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Preservation windows are marketed as some of the best vinyl windows on the market. Do they live up to the hype? We’ll find out, right here.
First off, Preservation windows are manufactured by Associated Materials out of Ohio. Associated Materials is the parent company of several window brands including Alside, Gentek, Revere and Alpine. They bill the Preservation product line as their top of the line offering so let’s see what we can find out.
The first thing you’ll notice if you get a quote for Preservation windows is that they are often sold by companies that use high pressure sales tactics. This is not always the case, but it is common so beware.
Next, let’s take a look at the positives:
- Preservation windows come standard with the upgraded block and tackle balance mechanism which provides for durable window that is easy to operate.
- Preservation windows are also available with a wide range of options including exterior colors and stained glass.
- Standard BetterView screens which allow more light to pass through than typical window screens.
These are all great features, but there isn’t really anything remarkable here.
What do Preservation windows cost?
This is where your flirtation with Preservation windows might end. As we’ve said many times the retail pricing of replacement windows is set by the local dealer and it will vary widely so your milage may vary, but the price of Preservations windows is usually HIGH.
Companies are selling these windows everyday for $800-$1000 per window and there really isn’t anything about them that makes them worth that kind of money. If you can get these windows in the $300-$400 range without too much hassle you might have yourself a fair deal.
What about Preservation windows ratings?
You’re probably seeing a common theme developing here and it’s going to continue when we look at the ratings. The ratings for the different glass options are perfectly good, but there is nothing remarkable about them.
U-Factors in the range of 0.28 to 0.17 are typical across almost all high quality replacement windows.
What are the drawbacks to Preservation windows?
There are a few drawbacks to these windows that are often left out of the sales pitch. When compared to other offerings from Associated Materials you’ll see that the Preservation windows have higher (worse) air infiltration rates compared to the other premium models like Gentek Signature Elite or Revere Berkshire Elite.
That means the Preservation windows will let in more air when closed and locked. That’s not ideal. The difference isn’t super small either. The Signature Elite for example will have an air infiltration rate of 0.04 while the Preservation double hung will be 0.10. To be fair the Preservation Reserve is in the same range, but the Preservation double hung definitely lets in more air.
Next, the Preservation windows will use thicker frames that will block more light compared to other models. We see that in the VT rating. With clear glass the rating for Preservation is 0.56 while the Signature Elite is 0.61. That means you’ll get about 10% more light with other models.
What if I have more questions about Preservation windows?
You can find our Preservation windows FAQ page here. If you don’t see your question just post a comment and we’ll add your question to the list for everyone to see.
What’s the bottom line?
Well, these are fine products. They seem to have fine quality and they have all of the usual options. What turned us off was the price. With companies selling this as “the greatest window ever produced by mankind” you’d think it would mow the lawn and watch the kids. At the end of the day it’s just a pretty decent window. If you can get one for a good price without too much hassle it’s a fine product. There is certainly no reason to pay more for this product than any other comparable replacement window.
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