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Worst Window Brands

Worst Window Brands

Explore our picks for the worst window brands and series on the replacement window market. To be honest, quite a few of the brands listed below are now defunct. This might be for any number of reasons: poor quality windows, poor management, or simply due to recession or economic shifts. Unfortunately, not all of our picks for our worst window brands are out of business. Some are still going strong.

Dane - Site Editor - Page Updated in December, 2023


"Unfortunately, there are lots of very poor window brands out there. While I don't love to shine a spot light on poorly made products (I prefer to focus on the truly excellent ones), I do think it's important for consumers to know what companies to stay away from."



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Worst Window Brands :: American Craftsman

American Craftsman sells their window series mainly through the big box stores. They sell the AC50 and the AC70. The company manufactures a fairly low quality vinyl window. In truth, they are meant for budget-minded projects and that's the quality and durability you can expect. Perhaps an option for rentals or flipping houses, but not ideal for maximizing the long term value of your investment.

Dane - Site Editor


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Worst Window Brands :: CertainTeed

Back in the 2000s, CertainTeed manufactured their own line of windows. They had odd names like the BrynMawr III, New Castle III, and NewBridge II. In 2009, the company decided to sell off its window division to MI. So now they don't make windows anymore.

However, many contractors who sell CertainTeed roofing and/or siding still sell windows to their clients. But it's not CertainTeed who is making the windows. Instead, it's MI. For the most part, MI makes a very builder grade product in terms of replacement windows. I'm not even sure what series/model they're selling, but I'm fairly confident that it's pretty low quality.

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Worst Window Brands :: Silverline

Silverline Windows are typically sold in many of the big box stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot. Silver Line specializes in mainly low-end vinyl windows, which includes their V1 and V3 series. They do offer a number of different styles including double hung's, single hungs, casements, hoppers, awnings, sliders and bay and bow windows.

As a general rule of thumb, Silverline does not make a very energy-efficient or durable window. They are probably okay for rental properties or if you're looking to flip houses, but other than this I would recommend staying away from them

Dane - Site Editor


Homeowner Questions And Answers

Below you will find homeowner questions on the worst window brands - and my answers as to what to avoid and what to look for in the bidding process. Enjoy.

Dane - Site Editor


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Best And Worst Window Brands In Texas

Dane, thanks for your quick response. I am going to go with Gold Star Windows & Doors of Beaumont Texas to install my windows and doors. These are the window brands they carry, I think they may not be able to get the Sunrise any longer. Which brands in particular should I be looking at. Would like to get a vinyl, mid to high end if possible. 11 windows, 4@34.75 x 34.75, 3@ 34.75 x 58.75, 3@ 22.75 x 58.75, 1@22.75 x 34.75 budgeting 10,000 but am flexible a little for the right window. Have a price from last year on a Pro Via Endure 10,259 and a Sunrise Res. 13,337.
Anderson
Jeld-Wen
NT
Western
Showcase
Atrium
Marvin
Milgard
Ply-Gem
Wincore
Don Young Company
Ram
Pella
Elevate
Sunrise
MI
Provia
SoftLite

Dan - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dan, wow that is a lot of options there! Soft-Lite, ProVia, Sunrise, Don Young and NT would be my top brand picks.

My bottom five would be Jeld Wen, Western, Atrium, Ram and Elevate.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


Builder Grade Options In L.A.

I have been pricing windows for a long time. Okna dealer came over and started at $22,000 for 11 of the 500 series. Then came down to $15,500 but we had to buy now or the price goes back up, so we politely said NO, don't like to be pressured. Having trouble finding a good window in my area. Do you have any suggestions? I live in Sulphur Louisiana, 70663. Lots of cheaper or builder grade windows around.
( Okna Windows Reviews )

Any help will be appreciated.

Don - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Don, I have found that L.A. has some pretty poor options in general, but there are some good possibilities that I think we can work with. I have found Sunrise windows from a dealer near New Orelans, but I'm not sure if they are still around. (I will send you my list). Okna is one of the best brands out there. I'm actually surprised by the fact that Okna has a dealer in your state (because they are hardly anywhere in the south), and I'm surprised they were trying to charge you so damn much (however without seeing the project details I can't judge too much). My advice - keep getting more bids! That's the way to find the fairest price in your area.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


Worst Window Brands

Would you be able to list your top five worst window brands for me. Just curious :)

Duane - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

Duane, I hate to be a hater :) But here goes: Silverline, American Jewel, LBL (out of business, thankfully), Lincoln, and Napco (they need to stick to the vinyl siding industry). There are lots of others out there, but these are the brands that come to mind. (Read our Lincoln Windows Reviews here.)

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023


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