Pros and cons of floor to ceiling windows

blackiespotAugust 20, 2011

Hello all, we are in the process of building our new home and need some advice. We are thinking of having 4 panels of floor to ceiling windows in the family room. Before we commit to this decision, I would like to understand from those of you who have floor to ceiling windows, the pros on cons of having such windows. Thank you!

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windowsonwashington

Pros - looks, visible light, open atmosphere feel, etc

Cons - safety (i.e. fall through hazard), cost (relative to size), cost of tempered glass.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 9:30AM
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blackiespot

Thank you. I read online that with floor to ceiling windows in the family room (especially south facing ones), the family room could get really hot in the summer and the constant light could result in carpet and furniture fading. I was wondering if anyone has experienced this.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 9:54AM
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skydawggy

If you get windows with low solar gain loW glass,, you should not experience a lot of heat. You could also use triple pane with low solar gain. This type of glass will also block 99% of UV rays.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 5:44PM
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windowsonwashington

The lower SHGC range glass will cut down on the solar heat as Sky mentioned.

Fading is a function of both UV spectrum and visible light.

Laminated glass or a UV package (either SPF type coating or triple pane) will nearly eliminate the UV spectrum but the amount of visible light will still contribute to some fading.

The lower SHGC range glass will cut down on the solar heat as Sky mentioned.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 7:48PM
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blackiespot

I'll look into the options both of you have suggested. Thank you!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 9:30PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

You don't say where you are located or which side of the house the panels will be facing. Due to excess summer heat gain, I think I would go with multiple smaller windows that would be easier to dress, ie cover in the heat of summer.

Additionally, any kind of reflective film applied after window installation, will likely void your warranty.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2011 at 2:10PM
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millworkman

chemocurl, the glass being mentioned above is not covered with an aftermarket reflective film but rather is manufactured directly into the glass and does a fantastic job with no worry of voiding any warranties.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2011 at 2:46PM
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