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Richlin Windows Reviews
Read 6 Richlin windows reviews from industry insiders and consumers on their 200, 500, 600, and 900 vinyl window models.
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Editor's Richlin Windows Reviews
Richlin Windows is a Minnesota based company that manufactures and sells a number of vinyl windows and patio doors. Richlin is owned by Hayfield Windows, which has been in business since 1951 and sells the bulk of its products through local distributors. Richlin is the high performance arm of the company.
You don't hear a lot about Richlin on a national level (or in many of the online forums) and honestly I don't know a ton about them. Their windows do offer some very impressive performance numbers that can be found on their website quite easily. For instance, the Richlin 600 vinyl window in the double hung with a low-e glass, argon fills and double strength glass offers a .28 U-factor, .03 air infiltration, and a 61 condensation resistance. Of particular note is the .03 air infiltration, a low number that is quite good.
I'd love to hear from consumers who have owned Richlin windows to be able to find out more about their products, service and overall durability and quality.
Richlin Windows Warranty
Richlin offers a limited lifetime warranty on their windows that includes the vinyl mainframe and sash, as well as the hardware. The insulated glass unit comes with a pro-rated schedule, meaning that the company pays for a portion of the replacement costs and that percentage decreases over time.
The warranty does not come with a glass breakage provision, although consumers can buy a glass breakage provision to be included. The warranty is transferrable, although once it is transferred, the warranty only lasts for 30 years from the date of purchase.
Richlin 500 Series Bid
We have 13 windows, full frame installation required on half. 4 big sliders, 2 transoms, 3 bedroom double hungs, a bay, and 3 (1/3-1/3-1/3) windows (expensive).
Zen Lotus Series: $34,225
Soft-Lite Elements Series: $32,765
Richlin 500 Series: $29,735
Soft-Lite Imperial LS Series: $28,645
Sunrise Standard Series: $27,490
Ply-Gem Premium Series: $26,280
Rich - Homeowner - from 2019
Hayfield from Richlin vs. Vinylmax Edison
I'm replacing 13 double hungs and 2 sliding doors. We had a Pella quote that was $38K, but they don't even get amazing reviews so I don't see how that makes sense.
We got two other quotes. One on the Vinylmax Edison for $14,000. It's a triple pane, with sliding screens on the doors.
The final one is the Hayfield from Richlin for $19,000. This is a double pane and includes what looks like a good warranty, that includes a labor provision.
Would love to hear your take on the two real options I'm looking at.
Pamela - Homeowner - from 2018
[Site Editor's Answer]
Pamela, the Vinylmax Edison is a solid window, and the triple pane glass strengthens this. I like the Vinylmax bid more than the Richlin.
That said, Richlin makes a good window, probably a bit better than the Edison. I just don't think it's worth $5K more.
Dane - Site Editor - from 2018
Richlin 900 Series vs. Wincore 7700
We are replacing three windows and I have quotes from Marvin, Richlin, and Wincore. The Richlin 900 window will cost $3,580. The Wincore 7700 Series will cost $607 and the Marvin Ultimate wood window will cost $1,750. Trying to figure out the best deal. Thanks!
Rich - Homeowner - from 2017
[Site Editor's Answer]
Rich, the Marvin wood window is excellent, but I don't recommend wood windows unless you really really love wood clad windows. The Richlin bid sounds high to me. The Wincore 7700 model is very good and the price is right. If the installer of the Wincore is credible and has a good track record, this is what I'd go with.
Tim - Site Editor - from 2017
Richlin Windows Quote
Hello, Dane. Thanks so much for your response! I have some updates for you.
The plan I had to see some Marvin windows went kind of sideways. I had mentioned that I had spoken to Home Depot and didn't like the price or the rush act, (too much sharing, I know!) and he came ready to counter. He didn't talk about Marvin windows at all - instead he hit me with a pitch involving a brand I had not heard of – Richlin. These are all-vinyl windows made here in Minnesota since 1957.
His bid was just over $14,000 for all 15 windows, but all the options were left out - so no wood-look interiors, no glass, no cute insets, etc., but warranty essentially the same as HD's.
He also gave me a little primer about how dealers will push you to take options that really don't add much value to the window but doesn't cost the manufacturer much, and about how if customers are willing to give a little on ratings they can save quite a bit, since, as he said, you're not really likely to ever recoup your investment on them.
My next step, as you suggested, was to try getting bids from installers of some of the other brands you mentioned. So far the only one on the list I've been able to find in the Fargo area was a Sunrise dealer, who came out and talked to me about the Verde line.
This is a full window replacement, not a partial like the other two I looked at. When the dealer explained how the installation was done, I felt I was done looking at partial or pocket installations. Over the years I have always had a bit of draftiness, but not around the pane edges or the edges of the window frame where you might expect it, but way out at the edge of the trim, as if the windows themselves were tighter than the insulation within the wall.
The quote I got back listed every single window in the project and the cost of each, including removal and disposal of the old windows, installation of the new ones, and finishing with sill and trim, and the whole job, 15 Verde windows, would be about $17,000. This includes a golden oak faux finish in the interior of about half of the windows and whatever sill and trim I need.
I am still waiting for someone who sells Soft-Lite to call me but the nearest dealer is about 125 miles away, so unless I can find someone nearer I may be out of luck. You were right about Okna – I hit a dead end there, but it just occurred to me that I have a friend who works for a lumber yard and works with many builders to secure materials. I'm sure he'd be a great source of info.
So, what do you think of the $17000 on the Sunrise windows?
Kathleen - Homeowner - from 2016
[Site Editor's Response]
Kathleen, I haven't heard much about Richlin so I feel a bit out of my league in making any comments on them. The Sunrise Verde is an excellent window, one of the best out there. That seems like a lot of money to pay for 15 windows, but it does sound like there is quite a bit of trim and sill work involved, which can certainly drive up the cost in a hurry. If it were me, I would spend the extra $3K for a great vinyl window like the Sunrise Verde. I know it hurts financially, but I feel so much more confident making this recommendation come year 12 when things can begin to fail on windows.
I would love to see you get one more bid just to see how another company prices it out, although you have gotten three in total and they have all come out in the same ballpark.
Dane - Site Editor - from 2016
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