Simonton Reflections 5500 with Low e366

sethrameshJuly 7, 2014

I live in Atlanta and my house faces south where I am changing the windows. Does it make sense to get LoW e 366?.

Also is Simonton Reflections 5500 with 1" super spacer and Double Strength Glass (1/8") double pane glass a good choice ?.

This post was edited by sethramesh on Mon, Jul 7, 14 at 23:44

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sethramesh

Forgot to add: Low e 366 cost 18$ more per window...

This post was edited by sethramesh on Mon, Jul 7, 14 at 23:45

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:21PM
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sethramesh

Also the soft-lite elements costs 50% more compared to Reflections 5500. (U$2900 Vs U$4300 for 7 windows). is element worth this much extra?

Thanks

This post was edited by sethramesh on Mon, Jul 7, 14 at 23:50

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:34PM
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mmarse1

The soft lite elements is a better window, there is just no disputing that fact, so it will be more of an investment..
In your situation, you could consider low E 366.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:34AM
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windowsonwashington

The Simonton window will probably serve your purposes just fine and with the Low-e 366.

That being said, that number is crazy low in both cases and had you said you would be getting 7 Elements windows for $4,300...I would say to jump all over it anyway.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:41AM
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UltraWindows

Yes, Low-E366 is advisable in your area and that's a reasonable upgrade price.

The Soft-lite Elements window is heads and shoulders above the Simonton 5500 in build quality and performance. The 5500 is an old design that needs upgrading. If you decided to go with it I'd upgrade to the optional sash reinforcement for your climate. By the time you add all of the things that a decent vinyl window should have, you'll be closer to the price of the Elements.

As to whether or not it's worth 50% more, only you can answer that question, but I'd consider the general rule that higher performance windows are typically sold by more quality oriented contractors while mid-grade windows are typically sold by contractors with the "good enough" mentality. Again, this is a general rule and not an absolute.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:49AM
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mmarse1

"Ultrawindows" nailed it. Cant get a better explanation than that.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 2:28PM
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HomeSealed_WI

+1 to the great advice above. I strongly favor the Elements and that is a bit lower than I typically see it being sold.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 5:47PM
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sethramesh

Thanks you all so much. I am inclining towards the soft-lite element. The Soft-lite is NOT Low e 336 but with the following spec: Is this is better than Low e 366? or should i ask for Low e 366?

SB70XL (Solar Low-E) with argon and Super Spacer.
U-Factor 0.26, Solar Heat Gain .20.
Glass thickness is 7/8" with double strength glass package.

Just want to be sure if this the element.

This post was edited by sethramesh on Tue, Jul 8, 14 at 18:44

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 6:35PM
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UltraWindows

PPG's Solarban 70XL is roughly equivalent to Cardinal's Low-E366, no worries there. Both are good packages for your climate.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 7:05PM
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sethramesh

Thanks for the clarification

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:59PM
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