Search found 944 matches

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: 16446

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: 256

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: 618

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: 3743

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: 6785

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: 33325

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: 7
Views: 32024

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: 7
Views: 32024

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: 46240

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: 46240

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: 46240

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: 26932

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...
by Delaware Mike
Mon May 01, 2023 4:07 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Need advice for Wood Laminate Replacements
Replies: 9
Views: 24581

Re: Need advice for Wood Laminate Replacements

That Vytex series is very nice. The Alside unit is very bulky. OKNA 600 or 800 should be in the mix.
by Delaware Mike
Thu Apr 27, 2023 4:35 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Himark 1000 vs 800dx differences?
Replies: 14
Views: 72546

Re: Himark 1000 vs 800dx differences?

I'm sorry this outfit delivered subpar workmanship. There are a too many speed oriented alleged mechanics out there . Many times, janky capping, sloppy caulking, and other hack moves are considered "industry norms." Unfortunately, manufacturers don't really have a way to police what a part...
by Delaware Mike
Wed Apr 19, 2023 5:52 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Comparing Windows in Iowa
Replies: 5
Views: 10794

Re: Comparing Windows in Iowa

The Sunrise is a very good window, especially compared to that other barely mid-level vinyl stuff. The Relibuilt is private label from Atrium for Lowes.