Replacement Windows - Vista Panorama vs Sunrise Essentials

dawgs_of_the_westJuly 16, 2014

Hi All,
I am looking to replace all the windows and I live in GA. I got quotes for Sunrise Essentials and Vista Panorama. They look similar in build from a specs comparison (low E, double strength glass, Argon filled etc.) Prices are comparable as well.

Couple of questions. Are these brands about mid grade? This is what I gather from reading the forums. I probably will live in my current home for another 5 years or so. I want to know if there are major problems reported with Vista windows after a few years of install. I am leaning towards Vista since the contractor sounds fair and reasonable but I am really interested in knowing the window quality to see if I have to deal with warranty issues down the line.

Secondly, is cladding an important thing for your windows? I feel like it is going to mask real issues (and contribute to more) if I go with cladding.

Please let me know your thoughts and comments. Thanks.

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HomeSealed_WI

pretty much any and every window regardless of quality will have low-e and argon, so I would not use that as criteria. The performance ratings that are achieved by those and other features will be a bit more telling. U factor and air infiltration are two biggies...
I dont have a huge problem with the Vista other than that it is pretty mediocre, just that you can typically find a better performer for a similar price. The Sunrise line is very good from the base unit "Sunrise" on up. The Essentials is a price point model that I'm not a fan of.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 4:20PM
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UltraWindows

I wouldn't put the Sunrise Essentials in the mid grade category, it's not that good.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 9:53PM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

+1

The Essentials is a supremely thin extrusion and it shows.

A great Italian from NJ once said "buying cheap windows is expensive"....

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 8:27AM
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dawgs_of_the_west

Hi All,
Thanks for the feedback and responses. I found the following about Vista. Please let me know your thoughts.

U-factor = 0.29
SGHC = 0.18
VT = 0.42
Super Spacer
Air Infiltration = 0.2
Foam Filled Frame

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:22AM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

Thermal number is the minimum I would want to see. I like to see 0.27 and below.

Air number is high.

VT is a bit low for a double pane unit.

Overall...not an overly impressive set of performance numbers.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 1:56PM
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dawgs_of_the_west

Thank you for the feedback!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 10:16AM
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HomeSealed_WI

+1. The .2 AI number is VERY high. I have to admit that I didn't even realize that it was that high... The top products are as low as .01 and .02. Anything under .05 is generally considered to be very tight.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 2:57PM
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