The Okna 500 Series aka the Insul-Tec is the most popular model from Okna Windows. It is certainly a next generation product that provides some features not found on older designs. The Okna 500 is available in a range of options that allow for very solid energy efficiency ratings. This model is built with a relatively slim frame which allows for good visible transmittance numbers as well.
It’s important to remember that certain features that may be on a sample window are options so you should be sure they are included if you want them. Examples of these options are the auto-lock (shown above) and the foam insulated frames (shown below)
Two standard features that are certainly part of the next generation design are the fully welded sloped sill which drains water to the outside rather than through the frame and the mortised sill dam which provides for a very tight seal. Okna windows consistently offer excellent ratings and these features contribute to that result.
One aspect of this design that we’re not huge fans of is the exterior of the frame. The design has a lot of details and shape which is supposed to look fancy, but we just find it busy. It fits with the look of some homes, but not all and at the end of the day we’d prefer a window blend in with the home rather than standout.
What should an Okna 500 cost?
I used to have a range of price estimates for Okna 500 windows with installation listed here and I discovered that I was frustrating about as many readers as I was helping. A friend of mine is an Okna dealer in Milwaukee and after learning more about his business I understood why. There can be a lot of variation in the final price due to a number of factors. Your best bet is to find a great local company and talk through the options with them.
You can be sure that a basic Okna 500 window installation should be substantially less than the $1,200 to $1,500 per window prices that we sometimes see folks post about. This is a nice mid-range window that should work well for many people.
Remember, there are MANY factors that contribute to the overall cost of your project. I would encourage you not to get a price in your head before you call a local company. The best strategy is to get a few quotes from reputable local companies and see how they compare. Some companies may try to charge more than others, so if you’re not comfortable with a quote you’ve received just get another quote.
Here’s a post I wrote on understanding window pricing. This is a fine window, but there are lots of fine windows out there. Don’t feel like you need to work with a company just to get a certain product.
If you’re unsure about the window prices that you’ve received just post a comment and we’ll do our best to help you sort through it.
What’s the bottom line?
Overall the 500 Series windows from Okna are an updated design with solid performance numbers and a legion of devoted fans. The model is the most popular product from Okna Windows and we can see why.
Other than the basic concerns about Okna Windows as a manufacturer the product performs well compared with most of it’s peers. When comparing this model to options from other manufacturers make sure you’re comparing relatively new designs. Older designs from generally well regarded companies (like Simonton for example) just don’t compare.
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