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by HomeSealed
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Soft-Lite double-hung equivalent to Okna 800
Replies: 15
Views: 146

Re: Soft-Lite double-hung equivalent to Okna 800

In my opinion the spread in the product quality and ratings is not quite linear in this case, but again, the pro isnt terrible, just a step down from the others. The pricing gives additional cause for concern though. At a little over $500 per window installed, even a company like Zen, which could be...
by HomeSealed
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Soft-Lite double-hung equivalent to Okna 800
Replies: 15
Views: 146

Re: Soft-Lite double-hung equivalent to Okna 800

As explained above, the Elements and 800 are the flagships of those respective manufacturers for most purposes. The Ls is a small step down in SL, and the 600/500 is a small step down in Okna. Those windows are closely related in may ways. They lose some bells and whistles and a little bit of perfor...
by HomeSealed
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Which is better? Polaris Platinum or Okna ?
Replies: 9
Views: 134

Re: Which is better? Polaris Platinum or Okna ?

Good advice above, you won't go wrong with the Polaris or Okna option provided that you get a good install. The mezzo is a significant step down. I'd give an edge to the Okna model on product alone, nicer looking, more glass area, composite spacer, newer design. This is under the assumption that the...
by HomeSealed
Thu May 02, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Okna vs. UniShield Supreme
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: Okna vs. UniShield Supreme

Cheapest is RARELY the best value. Quality companies make a living replacing products that were installed as the "cheapest" option. As far as the windows, Ricknez's comments are pretty much on point IMO. The Okna is a superior performer and on an elite level in that regard. The Unishield is pretty s...
by HomeSealed
Thu May 02, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: slider count question
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: slider count question

I agree with randy on that.
by HomeSealed
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Window Trim Shrinking?
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: Window Trim Shrinking?

+1. There will be some movement based on temperature, so those gaps can open and close to some degree, and some more economical windows will have larger tolerances to begin with. That said, as WoW stated, the worst one is definitely cut short and should be addressed.
by HomeSealed
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside
Replies: 55
Views: 2361

Re: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside

Agreed with marsterext on the minor service issues, also on the foam assessment by DM. Both EPS and injected have some minor advantages and disadvantages, but both are very effective. I always suggest referring to how it affects the U value (thermal performance) as that tells you how it will actuall...
by HomeSealed
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Need Help with Replacement windows/patio door
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: Need Help with Replacement windows/patio door

Agreed. The Elements is one of the very top performing windows available. Big jump in quality from the Classic imo.
by HomeSealed
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Need Help with Replacement windows/patio door
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: Need Help with Replacement windows/patio door

Are these double hung or casement?
If double hung, the Softlite Elements and LS will offer the top performance of anything from either company.
If casement, I prefer the Sunrise Restorations and Vanguard.
by HomeSealed
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Need Help with Replacement windows/patio door
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: Need Help with Replacement windows/patio door

+1 on the recommendations above... Unless the family member has one source for product and install, I'd try to avoid that route. Sourcing product and install separately is one of the most common problems in home improvement. Everybody points fingers when issues arise, not to mention coordination and...
by HomeSealed
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Simonton 5050 vs Softlite Bainbridge...looking for advice.
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: Simonton 5050 vs Softlite Bainbridge...looking for advice.

Bainbridge is solid, although the LS or Elements would be preferred. All are better than the other option and I would say that the price premium is justified on product alone. The degree of the upcharge "fairness" will depend on how many windows.
by HomeSealed
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Performance Grade
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Re: Performance Grade

+1. Its really a direct measure of the windload, etc as mentioned, however the larger factor in my opinion (since you are not likely to see 170mph winds and will have bigger problems with your windows if you do), is that a window with a better structural rating most often achieves that due to superi...
by HomeSealed
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Window Quote Help
Replies: 15
Views: 634

Re: Window Quote Help

+1, good advice above... Definitely vet this from every angle as that price is VERY aggressive. Kinda strange to have a 20 yr old business with only a handful of reviews, idk. This is not likely the case, but like me give you an example of how things can be twisted: Local company just started a year...
by HomeSealed
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Window Quote Help
Replies: 15
Views: 634

Re: Window Quote Help

depending on options and install details, the Polaris and Sunrise options are both in the ballpark on pretty good windows. As the other pros alluded to, you really don't want a pocket sill on a DH (outdated, obsolete, problem filled design), nor do you likely want 366 glass in OH unless you have a s...
by HomeSealed
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: MA - New to Windows, help with brands
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: MA - New to Windows, help with brands

+1. Off the bat I'd cite Fibertec as great, high end fiberglass window out of Canada. Won'd come cheap and may or may not be available to you. Polaris makes very good vinyl window. Great Lakes is owned by Plygem, same window in many locations, pretty widely available. Used to be well regarded, but h...