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Castle Windows Reviews
Read 7 Castle windows reviews to find homeowner and contractor opinions on their window models and brands, customer service and any complaints lodged against them.
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Castle Windows or Reliabilt
I’m looking at replacing about 10 double hung windows with 8 casement windows and 2 double hung windows.
The house is 50 years old, wood shingle siding. I think the windows leak a lot of air. Currently they are single pane double hung windows. Probably original windows.
I was at Lowes and the Reliabilt 3900 series and the United 8000 series looked good.
The Reliabilt was about 100 more. $300 for United and $400 for Reliabilt.
I *think* I want a vinyl replacement window that is foam insulated, low e argon gas double pane.
Who sells the other brands on your website?
What do you think about Reliabilt and United?
I might have Lowes install them or perhaps a local contractor that enlarged 2 garage doors and put in a door.
I had Castle windows come out. The windows look great. They say a lifetime warranty on window breakage, handles, screens.
But the salesman was obnoxious.
Ken - Homeowner - from 2018
[Site Editor's Answer]
Ken, I can't say I'm a huge fan of either Reliabilt or United. Their premium option, which you have been quoted out on, might be the only exceptions to this rule. Im general, their best windows are what I'd consider a lower end mid range vinyl window.
Castle might be a tad above these other two. They make an okay window, and have a strong sales force to actually sell their product (they can come off as obnoxious if you get the wrong one). The Castle would probably be my pick over the Reliabilt and United, but again it depends what window and options you are getting from them.
You have a smattering of okay companies/brands giving you bids. I think if you got good installation you would be fine with these sort of lower end mid range windows. The brands we list on our best windows page may or may not be available in your area, but you may want to get one more bid from an Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, or Polaris window rep. just to see what kind of pricing you are looking at from one of these guys. With Okna for instance you could go with their entry level window and it would be a much better window than what you are looking at currently.
Dane - Site Editor - from 2018
Castle Windows Bid vs Viwinco And Window World
Hi Dane, sure need help with this decision making process.
Have had 4 estimates to date. Have 8 - 36 x 59 1/2, 1 - bow window, 1 - 25 x 39 (bathroom which does not require tempered glass). These are approximate sizes measured from inside. I did not get actual measurements from the reps who came to my home. Window World gave an estimate of $5271. They treated the bow window by replacing with 3 windows (it currently has 9 lites). All companies did the same. Castle's estimate was $6600.
An independent contractor gave me an estimate of $5400 on the Viwinco Cambridge window. I liked that one the best. He was more cautious about handling of the bow window. Made several calls to his manufacturer before even giving us the estimate. However, when we contacted him to go ahead and give us a contract - he never responded, and it has been more than 3 weeks. Obviously, he eliminated himself. All of these prices included replacement of rotten wood where needed.
Today I contacted Skyline Windows out of Richmond, Virginia with reference to the Okna window. What I am taking from your website is that this is one of the better vinyl windows on the market. I especially like the fact that a factory trained installer will do installation, if we purchase from them. I doubled-checked this with the gentleman I spoke to. The reviews on their website are excellent with the same customers using them twice or more for replacement windows.
We also got an estimate from Renewal by Andersen. The are wooden windows and beautiful - but at a price of $16,000 which is about 3 times higher than the others. Of course I know this is a different type product.
Have been to Lowes but am a little afraid of their subs, and the Pella windows look good but are not getting very good reviews.
Would certainly appreciate and help you can offer to set us on the right path for getting the best windows for our money.
Thanks for any help you can offer.
Ramona - Homeowner - from 2017
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Ramona, you have done the hard work in getting and compiling the bids, so good for you on that count. Renewal By Andersen price quotes are rarely less than 2X the price of quality vinyl manufacturers and reflect their marketing costs and "reputation" in the industry. In my humble opinion, they are simply way overpriced...unless you are rich and just don't care how much you pay.
Castle seems to get very mixed reviews from what I can tell, but I don't know a ton about them. Additionally, I don't know a ton about the windows they sell.
The Viwinco Cambridge is an okay vinyl window. I would sort of put it in the mid range mark. I'm a bit mixed on Viwinco in general, I think they are good for the price, but not necessarily good enough.
Okna makes a fantastic window. You didn't specify the price, which is sort of important. I would use your existing bids to try and make sure you find the best price quote you can from Skyline Windows. Then go with the Okna. 10 years down the road you will be glad you did!
Dane - Site Editor - from 2017
Good Windows – OK Service
I just went through the process of replacing twenty one windows in my home. Castle did the installation and overall they are really nice windows and were reasonably priced. I went through the normal salesman pitch and had to work with him until I got the price I wanted to pay, which is what I expected. There were some problems that arose because I didn't want to use my existing sheet rock and sash and wanted completely new windows. The salesman never explained that these would be considered as replacements &would cost extra when it came to installation. Though I managed to work this out with his manager and we came to a compromise on the price.
Three installers were here for just over a day installing the twenty one windows. While they remained professional at all times, they didn't take care when walking through my property, forcing me to put down sheets to protect my carpets. I spent the whole time checking our furniture and keeping an eye on them as they made their way through my home. The windows came with a lifetime warranty and are good quality - I would liken them to Window World.
Darren - Homeowner - from 2013
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I placed my order with Castle last month. The order was for three sliding doors and nine windows. Each was custom made and they promised I would have installation within one month. Last week their installation scheduler called and installation was arranged for yesterday. What did surprise me is that the installers came from PA, which is about two hours away. But they did say they would be here between 7am and 9am and at 8am they arrived on site.
The two guys that arrived actually work for Castle and they were so impressive. Not only were they professional and friendly, but they managed to install all my windows and doors within six hours. They removed the old windows and doors, put in the new ones and even cleaned up the area. I was so impressed. They then took me around to inspect each of the windows and doors, letting me check each one, opening them and ensuring they all locked, they even talked me through how each window operated. They then handed over the papers to sign and were gone. It was a fantastic experience, everything that was done was as promised and overall, I cannot fault their service, installation or professionalism.
Steven - Homeowner - from 2013
Poor Service – Very Disappointed
My experience with Castle windows has been bitter sweet. While I love the windows, the service is much to be desired. I made an arrangement with the company to arrive at my property early and this would enable me to go to work for part of the day, except they arrived at 11.30am. No one phoned to advice they wouldn't be arriving on time, they then proceeded to remove siding from my front door without advising me so they could match the colors correctly. To let you know this took two months, they then arrived with the wrong color and I had to wait a further two weeks. It was not an experience I would expect from this company.
After complaining, the installation manager promised me compensation for the inconvenience and the fact I had to stay away from work for a full day. That hasn't happened yet, so I emailed them with no response. After calling customer services again, I was advised that the installation manager was working on compensation for me, though I am still waiting without any news, feedback or even a courtesy call to keep me informed..
Stacy - Homeowner - from 2010
Are Castle Windows a Good Choice?
I am enquiring about Castle windows for my father who recently received a call from them about replacement windows. Because he's thinking of replacing the windows in his property, he thought he should find out more. I went through their website, which only has positive customer reviews, so I was hoping someone could offer some advice about them.
Justin - Homeowner - from 2010
I have seen them around in the past eight years or so and they have appeared on several well known magazines for the amount of business they do. I believe they fall into the cheaper window category, around $169, the strange thing is that I work in the area where they are based and have only even seen a handful of sites displaying their name.
Adrian - Contractor - from 2010
I have only seen a truck with magnetic signs displaying the Castle Windows sign in New Jersey, it seems it is driven by two younger guys. The papers are constantly offering their windows at $169 and even at $99 from time to time. One of my customers called up about it and they wouldn't sell that window to them. So I can't say much about them as I haven't really had any dealings with them.
Brian - Installer - from 2010
Castle is a company that concentrates on numbers. I have noticed they have no regard for quality even though I believe they make all their own windows.
Conrad - Contractor - from 2010
I saw in the Replacement Contractor magazine that they are listed as one of the highest grossing companies for their size in the US. I suppose they are on the right track from a business point of view, but I haven't had any experience with these windows so I can't say much about their quality or service.
Dean - Contractor - from 2010
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