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Simonton Windows vs Milgard
Simonton and Milgard are two of the bigger vinyl window manufacturers in the United States. Let's see how they stack up against one another.
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Simonton Windows vs Milgard
Simonton Windows is also a well known manufacturer, one of the largest vinyl producers in the United States. They have been in business for nearly a century - or at least since the mid 1940s. The company is now part of Ply Gem Windows And Doors, which has been buying up smaller companies over the past couple of decades. They still make vinyl windows/doors under their own name and in the factories they owned prior to their purchase. The company has 3 plants in West Virginia, as well as one in California and another in Illinois. They are available in all 50 states.
Milgard Windows And Doors is a well-known brand that sells vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum products. Milgard started back in the 1950s and has been making windows&doors ever since. Sometime in the last decade, they were purchased by MI Windows And Doors and put under the MITER Brand corporation. You’ll notice that the name of the different series they sell now have a V in front of them, which is how MI now labels all of their consumer products. So, for instance, the Milgard Styleline is now called the V250 series.
What They Sell
Simonon sells a large number of vinyl windows and doors. Their best or premium series includes the Reflections 5500 series and the Impressions 9800 series. Either of these two options would be my recommendation for homeowners who are trying to maximize long-term value.
Their 6500 series, which is sold in Home Depot and known as the Vantagepointe series, is very close in quality and craftsmanship to the Reflections 5500 series. So obviously I like this series as well. My issue with Home Depot is the quality of the installation. Often times, their bids are the same price as a local window company, however, they subcontract out their installation, which means it’s difficult to know what kind of quality you can expect. Due to the fact that installation is half of the battle here, buying from Home Depot or other home improvement stores is problematic in my opinion. Of course, if you are buying from Home Depot, but having your own contractor put in the windows and you trust their quality, then this is a different story entirely.
Simonton has a whole list of additional series that I don’t have time to go into, but in general, I think that if you’re looking to maximize long-term value, I would say stick with their premium series series.
Simonton Windows Reviews
Milgard sells a number of vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum window series. Actually, let me clarify - they sell four vinyl series, including the Styleline, Tuscany, Trinsic, and Homemaker series. They also sell the Ultra fiberglass series. Interestingly, I don’t hear much about the Ultra - certainly not compared to more popular options such as the Infinity by Marvin.
Milgard concentrates more on their Tuscany and Intrinsic options. And the reason for this is that vinyl windows make up such a large part of the replacement window industry, and therefore there’s quite a bit more money to made by concentrating on these mid range vinyl options that can be sold to millions of Americans. The Milgard Tuscany is a little more traditional looking and the Trinsic is a little more contemporary looking. From a quality and build perspective they’re pretty equal in terms of energy, efficiency, and performance data. More on how the Milgard Tuscany vs Trinsic compare to one another.
Milgard Windows Reviews
How They Market
Simonton markets their products in a few different ways as well. The first is through the big box stores such as Home Depot. Their 6500 series is sold in great numbers through the hundreds of stores the dot the US landscape. Simonton also sells to all manner of contractors and builders looking to develop either single homes, duplexes or large residential and/or commercial properties. Finally, Simonton sells through a large distribution network comprised of local companies that sell directly to consumers and homeowners. In general, Simonton concentrates on a more budget-minded consumer, as evidenced by the fact that they sell exclusively vinyl windows/doors.
Milgard sells their windows through large builders who are looking to develop commercial and residential properties. They also sell through contractors who have access to their product lineup. However, the main way in which the company sells is through a dealer network that stretches across all of the United States. So for instance, in Los Angeles, local window companies might sell Milgard vinyl windows, Marvin fiberglass windows, and specialty windows&doors from a high-end company like LaCantina. Selling using this dealer network is a pretty standard approach and allows the company to have wide exposure without having to have a physical presence in the city or geographic area.
Simonton Windows prices are very similar to the cost range I quoted for Milgard. Because the company sells so many windows and doors, it’s difficult to put one single price tag on them in general. However, if I am forced to price them out, I would say that Simonton vinyl windows will run 4 to 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 for all vinyl windows cost. Patio doors probably run in that same range - from 4 to 7 on a scale from 1 to 10. In general, I feel like Simonton's premium vinyl windows are in that upper mid range. Given the right price point, I would certainly consider this option for many US homeowners.
Milgard windows prices are, I would say, in the very middle of the vinyl and fiberglass price spectrum. The Tuscany is the epitome of the mid range vinyl window on the West Coast in my opinion. I suppose the same could be said for the Trinsic series. The Styleline will typically run about 20% less than a similarly sized Tuscany series. The Ultra fiberglass series is also right in the middle of what consumers can expect to pay for fiberglass windows. I would say that the Tuscany, Trinsic, and Ultra at fair price point and coupled with quality installation, will serve many homeowners well. They are not going to be world beaters by any means, but the windows do a good job for the average American household.
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