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Read 2023 Lincoln windows reviews on their wood clad and vinyl window series. Lincoln is a Merrill, Wisconsin based company that has been making windows and patio doors since 1947. Up until the 1990s, they specialized in wood and wood clad window series and doors. They then got into the vinyl window market under the company name Timeline Vinyl Products. However, they are still most commonly associated with wood clad models.

Are They Any Good? To be honest, they seem to have a spotty track record in terms of consumer satisfaction. For instance, the review site Yelp gives them a 2.5 rating based on 24 reviews. I tend to think they are better than this, but wood window manufacturers tend to get bad reviews in general because their products begin to fail in the second decade of use. It's one reason why wood clads window series carry a relatively short warranty over say vinyl windows.

Warranty Information: The company offers a 10 year warranty on it's wood windows and doors which does not extend to secondary homeowners (only the original purchaser of the window). They offer a 20 year warranty on the glass or IGU components. All in all, a pretty poor warranty on the face of it. Please note: we're not lawyers and don't pretend to be so if you are considering buying Lincolns, google Lincoln Windows Warranty and take a look at their most up-to-date warranty information.

Lincoln Windows vs Marvin: This is one of the question that homeowners ask about. While Lincoln is often associated with wood clad window models/series, Marvin is more closely known for fiberglass (in fact they make one of the best fiberglass windows on the market in the Elevate and Essentials Collection.) However, Marvin Ultimate windows are wood clad and I would say Marvin clearly "wins" in the head-to-head match up here in terms of overall quality. Marvin tends to be quite pricey though.

We've included some get consumer comments and quotes. We have also aggregated ratings from top review sites (Google Reviews, Garden Web, and Yelp). The company scores a 3.7 out of 5 stars from these top review sites.

Lincoln Windows get a 3.8 out of 5 stars based on 9 Lincoln Windows reviews below.

Dane - Site Editor - Updated in 2023

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Hey guys - first, thanks so much for such a helpful and informative website! I've been checking it a lot as I figure out the best option for my house. It's quite a daunting process, but your site is gold. I'd also like to know if there is a way to compensate you for your advice.

Along those lines, I've received 4 different quotes. Like many of the examples on the site, they are all over the place. I'd love your thoughts (and again, would like to pay you for your time and expertise).

I'm replacing 4 casements and 2 picture units. The casements are 84" tall and 20" wide. The picture windows are 36" tall and 73" wide. I've received quotes for the Windsor Pinnacle series, Pella Lifestyles series, and Lincoln. Windsor was about $2000 higher than Lincoln and Pella was $1000 higher than Windsor. Windsor Windows Reviews

I live in the South (Atlanta), and I'm also very environmentally conscious - FWIW.

Here are some performance numbers provided in the quotes:

Visible Transmittance=0.44

Windsor Pinnacle:
U-Value: 0.48
SHGC: 0.67
VT: 0.7
CR: 34

Pella Lifestyles:
None provided

Seems like Lincoln is the way to go, but then again I have no idea what I'm talking about! Would love your thoughts, even if it was just the name of the brand you'd select (and would love to know if you'd be happy with the choice).

One last thing - I tried to get quotes from dealers of Marvin, Andersen, and Kolbe based on your recommendations. Unfortunately, they were either too busy or didn't have the level of customer service I'd want for a purchase like this. Maybe they are too busy because of all the business you are generating for them!

Thank you!

Ryan - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Ryan, I'm not sure that I've heard all that much about Lincoln. Is this the company --- if so, I wouldn't go with them for any money. These reviews are pretty darn bad.

Wood clads are tricky in my opinion. Mid range wood clads, which I would consider the Windsor to be, might get you 20 years, but might not. That's their general warranty time.

Normally, my recommendations for wood clad would be Andersen, Marvin, and Kolbe, but those are out. They are pricey nonetheless -- see Kolbe window prices for proof!

Have you considered doing a high end vinyl window with an interior laminate? The strength, longevity, and energy efficiency of a vinyl window with the approximate look of an interior wood grain. Btw, I'm not sure anything about the window industry is really all that environmentally friendly.

Consumers who may be considering buying wood clad might want to consider a vinyl window laminates, which I discuss here.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

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Lincoln Windows Warranty

Every Lincoln window (24 in all) on our south wall has now failed at least once, some twice. The warranty is for 10 years from date of manufacture, so the warranty on our new construction was less than 9.5 years, because they were made 6 months before the installation . Several of them failed at just under 10 years from our purchase of the house and this is when we found this out.

Lincoln fought warranty replacement on some of the second set, even when they were less than 10 years old. Fortunately the local window installers stepped up for us in this request. Most of the homes in our neighborhood (new in 1994) have had to replace most or all their windows. I would not recommend Lincolns unless you only need them for 8 years.

Ron - Homeowner - from 2015

Lincoln Windows Customer Reviews

I've spent over 10 years working with Lincoln windows. I have installed mostly the thermopanes, which is a metal clad wood window. I've put in thousands of them and only had a few minor issues, probably fewer than any other window I install. They also make good patio and entry doors.

Steve Installer – from 2011

Lincoln Windows Complaints

Our whole neighborhood was built with Lincolns and almost as soon as the warranty expired, people started having to replace them. All of them were thermopaness and I've already done 9 and have more that need replacing. One neighbor has had to replace all of his over the last couple years. They seals break, the fills leak and they get all fogged up. Since the window warranty has expired, we have to pick up the entire cost (it was still hundreds for each window with the warranty).

Sven – Homeowner – from 2011

Different Window Series

Asked my contractor friend about Lincolns. He just finished a job with their Harmony line and thought they were good. Their vinyl series is called Timeline, which is what I'm looking at. There isn't a lot of info on them online. Does anyone know about them?

Rell - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

Lincolns are the bottom shelf of the market. If you're getting ready to sell, then they aren't too bad, but I wouldn't want to live in a house with them. See our vinyl window reviews as proof that vinyl is a safer bet over wood clad.

Laurence - Installer - from 2010

Lincoln Windows Reviews

Whatever you do, don't buy Lincolns. When we built our house in 1993 we bought Lincoln double hungs with all the features; argon fills, low-e coatings, everything they offered. We started having problems almost right away. We've already replaced about half the sashes. Some were rotting, we had bad interior panes that let a ton of moisture inside the glass. Don't use Lincolns. We're going to be replacing the rest of them later this year.

Neil – Homeowner – from 2008

Lincoln Windows Reviews vs Marvin

We have Lincolns on part of our home and Marvin on another. The Marvins cost a good bit more, but we haven't had any real problems with them. A small crack was replaced immediately with no hassles, and our rep messed up our rebate, but Marvin honored it anyway, which was really cool. The Lincolns, on the other hand, are leaky and drafty. The condensation is unbelievable and they keep insisting that we have a humidity problem, which is funny because our Marvins don't. Marvin Windows Reviews

Johann – Homeowner – from 2007

Latch And Keeper System

I got Lincolns put in about 6 months ago. I thought they'd be great but just a few weeks in I noticed some drafts. My installer says they are put in right, and another contractor came and checked and didn't see any install problems either. The latches don't hit right on any of them, some miss completely and others will simply not latch. When I called the person who put them in, he went into this long speech about how to use a latch and keeper system. How dumb do they think I am, I can't lock a window?

Sheldon - Homeowner - from 2007

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