Now Offering Gentek, Revere & Alside Windows (almost) Nationwide!

In the fall of 2015 we started testing a program offering both Alside windows and Revere windows with and without professional installation in several cities across the country. Thanks to our fantastic readers this program has been a HUGE success. As a result, we’ve expanded to 37 markets nationwide and launched our new brand, Window Universe Express.  We’ve even added the upgraded Gentek product line in many markets.

If you’re looking for new windows for your home this is the easiest possible way to get there and I’ll show you why. Check out our FAQ (link below) for even more info.

widow dog replacement windows
Here’s the window dog hard at work with the team at a home and garden show. He has to earn his kibble around here!

First, we’re offering a wide range of window options from Alside windows and Revere (and now we’ve added Gentek). Our most popular options have been the Alside Mezzo and the Revere Berkshire Elite and there are many others to choose from. We’re also offering all styles of windows including casements, bay windows, garden windows, sliding patio doors and much more.

Next we’re offering top quality installation with a local project manager and top quality installation crews to make sure everything is done right. You can also install the windows yourself if you’d prefer.

Best of all, if you’re in an area covered by this program, we can get you a complete itemized quote for your project without ever inviting a salesperson to your home.

That’s right, you could spend several evenings inviting salespeople into your home to give you their sales pitch, walk you through their predetermined “price drops” and try to close the deal with their 50% off today only special after calling the manager for a special deal 3 times. Or, you could exchange a few emails with our industry experts to get your project moving along quickly and easily.

It’s up to you…

So who is Window Universe?

window universe replacement windows

Window Universe is the company we founded many years ago. We’ve grown from one small business operating out of an apartment to a multimillion-dollar business with 16 stores in several states and more on the way.

With our Window Universe Express brand we have the same top-quality products and services that we offer through our retail stores.

How does this all work?

It’s pretty simple, which is why I love it. When you’re ready to get a quote for your replacement window project just fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you with the most helpful email we can write as quickly as we can.

You’ll see we don’t need the sizes of the windows to get you a quote. This seems unusual to some folks, but even in markets where we have stores our reps don’t measure the windows.   It’s just not necessary to get a quote in the vast majority of projects. We’ll get the windows measured before the manufacturing begins, but it’s not needed yet.

The basic info we’ll need is how many windows you want to replace, how do you want them to open, what color window frames do you want, etc. Just the basics.

If there is anything about your project that you think is unusual just note it and we’ll address it when we get back to you. The whole process is really easy.

What have our customers been saying about this program?

 Here’s one example:

If you don’t want to DIY your windows but pride yourself in being an informed consumer, Window Universe Express is the way to go! After sitting for hours listening to people tell me why their windows were the best, I couldn’t figure out why the window packages I was being presented with were so expensive ($10 – 12k for 7 slider windows)…

We are so pleased with the windows, the installer, and the process… Window Universe Express has created a great way to inform yourself as a consumer and be able to get real numbers. No games, gimmicks or “guess what your price is going to be if you buy it today!”

I rarely write reviews for products/services, but I was so impressed with the process, price and product, I told Dan that I would be happy to endorse them!

–Excerpt of an Angie’s List review from Andrea in Seattle, WA

Here’s another.

Every aspect of this window experience was excellent. They didn’t give a sales pitch, but instead provided links to specific information about all different types/brands of windows with ratings and specifications, so I was able to make an informed decision. 

He then provided a very detailed quote so I knew exactly what I was paying for, and was able to add or remove options and see the price impact of these changes. The accountant in me loved this approach.  Once we agreed to the window specs, I was given a final price and the measuring was scheduled. 

The gentlemen who came to measure the windows arrived when scheduled and was quick and efficient.  The windows were promptly ordered and once the windows were ready, the installation was scheduled.  The installation crew arrived on time and got right to work.  They put down tarps on my carpets since the install was on the 2nd floor and it was wet and snowy outside.  They installed the windows in a few hours and cleaned up afterwards.

–Excerpt of an Angie’s List review from Lisa in Philadelphia, PA

Here’s a bit more feedback from Austin in Dallas.  You get the idea.

Folks love it.

Why are the prices so great?

Ha.  Good question.  Window Universe Express is a completely different kind of window company.  We’re able to offer top quality products and expert level service at a very low price because we don’t spend our money on things you don’t care about.

Most traditional window companies spend tons and tons of money on sales and marketing.  It’s not unusual for a company to spend 30%-40% of their total sales dollars on things that you don’t care about like sales commissions, marketing and advertising.  Paying people to walk around neighborhoods knocking on doors is expensive, so are tv commercials and billboards.

Another company may be able to get to a similar price by offering cheap windows or by using cheap subcontractors.  That’s a low price, but it’s not a great value.

A typical company offering the products and services we do would charge $10k for a project while we would charge $7k or less.  It’s just a great deal.

I have more questions

Great! I love it when folks ask great questions. I’ve been emailing with many people about this program since we launched. I’ve noted most of the questions we get and put the answers all in one place for you.

On our FAQ page you’ll find answers to all sorts of questions like:

  • Will the price change after the windows are measured?
  • Who does the installation?
  • What is the warranty on these windows?
  • Are these the right windows for my climate?

How do I get a quote?

That’s the easiest part. When you’re ready to get a detailed itemized quote for your project just fill out the form below and we’ll send you back an email just as quickly as we can.

If you don’t know the answer to any of the questions or if you’re not sure about something just make a note of it and send in the form as complete as you can. It’s ok if you don’t know all of the terms for these things. We don’t require you to be a window expert.

What if I don’t know the window terms?

Don’t worry about it.  If you’re unsure about something just take your best guess and let us know you’re not quite sure.  We can always revise the proposal later.

What cities are included in this program?

Here is the list of cities where we are currently offering this program. We’ll surely be adding more soon so if your city isn’t on the list check back often.

Don’t see the area you’re looking for, try here.

If you’re within about an hour of any of these cities and you’re ready to finally get those new windows just fill out the form right here. We will get back to you asap and we will NEVER share your information with anyone.

Have more questions?  Don’t be shy, just ask!

To see if we can help with your project just fill out this form and you’ll receive an email with the next steps within 24 hours.






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Windows Select – SCANDAL in Wisconsin, or not?

If you’re in Wisconsin you may have heard of a potential scandal involving a window company called Windows Select. It even sounds like the Green Bay Packers are involved. Let’s find out what’s going on.

For starters, this article from a local new outlet covers the issues pretty clearly. The accusations are that this company took deposits from hundreds of customers and is unable to pay their bills. This would potentially put them at risk of bankruptcy which would make their customers pretty nervous.

Lets start at the beginning

It seems the owner of Windows Select, Justin Kiswardi, had been involved in the Universal Windows Direct location in West Allis that had gone out of business. Here’s another article outlining some of the difficulties there.

Once that location had closed Justin opened Windows Select which also offers similar products and services.

It seems things started strong, but that didn’t last.

Problems at Windows Select

According to the article listed above Windows Select has received 66 BBB complaints in the last 12 months. That’s not ideal. It also says the owner of the company had previously been sentenced to three years in jail in Ohio for financial crimes. I’m a firm believer in rehabilitation, but it seems like there may be a pattern here.

They say that many customers report paying deposits for windows that were never ordered. If that’s the case it could be that the company is using deposits from one customer to pay for windows for another which is a tricky position to be in.

Are the delays from manufacturing?

Here’s a pretty unusual thing. It seems that the manufacturer Windows Select was using posted a negative google review about them.

Here it is:

Google reviews about Windows Select.

The claim there is that Windows Select was blaming the delays on manufacturing. The manufacturer says they’re making the windows but not shipping them because of unpaid invoices. That’s not a great sign.

Why are the Greenbay Packers involved?

Well, it seems that the company was advertising with the Packers. They were offering things like free tickets when you get a quote for windows. It’s relatively common for home improvement companies to advertise with sports teams so that’s not a problem.

The companies pay the sports teams for the advertising. In this case it seems the company didn’t pay the advertising bills and the Packers have now cut ties with them. Again, not a great sign.

What’s happening now?

Towards the end of that article they mention that the company was setting up at a home and pet show in Kenosha just a few weeks ago. That would mean they’re still looking for new customers.

Finally, they do mention that the owner of the company denied most of these claims and offered to provide info that would explain things, but never did.

If anyone out there has any more info on this situation please let us know. We’ll be happy to update this page as more info becomes available.

What should you do if you think I’m wrong about something?

That’s easy, just post a comment below and let us know. It’s always my objective to share facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. If you think I’ve missed the mark on anything I would LOVE to hear from you. Please post a comment and I may follow up by email too. Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the site!

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country including two in Wisconsin. There’s no better way to get new windows.

Other posts you might find interesting:

DaBella Exteriors Windows Reviews

Here we have DaBella Exteriors windows reviews and more info about the windows they carry, their alleged connection to Penguin Windows, lawsuits and more.

As we get started it’s important to note that my company competes with DaBella Exteriors in some markets. We operate with completely different business models, but we’re offering similar products so feel free to take that for what it’s worth.

What windows does DaBella Exteriors offer?

If you’re not familiar DaBella Exteriors is a replacement contractor, primarily operating in the Northwest. They sell Preservation windows made by Associated Materials.

We’ve reviewed Preservation windows before (link above) and in my opinion they’re decent windows, but often overpriced. The Preservation Reserve window model would be my favorite model, over the more expensive Preservation option. Read the reviews of those windows for more info.

The Preservation window line was designed to be sold through higher priced dealers around the country. That’s its purpose and it comes with the fancy marketing and sales support to meet that goal.

Overall, in my opinion the windows are perfectly decent, but you might want to get another quote or two in order to make sure the pricing is decent as well. See our section below on DaBella window prices.

Is DaBella Exterior connected to Penguin Windows?

This is a little tricky. I had heard that there was some connection between these two companies but I didn’t really know anything about it until researching this post.

You can see this page, on which a commenter says that DaBella is owned by the wife of the former president of Penguin Windows. I haven’t independently verified that.

Penguin Windows was a large window company in the Northwest that went out of business. See clip from a news article below.

Is DaBella Exteriors related to Penguin Windows?  It's hard to tell.

Typically when a large window company goes out of business the employees from that company will start up more companies in the area which will also sell windows. That makes sense as it’s a business that they are familiar with and a fresh start might help.

It is a positive sign that the article mentions that the Penguin customers who had pending orders would still get their windows. That doesn’t always happen when a window company goes out of business.

So, is DaBella connected to Penguin? I don’t know, there’s talk about it online, but that’s unverified. If you have any info about this post a comment below to let us know.

What about DaBella Exteriors lawsuits?

Overall I’d say it’s a good sign that you don’t see too many lawsuits relating to DaBella exteriors. We found one relating to a trademark case. It seems a company in Nevada was using a very similar name for their window company. I’d say that case isn’t a big deal.

There was another case from a former employee that appeared to be related to employment discrimination. It’s hard to say what’s going on there.

Overall as a relatively large home improvement company I’d expect to see more lawsuits. In my opinion it’s a good sign that you don’t see more cases relating to DaBella Exteriors.

How are the prices from DaBella Exteriors?

This is where we need your help. I know Preservation windows like the type sold by DaBella are often sold at relatively high prices, but I don’t have any info on the prices charged by DaBella.

If you’ve recently recieved a window quote feel free to post a comment to share your experience. I’m sure other readers of the site will be interested.

What should you do if you think I’m wrong about something?

That’s easy, just post a comment below and let us know. It’s always my objective to share facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. If you think I’ve missed the mark on anything I would LOVE to hear from you. Please post a comment and I may follow up by email too. Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the site!

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows. You can find my company here and you can find recommendations of other companies in other parts of the country here.

Other posts you might find interesting:

Universal Windows Direct Windows Reviews

Find Universal Windows Direct Windows Reviews here along with info on a lawsuit, manufacturers, prices, recent sale of the company and more. Get the real info right here.

As we get started it’s important to note that my company competes with Universal Windows Direct in some markets. We even have a pretty similar name. We operate with completely different business models, but we’re offering similar products so feel free to take that for what it’s worth.

Who makes windows for Universal Windows Direct?

This can be a little tricky to figure out from their website. They show windows called UniShield P Series, UniShield A Series and UniShield GL Series. The pictures in the UniShield A Series look to me to be an Alside product, potential the Ultramaxx series, although it’s hard to tell for sure.

Universal Windows Direct UniShield windows A Series frame.
Here is the UniShield A Series. To me this looks quite a lot like an Alside product.

That would lead me to believe that the P series will be Polaris windows and the GL will be Great Lakes windows. Remember, that’s just an assumption from looking at their website. If you have more info on this post a comment below.

Is it bad that it’s hard to tell who makes these windows?

Not necessarily, but it’s not great either. It’s pretty common for window companies to use their own brand names when selling replacement windows. Universal Windows Direct uses the UniShield name, Window World uses the Comfort World name, it’s a pretty common thing to do.

Just using a private label brand isn’t necessarily bad, but it can make comparing the options more difficult. In order to understand what you’re buying it’s important to ask the salesperson what window product it actually is. Universal Windows Direct does not make windows so they’re buying from an established manufacturer.

If the salesman won’t tell you who makes the windows, or if he tells you they make the windows themselves then he’s not being honest with you and you might want to look somewhere else. If he does tell you who makes the windows then he is being honest with you and there’s nothing wrong with that.

What about the Universal Windows Direct lawsuit?

When reading about lawsuits regarding any larger window company it’s important to keep in mind the fact that anyone can sue you for anything. I’ve owned my own businesses since 2008 so I’ve dealt with plenty of customers who threaten to sue over complete nonsense.

That said, you can also learn a lot about a company by the way it handles a lawsuit.

The most recent lawsuit that came up in our search is called Dragon vs Universal Windows Direct and it was filed in the southern district of Ohio. Dragon is a former employee who is suing because he claims he and his coworkers were not paid overtime properly. The latest update looks like it’s in mediation so it’ll likely be resolved.

Here’s a clip from the initial complaint:

Universal windows direct lawsuit from a former employee.  Looks like it will be settled.

Ultimately I’d say it’s a pretty good sign that you don’t see more lawsuits relating to this company. They do a lot of business in many markets so I’d say this is an indication that they tend to get projects completed and satisfy customers well enough that there aren’t many legal issues.

I did come across this site posting feedback from employees, you might find something interesting there.

Do we know about Universal Windows Direct prices?

Like most window companies we’ve seen Universal Windows Direct using the sales model that starts out with one price and then offers a discount if you buy today. This is pretty common and irritates many customers.

In my opinion, companies do this because customers don’t know what these products should really cost. Because the customers don’t know much about window prices the company starts with a high price to make their next price look low.

While this is pretty common in the window business it’s not the way most products are priced and sold anymore.

Our info on Universal Windows Direct prices is a little old so if you have recently received a quote from them please post a comment to let us know how it went. You can also send in a copy of your quote if you’d like to share that info with other potential buyers. Transparency is what is needed to make this whole industry easier to navigate.

Did Universal Windows Direct go out of business?

No. Universal Windows Direct is a network of independent dealers with locations around the country. When you’re buying windows from them you’re typically not buying from the parent company, but rather from a local dealer in your town.

That means if there’s a problem with the local dealer that problem is typically between you and the local dealer. Here’s an example of this.

Universal Windows Direct out of business in Chicago area.  This was just one location and it looks like others have taken over.

As you can see in that article, the dealer in the Milwaukee area went out of business leaving many customers with a hassle. It does sound like other dealers helped to get some of the issues resolved and it looks like everything worked out fine in the end.

Was Universal Windows Direct recently sold?

Yes. In 2021 Universal Windows Direct was bought by Great Day Improvements. Great Day has also recently purchased several other window brands and now owns Stanek, Patio Enclosures, Universal Windows Direct, Champion Windows, Apex Energy Solutions, etc.

Seeing all of these brands combined under one company is a little unique. It makes me wonder what will happen with these brands in the future. For example, Stanek and Champion historically made their own windows while Universal and Apex would buy windows and sell them as private label products.

It’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for these brands.

In researching this post I did see that Great Day declined to say where the money was coming from for these recent acquisitions. That could be an interesting story. If you have any info on who is behind these purchases feel free to post a common or reach out privately. I’m curious.

What should you do if you think I’m wrong about something?

That’s easy, just post a comment below and let us know. It’s always my objective to share facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. If you think I’ve missed the mark on anything I would LOVE to hear from you. Please post a comment and I may follow up by email too. Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the site!

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows. You can find my company here and you can find recommendations of other companies in other parts of the country here.

Other posts you might find interesting:

Window Nation Windows Reviews

Find Window Nation Windows Reviews here. We’ll look at the windows, the prices, a lawsuit and more. Window Nation was also sold recently and we’ll look at that as well. There’s no better source of replacement window info on the entire internet.

As we get started it’s important to note that my company competes with Window Nation in some markets. We operate with completely different business models, but we’re offering similar products so feel free to take that for what it’s worth.

Window Nation Sales Tactics

Window Nation has always been one of the pushier sales companies based on the feedback I’ve heard from customers.

One interesting thing I heard a while back was that the individual salesperson must close the deal on the first visit to your house. If they don’t, they get no commission at all from your order.

So, if you got a quote today, resisted the encouragement to buy right now and called back tomorrow to place an order the salesperson who spent hours with you would make $0. Nothing at all. That’s one reason they’re so pushy at the initial visit.

Now, that info was several years old so I would be interested in hearing about your more recent sales experiences with Window Nation. Post a comment below to let us know how things went. I’m sure other readers will appreciate the info.

What windows does Window Nation carry?

Over the years we’ve heard of them offering windows from Alside, Soft-Lite and Vytex. I did hear a rumor, but have not independently verified, that they stopped carrying Soft-Lite. That would leave them with Alside or Vytex.

Both of those options can be perfectly decent choices. If you’ve recently recieved a quote for any other windows from Window Nation post a comment below to let us know.

What about the Window Nation lawsuit?

For a relatively large company Window Nation seems to have relatively few lawsuits which is a positive sign. We did see a case from back in 2020 where it was alleged that Window Nation caused a problem with a customers house.

That customer sued saying they didn’t provide insurance info and didn’t disclose that they were using subcontractor installers among other things.

Window Nation lawsuit involving the use of subcontractors.
Here you can see Window Nation arguing that they have no responsibility to identify that a subcontractor is involved in their work.

It does make clear that Window Nation does, at least sometimes, use subcontractor installers and doesn’t necessarily disclose that info. I wouldn’t think that’s a big deal at all. It’s very common in this industry and not anything to worry about if you ask me.

If the salesperson were to tell you that they NEVER used subcontractor installers that might be a red flag because, based on this lawsuit, it would seem that’s not true. So, if the salesperson is lying to you that’s a bigger deal than the tax status of the installers.

Window Nation was recently sold, is that a problem?

Not necessarily. It looks like sometime around the middle of 2021 Window Nation was sold to a private equity company called AEA. That can be common as small businesses get larger.

To the best of our knowledge the founders are still involved in running the business. They likely just sold a portion of the business to realize a nice profit.

As they expand to new markets it could mean that they provide less personal service, but really they’ve been having manufacturers install windows for them for years so the personal-ness of the service isn’t necessarily a factor.

What about Window Nation window prices?

In my experience Window Nation has always charged higher prices than other companies. Interestingly the pricing in the quote we have shown below is more reasonable pricing than I would have expected.

They appear to spend a decent amount on marketing which is usually an indication that they’ll be a higher priced company.

Below is a quote one of our readers sent in from Window Nation. It’s from back in 2020 so the prices are a little old. If you have a more recent quote post a comment to let us know. I’ll send you an email and it’ll help everyone.

This shows how much Window Nation charged for windows in 2020.

And, here’s the summary of what is included.

Window nation window prices, action contract prices and more.

When you’re comparing window prices it’s important to remember that remodeling projects can present unique challenges and the scope of work can be significantly different from one order to the next. It’s also true that retail pricing for custom made windows can vary quite a bit from one project to the next based on the features and options that a customer picks.

In this quote they had included 32 windows including a few picture windows and some with laminated glass and a door. At a total cost of $25k that’s pretty decent, but it’s important to remember that this quote was from 2020, before covid. Prices will be higher now.

Send us your more recent quotes and we’ll be happy to post them for everyone to see. Transparency will help everyone.

What about the Terms & Conditions?

Interestingly, the terms and conditions in this Window Nation contract are more interesting than the pricing as far as I’m concerned.

The contract has 15 pages and 3 full pages are terms and conditions. For example:

Window nation window contract terms and conditions.

If the customer misses an appointment they’re charging them $75 or $350 and saying that must be paid before you have any warranty. As an owner of a window company I completely understand how difficult it is when a customer misses an appointment.

I’ve just never seen terms that harsh in a window contract. What would happen if the installers get a flat tire and miss their installation appointment, are they paying the customer $350? Seems unlikely, but that is not spelled out in these terms.

How can you get a second opinion quote?

If you recently signed a contract with Window Nation for new windows and you’re not sure if it’s a great deal, we can help. In most states you have three business days to cancel an in-home purchase so you should act fast. You can get an online quote by email from my company here. It doesn’t hurt to see what the alternative would be.

One of our reps will send you an email with an itemized price list and additional product info. From there they can answer any questions and make unlimited revisions until you have the order just the way you want it.

It’s the easiest way to get new windows and the best way to make sure you’re paying a fair price for your project. If my company doesn’t offer windows in your area you can find other recommendations here.

What should you do if you think I’m wrong about something?

That’s easy, just post a comment below and let us know. It’s always my objective to share facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. If you think I’ve missed the mark on anything I would LOVE to hear from you. Please post a comment and I may follow up by email too. Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the site!

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows. You can find my company here and you can find recommendations of other companies in other parts of the country here.

Other posts you might find interesting:

West Shore Home Windows Reviews

Here we have West Shore Home windows reviews along with other customer feedback about this company. We’ll look at their class action lawsuit, sales tactics, the products that they offer and the prices that they charge for their windows. Is this the best company for you to work with? Let’s find out.

As we get started it’s important to note that my company competes with West Shore Home in some markets. We operate with completely different business models, but we’re offering similar products so feel free to take that for what it’s worth.

West Shore Home Sales Tactics

It’s important to mention that I’ve never received an in-home quote from West Shore Home myself. If you have it’ll be very helpful if you can post a comment below explaining your experience. That’ll be the best way for everyone to know how this company operates.

I do have experience with some of the reps from West Shore back when I would talk with them at home and garden shows. They talked about how they generate leads from canvassing or knocking on doors around neighborhoods. That’s usually one of the worst ways to find a window company, in my humble opinion, but customers don’t always know that.

West Shore Home Lawsuit

Just recently it looks like West Shore Home settled a class action lawsuit regarding their marketing efforts. It seems the company collected phone numbers from potential customers and then repeatedly called them even if they were on the do not call registry.

If you’ve ever received a call about your car’s extended warranty you’re familiar with this type of call. It’s always been strange to me that companies think they can get more business by pestering people, but they do it so it probably does work for them sometimes.

Here’s a clip from a legal site about this case:

West Shore Home Lawsuit, reviews, prices and more.

Paying $1.3 million is certainly not ideal, but it’s actually a relatively small amount for a class action lawsuit. I just recently wrote about a similar suit involving Power Home Remodeling that was much more expensive.

For more info on the suit check this page. I did see that they did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement so there’s that. If you have any more info to share about this case or anything else post a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

West Shore Home Window Prices

If you’ve recently received a quote from West Shore for a window project we’d love to hear from you. Transparency makes the process of buying new windows easier for everyone and you can help. Post a comment below to let me know you have a recent quote. I’ll follow up by email and we’ll go from there. You really can help to shed some light on this industry.

How can you get a second opinion quote?

That’s easy. If you’ve recently signed a contract with West Shore, or anyone else, and you’re not sure if it’s a good deal we can help. In most states you have three business days to cancel an in-home order so you need to act fast.

You can receive an itemized quote by email from my company here. One of our window experts will send you an email with all sorts of info. You can then talk it over, make unlimited revisions and we can answer any questions.

At least with that info you’ll know if you really did get the fantastic deal that you were promised.

If my company does not offer service in your area you can find other recommend companies here.

Do you think I’m wrong about something?

If you think I’m wrong about something I would absolutely love to hear from you. It’s always our goal to provide the facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. It is possible that I make a mistake, it’s happened before, and I always want to fix it.

Just post a comment below and I’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows. You can find my company here and you can find recommendations of other companies in other parts of the country here.

Other posts you might find interesting:

Power Home Remodeling Windows Reviews

Here we have Power Home Remodeling windows reviews along with other customer feedback about this company. We’ll look at their sales tactics, a class action lawsuit and the prices that they charge for their windows. Is this the best company for you to work with? Let’s find out.

As we get started it’s important to note that my company competes with Power Home Remodeling in some markets. We operate with completely different business models, but we’re offering similar products so feel free to take that for what it’s worth.

Power Home Remodeling Sales Tactics

The sales tactics used by Power Home Remodeling and their team of in-home salespeople are part of what makes them famous in the industry. To be clear, I’ve never received an in-home quote from them myself. My info is based on feedback we’ve received from real customers including a friend of mine. You can also contribute to that knowledge by sharing your experience in the comments below.

From what we’ve heard the Power salespeople can be the type to start off with very high prices and then lower the price as you keep saying no. They’ll typically approach you by knocking on your door or walking up to you in a box store. These are usually not the best ways to start a relationship with a contractor, but regular folks usually don’t know that.

You can see a real quote that one of our readers sent in later on in this post. That’ll give you a good idea of the window prices that Power is usually charging.

For more info on common window sales tactics check this section. This info is not specific to Power Home Remodeling, just about the window industry in general.

Power Home Remodeling Lawsuit

You may have also heard of a class action lawsuit involving Power Home Remodeling. This type of thing is never great for the company and it might be an indication of how they treat their customers. Their lawsuit was from a few years ago and it’s enlightening.

The case we’re aware of involved Power’s marketing folks making repeated unsolicited calls to cell phones of people who did not want these messages. If you’ve ever received a call about your car’s extended warranty you know what these calls are like.

Repeatedly pestering your potential customers to the point that they join together to sue you isn’t a great business strategy. In my opinion that might be an indication of what they think about their customers, just my opinion.

The court ruled that if the settlement had been higher it would have run the risk of putting Power out of business, that’s not great. Here’s the clip showing that:

Of course there always could be another side to that story and if you have any more info on it please post a comment below. The total settlement fund was listed at $5.2 million, so that’s a lot. You can find info on this case here.

Window Prices

When you’re comparing window prices it’s important to remember that remodeling projects can present unique challenges and the scope of work can be significantly different from one order to the next. It’s also true that retail pricing for custom made windows can vary quite a bit from one project to the next based on the features and options that a customer picks.

That said, here’s a quote one of our readers received. It’s 38 windows for almost $38,000 or just under $1000 per window installed.

Do you have a quote from Power Home Remodeling that you’d like to share? Post a comment to let us know and we’ll send you an email to follow up. Transparency is the best way to make this industry easier to navigate, in my humble opinion.

How can you get a second opinion quote?

If you recently signed a contract with Power for new windows and you’re not sure if it’s a great deal, we can help. In most states you have three business days to cancel an in-home purchase so you should act fast. You can get an online quote by email from my company here. It doesn’t hurt to see what the alternative would be.

One of our reps will send you an email with an itemized price list and additional product info. From there they can answer any questions and make unlimited revisions until you have the order just the way you want it.

It’s the easiest way to get new windows and the best way to make sure you’re paying a fair price for your project. If my company doesn’t offer windows in your area you can find other recommendations here.

What should you do if you think I’m wrong about something?

That’s easy, just post a comment below and let us know. It’s always my objective to share facts as I know them to be true and my opinions. If you think I’ve missed the mark on anything I would LOVE to hear from you. Please post a comment and I may follow up by email too. Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the site!

How can you find a great window company?

That part is easy.  Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows. You can find my company here and you can find recommendations of other companies in other parts of the country here.

Other posts you might find interesting:

Crown Windows Reviews

If you’re looking for Crown windows reviews you’re probably in Michigan as they claim to be “The Michigan Window”. In fact they talk quite a bit about being the Michigan replacement window on their website. Are they offering a good deal? Let’s find out.

Before we get too far into this review I should note that my company does offer windows in Detroit and Grand Rapids. We don’t offer Crown windows so one might say we’re a competitor. If you’d like an easy online quote from my company we’d be happy to help. We can send a quote by email with no pushy salesman. Welcome to the future.

In looking at their website a few things jump out. First they say they manufacture and install the windows. They also say they’ve been in business since 1955. These sound like great reasons to work with them. They might also be downsides. In my experience the small local manufacturers who produce and install their own windows are some of the more expensive options around. I also write a lot about the risks of small manufacturers and those same risks would apply to Crown Windows.

The next thing we notice in working on the Crown windows reviews is that they make a lot of qualitative statements without much info to back it up. Here’s one example:

crown windows air infiltration

As you can see they say they “stop air infiltration”, but without an actual rating it’s impossible to know if they’re doing better than any other window. If you’re considering Crown Windows my advice is to ask them for the specific rating for the window you’d be getting. Generally speaking an air infiltration rating under 0.10 is pretty decent and under 0.05 is better. If the air infiltration rating is over 0.10 it’s not so great after all.

Here’s another example:

crown windows foam filled frames

You can see they say their special foam offers exceptional resistance to thermal transfer but we don’t really have any information about what that means. If you’re considering these windows ask for the U-Factor to understand how these windows will compare with other options. To be Energy Star rated in the northern climate zone the U-Factor needs to be under 0.30 and there are other ratings, like the SHGC, that will also be important to consider.

What else to consider with Crown Windows reviews?

There are several other selling points they use that may sound fancy but aren’t really unique. These features will be offered by many companies. Features like Super Spacer, or high-performance vinyl are very widely available and aren’t really unique to Crown at all.

If the salesman goes on and on about how they offer these super special features I’d discount most of what he has to say. These are fine features but really not very special at all.

Are Crown windows the same as Earthwise windows?

Yes. Crown is a manufacturer that makes windows under the Earthwise brand.

crown windows earthwise reviews

We’ve written about Earthwise before. As you can see in the comments on that page, some of the Earthwise salespeople don’t always agree with my assessments. That can be common. At the end of the day I don’t think it’s a great program.

What’s the bottom line?

Crown windows are perfectly fine, but there’s nothing about them that is particularly remarkable. The risks of working with a small window manufacturer are substantial. I’m not aware of any reason to take the gamble. The features they offer are perfectly nice but not unique.

If the salesman hasn’t explained why you should take the gamble of working with a small window manufacturer I’d suggest looking elsewhere. You can get the same replacement window features and many more elsewhere.

How can you find a great window company?

When 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 know which companies to avoid you can find common window sales tactics here. That’s become one of the most popular sections on the site.

Remember, for more great window company info you can find our suggestions for the best local companies in 2022 in Michigan and beyond right here. There’s no need to work with a company that gives you the run-around or makes the process difficult. There are plenty of fish in the sea as they say. The best way to get started is to check out our list of great window companies here.

Provia Aspect Windows Reviews

The Provia Aspect window model is designed to be a “mid-range” replacement window option. That can be a tricky term to define. Did Provia produce a good quality window product at an affordable price or a stripped down version of their nicer Provia Endure model? We’ll find out.

First, it’s important to note that the wholesale cost difference between a “mid-range” and a “high-end” replacement window is typically pretty small. We’re talking something like $20-$40 difference in cost per window for the contractor. That’s a little secret I’m not supposed to share with you.

I know the salesman might show you a much larger price difference. It might be as high as $100 or $200 per window. Why does the salesman do that? It usually has more to do with his commission than anything else. Those door to door sales people can be tricky. If you’re seeing a wide retail price disparity someone is messing with you.

What about the Provia Aspect features?

The Aspect model is a decent window model. It doesn’t come with many of the features that you can get from other manufactures at similar prices. Because of that I’d tend to say it’s not a great value.

For example, it uses the cheaper constant force or coil balance mechanisms vs the nicer type used in nicer window models. Provia calls the cheaper balance “roller-tilt” which is a cute name but it’s not the best mechanism out there.

They’ll offer other features like 3-1/4″ jamb depths, sunshield vinyl, dual vent latches and more. Those features are all 100% common and easily found on almost any window model. There’s nothing to write home about there.

Ultimately there’s not really anything special about this product.

What are the color options?

The Aspect window is very limited in terms of available colors. If fact right now it’s only available in white, beige or sandstone.

If you want any other colors or woodgrain interior options you’ll need to upgrade to the more expensive Provia Endure line.

What about Provia Aspect prices?

Retail prices for replacement windows can be all over the map. If you could find windows like this for $300 per window that would be a great deal, but prices like that seem to be long gone.

I do think it’s important to remember that the windows will be in the house for decades. Getting a nicer quality product, even at a slightly higher price, will likely be a good move. In a couple years you won’t remember the price but you will still have the windows.

The salesman told me about Super Spacer, is that a good thing?

Spacers in windows are a common part of the sales pitch. Provia windows come with a non-metallic spacer called Super Spacer. This is the same type they use in the doors and it’s a nice product.

The friendly door to door salesman will likely leave out the fact that most window companies will offer a non-metallic spacer. It’s not really a differentiator but it is a good product.

Is the Provia Aspect warranty any good?

The warranty on these windows is perfectly decent but not too remarkable. If you think you might rent your house one day you might want to look for a different manufacturer because their warranty is very limited for a rental.

For a house that you’ll be living in the warranty is better. It’s a lifetime warranty and it’s transferable when you sell the house. It’s only transferable if you transfer it within 30 days of selling the house but that’s not really a huge deal.

We do have a new post coming that will be reviewing the Provia window warranty in more detail so stay tuned for that.

So, what’s the bottom line?

I’d say this is definitely a window model that was designed to be cheap, but it’s not always sold at cheap prices. If you can find a nice low price it could be a fine deal, but Provia windows are often sold at higher prices. If you’re getting a quote in the $600+ per window range I’d say you can probably find a better value somewhere else.

When 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.

Remember, for more great window company info you can find our suggestions for the best local companies in your area right here. There’s no need to work with a company that gives you the run-around or makes the process difficult. There are plenty of fish in the sea as they say. The best way to get started is to check out our list of great window companies.

Home Depot Window Complaints – What’s wrong with Home Depot?

The process of buying new windows can seem complicated. Sometimes people think it would just be easier to order windows from a store they know, like Home Depot. If you’re thinking about going this route you should understand what causes Home Depot window complaints so you can avoid ending up an unhappy customer.

Home Depot is obviously a huge company. They’re in almost every town all over the country. They carry all sorts of home products so you might think they’d be a great place to order windows. In my humble opinion you’d be wrong.

You see they’re a retailer, just like a Wal-Mart or Costco or another big store. That’s a completely different business than being a window installer. In fact, Home Depot isn’t really a window installer at all. If you order windows from them they’ll hire someone else to install your windows. Will that person be a good person to work with? I don’t know and you don’t know either.

Are Home Depot window installations bad?

Not necessarily, but it’s a risk. I’d suggest it’s a risk that’s not really worth taking. While it’s true that there’s a Home Depot in almost every town, there’s also likely a great window company in every town too.

Why hire a box store to do a job they don’t really specialize in instead of a company that focuses on windows every day? I’d suggest that it doesn’t really make any sense to do that. There are plenty of great window companies that are full of people who work on windows every single day.

You see Home Depot will still send over a commissioned salesperson, they’ll still try to get you to place the order. They’re not making the windows, rather they’re buying them from one company, marking them up and selling them to you.

There’s really nothing special that you get from Home Depot and there are a few downsides. The subcontracted installations are one factor that can lead to Home Depot window complaints, but they’re not the only factor.

Are the windows Home Depot offers any good?

They’re not great. In most markets it seems that Home Depot offers windows from Simonton. You can find our reviews of Simonton windows here.

Simonton makes several product lines, just like most window manufacturers. They use a special model number for windows sold through Home Depot. Usually it’s Simonton 6500 but that can change.

The windows are fine, but they’ll have higher air infiltration rates than many other options. That means they’ll let in more light when closed and locked. They’ll also use thicker frames that block more light which is not ideal.

Why isn’t Home Depot great at windows?

I can only guess it’s because selling home services has never been a huge focus for them. They could very easily be a real force in this industry as they have enormous scale, but they’ve never really been able to take advantage of that scale.

I guess it’s good for me and most owners of window companies that Home Depot has not figured out the window business. Maybe one day they’ll buy my company and we’ll leverage their scale to take over the industry. Until then, I’d look elsewhere if you’re looking for new windows.

So, how should I decide who to work with?

The window business is challenging, that’s for sure. Every company says they’re the best and they all say that everyone else is horrible. It can feel difficult to navigate, but luckily it’s really not that hard.

I always suggest starting with a company with a good reputation and a solid track record. Then listed to what they have to suggest. Ask any questions about it, ask about options both more expensive and less expensive. When you feel like they’re offering a reasonable value that fits your needs you should buy it.

It is not a good idea to fall in love with a window brand before yo’ve found someone to install them. That said, you can find the best window reviews on the internet right here.

To try to help in that regard we’ve compiled a list of great companies all over the country. We may not know anyone in your neighborhood yet but it doesn’t’ hurt to ask. You can find our list of the best replacement window companies right here.