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.
Here we’ll be reviewing Alside windows. Like many companies Alside windows span a wide range of quality and price. This is a brand that many folks outside of the industry a not familiar with. Alside windows are some of the most popular vinyl replacement windows in the country.
Alside windows are produced in 5 manufacturing facilities across the country. There are specific alside windows for the east coast and the west coast.
We’ll be reviewing the following models:
- Excalibur II
- Sheffield II
- 8000 Series
- Sliding Patio Doors
We’ll also be looking at:
- Alside windows warranty (see Alside warranty page here)
- Alside windows cost & pricing
There has been a relatively recent product change in which the Excalibur window has been replaced by the Mezzo model. The Excalibur was the most popular of the Alside windows. This model was both widely distributed and often criticized. It is important to realize that criticism often came from competitors, but there were some aspects of the Alside Excalibur product that were outdated.
The newer Mezzo window is a welcome update to the product offering as it addresses many of the concerns expressed by critics of Alside windows.
The Centurion and Geneva windows are older models that are being phased out. They use an older mechanically fastened technology that is a thing of the past. We would not recommend considering these Alside windows.
The newest Alside window model is the Fusion. This model is replacing the older Centurion and Geneva models. Interestingly this models shares many components with the older and now discontinued Excalibur window. Alside has stripped out a few features of the old Excalibur model such as double strength glass and heavy duty screen frames to reduce the cost of this window.
We’re generally not a fan of any low-end replacement windows as the actual wholesale cost difference between these and nicer products is typically only $10-20 per window. We know cost is important, but when you can get a demonstrably better product for $20 or less, don’t be a cheapskate.
The Sheffield and Ultramaxx windows are fine choices. The two models are essentially the same with only 2 small differences. These will be covered in detail with pictures in their reviews. One drawback to these models is that they have very thick frames which can block more light than some other models.
The 8000 series window is often sold under “private label” programs offered by contractors across the country. Many times these contractors will claim to produce the window themselves or they will claim that it was specifically produced for them. In reality this is a window that has been produced by Alside for years.
Check back often as new reviews will be frequently posted here. If you have any special review requests or if you think we’re off the mark in any regard just let us know.
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