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Read 29 Zen windows reviews from homeowners and contractors to explore popular series such as the Karma, Nirvana and Lotus window models.

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Editor's Zen Window Review

Zen Windows sells Soft-Lite Windows, an Ohio based vinyl window manufacturer who enjoys one of the better reputations in the industry for quality windows and patio doors. The company sells three window series; the Karma, Nirvana, and the Lotus, which are based on the Soft-Lite Barrington, Classic, and Pro Series, respectively.

The Zen Karma uses a narrower frame than the Classic and Pro; it's considered their entry level series. The Classic and Pro models, however, are good performing windows that might lack some of the newer features of the Imperial LS and Elements models, but still are tried and true high quality vinyl windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016



Zen Karma Windows Reviews

The Zen Karma is the company's entry-level offering and is actually a relabeled Soft-Lite Barrington window. While Soft-Lite is often in the conversation as a top tier vinyl window manufacturer, the Barrington isn't my favorite window by any means. It's quite decent when compared to other company's entry level windows, but that isn't saying much. In general, I don't recommend that consumers go with the low end offering if they are looking to maximize long term value.

The Zen Karma series includes the following standard features: double weatherstripping, a lock/tilt latch, constant force balancing, and a nice exterior molding. Consumers can get the Karma model in brown, beige, or white or beige for the interior and exterior. While I would suggest most consumers "stretch" into the Nirvana or Louts models (similar and both quite good), the Karma window isn't a bad option for budget conscious consumers.

Dan - Site Editor


Zen Karma Window And The Silverline 8600

My husband and I are replacing 10 windows and our contractor likes the Silverline 8600 window,

Not many reviews on the 8600 windows. We are on a budget and don't plan to be in the house for that many more years.

Any opinions or comments would be great.

Joni - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joni, if you won't be in your place for much longer, then the quality of window becomes much less important. The Silverline 8600 would be okay, along with the following recommendations.
Ply Gem Pro Series
Soft-Lite Barrington
Zen Karma
Milgard Styline
Simonton VantagePointe Series
Silverline 9500
Simonton Daylight Max

Cheers and good luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017






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Zen Nirvana Windows Reviews

The Zen Nirvana is a relabeled Soft-Lite Classic window. This is an upper end mid range vinyl window that has been around for quite some time, but is quite a good design. It comes with nice features, components, and options. It's a step down from the Soft-Lite Imperial LS and Elements, but still quite a good vinyl window.

The Zen has a U-Factor of .29, SHGC of .28, and an Air Leakage of .07. These are all very respectable numbers.

Tim - Site Editor


Zen Nirvana Classic vs. Sunrise Essentials

We're in Maryland and need 19 windows replaced. We have two quotes; one for the Zen Nirvana Classic and the other for the Sunrise Essentials. The bids are nearly the same price.

Dulce - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dulce, the Zen Nirvana or Soft-Lite Classic is the better window over the Sunrise Essentials. The Classic is a very good mid range window and the Essentials is a good entry level window. So the Classic is the winner by far.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Nirvana vs. American Exteriors

Tim, I found your site searching for replacement vinyl windows. I used your from and so far haven’t heard from a company I wanted to deal with. American Exteriors gets bad reviews from everyone but Angie’s List yet there were the first to call me.

I have gotten a quote from the local Zen window dealer. 4 Nirvana’s with extra solar tinting for 3 to replace some old vinyls. It came in at $3139, way higher than your guess. When I questioned that in an email they said that was their price, no room to dicker. I will also get a SoftLite and at least one other non-franchise local outfit. What is your take?

Lew - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Lew, I don't control who the bids come from and the companies will vary by location. I agree that American Exteriors does not get glowing reviews so don't use them (unless you happen to be impressed by their windows/company), but do get a bid from them. The bids help you gather information and get pricing ideas -- plus they cost you nothing but time.

Zen tends to have a good reputation but that bid is too high on the surface of it. You need more bids to get to the fair market price for your 4 windows. Remember there are a good 20 factors that can drive the per window cost of your project up or down so the more bids you get, the more certain you'll know what the appropriate price range is. There are plenty of times when the per window cost is $850 per window (especially if work has to be done to the sills or walls).

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Nirvana or Pella 250

We are replacing exactly 21 windows, one of which is a half circle. We have 2 bids so far. Is this enough or should we get more? Here are the bids.

Zen Nirvana: $10421.00

Pella 250: $15,264.00

Thanks.

Dorothy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dorothy, the Zen Nirvana is better than the Pella 250 window in my opinion. The bid is also considerably lower so my answer is go with better quality and a lower cost!,

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Nirvana or The Polaris ThermalWeld

I’m in Cleveland, OH and want to replace 21 double hungs windows with something decent, but not super expensive. All 21 windows have low-E glass, grids, argon gas, and foam fills. 7 of them have tempered glass. This is what I have so far.

Zen Nirvana: $514 per window
Polaris ThermalWeld Plus: $512 per window
Polaris UltraWeld: $575 per window
Simonton Prism Platinum: $871 per window
Universal Window Direct Unishield Plus: $740 per window

The two front runners are the Polaris and Zen bids. What is your take?

Carl - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

You are right about the Polaris and Zen bids, the Zen Nirvana at $514 per window is very good. is excellent. But the Polaris UltraWeld at $575 per window is maybe even better. I think the UltraWeld is worth the extra $60 per window. That is what I would go with.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Classic vs. Pella 400 & Marvin Ultimate

We need 18 double hung windows, 10 of which are oversized and the others are normal size. We have bids from Zen, RBA, Pella, Sierra Pacific, and Marvin. Next week we will get a quote on the Softlite Imperial LS.

Thanks - appreciate your help!

Neil - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Neil, of the bids you have, the Softlite Imperial LS is going to be the highest quality window. Marvin makes a very good fiberglass window, but it's going to be more expensive than the Imperial LS and not have the same ratings.

Zen Nirvana or Louts would be next in line – very solid vinyl window.

You have quotes from companies that make wood clad windows. I'd be wary about wood windows for a number of reasons.The Softlite Imperial LS will come in an interior laminate so thats a nice option to have.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Nirvana vs. Ply Gem 6000 Series

I have three quotes on 17 windows. Pella Therma Star: $6500

Vi Win Tech 6000 Series: $7100
Ply gem 6000 Series: $8400
Zen Nirvana Series: $9200

Which is the best do you reckon?

Vincent - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Vincent, Zen Nirvana is the best window, followed by the Ply Gem 6000 series, the ViWinTech 6000, and finally the Pella ThermaStar, which is an awful window. So I guess the prices themselves make sense.

I think the Zen Nirvana is the winner, but you might want to try to see if the dealer will come down off that price. Maybe use the other two bids as leverage.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Zen Windows vs Wincore Windows

I have 5 quotes listed below for my Austin Texas location. What is my best option or should I look for more quotes. Project scope: 15 total windows, some large some eyebrows with legs..

4 = 70L x 47W
2 = 70L x 22.25W
3 = 70L x 35.5W = (total 70Lx106W grouped together/connected these 3 windows fit 1 large opening
3 = 52L x 47W picture+eyeb
1 = 28L x 58W picture+eyeb
2 = 82L x 34.25 picture+eyeb

Quotes:
1. Product Wincore 5400 $10,489.75
2. Zen Soft-lite Nirvana = $16,211
3. Zen - Kensington = $10,041
4. Simonton Vantage Point 6500 = $13,984
5. Simonton P Plat = $16,045

Thank you.

Jon - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jon, I like the Soft-Lite Classic (Zen Nirvana), but it's also your highest bid so I don't want to pick it without giving you a little more of my take on all your other bids. Wincore makes a decent window, but I like their upgraded 7700 series more. I'd be curious what the company who gave you that bid would price out the 7700 at...if it's at $12000 or less it's definitely something to consider.

Forget the Zen Karma, I don't think that window is very good. Simonton's VantagePointe is just sort of okay in my opinion.

Installation quality has to come into effect so make sure that whoever you go with offers quality installation, good reviews and a labor warranty on their work.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Zen vs Simonton Windows

Our local distributor carries Simonton, Silverline, and Pella, along with some other companies I've never heard of. I can't seem to find any of the companies you mentioned as liking. I did find a Zen dealer maybe 50 miles away, but I don't know if they will come this far.

I may be stuck with the Simonton Platinum Prism or Reflections 5500.

Nita - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Well the 5500 series is very solid. Still, see if the Zen dealer will come give you a quote on their Nirvana, Lotus or Lotus Plus (if they sell this one).

It always helps to have as many bids as possible and helps to negotiate the best price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Colorado Window Cost Quotes

Hi, I have received several quotes here in Colorado. Could you rank the bids for me? There are 17 windows and the bids include installation costs.
Alpen Huntington: $10k
Zen Nirvana: $11k
Zen Lotus: $12k
Amerimax Craftsman Portrait: $13k
Alpen 525: $16k
Pella 250: $16k
Pella Impervia: $21k

Renewal By Anderson: $38k

Josh - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Of the quotes you have I like the Zen quote the best (which is either the Soft-Lite Classic or Pro). Alpen makes quite a good window, but the Huntington is their lower end window and I wouldn't go with that one.

The other bid I like is the Alpen 525. The performance data on the Alpen fiberglass windows is pretty darn impressive and this is a very good window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Zen vs Simonton Platinum Prism

I have three bids on 18 windows. Which window do you think is the best and which is the best deal? The Zen Nirvana and Simonton Platinum Prism are so close in price that maybe they are equal?

Zen Nirvana: $9800
Amerimax Craftsman Portrait: $8,800
Simonton Platinum Prism: $10,000

Margaret - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Margaret, the Platinum Prism is quiet good; probably equal to the Craftsman Portrait. However, the Zen Nirvana, or Soft-Lite Classic, is the best of these three windows.

So the Simonton Platinum Prism is probably out. Either one of the others would be my pick. I would probably pay the extra money and go with the Zen Nirvana. Good window and good price.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Zen Windows Price Quote

I have a cost quote of $12,900 for 20 Zen windows, the model is Nirvana (Classic) with half grids. Is this price bid reasonable? I am located in Massachusetts. This price included the installation.

Wing - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Wing, without knowing any additional details, I would say that is a fair price. $645 for the classic, with installation, does not seem excessive. I would get a couple more quotes - Okna and Sunrise should be available in your state -get a quote from each of these to make sure that the price quoted is the fair market price for your particular project.

It is interesting you mention Nirvana, which is one of the window models of Zen Windows, essentially a private reseller of Soft-Lite windows, although I don't know much more about the relationship than that. Essentially, the Zen Karma is the equivalent to the Soft-Lite Barrington, the Zen Nirvana is the equivalent to the Soft-Lite Classic, and the Zen Lotus is the equivalent to the Soft-Lite Pro. I would avoid the lower end Karma, but the Nirvana and particularly the Lotus are very well made windows. Peace. :)

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015






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Zen Lotus Windows Reviews

The Zen Lotus is a relabeled Soft-Lite Pro window, which although not a new design by any means, is a very good vinyl window. The Soft-Lite Classic and Pro are quite similar to one another, achieve good performance numbers and are quite well made.

The Lotus comes standard with some nice features and components, including a super spacer, good vent locks, frame foam fills, locking screen latch, delta safety locks and a metal reinforced meeting rail. It can be ordered in a number of interior wood laminates, as well as some 15 exterior color options. I especially like the wood laminates, which look quite realistic and provide the look of wood, without the cost and maintenance requirements.

The Zen Lotus has a U-Factor of .21, SHGC of .26, and a Air Leakage of .06. These are solid numbers all around.

Tim - Site Editor


Zen Lotus vs. Champion

We are going to replace a sliding glass door and 12 windows. We live in Denver and most of our windows face west facing and gets lots of sunlight. We live on a busy street and would like to get a window that reduces as much noise as possible.

Champion - $12K

Zen Lotus: $13K

Zen Lotus: $14K (includes an upgraded solar s glass package)

Renewal By Anderson $28K

Chris - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Chris, $28K is too much money for a patio door and a dozen windows. So I would throw this one out.

I really like the Zen Lotus bid with the glass upgrade. The Soft-Lite Pro is a good vinyl window and the thousand is worth the price difference for the added energy efficiency. The solar gas is going to get you a lower passive heat, which is going to serve your purposes well.

Go back to Zen and show them your Champion bid and ask them to match it. Who knows whether they'll come all the way down to the $12K, but its certainly worth a shot.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Lotus In Texas

My wife and I are building a custom home in Texas and need some help. The builder wants to use a MI vinyl window and from what I've read these aren't the best windows. In our current house, we have Andersen windows and haven't had any sorts of issues with them. Should we consider going with the MI brand or should we ask him to find us some other options?

Stan - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Stan, generally MI windows are not considered a very good vinyl window. They are mainly sold to builders who are looking to put in a lot of windows at a low per window cost. MI makes an Energy Core window that is quite good, but besides that I would pass on these options.

Texas has some nice options though. Don Young makes a very good aluminum window. Their vinyl windows are quite good as well.

There could be a Sunrise dealer near you. The Restorations series is extremely good and their classic or standard series is good.

There could be a Zen dealer as well. Their Zen Lotus and Zen Lotus Plus are both very good windows, on par with the Sunrise models I mentioned.

Finally, Simonton ought to be available in Texas -- the 9800 or Reflections 5500 series are the two I would go with.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Lotus or Soft Lite Imperial LS

I need to replace 28 windows. I have vintage Rimco wood windows and newer Anderson 400 series as well. Over the years, I've replaced lots of the glass in the Rimco windows, but they need to go. I recently got a quote from Zen on their Lotus Triple Pane series for $575 each window.

The company also offers an upgraded Lotus Pro, which is apparently an even better window. So which should I go with? The Lotus Pro is an extra $100 per window.

Kevin - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kevin, the Zen Lotus is a good window and will deliver an air infiltration of .07, U-factor of .28, vt of .53 and SHGC of .29.

The Lotus Plus, or Imperial LS, is certainly a step up -- an air infiltration of .02, U-factor of .28, vt of .44 and SHGC of .23.

I guess the big question is if it's worth $100 per window to make the step up. I tend to think the Lotus window, or Soft-Lite Pro, is a good window for many environments and climates. If I were in a very cold climate, I might consider the upgrade. Otherwise, I would probably save the money and go with the Lotus over the Lotus Plus.

Of course, if you can get them to come down off that price, maybe the step does make sense.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Lotus vs Apex Windows

Guys, your website has helped educate me on the differences in windows. I am looking to replace 22 windows in an 1895 Queen Anne on the southside of Atlanta, GA.

I currently have three estimates and wanted your thoughts as well as potential other vendors to contact

Zen Windows Nirvana - $11,858

Zen Windows Lotus - $14,058 (+2200 on the Nirvana)

Apex Windows - $15,571 (told me that a price increase will occur on March 1 to try and pressure me to make a decision)

Marvin Infinity - $31,000 (about $5,000 is for sill work to replace some of the old wood (5 windows)

Thanks for your help!

Paul - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Response]

Paul, the best bids you have are on the Zen Nirvana or the Lotus. Nice pricing on both. I would probably spend the extra two grand for the Lotus window, which is a relabeled Soft-Lite Pro and quite a good vinyl window.

Apex is sort of known for their high pressure sales tactics, no need to look here.

Marvin Infinity is a good window, but simply not worth additional $15K.

I think this is sort of a no brainer, but I would see if I could get Zen to come down a bit in price (even though it looks good to me). Never hurts to try.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Lotus Window And Soft-lite Elements

Trying to figure out whether the Zen Lotus is the same series as the Soft-lite Elements. The whole thing is confusing to me. It's pretty clear that the Zen Nirvana is the Soft-lite Classic. I live in Austin and while we don't have a Soft-Lite around, we do have a Zen. Any information you can shed would be appreciated.

Jen - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jen, most Zen dealers sell three windows -- Karma, Nirvana, and Lotus. The Karma is the Soft-Lite Bainbridge, the Nirvana is the Soft-Lite Classic, and the Lotus is the Soft-Lite Pro Series.

The Bainbridge isn't a window I would give a strong recommendation too, but it isn't bad for an entry level vinyl window.

The Classic and Pro are good vinyl windows. Some Zen dealers do sell what they often call the Lotus Plus, which is a relabeled Soft-Lite Imperial LS. The LS is a very good window, but still a small step down from the Elements. The Elements is the premium Soft-Lite window, but is not carried by any Zen dealer that I have ever heard of.

Hope this helps!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Lotus Windows vs Alside 3100 Series

I'd like to get your take on the following bids, which includes tax, materials, labor, and haul away. It's for 14 windows.

Lotus Triple Pane: $8500

Alside 3100 Triple Panes: $7200

Jim - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jim, of the two, I would definitely say the Zen Lotus for an extra $1300 is the way to go. They Lotus triple pane is a very good window. Alside makes an okay window, but not on the same level as Soft-Lite, which is what Zen dealers sell. See if the Zen dealer will come down off his price at all. I'd use the Alside bid as leverage

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Zen Lotus or Simonton Prism Platinum

Need to replace 11 double hungs, plus a double casement. I don't need the best windows out there, but also want a window that will hold up for the next 20 years. I have a quote on a Zen Lotus window and a Simonton Prism Platinum. Nearly the exact same price, with the Zen just slightly less than the Simonton.

The Simonton bid is from a highly reviewed contractor and Zen has their own installers.

Alice - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Alice, the Zen Lotus is better than the Simonton Prism Platinum. Both are good windows though. Assuming you like the Zen installer and have checked their online reviews etc. this is what I would go with.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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Zen Lotus Plus Windows Reviews

The Zen Lotus Plus is a relabeled Soft-Lite Imperial LS that is offered by a select number of Zen Dealers (at least this is our understanding). The Imperial LS is an impressive vinyl window and comes standard with some high quality features, including triple weather stripping, an Intercept Spacer, and a kevlar reinforced meeting rail. One of the most impressive numbers on the Imperial LS is the .03 air leakage rating.

Tim - Site Editor


Zen Lotus Plus or The Sunrise Restorations

I have 4 quotes from local companies. I'm in Nashville Tennessee and would like your opinion on what to do.

Soft-Lite Elements / Soft-Lite Kingsroyal Door: $23K
Sunrise Restoration / ProVia Door: $23K
Soft-Lite Classic / Soft-Lite Kingsroyal Door: $21.5K
Zen Lotus Plus / Zen Dharma Door: $15.5K

Ruby - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ruby, those are good bids. The Elements and Kingsroyal Door is the best but almost the priciest. The Restorations and ProVia Door are probably equal actually. However, the Zen Lotus is the Soft-Lite Imperial LS, which is very close in quality to the Elements windows. The Dharma is the Kingsroyal so its kind of a no brainer to go with the $15.5K bid, which is a $8K less! Go with that one for sure.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Imperial LS

I'm in touch with a Zen who sells the Imperial LS. A couple of the reviews on your website indicate the Pro model is not as good.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Mike, the Imperial LS is a top tier vinyl window. The Pro is good, but it's an older design and doesn't include quite as many top tier components and features. Soft-Lite underwent some serious R&D to come up with the Elements and Imperials LS series, which are their flagship products. Both are good products, but the Imperial LS is a better window than the pro.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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General Zen Windows Reviews


Zen And Prism Platinum

I have a quote on the Prism Platinum for dual double hung windows. THe opening measures 70 by 58. I wouldn't mind going with a slider though because the double hung has some much wasted space between the two double hungs.

The Zen dealer gave me a bid also but he wanted me to agree to the deal over the phone! Sight unseen!

Jan - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jan, Simonton windows do tend to be a bit bulky, especially the DHs. I agree with you on the Zen replacement quote, I've never heard of someone asking you to agree to something over the phone without being able to see it.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Zen Window Replacements

I am attempting to assist me nephew and family who lost everything in Hurricane Harvey. They need to replace all windows and I have some questions and would like to get some bids for them.

Thank you.

Donnie - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Donnie, you are welcome to ask me any questions you have. In terms of vinyl windows I recommend in Texas, I would say a higher end Simonton Impressions 9800, Don Young windows (they make an excellent aluminum window and a good vinyl window), Milgard vinyl windows also has a line specific to the Texas climate. Finally, I believe there is a Zen windows in Houston that is certainly worth getting a bid from. Good luck with your project, I can't imagine how hard it must be to rebuild after Harvey!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Zen or Window World

I have a bid for Window World Extreme Gold series. 14 windows, all triple pane, screens, and grids. Bid is $7000. What other window companies should I be looking at? I've heard Zen is a good option.

James - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

James, I can't comment on the Window World Extreme Gold, only because I've never hear of it. Usually I am not a big proponent of their stuff.

As far as Zen, they offer Soft-Lite windows. Their Karma window is a relabeled Soft-Lite Bainbridge and would be a great alternative to the WW EG.

Dan - Site Editor - from 2017


Zen Polaris UltraWeld Quote

Dane, I ended up with the following from Zen windows. They sold me the Polaris Ultraweld. The casement they offered was much better looking and the beveled design was quite nice. So far, I am VERY pleased with her everything turned out.

10 Casements: $550 each
1 Picture Window: $460 each

Kenneth - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kenneth, the Polaris UltraWeld window is a very solid vinyl window. I'd never heard that Zen dealers were selling the Polaris window line, but it is a good one. It looks like a very fair bid. Congrats all around.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Ken's Reply]

Well my local ZEN franchise doesn't push Polaris and I didn't even know they had them until Bob, the guy from your site that you connected me to, let me know that he was going with Polaris through ZEN and was happy with their double hung windows. I had to wait 2+ weeks until John my local ZEN franchise guy could get the brand new casement demo window from Polaris to bring by my house.

The screen fit nicer than most other casement windows I examined and the outside of the window has an extra finishing piece around the glass that looks much nicer than most other windows that are simply flat on the outside. I am going with white and it was nice to see they used a white seal on the casement as opposed to say Heartland windows that ZEN also carries that has a black seal and basically looks like your window is outlined in black. John says he's asked Heartland to make them with white seals and they won't even though they use white seals on their double hungs.

I could not find air infiltration numbers for the Polaris windows, do you have any? But I figure that casement windows are usually pretty good in that regard. The numbers for heat, light, etc. were all very good with Polaris. I also liked the crank and hinge mechanism on the Polaris window as it seemed sturdier than some of the other windows I inspected and since I've had a casement window literally rip itself off the house on a windy day before, I wanted to be sure the hinge mechanism was stout.

Of course the greatest window in the world could be crap if it isn't installed right and I contacted a few people who had ZEN windows installed locally including Bob from your site and everyone spoke highly of the install crew and the job that was done, so I'm hoping for the best. I will, of course, update you after the windows are installed. Happy to send pictures if you'd like.

Ken - Homeowner - from 2017


Zen Windows vs. Don Young

I need to replace several wood clad windows in my home. I would like to get an estimate of the cost involved for Don Young Vinyl casement replacement windows?

What is the price range I should expect for a 56x60 Sunshield 2 Lite professionally installed. The window sizes range from 48x60 to 48x72.

It is impossible to find comps on the various web sites.

Any help you can provide is appreciated.

Richard - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Richard, the reason it's so hard to find comps is that each project is so different from one another. There are tons of upgrades and options available on the windows themselves that throwing out a price per window is virtually impossible.

Get the bid from Don Young and then get a few more bids to compare it to. This is the best way to see what the fair market price for your project is. Maybe get a bid on a Milgard Tuscany, or from Zen windows, Gilkey if in your area, even Simonton (you want to stick to their Impressions or higher end Reflections series windows). Others to look for include Okna, Soft-Lite, Amerimax or Polaris.

Get your bids, compare them, and then use the different bids to get the lowest price on the bid that seems like your best option.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Zen Windows vs Sunrise

I'm in Atlanta and we have access to a number of brands you seem to like -- Champion, Soft-Lite (Zen), Sunrise and Simonton.

We're looking at mid-range options and was wondering about your take on these brands.

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Kathy, I like all four window brands you have up there. My two favorites are Sunrise and Zen. The Sunrise Classic and the Zen Nirvana and Lotus are going to be nice mid range options that will serve you well. Make sure to get good installation and make sure to properly vet the installers prior to the job. Look at online reviews and make sure they have a long track records of excellent to good work.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Zen Windows in Missouri

. But the sunrise with the full frame I was looking at I would have to take my trim off on the inside. If that's the case I didn't know if there was a better window to go with as far as new construction. I always thought Anderson was one of the better windows for new construction do you recommend any other window at a fair price for a good product

Chris - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Andersen Windows is an expensive window and they are best known for their wood clad windows (which are expensive, but very nice.) For most homeowners, I recommend staying with a quality vinyl window - they offer better value, performance and overall durability.

Did you see if Vista Windows or Zen Windows (these are essentially Soft-Lite windows) services your area? You are in Missouri, correct?

I think at this point you need to get a few bids from some more companies to get a consensus on whether you need to go with a replacement or new construction installation. You may get some variation in opinions, but by the third or fourth bid it should be clear what the best course of action is. You will also get a better sense of pricing with a few bids and get to see and feel the different windows out there.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Zen Windows In Denver

How do I get/find an honest contractor? I live in Denver metro and am constantly quoted $1,500 to $2,000 PLUS for a casement windows that are 36" x 42"

Thomas - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Thomas, what type of casement are you looking for? Wood clad, composite, fiberglass, vinyl?

This is a lot of money if we are talking about any window that isn't wood clad (wood interior, aluminum or fiberglass exterior). However, I could seen this price if you have gotten bids from Pella, Renewal By Andersen, Loewen etc.

There are a number of ways to find a quality contractor that services your zip code, but this is my preferred choice. Find a local company who carries a quality line of windows and get 3 or 4 bids.

Marvin Infinity is a high quality fiberglass window that should be much more affordable than the price you quoted. They offer an interior woodgrain laminate that does a great job of mimicking the look of wood, without the maintenance required.

Sunrise ought to have several dealers in your area who can give you a bid. I found these guys doing a quick search for "sunrise windows denver colorado"

Soft-Lite markets their Zen windows in Denver and has a local dealer - google soft-lite zen windows denver and they should come up - don't go with their lower end window, use their mid range or premium option, the Nirvana and Lotus, respectively.

Amerimax is sure to have local Denver reps since the company is headquartered in Colorado. Amerimax is considered a step below Sunrise, but is still considered a good overall vinyl window manufacturer.






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