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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.

Tim - Site Editor

Polaris Valusmart Window Prices

Polaris makes the ValuSmart as more of 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 5100, but not in the same category as the ThermalWeld or UltraWeld.

Tim - Site Editor

Polaris Plymouth vs. Soft-Lite Envision

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 Windows Prices

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.

Tim - Site Editor

Polaris Thermaweld Window Costs

Hi Dane and Tim, We live in Cleveland in a home that was built in 1925 and has original windows. We plan on staying here for a long time and are in need of all new windows. The first quote we received was from Universal Windows for almost 20K for the whole house. They then dropped the price to about $650/window, but still much higher than our other quote.

Our 2nd quote came from a local installer who came highly recommended by neighbors and has 30 years of experience. The quotes are for 20 windows, 4 of which are awning windows and the other 16 are double hung. 2 of the DH and 2 of the awnings will be wood grain inside and vinyl outside, the rest are all white vinyl in and out.

Here are the quotes from the local installer:

Polaris Ultraweld: $8,210.00
Polaris Thermaweld: $7,940.00
Alside Sheffield: $7585.00

The installer tells us the the Sheffield is compatible to the Ultraweld and of course that price looks the best, but the reviews I have read don't seem to agree. We are willing to pay the extra $700 for the Ultraweld if it really is a better window. What do you guys think?

Thanks for your input!

Sandy - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sandy, my personal opinion is that the Polaris Thermaweld or Ultraweld is a much better window than the Alside Sheffield. Much better. The $600 cost to go from a middling vinyl window to a top tier vinyl window is a no brainer for me. The Polaris Thermaweld or Ultraweld is the way to go. I'd personally go UltraWeld myself.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Polaris Thermal Weld Plus Window Quote

Hi, I received 2 quotes for windows and there is a big difference between pricing so I am hoping you can steer me in the right direction.

After reading your reviews I got a quote from express windows as they carry Polaris.

I received the following quote for 7 windows

4,092.00 This quote is for the Thermal Weld Plus collection.

I then had a Pella rep come out and for the 7 windows in the 250 Series the quote is: 7,419.00.

I was impressed with the Polaris but am wondering why that quote would be so low compared to the Pella.

Thank you for taking time to review this for me.

Monica - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Monica, the Polaris ThermalWeld is the much better option here. It is quite a good vinyl window. Honestly, it's better than the Pella 250 or even 350 series. The reason the Pella quote is so high is that Pella is a known brand and many consumers go with a known name. It makes a lot of sense in many cases, just not in the case of windows. :) Pella makes a very good wood clad window, but their vinyl windows are not a very good value in my opinion.

The Polaris option in this case is the much better quote of the two.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Polaris ThermalWeld vs Soft-lite Barrington

I've recd a quote for the Thermal Weld for 14 dbl pane windows for $7000 (originally quoted the UltraWeld at $9440.)I was quoted $6200 for the Soft-lite Barrington. I live just south of Indianapolis IN. I trust and know the Polaris contractor, the Soft-lite was recommended by a friend. Which is the better window ? Thank you

Sandy - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sandy, while Soft-Lite makes excellent vinyl windows, I wouldn’t say the Barrington model falls into that category. The Barrington is the company’s entry level window and one of the only series from the company that I wouldn’t necessarily recommend.

The Polaris ThermalWeld is a very solid vinyl window and one that I would absolutely recommend. Excellent price too at $500 per window. The fact that you know and trust the Polaris contractor is even more reason to go for the ThermalWeld over the Barrington model. Best of luck on your project!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Polaris Thermalweld Plus Cost

We have 11 casements that need to be replaced. Ten of them are two lite sliders and one is a three lite slider. This also comes with a garage opener and the total installed cost is $13.5K

Teresa - Homeowner - from 2018

Zen Nirvana vs. Polaris Thermaweld

I'll be replacing 11 windows in the very near future and the bids below are for this and the work necessary to install J-channels.

Zen Lotus Series: $6725

Zen Nirvana Series: $5625

Polaris Ultraweld Series: $6765

Polaris Thermaweld Series: $5940

Joe - Homeowner - from 2018

Polaris ThermalWeld Plus Price Bid

I’m replacing 21 double-hung windows and need a mid-range vinyl option. All of them will be double paned with grids and low-E glass. I want argon and foamed filled frames. 7 require tempered glass and 4 are oriel windows.
Simonton Prism Platinum: $870 each
Universal Window Direct Unishield Plus: $740 each
Polaris UltraWeld: $575 each
Zen Nirvana: $515 each
Polaris ThermalWeld Plus: $510 each

Carl - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Carl, the Zen and Polaris quote are the best by far. The Zen Nirvana at $515 is great price. However, the Polaris UltraWeld for $575 is really awesome as well. Either one of those.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Polaris ThermalWeld Cost Bid

Tim, I have a bid was on 1 UltraWeld patio door and 12 ThermalWeld windows. The bid is for $15,200. I also got a bid on the Pella 200 window, which turned out to be $14,300. Which one is better?


Drew - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Drew, the Polaris is definitely the better window of the two, even with the difference in price. However, the bid price is not that great and I would advice getting a couple more bids to round out your offering.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

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Polaris UltraWeld Window Prices

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.

Tim - Site Editor

Polaris Ultraweld Price Quote

Hi Tim, I'm seeking some advice on the estimates I've received so far for vinyl window replacement. I'm located in Northeast Ohio. I have had 9 companies come out. We are looking for 14 double hung vinyl windows with grids. Two are over 100 UI and those same two need the bottom sash tempered. Here is what I have so far-

Integrity Windows- Polaris Thermalweld Plus at $7800

EZ Windows- Interstate 6800 at $7400 ($6900 w/o grids on back windows)
Polaris Ultraweld at $7100 ($6850 w/o grids on back windows)

Raetrent Remodeling- Alside Mezzo at $6279

Solar Windows- Sunrise at $8682
Sunrise Essentials at $7280

Window Universe- Okna 600 at $9181

Window Depot- Thermal Industries 9500 at $8890

Window Depot and Solar Windows sell just about any window and will beat comparable window pricing. Window Universe only sells the Okna 600 and will price match 110% to comparable windows. These three companies are larger and have been around longer than the others.

All of these companies have A+ ratings from the BBB, 5 star reviews on Google, 5 stars on Angie's list.

Can you tell me which of these quotes seem the strongest for quality and value? Do you have experience with or thoughts on Interstate windows? Which quotes should I throw out?

Any other suggestions? Thank you in advance.

Megan - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Megan, one of the quotes stands out above the others. The Polaris Ultraweld at $7100. This is a top tier vinyl window that you are being quoted out at for roughly $500 a window installed. You aren't going to get a better window at a better price. In fact, I'm a bit suspect of that price, considering you also got a bid on the Polaris Thermalweld Plus at $7800. The ThermalWeld is the drop down to the UltraWeld and this pricing is more in line with what I'd expect.

Assuming EZ Windows has a solid reputation, this is the deal I'd go with, no questions asked.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Polaris UltraWeld vs. Thermal Series 7000

I live in upstate New York and have two bids so far for 10 windows. The first is from Thermal Windows And Doors on their Series 7000. The original bid was $995 per window, but the salesman had gone down to $825 per window by the time he left. I also have a bid on the Polaris Ultraweld for $570 per window.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Steve, the Polaris UltraWeld is definitely the way to go. $570 on the Ultraweld, which is their premium vinyl window, is a very good price too!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Polaris Ultraweld Series vs. Alside Mezzo

Hey, I have 10 windows that need to be replaced. 2 are 54 inches wide, so they are probably going to be casements or sliders or casements. Here are the initial bids.

Vinyl Kraft TrustGard Series (w/Argon, Low E, Foam Filled): $3700
Alside Mezzo Series (w/Climatech IE Glass): $4,000
SoftLite Barrington Series (w/ Low-e, Double Pane): $4966
Polaris Ultraweld Series: $5,500 (w/Double Pane, Low-e)
SoftLite Elements Series (w/Triple Pane, Low-e): $6044

Matthew - Homeowner - from 2018

Polaris Windows Price Quote

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

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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

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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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