Soft Lite Imperial LS locking mechanisms

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Soft Lite Imperial LS locking mechanisms

#1 Post by IvoryGirl73 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:21 pm

Huh? Optional locking mechanism????? After much deliberation, I finally made up my mind and decided to hire a company to install the LS double hung replacement windows. The infiltration numbers and such were all great. I thought our price quote was very reasonable too (about 6 grand for 12 windows installed).

But....I came home from work tonight to find the windows installed, (flashing and installation tomorrow ) and the units don't automatically lock on their own. I have to flip little locks on the top of the bottom unit. The sample I looked at was definitely different and the salesman did not say anything about the auto locking mechanisms being an option. I thought all the windows were the same. I am very sad about this discovery.

Is this something that can be easily changed or would the whole window need to be replaced?

Thank you again for all your advice and taking time to answer questions from the average consumer!

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#2 Post by masterext » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:33 pm

I highly doubt anything nefarious is going on. Usually auto locks would be stipulated in the contract because its an upgrade. Finally, i am not a fan of those auto locks as i used to get far too many service calls. The cam lock that you have is a better option in my opinion.

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#3 Post by Windows on Washington » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:15 am

I think the locks can be swapped out for the Auto units, but I am with masterext...don't do it.

The Autolocks are a PITB and rarely work as intended.

The cam locks will give you better performance and will work better over the lifetime of the product.

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#4 Post by Delaware Mike » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:49 am

You absolutely do not want the auto locks on your windows. I installed one job with them back in 2005 for an elderly lady who had a very hard time operating them. Never again. The windows were installed with perfect sash alignment and level. One has to slam the sashes shut to get both locks fully engaged. If the top sash is even ever so slightly not up in it's fully seated position nether lock will work. The regular sweep or cam locks also look better in my opinion.

I don't know about swapping the locks out even though I have some auto locks in my service kit from Soft-Lite. It may be possible with the factory routing/mortising of the sashes, but I would never advise it.

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#5 Post by randy » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:02 am

One more vote for the standard locks. You dodged a bullet by not getting the auto locks.

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#6 Post by HomeSealed » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:45 am

I'll pile on this one as well, as I am not a fan of the auto-locks offered by any of the manufacturers... I'd also concur with masterext that your sales guy probably did not intend to mislead you. Sample windows are generally loaded up with a "cadillac option package", so perhaps it was either mentioned in passing or inadvertently forgotten during the presentation. The product literature should show what is standard and what is not for reference.

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#7 Post by Window4U (IL) » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:15 pm

Don't do the auto locks. I sell several brands that have them as options and I won't sell them. They are a service nightmare. They also affect the air infiltration numbers negatively.

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