Viwinco Windows Reviews
Read 14 Viwinco windows reviews from homeowners and contractors on their Edgemont, Cambridge and OceanView window series. For pricing information, see our page on Viwinco window prices.
Viwinco Cambridge vs ProVia AP500
We are having builder grade windows replaced in our bay window. I am getting a variety of estimates and getting recommendations to use Provia AP 500 windows, or Viwinco Cambridge windows. We also have Thompson Creek (TC) windows available in our area.I am inclined to go with TC because of how pleased I am with two other windows we have from them, but am willing to consider the other two. Your thoughts?
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EW, I don't know much about Thompson Creek windows to be honest, I've heard that the company is very aggressive in their marketing approach, but this doesn't have anything to do with their windows themselves. I took a look on the nfrc.org website, which lists performance numbers on thousands on windows and found their TC 900 Double Hung model got decent numbers - U-factor of .32 and .28 with different low-e options, .19 with the triple pane option.
Viwinco Builder's Choice vs Simonton ProFinish Windows
I'm replacing most of my windows with New construction Windows as part of residing mt house (I have access to the flanges). The original 21 year old Capitol Windows are junk. I have a 13 year old addition with Builder's First Source windows that seem ok (they're staying). I tried to match the Builder's First Source windows and ended up with two Certainteed (MI) windows in the garage... they seem ok, but it's hard to tell, since it's a garage.
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Martin, the Simonton ProFinish Master window is a solid vinyl window, better than the ProFinish Builder and with a fewer nice features that don't come standard on the ProFinish Contractor (the ProFinish is available in three levels or options).
Viwinco Cambridge Review
We had Viwinco Cambridge replacement windows installment in our home last December. We are very pleased with the way the windows were installed. They are easy to open and close and clean. Also we notice that we don't hear a lot of outside noise. They have helped with keeping down the cost of heating and air conditioning. We had to match the exterior of our home and Viwinco colors were perfect. They give our home a very nice appearance.
Viwinco vs Simonton Windows
I'm searching for new construction windows for my coastal home. The builder we are using suggested impact windows and sliding doors from either Simonton or Viwinco. It's one sliding door and maybe 20 double hungs. Any opinions on these two companies? The two products my builder prefers are the windows and sliding glass doors by the two companies mentioned above. Thanks.
The Simonton Stormbreaker is their hurricane window and it's a tank. And it's pretty darn affordable (the Viwinco Oceanview should will less expensive, but it's not as good as the Stormbreaker). In general, Simonton makes a good mid-grade vinyl window and they have very good customer service.
Viwinco Customer Complaint
Last fall, we had several large Viwinco windows installed in our den. Our den is now noticeably colder than the rest of our home. We replaced the windows so that the room would hopefully be warmer. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Air pours in through them. I contacted the company and someone came out to see them. We had condensation on the inside through the very cold winter, but also ice! I have never in my life seen ice before on the inside of new windows! The company representative returned and put thicker weatherstripping on the windows. It helped, but didn't completely solve the problem. They are simply poorly made windows. The warranty from Viwinco states that moisture on the windows is not a fault of the manufacturer, but rather because of high humidity in the home. I have heard from several people that is not the case. And we know it isn't because our other new windows (from a different manufacturer) do not have this problem. The Viwinco warranty excuses the windows. I would never recommend windows from this company.
Viwinco Window Review
Viwinco makes a lower end window. They're on par with Silverline or MI. If you need a cheap window, they aren't the worst you can do, but if you're going to live in the home for a while, try for something a little better. Oknas or Sunrise, Himark, Softlite, all of them are so much better in terms of performance and looks. Of course, sometimes that just is out of budget, and you have to do what you have to do. Really, you want a window with a u-factor of .28 or lower, a DP rating of at least 50, and air leakage under 0.07. Read addtional Sunrise windows reviews.
Viwinco Cambridge vs Energex Elites
I'm looking at Energex Elites with Advantage glass and Viwinco's Cambridge. I like both of them and I'm not sure which to go for. They both tilt and turn, the main difference is the Cambridge has a single lock and the Elite has a double lock system. The price is similar, and they seem to be about the same as far as energy efficiency. I'm leaning towards the Energex but I'd like more opinions.
The Viwinco is a bargain window. It's designed to be cheap, good for rentals or low-rent properties. Bottom line: the Energex Elites all the way.
Viwinco Installer Opinion
When I talked to a dealer they were pushing Viwincos, but it looked cheap and flimsy to me. There are so many better windows, and you don't have to spend a lot to do better. Even other bargain windows are better than these.
I'd only use them in a rental property or for flipping a house, not one you want to live in. You'll spend more for a quality window, but you'll have lower energy bills and you won't have to replace them every few years. I'd also stay away from Silverline, American Craftsman, and Pella's vinyl lines. It isn't that much more expensive to get a real quality product. Okna, Polaris Ultra, Gorell, Soft Lite, and Sunrise are all extremely good brands.
Viwinco Customer Review
I've heard a lot of bad things about Viwincos but I like them. I've seen them in a lot of homes and they look very nice and seem sturdy. I'll probably use them when it's time to replace my windows.
Okna Starmark or Viwinco Cambridge
I think the Starmark wins by a mile. The Viwinco looks good on paper, its ratings are competitive, but they don't last long and they are just cheap and flimsy.
Viwinco Contractor Approval
I like the Viwincos. They have a DP of 50 and have a lot of options. Our local dealer offers a free low-e upgrade, which is nice. The Cambridge is their best line, and they just upgraded their hardware and it looks great. They seem to be a sturdy window, with a 3/4" coil balance and a lock on the bottom sash. I think it's a good affordable option.
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