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Affinity pricing will run from the mid to upper end of the spectrum for a typical vinyl replacement double hung or slider. The company enjoys quite a good reputation, although they aren't as widely known as say Simonton or Pella.
These prices are in the low to mid range for vinyl windows. Contractors may have concerns with Alside, particularly their snap in sills, instead of the stronger and better designed welded, sloped sill.
American Craftsman is owned by Andersen and sells their low to mid range vinyl products through the larger home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowes. Read about their 9500 series.
Amerimax pricing runs from the mid to the slightly high end. The company has a good reputation and is one of the better vinyl manufacturers available on the West Coast. One advantage they have over Anlin and Simonton windows is quite a few exteior frame colors to choose from - this greatly adds to the cost, but is a nice option to have if need be.
Their prices are on the low end of the vinyl pricing spectrum, making their best product comparable to other budget manufacturers. They are more of a builder's grade supplier, selling through distributors for the most part. They don't offer any kind of labor warranty, so make sure to talk to the installer about their coverage if you choose Amsco.
Andersens are at the high end of the wood clad market. The company is definitely the most well known brand, and possibly the largest in the United States. They have four main lines or series, each with different features and price points.
Champions pricing is in the mid to top end of vinyl market. All of the installation is from Champion certified installers, which is part of the reason for the higher price. For the most part, installers and contractors think the window is solidly made and contructed.
Gorell runs in the mid to upper end of vinyl window prices. The company has been well regarded for many years, and since Soft-Lite bought the company in 2012 industry insiders have been confident that the quality of product and the Gorell service will remain high.
Great Lakes produces decent quality products that fall into the mid price range of all vinyl window products. The company was bought by PlyGem, which enjoys a good reputation in the industry, but still markets their products under their own brand.
Harvey windows are right at the mid-range for the vinyl frame market. Based in the Northeast region, they produce a good solid product that won't break the budget. They don't have the ratings to match some of the premium lines, but Harvey is well regarded in the industry for producing reliable products and services. They have several glass packages available so home owners can upgrade to a more efficient series if the budget allows.
The HiMark 800 or Enviro-Star 800 is considered one of the best vinyl windows, which is made by HiMark (an offshoot of Okna). This model has an attractive look to it with a .80 vinyl extrusion that makes for a sturdy frame.
Eagle prices are at the mid to high end of the wood clad market. Eagle is owned by Andersen and enjoys a good reputation in the industry. They offers lots of frame colors, hardware options and upgrades.
Inline produces quality fiberglass models and seem to really stand behind their work. Their products are expensive and they offer a number of different styles that all have a different Series name (this is why we didn't recommend a particular series or model).
Jeld Wens are in the lower end of the market, and most contractors agree that they are there in quality as well. They have lines sold in some of the big box stores like Home Depot and Lowes that are designed for a price point, not quality. Their higher priced lines have a better reputation, but still aren't as good as their main competitors.
Kensington offers three vinyl window models, the Kingston, Huntington and Quantum2 windows. Kensington is a smaller manufacturer that has a single factory in Western Pennsylvania.They were once owned by Jancor and then by Serious Energy and today are owned by Alpen High Performance Products, which seems to be a group of former Kensington managers. All of this ownership change has created some real issues for consumers who bought their windows and had warranty issues.
Kolbe window prices are fairly expensive - the company has always been known for their wood and aluminum clad windows. Kolbe & Kolbe (now called Kolbe Windows And Doors) manufactures 6 different models, two of which are vinyl windows. They are a smaller manufacturer based out of Wisconsin, although they now own Pointe Five Windows based in Colorado, which should provide them with more distribution in the Western states. Kolbe has a long reputation for producing quality product lines.
Loewens are at the high end of the price scale for wood clad frames. The company is known for their excellent quality products. They make some of the best wood windows on the market, and most homeowners who are considering Loewens are willing to pay top dollar for a full replacement that works perfectly with the design and materials of their home.
Marvins are on the high end of the fiberglass and wood clad markets. Marvin makes several lines of popular series, including the Integrity, Infinity, and Ultimate. Marvin is well regarded in terms of both well-made products and great customer service. They don't come as cheap as some brands, but many home owners and contractors consider the investment more than worth it.
Milgard produces solid series that offer good performance in the mid to high price range. Primarily available on the west coast, they can be found in some other areas as well. They have a reputation for good windows and good customer service.
Okna windows are in the mid to upper end of the vinyl market. They makes several series or lines, including the 400, 500, 800, and Starmark. Okna products are well designed and well made. Each line has two energy options, the Energy, which includes low-e glass and argon fills, or the Deluxe, which has those plus adds a foal filled frame and locking screen.
Pella makes lower priced vinyl frames and mid to very expensive wood clad windows. Pella is one of the best known brands available - some contractors really like their wood and fiberglass frames, while others think that they have a great marketing plan but are overpriced.
PGT pricing is in the mid tohigh end of the vinyl market. The company is considered a reliable manufacturer that delivers durable and well made vinyl and aluminum series. They have a reputation for honoring warranties and standing behind their products. Most common in the southeast, such as Georgia and Florida, PGT sells through distributors throughout the US. They are well designed and have a sloped, two step sill that is popular with contractors.
PlyGem come in at the low to middle range for vinyl replacement options. Ply Gem is a solid mid-grade manufacturer; much of their product line has come from buying out other companies, such as CertainTeed, M&W, Alenco, Patriot, Great Lakes, and adopting their successful models. That can make it confusing for customers who aren't familiar with replacement windows.
Polaris pricing ranges from the mid to high end vinyl window prices, depending on the model you select. The ValuSmart is a fairly standard low-end product, designed to fit into a tight budget. The ThermalWeld is their mid-range offering, and the UltraWeld is their premium model. Those are regarded as mid to high quality series and models. Their air infiltration numbers are good, with consistent manufacturing quality, partly, due to very high quality Sturtz equipment used in the manufacturing process.
Reliabilt range from the low end to the mid range of vinyl windows price scale. Get product breakdowns and costs on their most popular models, including the 3201, 3301 and 3500 series.
Renewal By Andersen
Renewal by Andersen are some of the most expensive replacements in the composite market. The company has a mixed reputation because they are a franchised brand. Many installers and industry insiders feel their prices are overinflated for the quality of product and service they provide.
Silverline pricing is on the low end for most vinyl windows. A reasonable installed cost for a double hung will range from the low to mid vinyl pricing scale depending on the model or series and the number of upgrades that you select. In general, Silverline is considered low end windows that does not make a product that is going to last and be very effective. Their 9500 Series may be the one exception to that statement.
Simonton falls right in the middle of the vinyl window price range. They have a lot of sizes, features, and options that effect the price. They produce good, well-regarded windows and have a reputation for great customer support. Their frames run a little wider than many brands, so some home owners prefer the look of brands like Sunrise and Okna, but it is better insulated and more energy efficient.
Their pricing is at the higher end of the vinyl window pricing structure. Their products are generally regarded as very well designed and engineered. Check more Soft-Lite windows reviews.
Slocomb pricing runs in the mid to slightly high end for vinyl frames.
Sunrise series generally range from the mid to upper end of the vinyl pricing spectrum depending on which model you select. They have several lines and series to fit your needs, and are well regarded by consumers and industry insiders alike.
Vinylmax products are at the low to mid range end of the vinyl price structure. The company produces several vinyl products, including Hyde Park, Easton, and Sherwood windows. Vinylmax gets decent reviews from contractors, while some consider them a solid if unexciting mid-grade product.
Viwinco pricing runs from the low to mid end of the replacement vinyl price scale. Viwinco is considered a middle of the road vinyl manufacturer that gets decent but mixed reviews from contractors.
Vytex prices range from the mid to higher end of the cost of vinyl frames. Vytex is considered a good manufacturer in the vinyl market.
Window Nation prices range from the mid to higher end of the vinyl window price range. The company sells two brands, the first is a rebadged Vytex line, as well as Soft-Lite....
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