Soft-Lite Window Prices
Soft-Lite window prices are at the higher end of the vinyl window pricing structure. Their products are generally regarded as very well designed and engineered and priced accordingly. Click to read consumer reviews on their windows.
The Barrington is Soft-Lite's low-end vinyl window. It is lower in quality compared with their other lines, but for a bargain window it is a decent option. The frame is narrow, so it's ideal for small openings. Some home owners have found the exterior drip cap unappealing, but it's a solid choice for a budget window. This is model is available as a single hung window (in addition to numerous other styles and types).
Basically an upgrade of the Barrington, the Bainbridge exterior looks a little nicer and it has some different features. The balance cover and exterior screen track are an improvement over the Barrington and it is reinforced in the sash rail. The Baingridge is comparable to the Okna 400 window.
The Classic is a stripped down version of the Imperial Model. It looks a bit more outdated to the Pro or LS and has an Air Infiltration of 0.11, which is just okay. Many dealers don't carry the Classic (due to the popularity of the Imperial LS and Pro) - sometimes you can find really great deals on the Classic from professional contractors who have left over inventory. The Classic is comparable to say the Gorell 5100 window .
Imperial Pro Series
A MUCH better than average mid price window, the Pro isn't quite as good as the Imperial LS, but is a big improvement on the Barrington. It comes with double strength glass, a Super Spacer and a foam filled frame. The frame is stronger and the screen has a better locking mechanism, plus the rails are reinforced and the balance cover is much better than on their lower end models. A U-factor of 0.28 and DP50 make it more energy efficient than a lot of competitors. Most installers like the LS better than the Pro, but the Pro does have a thinner frame, and therefore a larger glass area, which most homeowners like. This model is comparable to the Sunrise Verde.
Imperial LS Series
The Pro and LS have very similar performance numbers, but they are very different in design. The windows are actually manufactured using different equipment (at least at the time we inquired), which causes differences in the welds. The LS has triple weather stripping and has an AI of 0.02 (very impressive), plus it uses a kevlar for reinforcing the rail. The Pro uses aluminum reinforcement and has an 0.07 AI. The LS also has an Intercept Spacer, which is very good and a step up from the Super Spacer. This series is comparable to the PGT 2300 window.
The Elements is Soft-Lite's premier window and is a small step up from the LS. The Elements come with an upgraded spacer, the non-metal Edgetech, which is an optional upgrade on the LS. The Elements double hung also has a tilt that works with the locking mechanism that allow you to tilt the sashes for easier cleaning. The bead and cove design, although not noticeable from the street, looks great from close up. An accidental glass breakage warranty and Better View Screen, options on the LS, both come standard on the Elements. The windows boasts incredible performance numbers - AI of 0.01-0.02 and U-factor of 0.19 - it is definitely one of the top windows on the market. The Elements is equal in price and quality to the Okna 800 Series.