Simonton 5500 Windows Reviews
Simonton 5500 windows are the high end Reflections Series that is also known as the Prism Platinum model (there may be one of two tiny differences between these windows, but they are for all intensive purposes the same window). In comparison to the Simonton 5300 Series, the Reflections 5500 Series includes a sturdier frame, shadow grooved sash welds and is an all around better looking window.
The 5500 Series is essentially the Reflection 5050 window with an upgraded stepped sill, Super 366 glass package, and the Super Spacer. As the flagship Reflection Series, the 5500 comes with all of the custom options, including balance covers, triple pane glass option, woodgrained interior, and two tone finish. It can be ordered in a ton of different styles, including double hungs, casements, bay and bows, horizontal sliders, and a number of different geometric shapes.
Review By John M. - Site Editor - 2015
Simonton 5500 Ratings
The Simonton 5500 Series double hung that is 44" W x 63"H will have an air infiltration rating of .14 scfm/ft2. This same double hung with the Low-E 366 glass package that includes argon fills, grids and the Intercept spacer will have a .31 U-factor, 3.23 R-value, .41 VT, .18 SHGC and .99 UV Block (this last measurement is from center of the glass).
These performance numbers are pretty run of the mill, there are certainly other window options out there that will deliver better numbers. Upgrading to a better glass package will improve these numbers and give you better energy efficiency.
Simonton 5500 Warranty
The 5500 Reflections window includes a double lifetime limited warranty on the mainframe (and all vinyl materials), components, screens and hardware. The double lifetime means that if you were to sell your home, the next buyer gets the warranty for their lifetime as well (homeowners must notify the company in writing of the transfer).
The glass is covered for 20 years, although the portion covered by the company is at a prorated amount. The warranty covers glass breakage (3 years), laminated glass (20 years), interior laminates (double lifetime), and factory applied coatings (10 years). As with all warranties, there are a litany of limitations and exclusions that buyers shoud read prior to purchase.
Simonton Stormbreaker vs Reflections 5500
What is the difference between 5500 reflector series and the Storm breaker model and how much should 5 Windows doublehung cost and is it worth paying the extra money . I live off the intercoastal waterway so impact or hurricane would help with 90 MPh wind from tropical storms we get . I also have a half moon window 16' by 36' the other windows are standard sizes (middle window 31'by 52') (Side Windows 23' by 52' x2 ) and front windows 36'by 60' x2 total of 5 doublehung and 1 half moon.
Shawn - Homeowner - January 16, 2017
Website Editor's Answer
Shawn, the Stormbreaker window is an impact window that uses a slightly bulkier frame and a laminated glass that protects the home from sever storms. The Reflections 5500 window is a good mid range vinyl window that does include these features. Impact windows are certainly helpful, but you can always just go with a vinyl window and board up your windows during a severe storm. I happen to think that the Stormbreaker Plus by Simonton is a good impact window at a reasonable price point (obviously depending on who you buy from).
Response From Editor John M. - January 16, 2017