Thanks for the help WoW,
I'll need to dig out the U-factor for each of the windows. I remember hearing it. I addressed the air infiltration with the Andersen dealer, and was basically told that if properly installed, there should not be any infiltration. Much the same answer from the Simonton folks. I still have to review the warranty info again, but if I remember correctly, the Simonton had a better warranty than Andersen. We have ruled out the Pella window and the attendant questions of wood and painting the interior. They look good, but have decided not to pursue them. We are not wedded to Fibrex or Vinyl, but color is going to be important to my wife. She has seen a friend's house with the Simonton window, and does not like the white, even though only a small amount of white will show after the brick molding is covered. The Andersen window matches out outside trim very well, and looks acceptable on the interior. Price is an issue, Simonton 9800 for $625 vs $950 or so for Andersen. The total quote diff is about $4000 approximately $19k vs $23k. That includes a door and wrapping the remaining door openings. We plan on going one afternoon next week to look at the Andersen window together, and will make the final decision then. Thanks for the very helpful points. I don't mind spending the money, but want to make the decision only once. With the Pella window out, it seems to be a more apples vs apples choice.....At least 1/3 of the decision was made! Best, Bob
Windows on Washington wrote:
You are really comparing apples to oranges. If you are talking about the RBA window, you are talking about a wood hybrid window and comparing it to a vinyl window.
Ask your two sales people for the following:
U-Factor (whole unit)
Warranty (glass and frame)
Start with that information and work your way down.
What is important to you? Do you want a Fibrex window or a vinyl? Do you want a "wood" interior or is white vinyl okay? Do you need to paint the interior?
What are the prices of each quote? Is the price delta worth the investment based on what you want the window to look or do?