We've found our installer and now we're torn between two windows, the Soft-Lite Bainbridge (3/4" LowE) and the Ideal UltraTite, formerly the UltraWeld (Energy Gold pkg with 7/8" LowE glass). There is a minimal price difference between the two, the SL is $30 more per window. On paper, they look fairly equal except for .05 difference in AI which isn't a big deal for us:
Bainbridge: UF: .29, SHGC: .29, VT: .54, CR: 56, AI: .07, DP45
UltraTite: UF: .30, SHGC: .27, AI: .02, DP45
Both windows have: warm edge Intercept spacer, foam inserts, steel balancer and similar limited lifetime warranties.
The Bainbridge has metal reinforcement and, as far as I can tell, the UltraTite does not.
Is there anything we should be aware of with either of these windows or their manufacturers?
Is one of these windows better than the other?
Any feedback is appreciated before we end up just picking the prettiest one.
edited to add: We'll be getting doublehungs, pictures and casements.