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Viwinco Windows and Doors are headquartered in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. The company has been around since 1982 and they manufacture replacement and new construction windows, as well as patio doors for a mostly residential market. Scroll down to read all of our Viwinco Windows reviews.

Overall Rating: Viwinco Windows And Doors gets a 4.1 out of 5 stars based on 36 consumer reviews below.

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Viwinco Window Series

The company manufactures and sells four window series, including the the S-Series, Cambridge, Edgemont, and Oceanview Impact series. The performance data on many of their series is surprisingly good (not great, but solid). Much of this performance data is available on the website, which is refreshing. The Viwinco product lines are generally clean nice looking and aesthetically pleasing. So while not a top tier company, Viwinco is a really solid budget in my opinion.

Dane - Site Editor - Page Last Updated: April 16, 2024

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Viwinco Edgemont Series

The Viwinco Edgemont is their entry level vinyl replacement series. It utilizes a thinner frame than the Cambridge, which does allow for more glass, but at the expense of some overall strength and energy efficiency. The Edgemont uses single strength Solarban 60 low-e glass, argon fills, and an Interecept spacer. In addition, it has a beveled fusion-welded frame, constant-force balance system, true sloped sill, single cam lock, and a roll form screen.

Performance wise, the Edgemont double hung with a low-e glass delivers a .29 U-value, visible light transmittance of .38, SHGC of .20, condensation resistance of 58, and an air infiltration of .14. The air leakage is not so impressive, but the other numbers are just fine.
I would give the Viwinco Edgemont Series a 3.8 out of 5 stars rating.

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Viwinco Windows Reviews :: Cambridge Series

The Viwinco Cambridge is the company's upgraded replacement window and a step above the entry level Edgemont. The Cambridge is Viwinco's best known window series. The Cambridge has a stronger and durable frame than the Edgemont model, as well as several nice upgrades. Standard features on the Viwinco Cambridge include low-e double strength glass, the Intercept spacer, a fusion-welded frame, a true sloped sill, argon gas fills, a constant force balance, and an extruded half screen.

Performance wise, consumers can expect the double hung with low-e glass and fills to deliver a .29 U-factor, DP35, .19 SHGC, .11 AI, and 57 Condensation Resistance. Pretty good numbers to be honest.

All in all, not a bad vinyl replacement option, a pretty solid second tier product. I think given the right price point, it's something homeowners should certainly consider.
I would give the Viwinco Cambridge Series a 4 out of 5 stars rating.

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Viwinco vs United

Would you say that a Viwinco premium series is worth $50 bucks more than a United Windows premium series?

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Karen - Homeowner - from 2024

[Site Editor's Answer]

Karen, yes, the Viwinco is worth it. United makes much more of a builder grade window over Viwinco - not the worst vinyl windows, but certainly nowhere near the best either. But I do think that the United is at least worth a bid to find out more on local pricing - always worth a bi.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2024

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Viwinco Cambridge Windows

> Greetings Tim, my husband and I recently began getting bids to replace the fixed pane windows in our atrium wall. The original windows were manufactured by Crown. So far we have two bids; one bid Viwinco Cambridge replacement windows and the other bid Marvin Infinity. The Marvin quote is about 55% higher than the Viwinco quote. The wall has some specialty sized panes in it and a lot of the glass is high up. We intend to be in the house for another 5 or so years.

We definitely want a good product with a good warranty to alleviate concerns about having to fix/replace the top window again. We are in the St Louis metropolitan area. We would appreciate it if you could comment on your thoughts between the Marvin quality versus the Viwinco quality and, if there is an alternative replacement window available in our area that you would recommend.

Many thanks!

Lynne - Homeowner - from 2020

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Lynne, those are two very different products and the cost bid obviously reflects this. For me, with a 5 year timeline, I would try to make the Viwinco Cambridge bid work. I would take a close look at the company giving me the bid and if they had good reviews and a solid reputation, I would go with the Viwinco. If not, I would keep looking.

The Marvin Infinity is a good fiberglass window, but you aren't going to see any ROI in your 5 year timeline.

You could always get a Ply Gem or Simonton quote, but I'll bet the Viwinco bid is going to be lower. Again, if the company doing the install doesn't have a good reputation, then I'd keep searching.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Viwinco Cambridge Windows vs Simonton

Tim, Thanks very much for your quick and helpful response. We plan to be in our house for 20+ more years and we only want to buy windows once.

I have since had Window World quote (not impressed) and will get a quote from either Wincore or Norandex soon. Do any of these in certain model lines surpass the Simonton 5500? Sunrise and Soft-Lite do not have local dealers. PGT could be an option but I haven't found an installer I trust.

One area that soured me a little on the Simonton 5500 was certain the DP value was 26 compared to Viwinco's near-consistent 40-50 rating. I want to be ready for the next hurricane!

Joe - Homeowner - from 2019

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My own opinion is that the Simtonton 5500 is a better window than the Viwinco Cambridge. You want to pitch your question on and see what the group of window installers says. You may also ask the installer what upgrades you could make to the 5500 to increase that DP rating. These would be my two suggestions.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Viwinco Cambridge Windows Review

Hi Tim – thanks for the great website resource and your viwinco windows reviews page, I'm lovin' it!

I live in the area hit hard by Hurricane Michael last Oct. Finding good options for new windows/reputable installers has been a challenge.

I have quotes for Viwinco Cambridge, Pella 350 (through Lowes), and Simonton 5500. I do not require impact glass.

I need 38 windows – mostly single (or double) hung, several require mulling with a fixed eyebrow above.

Advice or recommendations?

I can’t seem to find anyone offering a premium vinyl window.

Joe - Homeowner - from 2019

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The Simonton 5500 is my favorite of this bunch. It's a good solid vinyl window in my opinion. The Pella 350 is decent but often overpriced for what you are getting. The Viwinco Cambridge is a window I would mostly avoid unless you are planning to move in the next 5 to 7 years.

PGT and CWS both make a good vinyl window, comparable to say the Simonton 5500. You may also want to see if there is a Zen dealer in your area who carries the Soft-Lite brand.

This is where I would start.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Viwinco Cambridge vs. Zen Lotus

Hi guys, I'm debating between the Zen Lotus window and the Viwinco Cambridge series. The Viwinco would be sold through a private contractor who has a very good reputation. We live in the St. Louis Missouri.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2019

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Mike, the Zen Lotus is a much better window than the Viwinco Cambridge series. Assuming that your St. Louis branch of Zen has a good reputation, this is the option I would go with. The Viwinco Cambridge series is not a bad window, its just the Soft-Lite Pro (Zen Lotus) is the better one. Cheers!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Viwinco Cambridge vs. Provia Endure

We are deciding between Provia Endure and Viwinco Cambridge replacement Windows. There are 6 double hung, one casement, and a combo DH/Picture/DH. The Provia quote is $4500 and the Viwinco is $5600 for comparable glass and features.

I am leaning toward the Provia unless you think there is a reason to choose the Viwinco. Both are popular among builders here in Northeast Ohio. The Provia does have better NFRC specs, and I like the no metal spacer idea.

We are confident with the vendor (MRV Siding/Holmes Siding); they work extensively with contractors and have a good reputation.

Greg - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Greg, the Provia Endure is the better window over the Viwinco Cambridge. No question there. The fact that it's cheaper makes this answer an absolute slam dunk. Go with the ProVia Endure and save yourself some money!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

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Viwinco Cambridge Series

Tim, I live in Missouri & have a highly regarded contractor quoting Viwinco. I feel very good about the installer, pricing but have seen mixed reviews on the windows. I’ve also researched other rated windows & all seem to have some negative comments. Can you provide any insight? Thank you.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2018

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Mike, I would consider the Viwinco Cambridge window a very solid mid range vinyl window. Viwinco windows aren't considered a top tier manufacturer, but given proper ordering and good installation, I would say they should be just fine. They can offer some nice value and decent performance data.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Viwinco Brand "S" Series Cambridge

Hi Guys, I’m reading your reviews, and my contractor (on a repair job in my master regarding four 6 foot tall bay/picture windows) used a local distributor (Construction Solutions & Supply) and they installed PlyGem windows. Two of the four brand new windows leaked immediately then this installer came out and replaced the glass and resealed on both of the faulty windows; subsequently, one leaked immediately then the other leaked one week later.

A great friend of mine is a contractor and he's never had a problem with PlyGem; however, the company who sold us and installed these PlyGem windows that they've experienced leaking with this manufacturer lately.

My house is 1 mile from the beach (on an island) and next to the intracoastal here in Jacksonville, FL. We get pounded with heavy winds, rains, nor'easters and hurricanes every year - multiple times. What brand and model would you truly recommend? The window distributor has recommended we us the Viwinco brand "S" series Cambridge, tempered glass.

Given our problems and what i've shared do you A) recommend this Viwinco brand and model (I've read mixed reviews), or B) do you have other brands and models to recommend? Keep in mind our home was build in 2001 and is concrete block, tile roof, with aluminum windows.

Brandon - Homeowner - from 2018

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Brandon, sorry for your troubles, it sounds like a total headache and money-suck. I've generally had good experience with the Ply Gem Premium, and to a lesser extent, the Pro model. I hadn't heard about an uptick in leaking issues, but certainly it is on my radar now.

The Viwinco Cambridge is a decent vinyl window, a pretty solid second tier option. You can expect a a .29 U-factor, .19 SHGC, .11 AI, DP35, and an 57 CR.

The other companies I typically recommend in Florida include the PGT Winguard, Custom Window Systems 600 Series, or the Simonton Impressions and Reflections 500 series. Given quality installation, these seem to all be solid consumer options. PGT Impact Windows

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

ViWinco Cambridge vs. Interstate Compositwood 9800

Dane, I'm replacing 30 windows in a home on the Chesapeake bay, Sunrise and Softlite do not cover the eastern shore of Maryland or Virginia, the local installer recommends Interstate Compositwood 9800 with double pane low e on both panes @ $19,100 or Interstate Insight Vinyl 6800 double pane low e for $17,700. Do you have any recommendations or knowledge on these?

Another contractor is quoting ViWinco Cambridge, but after reading your reviews, I have since ruled them out.

Wayne - Homeowner - from 2018

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Wayne, I hear very little about Interstate. I took a look at their website and they seemed quite credible, but I can't vouch for the quality of what they make. I would definitely stick with the higher end Compositwood 9800 if you do go with them. I would think that at least Okna would be available in your area. I'd love to see a comparison quote from them own the 500 or 800 series from them.

I would think they would be similarly priced and Okna has a great reputation in the industry. Interstate Windows Reviews. I think you are right to rule out the ViWinco Cambridge, it is a subpar window compared to the two mentioned above. Are you sure Sunrise and Softlite don't cover the Chesapeake? I found a couple of links to possible dealers in your area.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Viwinco vs Castle

Hi Dane, sure need help with this decision making process. Have had 4 estimates to date. Have 8 - 36 x 59 1/2, 1 - bow window, 1 - 25 x 39 (bathroom which does not require tempered glass). These are approximate sizes measured from inside. I did not get actual measurements from the reps who came to my home. Window World gave an estimate of $5271. They treated the bow window by replacing with 3 windows (it currently has 9 lites). All companies did the same. Castle's estimate was $6600. Castle Windows Reviews

An independent contractor gave me an estimate of $5400 on the Viwinco Cambridge window. I liked that one the best. He was more cautious about handling of the bow window. Made several calls to his manufacturer before even giving us the estimate. However, when we contacted him to go ahead and give us a contract - he never responded, and it has been more than 3 weeks. Obviously, he eliminated himself. All of these prices included replacement of rotten wood where needed.

Today I contacted Skyline Windows out of Richmond, Virginia with reference to the Okna window. What I am taking from your website is that this is one of the better vinyl windows on the market. I especially like the fact that a factory trained installer will do installation, if we purchase from them. I doubled-checked this with the gentleman I spoke to. The reviews on their website are excellent with the same customers using them twice or more for replacement windows.

We also got an estimate from Renewal by Andersen. The are wooden windows and beautiful - but at a price of $16,000 which is about 3 times higher than the others. Of course I know this is a different type product.

Have been to Lowes but am a little afraid of their subs, and the Pella look good but are not getting very good reviews, but I am really grateful for your viwinco windows reviews. Would certainly appreciate and help you can offer to set us on the right path for getting the best windows for our money. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Ramona - Homeowner - from 2017

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Ramona, you have done the hard work in getting and compiling the bids, so good for you on that count. Renewal By Andersen costs are rarely less than 2X the price of quality vinyl manufacturers and reflect their marketing costs and "reputation" in the industry. In my humble opinion, they are simply way overpriced...unless you are rich and just don't care how much you pay.

Castle seems to get very mixed reviews from what I can tell, but I don't know a ton about them. Additionally, I don't know a ton about the windows they sell.

The Viwinco Cambridge is an okay vinyl window. I would sort of put it in the mid range mark. I'm a bit mixed on Viwinco in general, I think they are good for the price, but not necessarily good enough.

Okna makes a fantastic window. You didn't specify the price, which is sort of important. I would use your existing bids to try and make sure you find the best price quote you can from Skyline Windows. Then go with the Okna. 10 years down the road you will be glad you did!

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Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Viwinco Cambridge vs. Paradigm 8300 Series

We are in the process of replacing 9 windows in the front of our house. The contractor we are working with offered the following: Viwinco Cambridge, Paradigm 8300 series, and Jeld-wen Premium Vinyl. The Viwinco and Paradigm seem like better options, and we can get foam filled frames with the Paradigms. What are your thoughts on these windows? They will be facing eastward, so they will be getting a lot of sun. Any concerns on longevity? Jeld Wen Windows Reviews

Rich - Homeowner - from 2017

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Rich, all of these windows are in that sort of mid range vinyl window status, I'm not sure I'd say one of them is significantly better the other. I think if were my house, I'd go with Paradigm with the foam fills and a good low-e glass package.

In terms of longevity, there is nothing about the products themselves that would indicate a longer or shorter longevity. The vinyl they use will be the same. I think the quality of installation would play a bigger role in terms of how long the windows functioned well. This would be an important factor in the decision if it were me.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Viwinco Sliders vs Alside Berkshire Sliders

Tim, I am trying to decide which windows to use to replace some screens on a screened in porch. I have a bid for Alside Berkshire windows that is approximately half of the bid for the Viwinco Sliders. Which is a better vinyl slider for the money? Thanks for your Viwinco Windows reviews and for any help you can give.

Theodore - Homeowner - from 2016

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Theodore, I would put the Alside Berkshire and Viwinco Slider in the same basic category so the 1/2 price Berkshire would be the clear winner. I think that the installation is key and I would make sure that the company/person offering the alside product has positive past reviews and is professional in their approach to the project. Given those two criteria, I would say that the Alside Berkshire should serve you well.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Viwinco Cambridge vs ProVia AP500

We are having builder grades 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 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

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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 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. ProVia Windows Reviews

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

Viwinco Cambridge Review

We had Viwinco Cambridge replacement windows installment in our home last December. We are very pleased with the way the windows were installed. They are easy to open and close and clean. Also we notice that we don't hear a lot of outside noise. They have helped with keeping down the cost of heating and air conditioning. We had to match the exterior of our home and Viwinco colors were perfect. They give our home a very nice appearance.

Kay - Homeowner - from 2014

Viwinco Cambridge vs Energex Elites

I'm looking at Energex Elites with Advantage glass and Viwinco's Cambridge. I like both of them and I'm not sure which to go for. They both tilt and turn, the main difference is the Cambridge has a single lock and the Elite has a double lock system. The price is similar, and they seem to be about the same as far as energy efficiency. I'm leaning towards the Energex but I'd like more opinions. Replacement Window Costs

Jamie - Homeowner - from 2012

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The Viwinco is a bargain window. It's designed to be cheap, good for rentals or low-rent properties. Bottom line: the Energex Elites all the way.

Michael - Installer - from 2012

Viwinco Cambridge Window or Okna Starmark

I think the Okna Starmark wins by a mile. The Viwinco Cambridge looks good on paper, its ratings are competitive, but they don't last long and they are just cheap and flimsy.

Will - Contractor in Illinois - from 2010

Viwinco Contractor Approval

I like the Viwincos. They have a DP of 50 and have a lot of options. Our local dealer offers a free low-e upgrade, which is nice. The Cambridge is their best line, and they just upgraded their hardware and it looks great. They seem to be a sturdy window, with a 3/4 inch coil balance and a lock on the bottom sash. I think it's a good affordable option.

Mike - Contractor in Pennsylvania - from 2009

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Viwinco Builder's Choice Series

The ViWinco Builder's Choice window is the company's lower end new construction model that is intended as a more affordable option for homeowners. There are certain window manufacturers where I consider their lower models fine for certain projects, but probably not with ViWinco. If it were me, I'd stick to the S-Series new construction series. I would give the Viwinco Builder's Choice Series a 4 out of 5 stars rating.

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Viwinco Windows Reviews On Builder's Choice

I'm replacing most of my windows with New construction Windows as part of residing mt house (I have access to the flanges). The original 21 year old Capitol Windows are junk. I have a 13 year old addition with Builder's First Source windows that seem ok (they're staying). I tried to match the Builder's First Source windows and ended up with two Certainteed (MI) windows in the garage... they seem ok, but it's hard to tell, since it's a garage.

The contractor has priced Simonton Pro-Finish Master and Viwinco Choice Windows... The Simonton is more expensive and I assume they better... are they? Is the difference significant?

Martin - Homeowner - from 2015

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Martin, the Simonton ProFinish Master window is a solid vinyl window, better than the ProFinish Builder and with a fewer nice features that don't come standard on the ProFinish Contractor (the ProFinish is available in three levels or options).

Viwinco offers two new construction windows, the S-Series and the Builder's Choice, I'm assuming that your contractor is referring to the latter option. The Simonton option is going to be better then the Viwinco. Simonton is a bigger company and you will have more options if something does go wrong. Sure, you might pay more for the Simonton, but it's a better long term option that I would hop will provide better value over the life of the windows.

As always, make sure they do a thorough job installing the windows. I think you will be happy with Simonton ProFinish Master windows.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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Viwinco Windows Reviews :: S Series

Viwinco Windows vs Andersen 400

Good Evening, I am building new construction home in the upper Mid-Atlantic/ lower Northeast and had the house spec'd out for Andersen 400 Series. However, many contractors and suppliers are trying to talking me in to the Viwinco S Series. They are all saying it is a comparable window that will cut a lot of expenses due to paying for just the Andersen name. Any advice would be appreciated!


Jeremiah - Homeowner - from 2019

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Jeremiah, they are correct that the Viwinco S series will be quite a bit lower in terms of cost. The performance data will also be comparable, actually the Viwinco is probably better than the 400 series simply because vinyl always out performs an organic like wood.

Viwinco is an okay brand with decent performance numbers. There are better vinyl windows out there than Viwinco to be sure and I’d ask my contractor for some additional options. Check out our top rated windows page to see some of the vinyl window brand our team recommends.

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I will say the Viwinco casement and single hung get good air infiltration numbers at .01 and .07 respectively. I like casements for a number of reasons, and if I was going with the Viwinco, this is the window style I would aim for.

The Andersen 400 window is a good wood clad window and if you are insisting on wood, this is one of the tops in my book. Do you pay for the Andersen name? Yes you do. They do make a good product though. In the end, I agree that vinyl makes more sense for most homeowners.

I hope this helped.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

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Viwinco Oceanview Series

The OceanView impact window is made for coastal applications that require a more robust and durable window. This hurricane-resistant window comes standard with laminated glass (a .90" interlayer thickness), a beveled frame, aluminum reinforced sill, tilt and lock on the hungs, a constant force balance, a true sloped sill, and an upgraded extruded screen.

Performance wise, the Viwinco Oceanview series delivers a DP50 rating and an STC rating of 34. The Edgemont double hung with a low-e glass delivers a .28 U-value, visible light transmittance of .36, SHGC of .20, and a condensation resistance of 59. The double hung achieves an air infiltration of .13, while the single hung has a much more impressive .05 AI.

All in all, the Oceanview window is a good pick for consumers who want a mid range impact window without breaking the bank.
I would give the Viwinco Oceanview Impact Series a 4.3 out of 5 stars rating.

Dane - Site Editor

Viwinco Ocean View Windows Reviews

Dane, I was wondering what you thought of the EcoGuard window series from EWS? We recently got a bid on that and the Viwinco Ocean View series and I was curious whether you thought this was a good buy. We live here in Florida and are looking for a good impact window.

Janelle - Homeowner - from 2023

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Janelle, I have to be honest - I don’t know a ton about the EcoGuard series. From what I know, EWS does make a good impact window, so their top-of-the-line double hung should be a good buy. But I don’t know if I can say that with complete confidence only because I hear about ECO window systems less frequently than I do companies like CWS and PGT. Both of these Florida companies make excellent impact windows.

I should say that the Simonton Stormbreaker in the Viwinco Ocean View series are also quality products that you may want to look up and see if there’s any reps or companies that sell the product in your area. My suggestion would be to collect four or five bids on impact windowsand see how they compare to our hurricane impact windows cost calculator found here send me your bids from the different companies with a different price points and I’m really happy to help you find the best bid for your situation. Thanks so much.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

OceanView Series

We have a 1980s home in Florida on the coast. We are looking for impact windows and have a bid on the Ocean View series, I want to say the bid price comes out to $1800 per window installed. Sales person who gave us the quote was very nice. He said the reason for the high cost was due to the type of installation we required. I’m wondering if this is a good option for our Florida home, or if I should continue to get more bids. I have heard about PGT, but I also heard that they were expensive. Thank you, your advice is invaluable.

George - Homeowner - from 2023

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George, the ViWinco Ocean View is a solid option. $1800 per window for full frame installation is, I would say, a fir price. PGT sells an excellent impact window, but you will easily pay that amount for their Energy view impact window. My advice is to collect as many bids as you can in order to make sure you’re getting the best price available. (PGT Impact Windows Price List)

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

Viwinco OceanView Reviews

Dane, I’ve been collecting quotes from 3 companies, all proposing different options. I am replacing everything in house minus the block window in bathroom. All are 6 double hung with and 2 double side sliders. I am really confused on trying to compare because of lack of information on-line about performance, quality, overall value. Seems every query takes to wanting all my information so people can start calling. I ran across your site tonight and wish I had come here first!

Can you make heads or tails from this and just let me say thanks for your Viwinco Windows reviews I would be lost without them.

Window World using 8400 series, 11 windows and quote $13,200 for non impact, and $16,100 for impact. Window World Reviews

Hometown Contractors using ViWinco Coastal View non impact $20,300 for non impact and $24,100 for impact

Eco View contractors using ViWinTECH Shoreline non impact $13,700 non impact $16,299 for impact ViWinTech Windows Reviews

All non impact quotes include Fabric Shield Hurricane protection and installed hardware. They don't break out that price but all say its around $2500.00. I am not planning on moving anytime soon. I live int eh Florida panhandle not far from the coast but not really in a wind zone. Insurance has already told me they only provide a $100 credit for impacts. I really like the ViWinco, they seem to be much better quality then ViWinTech...

Please help if you can!!!

Walter - Homeowner - from 2023

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Walter, I would say all three of the window series you have quotes on are quite good -- and pretty much on par with one another. The WW 8400 series is the Wincore 8400 series, which is a good unit. The ViWinTech Shoreline is on par with the Wincore. The ViWinco Coastal View is probably the better of the three, but not by much.

I think I would make the decision based on the online reviews of the companies doing the work -- I think the overall quality of the windows is too similar to use as the guiding decision making issue.

And of course price would factor into the equation is well.

I hope this helps!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

Viwinco Ocean View Series

Good morning, we're in a conundrum of deciding between 2 quotes. One for Viwinco and one for PGT in our Florida home. We require hurricane impact due to proximity to the coast and the cost difference is fairly significant. We have 2 large sliding glass doors plus large windows (most 83-96" wide). Our 2 main objectives besides impact are #1 sound reduction and #2 reducing air infiltration/ improving efficiency. Is there a big difference between these 2 brands??

Thanks in advance,

Heather - Homeowner - from 2020

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Both pretty solid impact windows, Heather. I think I would opt for the PGT over the Viwinco for the simple fact that PGT probably has the better brand recognition over Viwinco. For me, the real deciding factor would be the company doing the work: reputation, reviews, warranty, overall feeling you have abs each. I think this matters more than the products, which are close in quality and craftsmanship.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Viwinco Oceanview vs. PGT WinGuard

Hi, I’ve enjoyed looking at your website. Good information there! We are embarking on a total renovation including an addition, new siding and windows. I’m having to be budget conscious with my selections. We are on the coast so we must choose impact rated windows and doors. Regarding windows, my contractor’s window supplier has given me a quote on the Viwinco Oceanview series. I am attaching it for your review.

I am going to ask for a quote on PGT WinGuard in hopes that the price difference is negligible. If you are hesitant to open an attachment from an unknown source, then I can tell you that the price for 25 windows of various sizes is $18,793. The quote for the 3 sliders is $8816. I’m told that Viwinco has a 5-6% price increase on Feb. 1st which may or may not just be a sales pressure tactic. Any advice for me? Does the Viwinco bid seem fair?

Andrea - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Andrea, the quote seems pretty fair to me on the windows. The sliders seem expensive, but custom sizes are often quite expensive. You want to ask your builder for a quote on the Simonton Stormbreaker window/door as well. That would give you the Viwinco Oceanview, the PGT WinGuard and the Simonton Stormbreaker to compare products and pricing on three solid impact windows/doors.

I think this would be a big enough sample size to really feel comfortable that you've done your due diligence and to pick the best product and price point for your project. Feel free to shoot over the price quotes when you do receive them and I'm happy to give you my take!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

[Andrea's Reply]

Thank you, Tim. Will do! Do you think I should make my decision today in order to avoid that Viwinco 5-6% price increase that is slated for Monday? Also, the sliders dropped $1500 in price when I removed the three grills. ???!!! So that makes the price better. According to my window guy, Viwinco and Simonton offer a lifetime warranty. Thanks again! Andi

Andrea - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

I'm never one for rushing myself. I hate when companies pull the whole buy it now because magically it costs more next week, but they always do it. I'd ask the builder to ask the Viwinco rep to honor the price they quoted while you get another price quote. See if they will.

Personally, I think PGT and Simonton make better products than Viwinco so I'd hold off and get pricing from those two first. If it was the Simonton that had just dropped their price, I might advise jumping on it.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

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Ocean View vs Andersen 400

Hi Tim, My builder seems to like the Viwinco Ocean View product and we are building about 3-4 rows back from the Atlantic in NC. I asked for a pricing difference to go to Andersen 400s and with about 20 regular single hungs, 4 -3?x3? picture windows and 3 Sliders we are looking at a $24,000 upgrade to get to Andersen.

In both cases we are looking for a top rated coastal window for hurricanes. My guess is that a good portion of that difference is due to the three sliders. Looking at the 400s I believe they are wood and we are actually fine with Vinyl but want durability and a reasonably good look.

By example the Viwinco sliders just don?t seem like they have a nice fit and finish even when trimmed out. The single hungs look fine and we are likely not opening them much. I am leaning toward single hung to get a better airtight window. So maybe I could live with the single hungs and might upgrade to a better slider? I am just a little shocked at the upgrade cost. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Bill - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bill, if you are looking for a top rated impact window, then the Viwinco OceanView and Andersen 400 series would not be the windows I would choose. The Viwinco Ocean View is (in my opinion) more of a mid range impact window when compared to other top rated impact windows. The Andersen 400 is a wood window, which is not going to hold up well in the hot humid eastern coast weather. Andersen is always going to be quite a bit more expensive than other brands.

Here are some recommendations I'd make for impact windows. Hopefully your builder has access to two or more of these. Top tier companies include the following three models: Soft-Lite Barcelona, Soft-Lite Armor Impact, andSunrise Coastal. Just below this are the Simonton StormBreaker Plus, CWSWindPact, PGT Winguard, Stanek Protector, and Wincore Stormforce.

I would rate the Viwinco Ocean View somewhere in the middle of the pack of this second list. A pretty good impact window, but not the best either. It certainly makes more sense though than a wood clad window given your location and needs.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Viwinco Windows Reviews Oceanview

Hi Dane, we bought a place at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina last year and are now starting a total remodel. Part of the remodel is replacing four 8’ sliders and four windows. Our place faces east and is located on a channel just off the intercostal and a direct mile from the ocean.

We have received 3 quotes for vinyl windows/doors with impact glass and really need to know which way to go.

1. Pella 350 Series (with roller screens and sun defense glass tinting) $20,000 (uninstalled) $26,000 (installed)
2. Viwinco Ocean View (Bettervue screens and no additional window tinting) $12,286
3. PGT 5570 Series (Bettervue screens and no additional window tinting) $14,336.91

The Viwinco & PGT prices DO NOT include installation as our contractor said he could remove all the old units and install the new units himself which brings up another question. In your opinion, should we let our contractor do the install ($75.00 per hour) or the window company? He is a small local contractor but has been in business for over 20 years; we have confidence in him but need to stretch the funds where possible.

I have enjoyed your website and appreciate your knowledge. Any other suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Website Editor Reply]

Nancy, thanks for the question, sounds like an exciting and stressful project :)

The Pella 350 window is a decent product, but not one I would even consider at the price quoted.

The Viwinco Ocean View window is not bad for a budget project.

The PGT 5570 Series is the clear winner in my mind. Good company and good impact window.

Assuming your contractor has installed windows and patio doors on previous jobs, I don't see why he can't do the work, especially because he knows your project better than anyone else. I would say a normal window removal and installation would be a two hour job. Since many companies charge $150 per window for the install, I'd say your contractors charge is right on the money.

Patio doors can be considerably more since they often involve more work, but I think his rate is fair and comparable to the window industry in general.

Let me know how it goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Viwinco Oceanview Window vs Wincore Impact Series

I am looking at replacing 26 windows in my Pensacola, Florida home with impact windows and have been looking at two options. Using Window World that uses the Wincore Impact window and a local company that installs Viwinco Oceanview windows. What is your opinion for the better window in this case?

And would you have an estimated installation cost per window in this area?

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dan, I don't know anything specifically about the Wincore impact window, but I would say that Wincore in general is going to make the better vinyl window over Viwinco. I would say that the Viwinco Oceanview window is a low cost impact window and probably not what I would recommend. It is the best window they make though, but in general Viwinco is considered a builder grade window manufacturer. Wincore Windows Reviews

A couple other brands you may want to look at include the Simonton Stormbreaker Plus impact window, PGT windows and Custom Window Systems (both of which make a number of different impact and non impact vinyl and aluminum clad windows). All should be available in your area and although they may be a bit more expensive, they are typically regarded as very solid impact window options.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Dan's Reply]

Thanks for the feedback. The company I am looking at to install the windows quoted me about 25% more for the Stormbreaker Plus windows vs the Viwinco. Does that make sense?

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dan, that's about the price difference I would expect. Take a look at this article on how to negotiate window prices. Yours is a perfect case for seeing how low the Simonton dealer is willing to go. If you can close that gap in price, I think the Stormbreaker Plus window is the way to go from the long term perspective.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Viwinco Oceanview vs Simonton Stormbreaker Plus

I'm searching for new construction windows for my coastal home. The builder we are using suggested impact windows and sliding doors from either Simonton or Viwinco. It's one sliding door and maybe 20 double hungs. Any opinions on these two companies? The two products my builder prefers are the windows and sliding glass doors by the two companies mentioned above. Thanks.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2014

[Contractor Response]

The Simonton Stormbreaker is their hurricane window and it's a tank. And it's pretty darn affordable (the Viwinco Oceanview should will less expensive, but it's not as good as the Stormbreaker). In general, Simonton makes a good mid-grade vinyl window and they have very good customer service.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Dan's Response]

Hey Dane, thanks for the feedback. I was able to get the overall cost dropped by about 23% which put the cost of the Simontons about $1000 more than the Viwincos.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dan, that's a great price reduction, I would say you are set to go with the Simonton Stormbreaker window. It's a very solid impact window that should serve you well.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

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Viwinco Window Installation

Several times in you ratings and comments on different replacement windows you have mentioned that the Viwinco windows a decent window for the price. You have also mentioned that this is the case if you have a good installation crew. What exactly should I be looking for to know that I am getting a good installation?

Jim - Homeowner - from 2018

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Jim, I do think Viwinco makes a solid mid range replacement window in their Cambridge series. Their OceanView impact window is also quite solid. From the dealer bids I've seen, I think there is some nice potential value for consumers with this brand.

In terms of finding a good installer, obviously you already have the bid from a Viwinco dealer. Start by looking at online reviews. Popular places include google reviews, yelp reviews, angie's list reviews, etc. I think you can get a good sense of the overall quality of business with this step, especially if they've been around for a number of years. You obviously want to go with a company that has been around the block.

Assuming they have a good reputation, you may want to back this up by asking them how long they've been in business. Lots of consumers don't have problems until after say year 7 or 8 so you want to be sure that the company is still going to be around.

Ask them how they handle warranty issues and ask them to give you an example so they take you through the process.

Finally, make sure to keep all of their info on hand so that if something does happen years later, you can easily find their info, call them up and get your issue fixed.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2018

Customer Complaint

Last fall, we had several large Viwinco windows installed in our den. Our den is now noticeably colder than the rest of our home. We replaced the windows so that the room would hopefully be warmer. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Air pours in through them. I contacted the company and someone came out to see them. We had condensation on the inside through the very cold winter, but also ice! I have never in my life seen ice before on the inside of new windows! The company representative returned and put thicker weatherstripping on the windows. It helped, but didn't completely solve the problem.

They are simply poorly made windows. The warranty from Viwinco states that moisture on the windows is not a fault of the manufacturer, but rather because of high humidity in the home. I have heard from several people that is not the case. And we know it isn't because our other new windows (from a different manufacturer) do not have this problem. The Viwinco warranty excuses the windows. I would never recommend windows from this company.

Suzanne - Consumer - from 2014

Viwinco Window Review

Viwinco makes a lower end window. They're on par with Silverline or MI. If you need a cheap window, they aren't the worst you can do, but if you're going to live in the home for a while, try for something a little better. Okna or Sunrise, Himark, Softlite, all of them are so much better in terms of performance and looks. MI Windows Reviews

Of course, sometimes that just is out of budget, and you have to do what you have to do. Really, you want a window with a u-factor of .28 or lower, a DP rating of at least 50, and air leakage under 0.07. Read addtional Sunrise windows reviews.

Michael - Contractor in New Jersey - from 2012

Viwinco Installer Opinion

When I talked to a dealer they were pushing Viwincos, but it looked cheap and flimsy to me. There are so many better windows, and you don't have to spend a lot to do better. Even other bargain windows are better than these.

Matthew - Installer - from 2011

Viwinco Quality

I'd only use them in a rental property or for flipping a house, not one you want to live in. You'll spend more for a quality window, but you'll have lower energy bills and you won't have to replace them every few years. I'd also stay away from Silverline, American Craftsman, and Pella's vinyl lines. It isn't that much more expensive to get a real quality product. Okna, Polaris Ultra, Gorell, Soft Lite, and Sunrise are all extremely good brands. Pella Windows Reviews

Randall - Contractor - from 2011

Viwinco Customer Review

I've heard a lot of bad things about Viwincos but I like them. I've seen them in a lot of homes and they look very nice and seem sturdy. I'll probably use them when it's time to replace my windows.

Mason - Homeowner - from 2011

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