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Vinylmax vs Ply Gem
I have narrowed my search down to Vinylmax Hyde Parks and Plygem Premiums. I compared the two windows side by side and I feel like the Vinylmax is stronger and the welds look nicer. Vinylmax offers an original homeowner warranty and glass breakage, while Plygem’s warranty is 25 years (no glass breakage). Both windows are in my budget, with the Vinylmax coming in at $60 per window more. The quotes are for the same package – frame tear outs and installation on double hungs with low-e glass and foam in frames. Any advice on which one to go with?
Rick – Homeowner – from 2012
[Response From A Professional Installer]
Since the quotes are obviously offering the same basic package and the same basic price on the replacement windows it should come down to the window ratings and numbers. Compare the U-value, SHGC, DP and AI numbers. Hopefully, that will be enough to make the choice a bit more clear. I have never installed Vinylmax, although the window has some nice features to it. However, I like the Plygem stainless spacer, where the Vinylmax has the Intercept space, which I’m not a fan of. Plygem offers a transferrable lifetime warranty I believe.
Joe – Window Installer – from 2012
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Entry Level: $325 – $400 installed
Mid Range: $400 – $475 installed
High End: $475 – $525 installed
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Vinylmax Easton Review
The Easton line is a good window in its price range, I’d put it on par with a Simonton 5500 (although it comes with fewer options). I’d rate it above the Simonton 5050 and the r-5 triple pane option cuts noise by 50%. Over the past few months, I’ve really started being “up” on this company based on the handful of jobs I’ve installed. I know that some installers don’t think much of the company, but I’m like their approach. It’s a family run business that puts lots of emphasis on the replacement windows market. I recently installed a number of Hyde Park windows on a job and was very impressed with these replacements.
They remind me of Simonton before the huge corporate take over that transformed that company (they are still good, but I feel their service has considerably declined). Vinylmax products have solid performance numbers and I feel like they are a diamond in the rough — certainly a good value for consumers, given proper installation of course.
Peter – Window Installer – from 2011
Vinylmax vs Soft-Lite vs. Okna
In response to the homeowner comparing the Softlite Elements, Okna 800 and Vinylmax Easton – here is my take for what it is worth. The Soft-lite Elements and OKNA 800 have really good air infiltration (AI) numbers at .01cfm, while the Easton is just mediocre at .17cfm. In the double pane, Elements and Okna 800 have comparable U-factors at around .26, while the Easton is worse at .30. In triple pane with argon fills, the Elements and Okna 800 has a U-factor at around .19, while the Easton is worse at .23. I also believe the DP ratings are better for either of these than with the Easton…although I believe that Vinylmax offers a DP50 window, but I’m not sure what they call it.
The performance stats of the Vinylmax are fine, but they simply aren’t the same as the other two windows. Both the Elements and Okna 800 are more expensive than the Easton, but I think worth the higher price in the long run. If you are set on the Easton, make sure that the company you work with does the ordering correctly in order to get the Energy Star rating and rebate.
Jim – Window Contractor – from 2011
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Vinylmax vs Vista
I’m in Central Ohio and recently receive a contractor estimate for Vinylmax’s Easton line, double pane – the quote was for $7800 for 20 double hungs ($10, 800 for 24 triple pane windows). The contractor felt a little sleazy to me and kept pushing the idea that I would eventually get the energy rebate, but it sort of struck me as a ploy to charge me more. The quote for Vista windows was $200 more for the job. In the end, I decided on the Vista Windows who operate out of Warren in Ohio.
When I compared the two windows next to one another, the Vista felt more sturdy and solid. Their manufacturing process seemed very streamlined, whereas other manufacturers seemed more like batch assembly. The Vista windows also included spuer-spacers, while the Vinylmax used intercept.
The Vista, Simonton 5500 and Vinylmax all seemed relatively similar in both construction and quality – all solid mid grade windows. In the end, I just felt better about the Vista product and their installers.
Peete – Homeowner in Ohio – from 2006