Author: Art (---.dsl.emhril.ameritech.net)
Thanks for asking for my input - it really inflates my head! :)
Unfortunately I am not a professional in this industry. Again, I'd look to ask Fenestration Expert,Window4U or Windowmann2000 for their suggestions. Each of them is extremely knowledgeable and, from reading their posts, seem to want to use their expertise to educate us common folk somewhat in order to get us on the right path for our individual needs/wants/budget.
I understand your feeling about expense - I'm currently without income but I NEED new windows and I've decided that going with what seems to be the best around is, in the long run, the most prudent thing to do. I base this upon what I believe monthly energy cost savings will be and that they will increase the value of my home more than other brands - thereby allowing me to recoup a larger % of the cost should I sell in the future.
Best of luck in your search :)