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 Ply Gem Replacement Windows


Ply Gem features a full line of replacement windows, each designed and engineered to meet the specific operational needs for your home window project. A variety of window styles, shapes, operation, color, and other features are available in the contractor, pro, and premium Ply Gem window series. Because Ply Gem windows are designed to meet the needs of the regions where they are sold, not all windows are available in all regions. Ply Gem is a top window manufacturer and brand in the replacement window industry.

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Ply Gem Vinyl Windows

Ply Gem offers new vinyl windows with many different window type options for your replacement window needs. They offer all of the window types listed below with Low-E glass add on options and also offer a competitive window warranty with each new home window.

  • Single Hung Windows
  • Awning Windows
  • Casement Window
  • Combination Windows
  • Fixed Windows
  • Garden Window
  • Geometric & Radius Windows
  • Sliding Glass Windows
  • Sliding Glass Patio Doors

Ply Gem Vinyl Window Warranty:

  • Limited Lifetime
  • 2 Year Glass Breakage
  • 25 Year Transferability
  • Optional Lifetime Glass Breakage
  • 25 Year Multi- Family

Energy Efficient Options:

  • Low-E Glass

Ply Gem Wood Windows

Ply Gem has a line of replacement wooden windows that offer a traditional look for your home. Wooden windows are energy efficient, come in tons of popular window styles, and last a very long time. However, Ply Gem wood windows will need to be properly maintained overtime in order to avoid having to repair your windows early on.

Ply Gem Aluminum Windows

  • Fixed Windows
  • Geometric & Radius Windows
  • Single Hung Aluminum Windows
  • Sliding Glass Windows

Aluminum Window Warranty:

  • 20 Year Glass

Energy Efficient Options:

  • Low-E Glass with SC & Argon
  • Energy Star Rating
  • Title 24

Ply Gem Window Prices

  • Ply Gem’s average window prices range from low to mid tier levels. If you were to install a mid-tier Ply Gem double hung wood window from the Pro Series you could expect to pay around $450 in total installation costs. 

Ply Gem Casement Windows

Ply Gem casement windows are one of their best selling replacement window options. They are popular window installation choices due to their high energy efficiency and ease of operation. A casement window provides excellent ventilation and works well in areas where homeowners desire an unobstructed view outside.wallside-casement-windows

  • Crank design: Ply Gem casement windows are similar to awning windows in that they are single pane windows which open using a cranking mechanism. Awning windows are hinged at the top, opening from the bottom outwards.  Ply Gem offers affordable casement windows that are hinged on one side, and open outwards from the opposite side.


Ply Gem Garden Windows

Ply Gem garden windows offer increased light and ventilation for your home. A Ply Gem garden window angles outward from theWhite garden window home, providing exceptional natural light and shelf space for plants and flowers. Because they extend out from the home, garden windows should not be installed near walkways.

Ply Gem Double Hung Windows

Ply Gem double hung windows allow both the upper and lower sash of the window to move up and double hung windowsdown. The movable sashes both tilt inward allowing for easy cleaning of the exterior panes. On twin and triple units, homeowners can choose integral mulls for enhanced performance and a polished finish for their double-hung window.



Ply Gem Single Hung Windows

A Ply Gem single hung window installation option is a classic replacement window that allows for the bottom window sash to open upward and can most often be tilted in and outward for each cleaning and maintenance.


Ply Gem Bay Windows

Ply Gem vinyl bay windows can be customized to suit your needs and design preference. Ply Gem bay or bow windows are very stylish, open up a room, and are incredibly energy efficient as well as maintenance free.

Ply Gem Sliding Windows

  • Design: Ply Gem sliding replacement windows have two or three sashes placed side-by-side. Both sashes of the 2-lite configuration slide left or right to open. The outside sashes of the 3-lite configurations slide left or right to open, while the middle sash remains stationary.Wallside-end-vent-sliding-window
  • Increased ventilation and a better view: Sliding windows allow homeowners an unobstructed view, while giving them control over the ventilation of their home.
  • Weather-resistant: The tight seals on the sliding windows make them weatherproof and energy efficient.

Whats the Difference Between Ply Gem Window Series? 

Ply Gem has created three lines of replacement windows, each meant to meet the specific needs of both homeowners and contractors and their unique home projects. The Contractor, Pro, and Premium Series are each available in traditional or custom sizes. Some windows are not available in certain regions, so it’s best to call ahead or consult their website to ensure availability. Continue reading to learn more about the Ply Gem window collections.

  • Contractor Series
  • Pro Series
  • Premium Series

Ply Gem Contractor Windows Series

The windows of the Contractor collection are characterized by their value, durability, and energy efficiency. Ply Gem’s windows are highly customizable, with glass and upgrade options designed specifically for certain regions of the country. The 400 series was engineered for the unique climate of the western states, and the 2000 series is better suited for eastern states. All of the windows in this collection will meet the specific ENERGY® STAR requirements of the states where they are sold. It is best practice to contact a home window replacement contractor near you to get an idea of what windows ill work best for your home and specific project needs.

Ply Gem’s HP glass packages combine warm edge spacer options with Low-E argon gas-filled insulation. This option makes for a highly efficient, well-insulated window. If you want to homeowners seeking to maximize your investment while staying within a budget, the Contractor series is a good option.

Available window options in the Contractor window series:

  • Single hung
  • Casement and awning
  • Sliding window
  • Garden window
  • Sliding patio door

Design options for the Contractor window series:

  • White, sand, or clay frames with a wide variety of between-the-glass grille options
  • Low-E and HP Glass: a thin metallic dual-layer coating allows the sun’s heat and light to pass through insulating glass, while also reflecting heat back toward the source. These work well in areas experiencing hot summers and cold winters and are some of the most energy efficient windows that Ply Gem offers.

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Ply Gem Pro Collection Windows

Pro collection replacement windows offer the same features as the Contractor series but with access to upgraded window packages including HP Max Glass triple pane windows and R-5 highly insulating windows. As with all of the windows manufactured by Ply Gem, this collection is further organized into east U.S. and west U.S. series, which are designed and engineered specifically to the needs of the climate of the regions where they are sold. All of these windows will meet the ENERGY STAR® requirements in the states where they are sold.

Window options in the Pro series:

  • Single hung
  • Sliding window
  • Casement and awning
  • Single hung bay and single hung bow
  • Casement bay and casement bow
  • Garden window
  • Sliding patio door, and French sliding patio door

Glass options in the Pro series:

  • HP Max Glass units include two chambers or argon gas fill along with warm spacer options. They are available in HP2MAX and HP3MAX options.
  • HP2MAX are triple pane windows with two lites of Low-E and two chambers or argon gas fill.
  • HP3MAX are triple pane windows with two lites of Low-E, one lite of interior surface Low-E, and two chambers of argon gas fill.

Design options in the Pro series:

  • Birch woodgrain, oak woodgrain, white, and beige interior finishes as well as five different exterior wooden window installation options.

Ply Gem Premium Series Windows

Ply Gem’s Premium series replacement windows offer the same features of the Pro series including the upgraded glass package options. These windows come standard with the vinyl mainframe filled patented R-Core insulation. All of the windows within the Premium series will meet the ENERGY STAR® requirements specific to the states where they are sold.

Similarly to the Contractor and Pro collections, these windows are further organized into two collections specifically designed for the east and west regions of the United States.

Design options in the Premium series (window option availability varies by region):

  • Multiple hardware options, as well as three woodgrain laminate interior finishes and standard white or beige interior finishes. Additionally, five different exterior finish options, between the glass blinds window designs, and designer glass options are available.

Available window options in the Premium series (window option availability varies by region):

  • Single hung
  • Sliding windows
  • Casement and awning
  • Single hung bay and single hung bow
  • Casement bay and casement bow
  • Garden window
  • Sliding patio door, and French sliding patio door

Ply Gem Warranty

Ply Gem offers a limited lifetime warranty on their replacement window and new construction products. Each window is tested to ensure it meets and/or exceeds the air, water, and structure standards set by AAMA/WDMA 101/I.S.2. Ply Gem’s windows have a DP rating of 35 for double hung windows up to as high as 70 for certain casement windows.

Specific information regarding ratings for Premium series products is available from Ply Gem dealers and distributors. Homeowners may select energy package upgrades that include the HP or HPMAX Glass Package with the option of adding R-Core to the sash and frame. In double hung and slide window units with DP50 and DP45 ratings, Interforce II fiberglass reinforcement is included in the meeting rails. Ply Gem’s replacement windows energy package options ensure strength, durability, and energy efficiency.

Ply Gem believes in the quality and value of its replacement window products and backs each unit with a hassle-free limited lifetime warranty. As with all warranties, the exact details of Ply Gem’s Limited Lifetime Warranty varies from product to product, and some exclusions may apply to your specific circumstances. Because of this, we always advise homeowners and contractors to carefully examine the warranty documents of each product before making a purchase.

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