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Best Replacement Window Reviews | Vinyl, Fiberglass, Wood, Consumer Reports Print Bookmark and Share

Consumer reports recently tested a swath of replacement windows and compared them on durability, maintenance and ease of use, all well as water and air leakage. Their general findings are below.

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Window Replacement Reviews and Ratings

Not surprisingly, wood clad and fiberglass window frames rated the highest. (These replacement windows also carry the highest price tags.) These window frame materials are better at keeping out the rain, wind and elements. Each window was put through a week of extreme temperatures to see how the window expanded, contracted and flexed with temperature and condition changes. Each window was then test for water and air leakage. Windows that exhibited little or no change in performance from the start to finish were ranked highest.

Vinyl is less expensive and convenient

Vinyl replacement windows account for nearly 50% of the market because they are reasonably priced and maintenance-free. However, vinyl windows will let some air seep through, especially in colder climates. In addition, vinyl is less attractive than wood clad and is not able to be stained or painted to match or compliment a home's exterior color.

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Snapshot of Consumer Report on Replacement Window Reviews

The following replacement windows all scored at the top consumer reports replacement window reviews.

Wood Replacement Window Reviews

Clad Ultimate by Marvin Windows and Doors
Wood Ultrex Integrity by Marvin Windows and Doors
400 Series Tilt Wash by Andersen Windows

ProLine by Pella Corporations

500 Series by Peachtree Windows and Doors

Select Clad by Crestline Windows & Patio Doors

Weather Shield Custom Shield by Weather Shield Windows & Doors

Vinyl Replacement Window Reviews

The best vinyl replacement window reviews from consumer reports goes to:

5600 Series by Reliabilt/Survivor Windows

UltraMaxx Replacement by Alside

9500 Series by American Craftsman

Bryan Mawr II by CertainTeed Corp.

CrestFit Vinyl by Crestline

ThermaStar 25 Series by Pella Corp.

Fiberglass Replacement Window Reviews

The best vinyl replacement window reviews from consumer reports goes to Impervia by Pella.

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Comments

  1. This list couldn't be more upside down if it was drafted on April Fool's Day. The entirety of that list is bunk and well known as such by the industry pros that use these products on a daily basis. I would echo Brandon's statement above. HiMark, Okna, Soft-Lite, and Sunrise all make far superior products than any of the above listed. Do your research folks and you will arrive at the same conclusions.

    posted by Tom Johnson

    October 1st, 2012

  2. Replacement windows reviews are all over the place online. Just by doing a keyword search one can access thousands of reviews at the click of a button. Replacement windows are products that represent serious long term investments on our part..Crestline replacement windows

    posted by Crestline replacement windows

    April 23rd, 2012

  3. Replacement windows reviews are all over the place online. Just by doing a keyword search one can access thousands of reviews at the click of a button. Replacement windows are products that represent serious long term investments on our part..Crestline replacement windows

    posted by Crestline replacement windows

    April 23rd, 2012

  4. The findings mentioned above are unfortunately skewed. All of the vinyl products mentioned are sub-standard. In terms of performance, a high quality vinyl product like HiMark, Okna, Softlite, and Sunrise will beat the performance of even the best wood and fiberglass models quite handily. U factor of .25 with a double pane, Design pressure of R60, Air Infiltration of .01. Show me a wood or fiberglass product that can achieve that... and on longevity, I think that the product warranties speak loud and clear. Don't get me wrong, I like wood and composite windows, but let's be honest about the pros and cons.

    posted by Brandon

    February 7th, 2012

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