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Explore Vinyl Kraft windows reviews from contractors and consumers on their Legacy, 5500, and Trustgard vinyl window series.

Company Information: Vinyl Kraft is a smaller operation out of New Boston, Ohio and the company has been in business about 20 years. The installers we talked to said that the Vinyl Kraft windows they've used have held up well.

What They Sell: Vinyl Kraft manufactures three vinyl window series. These include the Legacy Series, the 5500 Series and the Trustgard Series. The company uses vekka extrusions in their frame rails and sashes, which is a high quality vinyl material and one used by many of the top companies in the industry.

Bottom Line: The company isn't one of the top vinyl window manufacturers in the country, but they do appear to manufacture a solid product at a decent price point.

Vinyl Kraft Windows gets a 4.0 out of 5 stars based on 15 consumer reviews below.

Dane - Site Editor - Page Last Updated: March 7, 2024

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Vinyl Kraft Windows Reviews | Legacy Series

The Vinyl Kraft Legacy is the company's entry level vinyl window and comes standard with a 3/4 inch glass, and double pane glazing. Consumers can expect a U-factor: .30 and an SHGC: .29. We currently do not have any consumer reviews on the Vinyl Kraft Legacy series.

Dane - Site Editor

Vinyl Kraft Legacy Windows Reviews

Dane: we are needing to replace the windows in our house and detached garage. The contractor we had here last night quoted us $575 per window (installation included) for each Legacy Series window, regardless of the size of the window. (all double hung windows)

He also quoted us $1320 for the aluminum, which I assume frames the windows. We feel this is rather high, as we see windows in the boxed stores for 200 - 300 dollars for average size windows.

Could you send us the price of an average double hung legacy window?? Also, what is the difference between Legacy and Trustgard? We don't see much, except with Trustgard you can get the wood look on the interior.

On the Legacy series, it mentions two screens per window. Does that mean there would be a bar separating the two screens? (not what we think would look very good)

Thanks for your quick reply. We need to come to a decision asap!

Tom and Connie - Homeowner - from 2024

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tom and Connie, $575 per window installed is a pretty darn good price for the Legacy. I would think the Trustguard would be $75 more or there abouts per window

Most of the box stores are for pretty budget brands and they are stock sizes instead of custom order. That's why they are so cheap.

The Trustguard has some nice upgrades over the Legacy is my understanding - such as a 7/8 inch glass, block and tackle balance system, and foam frame wrap. But you should ask the salesperson who gave you the quote - he should know these windows inside and out as he sells them everyday! (please send me the specific information if you do get it because I would love to update the site...)

I'm guessing the double screen is a half screen that allows you to adjust based on how you've adjusted the double pane for ventilation.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2024

Vinyl Kraft Legacy vs. Alside Mezzo

My quotes so far are for the following window brands all from different installers:

Soft-Lite Pro

Interstate InVue 5200

Taylor's Windows Platinum 8000 (local manufacturer/installer)

Simonton ProFinish Contractor

Vinyl Kraft Legacy

Alside Mezzo

Interesting that only the Soft-Lite Pro is on your list. We are looking at doing this in phases so since the rear gets more direct sun than the front we will do them first, that's 13 total windows, all double hung except 1 that is a picture window in the master bathroom.

All the installers have good reviews from what I have read on Google, Angi, Home Advisor, etc, but I will say the guy who is proposing the Vinyl Kraft Legacy windows gives me the best feeling since he is the one who does everything (sales, install, repair, etc) vs the other who have a sales team to sell then a separate install teams and maybe even separate repair teams. After talking to him I came away feeling like he knew the windows inside and out.

I'm finishing up getting all my numbers finalized and I can share those once ready.

Stephen - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Stephen, I don't hear much about the Vinyl Kraft Legacy, so I can't say one way or another. Soft-Lite Pro woul be my pick off the cuff.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

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Vinyl Kraft Windows Reviews | Trustgard Series

The Vinyl Kraft Trustgard is the company's top-of-the-line vinyl window. It comes standard with 7/8 inch glass, double pane glazed, block and tackle balance system, and a pre-insulated foam frame wrap. Here are the window specs:

Triple pane (argon filled)
Air Infiltration: .09
U-value: .22
SHGC: .23
Visible Transmittance: .52

Double pane (argon filled)
Air Infiltration: .14
U-value: .28
SHGC: .27
Visible Transmittance: .52

Dane - Site Editor

Vinyl Kraft Windows in Boston

Dane: I’m in Lexington, Kentucky trying to get replacement windows put in. I understand you have a listing of the “best” window replacements that I should consider. Is it possible for you to email me that list? I’ve received several quotes: Lowe’s, Window Universe and Vinyl Kraft in New Boston, Ohio but it’s extremely difficult to tell “what is what” when it comes to comparing “apples to apples”! I figure if I start with a couple of windows that I know are good, I can at least get a good comparison price check. My thanks for your help.

Scott - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Scott, no problem, here is my list of good and great windows. Let me know if you have any additional questions!

[Email for his recommendations]

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

Vinylkraft vs Pella

Our window sales rep is trying to sell us Vinylkraft - how do these compare quality wise with Andersen vs Pella.

Claudia - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Claudia, I would say that VinylKraft windows are decent. I wouldn’t say they are top tier, but they are a decent vinyl window.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

[Claudia's Reply]

I notice that Pella, Anderson, and Jeldwen are not on your list - any reason why?

Claudia - Homeowner - from 2022

[Site Editor's Answer]

Pella makes a great wood clad window, as does Andersen. I personally don’t love wood clad because of its longevity, cost, and maintenance — but they are very nice looking. Jeld Wen makes a good door. None of these three makes a good vinyl window in my opinion.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

Vinyl Kraft Windows Reviews

Dane, I submitted info on your site to have a quote from a 5 star company reach out to me, and one of the ones was Improveit Home Improvement and they were the ones O saw with the Solartech windows. Do you guys know anything. About them and their product?

Improveit, who was one of the companies I received an email from on your site indicates they use Vinyl Craft windows out of Portsmouth Ohio, made exclusively for them. Do you know anything about Vinyl Craft and how do they compare to Polaris and Soft Lite?


Bryan - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

Bryan, so I don't really know the specific companies they match you up with since it is zip code based. I looked up Improveit Home Improvement and saw they had pretty darn good google reviews. However, I would never go with a window that has no data or reviews on it. This is an investment that should last 30 years so product is 50% and install is 50%. I think you should stick with the soft-Lite or Polaris.

I would say that Vinyl Kraft's top of the line series the Trust Guard is on par with the mid range series from the other two, the Soft-Lite Classic or the Polaris ThermalWeld.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2020

TrustGard vs. Alside Mezzo

Hey- Looking for a little feedback on my quotes thus far. Located in Southern Ohio.

I have 10 windows to replace. 2 of them are 54″ wide, so they will likely be sliders or casements. I have 3 bids so far, with 1 more scheduled for a few days from now(Polaris Dealer). I guess I need some help sorting through them.

Vinyl Kraft TrustGard (w/ Low E, Foam Filled, Argon): $3700
SoftLite Barrington (Double Pane, Low E): $4966
SoftLite Elements (Free Triple Pane Upgrade, Low E): $6044
Alside Mezzo (Climatech IE Glass): $4,000

Obviously the Elements is the champ here, but this is my first house, and I don’t plan on being here in 10 years or so. Is it worth the price jump? Also, Should I just spring for 2 casements? I’m not thrilled with the idea of sliders.

Worth paying for full screens?

Matthew - Homeowner - from 2018

[Matthew's Reply]

Hi Matthew, so if you aren't planning to stay in the house longer than 10 years, then the equation changes quite a bit. I would go with the Alside Mezzo at $4000. That's a good price on the product and it's definitely not a bad window.

The Vinyl Kraft TrustGard is a decent window, but I think the Mezzo is definitely worth the extra $300. If the spread was more, I would consider the Vinyl Kraft Option.

You are correct that the Elements is the winner of the bunch and actually you have a good bid on that one as well. But I don't think it's worth it with your time frame.

As far as screens go, I think it's worth it to get a full screen, but that's just because I open my windows quite a bit and want the convenience. Totally a lifestyle call in my opinion.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dane, the Polaris Ultraweld bid came in at $5,500. Which just leads me towards the elements if I am going to go towards that end of the spectrum. Only plus is that the Polaris has a 54" double hung, and I don't have to deal with a slider.

Thoughts on the Polaris vs the elements?

Matthew - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

The Polaris Ultraweld is an excellent window. I think I might give the nod to the Elements, but it is right up there. That's a great window and a great price. If it were me, I'd definitely go with the Ultraweld for the extra $1000 over the Alside Mezzo.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

Vinyl Kraft Windows Reviews

Good evening Dane and Tim, I am in the market for some new double hung vinyl windows and a vinyl sliding patio door and have a few quotes and specs that I would like to run past you.

The first quote I received was from Window City. They are offering a Vinyl Kraft Trustgard window for $300 each installed for the triple pane option and $200 installed for the double pane option.

The next quote is from a local Dayton contractor who sells Sunrise and Soft Lite windows. The double pane argon filled Sunrise window is $750 each installed.

Air Infiltration: .07
U-value: .27
SHGC: .23

The double pane argon filled Soft Lite Bainbridge is $700 each installed.

Air Infiltration: .06
U-value: .27
SHGC: .29

Based on the specs and price I am leaning towards the Vinyl Kraft Trustgard, however, I am having a hard time finding reviews and other information. Thoughts?

Vinyl Patio Doors

Triple pane argon gas Sunrise vinyl sliding patio door is $2900 installed. Still waiting to hear back on the specs I listed above.

Vinyl Kraft Double pane sliding patio door
Air Infiltration: .17
U-value: .30
SHGC: .26
$1200 installed

Pella 350 triple pane sliding patio door
Air Infiltration: advertised as 50% better than industry standard, does this mean .15?
U-value: .18
SHGC: .23
$2600 installed

I have not been able to see the Vinyl Kraft door, but if you think it's solid then I could lean towards it. They also have a triple pane slider for $1600 installed. I have seen the Pella and Sunrise and am leaning towards the Pella based on specs, price and the inter-locking panels. For some reason I really like the inter-locking panels feature on the Pella and Vinyl Kraft as I believe it adds security and extra wind protection.

Your thoughts and recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Michael - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Michael, I don't know a ton about Vinyl Kraft, but they seem to make a decent middle-of-the-road vinyl window. The price quote you're getting seems amazingly competitive. Getting a window with a sub .10 AI for $300 installed is pretty tough to pass up. Assuming you trust the company (i.e. you've checked their reviews or have spoken with past customers and you feel comfortable with them), I think it's hard to pass up the triple pane vinyl kraft option. Sunrise and Soft-Lite make great windows and those price quotes are about what I'd expect, but they are significantly more than the Vinyl Kraft option.

In terms of doors, I prefer to go with the same company, only because of the similar look of the hardware, frame etc. However, I've never seen a review on the Vinyl Kraft door. I would want to see it before they installed it, at the very least see pictures of it to see how it compares to the Pella in terms of hardware, frame thickness, etc. Assuming you like the look, the performance data between the two is very similar and you are looking at saving yourself $1400. That's a pretty penny to be sure.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Vinyl Kraft vs Simonton

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

VinylKraft Price Quote

I got a quote from Vinyl Kraft, which is a smaller, family owned company out of Ohio that sells pretty selectively to a handful of contract in the markets they supply to. They seem to use quality installation crews and I've spoken with a bunch of homeowners who have had their windows put in and they were all positive. But I'm curious why there isn't more on this company.

I've called customer service several times to ask questions and they are prompt and knowledgable and I have to say pretty patient.

Price wise, my bid is for 24 windows that came in at $10,000 for the TrustGuard and $8000 for the Legacy window. This includes all installation.

The company offers a lifetime warranty on their parts and a one year provision on the labor itself. Thanks for the Vinyl Kraft Windows Reviews, very helpful

Here Are the Numbers.

Legacy Window
3/4 inch double strength glass
.30 U-factor
.29 SHGC
3.25 inch jamb depth
AI < .3

Trustgard Window
7/8 inch glass
block and tackle balance
Pre-insulated foam wrapped frame
.28 U-factor
.27 SHGC
.52 Visible Transmittance
3.25 inch jamb depth
AI < .3

Bradley - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

The company pops up now and again, but you are correct that there isn't much on them. It sounds like the company does a good job with customer service and most of the performance numbers are not bad. The big thing I see is the air infiltration at somewhere just under .30, this is pretty horrible. Anything above .10 is pretty poor and anything below .05 is good. The top vinyl window such as the Okna 800 is at a .01 AI, which is awesome.

I would imagine that this is the reason for the low cost of the window, it's a low end vinyl window that lets in air. Typically you get what you pay for, but I'd love to get your feedback on the windows once they go in if you do end up going with Vinyl Kraft.

- Site Editor - from 2016

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Vinyl Kraft Windows Reviews | 5300 Series

5300 Series Cost

I am recently windowed and in need to replace the windows on my 26 year old house. I have lived in it since it was built. It has wooden windows and several have rotten window sills. I have received three of the four quotes thus far and am trying to educate myself on the best option. If I could receive your list of your recommended good and great windows I would appreciate it also.

15 double hung
1 large half round window
2 small half round window
2 casement windows
2 sliding glass doors

I really wanted black exterior and black interior but I’ll be financing the purchase (I have $10,000 towards it) and I can’t seem to see the additional cost for black both outside and inside. Your review and recommendation of the brands I have obtained quotes on would be greatly appreciated. I have one outstanding quote for Provia – either Endure or Aspect series.

Alside Mezzo windows and doors $20, 445
White ext / white int
+$6000 for black exterior

Quaker Manchester windows $23,919.66
Anderson 100 series doors 7,470.14
Black ext /black int

Vinyl Kraft 5300 Series windows and doors $20,952
Black ext / white int
+20,000 for black int

Cathy - Homeowner - from 2022

[Website Editor Reply]

Cathy, I would prefer the ProVia Endure over anything on the board so far fyi. I think I would go with the VinylKraft 5300 series then the Alside Mezzo -- I really don't know enough about the Manchester to make a call on this selection. Let's find out what the Endure bid comes in at -- when they come out, I would basically give them the Alside Mezzo price and tell them point blank if they can match that, then you'll sign the work order that day. That would be an excellent window at a very competitive price. Quaker Windows Reviews

Dane - Website Editor - from 2022

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5500 Windows Reviews

Vinyl Kraft 5500 Series

Hi guys, I have a question about Vinyl Kraft windows. I received a quote of $8500 for 17 5500 series triple pane windows. Compared to what I saw in reviews on your site, this seems high. Can you guys tell me what you've seen price-wise?

I'm located in Franklin TN. My windows are should have been warrantied through TN Thermal who used Thermal Industries windows. I had the series 500 Superpeak triple pane. they are wanting to replace them with the Vinyl Kraft 5500 series They want me to think I'm getting a deal at that price.

Are they good windows & would you pay $300 for them?


Eric - Homeowner - from 2020

[Website Editor Reply]

I'm not really familiar with Vinyl Kraft enough to give them an endorsement. They have some nice features on he 5500 series so that's good. If the price is $300 installed, then you may want to consider it as that is a pretty fantastic price.

You have a Zen windows near where you live. They sell Soft-Lite windows (unless they sell Alside, which are pretty underwhelming). The Soft-Lite Classic (Zen Nirvana) and Soft-Lite Pro (Zen Lotus) are very good windows and I could definitely endorse those.

I'd get a bid from Zen and see where their pricing comes in at...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

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