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Read 24 Sunrise windows reviews on their Essentials, Verde, Vanguard & Restorations series and find out what contractors and homeowners think about their quality and customer service. Click for additional information on Sunrise window prices.

Page last updated December, 2014.


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 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 this area, but unfortunately are not available in the western states.


Sunrise or Pella Wood Clad

I have a bid on Pella Pro Line wood windows. They are very nice looking windows, but I'm worried about rotting, which I've read in numerous forums happens to wood. There is no sealant in the corners and I'm worried that moisture would get in. One of my neighbors just got a bid for Sunrise windows - not sure which models, but I was wondering whether they are good or not?

Brian - Homeowner - from 2014

[Contractor Response]

I've installed Pella windows going on nearly 30 year and have all the training certification etc. I love wood clad windows, but they have some downsides to be sure - rotting and mediocre rating at the top of the list. Honestly, the Sunrise vinyl window will be a better option in both of these regards (perhaps not their entry level window, but the standard frame and all other upgraded models.) As far as wood windows go, I think the big manufacturers need to stand behind their products and warranty their frames and sashes on the wood windows for 20 years. Then you would provide some confidence to the consumer.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2014

[Contractor Response]

I think the Sunrise is probably your best bet, but I agree with you on how nice the ProLine series looks. You will always have a better warranty on inorganic substrates such as fiberglass and vinyl as opposed to wood. Sunrise makes a good window - not their low end window, but everything else.

Holland - Contractor - from 2014


Sunrise Verde vs The 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 2012


Sunrise Elements Reviews

I think the Sunrise Elements is a really good window, I like it even more than the LS. It has a lot of upgrades and options available, and it has a .01 air infiltration rate, which is pretty much impossible to beat. Assuming that both options involve a good installer and the price is similar, I'd say the Elements is slightly better.

Will - Contractor - from 2012


Sunrise vs Other Brands

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


Verde 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


Verde vs Energex

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


Opinion On Restorations

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

Read more Okna windows reviews.


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


Sunrise vs Soft-Lite Windows

I really like both Soft-Lite and Sunrise Elements. 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

Read more Soft-Lite windows reviews.


Sunrise vs PGT

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


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 vs Simonton

I'm trying to decide between the Simonton 5500, the Sunrise, or CertainTeed Bryn Mawr III. Sunrise has a great warranty and I like the finished look of them. They have clean welds and are probably the best window overall. The Simonton has two lines (the Reflections and the Impressions) that I like and I'll probably end up with one of those. The price is good, and with a few upgrades they are about as good as the Sunrise. The Bryn Mawr looks good, but I've heard a lot about their quality control issues recently and that makes me reluctant to buy anything from CertainTeed.

Mike - Contractor in Delaware - from 2011


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


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


Good Quality Patio Doors

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.

Randy - Contractor - from 2010


Sunrise Essentials

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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