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Windsor Windows Reviews

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Editor's Windsor Windows Review

Windsor manufactures three distinct line , the Pinnacle Series Wood Clad, the Legend Cellular PVC or composite frame and the New Dimensions vinyl window (they also make an impact window but its either part of the Windsor Pinnacle or Legend Series.) They are best known for their Pinnacle Wood Windows - exampled by the tag line on the website that reads "A Woodgrain Millwork Company." The Windsor Windows Pinnacle Series is available as an aluminum clad or full wood option with an interior wood species choice of fir, alder and pine.

For the most part, their wood clad windows are a "value window," meaning they are often carried at high end dealer locations as the lower priced alternative to bigger names such as Loewen, Andersen and Marvin Windows. The

We don't have enough information on Windsor Windows customer service to comment on it one way or the other. In terms of Windsor Windows ratings, the New Dimension is listed on the nfrc.org website and the casement has some decent numbers; .29 U-factor, .29 SHGC, and .50 VT with a low-e glass and argon fills. The Pinnacle Clad Glide-By with low-e glass and argon fills will get .35 U-factor, .20 SHGC and a .46 VT.

There seems to be concern from industry experts over the production quality of Windsor Windows so consumers would be well advised to address these concerns with the local dealer or rep through which you purchase your windows.

Bottom Line: Windsor Windows is a decent alternative for consumers looking for a value wood clad or wood window. There are too many decent good vinyl windows out there to really consider Windsor in this category, but their PVC and wood windows are viable. We would caution consumers to check into the production quality issues and make sure that whoever you buy the windows from are going to stand behind the products if there are issues down the road.

Dane - Site Editor


Windsor Pinnacle Wood Clad Windows

Good evening, we are preparing to have a large palladium window replaced in our 24 year old house. The current window is cloudy and I am sure I have some rotten wood that will need to be replaced. We are considering the Pinnacle Clad to replace our old wood window. The window consists of 4 parts. Two side windows, the rectangle unit and the half round. My question is this. Is the Pinnacle Clad a worthy window? We have been quoted a price of $3,170.00 plus $750 for installation. Your thoughts on the quality and price would be appreciated.

Terry - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Terry, the price sounds reasonable, but honestly, custom type of work on these "elaborate" windows can vary quite a bit. You really can't tell unless you get a few bids to compare it with. That's what I'd suggest.

Pinnacle makes a good wood clad window. Not a top tier clad window like an Andersen 400 or Marvin Ultimate, but still quite good. Jeld Wen makes an interesting wood window that carries a lifetime warranty and uses an auralast wood that holds up better than traditional wood.

Have you considered getting a bid on a high end vinyl window using an interior laminate? Okna, Sunrise, and Soft-lite all make a pretty impressive laminate wood interiors that are difficult to tell from real wood grain unless you get quite close. The only reason I bring it up is that you will be replacing your wood clad window in 20 years, while the top tier vinyl window will last twice that long. Plus lower cost, plus no maintenance, plus much better energy efficiency.

...some things to consider :)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020


Windsor Wood Windows In Michigan

Hi Dane, I live in Central Michigan. We have a house that a friend of mine's grandparents built new in 1980. It has all but 1 Pella window in it. They have lasted very good but we are thinking about replacing some or all of them. Wood inside with vinyl or aluminum clad exteriors. We have 3 sliding patio doors, 2 – 8' units, and 1- 6' unit. They need to go this year we can make it happen. The others could probably go another few years if need be. I am trying to figure out what to use for replacements.

I have a friend that is a local contractor. He swears by the Windsors. Says he would put them up against an Anderson or Pella for quality. I don't see that in the reviews. Seems as though they are a cheaper alternative, but have issues. I have found that they really aren't all that much cheaper as well.

I don't necessarily need an Anderson or Pella name, but do want a very good quality window. Another friend has Marvins and loves them.

Advice?

Joel - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joel, if you are definitely set on wood, then Windsor is a decent alternative to the Andersen and Pella. The fact of the matter is that all wood windows breakdown over time -- this is reflected in their warranty claims. I'm not the biggest fan of wood for this reason, but I tend to like Andersen. If you can be patient and find a good deal on their doors, I think you can get a good Andersen door at a decent price. Doors can really vary in cost, depending on whether its a standard or custom size so I'd price them all out and see how they compare for your measurements. The 8' and 6' sizes though should be relatively standard.

Marvin makes a great product, although their doors are mostly made of Ultrex fiberglass. You can get the door in a wood interior in the Integrity series and I would rate their products on par with Andersen.

If you are interested in a cheaper alternative, you can also look at a vinyl window with a wood veneer interior. It's worth a look to see if the faux wood alternative is something you like. Lots of door interiors are painted so the wood grain doesn't always show through.

The quality vinyl options will offer a better warranty, performance and cost. I'd stick with top manufacturers like Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, Kensington and Polaris.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019


Windsor Windows vs. Lincoln

What are your thoughts on Windsor or Lincoln windows?

Wendell - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Honestly, I've never been a huge wood clad window fan -- I'm assuming you are talking about wood clad since you mentioned these two companies in the same sentence. If I had to pick I'd choose Windsor over Lincoln. My real pick is always a high end vinyl window with a wood grain interior. Much less expensive and much better energy efficiency, longevity and ease of maintenance.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Windsor Windows vs Jeld Wen

We're building a brand new home with a considerable number of windows and doors. I'm looking for a budget window that will last and look good in the meantime. Originally, I wanted to go with Jeld Wen, but then our builder suggested Windsor. I'm trying to find out if they are a better option than Jeld Wen?

Daisy - Consumer - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

Daisy, I'm not a huge fan of either of these brands. I'm not sure you can build a house with a cheap window that looks great and lasts a long time with no issues. I understand that that's what you want, but that's not how products work. Cheap products don't last. You should be looking for a quality mid range vinyl window. Take a look at our best windows page and look in our mid range section for brands that might be better and last longer than either Windsor or Jeld Wen.

Michael - Contractor - from 2012


Windsor Customer Complaint

I've looked at Windsors and from what I can tell, it's a good price, fast shipping and installation, you can get pretty much anything you want as far as options and custom windows, but the factory makes a ton of mistakes - sloppy fabrication and bad welds. As far as I'm concerned, they're fine for flipping or a rental but I don't want to live with them.

Jim - Installer - from 2011


Winsor Legend Windows Review

Windsor's Legend is a cellular PVC window. It looks great, but Windsor has some quality problems that make me hesitate to buy them. They are a great price, though, and if you're on a tight budget you could do worse.

Holland - Contractor - from 2011






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Windsor Windows Pinnacle Series

Were in the market for an aluminum clad window. I'm on a budget, but I still want a decent window. So far, I'm looking at Windsor, SEMCO, Marvin, and Jeld Wen. I like Semco and Marvin the best thus far. Jeld Wen and Windsor don't seem to be as smooth and have clunkier looking hardware.

Jean - Homeowner in Tennessee from 2010

[Contractor Response]

The Windsor is a lower end wood window company. Their products aren't bad, but if you do want a stronger product, the Marvin is going to be the brand to go with. Excellent quality and workmanship.

Allen - Contractor - from 2010


Windsor Windows Warranty

Windsor offers a separate window warranty for each of their 3 models. The Pinnacle insulated glass is warrantied for 10 to 20 years (with a 30 year optional upgrade), the extruded exterior finish for 20 years, components for 10 years and the painted white interior for 2 years. The Legend composite window has a 20 year warranty on the insulated glass seals, components for 25 years, materials and workmanship for 10 years and factory paint of 10 years. The New Dimensions vinyl window carries a Lifetime Limited Warranty that covers materials and workmanship defects for the life of the original owner, is transferrable (the new owner is only covered for 10 years).

As with all window warranties, there are a number of exclusions and caveats that must be completely understood to the buyer prior to purchase to understand the specifics of the warranty offered.


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