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Polaris Window Prices

Polaris window prices range from the mid to high end vinyl window prices, depending on the model you select. Consumers can choose from the ValuSmart, ThermalWeld and the UltraWeld.

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Editor's Polaris Window Analysis

The company is based out of Toldeo, Ohio and owned by Modern Builders Supply. Polaris isn't one of the larger window manufacturers, but they do have a very solid reputation in the industry for making quality windows at a competitive price point. Polaris doesn't have the widest distribution going, but they should have local reps, companies and/or showrooms throughout Ohio and the surrounding states.

Some consumers have complained in online forums about the long winded sales presentations from Polaris reps. One way to avoid this is to ask at the outset about presentation length - make sure it doesn't exceed an hour (unless you want to hear more) and tell them upfront that you are planning to collect multiple bids. If they balk at this, then move onto the next company.

Polaris sells 3 vinyl window series. The ValuSmart is a fairly standard low-end window, designed to fit a tight budget. The ThermalWeld is their mid-range offering, and the UltraWeld is their premium model. These two are regarded as very solid mid range and premium windows, respectively. The company uses high quality Sturtz equipment in the manufacturing process that provides good consistency and quality extrusions and components.


Polaris Valusmart Window Prices


Polaris ValuSmart Windows

Polaris makes the ValuSmart as a builder grade window designed to fit into a tight budget. The vinyl extrusions are typical of low end windows, with a wall thickness of 0.70. The U-value is decent at 0.33. It is similar to a Simonton 5500, but not in the same category as the ThermalWeld or UltraWeld.


Dane, I'm evaluating quotes for 20 double hung windows and possibly a sliding patio door. A couple of points that I wanted to get your opinion on:

- I've had two local companies come out because they represent brands (Sunrise, Soft Lite) that were highly rated on your website. That being stated, they are both really pushing windows that are 'made exclusively' for them. They look like decent windows but would like your opinion. - Neither company has really given me a written quote; is this normal? I did get an email finally from the one company that is promoting the Soft Lite Envision but it seems a little shady to me that I've only gotten verbal quotes.

- It looks like the window manufacturers all make sliding patio doors; is it safe to assume that if you recommend a manufacturer's windows (Okna, or Soft Like or Sunrise), then you also recommend their sliding patio doors?

- We'll probably be in the house another 15 years so I'm looking for a decent but not top-of-the-line window.

Here are the quotes I've received:

Soft Lite Envision (exclusive to Window Nation) $12,886. Includes installation, lifetime warranty on complete window. U=.27, low-e & argon gas, .07 air infiltration

Polaris Plymouth (by Window Systems) - $12,928 - about the same in regards to U, etc.

Sunrise Restorations (through Window Systems)- $15,155

Thanks for your help. BTW, I found your website to be very helpful in my research on windows, manufacturers, etc.

Bryan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Bryan, it is not unusual for window companies to sell windows that are made "exclusively" for them.

It is absolutely safe to say that the quality of a company's patio doors are similar to the quality of their vinyl windows. This isn't always the case, but it is for Soft-Lite and Polaris -- Soft-Lite is better, Polaris is still good.

Not providing an actual quote would raise red flags for me -- what are they waiting for? Call them up and tell the rep or sales person you are collecting bids and you need their best quote to compare to your others (this lets them know you are serious and want their best quote for the project).

It does look they provided you a quote finally? At least with the Envision, which is the Soft-Lite Bainbridge model. Not the best window, but still pretty good with that .07 air infiltration.

I haven't heard of the Polaris Plymouth, I would think its a labeled ValuSmart window (their entry level) -- although perhaps their ThermalWeld -- I would definitely find out the answer to this (ask them, if they can't tell you the answer then you have to assume its the lower quality ValuSmart). I like the ThermalWeld, not so much the ValuSmart.

The Sunrise Restorations is an excellent window, easily the best of the bunch, but also the most expensive. Can you see if the Sunrise rep can give you a quote on the standard Sunrise frame -- this is a great window and simply lacks some of the nicer upgrades of the Restorations.

The problem you have is that with your 15 year timeline, it's kind of tricky to know what to go with. What about trying to whittle the Sunrise Restorations bid down a bit. I don't think you're going to get much lower, but it's worth a shot. I like the idea of the standard Sunrise window, but some reps only have access to the Restorations.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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Polaris ThermalWeld Window Prices


Polaris ThermalWeld Windows

The Polaris ThermalWeld is a solid, good performing mid-level window. It is similar to the Soft-Lite Barrington but with a thicker frame. It isn't quite as sturdy as the UltraWeld but has the same warranty.






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Polaris UltraWeld Window Prices


Polaris UltraWeld Windows

The Polaris UltraWeld window is their top of the line vinyl window in both design and energy efficiency. The outer wall is stronger than in the ThermalWeld. It is similar to the Sunrise Restorations, but the Sunrise has a U-value of 0.28 while the UltraWeld's is 0.29, and the Sunrise AI number is 0.04 while the UltraWeld's is 0.01, which is excellent.There are a lot of upgrades and features available, including a stainless steel spacer called the Ultracept. The casements, bays, and bows all get excellent reviews in addition to the standard double hungs. The interior is composite wood, which is either stained or painted.


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Hi Tim, I've gotten 3 bids on 9 windows and 1 sliding patio door. The quote for the Simonton Vantage .66 is $11000 and doesn't include the interior casing, apron, stool, and the interior wood work. inside the house). I also have a bid from Polaris for $27000 and one for the Soft-Lite Imperial LS for $13175.

Larry - Homeowner - from 2017

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Polaris UltraWeld Price Quote

I have a bid for the Polaris Ultraweld from ZEN.

1 Picture Window: $460
10 Casements: $5500
$75 for haul away

Ken - Homeowner - from 2017

For the complete question and answer to the above question, please see Polaris Ultraweld Bid


Polaris UltraWeld Quote

I have two bids for 16 windows. The first is the Soft-Lite Elements for $11,200.

Additionally, I received our last quote, which is the Polaris Ultraweld for $8990.00.

Should I consider the Elements above it? Thanks!

Brenda - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

The Elements is the better of these windows, although the Polaris UltraWeld is a very good window in its own right. I would definitely consider the UltraWeld with the price difference you are looking at -- I think if it were me and I thought the installation quality with the company selling the Polaris was equal or better, this would be what I would go with to save $2K.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Polaris UltraWeld Pricing

I am in the process of getting estimates and want to make sure I’m comparing apples to apples. I'm looking at the Polaris UltraWeld since the Soft-Lite Pro sales rep came back with an outrageous quote of $11,300. After a $2800 discount, it came to $8500 for 10 windows. That just seemed to be a little high. The Polaris Ultraweld quote was $6600.

Amy - Homeowner - from 2016


Polaris UltraWeld Window Costs

I am currently building a house and will be putting in 32 windows. I have been leaning towards the Wincore 500 series, ~$9,000. Someone recently told me to look into Polaris Energy Weld (previously Ultra Weld) and got a quote of ~$13,000. In your opinion, is the Wincore 500 series a good choice or are the Polaris windows a much better option even though they are ~50% higher in price? Thanks in advance!

Tom - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tom, I like Wincore windows, I think they're a solid product. I think the Polaris option is better, particularly the UltraWeld - I didn't know they changed the name to EnergyWeld so thanks for the heads up. In terms of price, I would say that the 31% difference in cost between the Wincore 500 and the Polaris EnergyWeld would be about what I would assume the difference so I think it's a coin flip in terms of overall value. However, paying $406 per window for the Polaris strikes me as a very good price for a very good vinyl window.

If it were my house, I would spend the extra money on the better window for the simple reason that you only make this switch (hopefully) every 25 or 30 years. That would be my call, but again I think Wincore makes a decent middle-of-the-road vinyl window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Polaris UltraWeld Windows Cost

With the help of this website, I have narrowed my choices down to Polaris and Softlite. Project specifics:

(8) double hungs: (4) of these windows are larger (34x72) and need tempered bottom sash-34x72, full screens, no grids, white in & out
(1) patio slider standard 6-0 6-8 size

Polaris double pane Ultraweld and slider Ultraweld $6,250

Softlite double pane Bainbridge and slider Kingsroyal $6,390

Both options will be ordered with the glass package to satisfy Energy Star.

Right of the bat, based on what I have read on this website, these two are not apples to apples, being the Bainbridge is low/mid tier and the Ultraweld being high tier. So I would bet the advice would say that I need to negotiate the Bainbridge quote down because of this. Understood, with that said, the 0.06 air infiltration and the energy star performance specs on the Bainbridge is good enough for me and the thinner window + sash frame is also a plus.

So my question is assuming I get the Bainbridge down (current quote is 611 per window so I will try to get $1000 taken off the whole job) would that be a good value for Softlite product?

Teege - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Teege, I think you should forget the Bainbridge and go with the Polaris UltraWeld. It's a much better window than the Baingridge and you are getting what seems to me is an excellent price. I would still see how much each company will come off the price, but assuming both will come down a little bit, I'd still go with the UltraWeld.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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Polaris Bay Window Prices


Polaris Bay Window Prices

Hi. How does Polaris compare to Thermo-Twin windows? The prices for both were about the same for a 3 section picture window with casement flankers. The Polaris was $1,855 and Thermo-Twin was $2,000. However the Polaris 3 section bay was about $4,584, but we could get the Thermo-Twin bay for about $3,500. Thanks again for your input.

Bob - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bob, I know nothing about Thermo-Twin. I took a look at their website and the one thing that disturbed me was that they gave absolutely no performance data on their windows (despite having a tab that reads performance). I think you know what you're getting with Polaris, as opposed to a two person owned company in Thermo-Twin.

Of course, I would have to feel very comfortable with the Polaris rep to give them my business. That said, if it were me, I would go with the Polaris for the extra $1K, although I would go back to the Polaris rep and tell him that if he can come close to the Thermo-Twin Bay price, then you'll sign with him. I would be interested to see how much wiggle room there is in that bay window price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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