Both Simonton & PGT laminate their own glass in house so they will have a price advantage over other manufacturers who purchase the lami glass from glass manufacturers.
TLH I’m curious about what it is you do not like about Simonton’s impact line? I have seen you post favorable remarks about the Simonton 5500 and the Storm Breaker window is basically a reinforced 5500 with laminate/tempered glass with an impact tilt latch.
I like/don't mind Simonton as a whole, but when you get into impacts, they get restrictive and will use "add ons" and not tell you.
We did a job for a customer with Simonton's one time and when the windows came, they had 'L' brackets in the corners of them. They said they had to use them to get the DP up in them, but they weren't on any of their samples. They were ugly and I had to knock all kinds of money off of them because they wouldn't take them back.
Since then, I don't use them for impacts. Besides, PGT, Custom and a few others give better prices and will do things like Turtle Code and LowE in the same window were Simonton and others will not.