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RW Weekly

Week of April 22, 2013

The Editor's Top Discussion Board Picks

Alside Fairfield 80 Windows - Lower cost for a reason?
One member is looking to install 7 windows and 3 sliding doors. While options from Simonton and Milgard were offered, Alside Fairfield 80 windows seem to be a much lower cost. Do our experts think they are a good windows choice? Read More >>
Affinity Elite, Okna 500 or Okna 800?
A member is looking to replace 14 windows in a house, where air infiltration is a big concern. While the Affinity Elite are the cheaper option, will they be the best option? Read More >>
Sunrise Restorations Vinyl vs Marvin Infinity Fiberglass
A member is looking at replacing 17 double-hung windows, and has narrowed the search to two different windows. Not only is this a question of which window is better, but also of which material will work best. See what our experts have to say about Sunrise vs Simonton, as well as Vinyl vs Fiberglass. Read More >>

The Best of Oberon - Our Resident Technical Expert

Spacing: What does it affect?
A dual pane IGU with a softcoat LowE and argon gas reaches its optimum energy perfomance at 7/16". Beyond that spacing, up to about 7/8", the energy perfomance will be pretty much consistent, but it does not improve. Above 7/8" the performance actually begins to decline. This is not a sudden "fall off a cliff" sort of degeneration, but is measureable.
Andersen Casement Windows by Andersen
Rating 3.5
"53 casement windows installed and although we went with a higher bid the quality and service was worth the money. The house has a new look inside and out and looks beautiful. "-The Herrera's, TX

"All replacement windows and doors look great and have performed flawlessly; we've had different units anywhere from 1 to 5 years. " - Calri, CA

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Infinity by Marvin Window & Door
Rating 4
"We had Marvin Infinity Windows installed on all our front windows this week. We loved them in the showroom, but like them better installed. I would recommend them to anyone." - Dale

"The product is superb and the fact that I could stain the interior to match my existing wood was a great plus. Once you compare, I don't think there is any other choice for quality and price." - Ron, NY

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