PGT 5500 Series Windows Reviews

PGT Windows and Doors is a Florida based manufacturer that sells both vinyl and aluminum huricane windows and non hurricane windows. They enjoy quite a solid reputation for quality products in the gulf and Florida regions.

The PGT 5500 and 5400 window is part of the company's WinGuard vinyl impact window series and is specifically the single hung model. It is a nice looking model, with clean design lines and nice corner welds. The 5500 series includes a number of features such as a a constant force and spiral balance system, a SecureConnect and SnapLock auto locking system, an embedded tilt latch, a tilt sash and a beveled meeting rail.

The PGT 5500 series can be ordered in a number of different glass options, including laminated or tempered glass for true impact resistance. The window comes in a variety of exterior frame colors, including anodized, beige, brick red, bronze, hunter green, and pebble khaki - most of these can only be ordered, however, in the woodgrain or white interior. Homeowners can also choose from the following interior frame colors: dark oak, bronze, beige, natural oak and natural cherry.

The 5500 single hung is a straight forward, clean looking single hung impact window that many consumers will find a good entry level option. In fact, the model is one of our selections for the best impact windows on the market. PGT windows is a regional manufacturer located in Florida and typically has distributors along the gulf states, as well as the coastal south.
The PGT 5500 Window Series gets a 4.2 out of 5 star rating.

Review By John M. - Site Editor - Updated In 2023

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PGT 5500 Window Prices

The PGT 5500 and 5400 series should run somewhere in the $650 to $850 fully installed. That's a pretty large price range and this is going be based on two main factors: the size and type of PGT window, and the installation requirements.

Retrofit installation is the least expensive and easier option, while full frame installation is the more labor intensive and expensive method. The 5500 is comparable to other quality impact windows such as the Simonton 9800 window and Stanek Impact windows.

-- Window Itself: $500 to $600 --

-- Installation: $150 to $250 per opening --

-- Fully Installed: $650 to $850 --

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PGT 5500 Window Ratings

The 5500 series with low-e glass and no grids should deliver a U-factor of 0.33, SHGC of 0.32, and VT of 0.55.

We were surprised that the numbers here weren't lower and/or better than they were (this data came directly from the website). However, the window still feels sturdy and well made in our estimation.

PGT 5500 Windows Warranty

The PGT window warranty includes a lifetime guarantee on the vinyl frame and sash, as well as a lifetime provision on all hardware, moving parts and screens. Insulated glass is covered for 25 years, after which the company covers half of the replacement cost. Laminated glass is covered for 10 years and stress cracks are covered for a single year. Color frame finishes are covered for 10 years as well.

Consumers should read this 2 page warranty in its entirety to explore the limitations and exclusions that are included in the 5500 series warranty.

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PGT 5500 Series Windows Reviews

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I am in Florida and am remodeling and replacing 8 windows, 2 doors, 2 sliders that are all impact rated. I have a quote for the PGT 5500 series from West Coast Windows and Doors.

Slider 1 opening 144"x 80": $8292 4 panel, 2 track
Slider 2 opening 108" x 80" : $6477.00 3 panel, 3 track
Horizontal roller windows: 72"x61" x2 at $1856 each $3,612 total
Mull Bars: $230
Horizontal: 72x61 $1500
Horizontal : 68x 48" $1400
Horizontal: 106" x 49" $2059 3 panel with 2 ends that open/stationary middle
Horizontal:38"x 26" with privacy glass $686
Horizontal: 104" x 24" $1678
Horizontal: 67" x 48" $1500

I also want to replace two side doors:

Therma-Tru 31" x 80" with interior shade $2579
Therma-Tru 31" x80" with half glass $1625
Both are impact rated

The install for the sliders: $6500

The install for the doors $1600 total

All together: $41,000

Can you advise me on this?

Christie - Homeowner - June- 2023

Website Editor's Answer

Hi Christie, in all honesty, I can't tell you whether that price is high or not. It does seem high at first glance, but those sliding doors involve some heavy lifting for sure. Impact windows cost in general are pretty steep. If this were my project, I would get additional bids and that will tell you how other local companies view the project and what their project bid will be. (As well as timeline, etc.) This is the only true way to know whether the cost is excessive or not -- plus if you like the PGT, but you have a lower bid, you can ask the PGT dealer to match the bid -- this often, but not always, works.

I would get a bid on the Custom Window Systems Windpact series, as well as the Simonton Stormbreaker -- both of these brands should have reps that service your area code. Collect these bids and then let's take another look at how they all stack up.

Editor John - June, 2023

PGT 5500 Series Windows Reviews

I'm currently waiting for bids from on the PGT 5500 series and Marvin Essential or Elevate fiberglass series. Their representative was persistent on choosing PGT 5400 series. He also mentioned due to my home being stucco it can led to an additional $500 - $700 per window to prep for installation. Click for all of our picks on the best fiberglass windows.

I informed him at the start that I want Marvin Essential and he said Marvin Element maybe a better choice due to Marvin essential window didn't have a nail fin. He also said they just hired a stucco guy and he may take a week to get back to me with the fiberglass estimate. I took his words a an attempt to markup the fiberglass window price but I was firm not paying $2500 plus per window.

I will research choices you listed and forward you estimates upon receipt.

Randy - Homeowner - April, 2023