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by HomeSealed
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside
Replies: 55
Views: 5109

Re: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside

IMO, the initial glass that he offered is most appropriate. If you were in the desert or someplace where your furnace rarely ran, that would be different. The standard low e will take a huge bite out of the heat that you feel coming through as well as the UV rays that fade your furniture, flooring, ...
by HomeSealed
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Window Reviews
Topic: Provia Endure
Replies: 11
Views: 6418

Re: Provia Endure

Not sure if you will get a response from the OP, but the Endure is a solid option.
by HomeSealed
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside
Replies: 55
Views: 5109

Re: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside

Very similar windows and performance. The difference between the two comes down to option content more than anything IMO. Pick the one that you like better, or if you want to pocket a couple bucks you aren't losing a ton.
by HomeSealed
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside
Replies: 55
Views: 5109

Re: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside

If you’re budget is that tight I would have no problem with the 5500. Putting it in the category of “some “ builder grade junk is a bit harsh and incorrect IMO. Yes Todd, great point. I made it almost verbatim in my post immediately above your comment: " Let me also reiterate that while I don't lov...
by HomeSealed
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside
Replies: 55
Views: 5109

Re: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside

Hmm thanks for the advice. The main reason I was considering the Simonton is he installed the windows for my neighbor, and my neighbor told me how good of a job he did and recommended me to him. So far none of the "sales" people have been as bad as a used (or even new) car sales person. One came cl...
by HomeSealed
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside
Replies: 55
Views: 5109

Re: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside

1) The Essentials would not be recommended either. The base Sunrise is pretty good, the Provia is pretty good, and the Okna's are excellent. 2) If you are not willing to spend $600 per window, I'd suggest closing the book on this project for now, or again, consider financing. If you are going to be ...
by HomeSealed
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside
Replies: 55
Views: 5109

Re: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside

MNW, have you explored financing options? ... If you aren't interested in that, I'd opt for reducing the project slightly and getting a better window. I'm not suggesting that you need a "Cadillac" , however after 10 years, a good window will still look and operate like new, where something downstrea...
by HomeSealed
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside
Replies: 55
Views: 5109

Re: Simonton, Ply Gem or Alside

MNW, there is some major irony here in that you've narrowed your list in reverse based on quality. You threw out all of the good windows and left the bottom feeders. My opinion on the Simonton option is not as favorable as the other guys. Very bulky and dated. Depending where you are located, it doe...
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Low-e windows and green hue - help!
Replies: 6
Views: 969

Re: Low-e windows and green hue - help!

+1. Can't say that I've ever had a client upset about the green hue post install or even heard complaints about competitor windows. The only way that you will notice it is if you put a piece of white paper against it, its really not perceptible to the eye under normal circumstances. Most folks aren'...
by HomeSealed
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Spare parts for White Corona 4000 series Schuco windows
Replies: 20
Views: 5031

Re: Spare parts for White Corona 4000 series Schuco windows

I'd keep searching for superior glass. Perhaps the original installer has a new line that he/she can source glass from? I've also special ordered glass from local supplier with Low e, argon, and composite spacer. Even Cardinal glass with a stainless spacer, while a different look, would be a nice op...
by HomeSealed
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Pella 350 vs Okna 800 (and other questions)
Replies: 43
Views: 6481

Re: Pella 350 vs Okna 800 (What to do?)

I agree, spray foam is preferred. In addition, the installation with nail fin and without removing the interior trim seems a little dicey. They must have the jamb depth measurement perfect and also use a creative means of insulating the cavity as Window Nerd described... Hard to say if anything is b...
by HomeSealed
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Pella 350 vs Okna 800 (and other questions)
Replies: 43
Views: 6481

Re: Pella 350 vs Okna 800 (What to do?)

WoW, thanks for the input! I feel a lot more comfortable with the installation method proposed by the Okna installer in terms of long term performance of the windows. Is the installation method factoring into your opinion? One thing I am not clear on yet is whether the Okna 800 standard deluxe pack...
by HomeSealed
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Pella 350 vs Okna 800 (and other questions)
Replies: 43
Views: 6481

Re: Pella 350 vs Okna 800 (What to do?)

Windows on Washington wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:55 am
surface 4 coatings are a band-aid for mediocre glass... and... a possible recipe for customer disappointment and complaints.
^^^ Strongly agree.^^^
by HomeSealed
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Pella 350 vs Okna 800 (and other questions)
Replies: 43
Views: 6481

Re: Pella 350 vs Okna 800 (What to do?)

I'll defer to the guys closer to you as far as the SunSeal vs Standard. My stressing of the VT, SHGC, and CR are far more important in a northern climate like mine, however it sounds like the consensus is that even in your more mild climate the standard package is better and the surface 4 coating is...
by HomeSealed
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Pella 350 vs Okna 800 (and other questions)
Replies: 43
Views: 6481

Re: Pella 350 vs Okna 800 (What to do?)

If I'm not mistaken there is/was a "Sunshine" window company... perhaps they are out of business. On the other stuff, I agree with WoW's advice and would only add a few minor points: 1) As WOW closed with on this topic, the VT rating is where its at and will be pretty telling as to how noticeable yo...