Simonton Pro Finish Windows Reviews
The Simonton ProFinish window is a new construction vinyl window that can be ordered in one of three models; the Builder, Contractor and Master line. New construction windows differ from replacements only in the nailing fin or flange on the new construction that allows builders to securely attached the window to the rough framing of the opening.
The Simonton ProFinish Series gets quite a bit of attention, thanks in large part to the Consumer Reports windows ratings from 2014, in which the Contractor model received an 83 out of 100. This was the highest rated vinyl window in its class. I would take pretty serious issue with the idea that the Simonton Pro Finish window is a top vinyl window however. Having said that, the folks at CR liked the price point and basic functionality of the ProFinish, which is certainly worth something.
Simonton ProFinish Builder
The Pro Finish Builder window is the entry level model that includes the same basic vinyl extrusion as the other two models, minus some of the nicer features and options available with the Contractor and Master model. The Builder is fine for rental properties or house flipping, but not the window I'd recommend for your primary home. The performance numbers are going to back this up. See below for ratings.
Simonton ProFinish Contractor
The Simonton ProFinish Contractor window uses a slightly better sash design, similar to the sash on the Reflections 5500 window. The Contractor is actually a very similar window to the Simonton Asure, which is the entry level vinyl replacement window (although I like the balance system on the Asure better than on the Pro Finish).
Simonton ProFinish Master
The Simonton ProFinish Master window uses a beveled fusion-welded frame, 3/4" insulating glass, a stepped sill, intercept spacer, and color-matched hardware. The Master model will deliver better performance and offers some nice added features and options. The Master is going to be more durable, and should offer some more long term value.
Review By John M. - Site Editor - 2015
Simonton Pro Contractor
How good is the Simonton pro contractor vinyl replacement?
Vance - Homeowner - August --, 2016
Website Editor's Answer
Vance, the ProFinish Contractor is an okay vinyl window, middle-of-the-road I'd say. Did you take a look at the performance numbers on the page? Here is the info on the contractor with the Low-E 366 glass offers a .35 U-factor, 2.86 R-value, and .21 SHGC. Not great numbers, but not bad either. Simonton in general is a solid manufacturer.
Here is what I'd say -- if you don't live in a place with extreme weather and you have a good quality contractor, I'd say you'd be fine with it. If not, you may want to consider getting bids from some of the recommended window companies and see what kind of bids you get from them.
Editor Jim R. - September 14, 2016