You might know them better as Andersen windows, but Silverline is an Energy-Star brand seen in many new housing projects and renovations. Their products have been around for decades and customer reviews refer to 60 year-old examples still intact. While everything falls apart around them, it is possible a Silverline window will stand firm which is something I'm willing to pay for.
Silverline Windows Reviews
With any product there are good and bad reviews based on a variety of factors. While preparing to spend thousands of dollars on renovations, I follow these carefully. In the case of a Silverline product, one must look at the series a consumer is reviewing. Their products for budget-conscious consumers often receive negative comments. They might be cheaper than high-end Silverline Series 400 windows but they are not cheap; yet, they behave the same way less expensive examples behave. That's why I didn't feel inclined to really consider them: when I renovate, I want to do it once which is why I trusted Silverline in the first place. Their name is backed by generations of experience.
Costs of Windows
If you are talking about their high-end windows, customers and contractors often prefer this brand over others, even though they cost more. Comparing average prices per unit, Silverline window prices fall in step with other top-class, expensive products at $390 to $400 (about $280 for their 100 Series). More affordable to less durable windows cost around $150 to $200 per unit. That is a big jump when you consider how many windows one might install in an entire house or how many units a single bow-window structure or large living room window feature is comprised of.
But that price has to be regarded in context. Do I want to replace my windows again in ten years or less? No, these have got to last and not just structurally. When your project is finished, step back and take a good look at the subtle improvements to aesthetics, to glass quality, to the quality of frames, and the elegance of lines. Your home will rise in value, become more energy efficient, and possibly enable you to qualify for some kind of energy-saving grant.
Types of Windows
Silverline's image gallery depicts tall side, semi- and quarter-circle pieces, long and short arches, and sash windows. A product menu consists of single and double-hung sash, sliding, casement, awning, hopper, bay, and bow windows. Products are listed under headings for new construction, renovation, and impact resistance. This last heading is interesting because it points to a special feature available to customers in hurricane-threatened parts of the United States. These windows are specially reinforced to handle severe weather.
When you huddle fearfully during even an ordinary storm, you might not realize until later that you assumed your windows would withstand gales force winds, but this is an unfortunate assumption. Most windows are not designed to handle east-coast hurricanes. If I were living in Florida and my windows were HVHZ (High Velocity Hurricane Zone) by Silverline, my trust would be well placed. I am glad they are sold by many American hardware stores and distributors.