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Alliance Window Systems, also known as the AWA, is a network of independent window manufacturers spread out across the eastern half of the United States. As I understand it, these independent or smaller regional window companies group together to enjoy better buying power -- allowing them to (better) compete with the bigger players in the industry. Scroll down to read our Alliance windows reviews.

Overall Rating: Alliance Windows gets a 3.9 out of 5 stars based on 42 consumer reviews below.

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Alliance Vinyl Window Series

Alliance manufactures three main vinyl window series: the Belmont, Windgate, and Hawthorne. Their lower end Belmont Series would be considered more of a builder grade vinyl window (i.e. lower quality). The Windgate is a straight down the center mid range vinyl windows. The Alliance Hawthorne series, the company's premium vinyl window, is a solid option when coupled with good quality installation (let's call it upper end of the mid range).

"Alliance Windows Systems can get a bit confusing -- the actual windows are sold through independently owned companies. For instance, Midway Windows out of Chicago sells quite a good vinyl window and enjoys a solid reputation. However, some of the other AWA locations get rather more mixed reviews."

Alliance Windows Warranty

The Windgate, Belmont and Alliance Hawthorne series are backed by the Assurance Plus Limited Lifetime Warranty. This warranty covers five years on labor from the date of installation and covers the product for the lifetime on all materials. The warranty is transferable to a second homeowner for 20 years from the date of the install. Window warranties tend to change over time, so PLEASE read the latest Alliance warranty prior to purchase!

Dane - Site Editor - Page Last Updated: April 6, 2024

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Alliance Belmont Reviews And Prices

The Alliance Belmont series is AWA's entry level vinyl window. Not the option I would recommend if you are looking for long term value. I might rate the Belmont a 6.0 out of 10.

Dane - Site Editor

Alliance Windows vs Pella

Hey Dane, curious how you were rate Alliance Windows vs Pella. We have a couple bids here in Chicago and they’re very close to one another, but I was wondering what you thought about how the two brand stack up against one another?

- Homeowner - from 2024

[Site Editor's Answer]

Todd, it’s an interesting question, because Alliance is such an amalgam in terms of specific companies. They are a bit of a grab bag, so it’s difficult to really assess their overall quality - unless we are talking about a specific company that is selling the Alliance. As a general rule, I would probably give the nod to Pella, but not by much.

I think what’s important for either company is to take a hard look at the company who’s actually doing the installation. I think this would probably be the bigger factor for me over, the windows themselves. Plus both companies offer a number of different levels of vinyl windows (Alliance has the Belmont for instance that is their entry level option and not what I would consider a super well made option), so that’s gonna be a huge factor there.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2024

Alliance Or Pella?

Dane, I have a 24 year-old home with original white vinyl single hungs nail finned in by builder. Our exterior is vinyl hallow back siding which we are planning to replace as well. We have 22 total windows to replace, with several in 2 or 3 side by side configurations. Many have broken seals, and others just are hard to open/close/lock and make their fair share of creaking.

I am looking at replacing with white, vinyl, double hungs for the most part, except for making our two sets of 3 side-by-side windows into 25/50/25 casements with fixed middle and crank out sides, and would like both energy efficient and good quality, long lasting units, at a decent price point of course. Additionally, I am looking for a full install rather than a pocket install.

The brands/lines in play at present include, Okna 800, Provia Endure, Vinylmax Newton, Pella 250 series windows, Alliance (not sure if Belmont or Hawthorne), and Simonton (Not sure of product line). How would you rank these? Is there a "line in the sand" that you would not go past, even if that brand/model were significantly less expensive? ProVia Windows Reviews

I should mention that I have done my fair share of reading and from what your site and others have said I am guessing the Okna 800 will come out on top when you respond. However, the Okna 800 windows cost is $8.5K more than the less expensive of my two Provia Endure windows cost (still waiting on estimates for other brands). Additionally, the Okna rep was the only one of the quotes that stated his window was deeper than our existing wall depth and he would need to cut into our drywall returns and wooden ledge, which I am sure is a factor in the higher cost. The other quotes have said that as our windows are vinyl and just nail finned they could do a full install from the exterior, blowing/pushing in insulation around each opening, and not need to cut into dry wall returns and wooden ledge.

Finally, from what I have read it sounds like the extra cost of triple pane is generally not worth it for the additional gains in energy efficiency, etc. Would you agree? Or would there be a "sweet spot" where a triple pane of a certain brand may be an overall better bang for my buck than a double pane of another more expensive brand? double pane vs triple pane, what's your take? Thanks for your alliance windows reviews - they do make a difference.

Chris - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Chris, I would rank them like this: Okna 800, Provia Endure, Vinylmax Newton, Pella 250, Simonton, Alliance -- pretty much how you had them :) (Vinylmax Windows Reviews)

But it sounds like the ProVia Endure cost and ease of installation is the MUCH better way to go so far.

I tend to think triple pane glass is over kill -- however in cold climates I tend to think it makes sense -- I'm pretty sure Wisconsin fits this bill in the winter. I'd consider it if the upgrade cost wasn't excessive. Here is an article on Double Pane vs Triple Pane Windows that might be instructive.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

Alliance Belmont Windows Cost

Hi Dane, I would appreciate any help you can give me on a window replacement project on my daughter's house in Franklin, IN. She recently purchased the house and now we have determined some of these need to be replaced. Since she is cash poor after buying the house we have decided to replace the worst now and the balance of the project in the next year or so. I don't know how long she will live there but I would expect at least 10 years.

We have contacted places in the area that have good reviews. We gave the following information for the quotes:

Vinyl Double Hungs, White exterior and white interior, Half Screens, Standard grid pattern in white (colonial), ¾" double pane insulated glass, energy efficient argon

Living Room (3)) 32 x 58 ½ factory mulled into 1 unit, Dining Room (2) 35 ¾ x 58 ½ factory mulled into 1 unit, Bedroom #1 (2) 35 ¾ x 58 ½ factory mulled into 1 unit, Bedroom #2 (2) 35 ¾ x 58 ½ factory mulled into 1 unit, Office (1) 35 X 58 ½, Master Bedroom (1) 35 x 58 ½

So far we have received the following quotes and they all include installation:

Alliance Belmont model: $6,300
American Window: $8,779
Polaris Thermalweld Plus: $7,445

Any help you can provide sorting out which is the best option would be appreciated or if we should be looking for some other brands.

Ray - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ray, my choice would be the Polaris Thermalweld Plus at $7,445. The Alliance Belmont at $6300 would be next. I don't know anything about American Window, but I can't see their windows being better than Polaris. Assuming the Polaris rep/company doing the work has solid reviews, this is what I would lean to. I would, however, ask them if they could match the Alliance bid though just to see what they said. Polaris Windows Reviews

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021

Belmont Window Costs

I have fifteen windows & two patio doors to replace. The four bids we have received are all to do a full replacement as opposed to...I can't remember what the other thing is.

Wallside Windows Cost: $16,800

Alliance Belmont Series: $14,435

Great Lakes Comfort Smart (with a triple pane): $15,400

Revere Berkshire Elite (with a triple pane): $14,200 Triple Pane Windows Cost

Tiffany - Homeowner - from 2019

Belmont Review

I unfortunately hired a contractor who replaced all the windows and a sliding glass door in my home with Alliance double hung Belmont series. This was not the brand he told me he was going to be installing. I have issues with leaks from faulty installation and product issues with the door and windows. From screens coming out of their frames, difficulty opening and closing some of them.

I also have locks popping off sashes, leaks between panes and issues getting sashes to line up to lock. The locks are popping off because the windows aren't lining up and when forced to lock they are pulling the locks. Loving your alliance windows reviews by the way. Manufacturer said they are not installed properly.

Problem is he purchased them from this supply company ABC and they won't help me to get issues resolved stating that he has to make claims for window/door issues. I can't get ABC or Midway (they are the manufacturer) and Doors to help me. I have over 60 pictures with issues that include cracks in corners of the vinyl sash frames. Every sash has at least one crack in the corner. The manufacturer said that he thought they must have been damaged prior to installation. I have no idea what happened and I spent a lot of my savings on replacing these windows and door when I purchased my home last year. I needed energy efficient windows that were easy to clean and maintain because I am disabled and I can't climb on chairs or ladders.

My question is do you have any suggestions on how I can get these windows fixed. The contractor is refusing to help or fix any installation issues. He told me in writing that these windows were made by Anderson that Anderson owns Alliance (Anderson was what I wanted installed). I was very naïve and trusted this contractor. I have contacted Better Business Bureau but he won't fix issues.

I will not got enough money back from small claims court to hire another contractor to take off maintenance free wraps and replace the windows and door again. Without the contractor who purchased these products doing a claim to supply company where they were purchased and Alliance the company who manufactured the products won't help me. They said contractor has to take pictures and make the claims.

Any suggestions would be helpful. I don't recommend Alliance and definitely not the contractor either. I paid a lot of money. I appreciate any constructive feedback.

Jen - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jen, unfortunately I'm not sure what recourse you have at this time. I'm very sorry, this sounds like a total nightmare. Can you order and pay for parts through Midway and hire an independent window repair person (with EXCELLENT reviews and track record) to come in and get everything looking right? This would be the course of action I would follow.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

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Alliance Belmont Sliders

We started replacing our windows about five years ago in a piecemeal fashion. Our supplier friend hooked us up with Alliance Belmont sliders w/ low E Argon-Filled. We have been pleased with their performance. We are now looking to replace three more and want to stay with the same window for both aesthetic and cost reasons. Two questions: 1. How would you rate the Alliance Belmont replacement windows? 2. If I had to switch to a comparable brand/model, which would you recommend?

Louie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Louie, the question of Alliance's quality is a tough one because they are a group of independent manufacturers. It's like asking about the quality of a franchise, some of the franchisees may be good, some may be just okay, and some may be substandard. From the website, I'd have to say that the Belmont window looks pretty middle-of-the-road, which is not a bad thing at all.

I would say that if you liked the windows you purchased and they have worked well for you and feel comfortable with the price point and the dealer you bought them from, why not stick with them? You know what's your getting and the look and hardware of the window is going to match the other Alliance.

If you would like to go in another direction, here are my picks for the best mid range vinyl window on the market.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2016

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Alliance Windows Reviews :: Windgate Series

The Windgate series is AWA's mid range vinyl window. A possible buy if you are planning to be in the home for 8 to 12 years or less. I might rate the windgate a 7.0 out of 10.

Dane - Site Editor

Alliance Windgate Windows Reviews

Dane, how would you score or rate alliance in general?

Benny - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Benny, that is an interesting question. I would say on a scale from one to 10, I would rate Alliance a 6.7 for their mid range series in the Windgate, and I would rate their premium series a 7.4. A score of 7.4 just to let you know is a decent score. I would probably put the Hawthorne series in my own home if I didn’t plan to be there for the rest of my life, but for a decent period, say 15 years or so. Of course, I would have to be getting a fair price point on this window and the replacement window bid would have to come from a company with a good review record.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

Alliance Windows vs Andersen

Hi Tim, we have twelve single casement / awnings, 5 of which are two lite and seven are three lite. Here are the three bids I have so far.

Sunrise Series: $20,715

Alliance Windgate Series: $12,330

Andersen 100 Series: $15,480

Matt - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Matt, I'm not a big fan of Alliance since they are a smaller operation and really don't have the sort of reputation that can "compete" with a company like Sunrise or Andersen. The sunrise is the best window of the bunch, but the price they quoted you out at is really high. I would seriously consider looking at the Andersen 100 quote. It's a decent enough window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Matt's Response]

Hi Tim, thanks for your feedback. I did talk to the Sunrise dealer, but they were unwilling to move significantly on the price to become a part of the conversation. With them out and Alliance out, the decision is getting easier!

Regarding the Andersen 100 series, I have read that it is a good window, just not as good as some of the top vinyl. It does appear to be well priced and a decent option. What would be your concerns with me moving ahead with that window?

Matt - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Matt, the Andersen 100 window is a good one. I would have that window in my house. If you are getting a good price and feel comfortable with the installer, then I say go for it!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

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Alliance Hawthorne Series Reviews And Prices

The Alliance Hawthorne series is AWA's premium vinyl window line. I might rate the Belmont a 8.0 out of 10.

Dane - Site Editor

Alliance Door Reviews

I've been reading through your Alliance windows reviews and appreciate your time and care. What is your opinion on their top of the line Alliance door?

Richard - Homeowner - from 2024

[Site Editor's Answer]

Richard, I honestly don't know the answer to this -- to the best of my knowledge, there are differences in the manufacturing process between the different Alliance members so I can't quite say. AWA makes solid products though so I would say the top of the line patio slider is probably a good unit.

Where are you located, I have a list of brands that might be available in your area.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2024

Hawthorne vs Window World

Hello Dane, I’ve got multiple estimates on replacements for our home and winding it down to Window World 6000 Series (AMI manufactured) or the Alliance Hawthorne. Thoughts???

Brian - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Brian, of those two window options, my choice would be the Window World 6000 series. Of course, I would put just as much stock into the reviews and ratings of the installation company that is doing the actual work. If you google "[name of company] reviews" you should see several review sites -- if you aggregate those results, that should tell you more or less what you can expect in terms of quality work.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

Hawthorne Reviews From Midway

Thank you for the information that you share in your website! It really helps in the decision process: I really need your help as I do not know much about any of this stuff, except from what I have learned before starting the quote process. I have several quotes for replacing 31 Pella ThermaStar single-hung windows that were installed when I had my home built in 2006, They were a horrible choice that was one of the worst decisions I have ever made when I had the home built!

I have several quotes for replacing these windows: 5 single casements, 35 x 64, 1 single casement, 23 x 46, 5 twin casements, 71 x 59, 4 lite (3) casements, 71 x 59, and 3 awnings, 35 x 54.

The quotes are:
Marvin Infinity @ $60,000+
RBA "best casement window"@ $50,000
Window Works Impreza @ $34,000
Midway / Alliance "Hawthorne" @ $30,000

My wife and I are both are 59 years old, and we are expecting to live here until the day we pass away and most likely will be the last home we will probably own. The home will be left to our kids.

Marvin and RBA are way too expensive for our budget. These prices also surpass the "Replacement Window Price Quote" of $25,520 (for premium windows and installation) that your website provided. Evaluating overall pricing, quality, & efficiency ratings, plus "window design and looks" based on the samples we were shown, we are leaning on the Midway.

Jose - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jose, I think the Alliance Hawthorne window is a solid mid range window. Midway has a good reputation. I’m not sure it’s the window I would choose though if this was my forever home. I would not choose the Marvin Infinity for $60K or the RBA for $50K. I don’t know enough about Window Works to comment on them.

I salute you for getting your bids, but if this is your forever home, I would like to see maybe one or two more bids from my list.

Here is my list.

[List Redacted -- contact us directly (Tim) for our recommendations.]

Tom - Site Editor - from 2021

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Alliance Hawthorne Reviews

Dane and Tim, I stumbled across your site late the other night while going down one of the seemingly innumerable rabbit holes related to replacement windows. This is like 100x worse than shopping for a mattress, but I really am grateful for your alliance windows reviews!

But it looks like you all really love what you're doing, and I'm drawn to that.

I'm a practical, middle class guy (high school English teacher), and I'm looking to put vinyl replacement windows in my old (1923) home in an effort to improve both efficiency and aesthetics that we can enjoy for the next 20+ years we plan to live here. I want something good and solid, something equal to our investment, though it doesn't have to be too fancy (simple white inside and out will do, but I'm willing to upgrade glass/gas).

I'm really hoping you guys can help me. Your site seems to be predicated on being as "unbiased" as humanly/professionally possible, and I appreciate your approach to share your honest preferences when posed with options (and I really like that your opinions fluctuate a bit depending on what's being compared! That's so real.). Your knowledge of and passion for windows and the industry appears outstanding!

Some details: We are in a far-west suburb of Chicago. We are NOT in an historic district (no restrictions), but we are in an EPA zone (extra-cost precautions/disposal due to possible lead paint contamination--though only ONE bid acknowledged this!).

Basically, we need 23 windows (21 of two or three similar sizes, probably double-hung but since we're really A/C people, I'm willing to consider single-hung if it's a legit option; 1 small awning over a sink; 1 large picture window).

So far, we have 3 bids (1 more scheduled soon, plus I filled out the form on your site!). Based on your estimate calculator, they seem HIGH! (Yuor calculator suggested either $10,446 or $11,557 depending on But maybe that's just my area. AND I feel so confused here! I'm hoping your insight will give me some guidance and peace of mind.

Bid 1 = $18,960 / Sunrise (Sunrise/standard line) double-pane: smaller local company recommended by a family friend (their VERY LOW pressure sales pitch is that they keep costs down because they don't advertise and count on word-of-mouth referrals) . The sales rep was great (provided a lot of info, wasn't pushy, and didn't even have samples to overwhelm us); he thought the dual-pane would be sufficient. The installation team gets rave reviews on Google and Angie's List. I feel positive about this one (but it's going to go up with the EPA fees, and I don't like that!).

Bid 2 = #19,335 / Alside Mezzo (triple-pane option, less 2K for double pane): I found the contact info for this installer listed as a recommended company in our area. The owners (who are third-generation owners and do all the sales) came out the other day; they're very nice. They were helpful and informative, a little more earnest in their sales pitch, but ultimately no pressure. I expect their install work is high quality because they've been in business so long. Nevertheless, I'm pretty much ready to drop Bid 2 from the table, but offered them as a point of comparison.

Bid 3 = $15,660 / Alliance Hawthorne line: We had a roofing bid from a company who also does siding...and apparently windows. So we asked for a bid on windows (separately and as a package with our roofing). Like "Julie" back in 2018, we highly trust the person who referred this contractor to us. Apparently their installer is a top-notch guy with 30+ years of experience and he loves this seri (apparently he used to sell/install Alside, but prefers this?). And apparently the windows that come out of the Chicago factory are better than many online reviews would have me believe.

I learned quite a bit about this company from your site (though I still feel a little in the dark). Many of your comments/reviews are from back in 2015 or 2018. Do you have any new insights on this product? [Also, for the record, this contractor has no loyalty to Alliance. He just thinks the window is a great deal; but he's willing to put in anything that's available from his building materials supplier (I'm contacting them soon to find out what else they could offer...might have something from Simonton).]

Basically, I think I'm actually trying to decide between Bid 1 and Bid 3, which is why I need your help - your Alliance windows reviews are awesome!

I know installation matters as much as (or more than) the product itself... and I feel they're equally skilled. I'm struggling because I like the contractor/installer for Bid 3 the most, but I (based on what I've seen in your reviews) I think I like the product of Bid 1 better.

Is the difference in quality (Sunrise vs. Alliance Hawthorne) justified by that difference in cost?

Anything else I should be looking into, product wise? Any other manufacturers I should consider (I couldn't seem to find any Okna or Soft-Lite installers in my area)? Perhaps most importantly, any additional, personalized suggestions for how to negotiate a better price on such a large window deal (your email template is excellent and I plan to use it)?

OH, one more thing: I understand the difference between a "pocket" replacement (which we'll do to preserve our excellent old growth wood) and a "full frame" replacement... but the pricing widget on your site also has "standard" replacement as an option. How is a "standard replacement" different from either pocket or full frame?

Your expertise and guidance would be much appreciated!

THANK YOU for your thoughtful consideration and valuable time.

Casey - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Hi Casey, I agree that the two bids to look at are 1 and 3. The Alliance is a bit of a grab bag for me as I know relatively little about who is actually doing the fabricating of the windows. The Hawthorne is their high end window so I'm assuming it is a quality product, but I don't feel like I know that for sure.

I think my decision would come down to this: If I were in my forever home, I would strongly consider the Sunrise line as it is a good window that will last a long long time with proper installation. I were going to be in my home 15 years or less, I would probably go with bid 3.

One place to get another bid since your are near Chicago is Meister Windows and Siding. I know they install Okna, Sunrise, and Soft-lite. They seem to have a good reputation in that area.

The installation question on the site is a bit weird I'll admit. Often times, pocket or insert replacement is simple and relatively inexpensive. So the standard is more of a normal price range where there is some work to be done to the sills or frames...something that ups that price from say $75 to $100 a window for inserts to more like $125 to $150 a window for "standard." Standard is still an insert or pocket replacement.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2020

[Casey's Reply]

Wow, thank you! Thank you for taking the time to read and think about my inquiry. We love our home, and while we can't say for sure it's our "forever" home, we do plan to be here for the long term! So, if you have time to respond to a follow up question, I would really appreciate it.

Just this morning, I actually had the opportunity to speak at length with the sales rep who supplies the materials for the supplier the contractor uses. As you might know, "Alliance Windows" is really just the sticker name of a co-op of smaller window manufacturers who join forces to improve prices when purchasing materials (e.g. the co-op can get a better deal on the Cardinal Glass they buy when they buy it in a bulk quantity that none of them alone could use but all of them together can). He said that the specific series I'm looking at, which are stickered with the "Alliance" name, are produced by Midway Window here in Chicago.

So, I guess my question is: do you know enough about Midway Windows to weigh in on them?

Your information is helpful, and I appreciate the lead on the Meister option. They have all three of the high quality brands I'd like to compare and contrast, so I'll probably have them give me a bid.

Thank you, Dane. May you be blessed with a fruitful and productive week, that returns and multiplies the time you're generously spending on me!

Casey - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Hi Casey. From what I know, Midway produces a pretty solid window. I would not put Midway in the same category as Okna, Sunrise, or Soft-Lite, but I would consider having the premium series from Midway in my own home. Especially if I compared the pricing to these others and found the price point considerably less, AND I had a good installer, which it sounds like you do. I would still get the bid from Meister on say the Okna 500 (one of my favorites) and see how the pricing compares to what you have so far. I think you're well on your way!

Dane - Website Editor - from 2020

Alliance vs Lindsey Sunview

Hi-we have a company, who we trust, working with us to replace our windows in our 101 year old house. I'm not worried about the install at all as they have a great warranty and we know someone at the company.

They sell Alliance Belmont, Alliance Hawthorne and Lindsey Sunview. All will be double hung.

Would love your opinion on these 3 windows. I can't seem to find much about Alliance recently and seems to be really dependent on location.

We're in the St. Louis area and all the windows are made locally in Missouri.

Appreciate any information you can share.

Julie - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Julie, I love the fact that you have a good installer that you trust. However, I have to say that Alliance and Lindsey aren't exactly household window names and are not in the discussion for top window manufacturers.

I would imagine that the Alliance Hawthorne, which is the company's premium vinyl window, is a more like a mid range vinyl window.

These companies have been around for awhile and yet there is very little information on them. So you're going with a product that has very little online consumer vetting/reviews.

I'd much prefer you go with a window like the Simonton 5500 series, a no frills but well made, well reviewed window. It's not the fanciest window, but at least you know what you're getting.

If you really trust the company doing the install however, I would go with their recommendation.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

How Do These Compare Against Renewal

Dane, we have 31 windows that we're planning to replace, mostly double hungs and sliders. We have three bid: the Marvin Infinity, Renewal by Anderson, and Alliance Hawthorne by Midway.

The Marvin bid was quite a bit less than Renewal by Anderson, which seemed strange to me. I don't know a lot about the Alliance Hawthorne and was curious if it's comparable to these other two windows.

Steven - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Steven, it doesn't surprise me that your Marvin Infinity bid was less than the Renewal By Andersen prices. The Renewals are very expensive.

The Marvin Infinity is a good window and if you can afford it, I would certainly consider it. Marvin enjoys a very good reptuation in the industry.

Midway makes a good mid range window that should be quite a bit less than either of these other options. I think it really depends on whether you want a top fiberglass window or whether you are good with a solid middle of the road vinyl window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Steve's Answer]

Dane, Thanks for the response and advice. I am concerned that the all vinyl Midway window will warp. It is something that Marvin really talks about in their sales pitch. Is that a big concern? I plan to have a dark outer window frame.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Steve, quality vinyl windows don't warp, unless they are in extreme heat or if the window is really wide. Most vinyl series come with a lifetime warranty on the frame, while most fiberglass windows come with a warranty of 20 to 30 years. The warranty is kind of telling as to what the company thinks of the long term longevity of the product.

Grill the midway rep on that point though and make sure he provides you with satisfaction before proceeding. :)

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Hawthorne Alliance vs. Alside Promaxx

Tim, we purchased a home recently and need to swap out most of the 20 plus windows. I have been talking with two different people who are both recommending different brands and series. The first one like the Hawthorne Alliance, while the second likes the Alside Promaxx with triple pane.

I've heard the Ply Gem Premium window is also good. Love to hear your take.


Ryan - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Ryan, the Hawthorne is a decent window with pretty good performance data. The Alside Ultramaxx is a solid mid range window as well.

I think I'd rate the Ply Gem Premium over these other two windows, but not by a ton. Have you had a chance to read our Alliance Windows Reviews page?

All three will probably serve you well, which is why I would focus on the company doing the install. Find the best company of the three and that's the company/window you should probably go with.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Hawthorne vs Walsh Tundra

I am looking to replace windows in my house and would like to ask for your opinion on Walsh Tundra 6600 vinyl windows or Alliance Hawthorne windows. I have 2 double casements,1 single casement, 2 awning windows and a 60 inch circle top with 2 awnings mulled together at the factory. Are these decent windows and so they stand behind their warranty? Do you have any other window company you would recommend? Thanks.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Dan, neither of these window companies is that well known, certainly not when compared with the larger window manufacturers. I took a look at both windows and they seem very close in terms of performance. I would say that both windows are not flashy in terms of how they look, and neither ais a bad vinyl windows by any means - both pretty average, which is necessarily a bad thing.

I would say that the products are equal in strength - so the big question is going to be which company provides better installation - which one do you feel represents themselves more professionally? Do they offer a labor warranty? How long have their installation teams worked together? Which company offers the better price.

Honestly, I don't know the details on the warranties they offer on the windows - I would imagine they are similar, but that's just a guess. I would say get some answers on the installation front and go with your gut in terms of which company is going to do the better job.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

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Alliance vs ABC Supply

Spoke with someone at ABC Supply, who told me that the ProVia bay window was inferior to the quality and cost of the Alliance version. He didn't tell me how much the Alliance would be, but the ProVia bay with a casement picture casement would be $3400.

Nick - Homeowner - from 2023

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Nick, I would think that the ProVia would be the much better option over the Alliance version. I've nevre heard anyone say that Alliance was the better brand over Provia. It's very interesting.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

Alliance Windows Warranty

We had Allianc installed in our new home last year. I am seeking info on how to make a warranty claim and stumbled on your alliance windows reviews. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you Dwight.

Dwight - Homeowner - from 2022

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Dwight, I would call up the rep who sold you the windows, do you still have their info? If not, I would google "alliance windows in [your city, state]" and see if you can find someone selling alliance windows. Then ask them how to file a warranty claim.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

Alliance Or Andersen

My project is for 6 replacements. I've had an estimate for Anderson windows @ 16500.00 from a company in Waunakee WI. I am in the process of getting an estimate from a contractor who uses Alliance and / or Vector. I know Anderson is a good window. What are your thoughts on the other 2?

Terry - Homeowner - from 2022

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Terry, Alliance tends to make a pretty good vinyl window. I've never heard of Vector Windows so I can't comment on them. Vector Windows Reviews

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Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

Alliance Windows vs. Pella

We are getting 14 windows replaced. So far we are thinking of Pella, Okna, or Alliance. All are for double hungs. They all seem very similar as far as features & efficiency go as well as warranty. Alliance is nearly $4000 cheaper and my husband wants to go with them but that big of a price difference makes me question the quality. Advice??

Lanette - Homeowner - from 2019

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Lanette, this is my take on these three: I think Pella is overpriced and not a particularly good vinyl window. I think Okna is one of the best brands in the business. Alliance makes a very average vinyl window. If this were my project, I would go with the Okna unless I was planning to move in under 10 years. Then I'd go with the lower cost alternative.

Of course, each of these companies makes several series, from entry level to premium, and this makes quite a difference in the equation.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

How Does Alliance Compare To CertainTeed

Alliance Windows are made by a loosely connected group of fabricators who used to work with Certainteed. Their product is average - a decent builder's grade window. If you're looking for a bargain, you could do worse, but it isn't going to be premium quality. Ever since the affiliate in Louisiana went out of business, we've had a lot of trouble with customer service in Texas.

Cameron - Installer - from 2010

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Alliance Window Complaints

I had Alliance windows put in my house and I've been furious ever since. The windows are a joke and the installation was even worse. From the beginning, the crew was late, loud, and rude. The windows have gaps all around, the are leaky and drafty and caulking got everywhere.

Doug - Homeowner - from 2010

Alliance vs Certainteed

A few years ago CertainTeed ended their licensing agreements with outside manufacturers. Some of them got together to form Alliance. CertainTeed has gone down in quality ever since. Alliance makes mediocre windows, but they are better than the new CertainTeeds. The Alliance Hawthorne and the CertainTeed Bryn Mawr are pretty much the same window, but the Hawthorne is much better. Every manufacturer has a range of products and when you compare similar products they are as good or better than the competition.

Neal - Installer - from 2011

Alliance Windows Reviews

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say Alliance are a 4 or a 5. You can find better options in the same price range, but these are far from the worst. If you need a window with middle of the road price and a middle of the road quality, these can be a good choice.

Daniel - Contractor - from 2010

Alliance Windows Problems

Alliance makes a decent builder's quality window, but they aren't anything special. There are a lot of windows available that are really high quality. Alliance, along with a few other companies, don't make them. Their product is ideal for low-bid contractors and builders, but not for the home owner who wants a beautiful, stylish, and well-made window.

Mike - Contractor in New Jersey - from 2009

Installer's Opinions

I don't install a lot of Alliance windows. I usually work with a higher end product, but a friend of mine deals with them all the time. He has never had any complaints, but I know him and I know his installation is top notch. A lower quality window like Alliance has to have perfect installation to avoid leaks and drafts. A better window is going to be more forgiving.

For the most part, a cheap window is a cheap window. The features and windows are pretty much the same within the Alliance price range. Alliance is a stable manufacturer with decent customer service, and that's the main thing. A good installer can make sure that any window is seated well and nicely sealed. Most of them are used to lower end windows anyway. I'd consider a Milgard or Ply Gem as a better, but not super expensive option - if they have those in your area.

Brian - Installer - from 2008

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