Did a contractor or window salesman recently tell you about Harvey Classic windows? Here we’ll look at Harvey Classic window review to see if they’re a worthwhile choice.
For starters I’ll tell you this has never been a fantastic window option. While you do see Harvey windows all over the Northeast that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the greatest thing around.
The Harvey Classic window is an older design. It was never designed to be the greatest option around and it offers relatively limited features.
How efficient is the Harvey Classic window?
About average. One thing that stands out is that there are only three efficiency packages available for this window model. That’s pretty limited.
The options are ThermaLock, SunGain HSHG and ThermaGuard.
The efficiency ratings will be relatively similar between the ThermaLock vs the ThermaGuard pacakges. Both are Energy Star rated in the North and North Central zones. The big difference for me is that you get much more light through the ThermaGuard package. For me that’s a big deal and I would defininltey pick the ThermaGuard package for my house.
The chart above can be a little hard to read. To save you the trouble the VT rating is 0.55 for the ThermaGuard vs 0.49 for the ThermaLock package. That means you get about 10% more light through the ThermaGuard package. It’s a better option in most cases.
What about the Harvey Classic warranty?
We mentioned the Harvey window warranty in our review of the Harvey Tribute model as well. The long and short of it is that the warranty isn’t the best.
There’s no labor coverage, no installation coverage, and a limited 20 year warranty on the glass. Overall, just like the rest of the windows, the warranty is ok, but not the greatest.
So, what’s the bottom line?
Well, the features are pretty limited, the efficiency packages are limited, the warranty is mediocre at best. We’ve also seen some negative feedback from readers of the site about Harvey windows as well.
Overall I’d say if a contractor is recommending the Harvey Classic window to you he probably tells you that he’s been dealing with them for years. Is that a good thing or is a sign of a guy who’s not evaluating the options to offer the best choices?
Harvey windows are very widely distributed. They’re easy for a contractor to get and that can make them preferable to sell. Unfortunately that doesn’t really make them better for you.
I’d look for a better option.
If you’re shopping for windows I do always suggest finding a great installation company before you fall in love with any particular window model. There are plenty of great window options out there but not as many local companies that are great to work with.
To find our recommended window companies all over the country check this section. If we know someone in your neck of the woods they’ll be listed there and they’ll be happy to help.
If we don’t know anyone local to you be sure to let us know who you find. I’m sure you’re not the only person looking.
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