly cheap is it? Paying roughly $1000 per window is nothing to sneeze at -- even with the style and age of the home. (I LOVE tudor style homes by the way.)

The Sunrise bid sounds much more reasonable to me. Add to this that Sunrise vinyl windows are excellent, one of the best manufacturers on the market. The bid sounds much more in line with what I would expect, although again I certainly don't know the details behind the installation. Assuming Sunshine Contractors are reputable and have a good track record, this is absolutely who I would go with. You may even want to try to negotiate a better price with them.

Not surprised by the RBA quote, it sounds right in line with what they typically bid their projects out at. Not worth it by a long shot.

How To Negotiate A Home Window Bid

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Kim's Answer]

Thank you so much Dane! Your confidence in Sunrise windows really helps as I did not know the name. Sunshine Contractors are A+ rated by BBB and Angies List. Thompson creek was recommended by many neighbors in the area on our listserv. When Sunshine came in so much lower with Sunrise I was worried it could be too good to be true! Another local installer (Hodges in Falls Church) also provided a Sunrise Vanguard quote but it was close to Thompson Creek in the high $40s. They also suggested aluminum clad wood windows from Marvin, but I like the warranty and less maintenance of the vinyl option. Thanks again!

Kim - Homeowner - from 2017


Sunrise Vanguard Windows vs. Window World

Hi Dane, You may have received the email below. I forgot to mention that the Sunrise windows are Vanguard. What is the intercept space made of?

We need to replace 30 all wood Pella casements that are 30 years old. (some of the sills and sashes have rotted). We are considering Window World casements vs Sunrise vinyl. Are these windows in the same category? Are Window World's casements made by AMI? I saw in the WW catalog that they use a metal spacer and from my researching read that metal is not the way to go.

My husband wants the Sunrise windows with triple pane because they come with internal blinds (like we had with our Pellas). I have just read about the green tint and lower VT ratings of triple pane glass. I don't want to spend a lot of money because we will eventually need to sell the house, having been here since 1975. I am interested in a company with a lifetime warranty that is transferable to new owner.

The dealer was trying to sell us on the Elements Soft-Lite windows but I don't think we need to go high end at this point in our lives. That's when we noticed the Sunrise window in his showroom.

Would you please offer some guidance? Thanks so much.

Jan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jan, the Intercept spacer is made of a tin plated stainless steel and is considered a warm edge technology. It's a good spacer. Window World uses AMI windows, which owns Alside. The 4000 and 6000 are not very good windows. The vinyl extrusions and components they use are low end, the metal spacer is just one example of this.

Sunrise makes a great window and the Vanguard and Element use the classic Sunrise frame, but both add some very nice upgrades. The Vanguard and Elements are both great windows, I wouldn't sweat which one you go for.

If I were selling my house in five years or less, I would be very tempted to go with the Window World because you won't get your money back with the extra you spend on the sunrise. Don't worry about the transferrable warranty, when you are selling your home no one pays any attention to the windows -- or if they do it's a single sentence that gets a head nod.

If you are selling your house in five years or more, I would go with the Vanguard. Excellent window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Vanguard Window Quote

Here is a quote for Sunrise Vanguard, I am negotiating the price to be brought down to $15,000. What do you think?

Ananth - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Ananth, my opinion lacks much in the way of context - truly the best way to know how this bid stacks up is to get 2 more bids and compare. Obviously, you have gotten the bid down to $15K from $29K on the Soft-Lite Elements window so you are closer to knowing the market value. Get two more bids and send them my way and I can then give you my opinion.

The Sunrise Vanguard is an excellent vinyl window by the way.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Homeowner's Response

Thanks Dane for your response. Unfortunately, Sunrise has only ONE dealer in Texas for Restoration windows, and ONE OTHER guy for Vanguard. It is pretty much a monopoly for these guys here.

The Restorations salesman was very rude and pushy. The Vanguard guy has his own small company and was actually recommended to me by a sales manager at Sunrise.

At this time, I have a Vanguard quote with s3200a triple pane window (SHGC=0.16) for $15,000 (18 windows).

Ananth - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

It sounds like that's the best price you are going to get in terms of Sunrise. If you feel comfortable with that price, then you are getting an excellent window in the Vanguard.

The other option would be to get a bid on a lesser window like a Simonton Reflections 5500 series, which will be less in terms of price. Simonton dealers are everywhere so I know this will be available where you live.

This would at least show you a lower price range, but again on a very solid mid range window instead of a top tier window like the Sunrise Vanguard.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Homeowner's Response

I have a quote for Simonton Prism Platinum for under $12k.

Ananth - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Ananth, I would go with the Sunrise Vanguard for an extra $3K, I think you are going to get better long term value for your investment.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Vanguard vs Milgard Essence

We are looking to replace an old wood patio door (3 panel swing-in door, about 108 inches wide) with a slider, but we'd like to keep the wood look. We're considering a Sunrise Vanguard sliding door with wood-grain look vinyl or a Milgard Essence sliding door (fiberglass exterior and real wood clad interior.) The price is about the same either way. Any recommendations about which option is best, or is there another brand we should consider? We live in the Denver metro area in a mid-1970's house. Thanks for your help!

Alison - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Alison, you have two very good choices here. If you are fine with (or like) the look of the wood grain laminate on the Sunrise Vanguard, I would say this is the clear winner, for a number of reasons. Real wood is beautiful, this is pretty undeniable, but it requires staining to protect the wood. It does not provide the same performance numbers (this will become more pronounced over time as the organic material begins to break down through the natural expansion/contraction that occurs at the corners and seams). The wood window also carries a less attractive warranty, typically 10 to 20 years as opposed to a limited lifetime warranty on the vinyl frame and components.

If you have to have the real wood and are willing to do the maintenance that it requires and fine with the lower energy efficiency that you can expect over time, the Milgard Essence series is a very nice window/patio door. I like the Milgard products, they might not be the fanciest wood windows on the market, but I think they make a quality product that looks quite nice and holds up over time.

The Sunrise Vanguard is a great window/patio door, with a good overall look to it, solid construction and excellent performance numbers. I would put it in my house without a second thought.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Sunrise Vanguard Windows vs Soft-Lite Elements

I've done extensive research and Okna is not offered in my area. Softlite Elements are roughly 1.5x more than the Sunrise Vanguard or the Polaris Ultraweld. The Vanguard and Ultraweld are close in price and seem to have similar numbers. Recommendations? My only thought about using Sunrise was there are more dealers in area v. just one for Polaris.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Steve, I think you're correct on all points - the Elements is a slightly better window than the Vanguard or UltraWeld, but isn't worth 1.5 x the price. You will be well served by either one of these excellent vinyl window series - Sunrise or Polaris. I also agree that Sunrise is a larger company that does more volume, which tends to make it easier to get replacement parts etc.

The one x-factor would be if the Polaris dealer is amazing and they are extremely committed to handling any issues that arise. Then I might go with the UltraWeld option. I think either way, you have 2 excellent windows. Now I'd like you to compare the installation quality of each and you should have your answer. Let me know how it works out!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015






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Sunrise Restorations Windows Reviews

The Sunrise Restorations window is the company's top rated window, as well as their most expensive. Reinforced with fibercore on both the meeting rail and the vertical sash, the Restorations features a Max Edge spacer and foam filled chambers. The frame and sash are fairly narrow, which gives the window a nice slender and clean look. The window incorporates a clever tilt sash mechanism and comes standard with a high transparency screen. In addition, consumers will be impressed by the high quality frame finish.

Performance wise, consumers can expect the low-e glass and argon fill option to deliver a U-factor around of 0.27 and an air infiltration of 0.04, both quite impressive. More importantly, the quality of design and craftsmanship will translate to sustained energy efficiency over a much longer time period. The Sunrise Restoration is one of our top vinyl window selections.

The bottom line on the Restorations is that it is a great looking vinyl/fiberglass window with a narrow profile that many consumers will find appealing. On the flip side, it's not quite as good performance wise as the Soft-Lite Elements or the Okna 800.

Tim - Site Editor


Sunrise Restoration Glass

Dane, I appreciate and value your input and unbiased advise. I finally chose a window, Sunrise Restoration, but now need to select glass. Choice for same price is Ultra Plus 2 with Uf = .25, SHGC = .28, VT = .52 and Omega 12 2 with Uf = .24, SHGC = .21, VT = .48. Does the lower SHGC summer advantage overcome the winter disadvantage. Live in Raleigh NC, with most windows facing east or west equally and much tree shade east (summer sun hits windows 11 to 1) and some shade west (sun 2 to 6 pm). Is there noticeable difference in VTs?

Thanks for your help.

Mark - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mark, the Sunrise Restoration is one of my favorite windows, kudus to you. Not much difference in that VT, the biggest difference is going to be that SHGC -- I'd probably go with the Omega 12 with the lower SHGC, it's going to be a bit more energy efficient.

Good luck on the project!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Restoration vs. Soft-Lite Elements

Minnesota Window and basement door quote.

This is a great place to get reviews, and advice on windows or doors.

We are replacing about 16 windows depending on how the sales quote classified a few windows. Half of the windows face north and have others face south. which cook in the summer. We are replacing single pane windows and moved in 2 years ago.The project includes a large window opening about 108 inches. A picture with double hung, casement or slider options. Another large window opening that is about 75 inches with slider, casement or double hung options.

The rest are all double hung options. Sounds like everything can be done with inserts and not a full fame will be needed. I have found out that Okna is not available at all in Minnesota. So the choices that I found were the Renewal By Anderson, Revere Berkshire Elite, Sunrise Standard, Sunrise Restoration, Softlite Elements, Richlin, Hayfield, Polaris and Zen windows.

Company A does both the Revere Bershire Elite and the Sunrise Standard. Both come with a lifetime warranty on the glass, frame, and glass breakage. 20 years on labor. Impressed with the company since they have been in business for awhile. Revere quote was $13040. Slider option about was 600 less.

Sunrise Standard quote came in at 17% more, which was about $15256. The door offered was a steel door with a frame by Albany doors with a 15 year warranty. $1460.00.

Company B offered the Softlite Elements and has been around since the 50's. Great Product but at the end, the salesperson did the hard sales tactic and turned us off a bit since they said what would work pitch. We countered and were scoffed at. $17010 for the windows with a free upgrade to the triple pane. Same warranty as above. $2100 for a fiberglass door by Albany. $200 less for the steel

Company C offered Richlin and wanted to push the full frame replacement windows option even after saying the frames were fine. $19000 finally with inserts with a lifetime everything warranty. Door option, We find it they install it.

Company D Zen Nirvana came in at $13295. Zen Lotus came in at $14845. The door came in at $2850 and by 3.0 desinger door that is local. Could not find installation reviews but it sounds like they have been around for awhile and also do the installation. Is the Lotus worth the extra money. Also found out the company has a chapter 7 bankruptcy pending from this year.

Company E Renewal $31000 yikes

Waiting on Polaris which wiil be Unishield and a company that will do the Sunrise Restoration line.

Ready hard to find good windows here

My dilemma, we still have a few more construction projects, driveway and pianting of the whole house. We need to make or house more energy efficient here in Minnesota.

Thank you Any help would be greatly appreciated

Craig - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Craig, you have certainly done your homework and gotten your bids so kudos to you for that. I think we can toss the Renewal Bid for obvious reasons. I like a lot of these brands you have and they all seem to be in the same ballpark, cost wise. I like the sound of the company selling the Sunrise Standard and I also like this window (well worth the 15% over the Revere, which I consider just an okay window). The Sunrise Standard is equal in quality to the Zen Lotus (a relabeled Soft-Lite Pro window). I would toss the Zen quote if they just filed bankruptcy, that scares me and you have the good company with an equal quality window in the Sunrise.

The two best windows in the lot are the Sunrise Restoration and the Soft-Lite Elements. The Elements is worth the $2K more in the triple pane. This is probably your best long term deal, but you have to be fine with the additional $2500 for windows and doors. And you have to be fine using a salesperson who was a jerk -- if the company track record is stellar I would probably go with them.

The Polaris Unishield is their mid range window and I think you have enough good ones not to need to go here unless there is something you can't refuse.

My bottom line would be the Sunrise Standard or the Soft-Lite Elements.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Restoration from Great Lakes Windows and Siding

So the Sunrise Restoration from Great Lakes Windows and Siding came in last night and have a great deal for both projects. They did Omega 12 on the south facing and the window treatments just below that on the rest. They are using the Provia Steel door. All for 15.5k. They were great, have been around for a long time, honest, and not pushy. So we went with them since that it seems that is one of the better windows around as well.

If people need windows in the Twin City area, I would highly recommend them. Thanks and have a great 4th of July

Craig - Homeowner - from 2018


Sunrise Restorations vs. Zen Lotus Plus

I have four quotes so far from local companies and I was trying to figure out how they compare. I have a Thanks in advance for your opinion! What is the deal on Zen, are they reliable? I'm in the Nashville, Tn area.

Zen Lotus Plus Windows (Imperial LS) and a Zen Dharma Door: $15,500
Soft-Lite Classic Windows and a Soft-Lite Kingsroyal Door: $21,500
Sunrise Restoration Windows and a ProVia Door: $23,000
Soft-Lite Elements and a Soft-Lite Kingsroyal Door: $23,000

Ruby - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ruby, you have some pretty darn good quotes there. The Soft-Lite Elements is the best window of the bunch, but the Imperial LS is not far behind. The Elements beats out the Sunrise Restorations on performance, but the Restorations is typically considered the better looking of the two and has a thinner profile that many consumers like.

Getting back to your bids, the least expensive is the one I would choose, with one caveat. The Imperial LS is an excellent window and the Zen Dharma door is a relabeled Soft-Lite Kingsroyal. So in terms of the quality of the product versus the price, the Zen bid is a no brainer. The caveat is this: years ago, several zen dealers had some problems early on and did shoddy work. I would thoroughly vet the Zen branch in your area and make sure that they have a good reputation on yelp or Angies List prior to hiring them. Let me know how the work goes so I can post this information and let other consumers know how it worked out.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Restorations Narrow Frame

I LOVE your website! I live outside of Utica, NY. I desperately need to replace all the windows in my 1950’s ranch (21 average and one huge 66”x150”). Because of my age and gender, I have had difficulty getting fair estimates on past renovations. I am afraid of putting my name out there and being barraged. I have tried to find some of the manufacturers you recommended, but often you have to leave name, phone etc. before you can get any info on brands.

Do any of your recommended manufacturers service this area? I love the narrow look of Anderson 100 but don’t want hassle of finding my own installers. What other companies offer a narrower look?

Michelle - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Michelle, the Sunrise Restorations is a fantastic window and is considered to be a more narrow frame. Normally, the less frame the less energy efficiency. The Restorations uses vinyl and fiberglass in a nice combination to provide strength in a narrow frame.

You can enter your zip code on the sunrise website and find local dealers. I came up with 3 in your area. http://www.sunrisewindows.com

This is where I would start. Also, call Soft-Lite's 800 number and see if you can get the numbers for local dealers through them. Hopefully without having to give out your own info.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Restoration vs. Simonton 9800 Elite Plus

Tim I recently got a bid from a Denver area dealer who carries both the Sunrise Restoration and the Simonton 9800 Elite Plus. The price quote for $2925 for the Sunrise and $3575 for the Simonton, $3929 for Restoration. I also met with a Soft-Lite guy who gave me a bid for $4400 for the Imperial. These are all triple pane window btw.

Any idea what the best here is?

Lewis - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Lewis, the Sunrise Restoration, Soft-Lite Imperial LS and Simonton 9800 Elite Plus are all good windows. If I had to rank them, I'd probably go in that order the Restorations, Imperial LS, 9800 Elite Plus. I would probably pick the Sunrise Restorations though for the price and the overall look of the window. It uses a somewhat narrow frame, but still maintains good strength and durability.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Restorations vs. Beechworth Fiberglass Series

We need our old windows replaced. I've had numerous quotes and have been researching but I don't know how to decide between the sunrise restoration series or beechworth fiberglass. There's one company that does both, representative said he was putting beechworth in his home.

The thing with fiberglass is the corners are mechanically fastened which I don't like but chemically bonded (is that essentially the same as heat welded?) So I'm concerned with down-the-road issues with the fiberglass. If you have any insight as to which would be better, please let me know. I'm going crazy trying to figure out between vinyl and fiberglass.

Also would you recommend sunrise over paradigm? I'm having one more window estimate and this company does Paradigm.

Jenny - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jenny, both fiberglass and vinyl windows have their proponents. Well made fiberglass windows are probably considered a bit better long term than vinyl windows, although top vinyl windows usually have better performance data behind them.

The Sunrise Restorations window is sort of a fusion of vinyl and fiberglass. It's a fantastic window that is tried and true. The performance numbers back up this statement. I would put the Restorations in my house without a moment's thought. Honestly, I don't hear a ton about Beechworth so I would be wary about endorsing a product without much of a track record behind it.

The Sunrise over the Paradigm without question. Check out our best windows page to read why we like it so much. It's one of the best products out there if you can afford it. Plus it can be ordered in interior laminates, which does a great job of mimicking the look of wood.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Restorations vs. Okna Starmark

Hi, we are looking to replace 36 double hung and picture windows (and a sliding patio door) in our 30-year-old home.

We received three vastly different quotes for windows and installation:

Okna Starmark: composite: $33,000 or $28,600 for vinyl

Soft-Lite Imperial LS $46,569

Sunrise Restorations $53,000

Is one product vastly better than another? Are composite windows better than vinyl?

They all seem to have similar air infiltration and R ratings.

We’d really appreciate any advice on the windows and the companies.

Thank you! You have a great site.

Kristen - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kristen, the windows you got bids for are all excellent, some of the very best in the business. So...I would go with the Okna Starmark for $33K, it's the best composite window out there. However, if you want to look at their vinyl windows for $5K less, they also make great vinyl windows as well. I'm going to assume it for the 400 or 600 models, in which case you should stick with the Starmark. However, the Okna 500 and 800 models are both excellent -- the 500 is equivalent to the Soft-Lite Imperial LS and the 800 is equivalent with the Sunrise Restorations.

Bottom line is the Starmark is a great window and it's $13K less than the Imperial LS! I would still see if I could get them to come down on the price though :)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Restorations vs. Soft-Lite

Hi I noticed Sunrise Restorations uses cardinal glass with xl edge spacer (stainless steel) and block and tackle balance rather than soft lite structural foam super spacer and constant force? Also when shown a sample of sunrise restoration and i tried to open top window for cleaning there was a creeking sound? Told it won't do that on window I would buy by salesperson but not sure if he is correct or not.

Questions on these 2 windows:
Which spacer is better?
Which balance is better?
Is creeking normal on block and tackle when tilting window?

I am looking for 5 double hungs 69x36 pure vinyl or fiberglass

Most important is large glass area, spacer that will not fail, window that will not bow, smooth balance system that makes windows easy to operate with no creeks, energy efficient, companies that will be around and back their product lifetime. The reason i hesitated with soft lite imperial ls was the beefy thick frame and loss of viewing area. What are the best options for what I'm looking for on double hung windows and patio door?

Thanks! :)

Julia - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Julia both the xl edge and super spacer are very reliable and efficient. If I had to pick, I'd say the super spacer probably gets the nod as the non metallic option. The xl edge is a true stainless steel spacer. Same deal with the balance system. Some companies use the block and tackle, some the constant force.

Neither the spacer nor the balancing system is the issue, it's how well the companies put the windows together with the components and options they use. In each of your cases above, both companies are top notch (assuming we are comparing the premium Sunrise Restorations and premium Soft-Lite Elements). Soft-Lite makes a number of different models and their two entry level windows aren't my favorite, particularly the Barrington.

If you are having an issue with the thick frame, go with the Sunrise Restorations. It's one of the best vinyl windows on the market and made incredibly well. Sunrise will definitely be around for a long long time, they seem to be thriving as a company. If you go with them for windows, I would stick with them for your patio doors as well. They make a great sliding patio door.

Honestly, between Sunrise and Soft-Lite, you can't do any better.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Restorations with Omega Glass

Hi Tim, we are looking to replace 20 double hung and one awning window with Sunrise Restorations.

They are basic white with the Omega glass. Average sizes for all the windows- nothing tricky. We live in Michigan and got a quote of $16500 from a company with a good reputation. They come with a lifetime warranty on the labor. Does that sound like a fair price to you?

Eric - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Eric, $785 per window installed sounds like its in the ballpark, perhaps a bit on the higher side of things. I would suggest getting two more bids for comparison sake and, assuming the bids came in lower, using these to see if you can't get the Restorations dealer to come off some on his initial bid.

This article gives some suggestions on how to go about this process if you want to take a look.
http://www.replacementwindowsreviews.co/review-topics/negotiating-a-home-window-bid.html

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Restoration vs. Anderson 400 Series

Placed the order today, in the end I decided to go with the Sunrise Window. I finally got to see the Anderson 400 Friday and to me it did not look as well manufactured as the Sunrise Restoration. I appreciate your advice on this.

Anderson ended up being more expensive after their full quote with installation.

Thank you.

Barry - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

I agree with your choice to go with the Sunrise Restoration over the Andersen 400. I like the Andersen clad window, but wood windows comes with lots of downsides, especially the price tag.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Restorations vs. Vytex Grandview

Good Afternoon! I need some guidance. I am needing to replace 25 Double Hung and 2 additional slider windows (total 27). I have got quotes from 3 dealers for standard Sunrise with Omega 12 , WindowNation Grandview (Vytex) & Sunrise Restorations.

1) Standard Sunrise w/Omega 12 – $15,500 with lifetime labor
2) Sunrise Restorations – $16,500 with 10 Yrs Workmanship
3) Vytex Grandview - Window Nation - $14,500 Lifetime

The dealer with lifetime labor is not authorized to sell Restorations.

1) Is there a multi-core insulation option as one reader pointed out, which can be added to the standard sunrise model to bring it on par with the Restorations?

This will help me get closer to restorations at least from the insulation point of view and still get to keep the lifetime labor.

2) What do you suggest and is the price decent?

3) Is Sunrise really much better than Vytex Grandview?

Any suggestions will be appreciated....

Shashank - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Shashank, the Grandview is a good window, but isn't quite as good in my opinion as the Standard Sunrise and is certainly not as good as the Sunrise Restorations. The Restorations for $1,000 more than the Sunrise is the best value of your three bids.

Yes, you can get ala carte upgrades to the classic Sunrise window, but that will put you on par with the Restorations cost, but still not the quality of the Restorations windows. The Restorations comes standard with a reinforced fibercore meeting rail and vertical sash, Max Edge spacer, foam fills, tilt sash, and high transparency screen.

I would see if you can get that Restorations price down at all and then go with that. The price you are getting right now is quite good.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Restorations vs Marvin Infinity

Thank you for your educational site. Shopping for windows is a bit confusing and daunting. We live in Iowa, have a log (sided) home on top of a hill so can be windy. We are looking into replacing 16 double hung windows. So far we have met with Renewals with Anderson Fibrex and Marvin Infinity. We are meeting with a rep from Sunrise Windows (Restoration) and are open to other companies that may be a good fit.

We are looking for a low maintenance, energy efficient window that has a wood look on the inside and fiberglass or vinyl on the outside. From what I have read the high end vinyl windows are more energy efficient but I am concerned about the vinyl fading and efficiency declining in time due to expansion and contraction. Is that a valid concern? Also cost and warranty will be a determining factor.

Please advise, thank you!

Shelly - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Shelly, sorry it took so long for me to get back to you.

A high quality vinyl shouldn't fade any more than a fiberglass window. Over a couple of decades, you may some some fading but it happens to every surface (window or otherwise) so I wouldn't worry about that on the Sunrise Restorations. Fading on vinyl windows in the past 20 years or so hasn't been a real issue, especially on the top tier options.

I think after 20 years, the Sunrise Restorations and Infinity would probably offer the same energy efficiency -- the Sunrise will have better numbers to begin with though.

The Renewals are way overpriced in my opinion so unless spending that money is a shrug for you, I would move on to the other two.

Both of your other two options are excellent. Either one would be a good, long lasting window. I believe the warranty on the Restorations is lifetime, and the warranty on the Infinity is 30 years perhaps on materials...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Restorations In Louisiana

I’ve just bought a house in NW Louisiana, and want to replace the windows (15). A local contractor gave me a good quote using MGM Sienna windows. I’ve seen the comments on your site, and am looking for something a little better. What would you suggest for my hot/humid climate? Thanks,

Chad - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Chad, I did some quick searches and I found a company who sells Sunrise windows in your area, which are some of the best in the business. It looked like they only sold the Restorations model, but maybe you can get your hands on their more simple "Sunrise window," which lacks some of the Restorations upgrades, but its the same frame. Google "sunrise windows in shreveport" and the company should come up -- you should also check and see if any local companies sell any of our recommended windows using the same google check.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Restorations Glass Options

We have decided to replace our 17 older windows with Sunrise, Restorations. Our question: live in upstate Albany/NY area; we're concerned about condensation with our summer humidity and winter ice/snow seasons. We have a choice between Ultra U Plus and Omega-12 glass, same price. It has been suggested that we do not need the optional interior low E if we choose either the Ultra U Plus or Omega-12, no interior low E. We're having trouble deciding on the omega-12 versus the ultra U plus in regards to condensation. We're also aware that the Omega 12 is an ever-so -slightly darker glass. Any advice on choice for our climate would be appreciated. We have read all the postings on your site about condensation etc. Many thanks, Rose P.

Rose - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rose, the Omega will reflect more heat and therefore will reduce the amount of heat that enters the house. However, condensation on the inside of windows is a function of the internal temperature of the house and there are many ways to regulate this yourself. At the end of the day, you are getting an excellent window and the darker color of the Omega might be a bigger issue than the condensation (which again is a factor of internal temperature). I like a higher SHGC in colder climates because it traps more passive heat in the wintertime and requires less heating on your part. The flip side is that it traps heat in the summer, but you can always open a window (unless it's too hot outside or you don't get a nice breeze.) What does the Sunrise rep have to say on this subject, they ought to know their glass systems better than anyone!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Restorations vs Vytex Grandview

I went through my quotes and the models being offered to me are as follows:

Sunrise Restorations

Vytex Grandview

Based on the above information would Sunrise (Restorations) still be considered the top of the line?

Are these models (Restorations & Grandview) considered entry level or upgraded versions?

Thanks in advance for your assistance and input, it's much appreciated. This is the first time I'm planning on window replacements and want to ensure I'm going with a good quality product since they are a long term investment.

Bob - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bob, the Grandview is a good window, very solid in its numbers and performance. But yes, the Sunrise Restorations would be one of the top three to four vinyl windows on the market. Either one will serve you well, but the Restorations is certainly going to get the nod -- I would also assume that the bid on the Sunrise Restorations is going to be 20% more than the Grandview.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Restorations Grill Material

We have looked at several window replacement options and Sunrise Restorations is moving up to number one on our list. Do you know what the between glass grills (muttins) are made of and does it really matter? Love your site, it has been helpful in our decision process.

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rose, I would assume the grills are made of vinyl, but I would ask the sales rep. I can't see it being made with anything else. The grills are decorative in nature so as long as they aren't cheap (and the Restorations isn't a cheaply made window), then no it doesn't matter the material.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Restorations Fiberglass Replacements

Our 1969 Andersen double hung wood windows are fine, but I want to change the look of our house to Casements and enjoy better energy efficiency.

I want a nice looking, only buy once product that gives me as much light in as possible. Vinyl is out.

The last think I want are windows that look like Replacement Windows :) But, I don't want to pay for all new real ones either.

We are in Columbus OH...any help with making our choice?

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Corinna, your wish list is pretty extensive :) Honestly, I think you should look and see if any local dealers sell the Sunrise Restorations window. It is a vinyl/fiberglass window that offers amazing energy efficiency, several internal woodgrain laminate options, and one of the thinnest frames around.

The Marvin Infinity is a fiberglass clad window that has a nice thin frame and offers good energy efficiency casements (but not nearly as energy efficient as the Restorations.)

These are the two windows I can think of that offer energy efficiency, looks and a thin frame. Remember, the thicker the frame, typically the more energy efficient the window. Anything will be more energy efficient than your old wood windows though.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Sunrise Restorations vs Ideal Majestic

What are your thoughts about Sunrise Essentials and Restorations as compared to Soft-Lite Imperial LS or Ideal Majestic.

Gene - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Gene, the Sunrise Essentials is the company's entry level window and not one that I would recommend. The Sunrise "standard" window and the upgraded Restorations however are great windows and I would highly recommend those.

The Restorations is very close and quality and craftsmanship to the Soft-Lite Imperial LS (also one of the best vinyl windows out there.)

The Ideal windows aren't bad but they just can't compete with these top tier vinyl windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Gene's Response

I went to see the Ideal Platinum 3000 window at the actual showroom and was impressed. The installer helped design this 3000 series based on the good results from the Plantinum and Majestic series. It is exclusive for them and they started using them in Jan of 2016. What are your thoughts? This probably similar to Thompson Creek who bought a manufacturer for their windows they install. The difference would be price and that Ideal lifetime warranty from a firm that has been around since the 20's. I just received a quote of $9,200, with grids, for the Sunshine Restoration window from another contractor. I know you liked the window but is it roughly worth $2600 or $2700 more than the 3000 Ideal one?

Gene - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Gene, the Sunrise Restorations is one of the best vinyl windows around, but I'm not sure it's worth $2700 more than the Ideal Platinum 3000 with its .22 U-factor and a .02 air infiltration. Assuming you like the look of the Ideal and feel confident that the installers will do a good job based on past reviews and ratings, then I think the Ideal is probably your best bet. Let me know how the install goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Restorations Window Glass Options

Hi Dane, we like the Sunrise Restorations windows, but are confused about the glass options. My inclination was to go with the Ultra Kr90 (triple pane, krypton filled, low-E). However, the sales rep recommends the Omega-12 (double pane, argon, without low-E) because of condensation issues.

We live in upstate NY where winter temps do dip below zero. The rep says the Kr90 (U-factor .16; whole window R-factor 6) is more likely to result in condensation on the "outside" of the window than the Omega-12 (U-.26; R-3) . When asked about adding low-E on the Omega 12 (U-.22; R-3), he said that would result in moisture forming on the "inside" of the window. So now I'm baffled. The specs favor the triple pane, but I think the sales rep is being honest in recommending the double pane. What do you think? Sunrise Restorations have an air infiltration rate of .01.

Our house is relatively 'dry' in winter (forced hot air heat, few plants, no aquarium) - just occasional moisture from the shower and sinks.

We are replacing a 5-pane bow (2 casement windows); wood; approx. 112" x 55"; vintage 1960.

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jim, here is a link to an article on our site that attempts to explain window condensation. In general, condensation forms on the inside of windows during the cold winter months on the outside of windows during the hot summer months. The incidence of interior condensation and the amount of this condensation is found in the relationship between the interior temperature of the home and the temperature of the window glass.

The more efficient windows do cause a higher incidence of condensation, depending on climate, interior home temperature etc. but it's basically harmless.

I typically recommend a dual pane window over a triple pane window for the simple reason that there are less seals and parts that can go wrong over the years and require expensive repair. The dual pane Sunrise Restorations is an excellent window and should provide excellent energy efficiency and air infiltration. I would go with the dual pane glass...

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Restorations Windows Compliant In Ohio

I hope you are getting this because I could really use a window professional's help. I made the mistake of purchasing Sunrise Restorations windows from the distributer here in the Columbus, Ohio area. I seem to have some install problems. This whole thing has went down rather badly. I am finding that the sashes(window) do not seem to fit tightly in the frames that hold them. I can see daylight around 17 or 18 out of 24 installed.

To start with this nightmare, the company I purchased them from hired some guy that had never worked for them before to do my job. He did not even finish the job. Over 3 1/2 months later I am still hoping to get this mess cleaned up. The window company first evidentially mis-measured the windows from what I can tell. All of my five dormer windows went in fine and then the next thing I know, the install guys are calling the owner of the window company out. I have five large window openings at that time wide open, and I start complaining and find out there is a little problem with the windows. They do not tell me they are mis-measured though. I was told that later on. The dormer windows got ordered correctly and the other 18 windows all had to have their solid cherry windows sills butchered so that the windows would fit. We are talking butchered-no straight lines, gouges cut-a mess. I was told by the installer the owner of the company told him to do whatever it took to make those windows work.

At his point I am currently being blamed for the windows being misaligned, that is why I see daylight. All I have done is open the windows, tilt them forward at an angle to clean. I am afraid to tilt them open and let them hang down to the floor because a few of them came off the holders and I could not get them back in. They are back on the tracks now because that happened during the original install and the installers fixed them. I was also told I was to blame for what happened to my window sills. I was supposed to have given them permission to cut them. I did not, I basically tried to get them not to touch them.

Right now I do not know what to do. I feel the windows were not properly installed and the window sashes certainly do not fit tightly. I feel cold around the sashes where they meet the frame they are set into, when I touch them. Are they supposed to feel like that? These people have been at my house and I have had to take all 24 windows' curtains down twice now. Will be doing it for a third time when the sills are replaced. It is an all day job getting them back up. They have damaged other things in my home also. Sunrise has not been any help with this matter. The install company(company I bought the windows from) sent out I guess the best guys they had to finish installing the last two windows. They were suppose to adjust all windows and now I see daylight or I should say the white part of the outside part of the window that holds the screens in these windows. It was worse after they finished with them(adjusting the windows). At this point I feel the company is not capable of fixing this mess. I just want my money back and out of this mess after they also pay for my window sills. I need to find another window company.

Also, people need to be warned not to purchase 1/2 round windows from Sunrise. They evidentially do not have plugs or ways to make the windows look decent when they are put in. No trim to go around inside of the window to cover its opening, or for the screws which are clearly visible. They used tan or whatever the hardware color is for plugs, very visible.

Anyway, what is the install reason for my sashes not fitting tightly? Were no shims used so the frames are stretched too far apart so that the opening is distorted do you think? I know a decent amount about rehabbing. I am not quiet as familiar with window installs though, but that is what I surmise. I could really use your advice as soon as possible, please.

Robin - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Robin, it sounds like a complete nightmare. You are not supposed to see daylight when a window is installed, this sounds like what you said, they mismeasured and misordered windows and then they screwed up installing them.

Here are some suggestions, not quite sure how effective they will be, but they can't hurt at this point.

Have you called the national Sunrise Windows and told them of the situation? Ask them to send out someone to take a look. At the very least you should be able to snap some pictures on your phone and send them to Sunrise and ask for an honest opinion. They rely on their distributors so there might be some relief somewhere in that equation.

Pay a well respected local window installer for an hour of their time to come out and give you their opinion of how bad the installation and what remedies or fixes are available. This will cost some money, but perhaps not much and it could solve your problem.

If there is an installation issue, but the local company won't do anything about it, I would threaten to sue. Are you going to actually sue, probably not, but a strongly worded letter from a law firm might get them back out at your house where they are going to be motivated to solve the problem to your satisfaction.

At the very least I would file a complaint with the BBB.

Sorry you have to deal with this.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Sunrise Restorations Quote

I'm replacing 26 windows/17 double hungs (3 twinned), 4 quarter and 2 half circles. Single story home, brick exterior/drywall returns. Restorations dealer quote was $33000 for all white double pane windows (and painful to sit through). Seems high to me, or is that about right?

Ralph - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Ralph, honestly, without more details I can't say whether the quote is high or not. I think the best way to tell is to get 2 or 3 more bids - they shouldn't be too painful - was the salesman doing a hard sell or something? The Restoration is their most expensive window, so there are other less expensive vinyl windows out there that you can also look at. Are any of these manufacturers available in your area, if so, give them a call and get some additional bids and compare the quotes.

http://www.replacementwindowsreviews.co/best-replacement-windows/

http://www.replacementwindowsreviews.co/best-replacement-windows/best-vinyl-windows.html

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Sunrise Ultra Plus Restorations Or Soft Lite Element

We can't decide between Sunrise Ultra Plus or Soft Lite Element Replacement Windows. We got quotes from both companies, Soft Lite being more expensive, but not enough for us to not consider them. Both companies have a solid reputation for installation, any thoughts?

Amanda - Homeowner - from 2015

[Contractor Response]

Amanda, both of these companies are very good and the windows you've selected are both excellent. If you feel like the installation is the same from both companies, I would probably go with the Sunrise Ultra Plus for the simple reason that it's less expensive. Unless there is something about the Element that you love such as the overall look of it, but honestly once the windows are in, you probably won't notice the difference.

Dane - Contractor - from 2015


Sunrise Windows vs Marvin

Marvin windows are widely considered one of the best brands on the market. While there are some differences from one Marvin line to the next, they are almost always going to win out when compared to any other brand with similar features. The Sunrise Restoration is one of the few that beats it with way lower air infiltration numbers. One factor many people overlook is what they numbers are on a 10 year old window as opposed to one that's sitting in a showroom. There's a lot of debate as to what has the best stats after a few years of use. The Marvins are pretty much going to make anyone happy, with consistent performance and good customer support. Oknas and Sunrise are good, too, if for some reason you don't love the Marvins. When it comes down to it, to get a good window you're going to have to pay for it, and the bargain brands just don't perform.

Steve - Industry Guru - from 2011

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Sunrise Restoration Window vs Soft-Lite Windows

I really like both Soft-Lite and Sunrise Restoration. SoftLites have fiberglass insulation stapled to the jambs and head, which I think is stupid. For an insane fee they'll give you a foam insulating wrap, which is better, or low-expansion foam, which is the best choice. Personally, if your openings are level and square I think you do better to order a window that fits nice and tight, with just enough room for some shims. If your jambs are plumb and sills are level, you can usually get a good fit without doing anything too crazy. If you have really large openings, then you might need something a little more complex. Sunrise windows have a flat jamb and the foam tape they use sticks out a little. If you anchor them well, then spray foam insulation under the sills you can then seal the frame with silicone or something similar.

You also need to check out the extrusions and framing before ordering your windows. Some have a groove that they fit in, and I prefer leaving a little extra space and using spray foam to ensure a good fit. Foam rolls can help with a loose fit, they help get a tight seal and insulate too. I like have multiple lines of defense against water and air infiltration. A good seal, plenty of insulation, and a tight fit are all important. Ask your installer how they handle all of this, there are plenty of different ways to make sure a window is sealed and well installed.

Mike - Installer - from 2011

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Restoration vs Harvey Tribute

We're eventually redoing all of our windows, which will include standard double hungs plus some smaller ones for the the bathrooms, a few basement hoppers and a slider. We're going to only do the upstairs for now, but we'll need the same line in a year or so for the rest. So far, we have a quote from Sunrise Restorations, $465 for double hungs, $420 for the kitchen slider and $250 for the hoppers. The Harvey Tributes are $490, $450, and $390 for the same windows. I'm not sure which to go with?

Tina - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

The Sunrise is a good window. If that is really the installed price then it's a really good deal. Harvey isn't in the same class as Sunrise.

Barry - Installer - from 2011


Sunrise Restorations vs Ideal Majestic

Recently I had a chance to look at the Ideal Majestic and Sunrise Restorations together. Honestly, you wouldn't even believe they're the same thing. Ideal uses a cheap, low-grade vinyl. The seals are thin, the frame and rails are flimsy. Sunrise uses thicker, sturdier materials that won't wear out. Ideal might throw around good AI numbers, but they use such cheap materials that in a year or two, you might as well leave your windows open. They aren't made to last forever and if you're going to be in your house in 5 years then don't waste your time and money, go with a higher quality to start with.

Carey - Contractor - from 2010






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Sunrise VClass Windows Reviews


Sunrise V Class Windows vs Andersen 400

My builder sent me to his window supplier where I was shown VClass Windows made by Sunrise. All 3 chambers of the frame are foam filled, the meeting rail is fiber reinforced, the lever lock is recessed, and the double hung windows have an AI of .04. It uses their XL Edge Stainless Steel Spacer and LowE 366 glass. Sounds very similar to the Sunrise Restorations series except VClass does not have fiber reinforced vertical sash members.

Have you heard of VClass Windows? I am trying to decide between VClass, Andersen 400, and Pella fiberglass.

[Site Editor's Response]

Bill, I have heard of the V class window, however I have not heard much. So I took a look at their website, and it sounds like you were spot on in terms of the features and components that the V class includes. It looks as if there are two different options, one is a real wood interior and the other is a wood laminate option. You may want to take a look at how these compare, see if the local rep has samples of each. I tend not to recommend wood windows, unless you really are passionate about how good the wood windows look. I only say this because wood tends to expand and contract, although the plywood backing of the V class window is actually a positive since plywood has a crosshatch design that reduces the amount of contraction and expansion that will happen over the years.

Wood windows typically carry a 10 to 20 year warranty, whereas vinyl will almost always carry a lifetime warranty. In addition, wood windows will typically not offer the same performance numbers (due to the organic material and the expansion contraction issue) as a solid vinyl window and they require more maintenance. I would get in contact with sunrise to find out how good that laminate looks, which is a nice alternative because you are dealing with a faux wood that can look quite realistic but does not have the same issues that wood often does.

The Pella fiberglass window or Impervia model is, in my opinion, a step below other fiberglass windows such as the Marvin Infinity or even the Marvin Integrity. I find the Impervia feels a bit flimsy in my hands compared to other comparably priced models.

I happen to really like the Anderson 400 wood window, especially the Woodwright model as opposed to the Narrowline. However, this is also a wood window and carries the very same downsides that any wood window does. Having said that, in terms of wood windows I rate the Anderson 400 at the top of the pack.

I would be curious to see how the Anderson 400 and The V class sunrise window compare in terms of price, I would have to assume that the V class would be 20% to 25% less. If it were me, where budget always tends to rank high on my list, I would probably rate them in this order; the Sunrise VClass, Anderson 400 and then the Pella.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015






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Sunrise Patio Door Reviews


Sunrise Patio Sliders Low Profile Frame

Hi Dane, we are replacing 12 double hung windows and a sliding door on our porch. We are looking at full replacement sliders (6) because we want the most window glass area as possible. Because of our desire for a greater visual field, we are considering a high end vinyl that is good quality, has a low profile and has a Cedar interior (reddish wood). The soft light window has a “Brazilian cherry” color that is a very close match, but the window frame seems Bulky. Can you tell me, what are the best high end vinyl sliders with low profile frame?

Mark - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mark, the Soft-Lite sliding patio doors do tend to run a bit bulky, but are excellent products. You might want to take a look at the Sunrise Restorations patio doors. I can't remember exactly how they compare to the Soft-Lite, but they tend to make a bit slimmer profile than the Soft-Lite. They are also offered in a number of faux wood interior options.

The Andersen 100 composite is available in a relatively slim profile, although it won't be available in an interior wood. They do have some nice options on the door, just not this one. In addition, the energy efficiency data on the 100 series is not up to par with either the Soft-Lite or the Sunrise.

I'll try to think of some other options, but off hand that's all I can really come up with.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Restoration Sliding Glass Doors

I'm looking for windows and sliding glass door, highest quality with most glass. For the three panel sliding door I saw the sunrise restoration (thicker frame).

The Marvin integrity all ultra fiberglass (thinner frame, see attached specs, 10 year warranty on parts & 20 year on glass, PG 30). I preferred the fiberglass thinner frame but am not educated on whether it is a quality window or not. I have not seen anything else? What do you think of the these two? Which manufacturers make the best fiberglass sliding glass doors?

For double hung windows would you go with sunrise restorations, Marvin integrity, or something else? My preference is fiberglass double hung windows or vinyl that is strong and thinner framed for more glass? Which manufacturers make the best fiberglass double hung windows?

Thanks.

Julia - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Julia, the Sunrise Restoration and Marvin Integrity are both good windows and doors. The Restorations series is the better quality of the two in my opinion, but the Integrity is a good product as well.

Marvin is probably the best known fiberglass window frame manufacturer, but I like Enerlux as well. They are a smaller operation, but they may ship to you.

A good quality vinyl is on par with fiberglass, but some people have their preferences. Make sure you get good quality installation and you should be good to go.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Sliding Doors vs. Simonton Innovo

Dane, I am deciding b/n Sunrise and Simonton for a sliding door. Both look well built and pretty similar. The Simonton Innovo door is $1000 less than the Sunrise door. Any opinion?

Gregory - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Gregory, Simonton manufactures a good sliding door, while Sunrise manufactures a better sliding door. The issue is if it's worth an extra $1000? My gut would say no it's not worth the extra cost assuming you like the look of the simonton and it fits in with your windows etc.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Patio Door Prices

Thanks for your reply. It's great to hear another experienced professional verify my thoughts on the wrapped wood frame door and also endorse the Sunrise brand. Acadia is a local company to the state of Maryland. Here is a link to their website. unfortunately, they don't offer much on their products but their history page gives some good insight into who they are as a company. http://acadiawindows.com/

The quote I've received for the Sunrise door was $2875 for the door installed. Does that sound pretty reasonable to you? I did shop a quote from Home Depot on an Anderson door and the Sunrise is almost as expensive as their quote. Thanks again for the insight!

Jim - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jim, It doesn't necessarily surprise me that the quote from Home Depot on the Andersen is the same price as the Sunrise from a local dealer. HD gets some pretty amazing pricing that they can pass onto the consumer. I'm not a big fan of the way they pay their subcontracted installers though (the rate they often pay is so low it's no wonder they don't do a good job). If you like the Andersen door and can order it through HD, you probably won't find a better price. I would say you just need to really vet the installer who they recommend, or go out and find your own who you trust to do the install properly and thoroughly.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Patio Door Quality

Sunrise Restorations, Vanguard, and the regular Sunrise are very similar. Some of the features that are options on the basic model are standard on the higher priced lines. They have fiber core reinforcements, which is nice for some installations but unnecessary for others. You might get more for your money if you get the basic Sunrise with triple panes and then add the features that you want.

They do have a really great patio door, equal to Softlite, HiMark, or Okna. Pella, RBA, and Champion are overpriced and overrated.

Daniel - Contractor - from 2010






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General Sunrise Windows Reviews

Explore general windows reviews on Sunrise windows on a whole host of subjects.


Sunrise vs. Apex Windows

I'm in Indiana and have to get 16 sliders, a bay window, and five patio doors. Apex gave me a quote of $22,500, which came out to $42 per sq ft.

Im' considering either them or Sunrise Windows.

Laura - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Laura, Apex tends to use some suspect marketing techniques that I don't care for. I don't actually know a ton about their windows.

Sunrise has a good reputation and their Standard window model/series is very good. Their high end Restorations series is excellent.

I would absolutely say to go with Sunrise over Apex.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


South Louisiana And Sunrise Windows

Hi, we want to replace our 50 yr old single pane windows and would like to know what you suggest. We live in south Louisiana and it gets very hot and humid. Thank you!

Francis - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

I have to say that Louisiana is a tough state to make recommendations in. There used to be a Sunrise dealer out of New Orleans, but I can't seem to find him anymore. You may want to call up Sunrise and see if you can't find this out or not. That would be top on my list.

I would also check to see if there is a Simonton dealer near you. They have a number of solid series, including the Impressions 9800 and Reflections 5500, as well as the Simonton Daylight. This last model is available through Home Depot. I'm always a bit wary about recommending HD installation -- personally if I bought something from the big box stores I'd hire a local installer who had a great reputation.

Let me know if either one of these options works out. If not, recontact me and let's go from there. It may just take a bit of digging before we find a decent option for you.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise Windows In North Carolina

I need to replace 14 standard windows. I am having great difficulty determining which window manufacturer is best for noise reduction. I live near Winston-Salem, NC. 27021. Temperature ranges from 0 – 100 degrees, 85% humidity and I live right on a State Hwy. I can not afford the most expensive windows. Please help.

Raymond - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Raymond, the best noise reducing windows tend to be the most expensive. However, you can buy a good quality vinyl window and that should handle quite a bit of the problem. Search for local companies who sell the following window brands: Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Zen, Polaris and Vytex. Go with the mid range window series from these companies and ask about any upgrades such as glass upgrades that will help reduce noise.

On another note, there is only so much that windows can do to reduce the amount of noise that enters the home. One suggestions I might make is to air-seal your walls, this can make a huge difference. I would get a few estimates on air sealing and get some opinions on how effective this will be.

Spend some time getting free estimates from both window and air-sealing professionals so you have a good grasp on the best course of action. That way you won't waste your money!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Window Nations Envision vs. Thompson Creek

I am trying to evaluate window nations Envision. I like the lower profile frame and the .55 VT while not sacrificing much energy efficiency Ufactor .27; shgc .29; air leakage .06; structural DP 40 153mph; water R40 48mph—8” rain per hour. I liked this window as visible light is very important to me and want to balance with energy efficiency. Most other windows I looked at I could easily notice the green tint (eg thompson creek just one example) and am very concerned about it cutting out the natural light I currently get in the house.

I have original aluminum windows from 1993, double pain but no gas or coatings. They are very cheap builder grade and are hot or cold to touch and get so much condensation on the interior of the window I have to towel off the bottom of window and it’s creating a mold problem in bathroom. However, they let in lots of natural light.

I live in Leesburg VA 20175 and the prices are just ridiculous in this county. I want a decent window that will last 13-17 yrs but I don’t want to pay a fortune. TC quote was for $29000 for 21 Double hung windows vs WN at 19,000. Both included replacing 2 windowsills and tempered obscure slider over tub to replace current side by side DH.

Having the cost sheet would help and Any opinion you can give me on the envision window would help

CC - Homeowner - from 2018

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CC, those are vey good numbers indeed on the Envisions window. TC and WN have a tendency to put out what seem to me at least to be higher than expected bids. I'll send you the cost sheet but in your case it won't help (all the numbers are going to probably be lower.)

Call these guys and get a bid -- http://www.sunrisewindows.com/nova-exteriors/

To find them, I simply googled Leesburg VA sunrise windows. I have no idea if they are good or not, but they sell a great product.

You could do this for all of the top manufacturers listed on our best replacement windows page -- Okna, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Wincore, Marvin.

Get a few bids and see if this brings any more clarity to your situation.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sunrise in Baton Rouge

I am looking to replace aluminum single pane slider windows in my home in South Louisiana [Baton Rouge]. It's a small 1500 sq. ft. house built in the 1960s.

My largest windows are wider than they are tall, which I think may limit me to aluminum clad replacements.

I would prefer awning windows in several of the rooms, but I hear that the hardware is a major problem.

Are there any good awning windows with reliable hardware?

I'm looking for Low-E Energy Star coatings on double windows.

Thanks for any pointers you might provide!

Sabine - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

I would recommend contacting Sunrise windows. They have a dealer in New Orleans that you should be able to call and I believe he services Baton Rouge. Sunrise makes excellent vinyl windows, which is much better than aluminum from an energy efficiency perspective. I have heard good things about him and his business. Besides that, I haven't heard of that many quality window manufacturers near you. Try this first and see if you are successful!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Sunrise Windows vs Zen

I'm helping my daughter near Atlanta with research for the first phase of replacing all of their windows - seven this time, six replacing old wood frame stopped in glass with vinyl replacements, full frame units required. Six are on a southwest A frame wall. Four are trapezoids.

In her area, she has access to dealers representing Soft-Lite (Zen), Champion, Sunrise and Simonton.

We're looking at mid-range products but wonder if she needs to try for a product that offers LoE - 270 to get a lower solar rating.

Also, do trapezoids suggest a manufacturer(s) that might be better even though all the windows are custom built? I'm wondering about the demands of the two non-90 degree angles.

Many thanks for the education your site provides. My husband and I were DIY folks in our day, but vinyl window extrusions, etc. are a new ball game.

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Kathy, I like your 4 choices of window brands, all quite respectable, my two favorite of the bunch are Sunrise and Zen, whose mid range vinyl windows are very good. The type of glass you opt for will certainly affect your performance. The more low-e coatings, the darker the glass will be, so that's the trade off there. I typically think the standard low-e glass is sufficient, unless your windows are south facing and get lots of sun. In that case, you may want to upgrade to a low-e 2 or low-e3 (each company calls their glass packages by a different name).

Vinyl windows are custom made in a factory and the extrusions are simply cut on an angle to create whatever shape and size they offer - most manufacturers offer specialty shaped windows, so no, the fact that one company offers a trapezoid doesn't mean they are better than any other.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise vs MI Windows

What window would u recommend? Sunrise, MI or BF Rich windows?

Chris - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Chris, you've asked an easy question to answer. The Sunrise is the better brand by far over the MI window. BF Rich is not bad, but no where near the Sunrise. Sunrise offers a number of different models, all of which are very good except perhaps their entry level Essentials model. The Standard Sunrise is a very good window. You can order this and then choose any ala carte upgrades that suit your particular needs and budget.

Let me know how it works out! Good Luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Best Window Sliders

We're replacing our double hung windows with sliders and were wondering if some companies make better sliders than others.

Brad - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Brad I assume from your email address that you are in North Carolina. Yes, the better window companies make better sliders, just as they make better single hungs and double hungs etc. In your area, I would recommend trying to get a bid from Sunrise and Okna dealers. Each of these companies ought to have local companies who service your area and they should carry several models or series from these particular companies.

For instance, Sunrise makes 5 different models and Okna makes 3, each of which will has a different price point and quality of features and parts. Get pricing on each of them and then decide which model fits your budget. Besides the entry level from Sunrise (the Essentials model), any of the other models should serve you quite well.

Sunrise and Okna are both in my top five vinyl window company recommendations - and no I'm not incentived in any way to say so :)

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Windows vs Wasco

We are looking at replacing windows in our home and came across your site. We are looking at two different companies, Sunrise, which we have learned more about through your site, thank you!, and a local company here in SE Wisconsin called Wasco. (More on Wasco windows prices.) Do you have any recommendations between the two? We are not sure of the series being recommended by Sunrise and intend to find out. By our initial research it seems the Wasco window may be a step above the Sunrise series. We are looking at double hung, sliders if that helps. Thanks for any opinion you may be able to offer. If it helps we are replacing windows that are original (think 1960's!), so really any replacement will be a step up, we just want to investigate all options.

John - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

I would certainly say Sunrise is better than Wasco, but of course it depends on the actual model window, glass package and upgrades you opt for. Both of these brands make solid vinyl windows, so I think you would be well served by either window brand - just don't go with their entry level model, upgrade to their mid range model.

The big comparison therefore would be the installation quality and how well they are putting in the windows. Is there one company that stands out in this regard? That is who I'd go with...Good luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


Sunrise Latitude Windows

I am getting bids on Sunrise Latitude windows for my home and would like to know your opinion on them. They are a newer model so I am struggling to find someone that has any dealings with them. I live in Colorado at around 6500 feet and apparently the Latitude windows are made for higher altitude and don't need breather tubes on the trip up since the glass is supposed to be thicker and can take the pressure change and the seals apparently can handle it. Can anyone confirm or deny this claim. Thanks

John - Homeowner - from 2015

[Contractor Response]

John, the Sunrise Latitude is, I believe one of the upgraded glass option that makes for a more energy efficient window. Have you spoken with a Sunrise rep in your area to confirm that the Latitude glass is up to the task - I honestly don't know enough specifically about the Latitude glass to confirm or deny. Assuming they say yes, I would ask for several references in high altitude homes that you can quickly call and speak with. I would also check into Amerimax, Okna, and Gerkin Windows, which I know makes a Solar glass that is built for high elevations.

I would definitely recommend working with local window reps who have years of experience putting in replacement windows in high elevations such as yours. I know that using breather tubes can sometimes void the window warranty so this is a question I would ask everyone you get a bid from.

As you say, there are potential problems with windows made at low altitudes and then shipped to higher altitudes (typically anything over 6000 ft.) The increase in altitude can cause the window pane to bow (due to greater seal pressure at the lower altitude). Also, windows at high altitude can be subjected to UV degradation (although this is much much less of a problem with today's vinyl windows, especially with higher end manufacturers).

I feel like I didn't answer your question, but hopefully this gives you some ideas of where to go from here. Please let us know what you find so that we can help other homeowners looking for replacement windows at high altitudes in the future.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

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Sunrise Windows vs Accent

I am looking to replace two patio doors, with ones that have internal blinds. Sunrise and Accent Windows are two that I have available through local dealers. Then there's Home Depot, but I've read of concerns about their product. I live in W Colorado, very dry climate. Have a lot of summer sun on side of house where doors would be. Appreciate any input.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

Mary, I've never heard of Accent windows, but I did look up their numbers on the nfrc.org website and was very impressed with their energy efficiency ratings. Having said that, I would usually recommend going with a bigger company like Sunrise because there is a greater likelihood that they will be around in 15 years should something happen to one or more of your windows. This assumes that you like the Sunrise dealer in your area and they have a good installation track record. By the way, you can call up Sunrise's main office and ask about that specific dealer and see what they say (they are biased, but you can sometimes read between the lines). The Sunrise standard window is quite a nice product.

It sounds like your have two good options so project bid and price should be the next thing you compare. You may to consider getting one more bid just to see how it compares to the other two.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Sunrise Windows vs Polaris Windows

Sunrise, HiMark, Polaris, and Softlite are considered to be a kind of elite, status brand for vinyl windows. I'm not sure if that means they are really better than the big players like Pella, Andersen, or Marvin. I think a lot depends on the dealer you get then from, since that determines most of your customer service. The dealer here that pushes Simonton is ok, and another one sells Alside. I've dealt mostly with the one who sells only Sunrise. They've been around a long time, and I have never had a problem with them, but not long ago they were bought by a new owner so I'm not sure how that's going to go.

Macky - Installer - from 2012


Sunrise vs Preservation Windows

Alside Preservation has a bulky frame and snap in sill that I'm not a big fan of. If the decision is between the Preservation window and the Sunrise standard, I would not hesitate to go with the Sunrise. They make a nice durable vinyl window that looks nice and uses a more narrow frame. The Preservation is pretty similar in design and construction with the Alside Sheffield window, which is not the best build window in the business. Sunrise vinyl windows are going to be a better long term investment for you and your family in my opinion.

Michael - Installer - from 2011


Sunrise vs PGT Windows

I like the PGT but they don't make a triple pane. They're comparable to the Sunrise, but I think the PGT looks better. I do like the MaxEdge Spacer on the Sunrise better. They have similar ratings, so I'd go with either one. Between these two the price and installation would be the deciding factor.

Evan - Installer - from 2011


Sunrise vs Ply Gem

I like Sunrise a lot, I think they're one of the best on the market. I wish I worked with them, but I rarely have the chance to. They've been around a long time. They definitely beat Great Lakes, Plygem, or just about any other brand. I'm not familiar with Seaways but they seem decent, but Sunrise is always a good bet.

Harry - Contractor - from 2010






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