Where to start? Need one 'unique' new window (in Colorado)

penaddictApril 22, 2010

I'm somewhat overwhelmed with the number of window companies and advertisements I've seen for window replacements.

We have a weird (unique) window in our master bedroom. We are the third owner on this house (10 years old), southern facing and backs to a busy street.

It looks like the previous owner installed a second double-paned sliding window in back of the first one (so there are two double-paned windows).

It's so difficult to open and close these windows (the track is now messed up..slides horizontally to the left) and there were no handles to open and close the outside one so I've been have to open and close it by pressing on the glass, which cause the window to push out more and damage the tracks and frame of the glass even more (I know, a picture could tell a thousand words, and can take one if necessary).

Anyway, where do I start looking for quotes?

It's a large window frame and I would like something very, very sound proof to block out the noise from the street.

Any suggestions on companies, where to start, what type of window for this scenario?

Thanks!

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eastbay10

First off, it sounds like what you have is two inexpensive windows. The second (or inside) one was installed to soundproof the first. Question one: are they effective against the noise from the busy street?
What you have is not so unique. You will probably need to remove both windows and install a new window (I would recommend a casement type) with sound glass in a "new construction" method. Why I asked about the effectiveness of your current windows against sound is that a window is only part of the entire sound equation but that is a completely new discussion.Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 9:57AM
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penaddict

It does a pretty good job at blocking out the sound when both are closed. It's just nearly impossible to open and close the outside window properly without feel like I'm about to push the window way from the house. Doing this over the years has damaged the frame around the glass and the outside track.
I was told perhaps keep the existing inside window and take out the outside one and replace it with a storm window but I don't know what that is or what it does.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 2:33PM
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theporchguy

Your weird window happens to be quite common in the Northeast. The outside one is the original and inside storm was installed later because the oem window was a builders special. Just like having basic coverage in an auto policy just to have insurance.
The remedy is simple. Get rid of them both and replace it
with a real window.

Any window professional will know what to do.
As far as what to replace it with, your choices are numerous.

All the best,

The Porch Guy

Here is a link that might be useful: my album

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 9:00PM
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