Choosing Window Quotes - Polaris vs SoftLight

TheBIGHeadApril 24, 2014

I am looking for some direction on selecting from several window quotes that I have been provided.
I am replacing most of the windows in my 2 story home (22 in all). Windows are white, double hung and are 100 to 120 unit inches. We live in the greater Cleveland area (South East Suburb).
I have the following 3 quotes, all from very reputable and top notch installers. Interested to hear which is the best deal and why you would choose one over the other. Also, are these good prices or do I need to push a little?

Quotes:
- Polaris UltraWeld, Glass=Low e plus Argon, Foam in Sash, Intercept Stainless Steel Spacer. Cost = $12,500
- SoftLight Bainbridge, Glass=Low e plus Argon, Foam in Sash, Intercept Stainless Steel Spacer. Cost = $13,500
- SoftLight Pro, Glass=Low e plus Argon, Foam in Sash, Super Spacer. Cost = $14,500

I seem to read better comments about SoftLight versus Polaris (mostly on this forum). However, Polaris windows have the lowest air infiltration of these options. They are a little bulky, but seem very solid. The difference between the two SoftLight windows seems very minor. I slightly prefer the Pro, but don't think it justifies the extra $1000.

Thanks in advance to all for your comments.

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PRO
Windows on Washington

If you are okay with the slightly larger frame width, the Polaris UltraWeld wins that comparo handily.

It is the most solid of those 3 and at the lesser expense, its a no-brainer.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 12:10PM
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HomeSealed_WI

+1. The Ultraweld is the best performer of the three, and looks like the lowest price. Easy choice.
Regarding the Softlite lines, The Elements is their top window and the one that would be as good or better than the Polaris. The Bainbridge and the Pro are a few notches down the line from them, and a more accurate comparison from Polaris would be the Thermalweld.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 2:11PM
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TomTusing

Take a look at sunrise that has some great windows with a .01 air infiltration . Proper Installation is key to any window install.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 9:54PM
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PRO
Windows on Washington

Tom,

What Sunrise window is a 0.01?

FYI..the UltraWeld is a 0.01 window as well.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 11:53AM
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TheBIGHead

One last update:
Informed the installer who had offered the Bainbridge that I was going with someone else; he said he could offer a better price on Soft-Lite Classics. Quote says:
SoftLite Classic, Glass=Low e plus Argon, Foam in Sash, Super Spacer. Cost = $10,900.
So, I have the same question as before, is this a better deal than the Ultrawelds mentioned in my original post?
I understand the Ultraweld is a better window overall. Is this new quote a better bang for my buck?
Also, how is the Classic different than the Bainbridge? I haven't actually seen one of these windows.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 9:33PM
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PRO
Windows on Washington

Stick with the UltraWeld. Better window and the fact that he dropped 30% is a bit cheesy in my book.

The Classic is an older extrusion and the UltraWeld is the better unit.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 10:10PM
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HomeSealed_WI

+1 on the Ultraweld. The Classic is Softlite's lower end offering. Pretty dated IMO. Not a terrible window at all, but the UW is better IMO.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 3:58PM
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