Alright, so after weeks of research and every shady sales tactic under the sun I think I am ready to make a decision.
I found a 30yr plus 3rd generation family owned business that has actually been reviewed on this board a few times. My quotes are for 18 DH with beveled grids (6 over 0) and 2 4x4 pictures, and full cap and trim
Verde Windows (by sunrise) – w/ foam insulated frame, 7/8th double pane glass with their superspacer and 12 coating system, argon and low-e. includes pop out screen. Lifetime warranty with glass coverage, also includes self cleaning glass
.28 u-factor and .21 SHGC $ 9,625http://www.verdewindowsanddoors.com
OKNA 500 Insul-Tec deluxe – w/ foam insulated frame, 7/8th double pane glass, argon, low-e, and superspacer, Also includes locking screen Lifetime warranty with glass coverage
.25 u-factor. $ 8, 495
This dealer also said he can get Soft-lite windows as well but did not get a quote from him.
The dealer likes the Verde better than the okna even thought the okna has slightly better numbers. He ranked Verde the best, Okna a close second, and Soft-lite 3rd.
I narrowed it down to these two windows because of the aesthetics and I was unable to find dealers for other higher end windows mentioned on this site. I had gorell come out but did not like their salesman. I know very little about Verde. I like the fact that onka is made in PA only a few short hours from CT. But it seems both windows are a great option and both within budget. Do you experts have a preference between the two.
also I plan on doing a few review after install is finished. Is it frowned apon to use company names? and Window Questions the best place to post this ?