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Soft-Lite Imperial, Element , Simonton 5500 or Thermal Ind.

#1 Post by windowedout » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:17 pm

How does Soft-Lite Imperial LS or Element compare to Simonton 5500 and is anyone familiar with
Thermal Industries 530 window?

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#2 Post by Skydawggy » Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:44 am

windowedout wrote:How does Soft-Lite Imperial LS or Element compare to Simonton 5500 and is anyone familiar with
Thermal Industries 530 window?

Softlite and Simonton are both excellent brands and both are highly recommended by the Pros on here. Softlite has a slightly better U-factor and air infiltration ratings than the Simonton but either would be a good choice. The key is to get a very good install. Not familiar enough with the TI to comment but generally TI windows aren't considered among the better grades with the exception of the Park Avenue.

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#3 Post by Windows on Washington » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:03 am

In my area, people charge and arm and a leg for the TI window. It does not compare very favorably to either of the the other two. They are your better options.

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#4 Post by canuck » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:36 pm

well, TI has the Park Avenue which is a good window. i agree about the rest of TI though.

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#5 Post by HomeSealed » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:50 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isnt the park ave just a 530 with some bells and whistles and a wildly inflated price? I think its an "okay" product but not for the price that they ask around here.

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#6 Post by canuck » Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:49 am

i think the extrusion may be a bit different on the Park Avenue. last i saw it,seemed lke a solid window with some good numbers.

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#7 Post by toddinmn » Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:27 pm

EcoStar Windows wrote:
windowedout wrote:How does Soft-Lite Imperial LS or Element compare to Simonton 5500 and is anyone familiar with
Thermal Industries 530 window?

Softlite and Simonton are both excellent brands and both are highly recommended by the Pros on here. Softlite has a slightly better U-factor and air infiltration ratings than the Simonton but either would be a good choice. The key is to get a very good install. Not familiar enough with the TI to comment but generally TI windows aren't considered among the better grades with the exception of the Park Avenue.
Slightly better?

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#8 Post by Windows on Washington » Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:23 am

Todd....

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#9 Post by buddy110 » Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:27 am

Softlite is the better choice IMO. TI PA is an average window

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