Simonton StormBreaker Plus Windows Reviews

The Simonton StormBreaker Plus vinyl window is the official hurricane certified window from Simonton and comes standard with a 0.90" thick glass interlayer (compare this to the 0.60" interlayer on the Simonton 9800 window). The 9800 Impressions Series is the Simonton window that can be upgraded to hurricane code compliant and might be less expensive than the StormBreaker, even with the upgrade to impact resistant. (Check with local dealers to see if the window does meet code.)

In addition to this robust glass thickness, the StormBreaker Plus also includes a steel sash reinforcement and laminated glass. The StormBreaker Plus Series should achieve a DP rating of 60 to 80, depending on the options and upgrades you select. The StormBreaker is one of the better affordable options that we recommend to consumers looking for a well made impact window, but don't want to pay $1,200 or more per window. Overall, a nice impact window offered often at a reasonable price point.

Review By Jim R. - Site Editor

Simonton StormBreaker Plus Costs

The StormBreaker Plus window prices should run $800 to $1000 fully installed. Of course, there are many factors that determine price, such as the size of the window, the number of upgrades and options selected, glass package, and requirements and type of installation. The Stormbreaker Plus window is comparable to the Stanek Ultra Extreme window or Viwinco Oceanview windows.

-- Window Itself: $550 to $750 --

-- Installation: $75 to $250 per opening --

-- Window & Installation: $800 to $1,000 --

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StormBreaker Plus Ratings

The Simonton StormBreaker Plus Series 300VL Double Hung that measures 52"W x 50"H will deliver a 0.13 scfm/ft air infiltration. With the Low-E 270 Cardinal glass package, the DH will deliver a 0.30 U-factor, 0.38 VT and 0.22 SHGC.

These performance numbers are not bad, they are pretty run of the mill for a mid range vinyl window. Upgrading to a better glass package will improve these numbers and give you better energy efficiency.

Simonton StormBreaker Warranty

The StormBreaker Plus Reflections model includes a double lifetime limited warranty on all vinyl materials, components, screens and hardware. The double lifetime means that if you were to sell your home, the next buyer gets the warranty for their lifetime as well (homeowners must notify the company in writing of the transfer). This is the standard Simonton vinyl window warranty.

The glass is covered for 20 years, although the portion covered by the company is at a prorated amount. The warranty does not cover glass breakage, laminated glass, interior laminates or factory applied coatings. As with all warranties, there are a litany of limitations and exclusions that buyers should read prior to purchase.

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Simonton Stormbreaker Plus Cost

We are looking to replace our double pane windows with hurricane windows and our “old” sliding glass door in the tampa Bay Area.

We have a quote for Simonton storm breaker plus (double hung) impact rated category 5 for $17,000 and it will take 12 to 16 weeks. The quote is for PGT win guard series (single hung) for $15,000 but it will take 35 to 40 weeks.

Would you recommend the PGT or Simonton?

Thank you in advance.

Suzann - Homeowner - April, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Suzann, I would recommend both of these brands and series. The idea that you would have to wait 35 weeks seems insane, but I have heard that PGT's lead times are pretty crazy right now (case in point). If it was me, I'd go with the Simonton option. You might want to try a bid from a Custom Windows System rep just to see how their pricing compares to the Simonton quote. Also a ViWinco quote if you really want to do some comparison shopping....these might have better lead times and possibly slightly lower price quotes.

Editor Jim R. - April, 2021

Simonton Stormbreaker Plus Cost

I live in the Tampa Bay area in a block home that was built in 1971. I plan on replacing 9 windows and one glass patio sliding door with hurricane impact. I've gotten quotes from local window companies for PGT Winguard 5510 Series Horizontal Roller Windows and Simonton StormBreaker Plus Horizontal Roller Windows. Measurements are as follows:

All companies have quoted me for vinyl frames and say how much better they are than aluminum because they don't hold in the heat or cold, however, one company said I should use aluminum which is what I have now on my single hung windows that were installed in 1993. I bought the house in 1999. I don't live near the water, but my home is on the corner and I get a lot of direct sunlight. I am concerned with how well the vinyl will hold up in the FL sun and other elements. I have a friend that has vinyl frames that are moldy and have faded to a dingy dirty color.

I believe he has Andersen windows and has had them for about 10 yrs. They were not professionally installed. The frames he's having issues with are in areas where he gets a lot of direct sunlight. Which frame do you feel is best for Florida's climate? I am aware aluminum costs more.

The quotes I received are $11,000 for Simonton and $10,620 for PGT. I was interested in the CWS Double Horizontal Roller Windows but was told they plan on discontinuing that model. I'm worried I might have issues down the road trying to get replacement parts if they discontinue that model. I liked the idea of being able to open both sides of the windows. Unfortunately, PGT and Simonton only open on one side. I am really stuck on which brand of window to go with. I've been told PGT has a lot of service calls for repairs and that Simonton uses fasteners similar to pop metal which easily break and isn't durable.

I was also told PGT is constantly improving their impact windows whereas Simonton makes small updates here and there, but nothing really significant over the years. I am also aware that Simonton has a better warranty. One sales rep told me I should have the bucking replaced and gave me a price of $89 per opening plus an extra $120 for the patio slider. When I asked another rep about it he said it would cost $35 per opening. I thought it was odd no other sales rep mentioned it and I had to bring it up. Is the re buck something I should have done?

Sorry for the long email and all the questions. This is my first time replacing windows and I am overwhelmed with what the sales reps are telling me and the research I have done. I just really need an opinion from an expert on which of the two brands is better, which type of frame is better for Florida, and if the re buck is necessary. I really appreciate any advice you can offer and I am hoping to make a decision this week. I was told pricing will increase across the board Feb 1st and I need my order placed asap. Thank you.

Joni - Homeowner - January, 2021

Website Editor's Answer

Joni, both the PGT Winguard 5510 Series and Simonton StormBreaker Plus are good, solid windows. I wouldn't put one much above the other, however I'd give the PGT the nod in terms of quality.

Vinyl in Florida is totally fine. The Andersen Silverline vinyl window is a terrible vinyl window. Non professional installation is also not smart, unless you are really good at DIY. So I'm not surprised that after ten years, your neighbor is having issues.

Aluminum is much stronger than vinyl, but much less energy efficient. A good quality vinyl window is the right call for Florida in my opinion. In really hot climates like south Texas, aluminum is probably a better option over vinyl.

I really can't tell you if you need to replace your window bucking. If you are doing full replacement windows and there is water damage to the frames, then yes that is a possibility. You really wouldn't know that unless there is visible water damage to the existing frames. If necessary, it is certainly worthwhile to have done once the window is out to insure proper water tightness in the wall.

The pricing change sounds like a scare tactic to me, but it is true that demand for home improvement projects slows in the winters and begins to ramp up as warmer weather prevails. Many window companies adjust their prices based on demand.

Editor Jim R. - January, 2021

Simonton Stormbreaker Plus vs Reflections 5500

What is the difference between 5500 reflector series and the Storm breaker model and how much should 5 Windows doublehung cost and is it worth paying the extra money . I live off the intercoastal waterway so impact or hurricane would help with 90 MPh wind from tropical storms we get . I also have a half moon window 16' by 36' the other windows are standard sizes (middle window 31'by 52') (Side Windows 23' by 52' x2 ) and front windows 36'by 60' x2 total of 5 doublehung and 1 half moon.

Shawn - Homeowner - January 16, 2017

Website Editor's Answer

Shawn, the Stormbreaker window is an impact window that uses a slightly bulkier frame and a laminated glass that protects the home from sever storms. The Reflections 5500 window is a good mid range vinyl window that does include these features. Impact windows are certainly helpful, but you can always just go with a vinyl window and board up your windows during a severe storm. I happen to think that the Stormbreaker Plus by Simonton is a good impact window at a reasonable price point (obviously depending on who you buy from).

Response From Editor John M. - January 16, 2017