Generations windows, by Simonton or Renolds, are they good?
I'm in the process of getting estimates on 14 replacement windows (36inx52in) here in the Northeast. I used Home Depot as a high $$ benchmark. they are offering their 6500 series windows with double pane glass installed for $8200. this includes wrapping of extererior etc..
I recieved quotes from another installer with decent track record.
They however offer this Generations window (made by Simonton or Reynolds?)
they have 2 offerings. the double pane and triple pane product.
- $7900 for Generations with Energy Wise package featuring
Double-glazed 1" insulated glass unit
Argon gas filled between the double strength glass panes
Low-E soft coat
Terrained Super SpacerÂ®
low e 366 glass
- $8900 for Generation Energy Wise Plus glass package
Triple-paned 1" insulated glass unit
Krypton gas filled between the double strength glass panes
Two surfaces of Low-E soft coat
Dual-sealed silicone foam Super SpacerÂ®
The installation from this company does not include wrapping the exterior in vinyl but they will insulate around the frame properly so no air is leaking through the trims. Will ahve this in writing on SoW.
My questions are:
How is this Generations product line compared to the Simonton windows?
Is it a good window?
The R value on the tripe pane is much much higher with a U rating of .22 vs the .29 on the double pane. Is this worth the extra $75 per window?
I live in the NE and spend around $3k a year on heating costs in the winter alone. Is .22 vs .29 going to be a worthwile difference in cost savings for the $75 per window?