We are juggling quotes from two contractors to replace 10 aluminum windows and a patio sliding door on a 1960-built 2008 sq. ft. house in San Pedro, CA. The nearest ocean is on the other side of a hill about a mile away, so I don't think there any corrosion issues.
1. We like the thinner frame of the Simonton windows vs. the thicker, heavier looking Milgard Tuscany frames. Also, Simonton has argon gas standard vs. an extra cost for Milgard. However, the Milgard is about 10% lower than the Simonton quote. Which one is better?
2. We have heard some troubling things about the Simonton windows - made in Canada, warranty problems, lower quality, etc. Any opinions or confirmation of these things?
3. We are also considering Window Master replacement windows, but have not received a quote. Is this manufacturer worth pursuing?
The statements about Simonton are just as Skydawggy says...BS. I wouldn't put all my eggs in the JD power Rating basket because that is mostly BS, however, the Simonton window line is very nice and I have been very happy with it.
Out on the West Coast, you are in Milgard territory and they have several nice windows. The Tuscany just went through one revision and is due to have another one there on the West Coast production. Either way, both pretty nice windows.