Sunrise Windows Reviews

Sunrise windows reviews

You may find that there aren’t too many Sunrise windows reviews online.  This is because their distribution tends to be very limited.  They offer three main window lines, Essentials, Vangard and Restorations.  These lines are often only sold to one company in each market so there is little to no competition.

Is this strategy beneficial to the customer?  Well, maybe.  The goal of a distribution strategy like this is to help dealers maintain their margins.  A local dealer that makes a decent profit will be available to help the customer and they’re likely to be around for years to come which is also beneficial to the end user.

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The downside is that you typically don’t get the best prices and if the local dealer in your area isn’t great you don’t have any other options to get that model of Sunrise windows.

As we get moving on these we’ll be posting detailed Sunrise windows reviews of the following models:

  • Essentials
  • Vangard
  • Restorations

One thing Sunrise windows have in common is they all use the upgraded block and tackle balance system.  This mechanism is typically present in higher end windows and it’s the same basic mechanism that you’ll find in windows from Okna, Preservation, Revere, Thompson Creek and others.

The Sunrise windows also tend to have relatively high VT ratings meaning they let in more light than some other vinyl replacement windows.  This is due to their thinner frame construction and it’s a feature that we really like.

As you’re considering Sunrise replacement windows please keep in mind our list of common window sales tactics.  We hear from folks all the time that some Sunrise window dealers can be very pushy using several of these old fashioned tricks.  Make sure you know what you’re getting into.

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165 thoughts on “Sunrise Windows Reviews”

  1. Am considering Sunrise or OKNA because the thinner frame is more attractive than some, but am concerned that this may present a strength or sagging issue on my south facing, 43×60 double hungs. Any comments you have on 1) strength and durability of modern vinyl and 2) your opinion on whether vinyl expands and contracts enough to put stress on the seal (as some manufacturers would lead you to believe) would be appreciated. Thanks.

    1. Modern vinyl windows have more strength than you’ll ever need. The idea that vinyl windows don’t hold up is silly. It’s a notion that is often spread by salespeople selling other types of windows. I wouldn’t worry about it at all and I would be suspect of anyone who made a big deal about it. Just make sure you have a nice long warranty. That tells you how long the manufacturer expects the products to hold up.

      1. I need to caution you. Yes Sunrise makes some great windows and my company has installed them for years. The major difference between Sunrise and their Verde line and the Restorations model is. The Restoration Line is reinforced with fiberglass and has more insulation fill in frame and sashes. Because of the slim line design the non reinforced sashes on the lower lines in larger window can bow and warp.

        1. The integrity of the window must be matched with a quality installation. A strong vinyl window like The Restoration will not bow or warp when properly installed.

        2. We have installed scores of Sunrise windows, including Restorations and we have had many, many issues with warping and bowing. Our installers have been in the business for years and do excellent work. We haven’t had issues like this with any other brand. And Sunrise does not offer service on their products or honor their warranty. You are totally screwed if you have issues with their products. You won’t get anywhere with their customer service reps.

          1. I haven’t heard much negative feedback about Sunrise and I know several of the executives over there. Have you contacted anyone further up the food chain to see if they can help out?

          2. We’ve been in touch with Michael Vick over a period of several months. We were even given a delivery date when our distributor was supposed to have our replacements, but that day came and went weeks ago. Our distributor knows nothing. He won’t get back to us and another girl we spoke to at Sunrise won’t get back to us. The customer whose having issues with their windows has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars with our company and we look like idiots because we haven’t been able to solve their problems in a timely manner.

          3. This response is shocking to me and unfortunate as I am a Sunrise dealer and have been for years and there quality is exceptional. If we ever had any issues our rep Ken Hasse has always taken care of the problem no questions asked. We also offer Simonton Windows and we always offer the Sunrise product as the upgraded product line. We have 1000’s of happy customers thanks to the Quality of Sunrise.

  2. what is the “block and tackle balance system”? would sunrise be comparable to okna, but without the small company issues? higher VT than okna?

    1. It’s an upgraded balance mechanism that lasts longer than the cheaper constant force or coil system. It also operates much more smoothly and feels a little nicer. It’s used in most (but not all) higher end windows. It’s not necessarily a deal breaker, but it’s a sign that the company is making the effort to produce a nicer product.

  3. We got Sunrise Restorations with the Omega12 glass system installed about a month ago. We absolutely love them! I will be interested to see how they perform this winter, but so far we have noticed a big difference in the heat that the windows allow in. The house stays cool much longer now, as you can’t feel heat streaming in through the glass like you could with the old windows.

  4. I’ve read the Sunrise Essentials is for the budget concerned consumer. What are the differences between the Essentials and the higher end Sunrise offerings for a window construction/duribility perspective?

  5. My husband and I are currently meeting with installers (following your sage advice and finding a good installer first) but the one we like best so far offers Sunrise Vanguard and Revere Berkshire Elite. The price is great and both seem like great options. Is there any real advantage of one over the other?

    I am loving this website btw. I joined Angie’s List on your recommendation and I am glad I’m finding a good installer first. Reading about sales tactics have definitely helped me too!

    1. Glad you’re enjoying the Angie’s List subscription! We do think that’s a great place to start. I think both products can offer a good value. If the price, the options and the installers are similar you may have a tough choice to make. If any one of those factors push you one way or the other I’d go with it. You’ll be happy with either option.

      If anyone else is thinking about Angie’s List you can find discounted rates here.

  6. We are looking at replacement vinyl windows. We have narrowed our choices to Sunrise with the ultra-u plus glass system or Lindsay with the 366 LOE glass package. We are looking at casements. Any recommendations?

  7. We got the Sunrise Essentials a few months ago and the quality is simply outstanding. The narrow frame and the not overly detailed exterior are perfect. And tight they are!

    We added a couple options like fully insulated frames and laminated glass… We live on a busy street and these things are sound-killers! For sound, we were originally trying to find a double-pane unit with “dissimilar glass” (one pane being 50% thicker than the other pane) but no one could/would get it. Regular double-pane and triple-pane units are not necessarily good for sound, they sing (resonate) at road-noise frequencies.

    Happy happy

    1. Sunrise Essentials are not available in foam filled frames. The Sunrise window has insulation in one part of the frame and the Verde, Vangaurd, and Restoration models have the mainframe fully insulated. The essentials model does not have insulation. You can find out by remove one of the screws holding your window in. you will see no insulation.

    2. Very smart. I wish i had found this website before we purchased our windows – which we did after extensive research on Angie’s List.

      We did not realize the sound ramifications and went with all the options recommended for Sunrise Essentials by our installers. And…the noise is simply terrible. After a 20K+ investment in new windows, it is horrible to be unhappy – feeling like the peace and quiet of your home has been destroyed. If you live in a noisy city area, do NOT go with Sunrise without fully investigating the sound reduction needs.

  8. I was mistaken… (thank you for catching it)
    We got the “Sunrise” (standard) windows not the Essentials. The optional insulation is called Multi-Core, there is green insulation at the mounting screws.

  9. We live in Colorado and are looking at the Sunrise Latitude triple sliders (3) and double sliders (4) and one small casement. Since the Latitude model is relatively new I was wondering if any contractors, homeowners or the Windowdog had any dealings with this version of the Sunrise windows and in the slider form.

  10. We have narrowed our decision to the Sunrise Renovation Omega 12, Vytex Fortis, or Marvin Integrity. Any responses will be appreciated. Thank you. Nick

  11. Salesman sold me on 30 essentials for 18,000. Then I read essentials are low end, and not too buy. Salesman is with gobal home improvement. Now he wants to sell me a g-tech, a window made for gobal home improvement exclusively by sunrise. I saw it and then went to a sunrise dealer. And it does look the same. should I buy this window, he is offering same deal, but without the slider being included like it was before. Thanks Mike

  12. I received quotes for Sunrise and Okna 500 windows, Okna 500 being $300 cheaper. The salesperson told me that Sunrise uses Cardinal glass which is much better than Okna’s glass. Is that the case? Also, which is better Sunrise or Okna 500, if I am considering replacing two double hung windows with one slider (76 x 48)? Thanks, Natalie

    1. The glass is part of the pitch for Sunrise windows. When we were at their plant they give us the pitch as to why Cardinal glass is a great option and it did seem pretty reasonable. I don’t know that it would be worth $300 per window.

      There are only a small handful of glass manufacturers out there. Did the Okna salesperson say who is making their glass now?

      Likely it’s not a huge difference in quality, but seal failures in the insulted glass units have caused smaller manufacturers to go out of business in the past. It’s a big liability and the way Sunrise works with Cardinal does insulate them from that risk.

      If you’re unsure, I’d suggest asking the Okna salesperson about it and report back what he says. I think everyone would benefit from hearing about it.

  13. Both windows installed are comparable in price but both reps had poor comments to say about each others windows. Which window is a better. Sunrise Essentials vs. Milgard single hung?

  14. I’ve had a number of quotes now that cover the spectrum for 9 windows (approximate sizes and descriptions below) that I want to replace. The common pieces are: double panel, low E, argon, full frame replacement.

    I live in the Boston area, and plan to stay in this house for a while, so I want to get quality vinyl windows. My existing windows are old (1970s), and have seen better days. Any thoughts or feedback on choosing the right window and recommended installers is much appreciated.

    Quotes:
    (1) Pella Impervia or 350 series $19K
    (2) Andersen composite $25K
    (3) Okna 500 $22K (pocket installation, not full frame)
    (4) Sunrise Vanguard $26K

    And the 9 windows I’m trying to replace:
    (1) Qty 1: 98″x53″: 5 panel casement (opens on the 2 ends, middle 3 are “picture”)
    (2) Qty 1: 40″x53″: 2 panel casement
    (3) Qty 1: 60″x53″: 3 panel casement (opens on the 2 ends, middle one is “picture”)
    (4) Qty 1: 25″x40.5″: Double hung
    (5) Qty 4: 40″x53″: Double hung
    (6) Qty 1: 40″x40.5″: 2 panel casement

    1. when you say “full frame replacement” are you basically saying you are buying everything that one would get with a new construction window? I thought there were two types, new construction and replacement. Your estimated seem extremely high for only 9 windows! I understand you are comparing good window lines but that still seems like an awful lot of money for windows! Are casements a lot more than double hung?

    2. I’ve been rehabbing properties for 34 years, and you are a victim of predatory sales tactics. No replacement window should cost more than a thousand unless it’s on the space shuttle! There are companies out there that use terribly inflated prices they call “MSRP” then they offer all kinds of discounts and often even “call the boss” to reduce yhe price even more. You think you’re ggetting a great deal but you’re still paying WAY too much. Get many estimates and be sure to compare their starting price with their sale price. And if they’re over a grand for any double hung, show them the door.

      1. I generally agree with Phil’s comments as a owner of a retail window company for over 20 years. However price does depend on the product and options also. First, you need to distinguish between vinyl, fiberglass and wood clad windows as well as size and installation. Vinyl will nearly always be the least expensive, but when you add interior and exterior color and finishes to a large quality vinyl window, the price can exceed $1000.

  15. We have just had whole window replacement and patio door down to the rough openings. We chose Restorations triple pane which in our area were the most expensive vinyl, but felt the product was great! However, every window buy 2 have a flaw in the glass. Most have it in the same spot, three have at least 6-8 inch “lines” in between the glass. The company we went with has explained that the glass manufacturer (cardinal) is stating that there are “allowable” flaws, but they don’t agree. So we are waiting for our window company to see what can be done. We have a huge picture window which was too big they couldn’t get it in triple pane and it has at least three areas with flaws and the installing manager said, “you might just have to live with this because these are so difficult to replace.” If I’m paying top dollar is this acceptable? What if in a few years that flaw causes a seal to be broken? Your insight into how to navigate these negotiations would be appreciated.

    1. There are standards as to what is an acceptable flaw. My company will replace anything that you can see as it doesn’t cost us much and we want to make everyone happy. I can’t speak to how every other company would handle an issue like that. If you ask them they should provide you with a technical document that shows what is acceptable to them. There are engineers at the plant that have exact specs on EVERYTHING.

      The idea that an issue wouldn’t be fixed because the window is heavy seems strange.

      1. Thanks for your quick response. I should clarify…our picture window, due to size, was only available in double pane as the triple pane would be too heavy…not sure if this is correct? Reason they would be hesitant to replace the big picture window is that there is a large percentage of breakage due to the size and complexity of it all. However, not my problem. I wouldn’t have even written you with my doubts had they said like you noted that the customer’s satisfaction is paramount over flaws. When the first response is defensiveness it makes one (myself) become doubtful. I even mentioned that if there were a couple I would have probably overlooked it. Thank you for validating that I’m not making an unusual request for the windows to be replaced. I’m hoping the company will ease my concerns when they contact me and after all the appropriate personnel looks at everything. Our job has had numerous hiccups and the company has been very apologetic up until this point and very kind as to the difficulties we have had. Hopefully I will reply soon with a positive outcome. Thank you again for your insight and this is a great web-site to help home owners navigate through their “window” process.

  16. I am building a new house 2 blocks from the beach in So NJ. It is very windy here and I want to use a triple pain laminated windows that will keep the house very warm in winter and cool in summer. We will have a 28 ft wall of sliders so I want warmth. I have been looking at the Simonton 5500 replacement window. (to get the krypton gas, lamination and low e. I have to go with replacements) Also after reading your reviews, I would consider Sunrise Restoration. I also found a company in Chicago called LangExterior.com which seems to have a good reputation and a lot of the options I’m looking for. Krypton, Low E, laminated for ocean communities. Quiet…
    Any comments or comparisons I should consider? I’ve looked for comparison but can’t find any for Lang.
    Thank you.

    1. Have you seen any actual info or test results that shows krypton reduces sound better than argon? It’s possible that it does, but I haven’t seen it.

      Someone asked about Lang windows a while back. I’m not too familiar with them. Perhaps someone else will chime in.

  17. Can you please comment on the quality of Sunrise Essentials window? Does it have as thin frame, nice appearance and good quality as other Sunrise lines? I understand that the performance is not as good as with other lines, but is there anything else to know?

  18. I live in elevation in Denver, CO. I have narrowed the vinyl window replacement options to
    Amerimax
    Sunrise Vangard

    Are the better frame options on the Sunrise (insulated sash and block and tackle) a deciding factor versus the fact Amerimax manufactures the windows with argon at elevation? Prices are similar.

    1. I know the folks at Sunrise and I’m confident they wouldn’t ship the windows up there if they weren’t going to hold up. Good luck with your project and be sure to let us know how it goes!

    2. Hi john,
      I have narrowed down my choices like to American with Conservation Builders and Sunrise Restoation. What did you choose?
      Joanne

    3. Every window is rated based on U-value, SHGC, visible light transmission, sound transmission (STC), and air infiltration. These ratings are a combination of the glass and the frame. Simple request these ratings from the salesperson for the window they are quoting to do a side by side comparison.

      With respect to the Amerimax being made at elevation with argon- Most companies have at least a 10 year warranty on the glass seal no matter where they are made. Also, most manufacturers build the IG’s with a breather tube which is closed off by the installer when the unit is installed. I would bet that Amerimax even installs breather tubes in their IG’s that are being built and sold in Colorado.

  19. We live in a Township in Ohio that is close to a hunting gun club that practices open shotgun shooting on a daily basis and the noise of gun shots is quit annoying. Also we have a major freeway bridge with heavy freight traffic 24/7 about 100 yards directly off the rear of our home as well as lots of direct sun during the day for appx. 5 hours in the summer. What would be a great recommendation of window and door slider to eliminate noise and heat during the year. We had Stanek windows at our old house and were quite pleased but they are currently out of business. We currently have builder grade Simonton now and are extremely disappointed. Problem is we dont think we will be in this house longer than 10 years due to our age bracket. We need professional and clear guidance could you please help and send your specific recommendations? Would be highly appreciated.

    1. I LIVE IN BUFFALO AND JUST HAD A SALESMAN FROM STANEK WINDOWS HERE LAST WEEK…THEY WEE BOUGHT OUT BUT ARE STILL STANEK.

    2. Stanek is not out of business. They were bought by Great Daye Improvements (who also own Patio Enclosures) they still manufacture their own window.

      Most companies have laminated glass available, but it’ll cost you as that glass line has to be used in a heavier extrusion because of the weight.

  20. I’m moving into a high rise – 14th floor – it has the original (1979) 2 windows and 2 sliding glass doors. They are falling apart and you can also hear traffic from the street below. From what I’ve read so far I believe I would need laminated glass. Does that cause a large price increase? and Which of the Sunrise product would you recommend? I was told that the large sliding glass down would need to be a breakdown. Is that possible with Sunrise ? And do they offer (two tone) windows that have a brown exterior and white interior color. The HOA requires it to be brown on the exterior.
    I looked into Pella and they can do a break down and have two tone windows. I’ve just learned about Sunrise so know nothing about pricing and quality compared to Pella. I’m hoping to save some money and I’ve also heard that Pella has gone down in quality. I would really appreciate your advice. Thank you

    1. Sunrise can do two tone windows. I’ve been through their paint facility and it’s pretty neat. For the 14th floor you’ll need to check on the product requirements. You’ll see some pretty high winds up there and most residential windows won’t work.

  21. I just purchased 13 Sunrise Restorations casement windows (all are twin casements) to replace my original 1953 (yes, 1953!) steel casements. Largest window is 53″x50″ (quantity 3) and smallest is 36″x50″ (quantity 10). I also am getting STC 32 (soundproofed) double-pane glass with argon gas, Opti-View full screens, Omega 12 glass system and vinyl frames. I live in Dallas, TX and used Statewide Remodeling. After several concessions on the part of the very knowledgable salesman, the entire project came in at $20,500, including installation. They have a lifetime warranty that is transferable to the next new owner of the house, should I sell. In your opinion, did I get a good deal? I’m going through quite a case of sticker shock right now. Thanks!

    1. 20k for 13 windows is WAY too much money.

      What I find happening in this industry lately is a more than 300% Mark up on a window they buy or manufacture for 300 dollars or less.

      No one has that much overhead. If you’re buying a mid range standard double hung, you shouldn’t be paying any more than 500 dollars for install and materials.

      1. That window is an upscale product not mid range product mr. Know it all. Also 13 twin casements is more or less 26 windows in 13 openings. I get tired of reading post from cheap know it all people that have no clue what they are talking about.

        Thank you
        Window salesman

        1. We don’t need any name calling around here Mr Salesman. All of the readers on this site are trying to sort out a confusing industry to make sure they’re spending their hard earned money in a smart way. You’d probably benefit from trying to help them.

      2. 13for 13k better have an iron clad warranty and nfrc ratings above the best ever made.
        13 for $6500 or 500 each I would hope the company overhead is average. At minimum energy star approved. I would be skeptical to buy vinyl windows under $400 and I wouldn’t invest in vinyl over $650.

        The over price guys make us honest companies look good but the guys that give windows away with a high volume sales goal and low paid installers are what are really dragging the industry dow.

  22. First off thanks for your suggestion to join Angie’s list for help in finding creditable contractors for window replacement.

    I have a rather large project where I have 25 windows that need full replacement based on the existing casing have wood rot, mold or other issues that require full replacement. I received a bid for Sunrise full replacement windows utilizing a combination of fixed encasements but mostly slider type Sunrise line windows. The quote has come in at $45,000. Based on the reviews I have read on your website, which I think is great, it appears that this manufacturer and the line of window with the same name has gotten mostly decent reviews. My questions to you are these:

    Being in MN would you suggest this manufacturer and window line or would there be an additional option I should consider?

    I know hiring a very good installer is very important to the success of a project like this. The one that I have quoting appears to be just that. My question is around warranting the install work. What would be the typical time period for the install warranty?

    Does $45,000 sound reasonable or is it way off the mark? I can send the quote if it helps.

    I appreciate your response and your work on the Window Dog website. It helps as a resource for novices in this space like me!

  23. We live in Northwest Ohio. WE have 10 replacement double hung vinyl windows in our home (from 1987) and noticed the seals are broken on some of the glass packs and a lot of condensation and water inside the panes. We don’t have a budget for 20,000 estimates, but still want to replace them with something we can afford, without wasting our money on junk. What would you do in this situation. Are we just needing to replace the “glass packs”, or “sashes”, I don’t know window terminology. Or do we need what is called replacement windows as a whole? We don’t have more than $8,000 to spend on these right now. What is the best route to go?

    1. You should be able to get 10 replacement windows installed for under $8,000 pretty easily. I can help with this program if you’d like, or I’d suggest checking out Angie’s List for a great local company. If you join up with Angie, use this link and promo code WINDOWDOG40 to save 40% off of an annual membership.

    2. Do the mechanics work and are the frame seals still good?

      If so, the cheapest way to go is having just the glass replaced. Clearview is a good manufacturer to go to.

      You should be able to get a decent mid range window installed for 500 or less.

    3. You can get 10 decent windows for no more than $5000 anything more you are getting socked with someone’s mortgage payment. That’s a good installer also. Most of the company’s really using Subcontractors so the install quality is falling on who is next in line to get the job. Find someone local that has their own installers. If you can’t go look at jobs this crew recently done there is an issue.

      1. For the most part you’re right, but there are reasonable exceptions to that line of thinking. For example, we installed windows in the Malaysian Embassy in DC a while back. They picked very fancy windows that cost several thousand dollars each. For them 10 windows cost many times that much. They got exactly the windows they wanted and they look beautiful.

        A 10 window project with regular vinyl windows can usually be done for less than $5k. You’re absolutely right about that.

      2. In my experience I have heard of but never been to a company that employed in house installers. I have evenworked for many companies that claimed to ONLY use in house installers. Me as the “to honest for my own good type” always told the truth when a client asked. But I follewed up with the fact that as a sub I maintained work comp, general liability and most of all my rep in the business and took pride in my work. The thing is you dont have to pay a sub untill the job is complete and approved where as an employee gets a check every week or you fire them. The PROBLEM is not how they hire but rather the lack of post job inspections done in the industry. If the uneducated customer is happy with the end result the inadequate installer keeps on installing

        1. You’re absolutely right that most companies pay their installers on 1099s and most of the companies who claim to have “their own” installers are lying. It’s a distinction that is only an issue because of salespeople.

  24. Love your dog, and thank you for all your feedback to people looking for help. Finding the right window and installer can be a nightmare and very time consuming.
    We are looking to replace 14 mostly sliding windows(Los Angeles area),no shading around the house, facing all 4 directions.
    Narrowed it down to Mezzo and Sunrise Vanguard, i would like your help on pricing(budget around 12k max).
    Can any contractor get the Sunrise windows or only through a local Sunrise dealer?
    Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

  25. So I followed some forum input and got several quotes (two for Simonton 5500 double pane and one quote with the Sunrise Restoration triple pane).
    We liked what we heard from all of the installers and kind of liked them equally but probably liked Sunrise’s features and insulation, etc a bit more. Husband is saying they’re just windows.. Ugh…of course the Sunrise was $2000 more.
    Simonton for 10 windows (technically 12 as one window will be three and mulled into one) is just shy of $6000
    Sunrise is just over $8000.
    But again, that’s double pane vs triple pane.
    Have reviews and referrals as positive for both companies.
    Simonton’s installer has been great and informative and above and beyond providing us with research and numbers and input.
    Sunrise’s installer was informative as well, though a little pushy to make a decision on the spot and questioned why we couldn’t decide then and there. But I’ll chalk it up to being a sales person and wanting to close the deal. Not too bad (used to sales people).

    So, if both installers are equal, and we plan on staying in our home for many years to come (probably) (not a high end home by any means in my opinion), is it worth it to spend the extra $2000?

    That said, we’re not replacing all windows so that means down the road will have to choose this one again and pay more overall.

    See why we’re torn?

    1. I tend to like the Sunrise products a bit more, but the solution to your dilemma is easy. Just ask the Sunrise folks for a quote for double pane glass and let them know what you’re comparing it to. The double pane will be closer to the cost of the Simonton and then you can get the windows you want with less of an up-charge.

      1. The Sunrise rep initially told us that adding the triple pane was just about a $25 difference (from the double pane) so that would be about $300 total. We back to a busy street and get full sun exposure (all windows south facing) and get cold winters so thought triple pane would not be too excessive of an upgrade selection.

    2. I think you may have posted on another site as well, and I’d agree here with Window Dog that the Sunrise is probably a better model. The only additional thing that I’d mention is that depending on where you are located, the triple pane may be highly advisable both for your climate, and also to meet 2016 Energy Star requirements without a gimmicky glass coating. Sunrise is one of the manufacturers using a surface 4 low e coating to reach the .27 u factor required by Energy Star, which significantly reduces condensation resistance. In moderate climates this is a non-issues, but it is bad news IMO for the Northern Zone.

  26. So I’m having a hard time really finding how Verde is connected to Sunrise. Sunrise has ONE warranty page for Verde, aside from that it looks like Verde runs it’s own site apart from Sunrise. Also got a quote for $8700 for 14 Verde windows…is that par for the northern virginia area?

      1. i did send a message through the window universe website but haven’t heard back. I was hoping for a quote before friday but not sure that’ll happen.

        1. Hi Paul, I’ve been traveling for a few days, but I don’t see your contact in the system. I’ll make sure the folks at the Window Universe offie in Northern Virginia contact you right away.

    1. Sunrise only has 2 window “chassis” . The Sunrise, and the Essentials. The Essentially is not a great performer, and not impressive in any area IMO. The base Sunrise then is the basis of all of the other lines, from top to bottom: Restorations, Vanguard, Verde, V-series, and Sunrise. There may be a couple others as well, I know at one point Owens Corning had a window that was a private label Sunrise.

      The difference between the various models then is in the options added. Given the very slim lines (read: thin frame), I personally only like that window with sash reinforcement. In addition, foam fill is advisable. The higher end lines come standard with both, the base does not.

      Regarding the name structure, Sunrise is only one manufacturer but has multiple dealer networks. This is very similar to GM for instance (at least previously), where the had Chevy, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, etc. In the 80’s and 90’s those lines all had their own model of basically the same car. Same here. Sunrise actually does a better job at separating these “brands” than many other manufacturers, however one of the side effects of that is confusing consumers that do their homework.

      Hope that helps 🙂

  27. i just signed a contract for 12 restorations double hung and 1 egress slider replacement windows of which 6 of the double hungs have grids. I am being charged $10720 the salesman said there is a special going right now where you are upgraded to ultra U glass. I live in Pittsburgh. Do you think this is a good product for the climate and is it a fair price?

    1. Without knowing a lot about your project it’s hard to say. If you’re happy with it then it’s good. The only way to know how it compares to your other options would be to get a few other quotes.

  28. We just started our process of ‘window shopping’ and I’m exhausted already! I don’t see much on this post about Sunrise Verde line? We got a quote for 20 double hung window replacements and 1 picture window for $11,754. Not sure if the quality vs price add up?

    1. The Verde is comparable to the Vanguard. At a per window price in the mid $500’s, I’d say that price is pretty fair assuming that this is a reputable dealer. Probably on the low end of what they typically sell for to be honest.

  29. I just received a quote for a 48″x48″ twin casement (one side operable) sunrise restoration window (triple pane low-e argon) installed for $1,800.

    This seem a bit high. I’m in northern North Dakota, so we get hot summers and blistering cold winters.

    Thoughts? Thanks!

    1. You’re just buying one window by itself? That will always be a bit higher as there is a lot of time involved to only install one window. The best way to see how it compares is to get another quote.

  30. Hi. We need to replace 13 windows. Two will be full tear outs, but one of those is a small slider. Most of the other 12 windows are about 35 x63″. We have a quote for the Sunrise “standard” for $7200, including a free upgrade to triple pane. I cannot find much information for their “standard” window. Do you think this is the Vanguard? Salesperson said it was equivalent to the “Verde” window, which I think is a Sunrise product. Does this sound like a fair price? My first choice is actually Okna’s 1800 line, but at $11K, that is too pricey for us. Thanks.

  31. So, got a quote today for 15 double hung and 1 casement Sunrise Vanguard. No grids, and their next-to-the-bottom glass package. The quote was $12847. I thought it was pretty high. But this company did my roof two years ago and their work is impeccable. What have others paid for Vanguards? Located in Ohio, FWIW.

  32. GOOD DAY, I have looked at windows for some time now. I have narrowed it down to the Sunrise or Pella 350 window. The Sunrise seems to have a better review. The Pella 350 has a better cosmetic look on there Smoothseam interior welded corners which we like. Thinking about putting two of Pellas in the rooms that we use the most , which happen to be on the north side of house in Amarillo TX. We can have some very cold winter’s and the wind out of the north. Not sure which Sunrise windows is on the bid, but have being told they are the top line,
    with the pulley block & tackle system. Here they only offer one window with upgrades.
    Sunrise installed no grids
    no quote on Pella yet
    1 picture window 17 double hung 7,783.00
    1 picture window 17 single hung 6,679.00
    Would like to hear your opinion.
    THANK MIKE

  33. We are trying to compare the Sunrise Restorations Kr90 system to the Omega12 glass. We live in Georgia (Atlanta) and the front of our house gets strong sunlight during the day. Our rep is advocating the Omega12 for this area but we would like to know if the Kr90 is better at energy and cost efficiency? We have also read that the Kr90 isn’t as clear to see through? Would like to hear your opinion. Thank you!

    1. Ask them for the VT ratings. That’s the percentage of light that gets through the window. It’ll give you a better idea of how much different the two options are. Only you can decide how dark is too dark. I’m a big sunlight person so it makes a big difference to me, but different people have different priorities.

  34. Hi, we just got a quote here in the Milwaukee area for replacing 4 wide sliders with 4 mulled double hungs and one 25/50/25 slider with a 25/50/25 double hung and a 48 x 36 picture window and a basic patio door all in a 15 year old house. Full tear out of builders junk. Contractor wants $11,000. All are Sunrise vinyl windows with standard hardware, screens & double glass. Can we do better? Seems extremely expensive but the contractor is rated A on Angie’s list.

  35. Hi, I just received a quote for 4 Sunrise Standard windows size 44/59″ and a door wall 71/80″ which totaled $6285 including permit and installation. Is that a fair price in your opinion? Also, would like to know how the Sunrise Standard compares with the Pella 350?

  36. Is $1000 per window a okay price for Sunrise windows middle range quality? 20 windows, $20,000. Seems steep to me.

      1. Thanks, just wanted verification. Trouble is we only have one dealer within a 60 mile radius. Might have to try softlite, but only one dealer there as well.

          1. Iowa, but the closest to me is Sioux Falls South Dakota. So about 60 miles from my house

    1. 500-700 per window (options can change quotes heavily) depending on company overhead and quality expectations

      1. I’ve never thought company overhead was a good excuse for high prices. Why should the customer care that you have high overhead? I get it if you said your price was high because you have great quality, customers want to pay for that. Nobody wants to pay for overhead.

  37. In the market to get 12 windows replaced. I live in NY so I have to deal with the snow and cold during the winter months. I’m torn between the Sunrise Restorations and Revere Berkshire Elite. Any suggestions?

  38. Any suggestions of a contractor to talk to in northern Virginia. I’m replacing 39 windows and a sliding glass door and have a quote from renewal but Anderson for $47,400 and another from window door and showplace with Marvin integrity for $62,000. At this point looking for vinyl Windows hopefully somewhere in the $30,000’s

  39. In the market for replacing only 6 windows in Farmington Hills MI. The previous owner replaced many prior with Andersons. I am trying now to match what already has been replaced. Gotten many quotes that range dramatically, so confusing. I like the Sunrise Vangaurd window. Can you suggest an installer in my area? 1 awning 45″X32″, 1 casement 36″X53″, 1 picture window 74″X53″, 1 small sliding 40″X29″ and 2 double hungs 48″X53″ & 27″X53″. What should I pay

    1. I guess it depends which Andersen model you are trying to match. If it’s a wood window and you’re looking at vinyl options now you want to be sure you’re comfortable with the difference. You may be able to get a quote for Andersen windows from a local lumber yard if it’s important to have an exact match.

      1. The windows are not wood. Looking to install vinyl. Any installers for Vangaurd windows in my area? Oakland county Michigan?

  40. Pricing comments & replies are confusing me. I have gotten quotes from Renewal by Andersen and a local remodel contractor. The contractor is recommending Sunrise windows. I am having a picture window with a slider on each side and a large half circle window above them installed. Also two 2 lite sliders. All need full frame including extension jambs. Andersen is over $15k and the contractor is just under $13k for the 3 windows. This seems way over-priced to me. Thanks.

  41. We live in small town MI (in Northern Zone). Just got a quote from local company for replacement of trim for bay window (w/plate + two casements), 10 double hung and 2 casements for Sunrise Restoration triple-glazed glass. Price is almost $14,000. This seems high to me… we could go with the dual-glazed models (UltraU vss and Mega glass) but in the Northern Zone they don’t meet the Energy Star U-factor rating (at least the double hung windows don’t). The company uses their in-house installation crew. Lifetime warranty. Any thoughts appreciated… I have owned many homes but never have I replaced windows.

  42. We chose Sunrise windows to replace all of the windows in our 30 year old house in 2013. My husband did a lot of research before making his decision. We love them. We especially like the narrower frames that they have, allowing much less obstruction of your view. Our house is so much quieter and easier to keep cool on the HOT Texas day (It is 103 today.) I especially liked that we could have a white frame inside and almond outside. Sunrise was the only manufacturer that we found that even offered that option. You will not be disappointed if you choose Sunrise.

  43. Hi,
    I am trying to replace 17 Windows. We live in Northern Virginia. I have a quote for $9K for Sunrise Verde Windows. I also receive a quote through a contractor for Vytex Potomac HP series Window ($9K). Our home was built in the 80’s. Which window company would you recommend? If you don’t like the option that I have listed, please recommend other window manufactures. I am looking for mid tier quality Windows that lasts long.

    Thanks
    Mike

  44. We have received quotes for six DH replacement windows from two separate dealers/installers.
    1. Sunrise: High Efficiency, Low E, Argon, Foam filled, sculpted Georgian colonial grids – $4500 – no idea which model since it was not specified
    2. Kensington Quantum2 KG7, Low E, Argon, sculpted grids, etc – $4836
    Any opinion on which we should go with and why? Thanks!

      1. I was hoping you or someone could tell me as I didn’t really see the difference in the two other than price… I have found out the sunrise are the ultra u plus basic with a 0.25 u factor and 0.28 SHGC.

        1. Between the 2 I’d probably pick the Sunrise, but I don’t have a great reason why. Check the CR (condensation resistance) ratings to make sure they’re in the same ballpark. Sunrise makes a model or 2 with less than ideal CR ratings in the northern climate zone.

  45. We got a quote for 7ultra U Double Pane custom premium vinyl replacement windows in 4 opening in our house. They are 3 twin casement factory mulled and 1 awning window. the measurements are about 48″ by 58″ for 2 of the casements and 72″ by 58″ for 1 casement (2 windows opening) and 38″ by 38″ for the awning window. The price we were quoted was$7498.00 for white.

  46. Dear Windowdog,
    After much surfing, I stumbled upon your site. What a refreshing site you offer – thank you!
    I couldn’t find much assistance after reading all 100 comments so I thought I’d ask you direct: I’m building a new home in Michigan requiring 15 double-hungs w/stationary top lights. Also will be ordering front entrance door w/top & side lights, and rear slider with top light. Back wall (east side) will be a wall of architectural windows matching the roofline. I’m leaning towards Sunrise however could use your advice / preference if you were in my shoes. Any advice you could offer would greatly be appreciated. Thank you

    1. Sunrise makes a fine window. I know some of the folks there and I’ve found them to be very professional people. Someone told me that when they started to use an interior low-e to reach the Energy Star standard in the Northern Zone that the condensation resistance ratings got pretty bad. You might check that before you commit. Condensation can be an issue in a cold climate.

  47. I did all my windows with Sunrise. Different lines were never brought up, like Verde, etc. I went with their triple glass Ultra U-Plus with blinds between the glass. I absolutely love them. On the NFRC tag, the U-Factor was .27, The Solar Heat Gain was .25, Air Leakage was .1. I live in PA and these perform great in the Winter and in the Summer…Highly recommend.

  48. You have a great site here, tons of great information.
    I’m lookg to replace my builder grade vinyl windows and a sliding door, I live in Bloomington Minnesota, so cold in winter hot and humid in summer, also I face a busy street so sound insulation is key. I have had no quotes yet because I don’t know where to start, I joined angies list and it helped but still head is spinning, is there anyone in this area you’ve worked with or know of that you would recommend?

    Thanks

  49. I’m in Central IL and received a quote on Simonton 5500 and Sunrise. The quote is for 12 double hung, 1 picture and a patio door. Simonton came in at $9,950 and Sunrise at $9,900. Price goes up 2k for replacing one double hung with a bay window. These are without any options like wood look or special hardware. Does this seem like a decent price? Is one of the brands going to perform noticeably better at helping to control heating/cooling costs? My biggest concern with Sunrise is that the guy said there is a 6-8 month wait to get them from the factory.

    1. 6-8 months is a pretty long time considering it’s going to be awfully cold in central Illinois in 2 months or so. I’d probably pick the Sunrise, but the Simonton is a decent window and if you think those are the best 2 options available to you I’d be inclined to go with the company that can get it done in a timely manner. Did you see significant differences in the product?

      1. The salesmen didn’t bring any samples and I never received the Sunrise brochure. I contacted Sunrise about the 6-8 month delay. They informed me it is only a 3-4 week turnaround and attempted to contact the dealer. I received a call back and it sounds like the dealer is not that interested in selling the product and Sunrise is probably going to look for a new dealer next year. They are willing to work with a local contractor, if I can find one I like that is also willing to work with Sunrise. I wish I could just buy them direct and get the job done. I really need to get the patio door replaced so the flooring can be done before the holidays. You know of anyplace in IL that would be willing to do work in the Bloomington-Normal area?

        1. Hi Johnathan, thanks for taking the time to write and I’m sorry to hear you’re having a tough time. I don’t know anyone in your area to recommend, but if you find someone good feel free to let us know. I’m sure you’re not the only person in your part of the world looking for a great window company.

  50. I recently got a quote and they list several Sunrise Standard Picture, would this mean these are the standard series? Based on my limited research it seems like the restoration is the best model. Can someone please update me on their models.
    Thanks!

    1. There is not a whole lot of difference when it comes to picture windows. Ask them about differences in the ratings and the look. The extrusion may not match your other windows. Not sure if that’s important to you.

  51. Hi, I am really glad I found this forum. I’ve learned a lot about Windows and I am looking for Windows for a house I am planning to build this year. I wanted to know if Sunrise is a good option in East TN. Are there other window manufacturers I should check out? We have hot humid summers and can have extremely cold periods in winter where temps dip below zero for a short periods. I want a good quality window without the cost of a Marvin or Andersen window that has an excellent energy rating. Thx

    1. I think Sunrise is a decent option. I don’t know off the top of my head if they make a true new construction window. They may only offer a replacement window or a snap in nail fin. I’d suggest checking with the dealer. An integrated nail fin is a nice option for new construction.

    2. They do offer a welded nail fin with built in j channel. Omega12 latitude s2100a glass is a good choice for TN

  52. We could really use some help, and have found some excellent info on your site. We live in OKC, OK and are replacing the windows in our family room.
    This room is approx. 20′ x 24′ and has a cathedral ceiling that rises to about 12 ft. It currently has a large (118″ wide x 96″ tall) commercial window in it that provides an incredible view of our property. We are planning to replace it with several residential windows mulled together, to make it much more attractive. We want a little airflow in this room, so here is our plan. We will divide this space into thirds and put three stationary (picture) windows at the bottom that will be about 38″ wide x 76″ tall (each). They will be topped by 3 awning windows that are roughly 38″ wide x 20″ tall (each). The awning windows will have some historic home SDL grids in them to make these windows the “focal point” of this room. We have a great design, but now we need windows…

    We have found a couple of local Sunrise dealers we have spoken with, but understand that we would most likely need the Restorations model since we believe it is the only Sunrise model that has fiber reinforced sash. That Sunrise dealer here in OKC is one of the high pressure sales types and I can’t work with them. I tried.

    There is only one Soft-Lite dealer in Oklahoma currently (in Tulsa) and they are not very responsive. We have called several times requesting a quote and can’t get the owner to call back.
    We also considered Marvin Integrity, but they look to be several thousand higher and we are just not sure we need to spend that much more at this point.

    Can you suggest any other avenue we have not considered at this point? We sure want quality windows, but still need to be prudent with our finances as well. Sure appreciate any ideas you can offer!!

  53. Need replacement windows for a historical home got quotes from two companies, one was enviro star and the other sunrise they both said they can make my exact grid pattern which I need for my house just wondering which is better. I was quoted for their higher quality windows because of color and grid pattern. House is in western mass

  54. Thank you for all of the great info. I would like your advice before we make a final selection. We have narrowed our search to two windows. The Alside Ultramaxx and the Sunrise mid line, I think it’s the Verde. The quotes we received are pretty comparable, with the Sunrise being about $1,000 higher on 20 replacement windows. Most are standard size double hungs, with one awning and one picture window. I like the thinner frame and larger glass viewing area of the Sunrise product and the block and tackle system. I think the UltraMaxx were slightly more energy efficient, probably likely due to the triple pane versus the double pane on the Sunrise. I wasn’t sure about the “pocket sash” on the UltraMaxx though. It seemed like having the window drop into a pocket like that could end up collecting a bunch of debris and potentially water in there. Anyway, if you were choosing between these two products, with cost being the nominal difference that it is, which way would you go? I am trying to make a decision this week, so any quick thoughts would be appreciated.

  55. Thanks for al the great info in this thread. We’re deciding between the Sunrise and Essentials model. One thing I can’t figure out is why the Sunrise (Verde, Vanguard, etc) don’t include the interlocking rail (lip) between the upper and lower sashes. All they have is a strip of weatherstripping where the two sashes meet in the middle. Why would they forego this feature on their “higher end” model? Am I overvaluing the significance of this piece?

    1. After a bit more research I see that Sunrise refers to it in their FAQ as a “check rail” or “meeting rail”. Just adding this bit of info. 🙂

      1. The Sunrise windows fit very tight and has one of the lowest air infiltration rates in the industry. Generally manufacturers will have interlocking sashes and stick on fuzzies pads in the corners to block out air. With the Sunrise windows you’ll notice all of the weatherstripping is integrated into the frame instead of stick on most manufacturers use to fill in gaps. Sunrise design has no gaps and the sashes fit very snug. IMO one of the best designed windows out there.

        1. Discloser I am a Sunrise Restorations dealer among 3 other manufacturers. Sunrise is the only one of our models that doesn’t have an interlock and while it may seem odd. If you look at that window and operate it next to one of our other highly regarded models you can see and feel the difference

        2. Hi Chris, I think Sunrise makes a fine product. What is the air infiltration rate on the double hung model that you sell?

          1. Dog, the only Sunrise model we carry is the Restorations line and has an .02 Air Infiltration rating on the double hung. I really prefer window designs that have a straight edge on the top of the bottom sash that goes straight across which the Restorations does, as apposed to when they are notched out in the corners. With this design (sunrise isn’t the only one btw) I feel manufacturers have the ability to make everything fit tighter and don’t have the need for larger glue on weatherstripping in the corners. Not that this is necessarily superior because there are some very nice windows out there that have that design, including some that we offer, but i prefer it.

    2. They’ll tell you they can make the sashes with a tighter tolerance without that interlock. I don’t think I believe that, but that’s what they say.

      Maybe someone else who deals with them more will chime in. If so, please stick to something quantifiable.

  56. Hi – hoping for an update regarding the interlocking rail. I’m deciding between the Sunrise standard windows (approx. $8,000 for 15 windows – 12 double hungs, 2 casements and 1 picture) and the Alside Mezzo windows (approx. $6,700 for the same work).

    I’m getting caught-up on the interlocking rail issue, so please offer input where you can.

    Thank you.

    1. Many salespeople seem to forget a lesson they should have learned in Sales 101: the difference between a feature and a benefit. The interlocking meeting rail is an example of a feature. What do you care if a window has an interlocking meeting rail or not? You don’t. What you care about is the benefit. What does that feature actually do for you. If you’re concerned about the seal look at the air infiltration rate. You’ll find it’s decent on both of those windows which tells us that the feature doesn’t make much difference.

      There are a lot of examples like that in the window business. If you can’t clearly quantify what a particular feature is doing for you then don’t worry about it. A feature without a benefit is just a distraction.

  57. Looking at Sunrise windows (Vanguard) and Restorations

    5 Picture Windows 42X72
    1 Casement 42X72
    2 Quarter Rounds 42X42
    1 Slider 36X18
    1 Double Casement 28.5X47 (2 Windows)
    2 Single Hungs 36X70

    13 windows total. They both come with wood veneer inside and tan exterior. Both with Omega 12 Glass with LoW-E, Optview Screen and Noise Reduction Glass (NRG). We live near an airport so noise is a big issue with us.

    Quotes are $14.1K for the Vanguard and $16K for the Restorations(Cash Price). Additionally we also got a quote from Burris for $10.8K, Marvin Infinity & Integrity $25.2K, and RBA North of $35K (Crazy)

    We’ve compared the Vanguard and Restorations side by side and they are virtually identical. We prefer the sales staff and installers from Vanguard.

    Is this a reasonable price for this window? Are there any comparable companies we should be looking at? Soft-Lite?

    Thanks for your input.

    1. I should have added that all the windows, except the quarter rounds, slider, and single hungs were required to be Tempered Glass due code requirements.

      Thanks

    2. Hi Richard, I’ve been a little slow to get to the comments lately. Hope you got the quote i sent over. The pricing for the same project with laminated glass to reduce the sound was under $10,500 and the windows have as good or better rantings as the Sunrise and Soft-Lite models you mentioned. Let me know if you have any questions about it.

      1. Yes, thanks for the quote. Looking for a local place to go take a look at the Berkshire Elite. I assume the quote was for white interior & exterior?

        1. The color options are listed on the left side of the quote. I’ll email you the address for the local warehouse and showroom in Dallas.

  58. Hello Window Dog,

    Great site, lots of good information. Do you have any contacts in the Minneapolis, MN area that sell Sunrise Windows? We can’t find a local dealer on the sunrise website. Building a new house and want to look at Sunrise for our 30 windows.

    Thanks,
    Steve

    1. Hi Steve, I don’t know any Sunrise dealers in your area so I may not be any help on that front. I also don’t think Sunrise makes a new construction window so you may want to look at other options.

  59. Has Sunrise taken bankruptcy? I read that they did in 2015; not sure if they are still in business or if they started over or what?

    1. I haven’t heard about Sunrise windows going bankrupt. I know they’re still operating and I know several of the senior managers. They were at least partially owned by a private equity firm which usually means there is plenty of money around.

      If you have a link or any info about where you saw that please post it.

  60. Dog, HELP!

    Sunrise Restorations- (Ultra-U Plus Glass W/Opti-View Screens)
    $12,350.00

    7- 2 lite sliders (46 x 46)
    2- 3 lite sliders (69 x 54) (118 x 53)
    3- picture windows (26 x 46)
    6 are interior wood grain and 6 wht and includes 7 windows that are ext wood trimmed to be wrapped with aluminum clad

    Window World-
    $8,777.00

    Same Warranties on both

    Your contiguous response would be appreciated along with any other recommendations you would make.
    Thanks Dog!

    1. Hi Robert, I may be too late to help out. It’s been a busy time around here. If I’m not too late, what is your zip code? I may be able to provide some additional info.

  61. I need to replace 41 windows and have received 3 estimates: Window World (AMI 4000 series), The Aluminum Company (Alside Preservation), and a local window company (Sunrise Vanguard). The quotes were $19,657, $24,650, and $26,475 respectively. I am trying to figure out the best product and if the quotes are reasonable since I know this is a lot of windows. Is there one in my list that seems to stand out?

      1. We can help you there too. We have a lot of happy customer in Raleigh. I’d be happy to help if you’d like.

  62. I just love this website. It has been so informative for me. I have about 16 old wood windows that I am replacing with vinyl windows. I received a quote from Okna, for the 500 series and I really like the product, but I have a very large palladium window and a small hexagonal window which has been wrapped in tan aluminum, and since I am NOT planning on replacing those 2 windows, I need a window that will provide white interior and tan exterior (not painted!), so my option are Sunrise and SoftLite. My concern about Sunrise is that they are significantly higher than the Okna, and I have no idea which model I am getting. I though Sunrise models were : Essentials, Vanguard, Verde and Restorations. Now I am thinking, are these all different manufacturers? I am going to look at the SoftLite windows at their showroom here in NJ. Do you have a preference regarding these 3 manufacturers? After reading through the website, it would appear that all 3 of these are at the top of vinyl windows. Thanks.

    1. You can get a beige exterior and white interior from many companies. If you’re happy with the Okna why worry about paying more for another brand? There will always be salespeople trying to separate you from your money. There’s no need to let them succeed.

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