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Great Lakes Window Prices

Great Lakes window prices will run $400 to $700 fully installed. Find cost information and consumer bid pricing on the Harbor Light, Comfort Smart, eco Smart, Lifestyles and Uniframe window series. The company was bought by PlyGem in 2016, which enjoys a solid (but not cream-of-the-crop) reputation in the window industry. Great Lakes still markets the windows under their own brand; in fact, the company has separate website for each series they sell, which is pretty unique compared to other manufacturers.

Great Lakes manufactures decent quality windows, although some installers say they are priced a little high for the quality. This is where multiple bids comes into play, helping consumers figure out the fair market price for their particular project and even providing some leverage from which to negotiate better pricing.

Have a question on window quotes, prices, or reviews? Send our site editor Dane your questions, and get personalized answers that can save you thousands of dollars on your project!

Great Lakes Windows Reviews | Harbor Light Series | Comfort Smart Series

eco Smart Series | Uniframe Series | 6000 Series

Grandview Series | Bayshore Series

Seabrooke Series | Lifestyles Series | Olympic Series



Great Lakes Harbor Light Prices

The Great Lakes Harbor Light series is the company's entry level replacement window.

Tim - Site Editor



Great Lakes HarborLight Windows Cost

Dane, I'm deciding between two options. This is for 35 windows for our 25 plus year old home near Atlanta.

Reliabilt 3201 Series: $16.5K

Great Lakes Harbor Light Series: $18.5K

Are the Harbor light windows worth the extra cost.

Ed - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ed, I would definitely say the Great Lakes Harbor Light is worth $2K more than the

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019






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Great Lakes Comfort Smart Prices

The Great Lakes ComfortSmart series is the company's mid range vinyl window option. I'd rate this window as an upper end mid range vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor


Great Lakes ComfortSmart Window Pricing

We're replacing 25 windows and have three bids total

Great Lakes ComfortSmart Cost: $14K

Simonton 5500 Cost: $16.6K

Simonton 6100 Cost: $18.3K

Pella 250 Cost: $17.5k

Vlad - Homeowner - from 2021


Great Lakes Comfort Smart Cost Bid

We have 21 windows that will be replaced and it has come done to these two bids. Both companies have excellent reputations.

Great Lakes Comfort Smart Line Option: $11.9K

Zen Nirvana Option: $13.1K

Melissa - Homeowner - from 2021


Comfort Smart vs Sunrise Ultra U Plus

We are going to replace 12 of our windows in the North West burb of Chicago . 4 pictures windows and 8 casements others are picture. Sunrise ultra u is quoted at

Sunrise Ultra U Cost: $17.8K

Comfort Smart Cost: $15.7K

Robert - Homeowner - from 2021


Great Lakes Comfort Smart Bid

I received a quote of roughly 10k from window nation for 13 windows installed. What are your thoughts on the windows and cost. We are planning on living here for at least the next 15 years.

Thank you.

Chris - Homeowner - from 2021

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Chris, this bid seems high to me at first glance. I would definitely get a couple more to see how they compare to the Comfort Smart bid you have. Here is my list of good and great windows that might come in handy. Search your city and state for local companies that carry these brands and then get a bid. I’m happy to look at whatever you collect!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


Great Lakes Comfort Smart Costs

I have quotes for a Wincore 7700 ($19K) and Great Lakes Comfort Smart ($16.5K). Both seem like decent options but I am not sure which to go with. The price is for 21 windows. Do you have a recommendation? I think I would probably value reliability and less maintenance over performance specs.

Thanks for your help

Andrew - Homeowner - from 2020

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Andrew, I'd probably rate these windows the same. Both high end mid range vinyl windows. They are going to be very similar in terms of reliability, maintenance, and specs. Of course, the installation is key so I would take a close look at who is doing the work in making my selection.

Therefore, that Great Lakes Comfort Smart bid at $2.5K less is the much more attractive bid for me. Assuming the install company has good reviews and a solid track record, this is where I'd go.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Comfort Smart Windows

I have an estimate for 1 twin double hung widow 31x59 each and 4 other double hung windows 34x46. Estimate is for $5300 installed. They are the comfort smart line was wondering if that price seems fair for these.

Thank You!

Tim - Homeowner - from 2020

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Tim, I'm not sure about the installation work required, but the bid sounds high to me for their mid range window.

Where are you located, maybe I can make some recommendations on brands to look for that local companies might carry.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020


Great Lakes Comfort Smart v. Alside Mezzo

Tim, I HAVE AN OFFER OF $9100 FOR 13 @ COMFORT SMART AND AN ALSIDE QUOTE IS DOWN TO $8500 :

* U-Value on the Alside website seems to indicate between .44 & .47

* Great Lakes Installer (Euro-Tech, Bensenville Illinois) showed me a sticker U-Value .26.

* Could that value have improved since the article?

* Is there that big a difference between the 2 products?

* Is Comfort Smart their highest product as they stated?

* Where can I find current values?

Salvatore - Homeowner - from 2019

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Salvatore, the U-value for a window will be all over the map depending on the style of window and the glass they use. Typically, a u-value of .47 is using a clear glass.

The u-value of the Alside Mezzo and Great Lakes Comfort Smart with a standard low-e glass, grids, and non metallic spacer should both be in the .28 to .26 value. They are going to be very close.

Call up the Alside dealer and ask him the U-value of the Mezzo with the type of glass you are going with — a standard low-e is usually the way to go.

Great Lakes sells three replacement window models: the EcoSmart, the ComfortSmart and the Harbor Light — from best to “worst.” So the Comfort Smart is their mid range window.

I’d put the Comfort Smart and Alside Mezzo on par with one another. Both are good mid range windows. I’d probably go with the Alside quote since it is $600 less.

All The Best.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Great Lakes Comfort Series Price Bid

I am looking to replace 6 windows standard size double hung with no grids in Atlanta GA. After reading numerous reviews on your website I got few quotes. below are the numbers. let me know your thoughts

Softlite Zen Nirvana - 675$ each
Okna 600 Series - 600$ each
Great Lakes Comfort Series - 450$ each
Interstate Insight Model 6800 - 470$ each
Sunrise Essentials -650$ each

Rohan - Homeowner - from 2019

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Rohan, the Sunrise Essentials is way over priced, so too I'd say with the Zen Nirvana. The Okna 600 bid is pretty decent. Honestly, the best value of the bunch is the lowest priced bid in the Great lakes Comfort Series. This is a very solid window for $450 installed. Assuming the company doing the actual install has a good reputation, this would be my first pick.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Great Lakes ComfortSmart Pricing

I'm replacing 20 windows. These are the brands and price bids.

Great Lakes ComfortSmart: $10,000
Simonton Reflections 5500: $11,000
Soft-lite Classic: $13,500
Sunrise Essentials: $14,200

Mindy - Homeowner - from 2018

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Mindy, your highest bid is your worst window. I like the Great Lakes ComfortSmart or the Simonton Reflections 5500 bids. Actually the Soft-Lite bid is good as well. The prices are all about in proportion to what I'd expect.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Great Lakes Comfort Smart vs. Sunrise

We live in a suburb outside Chicago and our 1990s casement windows are really in need of replacing. We have five openings, but each opening has 4 windows. So far, our bids are...

Sunrise Vanguard Series $28,900

Sunrise Standard Series $26,040

Great Lakes Comfort Smart Series: $24,110

Dan - Homeowner - from 2018


Great Lakes Comfort Smart Prices

I'm replacing 24 double hung windows and so far I've had four bids from local companies. Here are my replacement window quotes.

Pella Encompass: $12,980
Great Lakes Comfort Smart: $10,878
Northeast Building SL2700: $26,920
Sunrise Vanguard: $15,734

Lori - Homeowner - from 2017


Great Lakes Comfort Smart Pricing

I came across your website while researching windows – great site and info! I’m learning a lot. I’m writing to ask your insights on brands, types and pricing.

We live in Chicago in a brick bungalow build in 1929. The house has original wood windows, with weighted pulleys and storm windows. The house is very drafty in winter and the heating bills high.

We’ve decided to replace the windows in our house and have just started the window shopping process. We will remain in this house for at least 4 years possibly longer. We’d like a good quality window that is solid for energy efficiency, sound insulation and is low maintenance. We also don’t want to break the budget! In doing cursory window and internet shopping, our first big hurdle is interior color options. They are SO limited! We want to maintain a wood finish or color in walnut to match all our existing trim. We are open to wood, wood clad, composite and vinyl. It seems that vinyl can meet most of our wish list but not the interior finish. Wood and wood clad can meet our interior color, but I’m not sure its within our budget and it requires maintenance. Same with composite.

I know I need to get multiple quotes. I’ve found a local window manufacturer – Climate Guard that will be coming by to quote. The first quote we have from another local company American Thermal Window. They quoted us on Great Lakes Vinyl Hybrid Comfort Smart series. The quote was for 16 double hung windows, 6 casements with Triple Pane EG3 glass with Low-E and Argon. Extra’s included prairie grids for the 13 LR windows, the casements are frosted glass and the interior has wood grain finishes. The exterior front has capping and the remaining exterior windows are white. This brand offers everything we want BUT its costly - $21K including installation. Our budget is $15,500-$18K.

Is that price excessive or is our budget unrealistic? Can you recommend other quality brands we should seek out for a quote? In vinyl, Kolbe seems to be the only other choice due to its interior color options. Haven’t come across others.

Suzanne - Homeowner - from 2016

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Suzanne, you should be able to get an excellent vinyl window within your budget, although it does sound like there is some extensive installation work so let's see how the bids come in before I make that claim. I think you should see if you can find the following brands sold by local companies -- Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite and Zen. With the exception of the Zen, I believe all three of these brands come in an interior laminate that may or may not match your interior. These laminates should be as realistic as the Comfort Smart or better and also offer energy efficiency -- although I'm not sure how they compare to the triple pane Great Lakes bid you received.

Ask each company on the phone about their interior colors and their interior laminates -- and ask them to being samples. I'd start out here and see how the bids come in. The brands I mentioned are generally considered better than the Great Lakes, although I'd like to hear what you think after you seen a couple of them.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016






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Great Lakes EcoSmart Windows Prices

The Great Lakes EcoSmart window uses a composite frame and is also their most expensive window - it incorporates an energy efficient design with a one piece sloped sill. A non-metallic I-Core spacer and die cast aluminum hardware look good and increases energy efficiency. It also features high grade weather stripping and seals. It has a U-Value of 0.26 and AI of 0.06. If you opt for the ecoMaxKR glass package, the U-Value lowers to around 0.15. Compare the Great Lakes EcoSmart Series to Okna Starmark windows prices.

Tim - Site Editor


Great Lakes EcoSmart Costs Quote

Dear Tim, first, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the invaluable service you provide on your website, guiding overwhelmed and uncertain consumers through the daunting task of choosing among the many replacement window options. Reading your thoughtful responses has helped me immensely.

If I could burden you with yet another question, I would be so grateful for your time and expertise, as we are looking at spending around $27,000 in replacement windows in the very near future.

We are replacing one awning and 37 casement (most operating, 9 fixed) windows, as well as a sliding patio door.

Three companies have come in with bids right around $27,000, so our decision hinges on the quality of the particular window choices: Ply Gem Pro Series, Ply Gem (Great Lakes) EcoSmart, or Apex (Alside). In your opinion, are these decent options for this price point, and if so, which one would you recommend?

Thank you in advance so very much for your time and assistance!

Sincerely.

Anne - Homeowner - from 2020

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Hi Anne, thanks for the nice words, we do appreciate it. So of the three windows you mentioned, the clear winner for me is the Great Lakes EcoSmart. I wouldn't put it in the excellent category, but it is a very solid performer. It uses a true welded sloped sill, die cast aluminum handles, and has a nice composite frame. I want to say the casement air infiltration rate is close to .06 and the U-value is .26 -- both quite good numbers.

$27K for 38 windows and a sliding patio door is a good price for that quality of product. During this pandemic, price quotes have really jumped due to supply chain issues and increased homeowner demand so the price looks very good based on what I'm seeing.

The Ply Gem Pro would be my second choice, but quite a ways down from the EcoSmart option.

Good luck with the project and let me know how it goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020






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Great Lakes UniFrame Windows Prices


Great Lakes UniFrame Windows

The Great Lakes UniFrame window is the premium vinyl option that incorporates very good design and construction. In fact, it was one of the earlier designs to feature fusion welds. The Euroslider features an optional tilt. UniFrames are also available as a standard double hung, casement, bay, bow, or garden style. A U-value of 0.30 and a SHGC of 0.39 are solid but unexciting numbers. Compare the Great Lakes Uniframe Series to Ply Gem Premium prices.

One note: The Great Lakes UniFrame window does not show up on the Great Lakes website. The window does have a simple site dedicated to promoting its features and options.

Tim - Site Editor


Great Lakes Uniframe Costs

I need 9 double hungs (most about 35" x 59"), all with grids, 1 slider window 72" x 44", 1 sliding door 72" x 80". All with full screens. The cost of these without the cost of installation is $8800 for the Great Lakes Uniframe.

Dean - Homeowner - from 2015

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The Uniframe is a good window and that doesn't sound too high on the face of it, those are decently large windows. What I would be more interested in is what the cost is with installation itself. I'd get a few bids if I were you and see what the complete project price is before you make a decision on the product cost.

Dan - Contractor - from 2015






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Great Lakes 6000 Window Prices


Great Lakes 6000 Series Cost

I have a few bids on 9 windows for full frame replacement.

Great Lakes 6000 Series: $4880

ProVia Endure Series: $5462

ViWintech 6000 Series: $4934

Steve - Homeowner - from 2020






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Great Lakes Grandview Windows Prices


Great Lakes Grandview 5000 Window

I have windows that need to be replaced. Here are the bids I have so far.
Great Lakes Grandview 5000 Series (w/triple pane): $8200
Simonton Prism Platinum: $7600
Great Lakes Grandview 4000 Series: $7400
Alside Sheffield (w/Climatech): $6300

Jackie - Homeowner - from 2010

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I would personally stay away from the Sheffield, although I like their Ultramaxx series, which is their step up window. The Grandview 5000 is also a good window, but no better than the Prism Platinum. I think this is my selection, the Simonton option, followed by the Great Lakes 5000.

William - Contractor - from 2010






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Great Lakes Bayshore Windows Prices


Great Lakes Bayshore Windows

The Great Lakes Bayshore window is a builder grade vinyl option and is essentially a stripped down version of their better window lines. The Bayshore model does not include a transferable window warranty like the other models do. In terms of performance, consumers can expect an SHGC of 0.48 and U-value of 0.47 - pretty unimpressive numbers, although an upgrade to a low-e glass will lower both of these numbers.

The Bayshore is a decent choice if your the budget is very tight, but the Lifestyles and Uniframe windows will offer better long term value. Compare the Great Lakes Bayshore Series to Simonton windows prices, specifically their Assure model.






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Great Lakes Seabrooke Windows Prices


Great Lakes Seabrooke Windows

The Great Lakes Seabrooke window is a good mid-level vinyl window and comes with better features and upgrades than the Bayshore. The meeting rail has a fiberglass reinforcement and it comes in a double hung, casement, garden window, horizontal slider and bay and a bow window option. Performance wise though, the SHGC of 0.44 and U-factor of 0.45 aren't too impressive, but are comparable to many similarly priced brands. Compare the Great Lakes Seabrooke Series to the Atrium series 8300 vinyl window.






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Great Lakes Lifestyles Windows Prices


Great Lakes Lifestyles Windows

The Great Lakes Lifestyles window is very similar in features and ratings to a Seabrooke Series. To compare, the Lifestyles slider has an SHGC of 0.45 and a U-factor of 0.45. Compare the Great Lakes Lifestyles Series to the Harvey Classic double hung windows prices.

Great Lakes Lifestyles Prices

We've gotten bids on the Simonton 5300 window through Home Depot for $5000 and another bid from a local company that sells the Great Lake' Lifestyles. After negotiating the price down, we got the GL dealer to $7500. Which company sounds like the better fit.

Laura - Homeowner - from 2015

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Lauri, I think the Simonton 5300 model is comparable to the Great Lakes Lifestyles window. I would also expect Home Depot to have lower prices than a local company because they can negotiate with manufacturers more aggressively than local dealers can. Where they typically can't compete is on installation quality because they pay their subs per window, which can often result in the installer going as quickly as they can and the quality of the install can go down.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015






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Great Lakes Olympic Windows Prices


Great Lakes Olympic Window Costs

Hi Dane and Tim, thanks for all you do. You saved me from some pretty poor windows, so I think I owe you guys big time. I live in indiana and just got an estimate for windows made by Great Lakes. They are giving me a quote for a line of windows called Olympic and I can not find any information about them on your website. Can you tell me what you think about them? Thanks.

4 double hung

3 large double slider windows, 67x32

5 86x70 3 pane sliders

$12,800

Deena - Homeowner - from 2021

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Deena, so interesting because I received another question just last week about this series/model and I’ve never heard of it. I checked with some sources and they hadn’t heard about it either. I am guessing that it’s made for certain dealers - basically a relabel.

If this were me, I would go back and ask point blank what series this is...if they waffle on telling you, it’s probably a warning sign that it is the company’s entry level Harbor Light. (I mean how can you sell a product that isn’t even listed on the manufacturer’s website, and yet window manufacturers and dealers try and do it all the time. Crazy.)

While you’re mulling over your price bid from them, consider the following windows and maybe get another bid or two to see how it compares to the one you have. The one you have is not cheap....

Tim - Site Editor - from 2021

Great Lakes Olympic Series Window Cost

HI dane, I sent you an email about 10 minutes ago, not sure if you got it (my mistake). Here is my question. I have a company ready to install windows made by Great Lake, the olympic series. I have no idea if these are good windows or not but the price came in pretty good.

4 double hung, $600 each installed

3 sliders 67x30, $700 each installed

5 large 86x70 25/50/25 sliders, $1600 each installed

Total of $12,800

Alex - Homeowner - from 2021

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Alex, that is a very fair price, especially now with the prices being pretty crazy with Covid conditions. I've never heard of the Olympic series though. If this is for their ComfortSmart or ecoSmart series though, this is a very fair price. Make sure the company doing the install has a good reputation and solid online reviews.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021







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