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by Delaware Mike
Sat Mar 23, 2024 2:18 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Provia Endure Balance Systems
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Provia Endure Balance Systems

Gotcha on the UV. My Endure sample has double-glazed DLA-UV grids in the top sash and no grids and triple TLA-UV. My homeowner today was like "that bottom sash is way too dark." You're basically getting two lites of glass with low-e3 verses low-e2 from my understanding.
by Delaware Mike
Thu Mar 21, 2024 6:05 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Provia Endure Balance Systems
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Provia Endure Balance Systems

Why are you still opting for the "UV" with triple-glazing? That's going to be a super dark glass package and the regular TLA does a good job with a SHGC being around .20ish. I prefer a compound tension/block and tackle, however I'll let the programmers at the factory choose the best balanc...
by Delaware Mike
Mon Mar 04, 2024 10:28 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Okna DH800 install question
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: Okna DH800 install question

The 800 does have a nailing flange accessory that attaches via snap-in to the accessory grove of the master frame of the window. The problem that I may see is that the sizing of new construction windows is based upon rough opening sizing and when installers perform an "express" non-removal...
by Delaware Mike
Fri Feb 23, 2024 7:20 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Lowes v. Pella to install Pella windows? HELP US DECIDE!
Replies: 14
Views: 18057

Re: Lowes v. Pella to install Pella windows? HELP US DECIDE!

I'm sorry my response isn't helpful at all, but all the Lowes and Pella corporate stores by me employ window butcher hacks. I have seen countless jobs by both and everything from the interior trim work (miter joints) to exterior capping and j-channel work is completely unacceptable. Don't get me sta...
by Delaware Mike
Mon Jan 29, 2024 7:15 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Okna Versus Provia Endure Sliding Patio Door and Casement Window
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: Okna Versus Provia Endure Sliding Patio Door and Casement Window

I do both of those manufacturers and series and much prefer the OKNA. Here is why. ProVia casements, awnings, and picture windows have very odd frames with pocket irrigation sills that have exterior weeps and little cheap baffle door flaps. That doesn't even make a bit of sense. They are very fussy ...
by Delaware Mike
Sun Jan 28, 2024 7:35 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: need advice on quotes/windows okna v. sunrise v4500 v. provia endure
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Re: need advice on quotes/windows okna v. sunrise v4500 v. provia endure

The 600 has a tighter top interlock catch from the top sash to the head cavity frame and a sill tongue interlock. I've not had 500's have incidental top sash drift from bottom sash operation with that being said (double hung). You also get the more ornate stepped exterior glazing beads from the 800 ...
by Delaware Mike
Wed Jan 17, 2024 12:29 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Need help - questioning an installation of Okna 800 windows
Replies: 9
Views: 6443

Re: Need help - questioning an installation of Okna 800 windows

They needed to put more of a sill pitch to that sill cap. I see way too many installers not pitching sill caps correctly. Even if no water can get in past the sealant bead that looks tucked into the face utility groove, their caulk bead will look terrible with water constantly laying on it until it ...
by Delaware Mike
Thu Nov 30, 2023 7:50 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself Questions
Topic: OKNA 600 or alternative for the DIY project
Replies: 2
Views: 11710

Re: OKNA 600 or alternative for the DIY project

If you have rough openings that don't have sheetrock returns, I would look for a flanged new construction window with a factory applied jamb extension to make the interior finish work less time consuming. In my area we see the same contractor type vinyl offerings such as Harvey, MI, Simonton, ViWinc...
by Delaware Mike
Tue Sep 12, 2023 8:02 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself Questions
Topic: Fixing lock in Sunrise Patio Door
Replies: 4
Views: 64267

Re: Fixing lock in Sunrise Patio Door

Sunrise/MI attaches the multipoint strike hook metal piece with short phillips #2 bugle heads to the strike leg extrusion from the factory and expects their certified installers to replace a few of them with longer 3" like screws after the strike reveal margins are correct. Your margins don't a...
by Delaware Mike
Thu Sep 07, 2023 4:54 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Stressing over windows in southern Minnesota
Replies: 12
Views: 61243

Re: Stressing over windows in southern Minnesota

I had a Marvin brochure on my desk that I just picked up from my local supply house and didn't check the date of the brochure. It's a 2020 brochure lol as the staff didn't update their stashes of brochures. Looks like black is available. One thing that I will add to that series by Marvin is that one...
by Delaware Mike
Wed Sep 06, 2023 8:05 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Stressing over windows in southern Minnesota
Replies: 12
Views: 61243

Re: Stressing over windows in southern Minnesota

Soft-Lite can do an all black window. One of the better vinyl manufacturers out there. I prefer a Marvin Elevate to Andersen 400's and Pella Impervia. I don't think that one can get the Elevate with their fiberglass exterior in black though. Sunrise can do a black laminate interior and black painted...
by Delaware Mike
Sun Jul 02, 2023 7:31 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Okna 800 question
Replies: 9
Views: 88672

Re: Okna 800 question

Yes, but their business model may have a smaller emphasis on the labor aspect cost of their final pricing verses resale of the product than that of my business.
by Delaware Mike
Sat Jul 01, 2023 8:11 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Okna 800 question
Replies: 9
Views: 88672

Re: Okna 800 question

I'd check back with that dealer regarding the triple upcharge of $200 per window. Something doesn't sit well with me with that. I don't do that many windows with triple up here in NJ/DE, but I like it. Well, all except for lifting the windows at my age.
by Delaware Mike
Fri Jun 30, 2023 4:52 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Okna 800 question
Replies: 9
Views: 88672

Re: Pella 250 vs Okna 800

1987 Yugo verses a new Corvette Z06. OKNA by the biggest margin ever.
by Delaware Mike
Mon Jun 12, 2023 5:05 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Gentek SE vs Slocomb IS500
Replies: 13
Views: 49330

Re: Gentek SE vs Slocomb IS500

The fit and finish on the lower to mid grade Slocumb products can be very rough. Mainly the welds. Most vinyl window manufacturers utilze about the same process to shave off the overspill welds fromt the face of the welds. Slocomb must have a drunk lumberjack swinging a chainsaw to perform this task...