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Great Lakes Window Prices

Great Lakes window prices run $30 to $60 per square foot (not including installation). The company was bought by PlyGem, 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.

Please note, our website is not affiliated with this window manufacturer.

Great Lakes Windows Reviews | Bayshore Series | Seabrooke Series | Lifestyles Series

Uniframe Series | Grandview Series | Comfort Smart Series


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

[Site Editor's Response]

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 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 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.


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.

Dane - Contractor - from 2015






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Great Lakes EcoSmart Windows Prices


Great Lakes EcoSmart Windows

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.

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






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Great Lakes Comfort Smart Prices


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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