Alside Excalibur II Windows Reviews

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The Alside Excalibur II windows are produced for use on the west coast.  They are designed to be installed into homes with the stucco exteriors that are typical in that part of the country.  While the Alside Excalibur and the Excalibur II share a name, they are in fact different windows.

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Notice the stucco flange on the Alside Excalibur II.

The stucco flange on the exterior of the window allows for simple installation into stucco homes.  This design element is common on the west coast, but seen less often in the mid-west and east coast.

The Alside Excalibur II windows are designed to be competitively priced windows that offer standard features that many other companies list as options.

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Here’s a pretty shot of an Alside Excalibur II sliding window.

These windows are custom manufactured at plants in Yuma, Arizona and Bothell, Washington.  Alside is different than most vinyl window manufacturers in that they ship windows to all 50 states.

What’s the typical cost of Alside Excalibur II windows?

As with all replacement windows the pricing can vary quite a bit from one dealer to another and in different installation scenarios.  One project could look similar, but be substantial more or less expensive than another.

With that being said, the Alside Excalibur II windows should typically go for $300-$400 including installation.  It is possible that difficult installations or more expensive options could drive the price higher and a very basic window with very basic installation could easily be under $300.

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8 thoughts on “Alside Excalibur II Windows Reviews”

  1. John in SLC says:

    I had a contractor give me a bid using Alside Fairfield 80 . I have found they are under Alside’s new construction product line. What gives is he pulling a fast one ?
    Also is the window any good? Or should we go with a “replacement” window ?

    1. thewindowdog says:

      What makes you think he’s pulling a fast one? He’s telling you which window he’s offering, noting seems sinister about that. If you want to look at a different option just let him know. If you don’t have confidence that he’s an upstanding guy just find someone else, but don’t walk around thinking everyone is out to get you.

      1. Wendy Flood says:

        In your opinion which of the following would be the best choice for a block home in Orlando, FL? Quote is for 6 double hung windows total, 2 of which are large @ 52×75.
        Simonton 5050 and Alside $4446
        Simonton 5500 and PGT $4914. CPD#s:
        Simonton 5500

        Your response and any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

        1. thewindowdog says:

          Hi Wendy, I think the Alside is a nicer option than either of the Simonton choices. Did you pick a winner yet?

  2. John in SLC says:

    I happen to like the contractor . I was wondering why he would be offering a ‘new construction” window and not a “replacement” window on a replacement job. I have found your site very helpful and was looking for an opinion as to why he would be doing that before asking him. I certainly like to to think the best of people but unfortunately that’s not always the case . .

    So is there a reason to use a “new construction” as to a “replacement” window or does it just come down to quality of the product and installer?

    1. thewindowdog says:

      It would likely depend on how he plans on installing them. Typically replacement windows are built a little better. This is because the replacement widow business is more competitive so the products need to be a little better to compete. That’s not always the case, but it often is.

      The only difference between a new construction window and a replacement window is that a new construction window has a nail fin that goes around the perimeter and a replacement window does not.

  3. Rhonda M Marenburg says:

    You say Excalibur II by Alside is used for stucco structures, but my building is wood siding exterior. Do they work as well for wood exterior?

    1. thewindowdog says:

      Yes, they make a box frame for a regular wood installation. I probably wouldn’t suggest that window now, they’ve come out with new models and that’s a bit of a dated design.

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