Simonton Windows Reviews

simonton windows reviews, ratings, cost

Simonton windows are some of the most popular vinyl replacement windows.  They’re known for providing decent quality, nationwide distribution and a reasonable warranty.  While most people in the industry would not put Simonton windows in the top tier of vinyl windows out there, there are a good solid product that is easily accessible through Home Depot stores everywhere.  These products are also sold through building products distributors and independent contractors.

Like most manufacturers out there Simonton offers a range of products.  From the more budget focused Prism 5050 to their fancier Reflections 5500 models they offer many options.  In addition to the replacement windows they also offer a range of new construction windows.

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As with several other manufacturers Simonton tends to offer very similar windows under many different brand names.  Windows we’ll review here include:

  • Reflections 5500
  • Asure
  • Impressions 9800
  • Storm Breaker Plus
  • Profinish Brickmould Series 600
  • Profinish Master
  • Reflections 5050
  • Daylight Max
  • Madeira
  • Verona
  • Vantage Point 6500
  • Prism Bronze
  • Prism Silver
  • Prism Gold
  • Prism Platinum
  • Lumera hinged patio doors
  • Sliding patio doors

As you can tell there are quite a few brand names from simonton windows.   As you’ll see in the detailed reviews many of them are very similar.  This is more a result of the wide distribution and the desire for different resellers to offer a “different” product.  It’s not really a reflection on the quality of the product, but it is something to be aware of when comparing options.

It is important to remember that the large size of a manufacturer is important.  The fact that Simonton is a very large company does not mean that the windows are great, but it does tell you that many people are choosing these windows every day.  There must be a reason, the trick is deciding if that reason matters to you.

Our reviews of Simonton windows will be posted as soon as they are available.  We’ll also post information on the Simonton warranty, the cost of Simonton windows and the ratings of the various options.

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134 thoughts on “Simonton Windows Reviews”

  1. THANK you so much for being a one stop shop for reviews — I know ZERO about windows, and all of this is VERY helpful. My HOA is replacing my 17 windows, and has offered to use Simonton Asure at no cost to me (which you have not reviewed yet); but allow me to “upgrade” to Reflections 5500 for $1443 (which is $84 more per window). We plan to move in 1 year or less. Worth it??????? Thanks!!!

    1. Glad you’re enjoying the site! Simonton Asure windows are essentially the same as the Simonton 5050 which is a really cheap product. It has all sorts of drawbacks. Nothing’s free in life, you’re paying for them with you HOA dues. The 5500 window is designed to be a nicer product, but it’s still an older design that leaves a lot to be desired. $84 additional for the 5500 is a little steep, should cost closer to $30.

      It sounds like maybe the ship has sailed on your project, but if there is still an opportunity to pick a different option or look at a different window company that might not be a bad idea.

    2. I hope you like your Simonton Windows more than we did. Service was lousy. Windows are not at all what we hoped. Water sits in ledge, the grab lip is on the top of the window instead of on the bottom where all other “sensible” Windows put them. I have to grab the bottom to pull the window down to where I can reach the grab lip to pull it down. Extremely irritating! Would not recommend any Simonton. Good luck to you…you’ll probably need it!

      1. I totally agree. Worst windows ever! Plastic parts that always break and windows don’t go up or down smoothly. Simonton sends plenty of parts to repair but you have to try to do it yourself. Watched YouTube video to explain but it doesn’t cover the inside window of a double hung window. So disappointed in these windows. Would NEVER recommend them to anyone.

        1. Hi Joy, sorry to hear about your trouble. What model window did you get? Simonton makes a pretty wide range of options.

          1. I don’t know what model. They are double hung windows with grids. Open out so you can clean both sides from the inside. Balances are metal and plastic. Plastic always breaks. I did get most of them replaced myself this weekend but I have four windows that the cutout where you insert the balancer is only cutout on one side and you can’t get the spreader in to replace the balancer. I need to know how to fix those windows.

          2. Simonton does offer a pretty wide range of options from cheaper to nicer. Unfortunately, if you picked a cheaper option you’ll tend to get cheaper results.

            You can use a jamb spreader to replace a balance if needed. It’s a pretty easy job.

          3. Would you recommend daylight max by simonton as a inexpensive replacement? Going from old aluminum single pane windows in so cal.

          4. I’m not a huge Simonton fan generally, but for an inexpensive option I think they make a fine product.

    3. *****I love my Simonton Asure replacement double hung double pane argon filled vinyl in white. I have had them for about 10 years now and they show no signs of wear inside or outside, easy clean, and I am putting them in my new custom home being built now in 2019, because I am so pleased with them.
      5 star in my book.

  2. We have estimates from three companies and are considering:

    Alside Messo
    Simonton Asure
    Simonton 5500
    Vytek Georgetown
    Vytek Fortis

    We are replacing 15 windows. Pricing for the Messos and Asure are about the same $5,600. Georgetown a few hundred more. The quote on the 5500 model is over $7,000 and Fortis even higher.
    My leaning is to go with the Messo (due to increased window area and energy rating) or the 5500 if we want to upgrade–though I understand the window area is not as large on these windows.
    Thoughts appreciated!

    1. Don’t buy Alside, I bought them a few years ago. The sashes failed and fogged up. The windows were in the warranty period so I called Alside for replacement. They refused to deliver to my house and told me to pick them up. I had no provisions to pick them up and even offered to pay for delivery. They wouldn’t even accommodate me for that. Nasty people at Alside, not nice to work with.

      1. Hi Rick, where are you located? That seems like an unusual response. Typically the company that installed the windows would handle an issue like that so you wouldn’t usually deal with the manufacturer. Were they not willing to help?

  3. I am getting ready to replace a sliding glass door in my kitchen and a large window in my bedroom. The bedroom window has a center window with two casements on the ends. Home depot came out and showed me Vantage Pointe by Simonton. What do you recommend. I don’t plan on moving any time soon. Also what do you think about sliders.

    1. Simonton is a great product , but recommend going through Dixieline. They have much more knowledgeable associates then Home Depot

      1. THAT IS NOT REALLY TRUE. THE VANTAGE POINT ARE SOLD BY HOME DEPOT EXTERIORS (A SEPARATE DIVISION) AND NOT SOLD IN THE STORES. THE SIMONTON 6500 AND 6100 ARE HANDLED EXCLUSIVELY BY TRAINED REPS WHO DEAL ONLY WITH WINDOWS, DOORS, INSULATION, ROOFS SIDING AND GUTTERS. NONE OF THESE PRODUCTS ARE SOLD IN THE SORE. THE HD WINDOWS ARE FOR THE MOST PART, “CONTRACTOR QUALITY” WITH A MINIMAL WARRANTY. THE 6500 AND 6100 HAVE EITHER LIFETIME AND DOUBLE LIFEE TIE WARRANTY AND IS BACKED BY HOME DEPOT NOT BY THE CONTRACTOR NOR SIMONTON.

        1. I was under the impression that the windows were very similar just using different names. Is that not your impression? I’d love to hear about the differences. I’ve been in touch with several home depot folks over the years. Let us know how you explain the differences and we’ll confirm with them. I think that would be helpful info for our readers.

  4. I am looking at replacing a very large picture window with three windows (1/4, 1/2, 1/4). I know someone that has had Simonton windows for a long time although they are not sure which series they have. I have looked at the Vantage (Simonton) from Home Depot and was recently shown Provia. The Provia seemed like a better window but I don’t know if it’s just a “show” or if it actually is a better window. Do you have any advice?

  5. I am interviewing contractors to replace all windows for our home. Home Depot is pushing their vantage pointe 6500 series boasting the “best” warranty unrivaled in industry. When I asked to see actual warranty for detailed information, I was told I can get it when I purchase. This is unheard of. I then tried to contact simonton through its website requesting for information, only to be stonewalled. Simonton rep told me they do not have the warranty available to send me, I would need to ask Home Depot for it. I am dumbfounded with the lack of transparency I am dealing with. Can you please chime in on what you know about the 6500 series? I’ve been told if this is “exclusive to Home Depot” product means it’s likely to be one of simonton’s more inferior lines, but I’d like confirmation. Thank you.

  6. We’re replacing 17 windows and changing a patio slider to French doors in our Northern California home. We’ve had 4 bids all by companies with excellent Angie’s list ratings (thanks for that btw!). We’ll be doing a retrofit project to avoid the added cost for stucco work & repaint (house was painted 3 years ago). We’re gravitating toward either the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait windows or the Simonton Daylight Max. Can you compare the two lines and explain the differences? We’re starting to get information overload! Thanks!

  7. Please comment on the Simonton VantagePointe 6500 and 6100 double hung windows from Home Depot in comparison with other Simonton windows you’re reviewed . Apparently in middle Tennessee (per Simonton’s website), Simonton windows are only available through HD. An installed quote from HD seemed high, but their lifetime labor warranty is appealing. J.D. Power also gave Simonton their highest rating in their 2013 Study that also tied with Window World.

    1. There are many other places to get Simonton windows in your area. We’re not huge fans of the Simonton designs, but if you’re set on them you can find local guys who carry them by calling local distributors. ABC Supply or Lansing Building Products should be able to recommend someone near you.

      I wouldn’t put too much weight in an award like that. Several years ago CertainTeed windows were the top pick from Consumer Reports and those windows were terrible.

      Checking with Angie’s List will be a much better use of your time. You can get a 30 day membership here for just a couple bucks.

      1. So who do you recommend for an old house? Ours was built in 1897 and most of the windows are original! Just got quote from HD on Simonton/ vantage point 6500 and its about $950 per window installed, which seems crazy for a vinyl window. We need to keep cottage/ old house look, and have 28 windows. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  8. This is to give a shout out to Simonton for their responsive customer service in supporting my windows that are long past the warranty period. In 1994 I installed Simonton Series 5000 casement windows. I broke one of the locking handles used to lock the window after closing. The distributor was not successful in helping me get a replacement part. After several attempts I did get Simonton’s attention by communicating on their website. They sent me two locking handles the same day at no charge. (I would have been glad to pay) I am thrilled that I can repair the window.

  9. We’re looking to replace about 10 windows in our house. We have 3 quotes. One is quoting Simonton Asure for ~$460 each, and the 5500 for $120 more, which seems like a big jump. Another is Windows on Washington quoting Okna for ~$900 each, and American Windows quoting Majestic at ~$850 each. The guy quoting Simonton is a smaller contractor who comes recommended, but obviously he’s not able to get all of the same brands.

    I’m a little confused on your Simonton recommendations. You say they make some decent mid-range windows, and your YouTube video even speaks fairly positively about the Asure series. But the written reviews seem less stellar. I’m trying to make sure we make a reasonable decision, and not get something junky, but also not spend double what we need to. Is there another brand that might be carried by ABC supply (where our contractor typically shops) that would be a better bet?

    1. Hi Rob, thanks for writing. I’m going to send you an email right now. I bet we can help you out quite a bit.

      1. Hi the *thewindowdog, please look at my post below to Rob, would like to receive that email as well. I need it as soon as possible, thanks a bunch.
        Marie-Jose

      2. I also would like a copy of email send to Rob. We are building a new house and our supplier wants to use these window.

      3. Hi windowdog,
        I’d like to get your reply to RobP on the merits of Simonton 6100 or 6500 series from HD. I realize you replied in 2015, but this is germane to my search now. HD offering 3 double casements (window is 50″ X 68″) in 6100 series, which is close to Asure, for $1,183 each and the 6500 series for $1,400 each (with 15% discount). Looking to buy 3 large double casements and if the Asure is junky and the 6500 is not a great value, I’d like to hear of where else I might want to look. Was also quoted $1400 for Ideal window Energy Gold Package from a locally owned store. WW said Windcore would be $1,165. It seems you don’t like the 6100 (if it’s indeed like the Asure, which Simonton informs it is, as does HD). From what else I’ve read it sounds like you think the 6500 is outdated and overpriced, and you’re not high on Windcore in general. Naturally, the HD and WW reps dislike Ideal! Thanks for your help.

          1. Good morning thewindowdog,

            I am currently in the market for new replacement windows and I am very confused about which manufacturer to go with. I am thinking about sunrise, thermal and simonton. I need to live in the house for another 10 years, so I need a good window to last as long as that, my house is 18 years old. could you please let me know which window would be good for me? Also, what do you think about kensington windows? I live in the chicago area.

      4. Would also like that email! Am in a very similar position with at least some of those same quotes – at almost the same prices.

          1. I’m looking at either Andersen or Simonton 6500 series. Can you please email me with your thoughts.

          2. You’re thinking vinyl windows? I’m not a huge fan of the options from either company. You might want to check out another option or two.

  10. I was interested in seeing your reply to RobP.We are considering purchasing Simonton. We are planning on purchasing the 5500 series.

  11. Hi Rob. Can you please send me the same email. We are building a new house. Was going to go with Anderson Integrity, but found many reviews with outside paint color peeling off within a year, also many negative responses on warranty, also many have the grids broken, some on arrival, some at time of installation, and yet others when washing the windows.

  12. Hi Window Dog!

    I must first thank you for putting up this website. This is my go to guide for window education and reviews. We just received our first quote for replacing our old sunroom windows from Home Depot. About (5) casement widows and (7) large picture frame stationary windows. Casements are roughly 26 x 49″, picture windows (4) roughly 33.5 x 48.5″ and another (2) large picture windows roughly 61.25 x 48.5 and another one at roughly 49.5 x 48.5, lots of math here, whew! Anyway the price came to about $6800 bucks installed. I don’t think that’s bad but I’m not too sure about the window quality, they are offering VantagePointe windows by Simonton 6100 series. I didn’t see this series reviewed on your website, any comments on quality and/or pricing would be very helpful!! Thank you! I’m also having window world come by tomorrow. We are based in NJ.

  13. I have been reviewing your site regarding windows as I am in need to replace two in my condo unit—read your review on Sinonton –sound mixed. I was looking at Simonton Vantage Pointe —their warranty (via HD) is good—but in reading your readers responses doesn’t seem like Simonton or HD stand behind it. What about Marvin’s and North Star (a neighbor recommended them —can’t find much on them). The windows replacement have to be vinyl sliders. Would like a transferable warranty for resale advantage with a lifetime warranty –but one I can get help when needed. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated as I am at a total loss and confused :). Thanks. Joann

    1. Hi,
      What is the best vinyl slinding doors replacement ? Simonton or Millgard? I consider Millard to replace my 5 sling doors but after reading the customer affair review, I changed my mind. Please help.

    2. Home depot does honor there warranty. you need to call the right department. have your job number ready when you call and the right phone number is located on your contract.

  14. Hello WindowDog. I’m interested in seeing your reply to RobP, too. I’ve got Simonton now and plan to install 13 windows and 2 doors in a new house purchased last week. I’ve received pretty decent quotes for 5050’s but now I’m considering 5500’s or another window entirely. Thanks!

    1. Hi guys, I try to to pick on any specific companies (at least not too much), but I’m just not a fan of the Simonton 5050 window. It doesn’t compare well with almost anything. The Simonton 5500 is only a few bucks more (wholesale cost difference is about $20 or so). Even the 5500 window is an old design.

      You might look at the Alside Mezzo window for a good comparison. The price should be about the same and you’ll get MUCH better air infiltration ratings and a newer design. Be sure to let us know which way you end up going!

      1. I thought you didn’t like Alside Mezzo. Described as very flimsy. I am replacing over 20 double hung windows and
        trying to find a good replacement that won’t break the bank.
        Simonton has so many windows, which would you suggest?

        1. I don’t think I described it as flimsy. I’m not a huge fan of any of the Simonton products. They’re not bad, but there any many other options.

          1. Hi Window Dog,

            Before stumbling across your site I this evening I put money down on 8 Simonton Impressions windows 980o 366 low E Argon glass . After reading reviews I am concerned.
            The lifetime warranty for glass breakage including labor and material is written on the sales slip but I never got a copy of it.

            Please let me know if I made a bad choice .
            Thank you
            Barb

          2. Thanks for the site. You state you are not a fan of Simonton and there are many options. Can you send me your recommendations? HD is quoting 6100 series.

            Also… why replacement vs full changeout?

            One more… we are in upstate ny. Pace windows are made locally in Rochester and installed by the Pace company I believe. No middle man? Any info on Pace?

            Thanks

  15. I’m considering purchasing Amerimax Windows instead of Alpine. Do you have any advice since they are similar but the Alpine boasts foam insulation in the frame while the Amerimax don’t. I don’t know if that makes a big difference but want advice.

    1. Just look at the ratings to see if the foam is making any difference. Remember it doesn’t matter to you if the windows are filled with massed potatoes. You care about the efficiency, you can tell how efficient the window is by the ratings. Compare the U-Factors and you’ll know if there is a difference.

  16. You haven’t yet published a review of the DaylightMax 7300 windows (https://www.simonton.com/List/Windows/Collection/DaylightMax). Do you have any experience with this line? Most of the sellers in our neck of the woods (Springfield, OR) sell Milgard, PlyGem, and Cascade windows. The installer we liked the best (high ratings on Angie’s list, personal references from several people at work, and by far the most time spent trying to understand our needs) recommends Simonton DaylightMax windows.

    The DaylightMax windows seem to address one of your biggest complaints about Simonton – the wide frame. I also had a chance to play with the screen, and it’s not the flimsy roll-formed screens like they use in the Verona window line. I can’t find anywhere that states they are extruded aluminum. The U-Factor for the windows (depending on configuration) ranges from .29 to .26, the SGHC ranges from .23 to .30, and the VT ranges from .53 to .60.

    The quoted price for 9 windows, installed is just under $4,000, and that’s before any bargaining on my part. My wife and I like the windows, REALLY liked the installed, and I feel like we’re getting a pretty fair price. The only thing that gives me pause is your overall opinion on Simonton windows. In your opinion, should I keep looking?

    1. Have had Simonton 5500’s for 7 years. Right after getting them almost every pane had to be replaced because of debris in between the panes, to include finger prints and glass debris and tape residue. Fine, that was under warranty. Last Winter one large picture window lost it’s seal. It’s replacement was filthy dirty between panes. Communication with Simonton can be horrendous. I had to pay the labor cost to have the picture window replaced. They used to cover labor. I was told that a couple of years ago they took that out of the warranty. Almost obvious…Red Flag…poor workmanship! Poor management. In process right now trying to communicate with Simonton. One week and no headway. Very disgusted. So, do your homework and double check the blogs on communication with the company. One area glass company won’t work with Simonton anymore….I wonder why??

  17. I would appreciate comments/reviews from the Window Dog regarding the 6100 series Vantage Pointe windows by Simonton versus the 70 series by Anderson & the 250 & 350 series by Pella. Looking to replace crank out windows with sliding windows. Any suggestions related to energy efficiency and warranties would be great. Thanks!

  18. I have 20 windows to replace in our house in Houston Texas.
    I have recommendations from Allied siding and windows in Houston to install Simontons Generations windows for $10870.00 and recommendations from Houston Siding Co in Houston to install Simontons Prism Gold Double Hung windows for $ 9660.00.
    How do they compare and what would you recommend?
    thanks for your help.

  19. Hello!

    So I live under an airport flight path and am looking for sound resistant windows specifically dual pane with a laminate, as I also like the increased security aspect of the laminate. I’ve gotten two quotes so far one for Great Lakes model Lifestyle with Lami and most recently a quote for Simonton Vantage Pointe 6500 Lami from Home Depot. I am not really sold on either especially HD as I feel as though I knew more about STC rated windows than the sales person. What is your take on these two brands and could you recommend a manufacturer of Laminated STC rated windows in Illinois?
    Thanks in advance.

  20. Hi!

    Florida here. I got a quote for my 12 windows at about $1000 a piece (Stormbreaker plus). I don’t see a review for this model. Any thoughts you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

  21. what about new construction and using Simonton windows windowdog? What’s your opinion on these? Not the replacentment series. I believe there its a profinish brickmould window. He will be ordering these soon. Thank you

  22. Let me put something in perspective for all, I have consumer experience in this.
    In 2004 I had 16 windows installed at my home by HD with a “lifetime” warranty, they were Simonton 6500/6100 windows.
    Several windows fogged and were replaced. However, the installer did a crappy job and years later 50% on the product started leaking, destroying my home. The first repair cost HD 20k. Baseball sized caulk that was put on the sills shrank and water leaked behind the walls all the way to the foundation blocks was rotten. The next disaster is still pending and it’s been six months. 4 windows at the same time leaked destroying my Great Room. it took HD three attempts to try and repair the window but it was Simonton that finally had to come in and correct the issues.
    The missing information is….HD uses a company for their insurance claims called Sedgewick which then tries and have you sign off on 40% or less of what it actually cost to get the repairs done and then they take off for what they call depreciation and then,,, you have to get three bids and they will choose which contractor to use and then, you have to be the general contractor. You have to use vacation time and stay with the crews, sign-off that you are satisfied with the contractor they choose and then agree never to open a claim against them for the work that contractor did. HD stays completely out of the picture, you are on your own. Sedgewicks tried to get me to sign-off on a check for $3990 when the bids I got back were from $14,000 to $22,000. It is not quite the warranty HD projects to the public

  23. My builder – Super Siding – in the Dallas area is suggesting Simonton Windows for replacements in our older home. Do you know anything about the builder and can you recommend other Windows they may be able to provide that have a better track record then the Simontons?

    1. I don’t know anything about the builder, but they sound super to me! Simonton windows are pretty widely distributed and they’re not a bad product. Their designs are a little long in the tooth an their ratings aren’t quite at the same level as some newer designs. We install a lot of Alside windows in the Dallas area with great results. They’re also pretty widely distributed so I bet your company could order them for you.

  24. We had two sliding glass doors and 16 windows installed. Very happy with them. I would like to know the energy efficient information to see if I can do a tax write-off. Please respond.

    1. It depends which options you picked. Your contractor will probably be able to tell you if you will qualify.

  25. How would you compare the Home Depot Vantage Point 6500 to the Pella 250 or 350? My wife and and I have estimates on the 6500 and the 250. thanks.

  26. I would never go with Simonton windows again. We went through Home Depot which was a disaster. We were supposed to get windows installed in November and project didn’t get started until February. It took FIVE tries to get the right window in one room. We did not measure…the rep did. Project didn’t get completed until JUNE! The window design…the grip to open the window is up at the top of the window so you have to pull your blinds all the way up to reach it and when you get them started, you have to push from the bottom to reach. When lowering you have to pull from the bottom frame till the small ledge on the top comes within reach. Water sits under the window in the frame and will eventually get moldy. It doesn’t drain out of the holes. Wish we would have gone with Alside as we had used them in two other houses and really liked them. 🙁

    1. HOME DEPOT!! I do not wish the agony that they have caused me on anyone. My Simonton 6500 windows were ordered in October. I had to beg for the installation and they just completed it on May 26th 2016. They initially started the job in December and basically did not show up to finish. The salesman assured me that their ratings for installation were extremely high. What a lie!
      It held up my RE-FI and I lived with installation foam exposed for six months. Thank you for your review. If I can prevent anyone from using HD then it may be worth the agony. I
      NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO PAY THIS MUCH MONEY FOR TERRIBLE SERVICE. I even needed a repair BEFORE the job was finished.

      1. We feel your pain! We ordered ours in Oct 2014 and were to be installed in November. Long story short..,six Windows and job wasnt complete until June 2015. Reps measured 3 of the Windows wrong. One window took 5 …Yes, FIVE times to get it right. Finally went over some heads and product manager got things resolved. That God for him.

  27. Thanks for this site. It is so good. Finally settled on Simonton Madeira which is their 7500 line i believe. I think i did OK on the pricing – 27k for 44 DH windows with inside grids, the middle of the road spacer, low-e3, argon. most of the these DH are between 28 -48 wide and 28-58 High…some are a lot larger (double the size). i looked at Anlin Del Mar’s as well. i think i made a good decision based on price and warranty. Thoughts?

    Your site helped me immensely through it all! THANK YOU!

  28. Which is better for high impact Florida?

    Laminated glass facing outside to bear the brunt of wind blown objects but subject to sun heat with E glass on inside or

    Laminated glass on inside somewhat heat protected with single pane facing wind blown objects?

  29. My contractor is pushing Simonton Reflections 5500 windows. After reading everything on this website I want other options. Which windows do you recommend for central New Jersey? Can you recommend an installer also?

  30. Hello Windowdawg,

    I recently had all my windows replaced with Simonton 5500 Reflections White Slider for my 2 bathrooms. The installer left gaps (for both windows) of approximately 1/2 on all four sides of the framing (wood) and approximately1/2 or more between actual window and house frame (depth i guess). This leaves me no way to cover the gaps with tile, unless i place some cut wood to fill in. Can you email me, perhaps ican send photos to give you a better idea. The company i had installed these windows along with the house siding says this is normal??? I am beginning to second guess…help!

  31. Just had Simonton Reflective Windows installed. I hate them, it is like when the sun is out it feels like a cloudy day inside. I have to raise my blinds. I have zero shade in the back yard and two tall pine trees in the front yard that do not provide shade. I feel the tint is too heavy and the contractor did not explain that to us. We also did not receive 3 of the windows and one was the wrong side. Now I am just waiting for the rain to see if they leak.

    1. If they’re installed correctly they probably won’t leak. There are typically several options for types of low-e coatings. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t get to make a choice.

  32. I just bought 3 Vantage Point 6500 Series with the insert to help with noise reduction as i live on busy street with lot of car honking. They quoted me $10,300 for 13 windows – 2 are large 3 sliders. I told them I would only do my master bedroom to test the effectiveness of the windows with the laminate insert. Should I cancel the downpayment I just gave them? I have 3 days to rescind. My main issue is finding a reasonable solution to street noise – windows are old and need replacing – but Ive seen $7K quote from Window World to $30K from Newpro (string arm sales tactics) so it is very confusing to know what you are buying – this is industry that should be much better regulated for consumer. Worse than buying a car! Any help much appreciated

    1. $30k is certainly too much, but there can be a wide variation in the prices you’ll see. Laminated glass is typically the best option for sound reduction and it’s also not the cheapest option. Let us know how the test run turns out.

  33. We have had our Simonton windows for less than a year. The interior trim strips are starting to pull away from the windows. This is unsightly and allows air infiltration. What is the best way to fix. Very frustrated.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Donna, I’m sorry to hear about your experience. I’d start by calling the company that installed them. They can probably help you with the warranty claim. Should be easy enough to get fixed up.

  34. We are to replace 1 bay window and 12 other windows of mix size (some are double hung and some are awning), just pocket replacement. Price from Pella is around $14000 for the bay window in 250 series and the rest in 350 series. Pella doesn’t have bay window in 350 series. If I go with 250 for other windows the price will drop around $300 for each window. I also have another contractor willing to replace all the windows with Simonton reflection 5500 series for around $12000. Could you please advice on which way I should go considering product and money also?
    Thanks

  35. I’m looking for windows for a home I own that is being rented out. I got a quote for Simonton Asure windows (with the energy efficiency), which seems like a pretty good deal. ($7K for 15 windows, inc 2 casement windows) I watched your video; it seems like you like those windows well enough (as compared to others in the Simonton line), but are there other windows that you think are better for the same money? Should I go with this, or keep looking?

  36. Windowdog,
    We are considering Simonton Pro-Finish Master Series windows over the Andersen Silverline 2900 Series windows. Is that a good move?

    1. Did you pick one already? Those are both popular options. I’d be interested to hear which one you picked.

  37. 34 double hung windows, one picture window, and one 48″ specialty half round window. Additionally 23 transoms ranging from 12 in to 20 in over the first floor of double hung windows. Apex cannot make a 36″x 108″ whereas window world and home depot can. But, I am able to eliminate 11 of the transoms by going to a larger double hangs and eliminate the other 12 transoms by getting 12 picture windows above the double hung or combining to the 12 into 4 single transoms over the 4 triple double hung groups,

    Window world -alside mezzo for $18000 (36 windows-34 large double hung, 1 picture, and one specialty
    Apex-Alside 8000 for 28000/31000 based on 12 smaller picture windows/4 larger picture windows, 1 picture, and one specialty
    Home depot-simonton 6500- $28500—23 oriel double hung windows, 11 double hung, 1 picture and one specialty

    Have not gotten bids back yet from Pella, Renewal by Anderson, or Marvin…

    What are your thought on pricing vs quality of the bids that I have. Additionally, I know Renewal will be too expensive but what are your thoughts about Marvin and Pella and what makes of each these last two brands should I consider?

  38. We have had nothing but trouble with the windows that we had put in after hail destroyed our other ones. When the sliders or windows are opened and left open and the sun hits them, they will not close properly. I have had a service rep out and a call from him. His response to our issue was “don’t open the windows or doors and then they will be fine”! You must be kidding me! I am to live in my house and not open my windows and doors. No way! They also tried to tell me that it was because they were installed in the middle of the winter. I don’t buy it! Our other house had Milgard windows installed on Dec 22 (and I live in the cold mountains!) and we never had an ounce of trouble with them. I am still fighting with Simonton and may take them to small claims court to get this resolved.

    1. Sounds like it could be an installation issue. Have you had the installer try to fix it? Might be easier than you’d think.

  39. Hey thewindowdog,
    I am searching for windows for my log home. I just got a quote from HD. Here is what they quoted:
    (16) Simonton Vinyl Windows & two sliding doors – 34,828
    (16) Anderson Windows (Wood inside/casement outside) & two sliding doors 43,619
    There has got to be a better offer. Can you help?

  40. Hi @thewindowdog we are looking at replacing 19 windows in our home. All are quite large & we just got quoted on the plygem 200 sliding window & simonton daylight max. Feel I h a bit apprehensive since it is a decent investment. Can you please help me out?

  41. I’ve received quotes for Simonton Assure and Simonton Grand Estates Prism Bronze. Both about the same price. Which is the better window as can’t find much to compare for the Prism Bronze?

    1. They’re pretty similar, sharing many parts as far as I’m aware. What did you like or not like about one vs the other and what was the price difference?

  42. Hey I have been researching vinyl windows for weeks and am more confused than ever. I have recently gotten quotes for American Craftsman/Silverline, United Windows and Simonton ProFinish contractor. All twin DH windows. I also need a slider but not sure if it matters if I stick with the same company.
    Anyway of the bunch the Simonton came in a little higher. I have read that the AC/Silverline stuff is garbage. Any advice?

  43. We are looking to replace 16 windows. The quote we got is 7200 so that makes it 450 per window in atlanta area. Its a simonton window 5100 series. I’v been trying to find information on that series…. And not very successful. Please advise

  44. My mom had Simonton replacement windows installed by an independent contractor. I was shocked by how much glass surface wad lost to framing. She keeps talking about how expensive they were and I don’t understand why they are. They’re the 07-09 model. Today I noticed cold air blowing in through part of the framing. I’m going to call Polar Seal and see what new windows would cost.

    1. That is a real drawback with some of the Simonton models. Most newer designs will use slimmer frames, but older windows could be pretty thick.

  45. Replacing 17 windows double hung white vinyl 1st estimate was for majestic windows for 8900 then hd came with 6500 vantage point price was 14000. Been looking at the specs of both windows seem to be identical. Live in Staten Island ny thanks

    1. To be fair they do offer a pretty wide range of models. There are cheap windows with bad ratings and there are nicer windows too. I haven’t seen one that was really great, but they’re not all horrible.

  46. Just got a quote from HD for Simonton 6060 windows, single hung, double pane, 30 windows about $19000, including labor. One opening may be counted as three windows, 2 windows or one window. Houston, Texas

  47. Any thoughts on the Simonton New Construction Brickmold 600? We are building a new house and have received a quote from ABC on these for $7524 for 10 double hung and 3 sliders (112×60).

    We’ve also got a quote for Jeld-Wen quote for 10k for wood/clad but the sliders cant be made larger than 96″ and too I don’t like what I am seeing in the comment section on this website for Jeld-Wen, so those are a no-go.

    Simonton offers these in vinyl with wood grain finish, so that is why I looked into a quote for this brand. I would appreciate any brand recommendations that offer either real wood interior or vinyl with wood grain finish.

    Location is for humid Mississippi.

    TIA

    1. Remember, Jeld-Wen is a pretty big company. Their nicer wood window lines are pretty nice. I think the Custom wood window line is a pretty nice product. Their vinyl windows are not so hot.

      I’d look at the air infiltration rate on the Simonton. A friend of mine has Simonton windows in his new house in Indiana and you can feel air coming through. I could be an installation issue, hard to tell without taking off the siding, but I’d look at that rating compared to another option to make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re going to get.

  48. I don’t understand all these negative reviews about Simonton, my husband has been installing windows for 30 years and won’t use any window but Simonton now. Probably most of your issues are because of your installer, my husband has NEVER had a single complaint about the Simontons he has installed, and he has installed thousands of them. And they do include a double lifetime warranty.

    1. Hi Sherri, thanks for writing. I think it’s pretty impossible to think your husband has installed thousands of windows without a single service call. You could buy 100 brand new cars and find issues with a couple of them. Things come up and they get fixed.

      I think the reason you see customers unhappy with a product while the installer is happy with it has to do with the difference in priorities. The installer and the customer have completely different priorities. The installer wants windows that show up quickly, don’t cost too much, are easy to order, etc. The customer doesn’t care about any of that.

      For example, the air infiltration rate is higher on Simonton windows than on many other models. The installer doesn’t care about that because he does live there. The balances they use on Simonton windows are a cheaper type than you’ll find on higher end windows. The installer doesn’t care because it’ll take many years for the cheap ones to break.

      The more popular Simonton windows like the 5500 model use thicker frames that block more light than many other options, but the installer doesn’t care because he isn’t living there or looking out the windows.

      I’m not saying your husband doesn’t do fantastic work, I’m sure he does. I’m just saying what is important to the installer is not the same as what is important to the customer. There’s a reason you don’t see the larger companies offering Simonton windows. That’s a product that is usually offered by smaller companies because it’s so widely available. Of course there are always exceptions, but that’s been my experience.

  49. We had a Simonton picture window installed in our bathroom. The window has visible imperfections spotted by my contractor, who ordered replacement glass. So far we have had 3 replacement glass panes come, and all have imperfections worse than our first, that our contractor spotted and did not install. He further stated that something has changed at Simonton, as the E-coating application seems to be the problem step, and he has had the same problem with multiple recent Simonton picture window shipments. (No problem with regular size double hungs or casements.)
    The local rep hasn’t a fix for this, nor has anyone from Simonton corporate addressed this apparent widespread issue.
    I do not blame my contractor. He has been honest and has not yet accepted a penny for the entire job (we had 5 double hungs installed as well). I know that Simonton is by no means a Premium window, but enjoys a fairly good reputation for standing behind what they sell. For them to allow an obvious pervasive, persistent issue to continue unchecked is frustrating for consumers like me, and certainly damaging to their reputation. Difficult to understand.
    Any suggestions as to whom to reach out to at Simonton corporate?

    In the meantime, avoid Simonton picture windows, and avoid the pain!

    1. It’s unfortunate, that you’ve had to deal with an issue like that, but I can’t say I’ve never experienced anything like that myself. We have a customer in Toledo dealing with something similar right now from a different manufacturer.

      Remember, the reason you work with a large and well established company is that you trust they’ll handle any issue that might come up. It’s unfortunately that they’ve had to reorder the part multiple times, but it sounds like they’re sticking with it and working to get it resolved all without asking you to pay until it’s complete.

      We hear horror stories all the time from people who worked with smaller or less established companies and then when there is an issue they can’t get a call back or a resolution. Be glad you’re not in that boat.

      Sounds like things are going to work out just fine.

  50. I am looking into replacing 15 windows in my townhome in Maryland. Could you please give me your thoughts and opinions on PerfeXions. It is my understanding that they are the exact same as the Simonton 5500, but a different distributor. Any information you could provide me would be extremely helpful in making my decision more informed Thanks!

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