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Read 63 ProVia windows reviews from homeowners and contractors and explore opinions on their most popular window series and models including the Integra, Aeris, ecoLite, Aspect and Endure.

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ProVia Integra Windows Reviews

The ProVia Integra was a window that company used to carry, but no longer.

Tim - Site Editor

-- Estimated ProVia Integra Price: $400 to $550 installed --
(assumes medium sized window and normal installation)

ProVia Integra Windows

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.

3101 POST RD

1561 POST RD

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Provia Integra 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

[Contractor Response]

I like ProVias doors. I consider their windows a bit less reliable. Soft-Lite makes great windows and the Imperial LS is one fo 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 Aeris Windows Reviews

The ProVia Aeris 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, multilock 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.

Tim - Site Editor

-- Estimated ProVia Aeris Price: $450 to $600 installed --
(assumes medium sized window and normal installation)

Aeres Replacement Windows Question

Aeres replacement windows in Fremont Ne

Suggested or not for a 5b zone in temperatures

Much appreciated.

Kelly Ann - Homeowner - from 2020

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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, ProVia 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 Bid

Thank you Tim for your advice. We are looking at Aeries by Provia 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

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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 - Site Editor - from 2018

ProVia Aeris Windows vs. Great Lakes Comfort Smart

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 good windows.

Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated.

Kari - Homeowner - from 2017

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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 VT 800 Series Windows

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 Windows 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

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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 Aeris Review

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 windows 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. Pricewise, 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 ecoLite Windows Reviews

-- Estimated ProVia EcoLite Price: $500 to $650 installed --
(assumes medium sized window and normal installation)

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 400 Windows

Hi Dane and Tim, I live in southeast pa. I am trying to decide between replacement windows. I'm between viwinco edgemont 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

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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 Windows

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

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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

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

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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 ecoLite Windows vs Alside Mezzo

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 window 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 window of the two in my opinion.

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

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

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ProVia Aspect Windows Reviews

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.

All in all, a strong contender for a mid range vinyl window.

Dane - Site Editor

-- Estimated ProVia Aspect Price: $400 to $550 installed --
(assumes medium sized window and normal installation)

ProVia Aspect Review

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 (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

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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 Alsite 8000?

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 - Site Editor - from 2020

Provia Aspect vs. Pella 250 Series

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

So far I have quotes from Pella (250series), 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,)

Any input would be appreciated.

Jim - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

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

ProVia Aspect vs. Renewal

Dane, Thanks a ton for the info. Two more quick questions, is the endure Provia line of windows vastly superior to the Aspect line, I am considering an upgrade. And second just had Andersen windows 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 - Site 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 - Site 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 decent/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 ProVia Endure is the company's most energy efficient vinyl window. The series comes standard with block and tackle balances, recessed locks, dual balance covers on the jamb, and a Super Spacer. It's a nice vinyl window that I would put in my top 20 list. All in all, a good vinyl window, and one that I would absolutely consider if the price is right.

Dane - Site Editor

-- Estimated ProVia Endure Price: $600 to $750 installed --
(assumes medium sized window and normal installation)

Provia Endure vs Aspect Cost

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 window companies –

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

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

Company 2 2a) Sunrise Vanguard (waiting)

Company 3 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

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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

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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

Provia 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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 - Site Editor - from 2020

ProVia Endure EN600 vs. Okna Starmark EVO

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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 - Site 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 ( 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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 - Site 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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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'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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 EN600 Bid

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

[Site Editor's Answer]

Michelle, good news for you. All three of the windows: the Sunrise Vanguard, Sunrise Restoration, and Provia 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 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 - Site 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 are both very solid windows. 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

Provia Endure Casement Windows

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 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.

Also, have I acquired enough quotes? If not, do you have another high quality window you would recommend? I would like wood lam interior that is close to honey/golden oak. I have read that Okna windows are not distributed in MN so I think they are out. I do not even know what other window I would have quoted if I were to request additional quotes. I feel like I have acquired quotes for 3 quality vinyl windows from what I have read doing my research. But I would not be opposed to securing additional quotes if there is another quality window line you could recommend.

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

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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 Review

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. $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 or Softlite Imperial LS

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


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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 - Site 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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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.

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.

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

Dane - Site 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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 Endure vs. Viwinco Cambridge

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.

Gregory - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

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

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

ProVia Endure vs. Mercury EOS

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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 - Site Editor - from 2018

ProVia Endure vs. Sunrise Windows

I have received quotes for the ProVia Endure and the Sunrise (Sunrise?) windows. 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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 Endure 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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 Endure vs. Okna 500

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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 - Site 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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 - Site 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 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

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mary, those bids are on very good windows. 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 good windows so you can't go wrong. Turn to the better installer.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

ProVia Endure Windows vs. Andersen

Hi, we have Anderson wood windows 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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 windows. They are all within 18% of one another cost wise. Of those 3, which would you put in your house?

Tom - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 - Site 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

[Site Editor's Answer]

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 - Site Editor - from 2016

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Hi Dane, I got more estimates. To recap, I hope to sell my house in 2 years. I need to replace my patio door and I’m thinking that I should replace the old wooden windows with vinyl to upgrade my 40 year old house.

Summer seems to be their peak busy season. Do you think they have sales if I were to wait until fall or winter? When I search Restoration, the local Sunrise Restorantion dealer comes up with an expired 25% discount. That would be amazing but it’s hard to believe.

Here are the quotes I have gathered. I was most surprised by the Lowes Pella quote and I complained to the store manager. They’re investigating – they’re surprised at the difference too. The salesman essentially is quoting $400 installation fee per window. I’m a senior but I’m not senile.

I like the Sunrise and Provia doors with the rollers on top (the ProVia door is $3000)– but I don’t think that’s worth $500 more than the Okna. Do you agree?

The Okna guy said he would charge $2200 for the door if I buy the windows too. I I don’t know how to bargain with him on the windows since he has the best price, not considering Window World. I still have to read your bargaining article.

The Sunrise Vanguard guy said there’s not much difference between a Vanguard, Verde, and Restoration. I thought his price would be much lower but his installation charge is much higher, $700 for the door vs. $400 for the Verde supplier.

I’m leaning towards the Okna 500 deal.

Any thoughts?

Thanks for your kind helpfulness.

Joe - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joe, the best deal by far is the Okna 500. ProVia makes a good door and Sunrise makes a great window, but it's too expensive for your timeline.

However, even though you are moving in two years, its hard to say pay $9000 for the WW 4000 series when you can get a fantastic windows and a door for $11700. Probably very little wiggle room on that price I'm guessing, based on how close it is to the WW bids. Sounds like the Okna rep would drop the door price a couple of hundred so that puts you close to $11K. That's a pretty awesome deal.

Prices can go down after summer but it's more based on how busy the rep is than the actual season.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

ProVia Patio Door Recommendations

Sealing up that door and where the window is we will open it up to have a sliding glass patio door installed. Your site is very helpful for the reviews. I was just wondering if you had any opinions or reviews on a decent patio door. Im still researching as I would like to buy the door. Thank you !!

Mark - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mark, that looks like quite a project. I'll throw out a bunch of brands that make quality patio doors. Not all these will be available in your area, but I'm sure if you google "provia windows and doors in your city, state" for instance you will quickly find any local companies that carry these brands. I usually recommend getting quite a few bids when it comes to doors because there can be a big discrepancy based on whether the doors are custom sized or not.

ProVia, Weld Wen, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Okna, Andersen, Champion, Harvey, Larsen, Alpen HPP, Milgard, and Anlin. Lots of options here -- installation is an even more important consideration with a project like this so make sure to do your due diligence.

Good luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

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ProVia In Indiamapolis Indiana

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 Question

Hello, I recently purchased your Provia windows. 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 replaced windows 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.


Tracy - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tracy, unfortunately we are not ProVia windows. I would suggest contacting the company that installed the windows 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 AP500 vs Viwinco Cambridge

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 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 Or 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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