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Read 7 Universal Windows Direct Reviews and discover what consumers and contractors think of their windows and siding. Universal Windows Direct is an Ohio based company based out of Cleveland. The company offers windows, siding, doors and windows to a regional customer base.

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Prodigy Energy Saver Plus XpS Windows by Unicorp

What do you think about Prodigy Energy Saver Plus XpS Windows by Unicorp?

Krystal - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Krystal, I actually don’t know much about this window. I did some searching and they seem to get good reviews, but beyond this I don’t claim to know. I wish I knew more.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2021

Universal Windows Direct and Unishield Plus

Tim, I am looking at replacing my 21 windows which are double hung original 1971 single pane windows with storms. Apex came out and quoted $17500 or $830 per window. Seems high but I got another quote from Universal Windows Direct for their Unishield Plus for $16500. This is a double pane window vs Apex triple pane.

Both quotes seem high to me. What other brands should I get quotes on?

Ad a reference I live in Indianapolis Indiana and plan on being in the home another 5-15 years.

Thank you very much

Steve - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

At first glance, they do seem high. Here are my suggestions for who to get a quote from:

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Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Polaris Ultraweld From Universal Windows Direct

Hi Dane, I may have gotten myself in a mess. I have been setting through presentations trying to learn about windows. I finally caved 2 days ago and felt that I was pressured and may not have made a good decision. I was hoping you could get back to me today, because I have a 3 day cancellation period without penalty. I have 18 windows I am replacing. No additives just Glacier White vinyl window. There are 15 double hung, 1 slider, and 3 small arches.

This is for the Polaris UltraWeld (I believe). It is through Universal Windows Direct. I have a bid for $14,800. After reading your reviews it seems high and should be more in the $10,000 - $11,000 range? I did contact the sales manager and she informed me I could get the UltraWeld window cheaper, but it would come with the metal spacer not the super spacer that is made exclusively for their company.

Also, I would not receive the Lifetime Warranty no questions asked and is transferrable for 30 years to the next homeowner. Going with the UltraWeld with the metal spacer, I would only receive a 20 year prorated warranty. Is this all true and what do you think I should be paying for these windows? I am in the St. Louis, Missouri area.

Cindy - Homeowner - from 2019

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Cindy, a couple of points here. One, I personally would not go with any company that puts pressure on your to sign today--unless its a smoking deal and they are trying to keep their installation team working (ie filling in a day of work.) This isn't the case here. That bids strikes me as pretty high.

The Polaris Ultraweld comes with the Intercept spacer, which is quite good. It is a stainless alloy, which makes it pretty equivalent to the super spacer.

Polaris provide a Lifetime Warranty on their windows, but you would not perhaps get the same labor warranty (which is never lifetime). Check out the Polaris warranty with this link -- it's a page long and specifies quite a bit. Polaris Warranty

I'd get a few more bids to see what else is out there and wha prices are offered. I think you can get a better deal. Google "Simonton windows in Cleveland, Ohio" (if you don't live in Cleveland, use your specific city and state) and see what local companies come up who carry the following recommended brands. Sunrise, Okna, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Kensington, Vytex, and Zen.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Universal Windows Direct Polaris UniShield Plus

Universal Windows Direct sells the Polaris UniShield Plus, but I can't figure out which window this actually is. I check Polaris's website and they sell three windows—ValueSmart, the ThermaWeld and UltraWeld. I'm replacing 14 windows, all double hungs, and one sliding glass patio door. UWD bid out the project for $8310 and ProVia bid out the Endure for $14,200. Which is the better deal in your opinion?

Steven - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Steven, the Polaris UniShield Plus is I believe their ThermalWeld mid range window. It's a good mid range window. The ProVia Endure is better for sure, but there is a huge price difference. Assuming you like UWD and feel that their installation will be good, then that's what I'd go with.

You may want to look at more quotes.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Polaris UniShield Plus vs. Okna 500 Deluxe

I am looking at 2 replacement windows by Universal Windows but different contractors. One is Okna 500 deluxe (energy saving package). The other is Polaris ( UniShield Plus). In your opinion, which are the better windows? The warranties are the same. Thank you for help.

Robert - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Robert, I would go with the Okna 500 DX over the Polaris Unishield Plus. Universal relabels the Polaris window and sells the Unishield Classic, which is the Polaris ValuSmart window and the UniShield Plus, which is their ThermalWeld. The ThermalWeld is a nice window, but the Okna 500 DX is the much better of the two.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Universal Windows Direct Plus Vs. Apex Energy Solutions

Hello Dane, I'm in Charlotte NC and looking at replacing 22 windows. I have quotes from both Apex Energy Solutions and Universal Windows Direct Plus. They are close, but I'm trying to determine quality difference and anything else about the companies. Apex offers just the 1 product Insignia windows, and Universal has 4 types and we are looking at the 2nd level up (the plus).

Any thoughts or insights would be appreciated.


Mike - Homeowner - from 2018

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Mike, I don't know enough about either company to give you a strong opinion either way. I tend to hear better things about Universal Windows Direct than about Apex Energy Solutions. Based on this, I would go with the Universal Windows Direct, but I would ask them to provide you with some performance data on the window series you are considering. I would pay particular attention to air infiltration, which should not be above .12.

That's sort of my over under for a decent mid range vinyl window. Feel free to send me the data and I'm happy to give you my opinion.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Unishield Plus vs Ply Gem Windows

We are looking to replace our patio door. Do you recommend the Plygem or Unishield Plus? Thanks.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Mary, first off, let me apologize for how long it took to get back to you, the email fell through the cracks. I don't know a ton about Universal Windows Direct, but I did take a look at their website.

It appears that Ply Gem and Universal both make decent windows and doors, probably mid range quality for each. Ply Gem is obviously the bigger company and that has some positives in terms of warranty, overall strength of company and replacement parts.

Universal is much more regional and that has some advantages also - they will both sell the door and install the door so if there are any problems, you know actually who to go to. Assuming you like the Unishield Plus patio door and feel comfortable with their warranty and the installation team, I might go with them for a simple fact that they are responsible for the whole project and therefore it leaves little question as to who is responsible if something should go wrong in the future.

I'm assuming you are in Ohio and there are some excellent companies that sell patio doors in your area. Take a look at our Ohio replacement window link and get a few more bids from local companies that service your town or city if you would like some additional comparison pricing and options. I would put the first two or three companies on the list into the first tier and Wallside probably on par with the selections you have now. Good luck and let me know how it works out!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

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