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Read 4 Simonton Daylight Max windows review from homeowners and our site editors on this narrow framed vinyl replacement window. Read all of our Simonton window reviews.

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Simonton Daylight Max vs Amerimax Craftsman Portrait

You have a great site! It has been very helpful to me. I am deciding between two companies: one that uses several different vendors and one that uses Simonton Daylight Max. Both have been highly recommended to me by neighbors and have great reviews on online sites for installation and long-term service. If I use the first company, I would get the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait series. Right now the company is getting the best deals from Anlin and Amerimax; the Amerimax looks more attractive to me, and they say it is a better product that they can sell now for even less than Anlin. What is confusing me most is that each company has said the opposite about the seals/spacers, which is one of the main differences between the Amerimax and Simonton.

Company A (who I would get the Amerimax from) says a rubber spacer is much better that the seal has a lower failure rate, fogs less, and is much quieter. Company B (Simonton) says rubber spacers are bad and were invented only after the rebates were offered by the Obama Administration; because the Simonton Daylight Max has less vinyl than the Amerimax or other frames, he said, they didn't need to replace the stainless steel spacer with rubber in order to get their performance rating to the necessary level. He said the rubber spacers are junky and iffy, and that the metal spacers have proven to work over twenty years. He said rubber is only good when you need a curved window that needs a flexible spacer. He argued also that the small difference in performance level between Simonton-with-metal and anything else with rubber is very small and nothing compared to the difference going from single to double-pane, so not worth worrying out.

The other supposed selling point of the Daylight Max is the thinner frame. But in looking at neighbors' windows, I think that would only make a difference in terms of light-in-the-house in a very narrow window. Otherwise, on a three foot wide or six foot wide window, I'm not sure if the difference is negligible or really matters. I am in Southern California. I would like some advice on these two issues. Thanks so much!!

Anna - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Anna, I wouldn't get too hung up on the different spacers, or certainly I wouldn't make this the deciding factor when you are trying to decide who to go with. Most industry people will tell you that a non metallic spacer is going to provide better performance, although there are a number of factors, such as what material the core is made out of.

I think it's fair to say that the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait is a better window than the Simonton Daylight Max. The Daylight Max does have a thinner frame, although off hand I don't know how it compares with the Amerimax frame. I would go with the Anlin/Amerimax over the Simonton, but I would be sure to include that Simonton does make some higher end vinyl windows that are quite good, better than the Daylight Max.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Simonton 7300 Daylight Max vs 6200 Vantage Pointe

I am looking at 6200 Series Simonton slider with a vantage point clear view window by home depot or a 7300 Simonton daylight max slider and window by another window co. Which series is better is better?

Alice - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Alice, the 6200 series is probably the better of the two, but not by a whole lot. The Daylight max window uses a slightly narrower frame that will provide more viewing area, but will sacrifice a bit in terms of performance numbers. However, I'm not a big fan of HD installation as a general rule of thumb, I worry that the subcontractors won't do a great job and then it won't matter what window you bought. If you do go with HD, make sure to speak with the installer and ask him for a quick rundown on how the install will go and see how thorough his answer. Ask this same question of the other installer and see how their answers compare.

I would say go with the better installer over the better window since these two are so close and made by the same company – basically they are both no frills mid range vinyl windows, one is marketed as a west coast model and the other is marketed as a HD exclusive model. The quality of the install should be the difference.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Simonton Daylight Max

Please give your opinion on the Simonton Daylight Max. I live in San Diego, my window sill is 20 years old and rotted. Is retrofitting a viable option, with rebuilding the sill either with treated wood or wood encased aluminium? New construction is 3x the cost! Thank you, Jenna

Jenna - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Honestly, you need to ask all three or four (in your case) contractors or companies who come out to give you a bid whether they recommend new construction or whether you can get away with a replacement or retrofit window. This gives you a nice broad set of professional perspectives that should provide a general consensus. It sounds like you are going to have to rebuild the sills anyway, which is where alot of the cost is going be anyway.Typically if your sills are rotten, there is going to be some water or rot to some of the other surrounding wood etc.

The question of new construction or retrofit will depend on what material is on the outside of the house, what steps are needed to removing the new construction windows that are up there now, etc. That's why I'm saying get a handful of opinions. You will also be AMAZED by the difference in price that the local companies will come up with.

In terms of windows, the Daylight Max is just okay in my opinion. You are in San Diego, so I would recommend the Milgard Tuscany Window, the Anlin Del Mar and the Amerimax, Amerimax Craftsman Portrait, and the Simonton 9800 Impressions. These are all good vinyl windows that should be available in your area and will fall into a mid range vinyl window price point.

Let me know what the contractors say about the project!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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Simonton Daylight Max vs. Ply Gem Pro

I'm looking at the Ply Gem Pro series and the Simonton Daylight Max. Which would you recommend and why?

Gwen - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Gwen, I would have to give the nod to the Ply Gem Pro. The Simonton Daylight Max uses a narrow frame to provide "max daylight," which will equate to more glass or viewing area, but at a cost of performance. The U-value and AI are going to be a bit lower on the Pro than the Daylight Max. The Ply Gem Pro is going to be a sturdier window in my opinion. By how much, that's up for debate, but if I were making the choice, this is what I'd go with.

Make sure you get good installation from a reputable local company. This is important to making sure that the window is properly placed and secured in the window and that it's going to provide the energy efficiency that you need from new windows.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


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