Which window to buy in Western Mass.

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Re: Which window to buy in Western Mass.

#16 Post by Chose » Tue May 19, 2020 8:57 am

Okna 600DX, Softlite, or Polaris do not have dealers that service Western Mass (near New York Border).
The Alside Mezzo, nor Pella 350 are not highly regarded here, so those choice is out.
I had Andersen 400 Series and A series in another house, and they were drafty, so they're out.
Kensington, Atrium 450, Simonton 5500, or Thermo Expert (made by Sunrise) double hung, new construction windows
are choices that are available.
Any thoughts on which are best of these windows?
Thank you.

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Re: Which window to buy in Western Mass.

#17 Post by toddinmn » Tue May 19, 2020 10:17 am

Looks like Kensington or Thermo Expert.Make sure the Thermo has sash reinforcement and is there upper line offering

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Re: Which window to buy in Western Mass.

#18 Post by Chose » Tue May 19, 2020 2:24 pm

Question for all:
Okna, Soft-lite, or Polaris do not have dealers that service Western Mass (near New York Border).
In regards to which window will last longest, be the most energy efficient, and is affordable between Kensington Quantum 2, Atrium 450, Simonton 5500, or Thermo Expert (made by Sunrise) double hung, new construction windows, how would you rank them, best to worst?

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Re: Which window to buy in Western Mass.

#19 Post by masterext » Tue May 19, 2020 2:52 pm

I defer to Todd’s response above.

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Re: Which window to buy in Western Mass.

#20 Post by Chose » Tue May 19, 2020 4:16 pm

Help me understand why the Thermo Expert Sunrise or Essential Series is better than a Kensington Quantom 2 or a Simonton 5500?

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Re: Which window to buy in Western Mass.

#21 Post by toddinmn » Tue May 19, 2020 5:35 pm

As I mentioned finding all the things others have allude to can be a daunting task. I wish I could help more but I have never seen the Kensington. I think the Sunrise equivalent is alright but I would be going out on a limb to recommend it. The Simonton is solid IMO but not upper end, it is a little bulky and the air numbers (whatever they are ) Are 2nd tier.

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Re: Which window to buy in Western Mass.

#22 Post by Chose » Thu May 21, 2020 3:17 pm

I've narrowed my focus to a Sunrise window built to Sunrise Vanguard specs (local window company, window made by Sunrise), Simonton 5500, and Polaris Windows, either the Thermaweld or Ultraweld.
What are your thoughts about which is the better vinyl double hung replacement window and why?
I'm looking for the window that's very energy efficient, will last for 20 plus years, and an excellent quality.
My carpenter wants to install Andersen windows, as another alternative.

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Re: Which window to buy in Western Mass.

#23 Post by toddinmn » Thu May 21, 2020 3:42 pm

Is your carpenter the installer regardless of brand?

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Re: Which window to buy in Western Mass.

#24 Post by Chose » Fri May 22, 2020 7:24 am

No.
Why do you ask?
If I hire my carpenter to install vinyl siding, he's not happy about possibly working with a sub who would be a certified installer from the window company. So I'll ask him which windows he can get from his supplier.
Meanwhile I'm getting more estimates from companies who do both siding and windows, then I'll decide.
Looking at replacement doublehung vinyl.
There's dozens of choices, and it's confusing because you have to weigh cost, energy efficiency, etc..
The Sunrise dealer only does windows. Another contractor, Mastic siding , only sells Ellison 1300 windows. A third company, Certainteed siding and Simonton 5500 windows. A fourth (not local) Alside Siding and Mezzo Windows.
Today is my last quote, and he's (not local) Certainteed Siding, and Polaris windows.
Any thoughts?

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Re: Which window to buy in Western Mass.

#25 Post by TheWindowNerd » Fri May 22, 2020 10:07 am

Pick the best window then work out the rest.

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