Windows 101?

seashineAugust 21, 2013

I need to get a handle on what options/companies I should consider for replacement windows. We have wood framed double-paned windows with broken seals. Not all the windows are operable (may be painted shut). Can I replace just the glass part or does the whole unit need to be replaced? Am I losing a lot of efficiency because of the broken seals (fogged glass)? The windows on the west side of the house must have condensation that builds on them because the blinds that have been covering them have some mold on them. Does this indicate a different type of window would work better on that side of the house? Any referrals to a great window place in the Seattle area?

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You are not losing much efficiency with the compromised seal as long as the air is static and not moving.

Depending on the window, I think you will find that many times they are cost prohibitive to fix.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 9:25PM
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You can get the glass replaced, or replace the sash (with glass in it). A full window replacement wouldn't be necessary. If these are production windows (kolbe, marvin, jeldwen) you could get replacement sash (with new glass in it) but seems like just a simple glass replacement will do too. Find a reputable glass company in your area, or someone who is an expert with wood window glass replacement.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 2:26PM
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I think we lost him/her Fenetration_Taylor.

Without knowing more about the window in question (i.e. age, condition, manufacturer, quality, etc.) it is impossible to say whether they should repair it or replace it.

If you repaired about 98% of the windows used in new construction over the last 15 years, you might as well set that money on fire.

The quality of the average wood window used in new construction over the last two decades in mass building is terrible.

If the window is in good shape and the other units appear to be sustainable, fix it or replace the sash as mentioned (if the company is still around).

If you have a Marvin, Kolbe, Andersen, Pella, or other well regarded company (some more than others), call them and see if the window is covered via warranty replacement. Many companies have 20 year glass warranties.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 8:42AM
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Thank you wow and FT,
The windows are wood, probably 20+ years old, single hung, not pretty.
I think in looking at them we have decided to replace them to have better looking easier to operate windows. We have been to one local shop and are getting an estimate soon. I may follow-up with additional questions.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 4:03PM
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We have received one estimate for Anderson 100s.
I've read through previous posts and gather these are not highly regarded. Could someone tell me more about why? And, what are some alternatives I should consider and why?
This will be for a 1944 house in the rainy Pacific Northwest. The house isn't particularly beautiful, but I'd like windows that add to it's appearance, not detract, and are easy to use, with a likely long life. I'd like the new windows to not have less glass than we have now (want to maximize light).

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 11:58PM
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Have you looked into composite or fiberglass windows? They should preserve the visible light as well as give you a bit more bullet proof warranty.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 12:36PM
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I thought the Anderson 100 was a composite material, Fibrex? Am I wrong?
Other windows in our area that I know of are:
CDI - vinyl (I think)
Sierra Pacific - wood (clad in aluminium)
Cascade - vinyl (I think)
No Okna
Maybe Kolbe

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 7:04PM
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The 100 series casement window seams like a nice unit and a good price. The 100 series slider and single hung only have one operating sash and a poor sill design. I have not used the 100 series but would take the casement under consideration.
The 100 series would be considered a composite.
Kolbe would be worth looking at but can get pricey.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 7:26PM
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I think we have decided that we would like to have fiberglass windows, double pane, low-e, with argon.
The majority of the windows are on the wet/windy west/south sides of the house.
Any suggestions for fiberglass windows we should consider?
I think I have found in my area:
Milgard Ultra
Marvin Integrity Ultrex
Is there anything else I've missed?

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 7:56PM
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