Is the Simonton Impressions warranty any good? Let’s find out. The warranty is an important part of a window purchase and it’s often overlooked until it’s too late.
You’ll notice the in-home salesman selling Simonton Impressions windows will typically talk about a “double lifetime” warranty. That can be a silly term, but what they mean is the warranty is good for as long as you own the house and it’s transferable when you sell the house. So, double lifetime. It is a silly way to explain a warranty term, but so much about this business is silly. It sort of fits.
Here’s a quick chart that outlines the basic coverage:
So, you get the lifetime warranty on the vinyl and the hardware. That’s pretty common, most manufacturers will offer that.
Then, you can see the glass warranty is prorated after 20 years which is more limited than many other companies. That means if you were to get a seal failure in 25 years you’ll be paying something to get it resolved. That might not be the end of the world, but something to be aware of.
Note the lines towards the bottom sowing the blinds in the glass only have a 10 year warranty, the factory applied colors and coatings are only 10 years too and that can be a little short.
You should also be aware that the commercial warranty is only 10 years. That means if you rent the house the warranty is MUCH more limited.
What is not covered by the Simonton Impressions warranty?
There are a few limitations that you should be aware of. Labor is not included that means even if there is a covered problem you’ll be paying someone to fix the issue.
Other limitations include the caulking and products installed over three stores off the ground.
Caulking can be a common window issue, but basically no window warranties will cover it. Caulking is just part of owning a house and you should check it out every year or two to make sure it’s still looking good.
What’s the bottom line?
The Simonton Impressions warranty is pretty decent, but it has many of the same limitations you’ll see from most warranties. The term “double lifetime” is a little silly and Simonton seems to really be leaning into it.
If the salesman makes claims that labor or caulking is covered by the warranty you’ll want to get that in writing. Then you’ll want to decide how much faith you put into the warranty from the small installation company as that is not coverage that Simonton offers.
Overall I would say the Simonton Impressions Warranty is perfectly decent and I wouldn’t let it stop you from ordering these windows.