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ProVia Windows was originally called Precision Door, which should tell you what they got their start in - (doors in case that was unclear). They eventually went from selling doors exclusively into the window and door business. While not necessarily a household name, ProVia enjoys a very good reputation in the industry. In fact they make some of the highest quality doors and windows in the business.

Company Information: ProVia is an Ohio based company that can be found throughout much of the midwest and northeast states, a few locations in the south, and even fewer locations in the western states (pretty much only doors in the west). The company sells their windows/door through a rather extensive dealer network that has been expanding in the past decade.

What They Sell: The company sells a number of different window series, including the Aeris, ecoLite, Aspect and Endure window series. By far, the most popular of their product line are these last two - the Aspect and Endure. The Endure is both their most popular window, and their premium offering. The Aspect is their drop down vinyl window, but also a quality window at the right price point.

ProVia Doors: ProVia makes an excellent door. They are available in the models: Victorian, Tudor, Spanish, Modern, Farmhouse, Craftsman, Colonial and Cape Cod.

We've aggregated ProVia ratings from top reviews sites - ProVia scores a 4.4 out of 5 stars from many of the leading review sites.

ProVia Windows gets a 4.6 out of 5 stars based on 86 homeowner reviews below.

Dane - Site Editor - Page Updated in January, 2024

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ProVia Windows Reviews :: Integra Series

The ProVia Integra was a window that company used to carry, but no longer. Nonetheless, we do have some antiquated reviews on this ProVia series. I would give the ProVia Integra Series Window a 4 out of 5 stars rating.

Dane - Site Editor


-- Estimated ProVia Integra Price: $500 to $650 installed --
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ProVia Integra Windows Reviews

How can I find the name of a supplier of ProVia Integra windows in Stevens Point, wi?

Chuck - Homeowner - from 2019

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Chuck, I went to their website and typed in a Stevens Point zip and this is what I came up.

PRECISION GLASS & DOOR LLC
3101 POST RD
STEVENS POINT, WI
2.8 MILES

BADGERLAND WINDOWS & SIDING
1561 POST RD
PLOVER, WI
3.5 MILES

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019


Integra Series vs Soft-Lite

I'm deciding between the Softlite Imperial LS and the Provia Integra 300. The Soft-lite feels like a sturdier window and fits the frame a bit better. The Soft-Lite bid is $650 over the ProVia and I'm trying to decide whether that's worth it. The Integra uses a double sill compartment, which is supposed to lower how much air gets in.

Sam - Homeowner - from 2010

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I like ProVias doors. I consider their windows a bit less reliable. Soft-Lite makes great windows and the Imperial LS is one of the best. Are they better than the Integra, yes. It's a small price to pay to get a truly excellent window. The Integra is a decent window but the Imperial LS is definitely the way to go in my opinion.

Will - Contractor - from 2010


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ProVia Windows Reviews :: Aeris Series

The Aeris series is the company's entry level window and can be ordered as the VT800, VT700 or in the WX100 model. The VT800 and VT700 Aeris models are all vinyl, while the WX100 uses a real wood interior with a vinyl exterior.

The VT700 is the entry level vinyl window and offers the following features; square sash profile, sloped sill, multi-lock system, aluminum reinforced sash, block and tackle balance, fusion welded sash & frame. This is a nice vinyl window, solid and well made. The VT800 is the upgraded model that comes with all of the same standard features, along with an expanded color selection and comes in a cove sash profile. The VT800 will run around 10% to 15% more in price.

The WX100 series has the real wood interior and then a similar vinyl exterior. The interior options include cherry, oak and maple wood. The WX100 window comes in a ton of interior color and stain options that provides some very unique and interesting aesthetics. The WX100 comes in 5 exterior colors.
I would give the ProVia Aeris Series Window a 3.8 out of 5 stars rating.

Dane - Site Editor


-- Estimated ProVia Aeris Price: $550 to $700 installed --
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ProVia Aeris Windows Reviews

Aeres replacement windows in Fremont Ne

Suggested or not for a 5b zone in temperatures

Much appreciated.

Kelly Ann - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Kelly Ann, I'm not sure I would be put in a wood clad window in your area. I'm always vigilant about recommending wood due to the typical life span, cost, energy efficiency and maintenance requirements. A high quality vinyl window with a nice wood laminate interior is often the better way to go. Gerkin is a Nebraska company that makes vinyl and aluminum windows that are tough and well made.

In general, the company makes a good window (and great doors). I think I prefer their Endure series. Here are some other brands that I like (not sure if they are accessible to you or not.)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Provia Aeris vs Andersen Windows

Thank you Tim for your advice. We are looking at Aeries series which is a higher quality than the Endure. These particular windows are wood on the inside and vinyl exterior. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty that is transferable and a lifetime guarantee of glass replacement for any reason. it is Energy Star rated with a u-factor of 0.27, solar heat gain coefficient of 0.20, visible transmittance 0.47, air infiltration 0.3 and condensation resistance of 0.59.

It says the frame and sash construction exceeds industry standards and resists chipping, cracking, peeling and blistering. 100% all foam super spacer and a Mylar 10-layer vapor barrier. The glass has a glazing on it.

We did get our quote from Home Depot for the Anderson Windows and it would run us $13000 - $14000 which is still considerably less expensive than the Anderson Renewals.The sales man with Provia said he will be able to come in cheaper than the Anderson windows. He doesn't know the price we were given from Home Depot.

I am sure it will work out. I appreciate your help!

Debbie - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Debbie, I didn't know that the Aeris wood model came with a lifetime warranty -- does this include the wood portion of the window? I like the performance numbers -- all except the air infiltration. A .30 AI is not good, you should double check this. Wood is typically not very energy efficient and this becomes more so over time. However, they do make a good window in general. I also like the fact that they will be less expensive than the Andersen option.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018


ProVia Aeris Windows Reviews

I think I have narrowed it down to a company that installs Great Lakes windows or Provia. After the initial visit they are recommending the Comfort Smart by Great Lakes or Endure or Aspect by Provia.

Is the ecosmart by Great Lakes their upper end window? What about the Comfort Smart are you not impressed with?

I'm definitely looking for a great Window and don't want to cut corners investing in just "good."

Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated.

Kari - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kari, the Comfort Smart is a good middle of the road vinyl window. Both Great Lakes and ProVia make good vinyl windows. The Comfort Smart is simply not a top tier vinyl window. The .11 air infiltration, .31 U-factor, 51 CR are all mid range performance numbers, which aren't bad at all. They just aren't the .24 u-factor, 65 CR and .02 AI of an Okna 800. As the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. Now, most consumers don't need a great window, but if they do want one, the product will run you more.

If you do want a very good window, go with the ecoSmart from Great Lakes or the ProVia Aeris. These would be my choices for long term value and energy efficiency and shouldn't be too cost prohibitive.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


ProVia Windows Reviews

Just had installed the c series windows. Was considering removing the screen for winter.....noticed a felt type insulation strip which would be exposed to the elements when screen is removed. Can screens be safely removed for winter without damage to insulation strip. Thank you!

Pat - Homeowner - from 2015

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Pat, without seeing them I couldn't say for sure. You should be fine, however, I would start with a smaller window in a location that is out of the way - bathroom or something like this. Remove the screen carefully and go slow to make sure that the weatherstripping is not coming off with the screen. Weatherstripping is not made to have much in the way of adhesive on the upper edge, but if the screens are real snug and have been sitting on the weatherstripping for a long time (and the weatherstripping is starting to come off anyway), it could start to pull off. If this is the case, you can always remove and replace the weatherstripping (or hire a handyman to do it). It's not the worst idea to replace the weatherstripping every 10 years or so.

By the way, the ProVia Aeris is a nice window, let me know how they work out for you!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


ProVia Aeris vs Gerkin Comfort Series

Dane, I have been using your web page to help me better understand and choose replacement windows for my home. I am looking at Gerkin Comfort Series, ProVia Aeris window, and Sunrise restoration. could you help me understand which one would be the best to go with. I live in Lincoln Nebraska.

Nick - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Nick, if I were choosing in a vacuum (no consideration to window cost and quality of install), I would choose the Sunrise Restorations...

The Restorations uses a fairly narrow frame and sash, which give it clean lines and more glass area. Along with a high transparency screen, it has a clever tilt sash mechanism. The high quality finish makes it look close to real wood. A U-value of 0.28 and AI of 0.04 mean it ranks pretty high in energy efficiency.

The ProVia Aeris is a good window though and it can be ordered in the wood interior if you are interested (although I personally prefer vinyl for the cost, longevity, maintenance and performance). Performance wise, the Aeris double hung will produce a .28 U-factor, .10 AI and .47 VT - all pretty solid numbers. The ProVia also offers lots of color options and you can go with either the VT700 or the slightly upgraded VT800 - it's always nice to have some different model choices.

I would say that the Gerkin Comfort Series is right on par with the ProVia Aeris. For instance, the 6000 Comfort Series, which is the slider, will offer .29 U-value, .04 AI, .22 SHGC and .51 VT - I'm VERY impressed with the .04 air infiltration number. I tend to think the Gerkin windows aren't quite as nice looking as the ProVia, but this is my opinions and honestly once the windows are in you probably won't ever notice them unless something fails on them.

You have 3 solid window choices - now compare cost, which is important for obvious reasons. More importantly, installation, which should account for roughly half of the overall effectiveness of the windows.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


Provia Windows Reviews

I had someone from Provia Aeris out to do an estimate, and a lot seemed off. For one thing, he couldn't give me any numbers but said he would have to check with the factory and get back to me in a week. Also, I asked how it compared to some other brands and he said Softlite isn't high quality and he has never heard of Gorell, Amerimax, or Loewen. Seems like a window salesman should have heard of major players like those. The windows themselves, on their VT800 they are printed to look like wood but it's cheaply done, you can see pixels. They are just ugly.

Donna - Homeowner - from 2012


ProVia Aeris VT800 Window

ProVia's "Aeris" label is often only available to larger volume dealers. I've bought several hybrid wood interior Aeris series in the past, but I'm not very familiar with the VT 800. I took a look at the specs online and it looks similar to the Integra (pretty much their flagship window), but with the Dual Tech tilt housing. I really like that feature and it adds alot to the window in my opinion. A good quality window and the only complaint I have is the two point weatherstripping contact points. The AI numbers was around .09, which is pretty decent as well.

Steve - Contractor - from 2012


Provia Aeris vs Okna Starmark

Provia now offers a PVC hybrid called the Aeris, which looks to have good numbers. It might just be the better window to the Okna Starmark, although I'd want to see one installed just to be sure. Price wise, it's expensive, on par with wood clad windows, but the numbers justify the price I think.

Howard - Installer - from 2011







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ProVia Windows Reviews : ecoLite Series


-- Estimated ProVia EcoLite Price: $600 to $750 installed --
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Provia Ecolite vs Aspect Cost

Hi Dane, I am looking to replace the original wood windows (14 double hung and 2 picture windows) in our 1960 ranch house in Maryland. Would you please provide your opinion on the best option.

Revere Berkshire Elite $10957
Provia ecolite $10600
Provia aspect $11500
Vytex Grand View $10680
Vytex fortis $11590

Thanks for any input you can provide.

Donna - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Donna, these would be my top three picks: the Vytex fortis for $11590, Provia ecolite for $10600, and Vytex grand view for $10680. Of course, this is assuming that the installation company has a good to great reputation -- look the up on the web and make sure their reviews are solid. Then I think you can pull the trigger.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


Provia ecolite Reviews

Dane — we waited 7 months for our Sunrise Restorations replacement windows only to discover that a miscommunication between the supplier and the installer resulted in every window being the wrong size.

We are super frustrated -- we've paid in full and have waited so long!

The supplier wants 22 weeks to replace the Sunrise Restorations OR 9 weeks to substitute with Provia ecoLite Window - EL400 Series.

Got an opinion or suggestion for how I navigate these waters?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

The Restorations were double hung.

Karen - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Karen, wow, that is horrible. I'd say the Provia ecoLite Window - EL400 is in the general range of the Sunrise Restorations. I would probably take that deal but demand a 20% discount for the mistake, the inconvenience, and for the change in product. I have no idea if that would work, but you should definitely try and see. The ProVia ecoLite is a solid window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


Provia Ecolite Windows Reviews

Hi Dane and Tim, I live in southeast pa. I am trying to decide between replacement windows. I'm between Viwinco Edgemont Series and provia ecolite el 400. They are comparable in price but I can't find the performance ratings on the provias. I can also get the viwinco in about a week vs. 4 weeks for the provia. What do you think?Thanks,

Dave - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dave, the Provia Ecolite is the better window in this head to head comparison. ProVia makes a better window in my opinion than ViWinco. Neither window is a world beater by any means, but I would feel a little more comfortable with the ProVia option over the ViWinco.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2021


Provia Ecolite vs. Endure

I live in Colorado and I’m supposed to sign a window contract today with a Provia rep. He’s selling me Ecolite series replacement windows (15 windows, 2 new cut ins and a patio door). We get beat with hail and wind. I was told by an Anlin salesperson early on the that making the windows flush with the siding is a huge deal.

Since then, I’ve been telling salesmen that I want my windows flush with the siding and not sticking out. Provia guy said he can only do that if I buy the Ecolite windows. Does this make sense? Should all window installers be making the windows flush with the siding? I chose the Ecolite over the Endure for this reason...and more glass space. Does my installer sound like he’s installing windows properly?

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nancy, windows can be flush with siding but they certainly don't have to be. As long as they are properly flashed and sealed along the top and sides, you can have the exterior trim come out from the sides of the house.

What do the other installers say about the flush mount? I'm trying to think of a situation where you would have to have a flush mount with siding.

I'd definitely pick each installers brain as to the best way to do the install until you feel comfortable with the general consensus.

Both the Ecolite and Endure are very good windows. I would be happy to have either one of those windows in my home.

In terms of windows, either the Ecolite or the Endure should work in my opinion.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


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Provia Ecolite vs Wallside

We have gotten a quote for replacement windows for our home. Both quotes are basically the same price. Would you recommend Provia Ecolite or Wallside? Thank you.

Janet - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Janet, both the Provia Ecolite and Wallside I would consider vey solid mid range windows. I would say these windows are very close in quality and craftsmanship, which the bids seem to be indicating as well. I would shift from the your focus on the windows themselves to the companies doing the install. However, I do want to answer your question to this extent -- if it were my decision, I would probably go with the ProVia EcoLite for the reputation of the company. But again, the company doing the install is more important than the minimal differences between these two window series.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


ProVia Windows vs Alside

Tim, we're planning to replace the siding and our windows at the same time. We currently have Anderson casements from the late 1970s and t1-11 siding. The frames are in pretty bad shape.

We have a few quotes, all of which are over our original budget. The two bids I like most were for the ProVia ecoLite and the Alside Mezzo.

We live in Ohio.

Gerry - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Gerry, the Alside Mezzo is decent, a solid second tier vinyl window. ProVia ecoLite is the better of the two in my opinion.

Other brands you may want to look at are Soft-Lite, Polaris, Wallside windows cost, and Stanek.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017







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ProVia Windows Reviews :: Aspect Series

The ProVia Aspect is the company's mid range or drop down replacement window. It is a high quality mid range window that achieves some nice performance numbers. For instance, the awning ProVia Aspect double hung has a .05 air infiltration and a DP50 rating, both of which are quite impressive.

Standard features include a 3.25 inch frame Depth, BetterVue® fiberglass mesh screen, a warm-edge spacer, triple weatherstripping, and a multi-chambered frame & sash. The Aspect also includes some nice hardware options that are often not available in a mid range offering. The ProVia Aspect is the lighter, less robust window when compared with the Endure The Aspect does NOT come standard with the Integral Interlock, Dual Tech locks and a Neopor frame insulation. The Aspect is also not available in as many color options and glass packages. Still a very solid window in my opinion.

All in all, a strong contender for a mid range vinyl window.
I would give the ProVia Aspect Series a 4.4 out of 5 stars rating.

Dane - Site Editor


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Provia Aspect Windows Reviews

Dane i have a price question about 11 windows that i am planning to have installed..

I live in New York State and i am looking to replace 11 windows with Sunrise windows the Vanguard line (Ultra U Plus N2210a).

From a local contractor i was quoted $16,476 for the windows and the following work:

2- 24W X 36H Double Hung installed down to stud opening

4- 36W X 48H Sliders Installed down to stud opening

3- 48W X 36H Sliders Installed as a replacement window on top of existing window sash

2- 36W X 36H Sliders Installed as a replacement window on top of existing window sash 

He give me a quote also on Provia Aspect for $12,872.

Can you please give me an advice on the price quoted for my region.

Your advice is greatly appreciated.

Michael - Homeowner - from 2023

Provia Aspect Windows Cost

Hi Dane - Thank you for the response - I have secured additional information for your consideration and feedback. I will not be installing grids.

Davis - they quoted the Provia Aspect vs Endure, I forgot to ask about the Endure) and the price is $29,500 for all 37 windows in the house. Aspect has two panes of glass, U factor of 0.27, Solar HGC of 0.22 (without grids). Should I inquire about the Endure product instead? How does the Aspect stack up to the Endure?

Davis - they also quoted the Sunrise Restorations unit for $48,100. The difference in the two were cited as a different (better) foam insulation in the sashes, but the bigger difference was billed as the higher quality spacer system, a stainless steel spacer between the panes of glass instead of foam which will ensure the argon gas remains in there for a long long time, well beyond the Aspect product or other foam spacer products (~5 years). The Sunrise had a slightly nicer appearance overall but I did not like the joint on the inside corner of the window sash, it had a large (and ugly) weld joint compared to the Provia. This window is outside of my budget window. Davis has excellent service marks.

Superior - they quoted a product called superior guard 5500 (their line -- Simonton 5500 Reflections). U Factor 0.29, Solar HGC 0.18 (with Grids), The cost was $35,600. I do not think the window had any insulation in the frame, but I can't remember for 100% sure. The cross section photos left on the brochure do not show any insulation and I thought the quality of the window felt a little cheap to me. Maybe it was the sample that was beat up. It had two panes of glass. I am not sure how long the argon might stay in this two pane product or what kind of spacer it may have.

Apex quote was for $30,100 for a product made by Alside. It has 3 panes of glass. I do not have the specs on u factor and Solar HGC for their product. I am not sure how long argon might stay in this product. But it does have the added benefit of an extra pane of glass, I suppose. Both of my neighbors have installed APEX products in the last 10 years and have been very satisfied. I am not sure if the product being offered now is the same they had installed but the local service has received high marks. One interesting fact - the Apex team was the only vendor who quoted a TUI window (slider) of 180 inches. I think this might have been a mistake. We are considering a replacement option for three double hung windows (32" * 84") with a slider (25 slide / 50 fixed / 25 slide) or three new windows (25dh / 50 picture / 25dh). I am not sure a TUI window that large is possible.

I think all of these products are made from virgin (not recycled) PVC materials. I very much appreciate your insight and opinions -

Brian - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Brian, the Provia Aspect price quote is quite good. The Aspect is not quite what the Endure series is, but it's still a nice window. I would definitely inquire about the Endure to see the price difference between the two -- I would put the difference at 20% -- so anything under this is a solid price.

The second option I would consider is the Apex quote at $30,100 for the Insignia. I'm not quite certain I know how this stands up to the Aspect series. Probably fairly close. I like the ProVia brand better, but those windows are quite close in terms of quality and construction.

If this were my project, I would probably make the choice based on the ratings/reviews of the installation company itself.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2022


ProVia Aspect Windows Reviews

Hi Dane, We are replacing 10 windows in our 60 year old Cape Cod home in Northern Virginia. I have a quote from a company that installs ProVia. This company also installs siding and roof replacements. We have seven sliders and three casement windows that we want to replace. For the project we have been quoted $9723.90 for the Endure line, and $9251.86 for the Aspect series. Also, the company quoted $900 per window if we want to add laminated glass options for the bedroom windows as I am interested in trying to mitigate the noise in those rooms.

I appreciate your feedback regarding the ProVia line as there is so much information to take in and make sense of that it helps to have a specific answer to my question.

Thank you.

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kathy, I definitely think the $500 upgrade to the Endure line is worth it. Always best to go with the top of the line. Is it $90 for the laminated glass per window? That makes sense and is a great option to lower external sounds. $900 a window would obviously be way way too much.

As long as you have checked on the online reviews on the installation company and they have a proven track record, you are good to go on the Endure!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


Provia Aspect Windows Reviews

Hello Dane, I would like your opinion. I have 2 quotes for the Provia Aspect series. I am replacing 6 wood casements in 2 openings that were installed when the house was built. The quotes are for 2 double hung side by side in the smaller opening and 2 double hung at the ends of the larger opening with a picture window between them. First quote is $4,405 with a sill extender. Second quote is for $6,405 for integral nail fin. That is the only difference I see in the quotes.

The higher price company is saying his quote is higher because of the installation method. He says that he quoted new construction tear-outs while the lower price company is quoting inserts. He says inserts are not the correct method for converting casements to double-hungs, that there needs to be a 3.5 inch pocket left over which I won't have after removing a casement. He says if I go with the cheaper quote I will have an improper/inferior installation. Is he right or is he just giving me some garbage to make the sale? THanks

Fred - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Fred, both decent prices and the difference in cost is about what I would expect. As to which one is correct, I can't say without seeing the job in person. The good news is that bids are free -- simply continue to collect bids from companies and get their opinions on whether inserts or full frame installation is required. Given enough bids, you are going to eventually come up with your answer...

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Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


ProVia Aspect Windows Price

Hi Dane, I have 5 double hung replacements -- $410 each, plus installation of $1700 (Salesman said should take about 6 hours). Its the ProVia Aspect - with glass replacement and 20 years on install and manufacturing.

Great site you have and what a wonderful find to get some feedback on a product that is so important.

I attached a spec sheet and quote for the 5 double hung windows we are looking to have installed. 4 are standard size and 1 is a bit larger for above kitchen sink.

It's a 2 bedroom condo we will rent out after living there for two years. We do plan to try and hold onto it for years to come.

After reviewing your site a bit, tjenprice seems high, but not sure if that's because material costs have gone up?

Hoping to hear back soon as we are going to pull trigger soon.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Mike, so the window is $410 and the installation is roughly $340 each, bringing the total to $750 per window. This is a bit higher than normal, but still a fair price I’d say for the ProVia AP500. That air infiltration of .05 is impressive — it’s a very nice window from everything I know.

You could always ask if they could bring that installation down to $250 a window and see what they say. Window prices have been quite a bit higher than normal during COVID, but unfortunately it does not seem to be going down anytime soon.

You could also get a couple more bids and ask them to match a lower price bid than the one you have. Always worth a shot.

Here is my list. [List Redacted -- please contact Dane for his list.]

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


ProVia Aspect vs Endure

Wow. Dane! Appreciate the quick reply and all the info.

What advantages are there going from Aspect to the Endure from your experience?

Yeah, six hours of labor comes out to be about $280 an hour based on install time I was told.

With these, how important is it to make sure they are insulating the framing properly? Do you have any knowledge or recommendations in relation to foam insulation vs traditional fiberglass?

I'll certainly be saving your site and contact for future reference and to pass on!

Thanks again.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mike, I don’t have the specific differences between the Aspect and Endure on lock, my apologizes. The ProVia dealer should know these to the minute detail as they sell the series day in and day out.

The insulated frame helps more with strength over time in my opinion than with energy efficiency, but there is a small bump in energy savings. It’s a nice feature to be sure if the upgrade price makes sense to you — different companies price them out very differently.

Most companies I know now only do the foam insulation, which is the way to go.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


ProVia Windows Reviews

Dane, thank you so much for your help! I have since gotten a few more quotes, and these are the ones I'm still considering. To clarify, I may be in this house for many years. I don't have any plans to move, so I want a quality mid-range window.

Alside Mezzo (15 double hung, 6 basement) $12,990

Simonton 5050 (15 double hung) $11,575 + (6 basement hoppers, Reflections 5500) $4,500 = Total $16,075 updated quote to Simonton 5500 (15 double hung, 6 hoppers) $17,978

Zen Nirvana Windows Cost (15 double hung, 6 sliders) $16,435

ProVia Endure (15 double hung) & ProVia EcoLite (6 sliders) $11,310

ProVia Aspect, with upgrades to be on par with Endure (15 double hung, 6 sliders) $14,782

What are your thoughts? Though the Endure quote seems an easy answer, it is with a newly established company with no internet presence so I have very little to go on. I am much more comfortable with the company who is offering the upgraded Aspect, as all of their info checks out with regards to references, installation certification, warranties, etc. I'm going to see if they can do any better on the price. Anything else I'm missing with the other quotes?

Karen - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Karen, I agree with your assessment that the ProVia Endure sounds like the best option. And I agree that it's a risk to go with a company with no real experience, unless they are a new company with lots of previous experience in the industry.

The price quote for the upgraded Aspect series is pretty darn good so this would have to be my top pick as well. Quite a bit lower than the Zen Nirvana price, which I suppose I would slot behind the two ProVia bids...quite a ways behind.

One of those two ProVia bids would be my choice...

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


ProVia Aspect Quote

Hi Dane, I got two quotes to replace 14 casement windows in my house -3 small single pane, 2 large triple pane, and 9 double pane. A quote for Aspect Windows was about $4,000 higher than for Insignia windows : $17k vs $13k. Are ProVia Aspect windows better quality than Alside 8000 series?

I’d go with a lower price but, if the ProVia windows are better, I’d rather try to negotiate with them on lowering the quote.

Thank you for your advise

Zhenya - Homeowner - from 2020

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Zhenjiang, I would say the ProVia Aspect is the better window over the Alside 8000 model. But $4K better...I’m not sure about that. I don’t love the Apex Insignia, but it’s a decent enough window. The ProVia Aspect is a good window, but not a top tier window in my opinion.

I think you need two more bids to figure out where your existing bids stand. They seem high, but I’m guessing this is for full frame replacement windows.

These are the window dealers I would look for in your zip code: Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Kensington, and Vytex. Google “sunrise windows in [city, state]” and see if local companies come up who carry these brands.

Collect your two or three additional bids and send the whole thing to me and we can take it from there!

Dane - Website Editor - from 2020


Provia Windows vs. Pella 250 Series

Dane, good Afternoon.I am in the market for replacements for my house. (34 if I replace them all.)

So far I have quotes from Pella 250 windows, and Provia Aspect series. Curious if in your opinion there is much of a difference in the quality between the two, as the quotes per window are roughly double. $1000 for the Pella and $600 for the Provia. (ProVia Windows vs Pella)

Any input would be appreciated.

Jim - Homeowner - from 2019

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Jim, I am not a big fan of the Pella 250 series. The ProVia Aspect is ProVia's mid range vinyl window and is, in my opinion, a good mid range vinyl window. This would be my pick and it's quite a bit less. You could always throw in a nice upgrade on the ProVia -- glass package, sill reinforcement, etc. to make it even stronger energy efficient.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


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ProVia Aspect vs. Renewal

Dane, Thanks a ton for the info. Two more quick questions, is the ProVia Aspect vastly superior to the Aspect line, I am considering an upgrade. And second just had Andersen give me a quote. 1900 a window, is their composite product that much better than vinyl to justify such a huge price difference.

Thank you.

Jim - Homeowner - from 2019

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Jim, I believe the Endure is quite a bit better than the Aspect and worth about a 20% to 25% upgrade cost. If it’s under this your’e getting a deal, if it’s over this, I’d say you stick with the Aspect, but throw in an upgrade or two to get the Aspect a little more on par with the Endure.

The Renewal By Andersen is not worth the extra cost in my opinion. It is generally overpriced for what you get in terms of energy efficiency. I’d rather have the ProVia Endure in my house than the Renewal product.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


ProVia Aspect Replacement Windows For A Garage

Hi Dane, we are just starting to break ground for a new large freestanding garage. Our contractor is charging us his costs for materials. We would like vinyl clad, insulated windows.

A local distributor gave us pricing for provia aspect windows. Are these replacement windows? Do we need this kind? What kind do you recommend? We live in MD. Thanks !!

Lauren - Homeowner - from 2018

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Lauren, the ProVia Aspect is the company's mid range vinyl replacement window. It's a pretty darn good window and one that would be a great fit for a garage. The ProVia Aspect casement, for instance, gets a .02 air infiltration rating, which is fantastic. ProVia makes a very solid vinyl window.

Other brands you can also consider include Soft-Lite, Okna, Polaris, Sunrise, Kensington, and Vytex. You should go with the mid range model from each of these manufacturers since you are putting the windows in a garage and not in your home itself. You could even consider a mid range series from a second tier company like Simonton or Wincore. You definitely have some wriggle room with a garage project.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018


ProVia Aspect vs. Sunrise Omega 12

We need to replace the windows in our house and was wondering what your thoughts were between the ProVia Aspect and the Sunrise with an Omega 12 glassing system.

Terese - Homeowner - from 2018

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Terese, each fo these is a good option, but I'd give the nod to the Sunrise Omega glass option. I usually offer this advise though -- switch from looking at the windows to looking at the installers. Both good windows, but go with the company who proves themselves the better and more reliable company in your interactions with them.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018


ProVia Aspect Estimate

Hello Dane, I just got estimate for Provia aspect series windows. $12,000 for 23 windows 5 big windows, 3 small other standard size , all double hungs.

I am totally new to this project and I need your opinion on quality of this window.

Irina - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Irina, the ProVia Aspect vinyl window is a good mid range vinyl window. That sounds like a very fair price for what you are looking at.

I would still advise getting a couple more bids. Check out our recommended windows page and google "[window brand] in [your home town, state]" and see if any local companies carry the windows. Bring them out and get two more bids to get a sense of what's out there and costs. Then make your choice. Windows ought to last 20 years at least so make sure to get the three bids and take your time finding the right window and the right company to do the install.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Irina's Response]

Hello Dane, Thank you for your reply . My concern is that company provides only 2 years on installation.

I am going to be in house 5-7 years maximum. Does it worth money to go with Elements Windows or I will be ok with Aspect? I just want to understand how different Aspect from Elements.

Irina - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

A two year installation warranty is actually great. the window comes with a lifetime warranty on materials.

If you are only going to be in the house 5 to 7 years, then save yourself the $1800 and go with the ProVia.

I can't tick off each difference between the windows, but often the quality of parts, hardware and components, as well as overall performance and manufacturing tolerances separate the poor from good vinyl windows.

The ProVia Aspect window is a good window and should be just fine for your timeline in the house.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


ProVia Aspect Windows vs BF Rich Horizon

Hi - I have to decide between two companies for window replacement (double hung vinyl) in a condominium that I own & rent in Alexandria VA.

The choice is between ProVia Aspect (R&R Blinds - 5 year labor) & BFRich Horizon (Nova Installations - 10 year labor). I already have one of these that was installed in 2010 after a break in.

I have been told that the ProVia are the better product and that the warranty doesn't matter cause both have lifetime warranties on the windows.

Would love to have your thoughts.

Juli - Homeowner - from 2016

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Juli, I think you are correct that the ProVia Aspect is the better of the two mid range window options. I know we don't see a lot of information on BF Rich, but I can tell you what their numbers are for the Vintage 5000 vinyl window (which I think should be their mid range offering and therefore would provide the best apples-to-apples comparison). The double hung gets the following: U-value .29, SHGC .21, VT .50, .16 Air Infiltration.

That air infiltration is not impressive, but the U-factor is decent. I would compare those numbers to the ProVia Aspect and see how they compare. My notion is that the ProVia is going to be better on the U-value, but more importantly on the AI.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016







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ProVia Endure Windows Reviews

The Endure series is the company's most energy efficient vinyl window. It comes standard with block and tackle balances, dual balance covers on the jamb, and a Super Spacer. The Endure is the heavier, sturdier window over their Aspect. The additional differences between the two window series are as follows. The Endure uses an Integral Interlock (two long strips in the sash frame for strength) at the meeting rail, which is absent on the Aspect series. It comes standard with dual tech locks and Neopor frame insulation (both upgrades on the Aspect series). The ProVia Endure comes with an extruded aluminum screen, while the Aspect used a rolled form. Finally, there are more color options and glass packages availabe in the Endure.

All in all, the Endure is a top tier window, and one that I would absolutely have in my own home if the price is right.
I would give the ProVia Endure Series a 4.8 out of 5 stars rating.

Dane - Site Editor


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Endure Series Quality Question

My husband and I live in a 1950s cottage style home and are looking to replace our windows. We got a bid for the Pravia Endure series from the other reviews. It seems like you like this window. Is this the series we should go with or should we keep looking at some more options before we decide. I want to say if I am divided on how many windows we need. It seems like it comes out to roughly $710 per window and that includes all the installation.

Brent - Homeowner - from 2023

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Brent, I really do like the ProVia Endure series, it’s a real high-quality option. The price you have sounds very fair to me, although I don’t know quite what size windows you have so it's difficult to say with certainty. Certainly I would advice you to get a few more quotes, but it sounds like you have a high quality option so far.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


Provia Windows Reviews vs Harvey

Hello. I'm looking to replace a bunch of basement hoppers, a sliding glass door, 2 bathroom casements, and a bathroom picture window. I've looked at:

Harvey Classic
Provia Endure
SoftLite Pro (via Zen Windows)

The SoftLite contractor wants to sub in Joyce hoppers, alleging that SoftLite has their hoppers made by Harvey. Says the Joyce is the same quality for less lead time and $100 per window savings.

I'm leaning toward allowing the Joyce sub and going with the SoftLite option otherwise. Thoughts?

Note: They also offered a Joyce "upgrade" on the casements and picture window and talked about "NEAT coating" and i89 glass for Joyce.

I'd love input b/c I know nothing about windows. Thanks.

Benny - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Benny, so for me, the Endure is the best of the three options here. All three are solid though — I don’t think you can go wrong, but the Endure would be my pick. Of course, the installation company is important and I’m assuming the Zen has a better reviews based on your desire to go with the Joyce option. (Joyce Windows Reviews)

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


ProVia vs Sunrise Windows

Dane, we would welcome your thoughts on the following options given that Okna and Ideal do not have authorized dealers in St. Louis. Our house is 22 years old and we are replacing the following contractor grade windows/patio doors - 17 double hungs (8 of which are >100UI), 1 slider window, and 2 sliding patio doors. 7 of them will have grills. 2 of the largest windows are in our primary suite which is a large room with a very large vault which sits over the 3-car garage and faces west. This room is impossible to keep cool in the 100+ degree, 90%+ humidity of St. Louis. Would you consider going to a triple pane on those two windows?

Here are our options so far:

Soft Lite Imperial Elite (were told Elements wasn't an option)- $23,350 with solar low e, foam filled frame and sashes and Kingsroyal patio doors from Zen Window (Google 5.0 on 133 reviews; Angi 5.0 on 82 revies; A+ BBB with no complaints in 9 years and 3 5/5 reviews) - we would consider upping the 2 primary bedroom windows to the solar ultra triple pane. would you?

Sunrise Restorations - $22,100 with omega 12, regular screen - Building Envelope Experts (including former Masonry & Glass which BEE acquired)- Google 4.9 on 89 reviews and 5.0 on 20 reviews; Angi 5.0 on 89 reviews; BBB = A+ and A (43 years and 1 year); 1 complaint in 3 years due to product delays - not really a complaint on the install; we are considering going up to the N3200a for the 2 primary bedroom windows (triple pane omega 12). Would you?

Sunrise not quite restorations - $25,300 with omega 12 and optiview full screen; no fibercore sash; no quick lock release for the tilt; maxedge instead of xledge; - Valenti's design build remodel - Google 5.0 - 5 reviews; Angi - 5.0 on 7 reviews; BBB A+; 16 years, no complaints and 28 5/5 reviews

Provia Endure - $21,500 with comfortech dla-uv; half screen, regular screen - Zen Window - We are considering going up to the tla uv (triple) for the two primary bedroom windows. would you?

Provia Endure - $25,500 with comfortech dla-uv; full screen, seevue screen, upgraded modern satin nickel hardware - Valenti's design build remodel

Polaris Thermal weld+ - $25,150 - xl2 with innergy, foam filled sash and frame, and stainless spacer and bettervue screen - Valenti's design build remodel

Polaris Ultra weld - $27,950 - xl2 with innergy, foam filled sash and frame, and stainless spacer and bettervue screen - Valenti's design build remodel

Andersen 400 - $33,700 - smart sun, argon filled, low-e4 - (not worth the extra cost, right?)

Thank you so much!

Jason - Homeowner - from 2023

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Jason, I would probably go with the ProVia Endure series at the $21.5K. Or the Sunrise Restorations at $22,100 with the company that gets great reviews. Excellent window, the lowest price of the bunch and an installer with nearly perfect reviews -- what's not to love -- I would definitely upgrade to the triple pane on the primary bedroom windows... Double Pane vs Triple Pane Windows

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


ProVia Windows Reviews On The Endure

Dear Dane, I’m replacing 5 standard size windows which is a bit tricky because the house is in a historic district and we have to match a diamond grid pattern on two of the windows. Not many can do that in vinyl, but one that can is ProVia Endure. I trust our contractor, who quotes a price of $1975 each compared to your estimate of $750-$950. Even allowing for the custom grid on two of them, that’s a pretty big difference. I’d be grateful for your thoughts.

I looked at your website quite a bit once before and found your reviews very helpful. Please could you help again now.

Robert - Homeowner - from 2023

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Robert, as far as I'm concerned anything over $1K a window for a standard sized replacement typically raises my alarm bells -- but there are all kinds of upgrades that can account for this -- also if you are in a historic district in DC there is a tendency to up prices (I think its artificially inflated but high priced areas do up the costs whether its warranted or not). Did he break down the cost into window price and the labor cost -- you might want to ask him -- if hes charging you $700 to install a replacement window then...he must charge $200 plus an hour...

Have you gotten a bid from an Ideal dealer -- curious to know whether this would fit the bill -- Ideal Windows Reviews

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


ProVia Windows Reviews vs Okna

Hi Dane - I hope you've been doing well. I finally reached out to a couple of dealers and rec'd estimates on three window products: ProVia's Endure (600 series) and OKNA's Composite (7500 series) and Eco-Pro (6600 series). I'm hoping you may be able to offer any recommendations or thoughts about how they compare.

Most windows are either double hung, picture, or sliders (not sliding doors). All are white vinyl, intended for new construction, in upper Mid-Tennessee - an area the feds/Energy Star classify as "NC" - North-Central.

The ratings e.g., U-Factor, SHGC, CR were similar across the three products (though I'm not knowledgeable about the significance of, say, a .01 difference). The two OKNA products were nearly identical (e.g., the same or within .01). The ProVias were within 0.00 - 0.03 of the OKNAs. The greatest spread b/t Provia and OKNA related to CR - e.g., 60 for Provias, 64 for OKNAs.

The estimates shown below are based on 19 windows - a subset of all windows that will be needed, but these are the windows for which both dealers have provided info to date. Thus, price differences will matter more when the full list (about 26 total) is completed.

I have yet to work out with the builder and the vendor who will install, though do appreciate the importance of proper installation. I'm hoping that some agreement can be made in advance that defines who will cover what should something go awry.

If you have recommendations/comments, I would be grateful forever! Also happy to provide other info as needed.

ProVia Endure (600s): $8,092
OKNA Composite (7500s): $12,452
OKNA Eco-Pro (6600s): $9,566

Carolyn - Homeowner - from 2023

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Carolyn, these are all three fantastic options. I would have any of these in my home in a second. So assuming the installation is excellent and assuming these price differences stay the same, I would go with the ProVia Endure at $8100...or the Eco Pro at $9500. I think it's a coin flip for me at that price difference.

If this were my forever home, I'd probably go Okna 600. If this weren't my forever home, I'd go ProVia Endure.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


ProVia Endure Windows Reviews

Hi Dane, I've been pouring over your site for about 3 months now, it full of incredibly valuable information.

I am in Northern Illinois. We have 15 openings, and are looking at 1 awning, 1 picture, 2 single casements, 1 triple casement (1/4 - 1/2 - 1/4), and the rest double casement.

We have two ProVia Endure quotes and one Great Lakes EcoSmart quote. The ProVia are both around $33k and the Great Lakes quote is $34k including two sliding doors. The warranty is better with the ProVia (lifetime) as opposed to the Great Lakes (10 years).

We are convinced that the ProVia is the better option here, but I am convinced that the costs, from what I've seen on your site, are out of control. How do I know that I'm getting a fair price?

Thank you!

Kim - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kim, yes prices are out of control :) but those two quotes are so similar that perhaps that's the fair market price of your project. The only way to really know is to collect more bids...at some point you'll know what the project price in your area is. It's a pain, but you might find a smoking deal -- happy to send you my list of recommended brands and series if you'd like to continue your search.

The ProVia Endure is the much preferred option in my book over the Great Lakes EcoSmart series. And it's less expensive...

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


ProVia Windows Reviews vs MI

Hi Dane, I'm interested in your recommendations on windows in our area. We are getting four (two so far) quotes to replace both siding and windows on our home.

The four brands are: MI 1555 windows, Potomac hp Series, Okna 600 Series and ProVia.

We will be in the house for a minimum of five years. Our previous home we used Alside windows and had issues with broken seals on four along with the fuzzy weather stripping coming off or being dirty.

Thanks for a list or guidance,

Mindy - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mindy, the Potomac hp Series, Okna 600 Series and ProVia Endure series are all big winners in my book. The MI 1555...not so much :)

Here are my recommended brands and options.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


ProVia Endure Windows Reviews

Dane, I wanted to follow up one more time. The Zen Nashville location is pushing their Provia Nirvana model over the SoftLite Nirvana (which I've read on the site is a good option) and I'm curious if these are the same window or have differences. Pricing is the same and the Provia has a shorter lead time.

The overall questions is are the provia and softlite nirvana the same window? If the Provia is a step down should we consider the Alside?

Kenny - Homeowner - from 2023

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Kenny, I'm guessing based on what I've heard that the ProVia "Nirvana" is the Endure series, which is a BETTER option over the Soft-Lite Classic. Double check this, but the ProVia is a step up in my opinion and if your local Zen dealer has a good reputation for quality work, then I'd say go for it!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


Provia Endure vs Aspect

Hello Dane. I hope all is well. Do you mind rating the following window series from most recommended to least recommended. The windows will be 60"x76" twin double hungs and will be going into a South facing sunroom (new construction) in Northern VA.

Soft-Lite Imperial LS
ProVia Endure
Ideal Majestic
Okna 500 Series
Vytex potomac-hp

Btw, do I need double strength glass since the windows are relatively large?

Also, what are the main differences between windows in your top tier windows list versus your good quality windows list? For example, Provia Aspect is in your good quality list and Provia Endure is in your top tier list. Endure will cost $105 (window only) more per twin window. Is it worth spending the extra money if I were to choose Provia windows? We will probably be in this house for another 15 years.

Taj - Homeowner - from 2023

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Taj, honestly, you might have them ranked the way I would list them. I might slide the ProVia Endure down one or two, but it's a coin flip. All of the windows listed are excellent and if I had bids on them, I would turn my attention from the window to the company doing the actual work (and the price point of course). The company doing the work would make a bigger impact on how the project turns out over which of these windows goes in.

Here are the differences between the Endure and Aspect -- and this is a good summation of the types of differences between great and good windows in my opinion...(the Okna 500 is more of a great window btw) T

he Endure is the stronger and heavier window in general.

The Endure uses an integral interlock in the meeting rail, while the Aspect does not.

The Endure comes with dual tech locks, while the Aspect does not.

The Endure comes with Neopor insulation, while the Aspect does not.

The Endure comes with an extruded aluminum screen, while the Aspect uses the rolled form. on the Aspect.

The Endure offers several additional color options.

The Endure offers the DLA-UV glass package, while the Aspect does not.

The Aspect is a good window -- but the upgrades in the Endure make it a great window :) again in my opinion...

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


ProVia Endure Windows Reviews

In Ohio and we sat for an Apex windows cost - kinda painful.

We have four oversized double hungs, two custom arched windows, two fixed lite with transoms, fifteen double hungs.

Apex Windows Price: $68k original bid, promo bid $28K (have to sign that day)

ProVia Endure Windows Cost: $29K

Jake - Homeowner - from 2023


ProVia Endure vs Apex Insignia

We live in Charlotte, NC. We have similar quotes for 38 double hung and 8 pictures for triple pane insignia (apex) and for another company to install dual pane provia endure. All else being equal, which is the better choice? Thank you.

John - Homeowner - from 2022

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John, the clear winner for me in this match up is the ProVia Endure. It's an excellent window -- no brainer as far as I'm concerned.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022


ProVia Endure Windows Reviews

Thanks for your website. It provides a lot of great information, and I want to send you my bids and questions to keep info current and help others. I want to explore two questions and ask your opinion on the bids I have received.

First is, install yourself or pay an installer? I am a fairly skilled DIYer, am BPI certified and have built numerous EnergyStar 3rd-party tested homes, so I am not afraid to install replacement windows even though I have not done it before. (I have just done new construction windows) Any good reason I should not install myself?

Second is, laminated glass. I have not seen it discussed much on your site, and it seems a really valuable option. Doesn’t it make your house break-in resistant, and also reduce noise transmisstion? Are there reasons you don’t recommend it? My quotes on that upgrade had a pretty wide spread.

My quotes, first from companies that will only sell if they do the installation.

Got a quote on Vytek Potomac with Laminated Glass for 10 windows for $16,000 installed

Got a quote on Soft-Lite Classic Plus with Laminated Glass for 10 windows for $11,000 installed.

Got a quote on Provia Endure NOT laminated glass, for $8,500 installed.

My quotes on windows I can install myself were:

Simonton 5500 10 with Laminated Glass not installed: $5,400

Simonton 5500 10 NOT Laminated Glass not installed, $3,800

Okna 500 series 10 with Laminated Glass not installed $6,500

Okna 500 Series 10 NOT Laminated Glass, not installed, $4,000

So should I install myself or take one of the installation deals?

Should I go with laminated glass or do you think not worth the upcharge?

I like the Okna 500 windows more than the Simonton 5500, but the laminate upcharge is so much more, $250 each, vs Simontons’ $160 per window upcharge. If I install myself, am I going to like the Okna 500 laminated windows $1,100 more than the Simonton 5500?

Thanks!

Manna - Homeowner - from 2022

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Hi there, so it sounds like you know your stuff in terms of installing. Certainly it wouldn't hurt to watch a few YouTube videos on tips, tricks, advise on installing -- but if you know how to do it, feel confident, I say do it. I will also say this: know installer cares more about a proper installation than you do on your own house!

Laminated glass is not discussed all that much because most homeowners can't really afford (or don't think it's necessary) to spend an extra $150 per window for this upgrade...but yes, it does make the windows much safer in terms of getting through them and yes it does block some noise frequencies from entering. If it's worth it to you, then absolutely, go for it. It's a nice feature to have.

Of the DIY options, which it sounds like is the call, I think the Okna with laminated glass for $6500 is the best long term value option that I see on the board.

All good windows at the top, but I would probably say the ProVia Endure, followed by the Soft-Lite Classic Plus offer the best values. I'm assuming the ProVia Endure with laminated glass would be roughly equivalent ot the Soft-Lite Classic Plus price...

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022


Provia Endure vs. Renewal By Andersen

We ended up going with Provia Endure windows - really liked the energy efficiency they offer. Definitely agree on the importance of the quality installers. The window company we chose has been in business for 40+ years, has excellent reviews and a lifetime guarantee on installation (installers are employees - not subcontractors).

We are just doing 3 windows to start - (2 4' x 4' gliders + 1 2' x 5' picture) - $5300 plus tax - includes installing new interior wood window sills (replacing MDF). I felt it was a fair price given the extras we requested. This bid is < 40% of RBA's insane bid ($14400) for the 3 windows.

Thanks for your help!

Denise - Homeowner - from 2022


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ProVia Endure Windows Cost

Hi Dane, we're getting quotes to replace 7 double hungs, 1 slider on a 1940, brick townhouse. There doesn't appear to be any damage or rot to the existing window framing. All three quotes are for double pane, low E glass. Installed pricing in Northern Virginia from reputable installers.

Sunrise Classic: $6,180

ProVia Endure: $7,108

Okna 500 Windows Cost: $8,748

Gentek Signature Elite: $6,638.

After reading the website, I've asked the Okna installer if they have some wiggle room on their price. Assuming the prices are close, any additional tidbits of wisdom on what to select is always appreciated.

Thank you very much!

Tim - Homeowner - from 2022

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Tim, hi thanks for the email. This is tricky because the price spread is about what I would expect between each series. All very good windows so your timeline in the home would be a factor to look at. If it's your forever home, then go with the Okna 500 or ProVia Endure. If you will likely move in 10 to 12 years, put in the Sunrise Classic. The other factor I would take a close look at is the reviews / ratings of the companies doing the install. That would be a big factor for me.

These would be the two outstanding factors that would help me make the decision -- since they are all three very good windows, I would feel confident whichever one I chose.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022


ProVia Endure EN600 Series 601

Hi Dane, thank you so much for sending the below list to me. We’ve now gotten 4 different quotes and the top ones we are considering are:

Anderson 100 series single hung from Home Depot. Installation by Home Depot. They said they have lifetime warranty for everything including service / labor. Anytime anything is broken or needs repairing, Home Depot will do it without question. They said for the Anderson one while it’s 20 years for windows, 10 years for moving parts on paper but bc we are doing it with Home Depot, they will just service everything anyways. Do you think Home Depot will ever give us trouble with this? This quote was about 28,500K for 25 windows (some are one bracket with twin windows) and one patio slider (though Anderson discontinued their patio door so quoted with the simonton 6500 Inovo patio door).

Simonton 6500 double hung: this quote was 27K. Lifetime warranty and 100% labor covered as well through Home Depot.

ProVia Endure EN600 series 601 - double hung with ComforTech TLA (gold) glass. This quote was 22K installed. They said lifetime warranty on the windows but only 5 years for labor. So if we have to have them come out for anything after 5 years, we would be charged for labor. Will that potentially add up to a lot in the long run?

All quotes are for white windows with white hardware. Nothing fancy.

So I wanted to get your opinion on the above and which one you would go with? We are not looking to pay above $30K so we were more comfortable with the above quotes. I saw the ProVia Endure in your list below but we were very attracted by the Home Depot warranty. They said we can have them come out for basically anything even putting the screen back into the tract for the slider door for free. Home Depot does have a huge name, big company. Windows Depot also had good reviews online but they are a much smaller company.

I would really appreciate any thoughts you have regarding those windows, company, warranty, etc.

Thank you!

Liz - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Liz, the best quote here in my opinion is the ProVia Endure EN600 series 601 for $22K installed. This is the much better window over the Andersen 100 and the Simonton 6500 at a much lower initial cost.

Warranties on windows can be a tricky business -- you have to read them pretty carefully as many items are prorated so if something fails on the window at year 11, the window manufacturer may only cover 40% of the replacement cost on the window and nothing on the labor. So you are paying 70% of the total cost to replace the window even though it is "under warranty."

Statistically speaking, you will have less issues with the ProVia Endure than the other windows and most issues that come up happen in the first year or so. Once the windows are in and everything is good to go, it's uncommon for things to fail from then until year 10 (as long as you buy a quality product).

HD installation is a bit hit or miss for me. Much better to go with a company that has an excellent reputation/reviews than take your chances with Home Depot subcontractors (again, my opinion).

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022


ProVia Endure Windows Reviews

Hi Dane, your thoughts on the Pro Via Endure vinyl replacement window versus other regional and national brands available in Ohio?

I’m looking to replace all the windows in my thirty-year-old colonial. It’s a big, expensive job, with lots of windows.

Thank you.

Beth - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Beth, the ProVia Endure is a very good window. I would get a few more bids to check on prices and products.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022


Provia Endure EN6500 vs Vytex 7000

I am ready to replace my patio door. (I already did the regular windows in my condo.) I’ve asked for quotes from 3 local, respected companies. They’re recommending 3 different doors:

Provia Endure EN6500

Vytex 7000 Series

Pella 250 series

This is a 2-light door, approx. 6 feet across.

The prices vary widely. Any thoughts on whether one door is far better or far worse than another?

Loretta - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Loretta, ProVia makes an excellent patio door and the Endure would be my overwhelming pick. I would put the Vytex and Pella on par with one another.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022


ProVia Endure vs Aspect

Hi Dane, we are replacing the windows in our cape cod in northern Virginia: 18 double-hung, 5 picture, and one sliding glass door.

We are narrowing it down to ProVia and Sunrise. Andersen 400 series was too expensive, we had issues with Pella fiberglass. We haven’t looked at other windows.

We are talking to three companies –

1 & 2 are getting soured on Sunrise because of the length of time it is taking to receive the shipments.

3 won’t entertain using Sunrise because of the time lag and points out that Sunrise being sold to MI might cause issues.

We received these estimates. (The companies get good reviews on Checkbook.) We haven’t received all of the estimates yet.

Company 1

1a) ProVia Endure with Fineline $19,934

1b) Sunrise Standard $19,934

1c) Sunrise Restorations $21,774

1d) ProVia Aeris $25,799

2a) Sunrise Vanguard (waiting)

3a) ProVia Aspect $17,859

We like the look of Fineline.

We’d appreciate any guidance you may have regarding our window replacement.

Thank you.

Andie - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Andie, running through all of your options and needs, I would place the ProVia Endure with Fineline for $19,934 at the top of the list. A great window and that price quote seems very fair to me. I would place the Sunrise Restorations for $21,774 second, but obviously if long lead times are an issue then this is a tricky one to pull the trigger on. That Vanguard is nearly as good as the Restorations, so I would look at this if the price is close to the ProVia Endure. All good windows and it sounds like the installation companies are solid. I am waiting to hear about Sunrise issues with the acquisiton by MI, but so far I haven't heard of any...time will tell.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


Provia Endure Review

Dane, just wondering what your thoughts are regarding Provia replacement windows. I know that they have been in the door business for many years, but their replacement window reviews that I have read, seems "mixed" for this product. I like the contractor (Home Craft), as they have done quality work for us (windows, roof, etc.) in the past, but they promote Provia products. We had Home Craft install replacement windows in the front of our house about 8 years ago, and I had them install Andersen wood windows, but am looking for something more reasonable for the back, but that is also reliable. I know that the OKNA 500 series is not a bad product, but I don't want to spend 20K for 6 standard double hung, 4 small bathroom windows, and a sliding glass door.

Gayle - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Gayle, ProVia makes very good replacement windows and excellent doors. I would put the ProVia Endure window on par with the Okna 500. It looks like a good price if I'm subtracting $6K for the blinds from the $12.8K bid on the 10 windows that you are replacing. I would definitely have the ProVia Endure in my home.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


Endure Advise

Hi Dane, looks like I'm going with Provia Endure. I have a sunroom that has heating and cooler. It faces the west and 3 sides are exposed to outside. I have 12 windows in that room.

I'm doing triple pane (TLA-UV), R value 6 but was wondering if you think its worth it to go to the Krypton gas (TLK-UV) R value 9

Its room comfort Im looking for out there as its too warm in the summer and cold in the winter and wasnt sure if Krypton would help.

Cost to go to the Krypton is $1600 additional which I probably will never make up in dollars but again Im looking for comfort.

Thanks for the advice.

Tim - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Tim, yes the krypton will help with your energy efficiency. Is it worth $1600, I'm sort of on the fence on this one. If this is your forever home, do it. If not, skip it. I think that's as honest an opinion as I can offer.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2020


ProVia Endure Windows Reviews

Hello Dane and Tim, your site is so full of info (almost over whelming), it's great!

My sister and I are replacing windows in a home we recently purchased together. We had six different companies come to quote. Big sticker shock!

After looking at your site, we scheduled #6 quote from a company noted on your site in reviews from S.E. Wisconsin - Home Sealed Exteriors. They are the 2nd company to quote composite windows, the rest were vinyl.

Here are the list of windows with approximate measurements (inside frame measurements & I'm not a professional).

Living Room South windows: opening is 130 W x 66 H which contains 3 windows: 42x66 - currently picture over awning - changing to double hung

Living Room West windows: opening is 86 W x 66 H which contains 2 windows: 42x66 (2 sets of these, so 4 windows in all) - currently picture over awning - changing to double hung

Bedrooms: opening is 80 W x 45 H which contains 2 double hung (5 sets) - staying with double hung

Bathrooms: 35x37 double hung - (2) staying with double hung

Kitchen: 35x37 (1 double hung) - changing to awning

Loft: window opening is 70 W x 33 H which contains 2 windows: 33x70 - currently picture over awning - changing to double hung

Loft: 22x69 awnings (2 sets) changing to picture (over staircase and can't reach to open now so....)

Kitchen: standard patio slider door (69x77)

Looking for insight as to fair pricing....

Vinyl quotes came in between $19K and $38K (Window World, Ultimate Home Concepts, Champion)

Composite quotes came in between $32K and $42K (Home Sealed Exteriors, Renewal by Anderson)

These quotes were with "discounts" (LOL)

I'd appreciate your input.

Thank you.

Lesli - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Lesli, I'm assuming that after six bids, the price spectrum is effectively the low and high of the fair market price for your project. I know Ultimate Home Concepts sells Polaris and the ThermalWeld and UltraWeld are very good windows.

It looks like Hardy & Jensen sell the ProVia window and the Endure is a very good window as well. Without know what window they offered and what price, I'm kind of limited in saying what's fair or not.

I'm assuming the composite from Home Sealed is on the Okna Starmark, a very good window. Did he give you a quote on the Okna 500 model? I'm curious where that would come in at...

Dane - Website Editor - from 2020

[Lesli's Reply]

Hi Dane, well, we were almost settled on Pro Via but I read comments from some window folks in a forum (https://www.vinyl-replacement-windows.com/forum/) that said Pro Via are not in most window sellers/installers top 10 list and just OK windows.

Ultimate Home Concepts: Polaris Vinyl replacement window (double pane – he said cost of triple pane wasn’t really worth it) – had a few different window style options to mix/match so quotes came in between $23,315 and $29,095 (no storm/screen door quoted). I think they are the Thermal Weld Collection as that is the catalog he left us.

Hardy & Jensen: (Pro Via Endure - EN600 Series Triple Pane Windows, Endure 6512 2-Lite patio door and Spectrum 291 full view storm/screen door) quote was $31,370.

We haven’t gotten the actual quote from Home Sealed Exteriors (he was just here last night and I was scribbling notes and pricing) but should be in low/mid $30K (that is 25% discount, regular about $43-43K) - yes Okna Starmark (triple pane for all)

YIKES!! I replaced 14 windows in 2002 for only $5K. I'm really hoping to stay in mid $20K.

Lesli - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Lesli, I agree that your bid prices are expensive as heck for 14 windows and a patio sliding door. You are going with some high quality windows, but still...since the WW quote was $19K I'm assuming there's a lot more work than just replacement windows. Are you doing new construction windows everywhere?

I do agree that ProVia as a brand is not in that top echelon, but...the Endure is a pretty darn good window. Not as good as the Okna, Soft-Lite and Sunrise windows though.

If its the ProVia Endure and the Okna Starmark (or Okna 500 or 600) and they are close in price, then the Okna is probably the better deal. Of course, the company doing the work is hugely important.

Let me know when you find out more.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2020

[Lesli's Reply]

Hi Dane, the 14 was from 2002 project at my prior home. This time there are 26 windows (sizes in prior email).

What is your opinion/preference in window material? Wood, vinyl, composite? We live in SE Wisconsin.

Do you have a top 5 brand?

We are going to the showroom today to look at the Okna windows and will ask about the 500 & 600 series since the guy only showed us the composites (probably most expensive).

Thank you for your input and assistance.

[Site Editor's Answer]

Lesli, I like vinyl and composite. I high quality vinyl window is just fine for most homes in the U.S.
Top five brands: Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, Kensington HPP, and Polaris.
Good luck at the showroom, maybe it will put some things into better perspective.

Lesli - Homeowner - from 2020


ProVia Endure vs. Pella 250

Hi Dane and Tim, I am replacing the 28 original, contractor grade wood windows in my 22-year-old house and the leading candidates right now are the ProVia Endure and the Pella 250. The Pella seems to have a more narrow frame therefore more glass, which looks better but are they equivalent in technical areas like light transmission, insulating properties, and durability?

Any observations are welcome.

Thank you.

Don - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Don, the ProVia Endure is in my top 15 windows in terms of quality, fit, tolerance, craftsmanship, and energy efficiency. The Pella 250 isn't even in my top 60...it's somewhere like maybe 85th. The two just can't compare...except in price. Go with the ProVia Endure if you want to maximize your long term value.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Provia Endure DLA Project Bid

Hi Tim, came across this forum and could use some help deciding. Replace 22 windows of which 12 are double hung, 1 large casement picture window, 4 halfmoon, and 5 casement small windows.

Okna 500 insultec - 16,472

Sunrise Restorations - 14,700

Zen Softlite Pro - 15,100

Provia Endure DLA- UV - 11,800

I like the Sunrise but was concerned about the low Condensation Rating (47). Should I be concerned? On the Okna's I dont think I am getting a great deal. The Provia appears to be the best bang for my buck. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Tim, forgot to mention the Sunrise is the Ultra U - Plus 2

Peter - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Peter, first of all, let me say that is one of the most impressive list of windows in one quote grouping I've seen in a long time. All of those windows are great. Yes, the obvious best bang for the buck is the ProVia Endure -- that's a great deal. If this were my project, I would have a tough time getting away from the ProVia bid, assuming the company doing the install had a good reputation. The Sunrise Restorations would be my second pick for sure, again with the caveat that the install company was solid.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


ProVia Endure Windows Cost

I live in Northwest Indiana. I need to replace one casement, four double casements, two sliders and one picture window. I got quotes from Pella (over $20K – can’t afford), Sunrise ($12,288) and Provia Endure EN600 ($11,140). The company offering Sunrise said the line was either Vanguard or Restoration. Both the companies that do Sunrise and Provia have reasonable on-line recommendations.

The company that does Sunrise just does doors and windows. The company offering Provia does all types of home remodeling (I have to get a roof too ugghh). Thoughts on which line of window is better or on whether I am better off using a company that focuses on windows only? Any help GREATLY appreciated.

Michelle - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Michelle, good news for you. All three of the windows: the Sunrise Vanguard, Sunrise Restoration, and the Endure EN600 are excellent windows. I personally think the Sunrise models you are looking at are worth the extra $1000. Sunrise is the better overall brand over the ProVia when it comes to windows. Doors are a different story, but Sunrise is a big quality brand and the Restorations is one of the best windows on the market.

Personally, I like using a company that just does replacement windows because that's what they do. That's where their expertise lies and they know the brands and the little tweaks that may be required better than any.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2020


ProVia Endure Window Quote

Dane, would appreciate your opinion and advise. We need full frame replacement windows – 12 total. Looking at double hung for all 12. We have now received 3 quotes, 2 are for the ProVia Endure with the best quoted price of $12,300 and then Lindsay Pinnacle which we were quoted $12,600. Which would you go with or would you suggest we consider a different window completely.

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nancy, the ProVia Endure and Lindsay Pinnacle windows are both very solid options. Between the two, the ProVia Endure would be my pick for sure. I don't hear a ton about Lindsay so I'm much more comfortable and knowledgeable about ProVia.

Having said that, spending $1000 a window is pretty steep, even with a full frame replacement. However, it is by no means out of the ballpark. Since you have already received three bids and they seemed to all be around that price tag, I'm assuming that's the going rate.

So you can either continue to get more bids and see what else is out there or you can go with one of these. If you go with the latter, I'd suggest the ProVia (assuming the installation companies were equal in quality and strength.)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Connect with Local Window Companies


Provia Endure Casements

Gentlemen,I would be interested in your opinion on Provia Endure casement windows and patio doors. I am looking into replacing the 26yr old wood windows and patio door in my home in the Twin Cities area of MN. I secured quotes for:

1 - 70.785x79.5 patio door
3 – 58x53 2-lite casements
1 – 58x41 2-lite casement
1 – 42x39.5 2-lite casement
1 - 30.5x48 1-lite casement
1 - 26.5" fixed picture window
1 - 3 light picture window 100.5x41 (casement left/fixed/casement right)
1 – 50x64.5 fixed picture window
2 – 21x64.5 1-lite casements

Costs are complete for full frame replacements and inside and outside trim – removing old and installing new. White exterior, wood lam interior.

Sunrise (I believe this to be Classic or Standard. Dealer just called them Sunrise windows. I asked which model and they said they are just Sunrise and there was no model) – quoted $27,945 for double pane UV

Softlite Imperial LS – quoted $26,572 for triple pane and $23,725 for double UV

Provia Endure – quoted $23,314 for triple pane and $22,267 for double UV I eliminated the Sunrise from consideration because it was the highest cost. It was a double pane quote and the triple pane option for the Softlite and Provia were still lower. Gap widened even more when I compare double pane to double pane.

The Softlite and Provia windows are quoted by the same dealer. From what I have found on Angie's List and other reviews they appear to be a reputable dealer/installer that I think will do a good job. I originally contacted them for a quote on the Softlite, and they quoted both the Softlite and Provia for me and tell me both are good windows. They are not pushing for me to go either way, so I feel they are just giving me options (although they did say that they felt the Provia patio door was better than the Softlite)

From reading reviews on your site and others, I get the impression that the Softlite is considered a better window than the Provia, although the energy ratings to me look pretty equal. Especially on the TLA triple pane. For instance on the 58x53 2-lite - the Softlite triple shows .18U, .22SHGC, .36VT, 73CR and the Provia shows .18U, .26SHGC, .44VT, and 71CR. I actually like the VT of the Provia better as .36 on the Softlite triple seems really low (I was even concerned about the .44VT on the Provia), and I like that the SHGC on the Provia is a little higher being I live in MN. I could use the solar help heating in the fall, winter, spring months. Note – changing to DLA-UV on the Provia only increases the VT to .48. So I did not think that was enough gain to justify losing Ufactor.

We did like the screens on the Softlite better, and probably like the look of the Softlite a little better overall. But we like the look and build of the Provia patio door better than the Softlite, and the Provia window frames are slightly thinner than the Softlite which we liked. So we would get a little more glass area with the Provia. And as I mentioned I think there are positives in regards to the Energy ratings of the Provia over the Softlite. So there are pluses and minuses to each. Both windows have lifetime warranties which I think are similar in what they cover. I am looking for a window that will blend in with our existing woodwork, provide reasonable energy efficiency, and that will hold up for many years.

But what really pushed me to go with the Provia over the Softlite is that the wood lam interior of the Provia more closely matched our existing woodwork which is Golden/Honey oak. The Softlite is not close at all unfortunately. So I had intended to go with the Provia triple pane (being the quoted cost difference between triple and double glass was minimal). The dealer recommended to me that even if I went with double pane for the windows they still recommended triple pane for the patio door regardless.

But then last night I read a comment by someone I believe is an installer/dealer named "Delaware Mike" on the replacement-windows.com website forum. Granted the comment was from back in 2004. But he stated that "They do a pretty nice job on the double-hung Endure offering, but that same line in casements is an engineering blunder. I'm not a fan of that whole Duceuninck extrusion platform." I also saw other comments of 2010 vintage by a user named "HomeSealed" implying that there were quality control issues in regard to Provia Endure windows.

So what are your thoughts on Endure casements and patio doors? Do you have an opinion on how they are engineered? Have you heard from anyone else if they were happy or unhappy with their Endure casements or patio doors? Should I be concerned about these comments? Or do I ignore them being they are really really old? Everything else I have read on the Endure line has been positive. The installer who quoted me tells me both are quality windows (Softlite and Provia). So my inclination is to ignore these comments. But most reviews and comments I see on the Endure product is for double hung windows. So I thought I would email and get your thoughts on the casements and patio door specifically.

Of the options I have had quoted, what would you recommend? Or should I really keep looking? And does the pricing I have received so far look about where it should be in your opinion? It is hard to find pricing comparisons online for casements as most postings are for double hung windows.

Thank you for any input you could provide.

Greg - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Greg, you have definitely acquired three high quality quotes. I don't agree with the ProVia Endure casement comment, I think they make a very nice casement myself. The ProVia Endure and Soft-Lite Imperial LS are both fantastic windows. It's like deciding between a Mercedes and BMW, both great brands and very good craftsmanship. I think the differences in the look, color, and features of the windows would be more personal more than anything else.

If this were my project, I would divot from window to installer. I would choose the window/company with the best track record, reviews, reputation, etc. This is a big part of any project in case something should go wrong. Spend some time here and I think your answer will become more clear.

Good for you for getting such fantastic bids to begin with!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019


ProVia Endure vs. Sunrise Omega 12

Dear Dane: I am currently deciding on new window for my home. I live in Minnesota and need 7 windows. My home backs up to a busy highway and so what I am most interested in besides energy efficiency is a window with the greatest sound proofing.

I have received quotes for Pro Via Endure Vinyl Windows Dissimilar Double Pane Glass for a price of $8270, Pro Via Endure Vinyl laminated PVB Double Pane Glass for a price of $11,045, Sunrise Omega 12(2) for $11,096 or Gentek signature Elite Vinyl Window inserts for $4990. Could please suggest to me what you believe would be the best window for what I am looking for.

JL - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

JL, if the soundproofing is the most important consideration, I’d say the ProVia Endure with the laminated glass is going to be your best bet. Make sure that the glass pane thickness is dissimilar between the laminate and outside pane — I’m assuming it will be based on the quote before it (same dealer I’m assuming). Different glass thicknesses block out different sound frequencies and often times lower sounds, such as loud trucks etc.

Please note: glass is only going to do so much for soundproofing. The biggest factor is the gap between the panes of glass, but these actual soundproof windows can be very pricey. I think the quality frame, laminated glass, and dissimilar pane thicknesses should go a long ways to blocking out noises though.

The ProVia Endure is an excellent window. So is the Sunrise Omega, but I’d go with the laminate glass option.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019


Provia Endure Reviews

We’re looking at replacing windows and are totally confused. Sizes below:

4-lite casement-picture/picture-casement 96x63
Slider 66x39
Slider 58x47 (3 of these)
Double hung 28x40
All double pane vinyl

Quotes range as follows:
Marvin Integrity. $13,896
Renewal by Anderson Prices $15,607
Provia Endure $11,390
Valley Brook $19,999
Window World $6,009

Any advice you can offer? Very skeptical on WW as it’s super low but don’t really have any clue of what’s an average cost. Not looking for top of the line windows just a good replacement.

Your response will be greatly appreciated. We are in Wisconsin.

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kathy, first of all great job collecting all of your bids, that's step one. You are a first, I've never seen a bid higher than one from Renewal. I did do some checking and it looks like Valley Brook is a custom labeled Soft-Light Pro series window. Interestingly, I would rate the ProVia Endure window as the better window between these two options. That means the ProVia bid at $11.4K is the better option in my opinion than the Valley Brook at $20K.

I would definitely rate your ProVia Endure bid as the best of the bunch. I would only consider the Window World bid if you plan to be in the house less than 7 years. The Marvin Integrity would be my second pick, but the ProVia Endure is the better window than the Integrity in my opinion.

Let me know what you end up going with!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

[Kathy's Reply]

Thanks for the response. The Marvin rep came back with a vinyl quote at $8600 for triple pane, made by Unlimited Inc out of Oak Creek WI. I see a couple years ago you posted you couldn’t find much on them. I couldn’t either.
I think we’re still leaning toward the Provia and I’m going to see if we can push the contractor on pricing before we make a decision. Do they typically have any wiggle room you think?
We like the unlimited/Marvin rep better as he seems really more in tune with what we want, spent more time with us going thru things but that might just be the difference of personalities.
Will be asking both for references too.
Appreciate all your knowledge and comments.

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2019


Provia Endure Windows Reviews

Hi Dane, Replacing two sliding windows in the basement. 42 X 43. I am down to Provia Endure or Soft-Lite Imperial LS. Both brands cost the same. The downside I see in the softlite is the thicker frame = less glass. But is the softlite the better option? Warranties look the same. What window wins for you?

Thanks.

Matt - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Matt, both of those windows are top tier products, but the Imperial LS is the better of the two. If glass area is a big issue for you, go with the ProVia Endure—its a very good window.

Certainly the company doing the work should be a factor as well. I would choose the one with the better reputation, online reviews, etc.

Basically you have two very good options in front of you. That’s a nice problem to have!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

[Matt's Reply]

Thanks Dane! Sounds good. The same company is offering both windows. I feel good about the company. I'm leaning towards the Softlite. I like the interior vinyl wood color of the Softlite better.

Matt - Homeowner - from 2019


ProVia Endure EN600 vs. Slocomb 177 Series

Hey guys, we live in south eastern PA so experience the full range of weather (hot summer, cold winters). We are doing a 27 window whole house replacement project and have the following quotes. We're torn between which way to go and we're wondering if the quality of the windows themselves might help with the decision.

Slocomb 177 Series, UF 0.26, SHGC 0.21, VT 0.49, Air Leakage < 0.3, $19,535

ProVia Endure EN600 Series Mulled Unit, UF 0.27, SHGC 0.27, VT 0.48, Condensation Resistance 61, $21,992

Great web site! Thanks in advance for your help!

Tom - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Tom, the ProVia Endure is the better window in my opinion. The Slocomb 177 is not a bad window at all, but the Endure is the better window in my opinon. I'd like to see that price a bit lower. I'd ask them to match the Slocomb price and if they did that then you're ready to go.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

[Tom's Reply]

Thank you for your reply Dane! Much appreciated! I did get the ProVia guy to come down a bit, not all the way down to the Slocomb price but I'm more comfortable with him as an installer so am ok paying a little bit more. Also, both quotes include a number of oversized windows and a large picture window with a half moon which is why both quotes appear on the surface to be on the high side.

Tom - Homeowner - from 2018


ProVia Endure vs Marvin Integrity

Good Afternoon, we are replacing 4 Pella wood clad casement windows that are 30 years old and beyond repair. I have looked at fiberglass windows as a replacement so I don't have to worry about the maintenance needed with wood. I didn't like the seals or the thin hinge system on the Pella fiberglass windows and I didn't like the Fibrex saw dust and PVC mixture of the Anderson windows and the Marvin fiberglass were quite a bit more than the Pella fiberglass. The Milgard were even more. Of all the fiberglass the Marvin Integrity were my first choice.

I was told that a vinyl window made by ProVia, the Encore, would be a good choice instead of fiberglass. Since vinyl has such a bad reputation I am hesitant about buying them. How do the ProVia windows stack up? Are the Encore the best choice of the ProVia windows? I am more accepting of them than my husband. He thinks the contraction and expansion rates are too high and that they will chalk and look cheap.

Thanks for your professional opinion!

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Hi Kathy, so vinyl windows of old did have issues like those you mentioned. But that was 20 years ago. However, it is still true that poorly made vinyl can still bow if the frame is too thin and the opening is too long (although this is true of any material). However, vinyl windows now make up roughly 80% of the entire American market and they are some of the best made, most durable, and affordable windows on the market.

But again, this applies to well made vinyl windows. The proof is in the warranties -- most vinyl windows come with a lifetime warranty on the window (with caveats of course), while most wood and fiberglass come with 20 or 30 year warranties.

Marvin makes a very good fiberglass window in the Infinity and the Integrity, but I'd put most of the top tier vinyl windows above them in terms of energy efficiency, durability and price. So here I'm talking about the Okna 800 and 500, the Soft-Lite Elements or Imperial LS, the Vytex Potomac-hp, the Sunrise Verde and Restorations (a nice mix of vinyl and fiberglass), and the Kensington Quantum II. Vinyl vs Fiberglass Windows

I'd put the ProVia Endure in that same category, it's their premium window and although ProVia doesn't have quite the reputation as some of the others I mentioned they make a very good vinyl window in the Endure.

Vinyl and fiberglass are VERY difficult to tell apart. If you want a fair comparison of strength and energy efficiency between windows, compare them on design pressure, air infiltration, U-value, SHGC, visible transmittance, and condensation rating. A well made vinyl window will beat most other materials across the board. One option some people go with is to choose a top tier vinyl window with a wood interior laminate -- the good ones can look very similar to a real wood and with none of the maintenance. Vinyl vs Fiberglass Windows

Don't underestimate the importance of installation -- due your due diligence in selecting a quality company with a good track record.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

[Kathy's Reply]

Hi Dane, thanks so much for the prompt and thorough response! We have made the decision to use the ProVia windows. We are also thinking about replacing our wood french doors with a slider. Would the ProVia be a wise choice or do you recommend a different company for a sliding door.

I agree that the installation is very important. We have chosen a local installer that owns his own business. He has been installing windows and doors for over 30 years and his references I called were very pleased with his work and the quality of the windows. Thanks again for your opinions!

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Kathy, ProVia has a good reputation in terms of windows, but they have an excellent reputation for doors. This is actually where they got their start. So yes, ProVia doors are very good. It sounds like you have a very good handle on your project! Good luck.


Provia Windows Reviews vs ViWinco

I have two bids so far on 6 double hungs, one combo DH/Picture/DH, and one casement.

The Viwinco Cambridge Bid is $5600, while the Provia Endure quote is $4500.

I feel like the Provia Endure quote is the better one, but I would like to get a second opinion on this. Thanks. ProVia Doors Reviews

Gregory - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Gregory, you are correct that the Provia Endure quote is the better of the two. Unquestionably.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


ProVia Endure Windows Reviews vs Mercury

Hi Tim, we are looking to replace five windows in our 100 year old home. Most have been done (prior to us) with Harvey windows. We have called a few companies, but they don’t recommend Harvey windows. One has offers a ProVia Endure and the other a Mercury EOS.

I don’t feel I know enough to make a good decision. Also, the ProVia is being offered at $50 less per window.

Appreciate any advice you can offer.

Thank you.

Val - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Val, the ProVia Endure is quite a nice unit, definitely one I'd consider for my own home. Mercury EOS is not a bad window, but I'd put the Endure firmly above it. The Harvey Classic window is not a bad unit at all, but I'd go with a ProVia Endure from a company with a good track record in a heartbeat!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Provia Endure vs Ultra Elite 9000 series

Hi Tim and Dane, My husband and I are getting ready to have our 30+ year old windows replaced. We have a lot of windows so it isn’t a cheap renovation. We like both bids we’ve received but would like to get a better idea of which is the better choice. We have been quoted $12,000 for Provia Endure windows. We have also been quoted $12,500 for Ultra Elite 9000 series windows from Bill Haynes Company. I’m not sure if Ultra Elite is the brand name or just what they call it at Bill Haynes. What are your thoughts?

Jan - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Jan, I'd never heard of Bill Haynes or the Ultra Elite 9000 series. I looked up the window and found a promotional brochure. I thought the window looked pretty good, some decent components and features, but without more performance data, I can't really say. I looked for reviews on the company itself, but didn't see much.

Basically, unless you know more about them, you take a bigger risk with an unknown than going with a window that has lots more reviews, etc. in the Endure. ProVia is a nice solid company with a good product in the Endure. Of course, I'm not sure who is doing the install so this would be a factor that you would have to compare. Bottom line for me would be the Endure over the Ultra Elite 9000.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018


ProVia Windows vs. Sunrise

I have received quotes for the ProVia Endure and Sunrise. The Sunrise came in about $3000 more. Which do you think is the better window. Both companies who are quoting the prices have good reputations for installations.

Chuck - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Chuck, both the ProVia Endure and Sunrise are high quality windows. I might put the ProVia Endure (ProVia's premium window) above the Sunrise Classic (their sort of mid range that can be upgraded to the premium). So the mid goes to the ProVia endure for $3K less. This is of course assuming that the installation quality on the ProVia is solid.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Provia Windows Reviews vs UniShield Plus

Dane, Universal Windows Direct UniShield Plus is made by Polaris. In your opinion, which Polaris window (ValueSmart, ThermaWeld or UltraWeld) is the UniShield Plus comparable to?

I received the following quotes for 14 double-hung vinyl with double pane, low-E glass, argon filled, and foam filled frame, plus 1 sliding patio door:

Universal Windows Direct $8,311

ProVia Endure $14,205

The ProVia looks a like well-built window but can’t really justify the difference in cost. Any thoughts? Thanks very much,

Steve - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Steve, the UniShield Plus is Polaris's ThermalWeld series, which is their mid range offering and a solid mid range vinyl window. The ProVia Endure is the better of the two windows, but that's a huge difference you're looking at.

I think if I felt comfortable with Universal Windows Direct's installation team then definitely consider going with them. I just googled "Universal Windows Direct reviews" and the yelp listing came up with a dismal 1 star rating on 22 reviews. That's a pretty big red flag as far as I'm concerned.

You might want to consider a couple more quotes. Do any local companies carry Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris, or Vytex?

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Provia Windows Reviews On The Endure

I've narrowed my search to the ProVia Endure and the Okna 500 Insultec. Can I get your opinion on which of these windows to go with?

Michael - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Michael, both the ProVia Endure and Okna 500 are very good windows. I'm not quite sure I know which one is better. If I were you, I'd switch from comparing two good windows, to comparing the installation quality you are likely to get. This is likely going to be more important than the windows at this point.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018


Provia Endure vs. Sunrise Premium

I'm replacing 25 windows and live near Denver house. I've done my homework and have a number of bids from companies with good reputations. So far I have quote on the Milgard Tuscany, the Simonton 5500, the Amerimax Craftsman, the Provia Endure and the Sunrise Vanguard.

I was curious what you thoughts of these? The Sunrise is the most expensive, but not quite enough to take it out of the picture.

Carly - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Carly, the Sunrise Vanguard is the best of the windows you have, followed by the ProVia Endure. Then I would put in the Simonton 5500, followed closely behind by the Amerimax Craftsman. The Milgard would be right behind that. I think your two best windows are the ones you should concentrate on -- I'd see if either of the companies selling them has any wiggle room in terms of price.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018


ProVia Endure vs. Okna Eco-Pro 600

I have two bids that I'm waffling between, its either the OKNA Eco-Pro windows or the ProVia Endure. The Provia Endure cost would be $19,490 while the OKNA Series 600 cost is $20,550.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Mary, those two bids are on very good options. It's a toss up for me, I might go with the ProVia Endure over the Okna 600. Very close, but really they are both very good series so you can't go wrong. Turn to the better installer.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018


ProVia Endure vs Andersen Windows

Hi, we have Anderson wood clads that need to be replaced. Renewal by Anderson quoted us $27,000. to replace our 14 windows.

We also found a store that has Provia windows and the salesman said they are quite good. The cost of these is $10.5K -- quite a difference in price!

Debb - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Debbie, I like ProVia Endure window quite a lot. The Renewal composite is probably the same in terms of energy efficiency and is too expensive for most homeowners as far as I'm concerned. I would go with the Endure and see if can't get an upgrade or two since you are saving so much money!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Pro Via Endure versus Simonton Platinum

Two options -- the Pro Via "endure" or the Simonton Platinum.

Which would you suggest. The installer is the same for both.

Jill - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jill, the Simonton Platinum is a good window, but not as good as the premium ProVia Endure. This is a better window and a good company.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


ProVia Endure vs Wincore 500 Windows

We went to the supplier to look at windows and siding and found out they didn't actually have ProVia windows on display to look at. The business just opened a few months ago. What they did have on display were Viwinco windows. The younger guy we talked to used to work in construction and he has installed a lot of Viwinco. He said he like Viwinco windows a lot, a lot more than Anderson even.

We were looking at the S Series windows in lieu of the Builder's Series. After finalizing what window sizes we are going with, I would say our decision is going to come down to Viwinco S-Series, ProVia Endure or the Wincore 500 Series. They are all within 18% of one another cost wise. Of those 3, which would you put in your house?

Tom - Homeowner - from 2016

[Website Editor Reply]

Tom, I've always thought of Viwinco windows as a step below the ProVia and Wincore. This is more anecdotal than any experience I've had with them. I tend to discount what builders say about windows because they're only putting in new windows -- most windows don't fail until year 5 and up so by that time the builder has moved on. I'm not saying they aren't good, but if it were me I'd go with the brand with the overall better reputation.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2016

[Tom's Response]

Thank you very much for your input Dane! We looked at he Wincore windows a few weeks ago and they seemed ok, seemed lightweight and kind of cheap in my opinion. I'm not saying they wouldn't be good windows or anything though, especially with everything I have read and certainly your input too. I'm just used to older windows that are very heavy haha. My dad has Polaris replacement windows and is pretty happy with them.

We have an appointment to go see ProVia windows tomorrow. From what I have read those seem like decent windows as well and as far as quotes go, they were in-between the Wincore 500 Series and the Polaris Energy Weld windows. What are your thoughts on the ProVia Endure window line if you don't mind my asking?

Thanks again!

Tom - Homeowner - from 2016

[Website Editor Reply]

Tom, I haven't actually seen the Endure, I believe it came out last year. I like ProVia, they have a good reputation — probably on par with Polaris. I feel like ProVia does a good job with the interior wood laminates as well if you want the look of wood without the maintenance. In comparing the two windows, you should pay attention to

1. air infiltration numbers (lower the better)

2. u-factor (lower the better)

3. design pressure ratings (higher the better)

4. condensation resistance (higher the better)

Dane - Website Editor - from 2016







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Are Provia Windows Any Good?

I saw your moderated Q&A on your website and it said that you had a list of recommended Colorado windows (and potentially installers?) but needed to email you. We live halfway between Denver and CO springs. We have 44 windows to replace in $3m home (20 year old windows, mfg out of business, leaking do to cracked and/or missing seals and some warping).

Quote/recommendation from K&H home solutions is to use ProVia @ about $2k including install. 1/3 are fixed - approx. 5x6 ft, and many of the others are "crank open" below those large windows of 1x2 ft.

Very much appreciate any reactions, thoughts, etc.

Ed - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Ed. Here are my Colorado recommendations.


[Email dane@replacementwindowsreviews.co for his recommendations]

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022


ProVia Windows vs Pella

Thank you for your help, Dane! I have quotes for ‘replacements’ from Pella and Andersen. The ProVia quote was for full tear-out and new windows, not replacements. All were very pricey, as you might imagine. Pella did not offer the style my home requires—has now—in their vinyl window. I need a ‘cottage style’, which has six panes in the upper sash and nine on the lower. My Andersen quote was for their replacement composite offering.

As I mentioned, I have a lot of openings, mostly double hung, but also a number of casement applications, transoms and a large specialty window over the front door:

42 double hung of various sizes, 12 have transoms
10 casements, 6 have transoms
The large Palladian window above the front door
(I have a sun room which is really pretty, but includes 12 of those 42 windows, all of which have transoms!)

Andersen came in around $120,000, including any discounts, and not including entry doors

Pella (no longer an option), quoted about the same, maybe a little less, for their vinyl product, without doors

ProVia came in at not quite $100,000, which includes a span of deck doors and three entry doors. I’m also considering one of their front door offerings, however that item is not included in their bid.

At this point, I am liking the ProVia option because I like the idea / look of a full tear-out with new windows, they’ve been around a while, they’re located in Sugar Creek, Ohio, which is in my ‘backyard’, and the local dealer, Middlefield Windows, is well-regarded.

Of course other huge considerations are how long I plan to own the home, and the ratio of the cost of the new windows to the value of the home. I am retired, but have no plans to sell the home anytime soon—God willing. I am also blessed to be able to cover the expense of the windows and doors without having to finance the project.

I’ve read a lot of your discussions with other customers—so helpful for such a confusing, large and expensive decision. Considerations for comparison beyond cost are quality, performance, the expertise of the installer, the energy efficiency of the windows and warranty.

I assume that the windows that you consider top tier are pretty similar in the categories I’ve listed above. Having said that, in your mind, what is the difference between a ‘very good’ window such a s ProVia, and an option you would consider to be ‘excellent’?

What sets the ‘excellent’ apart and would their extra cost, if any, be worth the extra investment?

Thank you again for all your suggestions, Dane, and of course I will continue to follow up with the other manufacturers you have suggested.

Beth - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Beth, I do think the ProVia is the best option so far from a price and quality perspective. But you are correct, not cheap...I would still try to get two to three more bids myself for such a big project. You might be able to save $20K, although who knows...

As to what makes a window good or bad...[response pulled for duplicate content].

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022


ProVia Windows Reviews - Indianapolis

Hi John, thanks for your quick response!

I'll look around for other options in my area but I'm in a smaller market (Bloomington IN) so we don't have tons of local options.

Do you think we should expect to see quotes for windows in the "good quality vinyl windows that won't break the bank" category come in at a similar range to the quotes we received for the Pella and Reliabilt windows? We're looking to have the windows professionally installed.

Thanks again for your help!

Derek - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

I think perhaps ProVia, Sunrise, Vytex, and Great Lakes are possibilities near Indianapolis. That's where I would start.

Very possible that these mid range offerings will be in that same price range as the Pella 250. Often it's overpriced because of the brand recognition. (Pella does make fantastic wood clad windows, but again pricey.)

However, it's basically silly season on pricing right now with the demand, so it's tough to predict what you're going to get. This is why getting a handful of bids is so important -- it's tricky to know who is trying to see if you will bite and who is making a legitimate project bid.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021


Provia Windows Reviews

Hello, I recently purchased your Provia. The Basic window not the one with the bells and whistles I was told.

Why is there no security tab on them to prevent someone from the outside opening an open window and gaining entrance to your home? I made a mistake and assumed that the safety tab (not sure what it is called) was standard on any window. It was on the last 2 homes I was in.

This small little stop tab should be standard on every window. I should not have to purchase the next step to have security in my home.

Thanks.

Tracy - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Tracy, unfortunately we are not ProVia windows. I would suggest contacting the company that installed the job and ask them your question. Hopefully, they can provide you with an economical upgrade to make sure your windows provide security into your home.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


ProVia vs Vinyl Kraft

Dane, Thanks for your recent help on my project for 22 windows. Dealer I am working with loves the Vinyl Kraft Legacy series double hung. says he never has had a seal failure with their spacer ( foam) and has had issues with Simonton service.

We like the narrower look vs the more stocky platinum by Simonton and would like your thoughts. Pro via was in the mix ... This stuff is confusing.....foggy bottom stuff. Any help is appreciated

Jim - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mary, I have heard that Vinyl Kraft makes a decent vinyl window and I love the fact that you are working with someone who has worked with the brand before and knows how to install them and deal with any issues that should occur

ProVia is a good brand that I can vouch for. Vinyl Kraft I cannot. However, if you are working with someone who thinks they are proven and reliable over the long term (and they have a good reputation themselves), and you are getting a competitive price, then I don't see why you should go with them.

I would love to get the air infiltration and U-factor numbers on the Vinyl Kraft window you buy from them, if you do go with them. It would help me determine whether I should suggest them to others. As a point of reference, .10 or lower is considered good, .15 or higher is considered poor. AI is an important indicator of who air tight the window.

Dan - Site Editor - from 2017


ProVia Windows Reviews vs Viwinco

We are having builder grade windows replaced in our bay window. I am getting a variety of estimates and getting recommendations to use Provia AP 500 windows, or Viwinco Cambridge windows. We also have Thompson Creek (TC) windows available in our area.I am inclined to go with TC because of how pleased I am with two other windows we have from them, but am willing to consider the other two. Your thoughts?

EW - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

EW, I don't know much about Thompson Creek windows to be honest, I've heard that the company is very aggressive in their marketing approach, but this doesn't have anything to do with their windows themselves. I took a look on the nfrc.org website, which lists performance numbers on thousands on windows and found their TC 900 Double Hung model got decent numbers - U-factor of .32 and .28 with different low-e options, .19 with the triple pane option.

I'm not sure which ProVia model you are referring to, but I like ProVia windows in general and would certainly give them the nod (knowing very little about your project) over the TC. Viwinco windows tend to be a lower end vinyl window than the ProVia brand so I would put these a bit lower in the overall scheme of things.

I would still get bids from each company and see how everything compares in terms of your take on window quality, looks, and the price bids. Get all your bids together and then you can do a nice compare and contrast on the companies.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Provia Windows vs Andersen

I'm thinking of replacing my casements and awnings. I have 14 windows to swap out and I've been considering Andersen and ProVia. How do these compare?

Sarah - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

Both Andersen and ProVia offer nice windows. The Andersen will cost more because they are a bigger name. The ProViaEndure is good window, as is their ecoLite. I think I'd be inclined to look at ProVia over the Anderson.

Don - Contractor - from 2011



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