Windows for high wind exposure area

julie_2008August 11, 2009

I have a new home in a high wind exposure area. I have Milgard tuscany single hung windows which did not perform during this past (first) winter in the home. Windows howled loudly beginning with sustained winds of 25mph. There are commonly wind gusts from 60 mph to in excess of 100mph each winter. This winter winds reached 105mph... There was snow blowing in between the vinyl frame to vinyl sash portion of the window as well as volumes of cold air rushing in- making it very difficult to keep the house warm. The Manufacturer has since stated that there were design issues with the first production of Tuscany's which were installed in our home.

The manufacturer also stated that the dealer (Oregon Window & Door LLC) should not have installed these windows in a high wind area... the nice dealer ignored the information that I provided and my repeated concerns to have appropriate windows for high winds... he ordered high performance glass and assured me this would take care of it. This was later explained to me by the manufacturer to be an extra bead of silicone on the outside of the glass!

I am considering Andersen woodwright and Marvin ultimate windows to replace the windows that failed to perform. Does anyone have expertise or experience with these windows in areas of high wind exposure? What windows will serve us best?

Thank you!

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galefarm

I have found that Pella has some of the highest design pressure ratings right out of the box for almost any style window. I have used them on ridge lines and at the end of Lake Winnepesaukee in Alton where high winds are the norm. Of course you will have many people tell you Pella windows are nothing but junk, but I have been using them for years and while I have had some issues Pella has been more than accommodating in taking care of them

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 8:05PM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

A casement window from a reputable manufacturer would be my first recommendation.

Next...ask for DP and Air infiltration numbers. You will want a window that has a high DP and low Air Infiltration number.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2009 at 7:37PM
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