Update: this Alside Mezzo review has been updated in 2022.
Disclaimer: We recently started offering Alside windows (almost) nationwide for you to install yourself or with professional installation. 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 newer compared to most of the competition, Alside has been around for quite a while. They’re a pretty large manufacturer, but many customers are unfamiliar with the name. They have 5 US window manufacturing plants and their products are very widely distributed.
As you can see in the above picture, the Alside Mezzo windows have a slim frame to maximize 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.
In comparison, many other replacement windows will use thicker frames. This means the thicker window will provide less glass area in the same opening. That is something that is very important to many window shoppers.
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.
What are the Mezzo color options?
Like just about all vinyl replacement windows the Alside Mezzo window is custom made. As a result, the range of available options is pretty substantial.
As you can see above, there are many colors available on the Mezzo window. These will include interior and exterior color options. All combinations of interior and exterior colors are not available. You’ll want to talk to your salesperson about the options before you fall in love with an option that doesn’t exist.
They’ve recently added a black exterior option as that has become increasingly popular. The exterior color options do come with a additional cost and they look beautiful.
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 below, the screen is made of heavy duty extruded aluminum. In addition, the spline is on the inside to keep it out of the sun. The result is a screen that is more durable and better looking than most.
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 Energy Star guidelines. They can do this in all regions of the country with double pane glass.
As time has gone on these windows are still available to meet or exceed 2022 guidelines. Many older windows will require the expense of triple pane glass to hit these numbers. That will add to the cost and it will also make the glass darker which might not be desirable.
The Alside Mezzo windows are now available in triple pane, so if you’re looking for the best ratings in town that’ll be an option to consider. There are other Alside windows that also offer triple pane options, but as you’ll see in those reviews those other models leave a little to be desired. We’ve written about the advantages of double pane vs triple pane glass here.
Alside Mezzo windows warranty
Newer vinyl replacement windows tend to come with pretty solid warranties and the Alside Mezzo windows are no exception. The Mezzo 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 almost all manufacturers, covers the windows and manufacturing defects. This means they DO NOT cover the installations unless ordered through the manufacturers installation program.
If you’re interested in ordering the Mezzo windows online we can help you with that here.
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. They will each set their own retail pricing. Typical costs for windows like this would be in the range of $350 to $450 depending on the options and colors chosen. Typical installation for Alside Mezzo windows would run in the range of $200 so the total per window cost including installation is usually under $650.
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 $700-900 for a typical vinyl replacement window. For example a basic white double hung window with professional installation can typically be found for around $700 to $900.
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. At the end of the day it’s not the option we would typically pick.
It’s clear they were not trying to make a top of the line product when designing the Mezzo window. That’s ok because many people want a product that is good, but not too expensive. The Mezzo window can fit that bill.
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.
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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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