Vytex Windows Reviews

Vytex windows reviews

Vytex windows is a relatively small vinyl window manufacturing firm located in Laurel, MD.  Vytex windows reviews can be hard to come by because the products are only available in a relatively small geographic area.  Here we’ll cover the 3 main lines of Vytex replacement windows.  They are:

  • Potomac HP Series
  • Fortis Series
  • Georgetown Series

If you’re considering Vytex windows for your home you might want to ask yourself why is drawing you to them.  They do have very nice brochures (especially the Potomac HP Series), but there really isn’t anything remarkable about the product.

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Their efficiency ratings are typical of nicer windows, their features are somewhat limited and they do use the cheaper constant force balances which is a small, but real drawback.

If you happen to live near their manufacturing facility in Maryland that proximity might seem like an advantage, but geography really shouldn’t be a factor in your decision.  Most major manufacturers have trucks in populated areas every day.  Does it matter to you if any replacement parts took a 30 minute drive or a 4 hour drive in a semi truck?  It shouldn’t make any difference, but this is a common sales pitch when it comes to “local” manufacturers.

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87 thoughts on “Vytex Windows Reviews”

  1. You can check it yourself… I tried several times…

    VYW-M-24-00039-00001
    VYW-M-24-00030-00001
    VYW-M-24-00040-00001

    They seem to be low numbers (maybe they’re old?).

    1. You’re right. It appears these are invalid numbers The VYW-M-24 is the prefix for the Vytex Potomac double hung window but the next set of numbers should start at 00051 or higher as far as we can tell. I would ask them for the correct numbers and compare the info you get very carefully with the ratings you were given before. The fact that the CPD#’s they gave you are wrong isn’t necessarily a sign that they’re trying to trick you, but it’s red flag. There are three possible ways this will go from here:

      1. They’ll give you the correct number and everything will check out fine
      2. They’ll give you the correct number and you’ll see that their claimed ratings were not accurate
      3. They will refuse to give you the correct number

      Let us know how it goes, this will be a great example for folks to see. Hopefully everything checks out just fine!

  2. The numbers are off of a PDF they sent me of the three stickers (a scan). So I’m thinking these are old stickers. I am following up and will let you know what I find out.

    It has been a challenge to get this info from most of the contacts I’ve been talking to. It’s not that they are outright saying “no”, but I wonder: Is it common for customers to ask you for these numbers or does this indicate to you that the customer is going to be a pain in the a**? Sometimes I feel like I’m asking for some secret information that they would rather me not have.

    In other words, do contractors prefer NOT to work with informed customers?

    1. Depends on the company. If you get the vibe that they would rather work with uninformed customers you might want to consider who you’re working with.

  3. Update:

    I just got these numbers from the contractor and they show up in the system:

    Potomac Plus – VYW-M-24-00056-00002 grids, VYW-M-24-00051-00001 no grids
    Potomac Max – VYW-M-24-00071-00002 grids, VYW-M-24-00058-00002 no grids
    Potomac Ultimate – VYW-M-24-00072-00001 grids, VYW-M-24-00059-00001 no grids
    Titan – VYW-M-17-00159-00006 grids, VYW-M-17-00159-00005 no grids

    Making progress.

  4. Yes they do. I’m still waiting on some others… Once that I really want is from Window World. They are claiming that their 4000 series window is the Alside Mezzo, but I need the CPD to confirm that. I like the Mezzo because the frame is narrow so we won’t lose much glass when we move from out wood windows.

    We’ll see…

    1. We’ve heard from other folks that Window World has move to the Mezzo window from the old Excalibur. We have no reason to doubt that as it makes good business sense.

  5. Yes, but it would be nice to get the CPD number for the windows they’re quoting… Just to verify they are what they say they are. The CPD should show up as an Alside product, right? I see no “Window World” shown in the list of Window Manufacturers on the NFRC website.

    It’s a nice “good faith” gesture and frankly I’m a little skeptical of contractors who refuse to give me that information.

    1. Vytex is expanding it’s area and are now available in MD, N.Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia.

      The Potomac is very good but “too much” as far as the climate goes. And it’s HEAVY.

      The Fortis is a higher end window with the standard 3 1/4″ thickness which is great for Common Wood and Wood Special (old wood casement) openings but not so good for metal openings (aluminum sliders or surface mounted new construction removals) the thickness crowds the opening and you will lose a good portion of your window sill.

      The Georgetown (and the new Grandview) have a 2 3/4 jamb depth and a slimmer extrusion which means more glass per window.

      Depending on what glass options, the Energy Star ratings are the same-if not better- than most vinyl windows out there.

      I disagree with scepticism toward smaller manufacturers. The larger companies lose a lot in the quality control department as they produce by volume.

    2. Window World isn’t a manufacturer. They are a franchised window installation company. Which essentially means there is no installation standard.

  6. can you elaborate on the vytex windows (performance, cost, comparability to other brands)? i live near them, and they’re apparently preferred by a local window company that’s highly rated on angie’s list. thanks.

    1. We’re always hesitant about the smaller manufacturers. I wouldn’t let their proximity to your house be a factor at all. What does it matter to you if the windows had to ride 30 minutes or 4 hours on a truck to get there?

  7. Which vinyl window replacements would you recommend for the best bang for your buck? Like, K, I’ve found a window company who sells vytex and raves about them. Many of my friends and neighbors have used this window company and therefore have vytex and have been happy with them. What’s so bad? I know nothing about windows so would love some direction. Thanks!

  8. Ok I’m in the market for 19 replacement windows and received a quote of 505/window for vytex potomac. For a similar softlite imperial ls, I got 568/window. This comes out to 1200$ difference. The soft lite has AI value of .02 while the Potomac is .05. Do I spend extra money for the softlites? Sick of drafty builder grade windows.

    1. If you’re getting a Potomac Window for only $505 a window INSTALLED, then I guarantee they are cutting every corner in the world on installation as far as materials go like insulating foam around the window, exterior trim coil, and the caulking. Any window from a company below $500 installed for a standard size double hung WILL give you problems. I’ve been in this industry for over 10 years installing and selling. It’s common sense if you just look at the breakdown of all the costs that go into a window. The company has to buy the window from the manufacturer first right? That alone will be anywhere from $200-600 or more JUST for them to buy the window. Next is installation and labor costs. That’s around 100-200 a window for a quality certified license installer. Then they have to pay the sales rep. That’s around a 10% commission typically. Then the company itself has to make a profit. I’ve never heard of a reputable, growing company that has anything less than 25% profit margins, but typically 30-40%. Add just those costs up alone and that’s between $600-900 per window INSTALLED. And there are more costs associated than that, like advertising costs and service costs and warranty costs, etc. Anything less than that and you are gonna have leaks and headaches out the wahoo for years to come. No offense to “the window dog” but he shouldn’t be any customer’s go to source for window advice. Go to GuildQuality or Best Pick Reports for top companies, or Remodeling Magazines Cost versus Value for your local average costs what customers in your area are currently paying. The National Average alone is over $1000/window INSTALLED. I’m not biased to any company, but doing this as long as I have, I know for a fact 100% that any window INSTALLED under $500 an opening is the equivalent of buying the cheapest car out there and it’s a lemon. You WILL have problems and you WILL regret your choice.

      And PS, anyone on here (and just on this post alone it’s almost every other person) who is trying to decide between two different windows and it’s less than $100 difference per window is frankly way under-informed about window replacement. Anything less than $100 per window difference is negligible. Again look not so much at the WINDOW but at what materials their crews are using to install, their installer certifications, and the best indicator of all, that company’s track record for customer satisfaction. If a company has over a 90% on Guild Quality for customer satisfaction and they have more than say 1000 reviews and have been in business ATLEAST 5 years, then that is a good indicator that you will be satisfied as well because they have steadily proven themselves.

      Best of luck

      1. Hi Jeremy, thanks for taking the time to write. I’ve been doing this a pretty long time in a pretty wide variety of roles. Your sentiment is correct, that there are a lot of costs involved that people don’t consider, but your numbers are way off. It’s easy to get a good quality product installed for under $500, we install several hundred of them every week.

        Good luck out there.

  9. Just received a quote for 570/window for the Grandview Vytex window(19 windows) Also received a quote for the Alside Mezzo for 472/window. Sounds like a no brainer, is it?

  10. I got estimates for Vytex’s Fortis (R-4 Energy Saver Plus) from one company and Georgetown (R-4 Energy Saver Plus). The “per window” difference was only $4 more for the Fortis.

    I’m wondering if there is a significant difference in quality between the Georgetown and the Fortis models. I really liked the company offering the Georgetown window. I’d like to go with them and ask them to use the Fortis model if they will at least match the other company’s price (they quoted me something like $30 more per window over the Georgetown).

    Any advice on significant differences between the two windows I should consider. Thanks!

    1. Clarification —

      Upon re-reading my question, I see I forgot to add the words “from another company” to the end of the first sentence. One company offered Fortis, the other company offered Georgetown. The price difference was insignificant.

      Company offering Georgetown said he’d put in the Fortis windows for $30 more per window. That leads me to think I should choose the other company, but I really liked the more expensive company. Hoping he will come down in price. Trying to get a feel for whether there is a notable difference in quality. Thanks.

      1. Odd are that the company you like more will do it for the lower price. Just ask them and see what happens. If they stick to their price you may still want to work with them. $30 per window is not too much in the long run.

        1. Thank you.

          So it makes sense to get the higher end window? I don’t intend to live in this house more than 5-10 years.

          Biggest differences seem to be foam core in Fortis, slightly thicker glass (7/8″ vs 3/4″), air infiltration (.05 vs .09), and something called “Lock and Keeper Composite Reinforcement” in the Fortis. Not sure what that is.

          1. The lock and keeper reinforcement would be a bar or rod inside the sash. The screws for the locks and the keepers would go through the vinyl into the reinforcement bar.

            Regarding which one to get, only you can decide. For example when I bought my car I paid extra to get the model with the big engine. I didn’t need it and it really doesn’t make any difference in my life, but I do like it.

            If you have the cash and you like the Fortis I’d say go for it. If you don’t care much about the differences, skip it. Realistically you’ll probably be perfectly happy either way. In a few years you probably won’t remember the differences anyway.

  11. With a U-factor of .26, an air leakage of .05 and a DP50 rating, plus a slim build that maximizes the glass area, what’s not to like about the Fortis? The advantage of a local manufacturer is so quite obvious, I can’t understand the negativity. Some of the larger brands such as Softlite and Sunrise can take 4 weeks or more to provide a replacement part for a window. I can personally tell you Vytex was able to provide the part in less than 24 hours. If you don’t consider that an advantage when you are sitting in your house in February with broken glass waiting, while the freezing air comes in around the piece of cardboard taped to the sash, I do not know what is.

    Please let me know what a better window is and why.

    Oh, and Constant Force balances are somehow inferior? The only ones who make that claim are salesmen selling something different. Constant force comes with a lifetime warranty as well as block and tackle. Neither has shown a higher rate of failure. In fact, the failure rate on both is so low, it shouldn’t even be a consideration. Unless of course, the window salesman tries to convince a consumer there is.

  12. I saw the vytex fortis at a home show. Its a nice looking window and seems solid. That said, i didnt really get a chance to spend a lot of time to play around with it. I have no issues with a smaller company, as long as they make a good window, have quality control and good service. Thats all that really matters in my view. Ive seen plenty of large companies go under. Vytex really isnt that small of a company.

  13. I actually just saw the vytex potomac and fortis windows. I was impressed with both, they have performance numbers right up there with the top rated windows. Both windows are good looking and seem very well bulit. All their performance numbers are listed with the NFRC . I checked.
    It seems that the potomac is their top offering and the fortis is just below that. Vytex seems like a decent sized company and they have been around for a long time. As a former engineer, i like the constant force balance.
    The Potomac was about 550 per window and the fortis was 512.
    I had my mind made up with another brand and seeing these windows just added more confusion to my decision.
    Another examlle as to why getting too many estimates can be a bad thing. Lol.

  14. Thanks for responding windowdog. The air infiltration ratings on the vytex double hung windows are a .05 . Both the potomac and fortis have the same air infiltration numbers. From my research, those are very good numbers. The structural number on the potomac was a little higher, i think a 65 whereas the fortis was a 50. Again. Both seem like good numbers.

  15. I’m so confused. So far I have two estimates to replace 7 windows in my townhouse. One estimate for Pella’s 250 Series is $1000 per window. I feel like this is was too much for my 23 year old townhouse and would be overkill. I got another estimate with them using the Encompass Series with single hung rather than double hung which lowered the price to about $800 per window. The other estimate was for Simonton Reflections 5500 Series which is a little less than $700 per window but I read about the Simonton windows and it said they are getting a little “long in the tooth” so I wasn’t sure if they are any good. I’m waiting for my 3rd estimate. This will be on Fortis Series Vytex windows. They are thicker so my blinds that aren’t that old will probably not fit anymore! I just don’t know what to do. I don’t want to be cheap but I also don’t want to overdo it. I am the owner of the house and have lived here since it was built in 1993 and I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here, maybe until I retire (another 4 years or so) or maybe as long as I live. Anyone have any opinions that would help me make the decision? Thank you.

  16. We just had bids for various windows inlcuding pella which seems like very poor quality. I was shocked that pella vinyl windows were that bad. Of course i never did an internet search until yesterday and saw a bunch of bad reviews on both pella and andersen vinyl. One of the brands we saw and liked very much was Vytex. We saw both the potomac and fortis series. The fortis was less money but we liked the look and it seemed built very strong. We liked it more than the okna 500 which also seems very good but for the money the vutex was a no brainer to us.
    We also were worried about the blinds but it seems all new replacement windows will have a deeper jamb depth requiring the blinds to come inward. Our contractor says he isnt responsible if the blinds no longer fit and i fully understand that.

    1. Sounds like you’re off to a good start. What did you like about the Vytex compared to the other options you looked at?

  17. Received a quote from Window Nation for their Vytex Grandview. Seems like a good window and had pretty good ratings. Of course the salesman tried the salesman technique of 2 different prices, each getting lower, then let me call the manufacturer direct to get you the cheapest if you have a number in your head. Price ended up being $13,900 for 19 windows and a bay. I actually have gotten a cheaper quote and one other quote that I want see if the company will come down on.

    All this is to say when comparing windows, Okna 500/800 seem to be the front runner although the quote was about $2000 more expensive when including the bay window. My only question is about SHGC, the Grandview had something like .26 or .28 while the Okna I believe is .30. 1) is that a noticeable difference? 2) I live in a very shaded area (I have like 13 mature trees on my property) and I don’t get as much direct sunlight during the winter, so should I lean towards a higher SHGC?? or does it really matter when windows are in the .26-.30 range? Sorry for the long post

  18. I received a quote from Window Nation for $7500 which includes 10 double hung/double pane window with foam and sliding patio glass door for $7500.00. The model name is Grandview. Of course he started out at $11,000 and went down to $7500 and stated he couldn’t go any further. He also stated that they can match lowest competitor plus give $200 off the total cost. This tells me his price can go lower. By the way the brand name of the windows are Vytex which the manufacturer is 5 minutes from my home. Is the price good? Should I look at other companies?

  19. I recently had 27 Vytex windows installed. Although I liked the looks of their thin frames, I cannot speak for their quality. Their screens are cheaply made, they bend left and right when I try to move them for cleaning.

  20. The screen frame on both the vytex fortis and vytex potomac are extruded aluminum which is super strong. There is no way it could bend.
    They used to offer a budget window a while back with a rolled aluminum screen that was flimsy but that was only on the budget window. Vytex no longer used rolled aluminum only extruded.

  21. Windowdog
    I recieved a quote for vytex potomac series windows. The windows look sharp and well made. They insulate the frame with a foam filling and use composite reinforcement bars for structural integrity.
    Pricing was $554 per window including installation and capping. However, I have a few questions for you.
    The contractor pointed out 3 things he claimed were very important numbers to look at.
    1) uFactor was .26 ( he said lower was better )
    2) air leakage rating was .05 but it was retested at a .02 . However, they arent changing the number for another 3 months so he says he has to keep it at .05 for now.
    3) the structural rating was a 65 which he said was ” one of the highest in the industry”.

    Do these 3 numbers put the vytex potomac window in the upper end category?
    Finally, is upgrading to triple pane glass worth it for a uFactor of .19 or is that overkill?

    1. Remember, they always leave out the numbers that don’t look good. Ask for the VT rating to see how much light is blocked. They have pretty thick frames which don’t help anything in real life. The ratings are fine, but certainly not in a class all by themselves.

      1. The vytex has a VT rating of 52 without grids. Thats actually high which is good and lets in a lot of light. The shgc number with that VT rating is .29. They also offer an shgc of .26 and .20 ( all double pane options). They also offer triple pane.
        They do have a lower Vt if they use triple silver lowE which my contractor doesnt recommend in my area ( northeast). Vytex has a bunch of different glass packages.
        The vytex potomac frame is actually more narrow than the soft lite window i saw and the vytex fortis has a very narrow frame. We went with the potomac though.
        Quick question windowdog. Why do some customers in the northeast request triple lowE? It doesnt make sense unless im missing something?

        1. Hi David, glad to her you’re happy with what you found. You’re right that a heavier low-e coating doesn’t make sense most of the time in the North. Sometimes people will pick an option like that on one side of the house or to address a specific issue. More often I think it’s because a salesperson told them that more is better so they buy it without knowing that it makes their home less efficient.

          1. Hi Windowdog,

            I’m looking for vinyl replacement windows with the highest possible VT (0.7 would be great). I’m willing to take a hit on the SHGC, but of course want to know how much that hit will be. I’m having a heck of a time finding anyone who makes/installs high-VT vinyl windows in the Denver area. There’s a well-reviewed place in Boulder that has some high VT, but their frames are fiberglass & I’ve read bad things about those. Do you know of any companies that make high VT vinyl windows? Or if fiberglass is better than it appears to be, I’d be happy to be educated about that as well. Any advice you have would be very welcome!

          2. Hi Margaret, I love a good challenge. The highest VT option I could find in our offering was a 0.63 and that’s a window with a very slim frame. Now that’s a double hung window. For a picture window without a meeting rail I could find a 0.67, but that’s the highest.

            Have you checked our section on the best local companies? We may know someone in your area who could help out.

  22. I got a quote of $1975 for two windows with the following details: double hung, equal sashes, match existing pattern, colonial flat full grids, extreme 2 pane/Low-E & Argon/Laminate Glass, full flex screen, white interior and exterior. Is the quote a good price? I know nothing about windows but the sales person says I am asking for all the bells and whistles and that the price quoted is a discounted price.

    1. $1000 per window probably isn’t a great price, but a 2 window project will typically cost more than a larger project on a per window basis.

  23. Hi Windowdog,

    Thanks for your answer – a VT of 0.63 would be great! Is that brand of window sold/installed in the Denver area?

    Thanks,
    Margaret

    1. We have a recommended company in Denver, check them out. Just ask for their option with a slim frame and no low-e coating. It will be a substantially less efficient window than you could get. It’s not a very popular way to order new windows, but it should be available.

    2. I’d agree with dog that windows with no Low-e is uncommon and would have a high vt rating. But ill ad that with low-e 270 or some other passive low-e i seriously doubt you’ll even notice a vt of .63 to .53. Its actually humorous to me sometime I’ll have a customer that will be super interested in the VT rating and I’lll show a side by side comparison of no Low-e vs SB60 or 270 low-e and they are so confident that one is darker than the other but they’re pointing at the wrong one. I honestly cant visually see the difference and doubt most people can. Also FYI about any manufacture can order the glass w/ no low-e so I think the main thing you should be looking for is narrow frames. Check out Sunrise windows they have some of the smallest frames in the industry but you won’t lose durability or performance. Since this is a Vytex thread I’ll add that the Fortis model has a pretty narrow frame and is an excellent choice for efficiency, durability, and aesthetics.

  24. I recently had Window Nation provide me a price to replace 15 openings with 13 new ones(two pairs of windows are becoming two larger openings) at $518 each. This is the Vytex Barrington model which I don’t see on their website or any of the comments on this site.

    Does anyone have any insight on the Barrington Model?

    Additionally, Window Nation does have a Buy1Get1 deal right now which is why i called, they did give me the $17k price, but with the offer it would be $7,600 and the following day their office called me and dropped the price about another grand. Is it all a sham or is Vytex a good product? I like Window Nations installation and warranty and the Vytex Barrington seems like a good product but can’t seem to find anything. Much appreicate

    1. Vytex is a decent product, but the buy 1 get 1 free is a total scam. I’d recommend getting a few more quotes so you can see how the pricing in the market compares. I guarantee you won’t find that this price is half of what the market is charging.

      1. Thank you for the feedback. I did get a second price, Alside Mezzo, which i believe is constructed similarly if not better and the price per window(installed) was almost exactly the same. Buy 1 Get 1 is truly a scam to get me in the door – it worked – but I have not proceeded yet. Even after the ’30 day price garauntee’ I was called back and they stated they could do the same price even though the ‘special’ was over…..yeah.

        1. Ha, of course they can. Glad you got through the sales gimmicks. Let me know if we can help with anything.

  25. I am building in St. Marys, GA. The builder does great work but uses 2900 Silverline by Anderson which seem to get poor reviews. I have Vytek installed in my home & have been very happy but are not available in Georgia. Any suggestions for that area on a vinyl window that compares to the Vytek.

    1. You’d need a new construction window which limits the choices. The Alside Mezzo window is available with an integrated nail fin and j-channel. In that configuration it’s probably one of the nicest new construction vinyl windows I’ve seen in a while.

  26. Ok my neighbor just got Vytex and I have a quote for 15 Windows but I got a quote for Mi 1650 Vinyl double hung Windows.
    Before I get into the cost I am trying to figure out are these good Windows. We are moving within a year and want to upgrade the Windows before we sell.
    Cost for the Windows is under $6200 with 4 widows that have to be mulled two of the Windows are small over the sink types.
    I know nothing about Windows or the Mi 1650. Is the price good? Are the Windows good?
    What should I do?

  27. I recently saw the Vytex potomac series window through a window company that offers vytex windows. Both the wife and i like the look of this window and the salesman seemed nice enough and not pushy. We obviously did some research thanks to some of the info we gathered from this site ( thanks ).
    We also saw okna windows, champion, and power group. Vytex seemed to have very good energy performamce data. Out of those, we thought the vytex felt the strongest ( if thats the correct word).
    Our question is regarding triple pane glass. For an upcharge, we can get triple pane with argon which knocks the Ufactor down to a .19 from .26 in double pane glass.
    We live in the northeast. Is triple pane glass something that is worth getting or is that getting a bit too extreme in your opinion.? I am hearing arguments both ways.

    1. As you can see in the ratings, triple pane glass makes a decent improvement. It’s impossible for me to say whether or not it’s worth the price. Take a look at the cost difference and then consider if it’s worth that amount of cash to have windows that are about 25% more efficient. If you’re in a cold climate and you’re going to be around a while you might want to upgrade.

  28. Love the site. We just moved into a new home about 6 months ago. The original owner replaced the windows in the spring of 2014 (3 years ago).
    They used MI Windows (1650 series). This winter the home was freezing and you could feel cold air coming through the actual window. From my experience and some reviews on the net, MI Windows seem to be lower quality and flimsy. We had a few contractors come by and take measurements and look at the window. One even tore off the moudling to look deeper. They all say the MI windows were installed properly but the windows themselves are kind of junky. Whatever, the old homeowner bought them, not us.

    Anyway, the one window contractor/ company we like is offering Vytex windows. He showed us the “Fortis series” and it looks very nice and feels sturdy. He says they use it because its ” a very good window”. He said he orders the window without foam wrap around the window. There is foam filling inside the actual window but he orders without actual exterior foam wrap. He says he prefers to use spray foam to insualte the windows and sometimes exterior foam wrap can get in the way of his spray foam. Is this normal? Is spray foam better than foam wrap? Hope im explaining this properly.
    Thank you

    1. Either option should work fine. Sometimes people order the foam wrap and use the spray foam to fill in extra areas and some guys like to only use the spray foam. Should work out fine either way.

  29. Hello,

    I am considering the Polaris Ultraweld with SupremeEnergy2 Triple Pane and the Vytex Fortis Energy Saver Max. I have 12 double hung, 1 picture window, and 6 sliders. I was quoted $12,031 for the Vytex and 12,540 for the Polaris, sold by a local window company in business for 55 years that also sells parts and service. The Vytex dealer is a typical window sales type place-very nice folks and no pressure…-

    I like both windows, companies, etc. I am in Cincinnati Ohio so the triple pane is being sought for the sound reduction. I was quoted for laminated glass, but its a 3500 to 4500 upgrade. Any thoughts on either of these 2 windows, using triple pane as sound reductions???

    The only down side is Vytex windows have a low VT. They appear a little tinted at .37.
    HELP !!! Im ready to buy, but not sure which way to go.

    1. Todd,

      I’m in Cincinnati too and was just quoted for the Fortis windows from Windows Direct. I’m curious which window you chose?

      1. Hey Bill,

        I skipped Window Direct. They were nice people and the windows seemed nice. I was leaning that way but the windows are very dark. The VT spec is really low. Plus the sales rep called and asked if I was ready to buy b/c they were having a big sales contest, but I probably wasn’t worried about that. That sealed the deal to look elsewhere b/c nothing about Vytex was so special I couldn’t get the same window elsewhere. I will end up with Polaris from Western Hills Windows

        1. Like for like you will find similiar vt ratings from most manufacturers. I’d assume the Vytex Fortis window was being quoted with a HP triple pane with multiple coatings of low e. Will this is the most effective the glass would be darker. The window could also be ordered with a lighter coating of low e and would have increased VT ratings

          1. You’re generally right. I always suggest folks compare VT ratings to see how much light is blocked by the window frame. If you can get the numbers with clear glass it makes for an easier comparison. For example, the Alside 8000 series has a lower VT with clear glass than an Alside Mezzo so you know the 8000 series will block more light.

            Remember, lower ratings aren’t always better. A more efficient window that blocks more light and makes the house feel darker will be a worse choice for a lot of people. Sometimes salespeople lose sight of how the windows are actually used.

  30. Does anyone have access to the Vytex window warranty prior to 2007,they are offering a lifetime warranty currently,need to know if they had a similar warranty prior to 2007. Spacers in windows are drooping into the space between panes,first I was told I was covered and then told it would cost almost $2,000. to replace 4 fixed widows and two double hung. Current warranty may suffice but if I have the earlier one it might save a fight.

    1. They can probably send you a copy of the warranty that applies to your order. That’ll be the easiest way. Are they charging for parts and labor or is that just the labor charge?

  31. I have received quote that are very close in pricing for Simonton 55 Series windows 23 double hung for $15K and Vytex Fortis same price. which one should we choose. each salesman was pushing his.
    this is our forever home
    Also what are thoughts on Thompson Creek, we are in NOVA, VA

      1. Anyone ever hear of the greenx500 series by Vytex? A company near Philadelphia installs these and I was curious about the quality and ratings of these windows. The information the salesman left behind doesn’t show any actual ratings data. Also, is a price of $13,000 for 12 double hung windows with grids and two bays that each will have 2 casement windows and 2 picture windows?

  32. Finishing that comment… is that price fair? I was expecting closer to $500 per double hung and maybe $1,000 for each bay

  33. Didnt read through the all the comments, but based on what i know – I’ll share this. Vytex windows is what is pushed right now by Windows Nation folks if you are looking for white plastic windows. Windows Nation currently operates in Northern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Specifically the latest salesman at our house in Pittsburgh area was pushing Georgetown and higher scale Grandview. Main difference between the two – Georgetown does not appear to have insulated frame and sash (vs polyurethane foam in Grandview), and the sash frame on Georgetown appears to be significantly thicker than on Grandview. Both double pane. Silver oxide.(Grandview DP-45, 0.08 cfm/ft, .26 U-factor with “extereme Low-E/Argon Gas. After all the sales tricks, gimmicks and negotiations for 10 3×3 double hung (no grids) and 1 2×3 tempered slider (yep – bathroom) with demo of old aluminum frame windows in brick circa 1960 salesman came down from alleged $15 K for Grandview down to $7.5K. Prior to that “rock bottom price” for Grandview was $9024 and for Gerogetown was around $8000. Lifetime warranty covers only certain things, and is only on material after i bleieve 1 year.

  34. Good morning,
    We recieved a quote from Window Nation for 10 windows for 7,867. They also said they dont subcontract and they manufacture their own windows🤔.
    Im not sure if I believe this.
    The next quote was from Thompson creek for $9245. Their pitch was better and online even better. But the price is so steep. Im wondering if part of their price is their brand name?

    1. Thanks for writing Danielle. I’m confident that Window Nation does not manufacture their own windows and to the best of my knowledge they do use subcontracted installation crews which isn’t necessary a bad thing. The dishonesty of the salesperson is far worse in my mind.

      $9200 for 10 windows does feel pretty heavy. My company will probably be able to help out if you’re in an area covered by those 2 other companies. If you’d be interested in seeing the difference you can find us here.

      I think you’ll like what we have to offer.

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