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by Delaware Mike
Sun Oct 17, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Gap between beading & glass?
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: Gap between beading & glass?

Vinylmax isn't distributed to my area over on the east coast. The problem seems to be the bottom glazing bead not seated correctly. I don't like those gaps in the corners and whatever company sold and installed the windows should fix for sure. It's like a super easy fix to tweak them and get them ti...
by Delaware Mike
Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Sunrise V Model vs Simonton 5500 vs Wincore 7700
Replies: 7
Views: 99

Re: Sunrise V Model vs Simonton 5500 vs Wincore 7700

The Sunrise would be my choice, however Sunrise is taking forever to have their products manufactured. The Simonton dealer is a long time respected colleague of many of us on this forum. He may offer some other options, not sure brand wise? Wincore are horrible. Contractors like them because they're...
by Delaware Mike
Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Gap between beading & glass?
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: Gap between beading & glass?

What brand of vinyl windows is that?
by Delaware Mike
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:15 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Can any contractor install Okna
Replies: 15
Views: 363

Re: Can any contractor install Okna

Those Harvey and Paradigm models would be fine of most folks. Both are strong companies with good reputations. OKNA will have a clear edge in the engineering, energy performance, and appearance of the product. I've installed all of the products that you have mentioned. OKNA, which offers new constru...
by Delaware Mike
Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Window Reviews
Topic: New Windows Central Michigan
Replies: 14
Views: 559

Re: New Windows Central Michigan

Gaining access to the wall cavity to get the insulation right was the missing piece of the puzzle. I'm aboard with you.
by Delaware Mike
Sun Jul 11, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Window Reviews
Topic: New Windows Central Michigan
Replies: 14
Views: 559

Re: New Windows Central Michigan

Just so you know Sunrise is like 24 or more weeks out on manufacturing windows right now. If you can't find an OKNA dealer in your area there are other brands that will service you well in a flanged new construction. ProVia Endure and Aspect, top of the line Seaway, Kessington, Vytex, HomeGuard, and...
by Delaware Mike
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Window Reviews
Topic: New Windows Central Michigan
Replies: 14
Views: 559

Re: New Windows Central Michigan

I don't care for Homasote sheathing which is what you currently have. I have it too on my house. If there is nothing really wrong with it we just typically will go over with foam board and taped seams (foil faced poly iso) or hand nail modern WRB as one can't staple to that stuff. I'm guessing you w...
by Delaware Mike
Fri Jul 02, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Okna 500 dx estimate
Replies: 66
Views: 7284

Re: Okna 500 dx estimate

The only time we don't tend to perform aluminum trim coil mitering of the head cap is on trim board capping in which the top board face width really exceed the width of the leg trim boards like in historic homes. We have older cedar clap board sided homes in my area with lot's of butt joints to all ...
by Delaware Mike
Sun Jun 27, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: ProVia paint match - snow mist
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: ProVia paint match - snow mist

ProVia utilizes a local paint shop/manufacturer outside of the big well know outfits close their manufacturing facility in Ohio. You may be able to cross reference a match with SW, BM, Lowes or Depot? But none of them make paint for ProVia. I was out there a few months ago and this was told to the g...
by Delaware Mike
Sat May 29, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Window and patio door
Replies: 7
Views: 501

Re: Window and patio door

I'm not sure? I brought on the OKNA lines about 10-years ago and kind of replaced Soft-Lite with them. It's been the same exact door since then. They do have the Forester version of the OKNA Elegante that adds a cosmetic sash panel enhanced look? I'm a huge Marvin fan so with total new construction ...
by Delaware Mike
Sat May 29, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Window and patio door
Replies: 7
Views: 501

Re: Window and patio door

I know that lead time seems very long, but if you like that dealer why not just wait? We do all those brands and even though I don't like the longer lead times with Sunrise now and rarely do their lines these days, I'd be willing to wait on their casements. Frankly, I would be concerned for any deal...
by Delaware Mike
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Alside Mezzo Technical Response
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Alside Mezzo Technical Response

Thin walls and poor quality control are my biggest gripes. I belong to several installer groups on the internet and the amount of reorders with them is out of control. Internal grids out of a alignment way too often is the biggest complaint. When window outfits do a nice job of installing products t...
by Delaware Mike
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Okna 500 vs 600
Replies: 5
Views: 701

Re: Okna 500 vs 600

The 800 is not bulky at all, it's only features the slightest visible glass lose than than of the 500/600 platforms. Keep in mind that you were probably looking a very small hand sample. I can ensure you that the 500 installed correctly will not feel cheap or be an issue. My price difference between...
by Delaware Mike
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Window installation questions
Replies: 5
Views: 851

Re: Window installation questions

You can frame to masonry with 5/4 treated and then veneer the R/O with 1/2 regular wood. Older dried out pressure treated wood isn't so much an issue and soaking wet fresh out of the chemical bath new stuff. 50% of PVC trim coils are painted on back side of the roll and not just mill finished. Even ...
by Delaware Mike
Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Window insulation
Replies: 4
Views: 1169

Re: Window insulation

Most pros that have adopted pro guns and reducer tips for them prefer foam over fiberglass. Applied correctly, it's superior to fiberglass in every aspect. When the jamb depth is filled with foam on a window or door one can remove the fasteners and the door/window is locked in place as a continuous ...