The Revere Amherst Plus windows are one of the newer replacement window options from Revere Building Products. The Amherst Plus windows occupy the lower end of the replacement window offering and they use a slightly old fashioned design.
First off, it’s completely ok to consider a lower end window option. Maybe you’re moving soon, or renting the house, or you’re just a little on the cheap side. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that and I can tell you I’ve been accused of being a little cheap myself. As I’m sure you already know, when you’re going for a lower priced option you’re going to be making sacrifices. It’s important to be clear on what those sacrifices are and how much you’re saving in return. That’s the only way to know if you’re making the best move.
As you’ll see the actual wholesale cost difference between the Amherst Plus and the much nicer Berkshire Elite offering is pretty small. If you’re thinking about Revere replacement windows you may get the best bang for your buck with the Berkshire Elite.
Basically the Revere Amherst Plus is a striped down version of the older Revere Berkshire window. This window was the workhorse of the Revere window line for many years. As the industry progressed it started to look a little dated. Revere needed to upgrade that model in order to stay competitive. To create the new Amherst Plus model they stripped out several features of the older Berkshire window and gave this new offering a fancy new name.
What are the differences?
Basically if you took the old Revere Berkshire window and removed the balance covers, installed a flimsier screen and switched to the cheaper constant force or coil balances and installed single strength glass you’d have an a “new” Amherst Plus window.
Does this mean it’s a bad product?
Nope, but it does mean you don’t get a lot of bang for your buck.
What does the Revere Amherst Plus window cost?
Now for the important part. The actual wholesale cost difference between the Revere Amherst Plus windows and the nicer Revere Berkshire Elite windows is only around $10 per window. That means for just a couple bucks more you can get upgraded balances, double strength glass, better air infiltration ratings, heavier screen frames, etc.
Of course this doesn’t mean that your local contractor will be charging only $10 more for the nicer window. They might be padding their profits a little and showing you a $50 difference in price. Just offer them less and you’ll probably get it.
Only you can decide how cheap you want to be with your new windows. If you’re selling the home or renting it out and you really don’t care about the windows then maybe these are the right products for you. If you’re going to be living in the house for any length of time I would really suggest the nicer product as long as you can get it at a reasonable cost.