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
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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 vs. Okna Insultec
I'm in Virgina Beach and need to replace. All the quotes below are triple pane, except for the Okna bid, which is double pane. Love to hear your thoughts.
Revelation Platinum Series: $14.3K
Revelation Berkshire Elite: (Energy Star Glass): $12.6K
Soft-Lite Pro (Ultimate Glass): $14.7K
Okna Insultec (Deluxe Energy Package with Heat Seal): $11.8K
Danny - Homeowner - September, 2018
Website Editor's Answer
Danny, the Okna 500 Insultec is the best deal of the bunch. The Soft-Lite Pro is next in line and I'm wondering how the bids would compare if you had both for triple pane (or both for double pane). Im assuming they would be close. Even head to head though, I think I like the Okna a touch over the Soft-Lite Pro, although there are definitely industry pros who would argue this point with me.
Editor Jim R. - September, 2018