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United Windows Reviews

United Windows is a manufacturer out of Springfield, New Jersey that sells vinyl and storm windows, as well as patio and entry doors. The company has been in the manufacturing business since 1951 and sells their windows and doors using local companies in New Jersey and many of the surrounding states. Scroll down to check out our United Windows reviews.

As a general rule of thumb, United manufactures lower end vinyl windows - their premium series are mid range I would say. I think there is a place for United in the market, but it might be best for more budget conscious consumers. In my opinion, there are better options out there -- check out our best replacement windows to see some of my favorites.

United Windows gets a 3.2 out of 5 stars based on 33 consumer reviews below.

United Window Cost: $$/$$$
(2/3 out of 5)
(Amongst All Vinyl Windows)

United Windows And Doors

For new construction, the company offers the following series: Single Hung 3800 Series, Single Hung 3900, Double Hung 5800 Series, Double Hung 5900, Casement 6000 Series, and the Double Hung 9600 Hybrid Composite.

For replacement windows, the company offers the following series: Double Hung 7400 Series, casement 6000 Series, and the Double Hung 9600 composite series.

United also offers their Bold Collection, which is an Onyx black interior exterior frame that addresses the consumer demand for dark window frames. This is available in a 3900, 6000, and 9600 series.

"United is one of the first companies to offer a black on black window (their Bold Collection) - this addresses the consumer demand for a visually striking window, especially against the backdrop of white exteriors."

United Windows Warranty

The United warranty is fairly weak in my opinion (but it is quite short so at least they are up front about everything). United provides a limited lifetime warranty that covers the frame, IGU, sash, hardware and components. It states that the window unit be free from manufacturing defects.

The warranty is transferable, but once the transfer occurs, the warranty is only good for 10 years from the installation date. In the case of a transfer, the IGU is only good for 5 years from the install date. There are a number ox exclusions and provisions that apply so always read a warranty in its entirety prior to purchase.

Dane - Site Editor - Page Last Updated: April 30, 2024

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United 3900 Reviews

The 5900 series is a double hung that is available in the Bold collection. A mid range DH that I would give a 7.0 out of 10.

Dane - Site Editor

Viwinco Windows vs United

Dane, do you feel that the Viwinco premium vinyl window is worth $50 more than the premium United vinyl series?

Jasmine - Homeowner - from 2024

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jasmine, yes I do think that the Viwinco Cambridge series is worth $50 more than the United 7400. From a brand perspective, the Viwinco is the better overall option between these two companies. I think a large part will depend on the company doing the installation. however, I think the Viwinco would be my choice in this head to head.

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Dane - Site Editor - from 2024

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United Windows Reviews :: 5900 Series

The 5900 series is a double hung that is available in the Bold collection. A mid range DH that I would give a 7.0 out of 10.

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United vs Window Nation

My husband and I are in Newark and need buy 19 replacement windows for our home. We have some widely varied bids. If you have any advise for us, it would be most appreciated.

Andersen Fibrex Windows: $36k
Window Nation Grandview: $26K
Okna 500: $21K
United 5900: $16K

Barbara - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Barbara, United is really considered a builder grade type brand so I would have to pass on this if you want to maximize your long term investment. The Okna 500 is really the best deal you have. A quality window at a fair price (when compared to the other bids you have in front of you.) The Renewal bid is simply too much. Same with the WN bid.
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Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

United Pricing

Hi Dane. I see that you’ve done a bunch of reviews for United and I was hoping to get your opinion on the bid we have. The sales person said it’s there best window available (5900 series maybe) and the price point came out to roughly $700 per window fully installed and that includes taxes.

Diane - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Diane, for me, United vinyl windows are really just an OK brand. I don’t think that I would put them in my home if I intended to live there for eight years or longer. I’m not saying they’re bad, I’m just saying there are better brands out there in my opinion. Others may disagree with this, but I think for $700 per window all in you can get a better brand/window than that. Hopefully one that will hold up better than United.

If you let me know where you live, I can send you a recommended list of brands and options. Our site form can also help you find some good quality local bids and I will happily help you sort through any quote you get and help you find the best one for your situation. I hope this helps.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

United vs Simonton

Dane, your site is so incredibly helpful. Despite reading various responses, I still felt compelled to contact you for your opinion. We are a young family looking to replace 5 double hungs in our upstairs cape. Being in long island, that means winters can be brutal.

That being said, our contractor tends to only do business with a supplier called WindowRama. It appears they carry: United, PlyGem, Simonton, North East Windows, Silverline and Anderson 100 series

From your site, it seems as if Simonton would be our best bet, if we go with the 5500 series. I read a few issues regarding leaks, but not sure if its due to defect or install. My guy has been in the business for 20+ years and does very reliable work. Thoughts on a mid range option in addition to the above? Appreciate any insight you can provide and appreciate your United Windows Reviews.

Jonathan - Homeowner - from 2023

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Jonathan, I think I agree with you that the Simonton 5500 series is probably your best bet. The Andersen 100 is pretty darn solid and then the Ply Gem Pro or Premium is something you could look at as well. I think for the most part that these windows, when coupled with professional installation should be solid choices. Will you have issues in 20 years...maybe...probably...but you will be likely gone from that home. I hate offering that advice, but it's probably the truth...Andersen Windows 100 Series Prices

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

United vs Andersen

Came across your site looking for windows we want for one room. Only 2 windows and it would be considered new construction as the current windows are 26" square. We want to replace with larger units 26" x 46". After leasing for 4 years we purchased the home {a new build in 2016}. Current windows are no doubt "builder" grade.

We think they are United 5500, by some searching we did. I see that you are not a fan of them. Have to say we are very surprised that, as of now, we find them very good, no issues. With the winters, the glass is not cold unlike our Anderson double insulated sliding door}. Now of course I have no way of attesting to the rigidity of them, or their life span.

I've read a lot on your site and every time I look at something you seem to state there are better options. So, I'd appreciate your list of recommendations. Thank you.

Norene - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Norene, that's great you've had few to no problems with them. It's just not always the case...here is my list for you to peruse.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

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United Distinct Windows Reviews

Hello, thanks for your help. I am an elderly widow and would appreciate your advice. I live in a single-floor 740 S.F. house, and the windows are the originals from 1968. In Rockland Maine there are two big-box stores that do window replacements: Home Depot and Lowe's.

I filled out your form for 8 standard sized windows to be replaced and your estimate came to $6,084. That was based on the national average, but no brand is mentioned. I had a friend fill out the connect form and liked what they got from the local companies.

1. The Home Depot agent gave me a quote for Simonton 6500 series - $8499.60 All are double-hung except one casement that he said was necessary due to code for bedrooms. But he was pushing the vinyl window pane model - that's right - the panes themselves, not just the frames, are vinyl. They use a vinyl extruder that can produce a covering for the worn but not rotted sills and exterior window frames, and do a pop-in installation - all very desirable. After researching vinyl window panes I decided I wanted glass. I've emailed the agent twice and not heard back from him in two weeks. This is a red flag for me - he's not responsive, so I'm not going to pursue this.

2. I also had an agent from Lowe's who was nicer, but he was pushing United Distinct window replacements, which you have commented about on the website as not the best option. That quote was for composite frames, glass low-e coated and double glazed with argon gas, pop-in style, for $6,307.35. That included covering the sills and exterior frames with aluminum - the same kind used for siding, but I don't see that detailed in the quote. I can't find any source for United Windows reviews for Distinct brand.

3. I just filled out a request form for an Andersen contractor in my area but haven't heard back yet. Someone told me that Andersen Renewal costs are high.

4. I am confused by what is meant by the "contractor" when considering warrantees. If I had an Andersen contractor, would that be more certain that they would be responsible for any fixes needed according to the warranty than Lowe's or Home Depot's warrantees that are split between the store's one-year warranty installation and the warranty on the manufacturer's 'life-time' warranty on the performance of the product?

5. Consumer Reports recommends that labor and materials should be broken down separately from model, brand, sizes and number of units, but neither Lowe's or Home Depot windows quotes did that. What should I expect? Thank you so much for this service and all of your united windows reviews! - Nancy

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2023

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Nancy, hi. Yes, glass is the way to go in my opinion. The United Distinct is their composite series -- I think in general United is a lower end product and I would be pretty hesitant about using myself. I think you need to find some local companies that carry good brands and series. That's where the most value is.

The warranty question is a tricky one for me. I tend to think that 20 years down the road, the warranty on the window is tough to get serviced -- just my opinion after this many years in the business. If you buy a good product from a good local company and they are installed fine, you shouldn't have to worry about them for another 25 years. Companies often don't want to break down their cost -- either because they are lazy or because they want to keep it hidden. Here is my list of recommended brands.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

United Windows vs Andersen

Hi Dane, my name is Van and currently live in Newark Delawere. Below are the company names that estimated 19 double hung windows for my house. I've researched and still unable to decide which products or companies are good to go with. Your opinion is appreciated.

Renewal by Anderson $36k Fibrex
Window Nation Prices $26k Vytex Grand View
AdvanceMyHome $21k Okna 500 Series
Lowe's $16k United Distinct 5900

Van - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Van, this is an easy one for me - the Okna 500 series is the best value here by a bunch. The United is not a long term quality window. The 500 series is better than the other windows and is less expensive - how often does that happen?!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

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United Maxview II Reviews

Hi Dane, would love your help and advice in selecting replacement vinyl windows for my home, built in 1979. We are looking at 11 double-hungs, grilles between glass.

Bid #1
Great Lakes Window ComfortSmart Series
$8710 (including 11 windows, tax, installation, and removal and pick up of old windows)

Bid #2
United Maxview II Double Hung Replacements

Bid #3
Marvin Elevate Double Hung Replacements

Katy - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Katy, I personally don't think United is all that great. Marvin Elevate Collection are fantastic, but that is a lot to pay for windows in my opinion. Too much for the quality of window. The Great Lakes ComfortSmart Series is a solid mid range vinyl window and the price quote you have there is quite fair.

Assuming the installation company doing the work gets good to great reviews online, this is the decision I would go with. One caveat here -- if this is your forever home, I might consider a slightly better window (especially if the install company gets decent but not stellar reviews). If this is the case, I have a list of recommended windows that I'm happy to forward to you.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

United Distinct Series 2022

My wife and I are doing a remodel - read your united windows reviews and need to replace six double hungs, one small bay, and a picture window.

Reliabilt 3900 Cost: $9,510
United Distinct Cost: $9,010
Pella 250 Cost: $8,980
Simonton 6500 Cost: $7,600
Simonton 6100 Cost: $6,330
Sunrise Restorations Cost: $6,145
American Craftsman 70 Cost: $5,735
Sunrise Standard Cost: $5,695

Sam - Homeowner - from 2022

United Windows vs. Pella

I'd love to get recommendations for some new constructions that we are putting in. My contractor likes Andersen, Pella, Simonton, and/or United, both of which are available at building supply house. I was curious what your take on these are.

Roxanne - Homeowner - from 2022

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Roxanne, Simonton is considered a good mid range window. I would put United a tier below this. Andersen makes a good wood clad window, but one that is pricey. Pella makes a good series in their 250, but they are also more expensive than I would like to see.

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Tim - Website Editor - from 2022

United Windows Prices

At the present time getting info and price to replace 10 windows, two of which are bathroom windows.

Am looking at United, Wincore and possibly Provia. My husband and I are Senior citizens and will probably die in this home with the possibility of passing on this home to our daughter.

The United contractor said he has used Wincore in his home to replace a window and it was drafty. He has been in the business with his Dad and has always used United. The price for his installation was $6,100 and for the Wincore from another contractor the price was $8,100. I live in Nassau County, NY.

Who do you believe?

Connie - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Connie, I personally would not use United in my own home, I don’t think its a very good brand myself. Wincore is equivalent to a Simonton window — a solid mid range window. Of the windows you mentioned, the ProVia Endure is the series I would recommend. A very good window, and one that should hold up much better than the other options mentioned. I believe the energy efficiency numbers bear this out.

I would also say to get a bid from an Ideal window dealer. They make a very good window in the Majestic or Platinum 3000 series, and often at pretty darn competitive pricing.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

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United Vinyl Windows Review

Stacy wrote: looking for expert reviews on Moss and United. I'm also looking at Ply Gem ( see good reviews ) Kind regards and I appreciate your united windows reviews and all that goes into that.

Stacey - Homeowner - from 2022

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Stacy, United vinyl windows are generally considered builder grade windows. I don’t know anything about Moss. Ply Gem windows are considered a good mid range window. Their Pro and Premium models would be my recommendation for viable series.

These are the windows that I would recommend in case you want to continue your search. [List pulled for duplicate content]

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

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Are United Windows Any Good?

Hi Dane - I finally received 3 estimates & I followed your earlier advice and got this estimate below for Ideal from Prowns, and estimates from Gilco (United) and Carl's (Genisis). Are United Windows any good? I read your United Windows Reviews, but couldn't quite tell. If you could let me know what you think is the best I would truly appreciate it.

GILCO is the only one that talked about the current Windows not being the proper size, about potential damage in the existing frames and having to replace exterior frames & said there will likely be an additional cost - the other two companies never addressed any of that. He seemed to be approaching it as an experienced finished carpenter. Not just a salesman

Genesis Windows by KHPP Mfg

GILCO. $3827
Retailer: Builders General Little Silver NJ


Lisa - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Lisa, I spent about 20 minutes looking at the different companies and here's my take. I was most impressed by Prown's, which had pretty much perfect reviews on yelp and google (and lots of them). I don't love how expensive the Ideal Majestic window bid, but it is a better window than the Genesis, and a MUCH better window than anything United makes. If you are staying in the home 8 years or more, this is the bid I would go with. Excellent product, excellent reputation for the installer, and more expensive than I'd like to see, but the price is fair if I Compare it to the quality of the other windows.

I take your point about the Gilco being more of a carpenter, but the Prown's nearly perfect reviews leads me to believe that you would be on solid footing going with them. Prowns, I'm assuming, is going to remove your existing windows and replace them with the proper sized window and not damage anything on the exterior.

I wouldn't go with the United based on the product alone. KHPP makes a very good window, but it seems like Carls is more of a fencing, decking instead of focusing on windows. Their reviews seemed decent, but not great. The UNited would be my choice, especially if your timeline in the home is substantial.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021

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5500 Series Reviews

Good morning, I found your website when looking into a quote received from a contractor for a bathroom remodel. We want to add a large transoms across the back wall of our vaulted ceiling bathroom and they quoted the United. We live on the Chesapeake Bay in an older refurbished Bay cottage and it is important that I get something durable and provide protection from winds/drafts/cold in the winter. I have not seen much positive about United and was hoping you could suggest alternatives.

Crystal - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Crystal, United is a low quality vinyl option in my opinion. Instead, I would suggest looking into the following brands: Okna, Sunrise, Polaris, Soft-Lite, Kensington, HiMark, Vytex and Vinylmax Windows. Hopefully there are some local companies who sell these brands. If you strike out here, go with a premium model from Simonton or Ply Gem. These windows are all over and their better models are pretty solid window options.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

United Windows Complaints

We are under construction on a 75 unit apartment complex and have ordered more than 350 United united for this job through our supplier. Recently we understand ICE raided the United Springfield NJ manufacturing plant and found and took away many undocumented immigrants.

While United has assured us that this reduced workforce is a blip and won’t impact our delivery schedule much it’s hard to rely on that corporate promise with nothing substantial to support their claim. Do you have any inside the plant information or feedback from other suppliers that would support their claim of “not to worry; everything is under control”?

Robert - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Robert, unfortunately, I have no "insider knowledge" of the raid or how it would affect your orders. With the economy humming along so well, I would hope they could keep to their production deadlines. I wish I knew more, sorry. I would continue to be a fly in the ointment to insure that your order is on time and gets delivered according to schedule.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

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United Window 7400 Reviews

I used United 7400 casement windows in an additions my company built in 2010. Some of the sashes have gone bad, how can I contact the manufacturer to check on the warranty and get replacement sashes. Is there a way to contact the company? Phone number -email. The distributor from which I purchased the windows is no longer in business.

Terry - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Terry, besides the information on their website, I don't have any specific numbers/contact info for you.

When you do get someone from United on the phone, I might give them the impression you want to buy windows and ask if there is a distributor who now handles your area. Assuming you get this, call them up and ask for a bid. (I'm making the assumption here that United is going to be much more receptive if you are a bit cagey with your goals — a sad but often times true assertion).

Once they come to give you their bid, then you ask about the sashes and replacement parts etc. Always tricky to say how this plays out, but it's at least my take on how to get at your issue.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

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United Doors Reviews

Hi, I am in need of a quick response. Looking to replace 2 original patio doors. House built in 60's. Looking for more energy efficient glass. Plan to retire next year so cost is a factor. Contractor would provide Harvey doors. I have a price from Andersen home depot windows and from Lowes for United. I am VietNam veteran so I get 10% discount from both.

As there is other improvements we are planning the no interest with either HD or Lowes is beneficial we can pay off within 6 months.

If contractor can accommodate a 80 vs. 82 inch for one of the doors reduces that price in half. The savings thru Lowes with the United (there are a few other items would be over $1300 comparing complete pricing including labor etc. Am I making a mistake buying the 4500 series?

Thank you for a quick response.

Michael - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Michael, while United is not always known for making building quality products, I can't speak to the quality of the 4500 sliding door. Many of the products sold out of Lowes and Home Depot are relatively cheaply made products. However, $1300 is a significant savings, so I see your dilemma. I know Harvey Windows And Doors makes a good product, as does Andersen. In those cases, you are getting what you pay for, and a portion of what you are paying for is the name and marketing of the companies.

I think the question you need to ask yourself is this: is the $1300 savings worth taking a chance that eight years down the road you start seeing issues with the door. Unfortunately, I can't answer that question, but if money is tight, it might be worth going with the cheaper option and making sure that the install goes smoothly. Sorry that I don't have a more definitive answer for you. Thank you for your service to our country!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

United Windows Reviews

Hi Tim, my contractor quoted 3 prices for replacing my bow window for United (2 options - $3,794 & $4,089) and Simonton ($4,658). Is Simonton the better options than United? If I want to price a higher quality window than Simonton, what manufacturers would you recommend? My home is 60 yr old split level and my wife & I plan to stay in the house maybe 5-10 more years. What level of quality do you recommend that we invest in for this project?

Jim - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jim, Simonton is absolutely the better window compared with United. I would definitely recommend going with the Simonton option, even if you aren't in your forever home. It's not like Simonton is the most expensive window out there, it's more in that mid range and is appropriate for your timeline. Both companies probably buy the actual bow/ bay window box from the few companies that specialize in making them so there will be very little difference there.

I would still go back to the Simonton dealer and tell him you have another bid for $4,000 and say if he can get close to that price, you are ready and willing to sign right then...see what he says.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

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8000 Series Reviews

United vs Simonton

Hello, I have 2 estimates for replacing my 20 year old windows. One is for United 8000 series window and the other is for Simonton 7000 series. Which is the better window in your opinion? This will probably be my last home, so I would like to put decent quality in. Thank you for your time.

Don - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Don, the United 8000 and Simonton 7000 are pretty comparable windows. I would probably give the United the nod over the Simonton on this one. However, neither of these are windows I would consider that great.

Windows I like that won't break the bank include the Polaris ThermalWeld, Okna 400 Series, Okna 500 series, Soft-Lite Classic, Soft-Lite Pro, Kensington Huntington, Harvey Classic, PGT 2300, PGT 5400, Simonton 9800, Simonton Reflections 5500, Zen Nirvana, Zen Lotus, and the Sunrise Classic.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2020

United vs ProVia Endure

Hello I was wondering if you could provide any information on the Provia Endure series slider versus the United 8000 series slider.

[Site Editor's Answer]

Brian, the United 8000 series slider is a decent window. ProVia Endure series windows are very good. Between these two, the ProVia is my pick without hesitation.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Hi Editors, read your United windows reviews, very helpful by the way. I'm planning to replace the vinyl siding on my 25 year old two-story house and the Silver-line single hung windows that are on it. The house is about 25 years old with more than half the window seals broken and taking moisture. I am looking at the 8000 series Double Hungs with nailing flange and built in J channel. Will removal of the Silver-line window allow for the setting of the 8000 without touching the existing jams and trim? I have sixteen windows and one slider to replace. Your thoughts on the 8000 series needed.

Jerry - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jerry, United are more of a low end vinyl window and not a window that I would recommend putting in your home. They will certainly be better than your old Silverline, but they're not going to off you the sort of long term value that you should be looking for in a window. I would prefer you get a mid range Simonton or a Ply Gem Pro over the United double hung.

Without seeing the existing windows, I couldn't say whether it would affect the existing jams and trim. Certainly a contractor could come out and tell you. I would get a few out there to get a consensus on this question and to offer up some additional brands and bids to compete with the United.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

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4800 Series Reviews

4800 Series vs MI 1650

I'm stuck deciding between MI 1650 windows and the United 4800 series. I wish I had better options (your website doesn't seem to think much of either) but I don't. So I was curious what your thoughts are on these two?

Joe - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joe, yes you are correct that I'm not a huge fan of either. However, given decent installation, they should serve you well for 10 years if done right. I'd give the nod to the MI 1650, but not by much.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Unitedwindowmfg Reviews

I received a quote for the replacement of 6 windows for 2650.00 (United) double hung with interior grids. Is this a fare price for these windows? I received this quote from a friend who owns a window company. Being told that I was given a discounted price for great windows. I live on Long Island NY. Any advice you can give would be most appreciated, especially on united windows reviews. Thank you.

Bernadette - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Like all companies, United makes a number of different series, two replacement series I believe, the 8000 and 4800 in the double hung. So this would certainly be important in deciding if it was a good deal or not. United don't have some stellar reputation in the industry, I hear a little bit about them, but I would put them in the low-to-mid of the mid range vinyl window manufacturers.

So $441 per window installed is fine, but it doesn't blow my mind by any means. I think you should get a few more bids from some of the recommended brands that are available from local companies in your area. Get a few bids and see how they compare to your united quote. I think this link provides a pretty fair assessment of United windows from a number of contractors and window experts. [List redacted.]

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

United Windows vs Ideal

Thank you so much Tim. That is great advice. It is interesting that last month I had one window company come, Ideal Windows in New Jersey, and they only presented and pushed one brand of windows, Ultra Tite2, which I had never heard of. They wouldn't even discuss other brands. Plus their installation reviews online are mixed. So that is why my search continues. Based on your advice it sounds like I'm doing the right thing which is good to know!

Dennie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Different companies are structured in different ways. United-manufacturing makes their own vinyl windows, so that's all they sell. Other contractor type companies might be dealers for a number of brands. It totally depends, there is no single formula, which can make it even more confusing.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

United 4800 Series Reviews

Hi Dane, I'm interested in the 4800 Plus series or the Reliabilt 3900 replacement vinyl windows. I would appreciate your thoughts and opinion. Thank you.

John - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi John, I have to tell you that both of the selections you are asking about are considered builder grade windows, that is a lower cost lower quality window. Interestingly, when I looked at the Reliabilt, which is the better window in this scenario, I found the Reliabilt 3900 window cost to be roughly $440 just for the window itself - from Lowes. For this price (and assuming $125 for installation), you could buy a much better window in my opinion.

If you went with the Okna 400 series for example, I would think you could get the window and installation for $565 ($440 + $125). This also goes for the Zen Nirvana, the Soft-Lite Pro, the Sunrise standard frame, the Milgard Tuscany, the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait and the Polaris ThermalWeld model. All of these windows are solid vinyl windows that will serve you much better than either the United or the Reliabilt.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

United vs Revere

I have a rental town home in Maryland. What brand would you recommend? I got a quote for 4800 series, MGM sienna windows and revere windows. I am so confused!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Maria - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Maria, there are certainly lots of options out there and the process can get more than a little confusing. All three window brands you mentioned are in the lower end of the vinyl window range, however we are talking about a rental so you probably aren't looking to put a ton of money into the project.

If it were me, I would go with something like a Simonton window, maybe their VantagePointe series, or their mid range Reflections series. Simonton makes decent replacement series and with proper installation, it should serve your interests well.

The other company that is local to your state is Vytex and they make very decent windows and its very possible that a dealer in your area would offer competitive pricing on one of their window models. I would definitely call up the company, ask for the local rep or dealer and get a bid from them for comparison.

Let me know what you find!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

United Windows vs Crystal

Looking for 12 replacement double hungs, plus converting 2 to a bay...so far I have 3 quotes. The Alside Excaliburs and 4800 series were really close in price, then the Crystal Series 200 was about half that. I'm not sure which I should go with and what the differences are. The United rep said they use shims and caps on every window instead of simply nailing them in. Is that a big deal? Excaliburs have a better warranty. I don't really know much about the Crystals, they can't be as good for that much less.

Alissa - Homeowner - from 2012

[Response To Homeowner]

I've done a lot of work with Sunrise, Soft-Lite, OKNA, Simonton, Gorell. They all have various series, basically a premium line, a standard one, and then a bargain. For the most part, big differences in price from one estimate to another are because you're comparing across quality lines. I'd go back and ask them about the features to figure out what level of window you're looking for before you compare the costs. To be honest, none of the three brands you mentioned are something I would recommend to customers of mine.

Mike - Contractor in Delaware - from 2012

So Many Options

I'm looking for replacements here in New Jersey. I have 4 casements, a double slider, a 9 foot patio door and 2 picture windows. I've got quotes for CertainTeed Bryn Mawrs, BF Rich, and Series 700 from Uniteds. The quotes are all pretty similar, with pretty much the same warranties and features. I'm not sure which to go with. There doesn't seem to be a lot of info out there on United.

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

A lot depends on the contractor. CertainTeed is now made by MI, and I'm not a fan. I don't know a lot about B F Rich. United is a middle of the road window, they aren't great but not horrible.

Carter - Contractor - from 2010

[2nd Response]

I used to use United a lot. They are mostly in New Jersey. They are a nice, solid product, that's what I put on my own house. I used CertainTeeds once because a customer insisted and I will never do it again.

John - Contractor - from 2010

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