Soft-Lite Barcelona vs. NewSouth Windows

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Soft-Lite Barcelona vs. NewSouth Windows

#1 Post by NEFLWindowShopper »

Hi,

We have a very standard "cookie cutter" 1963 home in NE Florida and are looking to replace our 1990s-Era (we think) aluminum double-panels single-hung windows. While we aren't required to have impact glass, this is the only time we plan to replace windows in a home we expect to be in for at least 10 more years (possibly many more).

We can't get Okna here, so based on the feedback on this board, we've quoted through a Soft Lite dealer and also NewSouth. The Soft Lite dealer also sells PGT Winguard, Alside, and Simonton, but they recommended Soft Lite for our home and the price difference with the other brands is immaterial to us.

Does anyone have recommendations on Soft Lite Barcelona vs NewSouth? We've been told the glass in the Bareclona Impact D windows is the same glass sourced by NewSouth (both Cardinal 366 Low-E). There's currently a substantial cost advantage for the Soft Lite, but I expect a counter from NewSouth to make things interesting.

Really appreciate any advice.

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Re: Soft-Lite Barcelona vs. NewSouth Windows

#2 Post by Windows on Washington »

Not familiar with the New South product, but the Soft-Lite is well regarded.

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Re: Soft-Lite Barcelona vs. NewSouth Windows

#3 Post by NEFLWindowShopper »

Thanks! We are going with Soft-lite...however, a question out of curiosity:

It seems the high-quality impact windows here in FL are all pretty unimpressive in terms of U-factor. I understand preventing cold intrusion isn't exactly top of mind for southern climates, but what is the design element that causes this difference? Is it because the laminated glass doesn't have the argon insulated space between all 3 panes?

It seems strange that the most expensive windows don't meet the "most efficient" guidelines. E.g., Soft-lite Elements windows don't have the steel reinforced sashes but offer better thermal performance, whereas the Barcelona are touted for coastal performance but only have U-factors in the .3-ish range. Both models attain excellent SHGC with the right glass selection.

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#4 Post by toddinmn »

The laminated glass drives the cost. Sub .30 u values are good enough in your region. Dual panes are the norm in laminated glass due to weight , cost annd overall thickness of the glass package.

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