Spanish Cedar Custom Windows

bobbie46May 5, 2011

We must order new windows for our 1937 colonial house for a south facing wall which is 22.5' across with a 10' ceiling. There will also be a door at the side of the windows. All the other windows in our house are wood. I can have single pane windows custom made in the old style (40"x8') double hung in Spanish cedar or I could order a manufactured (Marvin, for example) window. The Spanish cedar windows can be ordered with insulated., low e glass but that is about $500 more per window and they are not as attractive as single pane glass. When I drove around and look at new construction, most windows had a glare and a harsh reflective quality. I think this is due to low-e coating. It would be nice to have a non-drafty, sun defying window but I don't know if it could blend well with our other windows. I do not have to use energy efficient windows according to code since I am remodeling but I would like to be more energy efficient if possible. We live in Louisiana where summers are HOT. Any recommendations are appreciated.

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check out interior storms windows. that may be a good solution for you

    Bookmark   May 5, 2011 at 10:09PM
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Thank you for the suggestion. I will look in to that possibility.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 10:01AM
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Spanish Cedar is a very good exterior wood. The only issue I would bring up is how shall it be weatherstripped?
Another question is what will keep them open? You can't buy new sash weights very easily, and they are sort of hard to insulate around. You could use Caldwell or Pullman tape balances, a kind of spring device that takes the place of the rope/pulley system.
There are a lot of weatherstripping approaches, but they need to coordinate with the balance system to be efficient.
The link is to the longest-lived weathertipping system for wooden sash windows.

Here is a link that might be useful: Highest quality integral metal weatherstripping

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 10:15AM
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