I just wanted to clear up a couple of points that maybe weren't clear.
1) The cheap feeling lock latches I mentioned were on the Advantage window.
As I mentioned, I LIKE the dual-function lock/tilt latches. Actually, I like them very much. They were very solid feeling. Possibly, the most solid feeling latches I felt in ANY of the 10 different manufacturer's windows I researched.
I went to school for Mechanical Engineering and I wouldn't put the standard lock latches on ANY product I designed. They may be guaranteed (and most people may go a lifetime without issues) but I would never feel comfortable with them in a home where they are used a lot.
If anyone has a spare Advantage window and a 2 year old handy, I would love to see that test.
2) As I mentioned, anything BELOW the .27u glass looked green to me. The .27u glass looked good and was what I wanted. However, the dealer only sold a package for the Elite series that had a .24u glass package with an extra coating. The dealer, ridiculously, refused to order the .27u glass in the Elite frame...even after Affinity said it was not a big deal. If anyone in the Philadelphia area is curious what dealer I recommend you NOT use, feel free to ask.
3) I did ask the dealer how long his display models had been there and he said at least 3-4 years. It is possible there have been improvements to the corner weld consistency now.
I liked the Elite window with the dual function latches. It was in my top 5 choices.
I didn't go with the Affinity for these reasons...
1) I didn't like the...in my opinion...obtrusive Super Spacer. Please note...I am VERY picky. I think most consumers wouldn't even know the difference. But then again...most consumers wouldn't research windows for 6 months or physically check out products from 10 different manufacturers.
2) I didn't like the visible attachment points for the between-the-glass grids. Again...see the "most customers" comment in #1 above.
3) The dealer refused to order the Advantage's standard .27u dual pane glass package in the Elite frame.
4) The price was a bit too high, in my opinion, because of the .24u glass...which I didn't want. Using the .27u glass would have reduced the cost and put the Elite around the price I wanted to pay.
5) Affinity doesn't offer a locking screen option. I know this is a current policy because the dealer called Affinity while I was standing there and asked.
Luckily, I found the Okna 800DX for $500/window so it was a no brainer.
So...as I mentioned before...if the customer likes the appearance of the Affinity Elite window and they get it with the dual function latch and they get the .27u dual pane glass, it would be a nice purchase for $530/window. If the Okna is available in that area, I would HIGHLY recommend they get an estimate for that window.
This is just the opinion of a VERY educated consumer. I believe many consumers like to hear the opinion of other consumers. I don't sell windows and I don't have to play nice because I don't want to PO any manufacturer. This may not be the case on this forum but from a consumer's viewpoint, we always wonder if that is taking place.
I simply give unbiased observations.