Soft lite Pro vs Simonton 5500

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Soft lite Pro vs Simonton 5500

#1 Post by robert703 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:56 pm

I am replacing 34 dh windows and have a bid from a reliable installer using either soft lite pro or simonton 5500. Based on what I've read, it appears that the soft lite pro might be the "better" window but I'd appreciate opinions from the pros on this board. (the installer will do the job with either window for the same price so cost is not a consideration.)

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Re: Soft lite Pro vs Simonton 5500

#2 Post by HomeSealed » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:08 pm

Both are solid "B" grade choices and will serve you well. Depending on the price, you may want to look at the Softlite Elements/LS, HiMark 800/500, or Sunrise Restorations/Vanguard, (A level choices), but if you are getting a great deal, those products are solid.

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Re: Soft lite Pro vs Simonton 5500

#3 Post by toddinmn » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:17 pm

Both are good but the Soft-Lite will have better performance numbers and more standard features.I say the Soft-Lite unless the physical appearance of the Simonton is more appealing. The Simonton could be upgraded to have similar performance numbers if desired.

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Re: Soft lite Pro vs Simonton 5500

#4 Post by Windows on Washington » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:52 am

+1

The Pro is the better of that combination with better air tightness numbers and more glass.

+1 on also looking at some of the higher end version of windows inside of that brand and others. The Pro is still a very good window but Soft-Lite's Imperial LS and Elements are really good option as are windows from HiMark, Sunrise, etc.

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Re: Soft lite Pro vs Simonton 5500

#5 Post by robert703 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:10 am

Thanks for the quick feedback! I will ask about the LS and see how much more that might cost. The quoted price for the Pro is about $410 per window, installed. Is that a decent price?

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#6 Post by Windows on Washington » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:16 am

Yes.

Any quality window near that number is going to be on the bottom end of the price spectrum.

Considering that is near what some of the other big outfits charge for junk, you are doing great at that number.

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Re: Soft lite Pro vs Simonton 5500

#7 Post by HomeSealed » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:24 am

+1. That price is about the bare minimum that you'll find something decent at. The LS will be more, but if the pricing on it is as good as you are getting on the Pro, you should be able to get a great deal.

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Re: Soft lite Pro vs Simonton 5500

#8 Post by toddinmn » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:56 pm

Your installer probally does not have access to the higher end models as they not available to everyone. If that price includes wrapping it would be a great price indeed.

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Re: Soft lite Pro vs Simonton 5500

#9 Post by robert703 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:19 pm

The quoted price does include wrapping so I'm glad to hear that I'm getting a good deal.

I appreciate all of the feedback -- it's reassuing for someone like me who doesn't know a lot about windows to hear from pros like you guys that I'm getting a solid product at a good price.

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Re: Soft lite Pro vs Simonton 5500

#10 Post by masterext » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:48 pm

Robert, a good deal isnt just a good price, its a solid install with a solid window.
the soft lite pro is indeed a good product. 410 is very cheap for that window though..its usually higher than that. wonder why its being offered that low.
let us know how everything went.

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Re: Soft lite Pro vs Simonton 5500

#11 Post by TheWindowNerd » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:01 pm

Price seems low to me.
I am not saying someone can't do a good job at that number just don't see it happen very often.

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