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Check out available Alside window reviews with exclusive insight and opinions from past customers as well as installers on models like the Excalibur and Sheffield. Visit our Alside window pricing page to learn more about costs and prices.

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Alside Mezzo vs. Ideal PerfectFit Energy

Hi Tom, I've gotten several quotes for replacing 7 windows (5 sliders, 2 casement) and a sliding patio door. I'm pretty lost about the quality of the windows offered and was hoping you might be able to provide some guidance.

Quote 1: Anderson Renewal
$19000 - this is way out of bed with the other ones and not an option, budget wise.

Quote 2: Ideal PerfectFit Energy Green, Buckingham Eco-Series 1000 door

Quote 3: Advanced Window Systems (they make their own?)

Quote 4: Alside Mezzo ClimaTech ThermD iE glass, Alside 6100 door

Quote 5: Castle Windows (they make their own?)

What are your thoughts on these quotes? Obviously the Mezzo is attractive, price-wise. It is hard to understand why it is so much cheaper than everything else. The specs on the window seem roughly the same as the Ideal PerfectFit.


Ed - Homeowner - from 2018

Editor's Reply

Ed, you are right that the Alside quote is so low compared to the others. I tend to think that the Mezzo window and 6100 door are both decent mid range vinyl windows. Is that good enough for your purposes? If the answer is yes, then that's what you should go with. I would probably see if I could add an upgrade or two (whatever they recommend) to try and up the energy efficiency of the doors or windows. Perhaps a composite lift rail, glass package upgrade etc. My second pick would be the Ideal PerfectFit Energy Green window and door combination.

Tom - Site Editor - from 2018

Vista Windows vs. Alside

I got quotes for Vista windows versus Alside Windows. There are 4 windows total. The following are the ratings and quotes. Can you help me understand what?s the better deal?

Quote: $2,945
U-factor .21
SHGC .16
VT 34%
AI .06

Quote: $2,766
U-factor .23
SHGC .24
VT 39%
AI .04

Thanks, in advance!

Tim - Homeowner - from 2017

Editor's Reply

Tim, I personally think Vista makes a better window than Alside. But those Alside numbers are pretty impressive. I don't love the design of the Mezzo, so I think I would have to advise going with the Vista on the face of it. However, I would say these two windows are pretty similar in terms of quality and craftsmanship.

I would personally turn to the quality of the installer and company doing the job as the deciding factor here. Check out online reviews, check with the BBB, and see what your gut tells you after speaking with both of them. Companies that use a bunch of slick advertising or high pressure sales are often the ones who won't be there for you come year 8 when something does go wrong with your windows. They're too busy trying to con the next consumer!

Tom - Site Editor - from 2017

Alside Window vs. Alpine

Both Alpine and Alside are under Associated Windows ownership. The designs and specs differ between each and I'm not too familiar with the Alpine line. Alside is a reasonable quality for being a product of low to mid-grade level. They have no pretenses of being the best or close to premium. There are rumors about discrepencies in service and warranties being honored, but you can't be sure of the truth. My personal experience has always been relatively fine with Alside.

Warren - Installer - 2012

Guaranteed Satisfaction When Choosing Alside

The best quote I was able to get on my windows was with my third try at Window World. My condo windows needed replacing, and I've been impressed with the change since I did. Outside noise is significantly less, it doesn't get cold with the bed right next to the window anymore so the sealing it great. There are a lot of similarities between these and the Alside Excalibur. Both a good enough, but aren't super fancy, great for smaller budgets and great for mild weather areas. I wouldn't recommend it for harsh weather environments, but other than that they have a decent appearance and even a lifetime warranty. The contractors we used did a great job, working fast and they didn't even leave a mess behind. Very professional.

David - Past Customer from California - 2011

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Alside Berkshire Review

Is the Revere Berkshire window good? I got a bid from a company that said they were running a special and offering 1/3 if I signed up that week and used the Berkshire. I'm a little confused what to do since it sounds like a good deal and the window looked pretty good to me.

Don - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

The Revere Berkshire is identical to the Alside Excalibur window. Revere buys the windows from Alside and slaps their brand sticker on it - not uncommon in the window industry. The Excalibur is Alside's most popular and best selling window, but honestly is not a very good window. There are much much better windows out there for $50 per window more than you will pay for the Berkshire. The whole 1/3 discount today thing is a common trick in the industry and you should be very wary of any company that

Barry - Contractor - from 2011

Excalibur or the Silverline 9500 Series

Which one does everyone prefer: the Silverline 9500 series or the Excalibur? I'm looking to replace my windows, and I want some opinions on it. Are there any other series that I should consider?

Waldo - Past Customer - 2010

[Response to Question]

This depends mainly on your situation. Your two choices are fine if you plan on just flipping or renting out, but there are better options out there if you one something you can live with. There's Softlite windows, Okna, Gorells, Sunrise, Simonton, PGT and Great Lakes. You could do a lot better with one of those. If you have reasons for choosing between those two, though, I would go with the 9500 over the Excalibur.

Jim - Installer - 2010

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Excalibur Window Product Opinion

In comparison to all the windows I've seen out there (a lot), the Alside Excalibur doesn't make the grade. It's an ill made design and the manufacturing is lowsy. The key complaint for these windows is the air infiltration. Official testing hasn't shown very good results, and real-life installations are an even bigger nightmare. The design is not only poor, but the manufacturer does a bang up job of making them even worse during the building process. This does not get my recommendation at all.

Thomas - Industry Professional - 2010

Proper Installation Is Key

After personally working with several Alside Excalibur windows over the years, it's easy for me to recommend them as one of the best. Aesthetic appeal is high, and they have a sturdy build as well as price. Don't think for a second that the manufacturer is more important than the dealer or installer, because they are not. Customer service is very important when you're in the market for new windows. Even if you end up with a sub-par window, quality installation can extend their life. Improper installation leaves you with a window filled with problems like leaking, noise and more. Bad installations can even cause your warranty to be voided, so be careful when you choose.

Derek - Installer from California - 2009

Adding My Opinion

All of my windows were replaced with Alsides five years ago. Despite the extreme heat of Washington, DC summers and then the extreme winter cold, we haven't experienced any problems. No drafts, no cold spots. This is definitely greatly thanks to our installer, who did a great job. They discussed insulation with us and we ended up with foam around each windows with aluminum cladding on the exterior to help. Our experience with them was really good.

Richard - Past Customer - 2009

Issues With Sheffield Design

After years of installing windows, I've seen plenty of Alside Sheffield's and I hate the look. They just look really cheap. There's no sloped sill, which is what you typically see on better designs out there. Instead, you see equal vinyl extrusions on every side, which is just done to save money and take shortcuts. Many customers will overlook this or not take it into consideration, so they tend to buy this design anyway.

Another issue I have with Sheffield is the poorly made handle. It tends to stress the glass due to the placement. Good quality windows will have the handle installed in the sash rail instead. With this, it's just cheap and ugly.

Heather - Installer - 2008

Alside vs. Maritech

Personally, the price isn't what I'm really looking at. If I like a window, the price isn't going to stop me from getting it. But I got 4 quotes, and they were all so different it's just confusing. The first quote was the lowest, for $399 each. The next guy was from Alside and quoted $799. Maritech windows came out and estimated $1400 - $1600, but he kept mentioning different discounts and special deals if I would sign right away. It was hard to even get him to leave, I wasn't about to buy from him. The last person who came out said it would be $3200 a window! I'm about ready to give up and just keep the old ones a little longer.

Whalen - Homeowner in Denver - from 2008

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