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Read 25 Vytex windows reviews from homeowners and industry insiders who know the product and customer service and can provide insight into the pros and cons of this manufacturer.

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Vytex Windows Prices | Fortis Series | 3300 Series | Georgetown Series

Heritage Series | Potomac-HP Series | Grand View Series | General Vytex Reviews


Editor's Vytex Windows Review

Vytex is not a household name when it comes to windows, but they do offer several very solid vinyl windows and, perhaps more importantly, good value to the consumer. Their Fortis and Potomac-hp windows offer some nice features, clean sightlines and an overall a nice looking vinyl window. Where Vytex stands out is the performance numbers that their windows deliver for the price point. The air infiltration, U-value and design pressure of their various models are impressive when compared with the price most consumers will have to pay.

Vytex is a Maryland based company and a regional one at that so finding a dealer in your area could prove difficult. If Vytex were available in my area (which they aren't) I would get a bid on the Fortis or the Potomac-hp and see how it compared to say the better Simonton models I could find offered locally.



Vytex Fortis Windows Reviews


Vytex Fortis vs Ideal Platinum 3000

Do you have any information about these windows? We are considering them as they are a great price from a very reputable contractor with excellent reviews. We also like the Fortis Vytex, but they are $1700 more. Also like the Okna, but they are a lot more expensive, 3700 more. The Ideal Windows have good performance ratings, i.e. U factor, etc. but I've read they are a step below Okna. Not sure about Vytex. What qualities should I be looking for in a vinyl window? Thanks for your help.

Mo - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mo, the Ideal Platinum 3000 delivers some pretty impressive numbers, although Ideal as a whole gets some mixed reviews from contractors and industry experts. Their premium 3000 model seems very solid to me.

The Vytex Fortis is also a solid window, comparable to the Platinum 3000, with a slightly higher air infiltration number (the lower the AI the better).

Okna is one of the top three vinyl window manufacturers so that's no surprise that the cost is higher.

How many windows are we talking here? This makes a big difference in terms of the price differences.

If you are getting a great deal on the premium Ideal vinyl window and you feel like the installer(s) are going to do a great job, I think you can pull the trigger.

All in all, you actually have three very solid options, so good on you for that.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Vytex Fortis Windows vs Soft-Lite LS

How does Vytex Fortis compare with Soft-Lite Imperial LS?

Gene - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

So the Vytex Fortis is the company's mid range window and quite a nice performer. I would say that the Vytex Fortis is a very solid mid range vinyl window. The Soft-Lite Pro is a bit nicer in terms of its performance and features. The Soft-Lite Imperial LS is a notch above this and one of the better vinyl windows out there. Ideal Windows are also pretty solid, I'd say on par with Vytex, perhaps I'd give the nod to Ideal if we are looking at comparable windows (entry level to entry level, premium to premium series). Soft-Lite is a step above both of these companies, one of the best vinyl window manufacturers out there.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Vytex Windows vs Wincore

I am busy replacing windows in my home and have two estimates so far. One is for the Vytex Fortis windows and the other is for the Wincore 5400 series. The Wincore is more expensive and looking at both windows I think they look similar in design and quality. Ideally I want middle of the range windows that are reasonably priced, but offer decent quality. Any suggestions is appreciated.

Sandy - Consumer - from 2012

[Installer Response]

If you only have those two choices, then go with the Vytex Fortis windows. These have decent performance numbers and they are a good looking window. The Wincore windows are more expensive and aren't as good a quality. Remember your Vytex windows come with composite reinforcements and a frame that is foam filled, so they are definitely the better choice.

Andy - Installer - from 2012

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Vytex vs Window World

Vytex has a factory in Washington DC and so I know the window fairly well. It's a well made window, especially their Fortis model. The Vytex is going to be a much better bet than Window World, which sells the Alside brand under the Comfort World label. Not a very good choice for long term value.

Brennan - Contractor - 2010






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Vytex 3300 Windows Reviews


Vytex Casement vs. Simonton 5500

I'm overseeing our non-profit building window replacement project (currently have steel pan windows): I've gotten a number of bids, but value your opinion on the following:

Vytex 3300 series casement, $37,506
Simonton 5500 series casement, $43,650
Andersen 100 series casement, $49,800

Of course, there is a lot of custom sizing required. For an idea of size of job, number of windows to be replaced is about 35-58 (depending on how they were counted); number of new windows is about 30-35. I've also received bids for Pella aluminum clad wood (cost higher than above quotes except if the contractor "A" installs instead of Vytex - then less than $40k ). Thanks very much!

Jean-Marie - Site Editor - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Jean-Marie, I like these selections. The Andersen 100 window is nice, but unless you really like how it looks, I would say you aren't getting much in terms of performance from this window over the other two.

I like the Simonton 5500 casement quite a bit and I would go with this selection on first glance - but of course, I don't know all the details of what you are getting in terms of glass, upgrades, etc.

I like both the Vytex Fortis and Potomac-hp series, but I'm not sure which one you are referring to here. If it is one of these (if I had to guess, I would say this is the Fortis, but I could be wrong...)

I might go with the Simonton only because they are a bigger company and you have a little more assurance that if an issue arises, they will be around and your contractor can deal with them and get the issue resolved.

I have to say that the numbers on the Fortis and Potomac-hp (not the Georgetown Series, which I don't love) are really impressive, I like that .05 AI — I might have to change my mind as I'm writing this.

I don't think the 5500 is going to fare as well - see if you can get some comparable numbers on the 5500 from your contractor. Look at AI and DP rating.

http://www.vytexwindows.com/products/windows/window_comparison_chart/
http://www.vytexwindows.com/products/windows/fortis-series/
(look under the tests and specs tab)

Good luck and let me know what you decide!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015






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Vytex Georgetown Windows Reviews


Vytex Georgetown vs American Jewel 3000

I have two estimates and have been looking for mid range windows. Vytex Georgetown or American Jewel 3000 series. Which would you recommend?

Donna - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Donna, thanks for the question. I think Vytex makes a good window, but not necessarily the Georgetown model, I would suggest either the Heritage or Fortis models.

I've never been a big fan of American Jewel windows, but I checked out this page on the American Jewel Double Hung and with the upgraded glass option at least the U-factor of .22 and the air infiltration of .08 is pretty impressive. Assuming you can afford the glass upgrade and you are comfortable with the installers, I would go with the 3000 series.

http://www.ahc-inc.net/windows/aj/webpages/americanjewel.htm

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Vytex vs Simonton Windows

I have narrowed down my quotes to the following, it is for 13 windows.

Company A sells Sunrise Vanguard - $8200
Company B sells Soft-Lite Elements - $7450 or they sell Simonton Generations for $6900
Company C sells Vytex Heritage for $8550

The Sunrise seems like the better warranty and does not seem to include the same exclusions that the Vytex seems to have. Any advice will really help me.

Jenny - Consumer - from 2014

[Installer Response]

I would have to say the Soft-Lite Elements, that is a fantastic deal and almost too good to be true. The Heritage is overpriced in your bids and the Vanguard is a great window but I don't see why you would pass up the Elements. Just make sure that the installer is thorough and doesn't cut corners.

Brady - Installer - from 2014






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Vytex Grandview Windows Reviews


Okna 500 Window vs Vytex Grandview

I have bids for 24 replacement windows - one for Vytex GrandView windows from Window Nation and the other for Okna 500 windows. Both prices are approximately $15,000. Can you tell me whether one window is significantly better than the other and whether I am getting a fair price? Thanks for your help.

John - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

John, the Grandview window is from Vytex and then relabeled by Window Nation. It's a good window for sure. .26 U-factor and .08 air infiltration rating. Window Nation has a good reputation and sells a good product.

The Okna 500 is an excellent vinyl window, one of the best out there.

If the prices are the same, I would go with the Okna 500 from WoW in a heartbeat. Great window, great installation as far as I've heard.

You should hear some of the horror stories I hear from consumers getting poor windows or poor installs -- issues and headaches for years. Consider yourself lucky or just smart :)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Vytex Grandview vs Sunrise Restorations

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


Grand View vs Okna 500

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


Great View Replacement Windows

I have a bid with a company in Maryland for 7 Great View vinyl replacement windows. I cannot find any specs or info about these windows on the internet. I believe they are made by Vytex, but don't show on the Vytex website. Do you have any info? Are they any good? Thanks.

Nick - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nick, I believe that the Grand View window series window is made by Vytex and relabeled by Window Nation. The Grand View window has a .08 air infiltration rating, .26 U-factor and a .27 SHGC, generally good numbers for a vinyl window. I would say that the Grand View is a solid mid range window, perhaps a bit on the better side of that mid mark. Window Nation gets good reviews in many cases, they also get their detractors. I think assuming you are getting solid installation from the local company, the Grand View windows are a good bet.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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Vytex Heritage Windows Reviews


Vytex Heritage vs Sunrise Vanguard

I can't decide on what windows to get or who I want to install them. I'm getting 13 windows, and I've narrowed it to three options. I can get Sunrise Vanguard for $8233, it seems to have the best warranty of the three. My next quote was SoftLite Elements for $7446 or Simonton Generations $6908, same installer. The last guy quoted $8590 for Vytex Heritage, I like them but their warranty seems to have a lot of exclusions. I know it's important to get a good installer, and I'm not sure which is better. They all describe different ways to seal the air gap, the Sunrise installer says that there shouldn't be much of a gap and that putting anything around the frame distorts it. The Soft-lite guy uses some sort of foam/fiberglass insulation, and the Vytex installer sprays in a non-expanding foam.

Keith - Homeowner - from 2011

[Installer Response]

I am impressed with the Vytex Fortis range, its a decent windows that looks good. Personally, I wouldn't recommend the Vytex Heritage or the Alside Excalibur to my clients. They are badly designed and really cheap. In my opinion, contractors pushing these windows are doing it because they are getting a good deal from the manufacturer. The Sunrise and Soft-Lite windows are much better than even the Fortis model.

Matt - Installer - from 2012






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Vytex Potomac-HP Windows Reviews


Vytex Potomac vs. The Fortis

The reviews and responses on this site are very valuable and thank you for maintaining this valuable forum. I am looking for help with my window replacement project.

We are replacing 14 double hung windows and have narrow down to Vytex brand based on overall value proposition. We have received two quotes for Vytex, one for Fortis series and other for Potomac hp series. The price difference between these two quotes is $15 per window. Both the companies have good reviews on Angie's List.

Based on the Vytex website, Potomac is a step up from Fortis. Their performance data is same but Potomac has some additional features like Magnetic Seal. But most of the online reviews recommend or prefer Fortis. So I would like to know why Fortis more favored. Are there any key design differences?

I will appreciate any insight and advice that will help me which model to select.

Peter - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Peter, I have heard that the Vytex Fortis is the preferred window over the Potomac, but I don't know enough about the differences to say why that is. My understanding is that they are very similar, with the difference being in the features that it comes standard with. But honestly, these are questions that the sales reps are best equipped to answer -- they work with the brand every day and should be able to tell you the exact differences better than I can (there are literally hundreds of window manufacturers in the United States.)

At the end of the day, the fact that the two windows are within $15 of one another should tell you that they are very similar. Have the rep walk you through the differences.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Vytex Ptomac vs The Competitors

I've been looking at replacement windows and thus far I have the following quotes for 15 windows - they range in price from 9K to $14K.

Thermal Industries Park Avenue Series with triple pane for $14,000.
Revere Berkshire Series with triple pane for $9,000.
Vytex Fortis Series for $10,000.
Vytex Potomac-HP Series for $9,000.

John - Consumer - from 2010

[Installer Response]

Of the four you mentioned, my pick would be the Vytex Fortis, a nice unit and towards the lower end of the price spectrum you have so far. You may want to get some more bids though as the "contenders" leave something to be desired - Try to get a bid anyone selling Okna and or Soft-Lite, if available.

Steve - Installer - from 2010






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General Vytex Windows Reviews


Vytex vs Window Nation

Window Nation has a Paramount window that we are considering putting on our house, but I can't find anything on them. Does anyone know if they are a good quality replacement for our home?

Frank - Homeowner - from 2011

[Installer Response]

The Paramount window is made by Vytex and rebranded by Window Nation. I believe it is an exclusive arrangement that they have. As far as performance and price, I'd put the Paramount right in between their Georgetown (entry level) and Heritage (mid range).

Jerry - Installer - from 2011

[2nd Installer Response]

I installed for Vytex for a number of years and I think they make a quality product, all except their Georgetown model, which I don't like. The warranty they offer isn't the best, they charge $150 per trip for any warranty claims that happen a year after you purchase. They will send replacement parts through the mail for free, but that means you change them out yourself.

Steve - Installer - from 2011


Vytex, Alside Or Vinylmax

I have been shopping around for prices on eleven replacement windows for my home in Northern Virginia. My requirements are that they must not be too expensive, they must be energy efficient and come with a decent warranty. So far I have quotes from Vytex, Alside, Vinylmax and Great View. Is there a company I am missing?

Dan - Consumer - from 2009

[Installer Response]

Personally I wouldn't recommend you go with Vytex. The Great View is a Vytex brand and in my experience they have never been a good choice. Alside are not my favorite windows, but they are an improvement over Vytex. I can't really say much about Vinylmax, as I have never used them before.

Jason - Installer - from 2009






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