Disclaimer: We recently started offering Alside windows (almost) nationwide for you to install yourself or with professional installation by the manufacturer. We do it all with no in-home salespeople. Details here.
As we started writing this Alside Mezzo windows review we were impressed with the newest offering from Alside. This newly designed window addresses many of the shortcomings of the previous model, the Alside Excalibur.
While the Alside Mezzo windows are new, Alside has been around for quite a while. They’re a pretty large company that most consumers have never heard of. With 5 window manufacturing plants around the country their products are very widely distributed.
As you can see in the above picture, the Alside Mezzo windows have a slim frame which maximizes the glass area. This is a factor we’ve repeatedly mentioned in our replacement window reviews. This is an important factor that is often overlooked by consumers.
The Alside Mezzo window is designed to be the workhorse of their replacement window line. It will likely become the most popular window they offer.
Like just about all vinyl replacement windows, the Alside Mezzo window is custom made so the range of available options is pretty substantial.
As you can see there are many colors available on the Alside Mezzo window including interior and exterior color options.
Alside has always offered a very high quality screen standard with their windows and they’ve continued that with the Mezzo. As you can see there, the screen is made of heavy duty extruded aluminum and the spline is on the inside to keep it out of the sun.
How about energy efficiency?
The Alside Mezzo window can produce pretty solid ratings for a double hung window. They are in line with other recently designed double pane windows and a solid step above previous generation products. For example the Alside Mezzo window can meet or exceed the 2015 Energy Star guidelines for all regions of the country with double pane glass. Many older windows still require the expense of triple pane glass to hit these numbers.
The Alside Mezzo windows are NOT available in triple pane, so if you’re looking for the best ratings in town you’ll need to look elsewhere. There are other Alside windows that do offer triple pane options, but as you’ll see in those reviews, they leave a little to be desired.
Alside Mezzo windows warranty
Newer vinyl replacement windows tend to come with pretty solid warranties and the Alside Mezzo windows are no exception. The lifetime warranty is pretty robust and it is transferable to the next owner.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you get a written installation warranty from whoever is installing the windows. Alside, like all manufacturers, covers the windows and manufacturing defects, but they DO NOT cover the installations.
Alside Mezzo windows cost
The retail price of Alside Mezzo windows depends on the company that is selling them. Alside distributes these windows through an extremely large network of independent distributors and they each set their own retail pricing. Typical costs for windows like this would be in the range of $250 to $350 depending on the options and colors chosen. Typical installation for Alside Mezzo windows would run in the range of $100 so the total per window cost including installation is usually under $450.
Some companies do try to charge quite a bit more for these products so remember to shop around if you’re unsure. There is really no reason to pay more than $500 for a typical vinyl replacement window and most windows can be had for substantially less than that. For example a basic white double hung window with professional installation can typically be found for around $300.
Drawbacks of the Alside Mezzo windows?
One drawback we see is the continued use of the constant force or coil balance system. This is in line with the workhorse nature of this product as it’s not designed to be the very top of the line (mezzo means middle in Italian). The constant force balances are a less expensive option so they do contribute to the competitiveness of the pricing, but its not the option we would typically pick.
In addition, Alside has had a reputation for questionable quality control at times. Some of this talk is driven by competitors or those companies that offer competing products, but some of it is real. Alside tells us they have invested in new manufacturing equipment for the new Alside Mezzo windows so only time will tell if these past issues have been corrected.
Disclosure: Our company has never offered Alside windows in the past. With the release of the Mezzo window we now occasionally offer this Alside product under a new program we have recently started.
Find detailed reviews on more Alside window options here.
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