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 Post subject: Soft-lite vs. Okna
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:15 am 

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I'm comparing a couple types of windows and am wondering if I can get an opinion about my best option. My first quote is for Soft-lite pros, my other quote is for Okna 800 and is about $1000 more for 4 windows. I know that I'm not necessarily comparing apples to apples here and that the Elements or Imperial LS would be closer to the Okna 800. But I really don't like the frame width on the Imperial LS. My question is, is the Okna 800 THAT much better? And, is there something else out there I ought to be considering?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.


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 Post subject: Re: Soft-lite vs. Okna
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:49 am 
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That is huge gap to span on a per window basis.

On paper, its not worth $250 more per window. If you like the look of the 800 vs the Pro, what that is worth to you is whatever it is worth to you.

If you are concerned about frame width, I would have the Okna contractor quote the Precision Weld (400 - the more apt comparison to the Pro) or the Insul-Tec (500).

See what the competitive bids would be on those two and re-evaluate. The 400/500 are very slim lined like the Pro and Bainbridge so you will get a bit more glass back as compared to the 800.


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 Post subject: Re: Soft-lite vs. Okna
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:54 am 

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The Okna 800 is going to be more expensive based on the construction of the frame as well as both the performance and structural advantages.
The Okna 800 and Soft Lite Elements are 2 very well designed windows which in my opinion are the best windows in the industry.
You could ask to see the Okna 500 which is still above the soft lite pro but on par with the Imperial LS. the okna 500 is a solid window with great performance numbers as well.
the okna 400 would be in line with the soft lite pro and maybe more affordable.


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 Post subject: Re: Soft-lite vs. Okna
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:21 am 
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+2. $250 per window is very difficult to justify assuming that both installations are equal (if they are not, that could be the reason for the price difference).
As suggested above, the 400 series would be a better comparison and should be closer in price. The 500 might just be a happy medium... This is all assuming of course that you do not need woodgrain, as you can only get it in the 800.


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 Post subject: Re: Soft-lite vs. Okna
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:06 pm 

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Thanks very much for the input - I'll look into the 500s. One other question - how crucial is the meeting rail reinforcement? I ask because one of my double hungs is very large and I don't want sagging to be a problem down the road. It's 50"+ wide.

Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: Soft-lite vs. Okna
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:16 am 
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I like the reinforcement on windows over 48" as a general guideline, however, if a window has a good DP number and good mil thickness to the vinyl, it is fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Soft-lite vs. Okna
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:03 am 

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I would choose between the Imp LS and the 800DX.
Both superior windows.


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 Post subject: Re: Soft-lite vs. Okna
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:42 am 
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booglu wrote:
Thanks very much for the input - I'll look into the 500s. One other question - how crucial is the meeting rail reinforcement? I ask because one of my double hungs is very large and I don't want sagging to be a problem down the road. It's 50"+ wide.

Thanks again!

+1 to WoW's comments. The 500 is a very stout extrusion as evidenced by its DP50 rating (without reinforcement). We've actually gone over 50" wide on them with no issues. That said, the reinforcement (800 series) is never a bad idea if for no other reason than peace of mind.


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