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Simonton 6500 from HD and Simonton 5500

#1 Post by rockman » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:30 am

Is the Home Depot Simonton 6500 the same as the Simonton 5500? If not, what are the main differences? From the Simonton website the performance sheets indicate a higher U for the 6500. I want to ensure I'm comparing apples to apples.

I live in the East TN area and need to replace nine windows. Got a quote from Home Depot for the 6500 @ $5,700. Quote from a local contractor for the 5500 @ $4800 and the 5300 @$4,500.

The local contractor also recommended Alside and gave a quote for the Excalibur at $3800. Do the prices seem reasonable? What do you recommend and why? Thanks!

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Re: Simonton 6500 from HD and Simonton 5500

#2 Post by Windows on Washington » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:34 am

Effectively...yes.

Of those 3 choices, I would definitely go with the local Simonton option from the local contractor if everything else checks out (i.e. work samples, vetting of the contractor, etc).

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Re: Simonton 6500 from HD and Simonton 5500

#3 Post by rockman » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:48 am

thanks.............is the super spacer recommended over the intercept that as the Al rail

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Re: Simonton 6500 from HD and Simonton 5500

#4 Post by Profx » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:44 pm

Those prices seem pretty reasonable for the products offered.

The superspacer is superior to the intercept, due to it being a foam spacer, therefore being less of a conductor than the steel found in the intercept.

I was thinking window world had exclusivity on the excalibur in most areas, it's Alsides entry level window, where I would consider the Simonton a good mid grade product.

Did you look at any high grade windows, triple pane, Krypton, etc?

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Re: Simonton 6500 from HD and Simonton 5500

#5 Post by ranger » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:40 pm

Intercept is not steel, it's a tin plated alloy. Most pro's aren't even aware of this.

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