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 Post subject: Re: Prairie style vinyl window recommendation (new construction)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:14 am 
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If you are looking at bronze, then you'd probably be looking at an aluminum window (maybe fiberglass) as opposed to vinyl. Not a bad choice for Oklahoma. In vinyl, you can generally get almond or cocoa/earthtone brown (looks like faded bronze :wink:).
You can get bronze on the exterior of vinyl, but then you are back to the two-tone option with a paint or laminate on the exterior and the high $$$ that comes with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Prairie style vinyl window recommendation (new construction)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:19 am 
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I just realized that we are into a second page on this thread, and there has yet to be a product recommendation, :lol: ... Most of us are either northeast or midwest (north), so you won't get a ton of feedback on the specific brands. In vinyl, you may have Sunrise or Softlite available (Simonton for sure but I'd have it third on my list), otherwise the Marvin Integrity is a nice option for new construction, as is Inline fiberglass if it is available. Randy is down in TX and speaks highly of Don Young's aluminum products. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Prairie style vinyl window recommendation (new construction)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:59 pm 
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stbailey wrote:
Tan or bronze.


Tan is cheaper.

Bronze is either a co-extruded laminate or a paint.

Tan, in most cases, is in the vinyl.


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 Post subject: Re: Prairie style vinyl window recommendation (new construction)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:53 pm 

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Thanks HomeSealed.

Any other recommendations as far as window brands?


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 Post subject: Re: Prairie style vinyl window recommendation (new construction)
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:05 am 

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Look in your local market and get a feel for what is available.
Ask whoever you talk to what they would put in their own house and why.
Then I would take the list of contenders and get the thermal and structural results with the glass packages you are considering.
Bring that info back to us and we can help eval.
We would like to see: U, SHGC, AI, DP. Also IG warranty and parts warranty.

wayne anthony, aka TheWindowNerd...


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 Post subject: Re: Prairie style vinyl window recommendation (new construction)
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:54 am 

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If going with casements I would check out the 100 series by Anderson. I would not consider theirs or Marvin's all Ultrex single/double hungs.


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 Post subject: Re: Prairie style vinyl window recommendation (new construction)
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:54 am 

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I have been looking around and found I have access to Anderson, Pella, Plygem, Window World, JeldWen, Simonton, Soft-lite, Sunrise and I'm sure I've missed a few.

I have bids on the Soft-lite Bainbridge for 30K, windows only.
Another bid is for JeldWen Premium for 25K, windows only.

We are now looking at the same color inside and out and definitely better quality than builder grade. I guess I'm saying not the entry level but a solid value for the buck.

Please provide recommendations or send questions if you need more information.


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 Post subject: Re: Prairie style vinyl window recommendation (new construction)
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:41 am 

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would strongly suggest either Sunrise or Soft-lite.


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