Regarding Asure, in a "better/best" scenario, Asure is Simonton's "better" product. It replaced the Simonton 5050 and 5300 series. It offers a wider viewing area (17% more viewing area over Reflections) to let in more natural daylight, but offers less options than the Simonton 5500.
17% more viewing area? That is huge!!! I know the 5500 was a better window than the 5050 and 5300 series. Besides having less options is in line with the standard 5500? Money is a factor unfortunately. More on windows means less for front door, kids college, etc...
Is the Asure cheaper than the 5500?
Ken--Every Simonton Asure window unit is shipped with an NFRC label that provides details about the thermal and structural performance of that particular window. The Reflections 5500 is still Simonton's premium window and an excellent value. Asure is generally sold at a lesser price point, but still manufactured to AAMA Gold label standards.
I completely understand about the spreading out the cash and wish you luck!
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