Provia Windows Reviews

Provia vinyl windows reviews

Provia is a company that has experienced significant growth over the last several years.  They’ve gone from a regional door manufacturer in the midwest to a significant player in the building products business.  Provia is still primarily known for making doors, but Provia windows have been available for quite some time.

Provia started as Precision Door based in Sugar Creek Ohio.  They purchased Sugar Creek Aluminum and were one of the first companies to offer doors and storm doors that were built to go together.  As they continued to bring on new product lines they changed their name to Provia.  They now offer a range of building products all over the country.

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Provia windows come in two main product lines.  There is the Aeris Collection and the Integra line of vinyl replacement windows.  As you can clearly tell from the marketing  materials the Aeris is the fancy line and the Integra is a more basic line of windows.

As is the case with most vinyl windows there really isn’t much that goes with “high end” vinyl windows other than fancy brochures and higher prices, but the Aeris WX1000 line comes with real wood interiors which can be a really nice option.

From a business standpoint Provia has always done a good job of maintaining their margins.  They’re used to charging a premium price for their doors and they maintain that same attitude when pricing their windows.  Unfortuantley for the consumer that means you typically pay a little more for Provia windows that you would for comparable windows from another manufacturer.  Does that mean they’re better windows?  Well, the fine folks at Provia would like you to think so, but in most cases they’re just typical vinyl windows.

Here we’ll be positing individual reviews of the following models of Provia windows:

  • Aeris WX1000
  • Aeris VT800
  • Aeris VT700
  • Integra 300 Series
  • Integra 200 Series

You’ll notice Provia also makes a very nice storm window, but as of yet we’re not getting into storm window reviews.  They also offer vinyl siding and stone veneer, but for now at least those products fall outside the scope of this site.

To make sure you’re getting the best deal on new windows you might want to take a look through our section on common replacement window sales tactics.  Don’t get taken for a ride!

Disclosure: based on the info provided here and our detailed consideration of all of the replacement windows available today our company has elected to offer Provia windows in select markets due to some specific features and designs that are available.

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112 thoughts on “Provia Windows Reviews”

  1. Dear Window Dog,
    I just had some ProVia windows installed, 2 casements, 2 double-hung and a picture window, all in the Aeris WX1000 Series. Great looking windows and happy with the product. The one drawback were the double hungs and the grid inserts. They only had matching grids for 3 woods, so my initial choice for wood wouldn’t work. But overall, the quality of the window and price was worth it. I’ll probably go back to them for more windows in the future.

  2. Provia does have a overpriced product. But with that you get exceptional service. In in the world of sales if you can get someone to trust your product, the price has little to do with it. I really like the function of the integrated sash lock/tilt assist. WX1000 comes prefinished with the best of both worlds(wood & vinyl).

    1. Thanks for taking the time to write. We’re a big fans of Provia doors. The doors are pricy too, but you’re right their service is great and customers are very happy with the end results.

    1. I was happy with the Aeris line from Provia. I was apparent that Provia wanted to make improvements to gain better air infiltration numbers to go along with the already industry best glass. There was a few issues with the Endure most notably with the casement screens and the way they come out of the frame. This was resolved. The other being the brickmold profile on the window. It was flimsy and would not recommend. This was an effort to get more traction in the new construction market. To my knowledge this has not been fixed but is with engineering. Other than that i have great things to say about Endure. Had a few installed in my own house. Have performed great. I also have a few Aeris VT800 in my house as well so it was nice to be able to compare.

      1. Hi Mark, industry best glass sounds like quite a line. What makes the glass in Provia windows any different than the glass in any other replacement windows? We install many Provia doors and I’m not aware of anything that makes the glass better than another product.

        1. The glazings that they offer. DLA, TLA, TLK. Couple that with the ComforTech spacer and a breakage/seal failure warranty and you have what very few others can offer.

          1. Right, so just about every company offers those options. There’s nothing unique in there as far as I’m aware.

          2. Wood window MFG do not offer glass breakage as Provia does in all there window lines.
            I love that feature along with there lifetime warranties compaired to wood window 5/10/20 warranty.

          3. I got mine from precision windows. glass coverage only covers “natural disasters” not accidental such as a child throwing a ball into it. My salesman said I should just lie to the company about how it was broken. something I won’t do. Also there is no caulking or weather stripping to keep the cold from coming through the edges of the storm. I could have gotten the same thing from Home Depot and had proper installation for half the money.

      2. Would you mind speaking to one of our potential customers for Provia Aeris windows as they would like to speak to someone who has had these windows installed.

        Thanks!

  3. Thanks for clarifying that. I am a big fan of Provia products as you can tell. Customers that we run into are impressed with offering. What were heari is options are not being presented to them on other brands.

  4. Hi, I am looking to replaced failed Pella Proline casement windows. They are only 12 years old, but the clad has come loose on all and Pella won’t stand behind the warranty (duet to the class action lawsuit).

    So I now have 16 windows to replace and a sliding door. I am looking at the Provia windows as well as Revere. I can’t seem to find the condensation rating for the Revere windows. I did find that the rating for the Provia is 61. Condensation has been a real issue with the Pella windows. Which is a better window? Would you do all vinyl or would you do wood interior?

    Thanks for the assistance,
    Mark

    1. The ratings will vary based on the model and the glass option you pick. The company offering the windows can probably tell you, or I can look it up if you know what windows you’re considering. Just let me know if you’d like my help.

      1. The Revere window we were considering is the Sovereign vinyl window. Double pane, low E, argon filled. These are casement windows. My understanding is they have some form of the warm edge technology. The dealer says he does not know what the condensation rating is for the window, just that “they won’t sweat and are much better than the Pellas that I have.” We live in Kansas where we have temperature that vary greatly. Any help or advise would be appreciated. I don’t want to make the same mistake twice.

        Thanks,
        Mark

        1. The Revere casement with the typical Barrier XP glass has a condensation resistance rating or CR of 59, the ThermD glass gets you 61, the Barrier XP Plus is 62 and just for fun the Barrier XP TK2 SC is 74. There are many options and they’re easy to lookup so your local dealer should be able to help you with the options.

      2. Would you know who makes the operator (crank) mechanism for Provia casements? I will have one awning window that I would like to put an electric operator on (the window is very high), but need to know who makes the operator assembly.

        Thanks,
        Mark

        1. Hi Mark, I know Truth Hardware makes hardware for many manufacturers, but I don’t know about Provia specifically. Maybe someone else will chime in, or give their corporate office a ring, I’m sure they’ll tell you.

  5. We live on the PA\OH border and I’ve been studying your site for patio door replacement. I’ve had 5 estimates. Pella, although beautiful, I did not like the backward design with the screen inside and the reviews that I was seeing. I considered the internal blinds because you could open the glass. Window world ( all vinyl) wanted to put up vinyl trim inside but I wanted oak. I had never heard of Provia until I saw your site. I liked the wood\ vinyl Aeris and the Endure oak laminate inside\ vinyl outside. I found a good dealer and probably will choose the wood (oak) inside\ vinyl outside. I’m impressed with the stats and the quality and the warranty. I gave up on the blinds. Most manufacturers will give you 10 years in the glass with blinds. If the blinds go crooked or turn hard then you are stuck paying labor fees or worse replacing glass.
    Thanks for the info on Provia. I’ll let you know how the work out here. By the way, would you get their triple glass or double pane. I don’t want to go dark. ? We have enough gray skies here.

    1. You’re right about the blinds in the glass. They sound like a great idea, but folks aren’t always happy with the results.

      I also HATE the interior screen on the Pella sliding door. It’s like it was designed by someone who has never left the door open and screen closed in the evening. The bugs are drawn to the screen and you need to open the screen when you want to close the door for the night. Makes no sense at all. If anyone knows the reason that product exists I’d love to hear it.

      Anyway, now that I’m done with that, good luck with the project. Provia makes nice doors and I’m a bit surprised Window World wouldn’t do oak trim.

  6. Our contractor quoted us a ProVia (Endure) double hung to replace double casement windows in a bedroom in our home – just as a replacement, leaving the existing wood frame. The window opening is about 58″…should I be concerned 1) With a window of this size (overall is 58″ x 54″), and 2) since he is using the existing frame, is this going to look odd from the outside?

    1. No to both questions. That’s how the vast majority of replacement windows are installed. If he measures it and installs it well I expect you’ll love the look.

      1. Thanks. At first when i thought about one large window, i wasn’t sure i liked the idea but the idea is growing on me. I had another company tell me that they would not be confident in a large window like that to due to a risk of sagging in the vinyl window. Would you expect that to be an issue?

        1. Companies typically won’t make a window that is expected to cause problems. I’ve never installed a Provia window, but we’ve installed many vinyl casements lager than that with no troubles. It will need to be installed very level and square and adjusted property. If it’s done right, it should work right.

  7. I am looking at several windows for the new 2 story bay window i am building on the front of my house. Double glazed argon filled Double hung and picture windows with a nail fin. this is a south facing wall that gets sun all day with no protection from vegetation, so i need a low SHGC anywhere from the high teens to low 20s. i also live in Omaha Nebraska witch is in the northern zone so i need a low U-value something in the mid to lower 20s. Im not looking to brake the bank but i will pay for a good window. nothing to fancy just good white vinyl windows with good preformance. I started with the Pella 350 Series U-.27 SHGC-.21 for the Double hungs U-.24 SHGC-.16 for the pictures. Grand Estates 600 brickmold witch are Simonton windows U-.28 SHGC-.20 DP 35. and the ProVia Endure EN600 U-.23 SHGC .20 AI-.05cfm/ft2 on the Double hungs. U-.22 SHGC-.20 AI-.01 cfm/ft2 on the pictures. from the numbers i’m thinking of going with the ProVia. What do you think about these windows, and is there another window/windows line i should be looking at? Thanks in advance.

    Derek

  8. We live in southwestern PA and a week before Christmas this year replaced a 6′ Andersen sliding glass door with a Provia sliding door with the internal blinds. What a difference this new door makes! So much so that we will be replacing another this summer along with all of our windows and door. The Andersen door was always cold and in winter we had to keep blankets at its base. Haven’t needed to do that with this one and their glass replacement warranty is by far the best in the industry. Top of the line customer service too and in all honesty the price we paid was only $100 higher than Home Depot wanted for a kit version of the Andersen door without internal blinds. We purchased the door from MRV Siding and it came in completely assembled. Delivery was free and they made an extra free trip out to deliver a single piece of trim stock. I had a friend help install it and installation took less than 2 hours. This included the removal of the old door.

    1. Glad to hear you’re happy with your new door. Their warranty is the same as what you’d get from many other companies, but it is a nice product.

  9. I have a ProVia front entry door with 2 sidelights and a transom. I was replacing a Therma-Tru fiber classic. I requested a bore for a Baldwin lock. The factory requested that the lockset be sent to the factory so they could properly insure the bore and strike plate alignment. When the door was installed the mortise that receives the deadbolt was 3/4 of an inch to low, not allowing the deadbolt into the mortise. When I called the customer service to complain they told me they wouldn’t talk to me and hung-up!!! The contractor called the supplier who furnished the door and was told a factory rep would come out. NEVER HAPPENED! The next thing I was told was that they would bore a new door slab so that the lock would be 3/4 “lower. Great that will work. They sent a new frame with sidelights instead. This door was already in place and my contractor would not pull the door and frame out since all we needed was a new slab. Then I was told that Baldwin was going to make a custom strike plate to receive the deadbolt. I said great that will work too. What I got was not a custom strike plate from Baldwin I got a stock strike plate from Pella! Another Fail!! This fiasco is been going on for 3 months and still at square one. I would seriously consider your purchase with this company in advance if I were you!!!

    1. That seems pretty odd and not at all in line with my dealings with Provia. Is the contractor a real company or a local handyman type? We install hundreds of their doors and any issues we’ve ever had have been fixed up pretty quickly. I wonder if someone isn’t giving you the whole story.

    1. We’ve installed about 150 ProVia 600 series replacement windows in the last year. Over all, the windows are solid and work nicely. However, they have a rail on the sill that goes into a groove on the bottom of the bottom sash as the window closes, the rail has a slight “L” shape to it which sometimes catches in the groove in the sash as you are trying to open the window. We’ve had to bend the rail to the side on some windows so you could open the window easily.
      Other than that, we really like the way they perform, lots of happy customers!

  10. So we are looking at replacing double hung windows with Either the Anderson American Craftsman 70 Series or the Provia Endure windows. The majority of windows we are replacing would be inserts. Any preferences would be greatly appreciated.

  11. You have a great site! Thanks for all of your advice so far, it’s been really helpful. We are in the process of replacing 14 of our old single pane, 1940s windows. We are trying to decide between double-hung Provia Endure (triple pane, argon) and Great Lakes Energy Guard (triple pane, krypton). Both dealers use their own installers and have excellent reputations in the area. It seems from my research that Great Lakes might have a more extensive warranty and a bit more energy efficiency. We live in Wisconsin, so winters are brutal. Both quotes are $9800. Any preference for one over the other?

  12. We had 11 Provia double hung windows installed this year. We recently noticed discloring around the vent locks. It appears something is leaking from within the glass. They are provia aspect windows. Any thoughts as to what may cause this?

    1. Could it be condensation on the meeting rail? I’ve never heard of something leaking and discoloring the vinyl. It’s been a little while now. Did they get it fixed for you?

  13. We are building a new home in Northern Indiana, the winters are varied, some are frigid cold with high winds and heavy snow and others are wet, rainy and mild. We are debating between ProVia Aeris or Anderson 400 series, does anyone have any advice for one or the other? We are moving from a home that had Pella double hung casements and they were HORRIBLE, so I am sure anything will be better then those.

    1. Hi Gina, if you’re within about an hour of Indianapolis or Chicago I could probably help out with an order. Just let me know.

        1. Hi Mary, I don’t know anyone to recommend in Porter County. Maybe someone else will chime in. You’ll probably need to order them through a dealer so you could check with Provia to find their dealers in the area.

  14. I am looking for 53 vinyl window replacements for a 4-plex. Unfortunately Provia does not offer lifetime warranty for homes where the purchaser does not live. But Richlin does. Any advice on Richlin or other window companies which offer lifetime Product warranty to rental property owners?

    1. The reason you don’t typically get a lifetime warranty for in investment property is that an investment property is typically owned by a business, an LLC or other type. Those entities don’t have a “lifetime” so a lifetime warranty is meaningless. Ask them about their commercial warranty and then you’ll be getting the right info.

      Did you pick a winner yet? If not I may be able to help out.

  15. I’m having a tough time deciding between ProVia endure r value of 6 triple pane or Okna 500 series. Both are double hung triple pane. Which is the better product? Thanks! Michael

  16. I’m in Atlanta, GA. We are replacing most of our windows – 16 double hung, 3 solid unusual shaped picture windows (1 pentagon, 2 trapezoids). I have proposals from 2 well established, highly recommended companies. The windows are the difference and I’m overwhelmed by the decision ?!?
    One is Provia Endure double pane DLA-UV insulated Low E. The other is Sunrise Essentials with Omega – 12 glass which is the highest rated glass pack in the Restorations window (I’m told).
    Could anyone provide some clarity and ways to make a decision? Comments on either of the windows could be helpful.

  17. Living in North East Ohio, in farm area (no wind break), would you recommend double pane or triple pane windows?

    1. If the wind is your concern I’d look at the air infiltration rates. A double pane vs triple pane decision wouldn’t really be affected by the wind. In general terms triple pane gets you around a 25% improvement in efficiency. It’s the kind of thing you pay for once and benefit from for a long time. If the windows have a higher air infiltration rate you’d feel that even more than the average person if you’re in a windy area. I’d definitely focus on that.

  18. Thank you for your wonderful website!

    We live in the Lehigh Valley part of PA and are now considering Provia’s Aeris windows for replacements in our 25 yr old home, because they offer vinyl on outside and real stained wood on inside . Other options, we’ve considered are Sunrise and Harvey. Best price offered for the Aeris so far by a local installer is $770 complete total per window installed.

    We’ve been leaning toward Aeris because we wanted to match our home’s interior stain trim/moulding package (MinWax’s puritan pine). Unfortunately Provia doesn’t offer an exact color match so might have to settle for one of their existing choices, but don’t want another completely wood window and I would rather avoid doing the staining myself if possible. We considered Sunrise and Harvey because both offer vinyl with fake wood finishes for the insides, but the colors offed by each are nowhere near the color of our existing stained moulding.

    A few questions if you don’t mind and have the time.

    1. Is $770 total per window a decent price for this product?
    2. In general, how do you think Provia Aeris windows compare in quality/price to the other products mentioned above, as well as Anderson?
    3. Do you have any other product suggestions that would help us get the longevity of vinyl, with the interior look that matches the stained wood in our home?

    1. I think $770 for the real wood interior probably is a decent price and I don’t really have another other suggestions if you’re stuck on the wood interior. Provia has a good reputation and they certainly take quality seriously.

  19. Window Dog. Great site lots of information! We putting in new replacement windows(37 replacements). I have 1 window installed it is a Provia Aeris brand – vinyl exterior, wood interior, double pane.

    This first window looks great. My only concern is that it is difficult to close and lock completely. I have to put a decent amount of pressure on the top sash(upwards) and bottom sash(downwards) in order to get the locks to engage.

    I’ve had the sales guy stop out and he says the window is operating as it should(and it was a good install – I have high confidence in that). My thought is that the emphasis on a new window should be keeping out the elements and ensuring it is airtight. That might explain the behavior. What do you think?

    1. Hi Graham, thanks for writing. There is always a bit of a battle between making windows that are easy to operate and windows that provide a very tight seal. When I worked in a window plant years ago we dealt with that issue in relation to screens. Customers complained the screens were too hard to get in and out so we made them 1/8″ smaller then we got complaints that you could see daylight around them and bugs might get in. The same thing happens with sashes in double hungs.

      I would suggest you start by leaving the window closed and locked for a few days then try it again. A new window will have new thick weather stripping and that may cause it to require a little pressure to get it to lock. After it’s been closed and locked for a few days it may operate better.

      Next, I’d look inside the frame where the sashes move to see if there is any debris or bits of anything left over from manufacturing that might be preventing it from closing all the way. If there was any scrap from the welds or extra bits of vinyl they may be causing the issue. If you see anything you can probably cut it out with a box cutter or a sharp chisel (easier than it might sound). If it still doesn’t work well I’d put a level on all surfaces and see how square it is. Everyone usually says things are installed well because they don’t want to throw their buddy under the bus. It may be installed perfectly, but it doesn’t hurt to check.

      The cause will make itself evident. As a last resort if you really can’t figure anything else out you could probably order a sash that was 1/8″ shorter, but that’s not a first or second or third option as it may add a little space leading to a draft. In my house I’d probably leave the window a little hard to lock before I did that.

      Let us know how it goes.

      1. Leaving the window locked for a few weeks seems to have done the trick. We replaced 20 other windows and haven’t had the exact same issue(a few are tight but not as tight as the first one). At this point we’ve had the 20 Provia replacement windows in for 9 months and overall they have been good(they are attractive but maybe a little tight operating wise). I have to replace 11 more in a different part of the home, this time it will be new construction windows not just the inserts, at that point I hope to be able to better guage the efficiency improvements in the home. Appreciate the feedback and I will write back once the next phase is complete.

    1. I like both of those models. They can sometimes be a little expensive, but I think they’re both nice doors.

  20. We had a casement Provia window installed and can’t get the screens to stay in securely. The company that we bought it from installed it and have been out several times to rectify the problem. They ordered new screens, tried to shim the window, etc. Nothing has worked. Any ideas?

    1. Just wondering if you ended up going with the Aspect windows. Have been looking at them myself and trying to see if people are happy with them.

  21. We are considerin ProVia replacement windows. We need a wood interior because of the design of our house. Does anyone have any experience or insight on how well the wood strips on these windows adhere to the vinyl? Are there any issues we should be aware of?

    1. Check out the details in the warranty to get a feel for how well they’re expected to hold up. It would be interesting if we heard from someone who has had windows like that installed for a few years, but not sure if we will. I haven’t heard of any specific problems or issues with Provia windows with the wood interior.

  22. Hello Window Dog, we live by a somewhat busy street. We are looking to block out some noise from cars travelling by. Our current windows seem to be very cheap windows that let all sound in. Would the Provia windows block out more sound. The salesman demoed by knocking on our window, then on a Provia sample window, but I didn’t know if this was just a sales gimmick. Is there somewhere I can see ratings for how much sound dampening they would provide? Or… do you have another recommendation for such a circumstance as ours. Thank you for your advice.

    1. Luckily you don’t need to take the salespersons word for it. You can ask them for the STC rating to see the difference in sound transmission. Typically the best option for reducing sound is laminated glass and the next best option is often triple pane glass.

      We hear from folks who’ve had salespeople tell them that triple pane glass is the best option for sound reduction and that’s usually wrong, but it will likely be better than double pane glass.

      If they can’t or won’t get you the STC ratings then I’d find another company. Don’t make a decision based on a silly sales demo.

  23. I have been Looking at the provia Endure? The only thing is the interior stain color options are not real close to my home trim colors. (Golden Oak) Any other windows you could recommend with more options.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Matt, different companies will offer different sets of options. You’ll find some of them are exactly the same from one manufacturer to another and some are different. To my knowledge there are only one or two companies that make the woodgrain interior laminates for most window manufacturers. The only way to find one you like would be to check several manufacturers. Have you found a winner yet?

  24. I am considering the Provia Aspect Windows for replacing 16 of my home windows. the quote was provided by Tom Adams Windows in Doylestown, PA. In researching I came across Windowworld? have you even herd of them? or Berkshire Elite Windows?

    1. Hi Ginny, I have heard of Window World and my company offers Berkshire Elite windows in Doylestown. Let me know if we can help out.

  25. Thank you so much for all the information you provide. This is such a great resource. We are in NC considering two bids on double hung vinyl double pane windows, one on Provia endure at about $460 per window, and one on Alside mezzo at about $370 per window. We are also getting a sliding glass door in an 8 foot opening. The Alside quote is about $3300 for a two panel slider. The Provia installer quoted about $8000 for a smaller two panel slider with a fixed sidelight on one side. Significant cost differences. We are wondering if the quality difference is proportional. Would be very interested to know your thoughts?

    1. $8k for a 2 panel sliding door with a sidelight feels a little heavy even for Provia. Have you picked one yet?

  26. Hello-
    I am looking to compare the Provia Endure Series Vs the Simonton 5500 Series. I have watched your video and see the physical size difference in the frame. Is there any additional light you can shed on comparing these two? I am not looking to grind over pennies but would rather have a quality product.

  27. Hello,
    I am looking at Provia Endure for my home in WI. The contractor quoted the double pane hard coat low-e glass (DLA-UV-HC) with a U of 0.22, and CR of 49 for a casement. The CR seemed low. Removing the hard coat low-e, now a DLA-UV, gives a U of 0.25 and a CR of 60 for a casement. I read that the hardcoat, while helping the U value is hurting the CR value.

    Should I worry about this low CR for a home in WI? What is the better choice? The DLA-UV is slightly less ($25) per window per the contractor (no quote on that yet).

    Thanks!

    1. It is true that the hard coat low-e does lower the condensation resistance rating quite a bit. You might want to find an option that will get you a better balance of ratings.

  28. I am looking at replacing my windows with either Wincore 7700 series or Provia En600 series. The bids are 9250 for 13 Wincore 7700 and 1250 for 13 Provia EN600. Keep in mind that 5 of them are floor to ceiling windows with the bottom 1/3 of each a casement that opens outward from the bottom. We are replacing them with single hung that open 1/3 of the bottom. Which is the better window? a few grand more isn’t going to stop me from getting a better window. Marvin’s for about 20k, that isn’t happening.

    1. Hi Ed, I don’t think one is significantly nicer than the other. Did you see anything that stood out when the companies were explaining the options?

  29. Hi there, I’m looking for replacement windows for my whole house where they’re one color on the outside (beige/tan) and white on the inside. The two estimates I’ve gotten so far have lead me to believe that I’m going to pay more for this option. Since this is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime purchase I want to do it right, but I don’t want to get taken for a ride either and I simply can’t afford top of the line windows (doesn’t make sense for my house either since it’s in a blue-collar middle class neighborhood – I would never install chandeliers or marble countertops in a house that’s suited for boob lights and formica).

    I came across a company in my area that sells Provia Endure, and they have the interior/exterior color options I’m looking for. I haven’t requested an estimate yet but a brief search on the internet and looking through your website it sounds like they’re going to be a pricier option.

    Question: In the world of two-color window options, do you think Provia Endure is a good value? Are there any other window brands you recommend with this option that might cost less?

  30. Windowdog, Thanks for running this website which is full of quality information. I have learnt a lot in last 3 days since I came across your website.

    I got a quote from local zen windows dealer in MN at about $800/window. Double hung, two pane Nirvana series (Basically soft lite classic). The reviews on both the windows and the installer are great. The installer and Zen in the twin cities has five years of history. A few questions,
    1) Is this a fair price for Nirvana windows to pay
    2) My concern is being a smaller and newer company, what happens in case the company goes away in a few years for any reasons. With RBA and HD, at least that won’t be the concern.

  31. Hi Windowdog,
    We are looking to replace 19 windows in our house. We are looking at the Pella 250 vinyl and the Provia Aspect vinyl windows which I have not seen any feedback on. What can you share on comparing the two? I have not seen many good things about Pella and their service.
    Thanks
    kevin

    1. I just had provia endure casement installed in Rhode island.i live in a brick house they had to drill out all around my old Anderson frames.i really love the windows and I have the double glass,grids.it took me 2 years to decide which brand to go with.l used a local contractor who ordered windows and installed.l paid around $900 per window with installation.had them do just the back of my house first to make sure I liked the windows so now the rest is on order.my house has 18 openings with 47 widows.lol just to let you know I do love provia windows.

  32. We are shopping for good quality replacement windows, double strength, double pane with argon and gteat U factor/R factor. What is better Joyce or Sunrise? Do you know anything about Joyce Heritage Signature Series? Thank you, Lin

  33. Help! 🤦‍♀️ I’m replacing all my windows and my patio door here in Colorado. The Provia rep said his Ecolite series is heads above Amerimax windows, a local brand here. I don’t want a builder grade window. He claims Provia Ecolite is NOT a builder grade window. I want my windows flush with the siding as opposed to sticking out like so many appear to be and Provia rep claims the only way to do that is to get the Ecolite line. Any thoughts would be appreciated. He’s coming over today and I’m supposed to sign the contract. Thank you!

    1. Hi Nancy, did you end up ordering the windows? If the final look is critical for you I’d suggest getting that in writing in the contract. That way if it’s not flush on the exterior at the end you can at least have something to point to. Let us know how it goes.

      1. I am just getting ready to order now. Do you think there is a much difference between Provia Ecolite, Anlin and Amerimax? Is that a reasonable request..to ask for them to be flush with the outside of the house?

        1. Hard to say without seeing the house. If the salespeople think it’s reasonable then I’m sure it is. If not (hopefullY) they won’t be shy about telling you.

  34. Hey Window Dog,
    We had 28 Provia Aspect windows installed and all of them are leaking air where the side sash and frame meet and air will blow out where the springs are. Whenever the wind blows some of the windows will howl and whistle as well. We have had Provia Rep out 2 different times and first said that it was the anchor plugs need to be covered and needed new pads where the upper & lower sash meet. This proved not effective. When the windows were installed they didn’t want to cut into the drywall inside since it is drywall trim so the windows do stick out about 3/8″ from the house but they have it taped up. They are going to replace the weather strippings and also “tuck in the sides” even more next week. The rep told me about the infiltration rate of the windows was .05 but I don’t even know what is equivalent of that. The winds aren’t even above 10-15 mph when we get wind inside the windows. Has anyone else you know of have had these types of problems?

    1. What does the company that installed they say about it? My first guess would be that it’s an installation issue rather than a Provia issue, but hard to tell without seeing them. You definitely shouldn’t be feeing drafts in a 10 MPH wind.

  35. Hi windowdog, I live in Delaware in a house built around 1960, it’s a ranch house with old wood single pane windows which I’m replacing all 14. I got three estimates as follows: Harvey Classic at $8,700, Window World at $10,500 and Provia Aspect at $ 12,500. The Harvey Classic brochure is very specific about the particular window they are offering, Window World talks more about the company than the window I’m looking at buying. Provia brochure isn’t window specific either as far as U-factor, SHGC and VT. I’m having a difficult time trying to pick the best value from the information at hand. In your experienced opinion considering the age of the house, which window do you feel would best fit my situation?

    1. Hi Paul, I’d suggest talking to the companies about what they’re offering you to get any additional information. They’re asking you to spend $8-12k so it’s reasonable that they’d be able to get you more info.

      Depending on where you are in Delaware my company may be able to help for our office in Philadelphia. For more info on that, check this section and click Philadelphia.

  36. Hello,

    I have received three quotes to replace 15 windows and would appreciate your thoughts:

    Pella 350 series (casements): $26K (after discounts)
    Provia Endure (casements): $22K (after discounts)
    Renewal by Andersen (casements): $22K (after discounts)

    Thank you for your time.

    Himanshu

  37. Hello,
    I like what I hear about the Provia Aeris wood/vinyl windows. A couple of questions, though…
    1) These windows are (I think) actually a vinyl window with real wood adhered to the interior, instead of a wood window with a vinyl wrapped exterior (like Pella). Since vinyl and wood both expand/contract to different degrees, will the wood stay solidly adhered to the vinyl window long term? Or will they expand/contract differently and separate from another eventually?
    2) Also, the sales rep said they can do tan vinyl for the interior track, to better match the wood interior (with white vinyl exterior). I’m having trouble picturing how that will look – any photos you can share?
    Thank you!

    1. I don’t have any photos of that color combo as that’s not a window my companies carries. I don’t think you’d have any issue with the wood falling off, but it would be wise to read the warranty to understand how that would be handled.

      I think the vinyl window with wood stuck on it is probably a more durable solution than a wood window with vinyl cladding. You see a lot of people complaining about issues with cladded wood windows regarding rot from water getting behind the cladding.

    2. Hi Ellen! Our families’ new Provia Aeris windows are really nice, strong and beautiful. The Provia company website had a nice tool that will allow you to see different combinations of color. You can also look for the catalog. We have a Puritan pine stain throughout our house. We ended up going with the fruitwood for the wood interior of the window and we are very pleased. I am a real customer.

  38. Does anyone have a problem with the window glass outside being black and kind of fun house looking.i have provia endure casement which I like but don’t like the look of the black weird looking glass outside and I have lots of windows so it’s very noticable.also on my grids not sure what material it looks like painted aluminum grids to me heard they are pvc.my windows are all vinyl.does anyone have any experience with this. Thanks.

    1. Hi Carol, I’m not sure I know what you mean. You’re saying there’s black material on the outside of the glass on your Provia Endure windows? Feel free to send over a picture and I’ll be happy to help if I can.

  39. Hi windowdog!

    I’m writing to ask your opinion on restoring my home’s 120 year old windows or replacing them with ViWintech 6000 or Provia Aeris windows. Replacement windows would certainly be cheaper than restoration and offer better energy efficiency, but people keep telling me to stay away from vinyl. I’m also looking at some widows from Menards, the Case 3500 series. Do you have any professional insight you can offer on these options, or others I should consider?

    I live about 20 minutes north of Zionsville, IN.

  40. Hello, I’m looking for some post-window replacement help. In April 2020 we replaced all the windows in our older house with Provia ComforTech DLA windows. However, for the two second level East facing rooms with poor hvac we decided to upgrade to ComforTech TLA. Beginning last week 5/29/2020 both of those rooms have been filled on and off with a terrible odor. No smell in the attic above or the room next door, and only wafting smell in hallway. There are no vents, water pipes or gas anywhere in that part of the house. I even went outside and smelled the gutter. It is not the smell of anything rotting, that makes one gag, but smell that turns the stomach. The smell is strong but dissipates completely when the windows are opened. The only things new/different in the room are the windows and the whole house wood floor refinishing. I’m wondering if it’s the window tinting reacting to the stronger sun? I’m eager to find a solution because that’s my temporary home office and I’m unable to work. I’d appreciate thoughts or resource referrals. Thank you

    1. I would bet the smell is coming from the caulking rather than from the windows. Did they get it figured out?

  41. your opinion on Simonton Reflections 5500 vs. Provia Aspect? Seems like the numbers between them are very similar except for air infiltration where the provia seems much better. IMO the Provia is a much better looking window. Installed cost is very similar/competitive.

    1. I’d probably pick Provia if faced with those options. The Simonton model is an old design. What’s your zip code? We may be able to help with a suggestion or two.

  42. Don’t buy them, they are drafty and hard to install correctly. I’m sorry I had them put in my house.

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