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Top Rated Vinyl Windows

You will notice lots of options here and that's for a very specific reason. Not all of the manufacturers offer windows in every state and town. For instance, if you live on the West Coast, we've included Milgard, Anlin and Amerimax, which are the three brands I typically recommend to get bids on for this "region." However, if I was going to put a vinyl window in my house, I'd go with Okna, Soft-Lite, and Sunrise, probably in that order. But these brands are only available in certain states, not in the western half of the U.S.

Of course, most manufacturers have an entry level, mid range and high end offering, so that complicates matters further. For instance, I'd rather put the Polaris UltraWeld model (their high end model) in my home than the Okna 400 series (their entry level model).

The bottom line is this, all of the recommended manufacturers below make one or more good vinyl window series. Almost any of these recommendations is going to be better than going down to your local big box stores and buying an American Craftsman makes (sorry American Craftsman).

Dan K. - Site Editor - Summer, 2017



Okna Windows

Okna windows include the 400, 500, 700, 800 and Starmark series. The company is based out of Pennsylvania and has a rather large distribution and dealer network that stretches over much of the east and mid west.


Sunrise Windows

Sunrise manufactures a number of vinyl window lines, as well as patio doors. Their windows include the Essentials, Standard, Verde, Vanguard, V Class and Restorations window series. I like all of their windows with the exception of their Essentials series.


Soft-Lite

Sunrise manufactures a number of vinyl window lines, as well as patio doors. Their windows include the Essentials, Standard, Verde, Vanguard, V Class and Restorations window series. I like all of their windows with the exception of their Essentials series.


Milgard Windows

Milgard Windows And Doors operate 9 different factories throughout the western half of the United States. They make a number of different window lines using vinyl, aluminum, wood and even fiberglass. While their windows and doors aren't the very top of the heap, I feel like the company makes a good product and a competitive price point.


Zen Windows

Zen Windows are an interesting story, they are actually a franchise of Soft-Lite Windows And Doors. The company took three window series, the Bainbridge, the Pro and the Classic, and spun off a franchise, which is now available in quite a number of major cities across the nation.


Polaris Windows

Polaris Windows is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio and actually owned by a company called Modern Builders Supply. Polaris isn't the biggest manufacturer by any means, especially when compared with companies Simonton and Jeld Wen.


Anlin

Anlin Windows And Doors are a strictly west coast affair with a single factory in Central California. The company is family owned and has been making windows for over 20 years now. Anlin is not a well known name like Simonton or even Milgard, but they do make quality vinyl windows and doors.


Amerimax

Amerimax makes a solid mid range window and offers lots of exterior color options. I usually recommend Amerimax as one of the options for west coast and mountain region homeowners looking to buy a good vinyl window at a competitive price point. Amerimax offers a limited lifetime warranty with a 20 year provision on labor and materials. The company is headquartered in Colorado.


Vytex

Vytex windows are not anywhere near a household name, but this Maryland based company does offer the Potomac-hp and Fortis vinyl windows, both of which offer some very impressive features, craftsmanship and impressive performance data.








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Top Rated Wood Clad Windows



Marvin Windows

Marvin Windows And Doors are one of the better known window companies in the business and the company has a very good reputation for quality craftsmanship and products. Their Ultimate Wood window is very attractive and well made.


Andersen Windows

Andersen has one of the most recognizable names in the industry and focuses on wood windows. They also make their 100 composite window, along with their 200 series and premium 400 wood series. The Andersen 400 wood window is their best product in my opinion.



Top Rated Fiberglass Windows



Alpen Windows

Alpen Windows are not inexpensive, but they do make very efficient fiberglass windows. They make three models, the 525, 725, and 925. The 925 is one of the most efficient fiberglass windows on the market.


Marvin Windows

Marvin manufactures three window models, two of which are fiberglass windows -- the Integrity and the Infinity. While the Integrity is the less expensive of the two, the Infinity is often regarded as one of the best fiberglass windows on the market. The Integrity is also good.


Top Rated Aluminum Windows



Milgard, in addition to their vinyl windows, also makes aluminum window. They make two models, and I would recommend going with the upgraded of the two options.








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