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Best Basement Windows?

#1 Post by nickff » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:22 am

I am replacing three windows in a finished basement (Indiana). So far, I have received a quote for the 350 series by Pella.

What other brands should I check into? We have Simonton windows on the main floor and have had seal issues (although all have been repaired no charge and with relative ease). I believe there is an Okna dealer in Indianapolis.

Any thoughts would be appreciated! :)

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#2 Post by Windows on Washington » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:59 am

What type of operator is the window?

Simonton makes a solid window and the most commonly recommended brands on this site will be Soft-Lite, Okna, HiMark, Sunrise, and Gorell.

The Pella 350 is a nice unit as well minus the pocket sill aspect of it. What number did they come in at on that window?

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#3 Post by nickff » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:32 am

Pella was $2400 for three 350 series sliders. One of the windows is pretty small. The other two are larger. This was for triple pane.

I have an Okna dealer/installer coming soon also for an estimate. Same with Simonton.

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#4 Post by HomeSealed » Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:26 am

You have a nice batch of choices there. The Pella may be the weak link with the pocket sill and their reputation for customer service is not stellar in recent years. I think that you are going to really like the Okna.

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#5 Post by TheWindowNerd » Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:30 pm

I also think you will find the Okna to be a great choice.
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#6 Post by nickff » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:46 pm

The local Okna dealer/installer quoted $1700 for their 520 Dx windows. Quite a bit cheaper than Pella.

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#7 Post by TheWindowNerd » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:48 pm

Not only a better price.
A better design and better thermal and structural performer.
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#8 Post by Windows on Washington » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:35 pm

anthony wrote:Not only a better price.
A better design and better thermal and structural performer.
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Win - Win situation.

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#9 Post by nickff » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:43 am

Any reason to put in double hung windows in the basement? The windows are behind blackout shades almost all the time. I have had them price sliders so far.

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#10 Post by Windows on Washington » Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:10 am

What is the shape of the window...i.e. width and height?

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#11 Post by nickff » Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:30 am

Rectangular. 45"x45"

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#12 Post by Windows on Washington » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:50 am

That is an odd shape for a double hung when the window is square. Tends to look "squatty".

That size is better suited for a slider or awning.

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#13 Post by nickff » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:38 am

I went ahead and chose the Okna 520 dx sliders (2-lite). They are double-paned, foam insulated, argon, and no grid inbetween the panes. Total is about $1700 for two 45x45 and one 30x17.

I appreciate all the help.

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#14 Post by HomeSealed » Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:04 am

Great choice! I agree that the slider would be more natural in that opening.

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