Silverline Windows Reviews
Read 13 Silverline windows reviews from contractors, installers and consumers on the V1 series, V3 series, and the Coastal Watch collection. Explore the cost of Silverline windows here.
Our Editor's Silverline Window Review
Anderson Silverline Windows are sold mostly in big box stores such as Home Depot and Lowes. Silverline was purchased by Anderson some years back as a way into the vinyl window market, which was rapidly becoming a big portion of the window and door space. The reason for the acquisition was that vinyl was a lower cost alternative to wood clad windows and a more energy efficient option to the older aluminum windows.
Silverline V1 Series
The V1 series is the entry level Silverline vinyl window that comes in a slimmer frame than the V3. While this will provide more glass area, but consumers will lose out on energy efficiency. The window is offered in a simple beveled frame design. The series is available as a double hung, single hung, horizontal slider, as well as a sliding patio door.
Silverline V3 Series
The Silverline V3 window comes in a slightly thicker frame than the V1 and will achieve overall better energy efficiency. The V3 also includes a few little upgrades, as well as more color options, and comes as a colonial brick mould frame design.
Silverline Window Quality
The V1 and V3 Anderson Silverline Window series are generally considered builder grade vinyl windows (basically lower end vinyl windows.) They are sold to retailers in the big box stores and many consumers may think they are a quality product based on the Anderson name and reputation. However, for most consumers looking to maximize the long term value of their windows, the Anderson Silverline V3 and V1 series is not your best bet. Having said that, they a decent option for a rental property or for a house flip.
Silverline Window Parts
I have been looking on line for some instructional videos on how to replace the top sash tilt latches, left and right, but I haven't found any. SwisCo presented a video for replacing the top sash tilt latches but the top sash was a different construction than mine. Theirs had a U-shaped cover over the top of the sash which also overhung the sash sides. A screw ran thru the sash side and into the latch, thereby holding the latches in place and the top sash to the window frame. In addition, the cover was friction coupled to the sash top. The latch screws were removed, and then they used a small mallet and wooden block parallel to the glass and under the U cover to knock the cover off the sash top. Then the latches were slid out of the sash. I don't have that.
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Percy, try swisco.com for parts
Andersen Silverline Bid
We live in Moline Illinois and need a recommendation on mid range vinyl windows and doors. A few years ago we replaced a window with a vinyl window that our contractor recommended and it just seems cheap.
[Site Editor's Answer]
Mike, the Alside Mezzo is an okay window, but not one of my favorites. The Sliverline is not a very good window, unless we are talking the 9500 series with a couple of upgrades and even then I'm not so sure I would recommend it. Andersen makes good windows, but not the Silverline brand. The Anderson 100 series is a good window for the price and is usually available at one of the big box stores like Home Depot.
Silverline 2900 Window Review
I just had a bunch of Silverline 2900 series windows put into my home and they are really poor quality. There is condensation over the locks and across the entire window. I've had the installer out like 4 times already to replace several of the windows that have a variety of issues, from air getting in to poor seals. I'm really not sure whether the problem is the installation or the windows themselves, the installer of course blames Silverline and says we got a poor quality batch. I'm really at a loss.
It sounds like its probably the windows. Where did you buy them from? Have the installer speak with the rep he used and have them comes out and take a look. It's too early in the game for you to be having these sorts of problems. Having said that, the Silverline 2900 window is really not considered a very good vinyl window and you are going to eventually have air infiltration issues, they just should have taken longer to show up.
Silverline Window Advice
I have been looking at Simonton and Softlite, both of which look good. The problem is that they are a little on the expensive side for my budget. I do like Silverline windows and was wondering what part of these windows would be considered substandard. They seem to have a good glass package with low e glass and an argon fill. What are the mechanical side of these windows like?
The Silverline windows use a low grade vinyl, where the Simonton and Softlite both use a high grade vinyl. This means the Silverline windows are not made particularly well which leads to air leakage. Overall I think they look very cheap. I wouldn't recommend Silverline for a home you intend living in, but they are good enough for a rental property. I am sure you will be able to get a cheap Silverline estimate, also bear in mind that if you go with Silverline you will probably need to replace them more quickly than with the better vinyl window companies. In terms of energy efficiency, design and performance, then look at the HiMark or OKNA windows.
Anderson Silverline Windows or Gorell
I am replacing nine windows and my contractor has recommended I use Anderson Silverline windows. I am really nervous because all the reviews I have read have been very poor for these particular windows. I saw the Gorell windows and know they also have their fair share of bad reviews. I live in a small townhouse and I need a standard window that is double hung. All I want is a window that works properly, I am not asking for too much. Any advice is appreciated.
The problems I have noticed with Silverline, especially the 8500 series is the installation. I have had so many clients telling me they hate the Silverline windows they had installed in the past because they leak. But the truth is that these windows need to be installed properly to reduce air leakage. I would recommend you pay a little more and go with Gorell or Softlite, they are both good quality windows and you'll like their slim frame.
If you are looking at other windows, be prepared to pay a little more for them. That being said, this is also down to your contractor having access to good pricing in your area. With nine windows you should be looking at less than $600 for the nine. When you start looking at low quality windows, you always tend to land up with low quality contractors, resulting in a poor performing window which needs to be replaced much sooner than it should have.
Silverline 8500 Series Reviews
I recently received an estimate from an installation company for Silverline 8500 / 8700. I don't know the quality of the windows, but the price was impressive. For eleven windows the estimate came in at $2,500 plus an additional $2,500 for installation, giving me a total of $5,000. I am just wondering what the quality is like, because this price seems too good to be true.
Be aware that Silverline is considered on the lower end of low quality windows, they are on a par with American Craftsman. Basically these windows both use poor quality vinyl, it may surprise you, but not all vinyl is good quality. I would only recommend you use these windows if you are going to sell your property within the next few months. If you are going to live in the property keep looking, because the Silverline will be leaking air within two years and you will need to replace them, costing you even more money in the long run.
Silverline Windows Complaint
Twelve years ago, we purchased the Silverline windows for our new home. A local installer recommended the Silverline saying they were good quality and offered a lifetime warranty. Based on his recommendation we went ahead, putting in twenty eight Silverline windows. We paid to have all the extras, the low-E glass, the argon fill and even the internal grates. I wasn't impressed when they arrived, they looked like basic replacements, but I kept my hopes up based on the recommendations I had received.
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