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 Post subject: Ply-Gem Premium vs. Softlite Imperial LS
PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 8:07 pm 

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I could use a little help...

I have two quotes for Ply Gem Premium (Mira?) and Softlite Imperial LS casements to replace old Pellas. Both are triple pane Argon; did the best I could to bid two identical setups.. LS is 5% more, which is not an issue. Midwest US location. Which is the best window...infiltration , SHGC and U seem to be on the side of the LS. Would sure appreciate guidance.

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Rob


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 Post subject: Re: Ply-Gem Premium vs. Softlite Imperial LS
PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 9:49 pm 
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I think the LS is probably worth the 5% premium in this comparison.


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 Post subject: Re: Ply-Gem Premium vs. Softlite Imperial LS
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 7:39 am 

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Windows,

Do you know of specific issues agaist the Ply-Gem, or is it due to the LS' very good overall reputation?

Just wondering.

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Rob


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 Post subject: Re: Ply-Gem Premium vs. Softlite Imperial LS
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 8:40 am 
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No issues with the PlyGem window. I think you hit on it with your theorization that the LS is just a bit better window.


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 Post subject: Re: Ply-Gem Premium vs. Softlite Imperial LS
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 3:42 pm 
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I really can't disagree with WOW, I'd only add that both are pretty good choices, and the quality of installation will play a more important role in determining which serves you better, than the small difference in ratings and price. The PlyGem Premium is formerly the Great Lakes Grandview 5000 and is a well-regarded, solid performer... If you feel more comfortable with one installation company over the other, I'd put my eggs in that basket. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Ply-Gem Premium vs. Softlite Imperial LS
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:21 pm 

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All,

Thanks for the insights; sounds like I can't go too wrong either way. BTW; just got an "incentive" call from the Ply-Gem dealer stating that if they close the deal in May, they take 10% off...don't know yet if that's 10% total, or just window or just installation.

Can't say on installers; they are both swearing they are highly experienced guys.....but the proof's in the winter heat bill. I have heard, and you've underscored, that it is the installer than makes the difference.

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Rob


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 Post subject: Re: Ply-Gem Premium vs. Softlite Imperial LS
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 9:45 pm 
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Given equal installation, you should not see much difference on your energy bills between the two, nor should you see much difference in quality/functionality of the product. Again, I'd stress the installation. One thing that I have to say for the LS, is that the dealer of that product is buying direct through the manufacturer (often signifies a superior company), as compared to the Plygem dealer who is more than likely purchasing through a distributor..... Obviously, this is not a steadfast rule, but it may apply if you can't decipher which would be a better choice.


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