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by randy
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Okna 500 -vs- Berkshire Elite Double Pane -vs- Berkshire Elite Tripe Pane
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Okna 500 -vs- Berkshire Elite Double Pane -vs- Berkshire Elite Tripe Pane

You’re very welcome. Let us know how the project goes.
by randy
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Milgard Style-line thoughts?
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: Milgard Style-line thoughts?

I’m not a fan of the auto lock on any window as they tend to become problematic over time, in my experience.

The Styleline is a pocket sill, and that’s always a bad design. Stick with a sloped sill and you’ll be much happier in the years to come.
by randy
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Okna 500 -vs- Berkshire Elite Double Pane -vs- Berkshire Elite Tripe Pane
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Okna 500 -vs- Berkshire Elite Double Pane -vs- Berkshire Elite Tripe Pane

Since you are looking for long-term durability and performance, the Okna is far superior in construction and therefore the best choice.
by randy
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Omni Bow Window
Replies: 6
Views: 161

Re: Omni Bow Window

If you’ll post some photos of what you have (top and bottom) it will help us in advising you as to the best course of action.
by randy
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Where to start????
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Where to start????

You should be able to find Soft-lite and Sunrise there. You might also luck out and get an Okna dealer in your area. That would be a good start. Get at least two quotes from contractors offering better quality products to give you a good baseline of what’s reasonable.
by randy
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Quote feedback requested: Sunrise, Kensington HPP, Alside
Replies: 11
Views: 342

Re: Quote feedback requested: Sunrise, Kensington HPP, Alside

I’m with HomeSealed. Trust your instincts and find another contractor. He comes across as a bit “slippery”.
by randy
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Future of Starmark and stuck in window limbo
Replies: 6
Views: 249

Re: Future of Starmark and stuck in window limbo

My understanding is that Okna is completely out of the old composite lineal for casements, and therefore can no longer match the older casements. They do still have some material in stock to match the old double hungs and sliders, but it will be exhausted in the next couple of months as well.
by randy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Quote advice-Berkshire Elite, Provia, Soft-lite
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Quote advice-Berkshire Elite, Provia, Soft-lite

Revere Berkshire is made by Alside and it isn’t any better than Mezzo. The only reason the AL rating gets that low is by using stick on pads at the corners, and the reinforcement is a joke. In a windy state like Kansas, choosing a window that’s as air-tight as possible is important. I seriously doub...
by randy
Tue May 22, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Am I Going Insane?
Replies: 19
Views: 831

Re: Am I Going Insane?

HomeSealed is right, you have many more than the 18 windows originally stated. The pricing isn’t outrageous based on the number of windows actually being replaced. You might find a lower price, but the pricing you’ve received isn’t outrageously high as they originally seemed.
by randy
Tue May 22, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Am I Going Insane?
Replies: 19
Views: 831

Re: Am I Going Insane?

Every market has those companies who use hard closes, price drops, etc... to sell windows at a premium price. Unfortunately, you ran into two of them. There will most certainly be a few companies in your area who offer a premium window at a fair and reasonable price, so keep looking and be patient. ...
by randy
Fri May 11, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Provia vs Sunrise
Replies: 15
Views: 970

Re: Provia vs Sunrise

It was my understanding (from my rep) that the Verde had reinforcement like the Vanguard. If it does not (and the website doesn’t list it) I retract my recommendation of it. That’s very unfortunate as an unreinforced Sunrise double hung is susceptible to sagging. It’s also preferable to have the loc...
by randy
Fri May 11, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Provia vs Sunrise
Replies: 15
Views: 970

Re: Provia vs Sunrise

The Verde is equal to the Vanguard, therefore, #2 would be a good choice (assuming the installation is well done).
by randy
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Met my installers, more questions (and a roadblock)
Replies: 13
Views: 849

Re: Met my installers, more questions (and a roadblock)

Atrium is a lot like MI actually. Neither are recommended here.

Sunrise makes one of the nicest casements in the vinyl industry.
by randy
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Met my installers, more questions (and a roadblock)
Replies: 13
Views: 849

Re: Met my installers, more questions (and a roadblock)

I’m not a Milgard fan for multiple reasons, (vinyl thickness, pocket sill, standard strength glass, etc...) Simonton 5500 is a decent window, but it’s an old design and, as you noted, quite bulky. Your assessment of the Asure is correct. Simonton was recently purchased by Ply Gem, a company with a l...
by randy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Austin area - many questions about replacement windows (long)
Replies: 15
Views: 1026

Re: Austin area - many questions about replacement windows (long)

I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts about the company and their sales presentation afterwards. They are a high pressure operation to be sure, and their pricing will be quite high.