What a terrific forum with great contributors! I've been lurking here for a little while trying to learn as much as I can and want to give a big thank you to everyone!
I'm on a budget and am seriously considering Simonton's new Asure windows for my home. Since they just came out and information is scarce and I'm looking for any advice and opinions.
The Asure appears to incorporate the stepped sill of the now discontinued 5300 in a narrower frame with a thinner constant force coil spring (.5" vs. .75"). I've been told that, even fully optioned out, they would still be significantly cheaper than the Simonton 5500s many of you consider to be decent. I have to admit, the Asure windows also look pretty nice. I found thermal and structural performance data here: http://www.mcclurejohnston.com/content/ ... sting-data
After reading many posts here, the options I thinking to get are: Double Strength Glass, Prosolar Low-E, Argon, Supercept, and Extruded Aluminum Screens.
Because wind can, on occasion, be an issue (I live in tornado alley), I'm also wondering if the DP 35 upgrade (DP 20 is standard) would be worthwhile. I've been told it adds sash reinforcement and a slotted plug. I'm not so keen on the slotted plug as it sort of looks like the extra hole worsens the air infiltration numbers, which already seem mediocre compared to higher-end windows. A triple stepped sill can also be added that takes the rating to 40, but I'm not sure it's worth the added expense.
Thank you for your help!