Vinyl Windows and Fiberglass Door Questions
I am considering replacing 38 year old single pane aluminum windows in the living room area of an apartment next to the beach that are drafty, old looking and have rusty sills. The frames the windows would go into are 82"x58" and 106"x58." The windows are east facing and get a lot of sun in the morning, but I don't need low-e glass or pre-tinted windows because I would prefer to have a professional window tinter come and use the tint material and brand of my choice. However, I was told that if you tint the windows, you will void the warranty on the windows. Is this true? The sales person at the home improvement store told me that you can't get dual pane windows without low E properties. Is this true? I don't use hear or a/c on the coast and don't need the energy saving, insulating properties that people in extreme climates need. I've read that vinyl windows are best for a high salt coastal environment since they can stand up to the elements. If anyone has gone through replacing old aluminum windows, I'd appreciate knowing what brand of vinyl window is the best value in Southern California.
I also have a wood door that I learned the hard way doesn't stand up to water, and absorbs it, leading to mildew. I've read a lot of positive comments and reviews about fiberglass doors, but just like windows there seems to be a lot of manufacturers and product catalogs are confusing. I went to a chain home improvement store and got a quote of $4,000 for an apartment sized fiberglass door that's half fiberglass and half glass. No way am I spending that kind of money. The wood door itself that I purchased 8 years ago that has half glass and half wood was $1100.