The Alside Fusion windows are the newest offering from Alside. We are one of the first sites to get our hands on a sample of this new product and we’re thankful for the opportunity to write one of the first reviews of the Alside Fusion window. As The Window Dog continues to grow we’re always amazed by the recognition we’re seeing inside the industry. Anyway, back to the review…
This model replaces the older Centurion and Geneva products which were certainly ready to be put out to pasture. Some might say that this product update is long overdue, but however you slice it this is a welcome addition to the Alside windows line.
It’s important to remember that this product is intended to be a lower end offering. It’s not nearly as nice as the Alside Mezzo model that was also recently released, but it’s not designed to be. Any “low end” replacement window is designed and built for the extremely price sensitive shopper and it’s important to keep that in mind when reviewing the product.
This is a product designed for a house flipper, a landlord, or someone who likely isn’t going to be living with this product installed in their primary residence. With that in mind it’s a decent window, but certainly not the best replacement window on the market.
It’s clear that Alside didn’t spend a significant amount of energy engineering a new product from the ground up. They basically retooled the now discontinued Alside Excalibur window to cut some cost out of it and rebrand it as a new product.
The Alside Excalibur had been the most popular replacement window in the company’s lineup for many years, with millions of units installed across the country every year. There are only a handful of changes in this new Alside Fusion product.
- Switching double strength to single strength glass
- Switching heavy duty screen frame to lighter roll formed frame
- Removing balance covers
Basically if you took an older Alside Excalibur window and installed thinner glass, a cheaper screen and removed the balance covers you’d have a NEW Alside Fusion window.
Does this mean it’s a bad product?
Absolutely not, but it certainly isn’t a great product either. The design is old and the ratings aren’t stellar. Remember, it’s not designed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s designed to be a price point product and that’s exactly what it is.
So what’s the price of an Alside Fusion window?
As with everything in the replacement window business the retail pricing is determined by the company that will be installing them so your mileage may vary, but here’s how we would expect the pricing to work.
The actual wholesale cost difference between a window like the Alside Fusion and a nicer product like the Alside Mezzo window is likely only going to be around $10-20. You’re likely going to see a much greater price difference when you actually get quotes. It’s likely that many replacement window companies will try to use the two different models to up sell the Mezzo window and increase their margins. I’d expect that you’ll see retail price differences in the neighborhood of $50+.
What some ideas on how to get that retail price difference down to the $20 or less?
We thought you might. Keep an eye out for our upcoming ebook “7 Ways to Save $200 or More on Replacement Windows”.
What about the Alside Fusion window warranty?
The new Fusion window is covered by a pretty comprehensive warranty as are all of the Alside replacement windows. Remember when assessing the value of a warranty it’s important to remember that a very large and well established company like Alside is very likely to be around for the long haul unlike some of the smaller window manufacturers like Gorell and others that have gone out of business in recent years.
So what’s the verdict?
Basically the Alside Fusion product is designed to be a low cost option. It’s a fine product for a house flipper or a landlord, but that’s about all it’s good for. If you’re living in the house and planning to be around for a while we think you can get a much better bang for your much with an upgraded product.
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