Comparing Replacement Windows Simonton vs. ViWinco
Our 18 year old home is having major window failures so we are in the market of getting replacement windows. There are 18 double hung windows in the house in a wide range of sizes, but all of which are under 100" of linear glass.
We have done our homework with the local and state building association and gotten some good well respected contractors to come out and provide quotes for us.
We are basically narrowed down to a few and are looking at three different windows.
1. Cambridge line made by ViWinco, seems to be a very good window and good company. Local to where I live so I like that idea and in business for a good 20+ years. http://www.viwinco.com/UserFiles/pdfs/techspecs/Cambridge_Brochure.pdf
2. Reflections by Simonton - Also a good reputation for replacement windows. We have quotes for a 5050 with upgraded Window Kits and also the 5500 series. (told that the 5050 upgraded is almost the same window as the 5500)
Here are my questions.
1. We have a hard time finding out details on simonton windows. There is no brochure that spells everything out like the ViWinco's. Any thoughts??
2. Capping of exterior. Most of the contractors are including custom aluminum capping. Once contractor is not and says it doesn't need to be done and adds cost. To me, I cannot see how the windows will look right if the old dingy aluminum is not capped off am I right?
Really need some honest advice on this major purchase.