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Page Last Updated in July 2014

Vinylmax Edison or the Simonton 5050

How does Simonton 5050 compare with Vinylmax Edison? I am so confused about comparisons and feeling overwhelmed.

Marbel - Homeowner - from 2017

Editor's Reply

Marbel, the Vinylmax Edison is the better window. No question about it. It is a very solid mid range vinyl window.

Steve - Site Editor - from 2017

Mary's Response

Tommy, the contractor who uses Simonton for most installs is willing to install the Vinylmax Edison but said we should consider that Vinylmax is small company that may go out of business and then we would have no warranty or replacements parts. Do you agree?

Marbel - Homeowner - from 2017

Editor's Reply

Marbel, I certainly understand the concern that they are a smaller manufacturer, but they do make a better window (with the Edison compared to the Simonton 5050). In term of whether or not they will close up shop and you will be left hanging in the wind, I would point out that the company has been in business since 1982, which is not forever, but it's long enough that they have a track record. With the great recession some years back, we saw a number of window manufacturers go the way of the Dodo and consumers got burned for sure. Vinylmax weathered that economic downturn and I would say they are not at great risk for closing anytime soon.

Steve - Site Editor - from 2017

Vinylmax v Sunrise & Polaris

My wife and I bought a home near Minneapolis and the windows are basically shot. I have four quotes so far on 10 big windows.

1. New Windows For America would install Vinylmax Easton with a triple pane glass for $10,600.

2. Great Lakes Windows would install Sunrise windows, I think there standard window frame for $10,700.

3. Universal Windows Direct would install a Polaris window with a uniShield Plus glass package for $10,925.

4. Final company which I cna't remember sells the Soft-Lite Element and they offered a "free" triple pane upgrade - they all came in at $16K and then I told him the ballpark price of the other he dropped it to $13K.

I have my own opinions on who to go with but would like to see what everyone else thinks.

Dave - Homeowner - 2014

[Contractor Reply]

The Soft-Lite seller seems like he is a wheeler dealer, which would make me a little wary, but the Element is the best window of the group by far. The Sunrise is probably second (an upgrade to the Verde or Restorations would be much closer to the Elements), the Polaris is a decent window and the Vinylmax is a step below this. If you trust the SL seller and can get it for $13K or a bit lower, that is probably your best bet.

Gerry - Installer - from 2014

[2nd Contractor Reply]

I would agree that the Element is the best window. Check their website and see if you can find an Elements LS dealer near you to see what price he or she would give you. Those prices seem high, $1000 plus per window - seems like you should be able to get those numbers down a bit.

Johnathon - Contractor - from 2014

Vinylmax v Ply Gem

I have been considering both Plygem and the Vinylmax. Vinylmax seems like the better choice so far, with a stronger build, nice welds and a much longer warranty. Plygem has a 25 year warranty, while Vinylmax's is a lifetime. I'd have to pay $60 more per window for the Vinylmax though, and I'm still not sure if that extra amount is really worth it. I don't have any issues paying that much unless it's a waste.

Max - Past Customer - 2012

[Contractor Reply]

Do you know what the number ratings are for each window? You'll want to look at those in order to determine if it's worth buying. Take a look at SHGC, DP, U-value and AI. I'm not familiar with Vinylmax, while I'm familiar with Plygems. Vinylmax seems to have good features, but I do feel more comfortable with Plygem since a familiar company is someone I'm more likely to trust. Also, Plygem does have lifetime warranties.

Horace - Installer - 2012

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