Slocomb Windows Reviews
Read 7 Slocomb windows reviews from both contractors and homeowners to explroe their products, as well as Slocomb windows prices.
Slocomb Pro-Tech 177 Windows
Hello, I have received a quote for 8 Slocomb Pro-Tech 177 series to be installed in my home that was built in 1920. They will be replacing the current wood windows. I am not sure if the quote I have received is too high or not. The largest window I have is 61"x35" all other windows are slightly shorter. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I have until Wednesday to back out!
[Site Editor's Answer]
Jessica, you didn't include the actual quote. More importantly, don't sign anything with a company that puts some hard fast deadline on when their "amazing deal" stays good for — these are cheap tactics.
Slocomb Windows vs. Wallside
I am trying to decide between Wallside windows, Ply-Gem 2000 Contractor Series, and Slocomb Pro-Tech 177. All are vinyl options. I am doing 12 windows and a sliding doorwall. Do you have any recommendations between these options?
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Rob, I haven't heard the best things from Wallside, although I have little direct knowledge of the company. From what I've heard, they operate in much the same way as a Window World in terms of the pricing and quality. Ply Gem makes a decent product in the Pro and Premium models, but anything with the words Contractor Series means you are buying their entry level product and this is not a recipe for long term value. See if you can't get a bid for one of these upgraded models instead. The Protech 177 model looks decent from the website, but I couldn't find any numbers on it on the nfrc.org website, either under Slocomb or Newton.
Slocomb, Newton, Earthwise
In 2002, Slocomb acquired Newton and became Newtown-Slocomb and then two years later, they became a part of Earthwise Windows, which to my knowledge is a buying group (read: a bunch of independent manufactuers) that buy Slocomb manufactured windows and get them at a better price point based on their volume and size. Dreamhouse is involved in this whole thing somehow, but that part of the story eludes me - Dreamhouse filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
Slocomb Windstopper Review
I looked at the Windstopper from Slocomb recently and I was impressed with its design, sloped sill, locking mechanism, triple seals etc. It had a U-factor of .22, which seems very good from the research I've done so far. However, I don't see much on this company and was hoping to get some insight into how they compared to Sunrise, which is the other company that I'm also considering. Thanks.
There isn't much information about the company because they are not a very big player in the replacement market and they make a product that is mediocre - not bad, just nothing special. Their design is relatively boxy, but other than this I can't say anything bad about them. Sunrise windows is a very good vinyl window and one that I've worked with and can recommend without question, assuming that whoever installs the windows is knowledgeable and thorough.
Slocomb vs Gorell
We have 2 different quotes on 18 windows that are for a mix of double hungs and casements. The first one is on the the Slocomb 477 model called the WindBlocker. It uses double-pane glass and the casements have a U-Factor of .21 - the product is manufactured by Earthwise and uses a combination of soft and hard coat low-e glass, which I'm a little confused by what this means exactly. The second quote is for the Gorell 5300 window with a U-factor of 0.24 and the quote is about $1K more. Gorell was recently bought out so this worries me but the windows look very solid. I liked both reps and met the installers who both seem to know their stuff. So I'm wondering who to go with?
Gorell is the clear winner of these two options. They were bough by Soft-Lite, which has a great reputation in the field. The 5300 is a very solid window with a good design that will last you a long time. Slocomb is an alright choice, but not in the same league as the Gorell. I don't like the mix of hard and soft coat low-e glass (although it decreases U-factor, which the company can tout when comparing their product to competitors). Hard coat decreases condensation resistance and increases the chances of surface scratches, not to mention a greater "hazy" look problem. What you want is soft coat with the low-e glass.
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