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Read 10 vinyl windows reviews and find out what brands and models are the best and worst according to contractors, installers and homeowners.

Vinyl Windows In Large Spans

Dane, can't thank you enough for taking the time to write. I am doing as you said and getting a quote for Okna. One factor I forgot to mention and I don't know if it matters in your opinion but my window openings are very large, 3 light panels, that are around 86"x50." We have 6 of them to replace (along with all the other 16 windows in the house, all original aluminum). Is there a worry that Vinyl won't be able to support that large of a window opening appropriately? Or is that something the fiberglass salesman just says to make me nervous? He said if I walk around the neighborhood I would see vinyl windows were more wavy looking because the glass has shifted and is not smooth. Anything to that? Thanks so much!

Angela - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Angela, he is not wrong that vinyl windows can bow if the span is too large and the window cannot support the weight over time. However, there are all levels of vinyl windows, from poorly constructed ones to very well made ones like with Okna. So this is the question I would ask the Okna rep -- will his windows (I would imagine he would suggest upgrading to the DX package with the foam fills as extra support) support the span over time? I would also insist that he give me a reference to a past client who had large span windows and see if you can quickly contact them and ask how they have held up.

That opening isn't that large for a slider, however I would approach it from a "better to be safe than sorry" approach. Aluminum would be the way to go if the vinyl isn't going to support it, but aluminum windows will really suffer in the energy efficiency department. I would suggest getting a few opinions as well -- they're free and they should begin to form a consensus for you in terms of whether the vinyl is a viable option. But again, I would stick with a higher quality manufacturer if you do go with the vinyl.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Vinyl Window Color Matching

Thank you for the opportunity to ask you these questions and for your honest opinion/expertise. I just purchased a fixer upper home (basically the brick exterior is ok, the rest needs to be changed) and it is a very expensive project, but i feel i am lucky enough that i can fix these efficiently as possible with proper homework. I have 30 very huge 40 by 50 inch double hung windows i need to change. I am on the east coast D.C area.

I optimally would like to have 15 of them all vinyl (interior/exterior) for the bedrooms and 15 of them wood-vinyl clad for the guest areas purely to save money on not having them all wood clad in the bedrooms but enjoying the look of the guest areas having the wood interior. Is there a line of windows where i do not compromise quality i am not looking for cheap nor top of the line with all the bells and whistles ( I know i have to compromise somewhere its just a matter of me making the decision what to compromise), but i would like to have the exterior vinyl color match for all 30 windows so the house doesn't loose its curb appeal.

I would like cream exterior vinyl with clad don't care what wood type i will stain according to the room color scheme. Is this something i can potentially do? Because i asked a few suppliers and they told me i run the risk of not having the same exterior color on all the windows, that there maybe a discrepancy between the all vinyl and wood vinyl clad? Is this true? have you heard of anyone else doing this? if can be done guiding me in the best direction. Thank you for your time and expertise

JZ - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Fixer uppers are fun and frustrating at the same time! I don't think it's a problem to have the vinyl in the bedrooms and wood clad in the guest areas.

Cream colored vinyl is very popular and shouldn't be too difficult to match, although if you are going with two different companies, I would be sure to compare the windows side-by-side if possible to see if the colors are close enough for your tastes. If they are close, no one is going to notice, unless the windows are right next to one another, which it sounds like they aren't. The only one who might notice is you! Again, cream colored vinyl is popular and you may (or may not) be in luck.

There are a number of companies that offer interior wood laminates that look very similar to wood, but do not come with the same issues that wood has - they last longer, they carry a longer warranty, they do not require staining, etc. Stanek and Marvin Infinity come to mind. I know you said you want wood, but something to consider or at least check out to see how similar they will look (especially after you stain the real wood grain).

I would start out and get some bids from local companies to see what brands they recommend and to get a better guage on how the exterior vinyl colors match. In terms of wood windows, I would contact Andersen, Marvin and perhaps even Jeld Wen - they use an AuraLast wood that carries a limited lifetime warranty against wood rot. By the time the third company comes out, I think you will have a much clearer picture of what you are looking at in terms of price and also color matching.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

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Pella Vinyl Windows

Pella definitely is not known for their high quality vinyl windows, although they have made some definite strides in the past several years to improve the overall quality in the 250 and 350 series windows. Both of these windows use the pocket sill however, which I think most installers would agree is not a very good design feature. Most of the bigger players in the industry have seen the market share of vinyl windows grow over the last decade and obviously want to part of it. I'd still be hesitant to tell my customers to go with Pella vinyl windows, not because I think they are poor in quality, but instead that there are so many good vinyl options out there.

Vinyl Windows Reviews From Florida

Vinyl windows are getting more popular in Florida, but they aren't available in a lot of colors. They are pretty much white, beige, and tan. They tend to be either laminated or painted, and both have some drawbacks. There are only two manufacturers her in Floirda that have decent designs and color choices, Custom Window Systems and PGT. PGT makes a PremierVu series that isn't bad, and if that is too high as far as cost, look at their 500 series.

Ian - Contractor in Florida - from 2012

Window World

I'm getting some vinyl replacement windows, 28" x 62". I had a guy from Window World come out for a quote and I'm afraid there might be some trick. I was told that they were $189 each, but when he came here he said $336 and that I needed argon filling, low-e glazing, an extra warranty, and some other hurricane coverage. When I balked at that he said he could give me a special for $269. Is he trying to pull a fast one on me? It doesn't seem right.

Ida - Consumer - from 2011


Asked my contractor friend about Lincoln windows. He just finished a job with their Harmony line and thought they were good. Their vinyl line is Timeline, which is what I'm looking at. There isn't a lot of info on them online. Does anyone know about them?

Rell - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

Lincolns are the bottom shelf of the window market. If you're getting ready to sell, then they aren't too bad, but I wouldn't want to live in a house with them.

Laurence - Installer - from 2010

Amerimax vs RBA

About 5 years ago I had Amerimax vinyl windows put in my Los Angeles home. They are still very nice and white. They work well, with a smooth movement and no leaks or drafts. When we were shopping for them we saw some really cheap junky vinyl windows. I'm sure if we had bought those we would have problems. We also looked at Renewal by Andersen, but those cost 5 times as much. He kept saying that we wouldn't be happy if we went with vinyl, but that's crazy. People have been using vinyl windows for years, and if they were horrible no one would buy them.

Kenneth - Homeowner in California - from 2008

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Gerkin Vinyl Windows

I'm a Kansas home owner and I've been looking into Gerkin windows. They have a vinyl line that seems to be a mid to high end. They have some nice features, like Duraseal insulated glass and LowE glazing. They also produce aluminum windows, which most people aren't making these days. They have reinforced aluminum frames, which makes them fairly sturdy, and they seem pretty good. For the most part they seem to have pretty good products.

[Update - 6 months after install]

Six months ago I got them out in and they're really good. One screen was bent when they got here but they have good customer service. I like that a real person answers the phone when you call.

Casey - Homeowner in Kansas - from 2011

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