Harvey Windows Reviews
Harvey and Alside Comparison
I need new windows for my Boston home and have been looking at Alside Excalibur and Harvey Classic. I've received a quote from both, for 12 double hungs and 2 bay windows. I would have the same installer for either one, and I happen to like them. It will cost $7500 for Alside and $8700 for Harvey. Are the Harvey's worth the extra money or are they the same as Alside?
Harvey Tribute Review
Harvey has their base nearby, here in Massachusetts and they seem to be pretty popular with the locals. It's a good deal when you don't have to pay for shipping and handling. They're also pretty good quality as mid-grade windows go. There are plenty of dealers and installers in the area that work with them, so you have your options open to you. Take some time to learn about some before you decide on one. There are some other brands who have limited options of dealers and installers, which can be inconvenient if they aren't good. The Harvey Tribute is the highest-grade, but I prefer their Classic since the frame isn't as bulky as the Tribute.
Harvey and CertainTeed
I am considering either Harvey or CertainTeeds to replace my Connecticut home windows. I already have CertainTeeds in my home, some 2000 and 2003 installs. We're working on an addition to the home, so we want to make sure everything matches. I like the older windows, but I wasn't sure if their standards are the same. While I like these CertainTeeds, I was wondering if Harvey would be better now?
Harvey has really nice windows. You won't find any significant problems using them. CertainTeed, however, is lower quality. They might offer a lot of options, but this doesn't mean that they are any good.
Harvey and HiMark
I'm unsure what to make of the estimate price I received. I'm looking for 21 colonial grid, capped windows with all the features. It's going to cost me a lot, so I want the best deal possible. The estimates are as follows: Harvey Classics ($550), Simonton 5500s ($500), Okna DX400 ($585) and HiMarks DX800 ($630). Which one should I go with?
I think I would go with the HiMarks. The HiMarks800 is better than 400, but both would be better than the others. They are better in terms of design, appearance, manufacturing, energy efficiency, etc. If you decide not to go with them though, then Simonton should be the next choice. If you plan on living with these windows for some time, I'd go with the HiMarks though.
Harvey, Okna or Gorell
I'm considering some double hungs, a bay type window and slider from Harvey Tributes, all of which would cost me $8,000. The price seems like a pretty good deal, but should I look at other manufacturers like Gorell or Okna? I heard that they are nice brands, but Harvey's seems good too.
I suppose Harveys is pretty decent, but you've do better with Gorell or Okna. The price reflects the quality, really, and your installer will like it if you went with a higher quality window. It makes it easier for them to do the install since they encounter fewer issues and can get better help from customer service. So, if you can afford it now, go with the higher-end windows, but it would be okay to choose Harveys.
Harvey Tribute and Sunrise Restoration
We want to do some work on our home, specifically the windows, which means we need standard double hungs as well as small double hungs for the bathrooms, basement hoppers and even a slider. We plan on working on the upper floors for now, but in about a year we want to go with the same line for the rest. We have quotes from the following: Sunrise Restorations ($450 double hungs, $420 kitchen slider, $250 hoppers) and Harvey Tributes ($490, $450, $390 for same windows). Which should I pick?
If you go with the Sunrise, then you'd be getting a decent window. If the quote you have is for the installed price, then the deal is good too. I wouldn't put Harvey and Sunrise in the same class.
Tribute and Okna
We need to replace 35 windows in our home. Our contract wants us to go with the Harvey Tribute, but I was thinking about getting the Okna 500s or 800s instead. Their performance, looks and overall ratings seem pretty good. But, then I saw a Tribute that offered a ton of options and features. It was self-cleaning, with triple pane, grill, krypton, etc. I got a quote of $390 for the install. They have some smaller and cheaper windows as well. But, what I'm looking for more is quality. A low price is a plus, but even better if it's a quality window.
Choosing the Okna 500 would give you great windows. Harvey isn't exactly bad, but in comparison to Okna 500 they just don't stand up to the competition. The price you get is really going to depend on the dealer as well as the installer you go with. Find a dealer who can give you the best price, but don't skimp on the installer. Installers who work for less are likely to cut corners and do a bad job. You have to give a little more to get a good install. Even great windows can give you big problems if they aren't installed right.
It would be fine to get the Harvey Tribute, but it hardly compares to the Okna. With the Okna 500 you get a U-factor of .25, 50 DP structural rating and a .02 air leakage rating. The Harvey has some average numbers though, like .30 for the U-factor, 30 for DP and over 0.1 air leakage. Harvey just can't be compared.
Harvey v American Jewel
I'm thinking about going with American Jewels or with Harvey Tributes. I want to make sure they will last, of course. I talked to an American Jewel dealer who said that I'd have to go with a slider for one of my windows since they don't offer casements in the size I need, which is 36'' by 45''.
Harvey would be the better choice whichever way you look at it; quality products, good service, all of it.
I would be concerned if a window company found it necessary to limit the casement width like they have. You should go with something other than American Jewel that has better quality for a similar price. Harvey is a little better, but not the greatest out theres. If you're willing to pay more up front for a well-made window, it's going to last you longer and have less issues. The higher price also comes with customer service, just in case.