Polaris Windows

haildamageDecember 20, 2013

Hello-
I was given a contact name by Polaris that is selling their windows but with 'exclusive' features that regular Polaris windows do not have. They have a warm edge spacer that is supposed to seal better and longer to the glass than the Intercept ss spacer. For triple pane, foam filled sash and frame, 2 spaces of argon in casements the price seems too low. They have stated these are the Polaris Ultraweld with additional features, calling them Unishield. Any thoughts on a window reseller/installer like this? Has anyone ever heard of this situation?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
windowsonwashington

I have heard of that window and it is quite good.

It has great air infiltration numbers and the options that it is both available and loaded up with make the performance numbers awesome.

There are some options in that window that are not available as a standard in the UltraWeld if memory serves me correctly.

Very solid window and design so if the price looks good, its a tough window to beat.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 4:40AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mmarse1

If its Universal, they use the Thermal Weld, not the ultraweld.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 11:48AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
HomeSealed_WI

Polaris makes a solid product. That window does not have any meaningful options that can't be had on the regular lines however. Good air infiltration rate, but the thermal ratings are not quite as good as the top products. If the price is right and the installation company is top notch it can be a good choice, I'd put it a shade under the top tier performers like Restorations, Okna, Himark, Elements, etc... And that is assuming that it is based on the UltraWeld. If the Thermalweld as mmarsel said, it would not be on my list of recommendations.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 1:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
haildamage

Thank you for the good responses....I did want to check out Okna, but that reseller refuses to return my calls. Himark and Elements aren't listed on the EPA casement most efficient site, so I have not heard or looked at them...

Yes it is from Universal, but the subject of the email quote says "ultra weld 8000 estimate". The body of the quote attachment says: These are our exclusive UniShield Windows, manufactured by Polaris Technologies. The UniShield windows is the Ultraweld 8000 series windows with additional features for added strength, durability and energy efficiency.

How can I tell if they are in fact Ultra Weld as they say they are?

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 11:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
windowsonwashington

Ask them for a CPD number.

The UltraWeld is a solid window but a good portion of customers find it really bulky and thick on the sides.

If its the ThermalWeld, that is a mid grade window.

The Ultra does have good air numbers but the thermals aren't on par with the upper end windows out there.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 8:31AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
HomeSealed

HiMark is a dealer network of okna, and elements is the top offering from softlite. Both of those lines will be listed on the most efficient site, and in fact are the top two models that are widely available in terms of energy efficiency. U values hitting .20 or lower with triple pane argon, and air infiltration ratings of .01.
Where are you located? That can dictate what products you have available.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 11:24AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
haildamage

What do I do with the CPD number assuming they will give me one?
We are located a few hours from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Is there a HiMark dealer in this state?

This Energy Star site doesn't rate Softlite that highly....see link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: EPA casement performance

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 7:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
toddinmn

Universal has a beefed up version of the Ultraweld available.
There triple panes also come in below 0.20 U value or lower.
They also list an air infiltration of 0.01 and a u-value of 0.26 on dual paned glass.The okna's superior U-value of 0.25 is really splitting hairs, red ones at that.
I know the Polaris has a bulkier double-hung but don't know if the casement is the same compared to the others.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 12:35AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
HomeSealed_WI

Todd is correct on the ratings, my brain always defaults to double hungs where there is a larger spread (.25-.28). That said, I have samples of all 3 and sell all 3 and my clients prefer them in order Okna, Softlite, Polaris. The Okna is the slimmest (more glass) and arguable most attractive, followed by the Softlite and then Polaris. Any of the 3 would serve you well.
In double hungs the Okna and Softlie Elemets are a solid step up IMO.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 4:58PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
toddinmn

Universal's double hung is 0.26.
It comes with super spacer that is not available to other Polaris dealers.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 6:08PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
HomeSealed_WI

Incorrect Todd. See attached... They do use super spacer but it has the same .28 u factor in the Ultra Weld double hung that the stainless does... Again, I'll reiterate that it is a very good window, just want to make sure that our facts are accurate. ;)

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 1:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
windowsonwashington

+1

U-Factor of 0.26 is only the casement if I am not mistaken.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 4:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
toddinmn

I stand corrected. I thought Universal had a glazing package that brought the U-value to 0.26 but they do not.
Thanks for shedding light on this Homie as I really hate seeing misinformation being posted.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 11:45AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Deciding between Marvin, Pella, Anderson, and Lincoln
We are adding a small addition to our home, and at...
juddgirl2
Contractor introduced me to yet another window, Vi Win Tech windows???
A building contractor we are using for a garage guesthouse...
happyallison
Deciding between Grand Estates/Amcraft or Okna 500dx, advice?
Both are new construction. The Grand Estates is just...
happyallison
Decorating a new windowsill?
Hi everyone, We are a small growing business specialising...
LightGlow UK
Need reassurance! Pella windows not a bad decision?
My house currently has 4 kinds of windows - contractor's...
Lrw2a
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™