The Best Replacement Window Brands: My Top 4 Picks


Are you overdue for a window replacement?


If you don’t know where to start, choosing the best window replacement brands for your house can seem overwhelming. It’s a big investment and you want to get it right the first time.


Luckily, you don’t need to be an expert, because your local window installation professional at Mr. Windows is here to help you make that choice.


When I’m looking for a window that needs to perform flawlessly for the next 20 years I always go with a brand that has proven results and years of experience.


I’m going to lay out my picks for best window replacement brands, why I picked them, and tell you what they bring to the table. These are the brands we offer that bring the best value, durability, and style for your money.


Houston, We Have Some Options


Local knowledge makes the difference!

Because choosing the best window replacement brands in Houston is going to be different than in another part of the country, having a local window expert weigh in can help you avoid a costly mistake, which might have done well elsewhere.

Making the right choice here in Houston means years of comfort, much lower energy bills, and very low maintenance. The wrong choice can mean high maintenance and the real possibility of having to replace the windows again in a short period of time.


On to Our Top Picks:

In our experience, these are the four brands which offer our customers the very best in performance and value for Houston residents:


Marvin Windows

Average Price: $ 1,700 installed

Material/Frames: Wood Clad, Ultrex Fiberglass


Marvin Windows are made-to-order, to the exact specifications provided by your installer.


Marvin offers customers the full range of finishes and appearances. Whether it’s the traditional feel of real wood you’re looking for, or the strength and low-maintenance of fiberglass, Marvin Windows will deliver.


Not only that, but Marvin’s two primary series – their Marvin, and their Integrity series – both deliver superior energy efficiency, keeping the Houston heat out of your home while letting the light in. This helps your home stay cool and comfortable and keeps and your air conditioning bills nice and low.


An innovative industry leader with more than 40 patents to their name, you can understand why Mr. Windows is a big fan of Marvin Windows.


In addition to their wood clad products, Marvin’s extremely durable extruded aluminum substrate is significantly stronger than roll-form aluminum. As part of the Marvin Series, Marvin Clad stands up to the AAMA 2605 70% PVDF standard with a finish that is extremely durable and is unlikely to fade in any weather conditions.


As part of the Integrity series, their patented Ultrex® fiberglass outperforms and outlasts vinyl, roll-form aluminum, and other fiberglass composites, enduring all that mother nature throws at them, without showing age or wear.


Andersen Windows

Average Price: $ 1,650 installed

Material/Frames: Wood Clad, Fibrex Fiberglass


Andersen have been manufacturing windows and doors for over 100 years; you could say they’re getting pretty good at it! Andersen’s unbeatable value, environmental responsibility, energy efficiency, refined looks, and range of colors make them a favorite of both Mr. Windows and our customers.


Andersen Windows’ 100 Series of windows is the most popular option among our customers. Twice as strong as vinyl, this series is engineered with Fibrex® composite material for durability, sustainability, and energy-efficiency, and it’s all wrapped up in a budget-friendly package. 


The Andersen E-Series – made of wood, with an aluminum exterior – gives you unlimited possibilities, as far as creating your own look and style. You can customize not only the style of your windows, but their size and color as well. With 50 standard colors, nine interior stains, 7 true anodized exterior finishes, 11 interior pre-finished options and a variety of wood options, it’s incredible that this series lives up to Andersen’s environmentally responsible standards.


Alside Windows

Average Price: $750 installed

Material/Frames: Vinyl

Cost: Best Value


In Houston, vinyl windows provide advantages when it comes to handling our challenging climate. Alside’s Mezzo Windows give Houston residents everything they could possibly want: they meet stringent ENERGY STAR® requirements while offering an elegant, Narrowline construction that ensures maximum daylight visibility. The Mezzo Window Series offers the latest in window technology, with airtight insulation layers and multi-level stripping to help minimize temperature changes. A hidden screen track also contributes to the visual appeal of this window.


Energy efficient and beautiful: just two reasons why Mr. Windows offers Alside windows to its clients.


On the other hand, Alside’s Sheffield Fusion-Welded Vinyl Windows provide an ultra-premium, custom-made window. These windows offer a superior, extremely energy-efficient construction that adds up to greater energy savings and lower utility bills.


Structurally very strong, the Sheffield range’s fusion-welded frames offer industry-leading strength and create a permanent barrier against air and moisture infiltration. Sheffield Windows are also covered by Alside’s impressive Lifetime Limited Warranty, for complete peace of mind.


Pella Windows

Average Price: $1,200 installed

Material/Frames: Vinyl


Pella generates hundreds of very positive reviews for its quality products. Continued customer satisfaction with this product is a primary reason that Mr. Windows offers them to our customers.


Pella provides an impressive range of vinyl window styles, including triple-paned options. If you’re looking for awning, casement, sliding, double-hung, or single-hung windows, Pella’s got them.


Pella Windows has a  selection of high performing, low-maintenance fiberglass windows that can have the beautiful look of actual wood. Their durable, patented fiberglass composite is able to withstand the extreme temperature changes in Houston, making this an ideal choice for rough weather areas. This durability also contributes to them being highly energy efficient.


The Pella Impervia Series by Pella is widely popular with people who want the most durable windows. Created with their patented Duracast® fiberglass composite, and a performance grade of up to PG50, these five-layered engineered windows are some of the strongest on the market.



4 Great Choices


So, there you have it: in our opinion, these are the best window replacement brands money can buy. When it comes to window installation, Houstonians who chose one of these options should be very happy with their purchase, both in the short-term and in the long run.


Need Help Deciding?

Finding it difficult to choose between various brands? We understand. Choosing the best replacement windows in Houston can be daunting, and it’s not always easy to know where to start. That’s why it’s always important to speak with an experienced Houston window installation professional before making your choice.

Author: Luis Colon
Luis Colon helps home-owners improve their homes with quality home improvement products and services. Highly regarded as a home improvement expert, he is setting a new standard for how to provide reliable service at a fair price. As General Manager of The Mr.Home Services family of brands, he oversees the daily operation of Mr.Windows & Doors and Mr.Steamer Carpet & Tile cleaning.