Custom Window Systems
Custom Window Systems is a company out of Florida that specializes in manufacturing vinyl and aluminum impact windows. They have been in business since 1986 and are typically considered one of the better options when it comes to Florida hurricane windows. CWS and PGT are typically close in window replacement cost and quality.
Custom Window Systems vs PGT
One common questions consumers have is which one is better, CWS vs PGT windows? PGT is better known, mainly due to their larger distribution channels. In terms of quality, the two companies are very equal in strength. Each offers a good warranty on their vinyl and aluminum window models and offers good customer service. (There are customer compliants for each company, but the same could be said about every window company out there.)
Custom Window Systems Prices
CWS window prices should range from $40 per square foot fully installed for the single hung Aria 610 Series all the way up to $85 per square foot full installed for the Icon window. In general, these prices may be just slightly lower than PGT window prices.
Custom Window Systems Warranty
The CWS window warranty protects the vinyl frame for 30 years from manufacturing defects and the company will replace the defective parts for free (excluding installation costs). The hardware is warrantied for the life of the owner, while the screens have a 10 year provision and the insulated glass has a 20 year provision attached to them. After the 20 years, the company will still pay a prorated amount for manufacturing failings in the insulated glass units.
CWS Aria 610 Windows
The Aria 610 single hung window is a non-impact vinyl window that can be ordered as either a new construction or as a replacement window. Some of the features included on the Aria 600 series is a 3 1/4 inch frame depth, a constant force balance system, cam lock and recessed tilt latch, aluminum sash reinforcement, BetterVue screen and DuraSeal spacer. The window also includes a tilt sash and a sloped still in can be ordered in white or Adobe and in one of four glass packages. In terms of cost, homeowners can expect to pay somewhere in the range of $40-$60 per square foot, this cost includes the window, all materials and installation.
CWS Aria 610 Window Cost
My wife and I are having 12 Windows replaced at our Florida home. We have had 5 bids all from local companies with strong reputations in the Pensacola area. Because of your comments about CWS Windows we are seriously considering a bid on the aria 610 series (single hung) for $7500 which will cover all costs.
Mark, I'm not exactly sure what the performance numbers are on the Aria 610, but I have to assume that they are a bit better than the Regency Plus Tech 2000, which aren't necessarily bad -- U-factor 0.30, SHGC 0.29, Condensation Resistance 59, VT 0.45, and Air Leakage 0.2. The AI of .2 is the number that concerns me.
CWS Aria 620 Windows
The Aria 620 window is the horizontal slider that can also be ordered in either a new construction set up or as a replacement window. It also is available in a 3 1/4 inch frame depth, a constant force balance system, cam lock and recessed tilt latch, aluminum sash reinforcement, BetterVue screen and DuraSeal spacer. Similarly to the Aria 610 Series, The 650 should run consumers somewhere in the $40 to $60 per square foot range, which again includes the window, all materials and installation.
CWS Aria 650 Windows
The Aria 650 window is the double hung option that can be ordered as a new construction or as a replacement window. The 650 Series is available in a 3 1/4 inch frame depth, a constant force balance system, cam lock and recessed tilt latch, aluminum sash reinforcement, BetterVue screen and DuraSeal spacer. Homeowners will pay somewhere in the range of $45 to $65 per square foot, this cost range includes the window itself, all materials and the price of installation.
CWS WindPact Plus Windows
The WindPact Plus is an impact vinyl window that includes a host of very solid features. Among them is a thicker frame then the Aria Series, multi chambers in the mainframe, laminated insulated glass, the DuraSeal spacer system and argon fills. The window can be ordered in three different frame colors, including bronze, adobe and white. In addition, it comes in eight different interior wood veneer options, three glass finishes and four glass packages. The 8100 is the single hung series, the 8200 is the horizontal slider, the 8300 is the picture window, and the 8400 is the casement series. Homeowners will pay between $55 and $80 per square foot, which includes the window, all materials and the installation.
CWS Zephyr Windows
The CWS Zephyr window is a non-impact vinyl that is only available in white. The Zephyr has a block and tackle balance system, BetterVue screen, removable sash and DuraSeal spacer. The 810 is the single hung, while the 820 is the slider option. Consumers who choose the glass package upgrade can expect the Zephyr window to have up to a DP65 rating. Homeowners will pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $55 to $70 per square foot, which includes the window, all materials and the installation cost.
CWS Icon Windows
The Icon window is an impact aluminum frame that can achieve up to a DP80 window rating and is the company's most expensive windows. The window comes standard with a 2 5/8 inch frame, along with laminated glass and can be ordered in either a bronze or a white exterior and interior. The 3700 series is the single hung, the 3750 is the picture window and the 7700 is the slider option. Homeowners will pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $65 to $85 per square foot, this includes the window, all materials and installation price.
CWS Crystal Pane Windows
The Crystal pane window is also an aluminum frame that comes with double strength glass, interlocking vents and half screens, and can be ordered in either bronze, driftwood or white. The 3500 series is the single hung and the 7000 is the slider (the window can also be ordered in several specialty shapes.) The Crystal Pane Series will run $60 to $75 per square foot for the window, all additional materials and installation pricing.