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Preservation Collection Prices
Preservation window prices should run $40 to $50 per square foot, not including installation. The Preservation Collection is made by Alside, although most consumers aren't going to know this by going to the website. The "collection" is a vinyl window that the website spends quite a bit of time convincing you is the end all be in vinyl replacement windows. As an example, the site dedicates an entire page to its SST foam spacer. The fact of the matter is that nearly all top tier windows use a non metallic spacer.
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Preservation Window Options
The Preservation vinyl window does have some nice features, but it is really more of a middle of the road vinyl window that is often sold as a top rated vinyl window like an Okna 800 Series or the Soft-Lite Elements.
The Preservation window does come with a block & tackle balance system, which is a nice feature. On the downside, the Preservation window uses the snap in sill, which they rename the capture sill. The sill is poor design compared to a true sloped sill. The Preservation windows can be ordered as a double hung, casement, awning, slider, bay or bow, garden window or sliding glass door. There are 9 interior wood veneer options and 9 exterior color frame options. The slider and double-hung windows have a fiberglass sash reinforcement. Compare The Alside Preservation Series to Champion vinyl window prices.
Preservation Energymaxx 4 vs. Imperial LS
Thanks for the tips Tim. I received the following quotes:
Andersen Renewal: $10k, was just ridiculous
Window Nation: $5,800 for Imperial LS series by Soft Lite
Zen Windows: $6,600 for Nirvana series (also produced by Soft Lite)
Specialty Window and Door: $5,050 for Imperial LS series by Soft Lite, $4,450
Preservation Energymaxx 4 series by Alside
I'm torn between the Imperial LS and Preservation options above. I really like the Presevation EnegyMaxx 4 series , the window seems to be a decent window and I really liked the quoted price. I think the Imperial LS reviews a little better though. The dealer from Specialty Window and Door that gave me quotes on both said he's had better experience dealing with fixing warranty issues with Preservation windows over the Imperial LS. Funny thing, I just noticed tonight the 40 year old aluminum windows in my house are Alside windows, says Alside right on the locking latch.
What are your thoughts? Have any guidance?
Ernie- Homeowner - from 2017
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Ernie, I agree with you that the Renewal quote is way too high. Assuming that Specialty Window and Door has a good reputation for installation and their prices are the most affordable, I would go with them.
Of the two options they offer, I like the Imperial LS over the Preservation, but that's just my opinion. Very interesting that Preservation dealt with warranty issues better than Soft-Lite. I haven't heard that before.
Bottom line is they are both very good windows and I think you would be well served by either. At this point, go with your gut!
Tim - Site Editor - from 2017
Preservation And Slocomb vs. Simonton 5500
Hello - I wanted to get your thoughts on recent bids that we have received for 11 replacement windows for our home. All double hung in white. We currently are leaning towards Simonton 5500 but I have received other estimates. I am in the Raleigh, NC area.
Simonton 5500 - right at $5000 for 11 windows, this includes the outside aluminum capping. contractor also said he would include repair and replacement, "at no charge" of 6 facer boards on the dormers that are going bad. He valued this at $200. (local building/remodeler that was recommended by a general contract that has done other work for me)
Preservation Windows - just a tad over $6000, this would include the outside capping. facers where discussed but I'm sure they would be an additional charge. (Aluminum Company of NC)
Slocomb Harmony 143 - just bit under $5000, $4850 I believe. Would include the outside capping but not the facer boards as with the Simonton contractor above. (HomeCraft Windows) - they did require I do certain advertising (facebook, reviews, etc.) to get this pricing.
Sunrise - roughly $6900, would include the outside capping. facers where discussed but I'm sure they would be an additional charge. I know these windows are highly recommended and the best quality of the brands I've listed, but we feel they are out of our price range. (Kelly Window and Door)
We started the search with ~$3500 in mind for our budget. We also started with only replacing 8 windows (hence the $3500 budget) but my wife has talked me into doing the other 3 which we do use often bring the total to 11. So at this point I understand, but, really do not want to exceed, the $5000 mark as we are doing other remodel projects around our home.
Do it my self options or find smaller individual contractor options - I have priced out Ply Gem 2000 at $2500 from a supplier and the Simonton 5500 at $3600 (I don't think they are giving me their best price?) . None of the suppliers around here want to sell to a homeowner and basically hang up the phone when I tell them I am not a licensed contractor. So I have had a hard time pricing out mid to high quality options for just the window without installation. The only reason I got the Simonton quote was that Simonton spoke with the supplier then transferred my call to them.
Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated!
Brandon - Homeowner - from 2017
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Brandon, you are correct that the suppliers don't want to deal with the consumer directly. The only way around this is to go to say Home Depot and buy direct from them and then find a window installer using craigslist or yelp etc. This can save you money, but I would recommend buying the best window they sell -- it won't touch the quality here, but I see some HD sell the Andersen 100 window, which I like. Personally, I'm not sure it's worth the risk of a sub par window or sub par installation. Not with what I see.
I think the clear winner here (given your budget) is the Simonton 5500 window. I think it's a fair price, but I would absolutely call back and say that one of the contractors came down on his price (maybe say to $4200) and that if the Simonton rep can come close to this, then you are ready to sign today. See what he says!
The Sunrise is the other bid that looks good to me, but it sounds like it's out of your price range and the Simonton 5500 is a good vinyl window.
Tim - Site Editor - from 2017
Preservation Prices vs Okna 500 Series
Down to two estimates to replace 35 windows. 15K for Preservation and 18K for Okna Insultec Deluxe. Are the Okna windows worth the additional 3K? Plan on reselling home in 7 years. Thanks.
Steve - Homeowner - from 2016
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Steve, the Okna Insultec Deluxe is completely worth the extra $3K, no question about it. I hate the idea that you are selling your house in seven years though. The Okna 500 performance numbers are so much better than the Preservation, which is an overpriced window in my opinion. If it were me, I would definitely go with the Okna Insul Tec, it's one of the best vinyl windows you can buy.
Dane - Site Editor - from 2016
Preservation Windows Cost Quote
My wife set up an appointment with a company that sells Preservation windows. WOW - 2 hours of my life I'll never get back AND he made me miss my VFW meeting! In short, after all "discounts" he had to offer, just under $6800 for 4 installed windows ($1670 each). I'll board my windows up with foam & plywood before I buy a vinyl double hung for that price.
Tom - Homeowner - from 2016