Alside Windows Prices
Find Alside windows prices on their most popular models and brands. In general, homeowners will spend $225 to $550 for double hungs installed with normal installation requirements. There is considerable concern amongst window contractors over the design of many of Alside's windows. The biggest issues seems to be the design of the window frame, particularly the use of a snap sill (instead of a welded sloped sill) - the weep hole can clog over time, potentially causing moisture, rotting and warping. Some contractors also point to basic inconsistencies in the manufacturing process that produces unreliable products. For additional info, read Alside window reviews.
Alside Excalibur Windows
There are some mixed reviews on the Excalibur, but in general it is considered to be a mid to low grade vinyl window. It is one of the most popular Alside model and the window is often used by Window World in their $189 installed teaser ads (although once you add in all of the upgrades you might be looking at something like $350). The window does have narrow sightlines, which means less frames and more glass/viewable area. Alside generally seems to stand behind their work; however, the frame walls are thin, the air infiltration numbers are high (somewhere around .18) and the seals are not particularly great. Aesthetically the window is pretty plain. In general, this window is probably best left for homeowners looking to rent out their home or those looking to flip houses. The Excalibur is similar in quality and cost to the Amsco Studio Series. Read more on Amsco windows prices.
Alside Sheffield Windows
The Sheffield is also a low end vinyl window that is generally considered a poor choice for any homeowner who needs a window to perform well over many years. Many installers complain of the poor overall construction of the window, particularly the snap in sill. The window uses the same frame extrusion for all four sides, which lowers the overall strength of the frame (but reduces production costs). The Sheffield frame is a bit thicker than the Excalibur, has more chambers and has a slightly lower U-value at 0.29. However, the window gets knocked for poor seals and bad weatherstripping. It is stronger than the Excalibur, but also bulkier and not as nice looking.The Sheffield is similar in quality and cost to the Premium Vinyl Series from Jeld Wen.
Alside Ultramaxx Windows
The Ultramaxx gets mixed, but overall decent reviews from many contractor and installers. Many would deem the Ultramaxx a fair option given the right price point (and good quality installation). It still uses a pocket sill (the company refers to it as a full capture sill), which many installers point to as a poor design. Over time, water, pollen and other debris can build up and plug the inside of the frame, causing mildew and mold inside the frame. If homeowners are going to purchase Alside, we recommend the Ultramaxx. The Ultramaxx is similar in quality and cost to the Vinylmax Hyde Park Window.
Alside Mezzo Price Quote
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Patty, the Alside Mezzo quote is fair. The Sunrise quote is probably close to fair as well. The Sunrise is the much better window over the Alside Mezzo. I would say you should grab a couple more bids to see if you can't find a price quote in between what you currently have. There should be quite a few of these brands available to you in the Boston area.
Alside Mezzo Windows
I recently received the following quotes on four window replacements with some additional trim and detail work.
Alside 8000 Windows
The 8000 Series is Alside's highest grade vinyl window that uses a sloped sill and solid weatherstripping. Performance wise it has fair numbers (but certainly not great); a U-factor of 0.30, an Air Infiltration of 0.10 and an SHGC of 0.28. The 8000 Series is similar in quality and cost to the base model from Champion - explore Champion windows prices.
Alside Windows Prices From Past Customers
Alside Preservation Windows
We have a 1960s ranch style that still has the old aluminum single pane glass that definitely need to be replaced. There are 20 double hungs and 6 geometric shaped windows. The sizes are all over the place. The per window prices were $420 or $565 triple-pane. Included product and installation. I live in Ohio.
Sheffield Series (Triple Paned, Super Spacers)
Ultramaxx Series (Climatech Glass)