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 Post subject: 12 new windows
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:03 pm 

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We are replacing all windows in our small ranch. I have pricing for 3 brands. Would love input on our choices.
Simonton Prism Platinum
Amerimax Craftsman Portrait series
Sunrise mid grade (no name)

I tried to deal with Zen Windows, their pricing was good but they wouldn't show me the window until I accepted their quote and set up a time for final measurements.

Hoping there is enough info here for some input. We are in Littleton CO
Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: 12 new windows
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:37 pm 
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All pretty solid contenders. Which did you like?

Sunrise is probably the prettiest of that group.


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 Post subject: Re: 12 new windows
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:07 pm 

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We like the Sunrise the best, but after doing what I thought was a fair amount of research, I can say I don't feel very educated in the window department. There are just SO many brands, models & sub brands that it makes comparison shopping impossible! So frustrating. Among all of the obvious things you look for, I want the biggest glass and the smallest frame area I can get while still getting the energy features that I want.


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 Post subject: Re: 12 new windows
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:13 pm 
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No real bummers in that group, but I'd say the Sunrise is probably best. It will definitely check the boxes for the items that you mentioned as well, particularly the viewable glass area. That is one aspect where it has a pretty significant advantage, particularly over the Simonton.


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 Post subject: Re: 12 new windows
PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:37 am 

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Out of the 3, Sunrise is clearly the better window based on looks and performance( specifically air infiltration). One caveat, Sunrise offers a low end window called "essentials", make sure you dont get that one.
As for Zen Windows, they use Soft Lite Windows which are right up there with Sunrise.


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 Post subject: Re: 12 new windows
PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:25 am 

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Agree on the Sunrise.
Last time I checked, Zen sells the older, lower end models of Softlite. Some of their sales tactics are suspect IMO too, but you have already found that out.


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