Soft-Lite Pro Windows Reviews
The Soft-Lite Pro window is a good vinyl option, it was the company's original top-of-the-line product (it is also sometimes referred to as the classic model). Over time, Soft-Lite has spent lots of R and D money to develop the superior Soft-Lite Elements and Imperial LS window models. The Pro will typically have less distribution than these two window models because it is older and lacks the "new kid on the block" status. The bottom line is that the Pro is not as good as the Imperial LS or the Elements, but it is a solid mid range vinyl window that is a good buy, given a competitive price point.
Standard features include a metal reinforced meeting rail, quality delta locks, vent locks, a super spacer, locking exterior screen latch, foam fills in the frame, and a fusion welded beveled vinyl frame. The Pro can be ordered with clear glass, low-e glass or the premium Solarban SB-70 glass.
Consumers can choose from three interior frame colors (white, beige and brown) and five interior wood grain laminates (maple, Brazilian cherry, cherry, medium oak, and light oak). The window also comes in 15 exterior colors, including some rather bold color choices such as Rosewood Red, Wedgewood Blue and Black. The Pro model can be ordered as a double hung, casement, slider, picture or fixed frame and awning window.
Review By Jim R. - Site Editor - 2015
Soft-Lite Pro Windows Ratings
The Soft-Lite Pro window with the metal reinforcement, interlock, low-e glass, no grids and argon fills will deliver a .28 U-factor, .29 SHGC, .07 AI, and .53 VT rating. An upgrade to the Solarban glass will improve these numbers to .21 U-factor, .19 SHGC, .05 AI and .39 VT rating.
All of these numbers (except for the air infiltration) come from the nfrc.org website, which lists hundreds of different window models and series performance numbers.
Soft-Lite Pro Versus Vytex Fortis Series
Do you have any information about Ideal windows. They are manufactured in Ohio.
Can you advise if the Vytex Fortis Series matches up versus the Soft-Lite Imperial Pro 525 or the Imperial LS Series? Thanks.
Gene - Homeowner - July 22, 2016
Website Editor's Answer
So the Vytex Fortis is the company's mid range window and quite a nice performer. I would say that the Vytex Fortis is a very solid mid range vinyl window. The Soft-Lite Pro is a bit nicer in terms of its performance and features. The Soft-Lite Imperial LS is a notch above this and one of the better vinyl windows out there.
Ideal Windows are also pretty solid, I'd say on par with Vytex, perhaps I'd give the nod to Ideal if we are looking at comparable windows (entry level to entry level, premium to premium series). Soft-Lite is a step above both of these companies, one of the best vinyl window manufacturers out there.
Editor Jim R. - July 22, 2016