New Mexico Replacement Windows
Hello, I wanted to know if any have suggestions for replacement windows for high desert/strong sun areas. I have a 2003 production-built house in Santa Fe, NM (elevation 7000 ft) with huge metal-frame windows that leak air through the frames. One patio door is broken (exterior pane), so I must replace it.
I have had visits from Renewal by Anderson and from Home Depot who sell Simonton 6200 and 6500 windows. I am not convinced Renewal is that good a product for the cost. If vinyl will not "melt" in this climate, it fits the budget better.
I like the narrower sash profile of the Simonton 6200 series versus the 6500. With the extra 366 LoE coating it seems the performance is similar to 6500 Series that people on this board seem to like. Gorell and Soft-Lite do not have dealers in New Mexico, and Okna has yet to contact me.
I am on my way to check the Marvin Integrity showroom (fiberglass composite). I think this is a superior product to vinyl but I suspect out of my price range. I wanted to hear from others who may have used Simonton vinyl windows in this climate (hey you guys in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, & Northern Arizona!)