Digital Man wrote:
I don't have much of a preference on materials yet. I'm open to the advice of the experts there. One thing that is important to me is low maintenance. I don't want to have to paint them and I don't want white, so I'm hoping I can get vinyl or fiberglass that is already colored. I don't want wood since that's when we're replacing.
At this point I'll definitely look at Sunrise and Soft-Light in vinyl. Probably check out Amerimax too since the Sunrise installers also carry them. I may check out Marvin fiberglass as well. Unfortunately OKNA does not have a dealer in Colorado.
I guess my main question is the performance characteristics such as SHGC, U-value, Air Infiltration, Condensation Resistance Factor, Design Pressure, Low E, etc. SHGC is probably my biggest question since I see answers for people that live in the north and the south, but not anything for someone in between.
The Sunrise window has a few more colored options that are available in non paint. I also prefer their paint to any other manufacturer I've seen if you have to go that route. The Restorations window is my favorite because of the performance and is also by far the best looking vinyl window imo. The upper softlite lines are very nice also and you should be happy with both as long as you get a good install.