If you’re considering buying Polaris windows you’ll want to read this post. Here we’re outlining the reasons that anyone should avoid Polaris windows.
To be fair you’ll find that a window salesman will always tell you why you shouldn’t buy this brand or that brand so you’ll want to take this with a bit of a grain of salt. We’re playing devil’s advocate here a little bit, but these are the reasons a competing salesman will tell you to avoid Polaris windows.
Remember, if you think I’m wrong about something post a comment below.
First, small manufacturers are risky
Avid readers of this site will know that I routinely suggest avoiding smaller manufacturers. After nearly 20 years in this industry I’ve seen many of these small manufacturers vanish into thin air.
Some of the companies that have gone belly up were very well regarded by “experts” who loved to tell people to buy those windows. When those manufacturers vanished those same “experts” just moved on and started recommending other small manufacturers. It didn’t seem that there were too many lessons learned.
I would only suggest buying windows from one of these small companies if there was a really compelling reason to do so. Maybe there is some feature or option that makes the windows absolutely perfect for your project and is not available anywhere else. If that’s the case maybe you should take the risk, but Polaris doesn’t really offer anything very unique.
I don’t see a compelling reason to take the gamble.
Second, Polaris windows are unremarkable
The features and options you see from Polaris are pretty typical. I would assume it’s hard for a small manufacturer to do much innovating.
They also don’t publish air infiltration rates. That might not be a big deal. I don’t know what the Polaris windows air infiltration rates are. I do assume that if they were outstanding they would be advertised online and in the brochures. If anyone has more info, real info, on Polaris air infiltration rates please post a comment below.
They use the lower end constant force or coil balances even in their top of the line UltraWeld windows. That indicates to me that they weren’t trying to really compete with the nicer windows on the market.
Third, the Polaris windows warranty isn’t that great
The lifetime warranty on the Polaris windows is definitely more limited than warranties you’ll see from other manufacturers. Overall it’s decent, but it’s certainly not a selling point for Polaris windows.
You can find more info on the Polaris window warranty here.
What’s the bottom line?
Overall there are several reasons that a competing salesman would say you shouldn’t buy Polaris windows. Obviously the person trying to sell you these windows would have a different perspective. It’s up to you to evaluate that info and come to a conclusion.
I don’t really see any remarkably redeeming qualities that would make me want to take the gamble on them. If you have questions or comments about Polaris windows I invite you to post a comment below. I do my best to respond to as many comments as I can.
How can you find a great window company?
That part is easy. Check this section for recommendations of window companies all over the country. There’s no better way to get new windows.