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Read 20 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.

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Viwinco Builder's Choice Windows Reviews

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.

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

Martin - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

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

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

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

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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Viwinco Cambridge Windows Reviews

The Viwinco Cambridge is the company's mid-range vinyl window and a step above the entry level Edgemont. It's the window model that the company is most known for. The Cambridge has a stronger and durable frame than the Edgemont model, as well as several nice upgrades. Standard features on the Viwinco Cambridge include low-e double strength glass, the Intercept spacer, a fusion-welded frame, sloped sill argon gas fills, a constant force balance, and an extruded half screen.

All in all, not a bad window, somewhere in the second tier of vinyl windows. Consumers can expect the double hung with low-e glass and fills to deliver a .29 U-factor, and .19 SHGC, .11 AI, and 57 Condensation Resistance. Pretty good marks to be honest. I think if the price point is right, it's something homeowners might consider.

Tim - Site Editor

ViWinco Cambridge vs. Interstate Compositwood 9800

Dane, I'm replacing 30 windows in a home on the Chesapeake bay, Sunrise and Softlite do not cover the eastern shore of Maryland or Virginia, the local installer recommends Interstate Compositwood 9800 with double pane low e on both panes @ $19,100 or Interstate Insight Vinyl 6800 double pane low e for $17,700. Do you have any recommendations or knowledge on these windows?

Another contractor is quoting ViWinco Cambridge, but after reading your reviews, I have since ruled them out.

Wayne - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Wayne, I hear very little about Interstate windows. I took a look at their website and they seemed quite credible, but I can't vouch for the quality of the windows they make. I would definitely stick with the higher end Compositwood 9800 if you do go with them. I would think that at least Okna would be available in your area. I'd love to see a comparison quote from them own the 500 or 800 series from them. I would think they would be similarly priced and Okna has a great reputation in the industry. I think you are right to rule out the ViWinco Cambridge, it is a subpar window compared to the two mentioned above.

Are you sure Sunrise and Softlite don't cover the Chesapeake? I found a couple of links to possible dealers in your area.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Viwinco Cambridge, Castle And Window World

Hi Dane, sure need help with this decision making process.

Have had 4 estimates to date. Have 8 - 36 x 59 1/2, 1 - bow window, 1 - 25 x 39 (bathroom which does not require tempered glass). These are approximate sizes measured from inside. I did not get actual measurements from the reps who came to my home. Window World gave an estimate of $5271. They treated the bow window by replacing with 3 windows (it currently has 9 lites). All companies did the same. Castle's estimate was $6600.

An independent contractor gave me an estimate of $5400 on the Viwinco Cambridge window. I liked that one the best. He was more cautious about handling of the bow window. Made several calls to his manufacturer before even giving us the estimate. However, when we contacted him to go ahead and give us a contract - he never responded, and it has been more than 3 weeks. Obviously, he eliminated himself. All of these prices included replacement of rotten wood where needed.

Today I contacted Skyline Windows out of Richmond, Virginia with reference to the Okna window. What I am taking from your website is that this is one of the better vinyl windows on the market. I especially like the fact that a factory trained installer will do installation, if we purchase from them. I doubled-checked this with the gentleman I spoke to. The reviews on their website are excellent with the same customers using them twice or more for replacement windows.

We also got an estimate from Renewal by Andersen. The are wooden windows and beautiful - but at a price of $16,000 which is about 3 times higher than the others. Of course I know this is a different type product.

Have been to Lowes but am a little afraid of their subs, and the Pella windows look good but are not getting very good reviews.

Would certainly appreciate and help you can offer to set us on the right path for getting the best windows for our money.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Ramona - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ramona, you have done the hard work in getting and compiling the bids, so good for you on that count. Renewal By Andersen price quotes are rarely less than 2X the price of quality vinyl manufacturers and reflect their marketing costs and "reputation" in the industry. In my humble opinion, they are simply way overpriced...unless you are rich and just don't care how much you pay.

Castle seems to get very mixed reviews from what I can tell, but I don't know a ton about them. Additionally, I don't know a ton about the windows they sell.

The Viwinco Cambridge is an okay vinyl window. I would sort of put it in the mid range mark. I'm a bit mixed on Viwinco in general, I think they are good for the price, but not necessarily good enough.

Okna makes a fantastic window. You didn't specify the price, which is sort of important. I would use your existing bids to try and make sure you find the best price quote you can from Skyline Windows. Then go with the Okna. 10 years down the road you will be glad you did!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Viwinco Cambridge vs. Paradigm 8300 Series

We are in the process of replacing 9 windows in the front of our house. The contractor we are working with offered the following: Viwinco Cambridge, Paradigm 8300 series, and Jeld-wen Premium Vinyl. The Viwinco and Paradigm seem like better windows, and we can get foam filled frames with the Paradigms. What are your thoughts on these windows? They will be facing eastward, so they will be getting a lot of sun. Any concerns on longevity?

Rich - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rich, all of these windows are in that sort of mid range vinyl window status, I'm not sure I'd say one of them is significantly better the other. I think if were my house, I'd go with Paradigm with the foam fills and a good low-e glass package.

In terms of longevity, there is nothing about the products themselves that would indicate a longer or shorter longevity. The vinyl they use will be the same. I think the quality of installation would play a bigger role in terms of how long the windows functioned well. This would be an important factor in the decision if it were me.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Viwinco Sliders vs Alside Berkshire Sliders

Tim, I am trying to decide which windows to use to replace some screens on a screened in porch. I have a bid for Alside Berkshire sliders that is approximately half of the bid for the Viwinco Sliders. Which is a better vinyl slider for the money? Thanks for any help you can give.

Theodore - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Theodore, I would put the Alside Berkshire and Viwinco Slider in the same basic category so the 1/2 price Berkshire would be the clear winner. I think that the installation is key and I would make sure that the company/person offering the alside product has positive past reviews and is professional in their approach to the project. Given those two criteria, I would say that the Alside Berkshire should serve you well.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

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?

EW - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

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 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.

I'm not sure which ProVia model you are referring to, but I like ProVia windows in general and would certainly give them the nod (knowing very little about your project) over the TC. Viwinco windows tend to be a lower end vinyl window than the ProVia brand so I would put these a bit lower in the overall scheme of things.

I would still get bids from each company and see how everything compares in terms of your take on window quality, looks, and the price bids. Get all your bids together and then you can do a nice compare and contrast on the companies.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

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.

Kay - Homeowner - from 2014

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.

Jamie - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

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.

Michael - Installer - from 2012

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Viwinco Oceanview Windows Reviews

Viwinco Oceanview Series vs. PGT 5570 Series

Hi Dane, we bought a place at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina last year and are now starting a total remodel. Part of the remodel is replacing four 8’ sliders and four windows. Our place faces east and is located on a channel just off the intercostal and a direct mile from the ocean.

We have received 3 quotes for vinyl windows/doors with impact glass and really need to know which way to go.

1. Pella 350 Series (with roller screens and sun defense glass tinting) $20,000 (uninstalled) $26,000 (installed)
2. Viwinco Ocean View (Bettervue screens and no additional window tinting) $12,286
3. PGT 5570 Series (Bettervue screens and no additional window tinting) $14,336.91

The Viwinco & PGT prices DO NOT include installation as our contractor said he could remove all the old units and install the new units himself which brings up another question. In your opinion, should we let our contractor do the install ($75.00 per hour) or the window company? He is a small local contractor but has been in business for over 20 years; we have confidence in him but need to stretch the funds where possible.

I have enjoyed your website and appreciate your knowledge. Any other suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nancy, thanks for the question, sounds like an exciting and stressful project :)

The Pella 350 window is a decent product, but not one I would even consider at the price quoted.

The Viwinco Ocean View window is not bad for a budget project.

The PGT 5570 Series is the clear winner in my mind. Good company and good impact window.

Assuming your contractor has installed windows and patio doors on previous jobs, I don't see why he can't do the work, especially because he knows your project better than anyone else. I would say a normal window removal and installation would be a two hour job. Since many companies charge $150 per window for the install, I'd say your contractors charge is right on the money.

Patio doors can be considerably more since they often involve more work, but I think his rate is fair and comparable to the window industry in general.

Let me know how it goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Viwinco Oceanview Window vs Wincore Impact Series

I am looking at replacing 26 windows in my Pensacola, Florida home with impact windows and have been looking at two options. Using Window World that uses the Wincore Impact window and a local company that installs Viwinco Oceanview windows. What is your opinion for the better window in this case?

And would you have an estimated installation cost per window in this area?

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dan, I don't know anything specifically about the Wincore impact window, but I would say that Wincore in general is going to make the better vinyl window over Viwinco. I would say that the Viwinco Oceanview window is a low cost impact window and probably not what I would recommend. It is the best window they make though, but in general Viwinco is considered a builder grade window manufacturer.

A couple other brands you may want to look at include the Simonton Stormbreaker Plus impact window, PGT windows and Custom Window Systems (both of which make a number of different impact and non impact vinyl and aluminum clad windows). All should be available in your area and although they may be a bit more expensive, they are typically regarded as very solid impact window options.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Dan's Reply]

Thanks for the feedback. The company I am looking at to install the windows quoted me about 25% more for the Stormbreaker Plus windows vs the Viwinco. Does that make sense?

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dan, that's about the price difference I would expect. Take a look at this article on how to negotiate window prices. Yours is a perfect case for seeing how low the Simonton dealer is willing to go. If you can close that gap in price, I think the Stormbreaker Plus window is the way to go from the long term perspective.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Viwinco Oceanview vs Simonton Stormbreaker Plus

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.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2014

[Contractor Response]

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

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Dan's Response]

Hey Dane, thanks for the feedback. I was able to get the overall cost dropped by about 23% which put the cost of the Simontons about $1000 more than the Viwincos.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dan, that's a great price reduction, I would say you are set to go with the Simonton Stormbreaker window. It's a very solid impact window that should serve you well.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

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General Viwinco Windows Reviews

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.

Suzanne -Consumer - from 2014

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.

Michael - Contractor in New Jersey - from 2012

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.

Matthew - Installer - from 2011

Viwinco Quality

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.

Randall - Contractor - from 2011

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.

Mason - Homeowner - from 2011

Viwinco Cambridge Window or Okna Starmark

I think the Okna 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.

Will - Contractor in Illinois - from 2010

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 inch coil balance and a lock on the bottom sash. I think it's a good affordable option.

Mike - Contractor in Pennsylvania - from 2009

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