We’ve received a few requests recently to compare the Soft-Lite Pro vs Soft-Lite Classic windows. As you’ll see below these two window models are pretty similar. In fact, they are essentially the same window with a few small differences.
As you can see here, the two windows are essentially the same. This picture points out the biggest difference between the Soft-Lite Pro vs Soft-Lite Classic windows. The exterior design of the frame is a little busier on the Pro model. We tend to like the simple look of the classic, but it’s your house, pick out whichever style you like best.
Another difference between the two models is the foam insulation in the frame.
As you can see in the picture above, the foam insulation in the frame is standard with the Soft-Lite Pro and it’s optional with the Soft-Lite Classic. Typically foam insulation in frames is mostly about the sales pitch. It typically doesn’t have much affect on the ratings, but if you like the idea make sure it’s included.
The last difference is the reinforcement in the sash. As you can see in this picture the Pro model comes with standard reinforcement in the sash and the Classic does not.
The reinforcement helps the window stand up to extreme windows and can also help with intrusion prevention. This is more important for very wide windows or for windows that will be subjected to very high winds. Generally speaking we recommend getting windows with reinforced sashes. The cost isn’t very high and it does make them stronger.
Those are all of the differences in the Soft-Lite Pro vs Soft-Lite Classic windows. Typically when contractors offer the Classic window for a few dollars less than the Pro they’re not ordering the foam filled frames or the reinforced sashes. If you want these features be sure they’re included. Once they are added in the pricing should be about the same between these two windows.
If you have any more specific questions about Soft-Lite windows just let us know. You can find more detailed information and reviews of Soft-Lite products right here!