If you’re looking for Ply Gem windows reviews you’ve come to the right place. You may have seen that there are many window brands associated with Ply Gem. The branding can get a little confusing so we’ll start by explaining how all of these different window brands are connected.
First, as we get into the Ply Gem windows reviews you should know that Ply Gem is owned by Cornerstone Building Brands which is a holding company that owns many brands in the building products industry.
Several of the window brands owned by Conerstone are pretty popular. You’ll see some brands like Simonton, American Craftsman and Great Lakes are advertised as being “by Ply Gem”. Then there are other brands like Silver Line and Atrium that aren’t associated with Ply Gem in their branding. These brands are owned by the same company but not connected by their marketing.
Here you can see the differences in the logos. Ply Gem decided to co-brand the Simonton windows with Ply Gem. Interestingly they left the Ply Gem name off of the Atrium brand. I would guess that they left the Ply Gem name off of the lower end brands to avoid the association with cheaper products. It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that Atrium and Silver Line are the cheapest brands and they’re the only brands that aren’t co-branded with Ply Gem.
Why does Ply Gem make so many window brands?
Ply Gem distributes their windows in many channels and they tend to use different brand names for products sold in different ways. For example, Great Lakes windows are typically sold through old fashioned higher priced window dealers, American Craftsman windows are sold in retail stores like Home Depot.
They don’t want the low end brands like American Craftsman, which is known for selling some of the cheapest windows out there, to hurt the reputation of the higher end and much more expensive lines like Great Lakes or Simonton windows.
That strategy makes sense. The average window customer doesn’t really know anything about windows. Ply Gem knows people will complain about American Craftsman or Atrium windows since they’re not the best quality. By separating the brands the bad feedback on those cheap models doesn’t impact their nicer brands. They’re all made by Ply Gem, but the people complaining about American Craftsman might not know it.
Ply Gem Windows Reviews
In addition to all of the brands mentioned above, Ply Gem also makes windows under the Ply Gem brand and those are the models we’ll be reviewing on this page. You can also find reviews of the other Ply Gem brands on their own pages on this site (linked above).
New Construction windows:
- MIRA Series
- 200 Series
- 300 Series
- 400 Series
- Classic Series
- Ply Gem Select
Replacement windows from Ply Gem:
- Premium Series
- Pro Series
- 2000 Series
Is the Ply Gem window warranty any good?
When you look at the Ply Gem window warranty you’ll see that they have a lot of fine print. This is not a bid thing, win fact it’s better than the fluffy nonsense warranties that you see from tiny little manufacturers.
In looking at the replacement window warranty you will see some limitations that you don’t see from other manufacturers. For example, if their windows are installed more than 5000′ above sea level the lifetime warranty becomes 10 years on the vinyl frames. When installed above 7000′ there’s no warranty at all. That’s a little strange, but isn’t relevant if you don’t live up in the mountains.
Could it mean there’s something about the vinyl they use that makes it less durable? I suppose that’s possible, there must be some reason they have that unusual limitation.
There are some more interesting limitations and we’ll be writing a whole post on the Ply Gem window warranty soon.
What if I have more questions about Ply Gem windows?
We can help! Find our Ply Gem windows FAQ page here. If you don’t see the answer to your question post a comment and we’ll answer your question for everyone to see.
Looking for any additional information on Ply Gem windows that you’re not finding here? Post a comment and let us know. We’ll be glad to help out!
What’s the bottom line?
Readers of this site will know that I very frequently recommend working with larger manufacturers. Ply Gem is most defininltey a larger manufacturer so they have that going for them.
They make a wide range of windows from cheap models that are not very nice at all to some much nicer products designed for the remodeling market.
Ply Gem windows can be a decent choice, but some of the windows aren’t the greatest. If you find a good option installed by a good company you might be in great shape.
What should you do if you think I’m wrong about something?
Post a comment below and let us know. It’s always our goal to post accurate info along with our opinions and I’m interested in your opinion as well.
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 2023 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.