Simonton VantagePointe Windows Reviews
Simonton VantagePointe windows are a specialty window from Simonton that are sold exclusively at Home Depot. The VantagePointe comes in a number of glass packages and standard features that each have a Series number, so for instance the 6100 Series is the lower end option, while the 6300 is the mid range and the 6500 series is the best glass package and standard options available. The VantagePoint window can be ordered in a number of styles, including a double hung, single hung, geometric, bow, garden, awning, end vent slider, casement, bay, picture and slider window.
Some of the features that come standard on the VantagePoint window include dual air locks, tilt latches, a deep beveled sash, tilt in sashes, coil balance system, and extruded lift rails. The window is available in a number of different and interesting interior frame colors that includes white, driftwood, tan, contemporary oak, maple, amber oak, and cherry. Exterior frame colors include white, tan, cream, pine, driftwood, chocolate, bronze, and brick.
The VantagePoint window is an okay window, nothing fancy or special, but it has decent performance numbers and ratings. The issue I have is with HD installation. They subcontract out all of their work and have a revolving door of installers that come and go depending on the season, how busy they are, etc. So how is any homeowner supposed to trust the quality of the install with this set up? If you are going to purchase the VantagePointe directly from Home Depot, I would recommend finding an installer that you trust and with some good references and reviews under their belt.
Review By Jim R. - Site Editor
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Simonton 6500 vs. Reliabilt 3900
Hello, I Live In Columbus, Indiana. I have two bids for two bedroom windows (including installation)
1. Lowes: Reliabilt 3900 for $635 each
2. Home Depot: Simonton 6500 for $1000 each
I have read that you like Simonton better but is it worth given the difference in price.
Thank you very much
Bryce - Homeowner - December, 2019
Website Editor's Answer
The Simonton 6500 is definitely the better of the two windows. Paying $1000 a window for a Simonton is pretty insane. I’d get some independent bids if I were you to compare prices. Here is my “guide” to getting good bids in your local area.
Google "Simonton windows in Cleveland, Ohio" (if you don't live in Cleveland, use your specific city and state) and see what local companies come up who carry the following recommended brands. Sunrise, Okna, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Kensington, Vytex, and Zen.
Editor Jim R. - December, 2019
Simonton 6100 and 6500 Windows
I have been working with Home Depot on 6100 and 6500 series windows. With install, and no color changes; the 6100 was $9,250, while the 6500 $10,800. the 6500 with Energy Star was $11.350. When we add color to the 6500, the quote was $14,000 without energy star. Install is quoted at 1,500 for the 10 openings, some are sliders and others are casement.
Although, until measurements occur he couldn't tell me the additional cost due to the full frame replacement being necessary; he estimated $3,000. The sales rep said that we were better off without energy star because the default window was more efficient, which seemed counter-intuitive to me, thoughts? I live in south eastern New England.
Are there other options with these windows to consider; different spaces, etc?
In case it makes a difference and you have the time to read this, the window sizes are:
(1) 112 x 40 - three panel slider
(1) 112 x 51 - three panel slider
(2) 55 x 47 - two panel slider
(2) 47 x 40 - two panel slider
(2) 27 x 48 - single casement
(1) 19 x 39 - single casement
(1) 36 x 36 - single casement
The labor seems reasonable to me -- not that I know much at $149 per window
Jason - Homeowner - October, 2019
Website Editor's Answer
Jason, the bottom line is that's quite a bit of money for the Simonton 6000 series from HD. If this were my project, I'd search for some more bids to see what else is out there, including a Simonton dealer. I'm not saying the price is unreasonable, but I would want to compare it to other bids before I paid $1000 a window for a VantagePointe. I think there is a better deal out there.
I'd look to see if there are some local companies who sell Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Okna, Polaris, or Kensington.
The labor is totally reasonable. Three panel sliders can be expensive, but the casements and two panel sliders from HD in the Simonton VantagePointe should be in the $250 to $350 range for the window only I would think.
Editor John M. - October, 2019
Simonton 6500 Vantage Point vs Daylight MAX
Got quotes for Vantage Pointe 6500 and 6100 windows. Difference in price is about $800.
Other than the warranty (double-lifetime, versus single-lifetime for the 6500 v. 6100) and double strength (6500) versus single strength(6100) glass, is there much difference between the two windows?
The differences the sales rep mentioned seem mostly cosmetic and the performance numbers, from searching on-line, seem nearly identical.
I understand HD uses subs and other windows might be more competitive.
My question is specific to these two products.
In short, is there something I'm missing as to why the pricing is different.
Gene - March, 2016
Website Editor's Answer
Gene, I believe you (and the sales rep) summed up the differences between the two windows well. Warranty, a few features, minor performance data, and a few little cosmetic differences. All of these add up to a nicer window...but by how much? Apparently in your case, $800. So is the 6500 worth it? Tough to say, it would be to me because I tend to think of these things over the life of the window - how are my windows going to "perform" and function over the next 20 years.
Unfortunately, I can't answer the question for you. There isn't that much difference between the two windows, but the differences over the long term probably add up to the extra cost of the 6500 series.
Editor Jim R. - March, 2016