questions about pgt and impact glass in fl

kate7047November 30, 2007

I am (still) researching impact glass replacement windows for my home in Ft Lauderdale. PGT is a major player in Florida. I am however disturbed by their lack of Energy-Star rating on their impact glass Miami-Dade cert. windows. The glass is monolithic with no air space. (Perhaps monolithic is the wrong term, but I mean glass-PVB-glass all laminated together as a single slab.) I cant even find data on their website for U-factor and SHGC for these windows. The data given seems to be for their non-IG dual pane windows. And even these windows donÂt seem to have particularly good values.

In my researching I discovered that there seems to be a dispute as to the relative importance of U-factor vs SHGC in this climate. I have ZERO heating days but probably 330 cooling days and a beastly sun beating through my windows much of the year. Is low-E (or low E2) really that important in my climate? Will it keep heat out and cold in? And does anyone know where I can find data for PGT impact glass windows for U factor and SHGC? I need to replace my aged windows irrespective of getting hurricane windows, and I already have hurricane panels which are a PITA to install, but maybe I want to get regular (ie non-IG) windows installed with low-E2 dual panes and just continue to live with my old shutters. Price plays a big role here too as the IG windows are probably 3 times more than ordinary windows.

Also, can anyone give info on the benefits/drawbacks to aluminum vs vinyl windows in south Florida? Unlike the rest of the US, it seems that the vast majority of new and replacement windows here are aluminum. Yet aluminum seems pretty miserable thermally-speaking.

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Good morning Kate,

Great question err questions. It appears that you have really done your research into this issue so I will try to add a little bit to it.

PGT is the 800lb gorilla in the Florida impact market, but they are not the only option. I say that NOT as a recommendation or not recommendation of any specific window company, but simply as a statement of fact. In the last 10 years or so PGT has gone from a window company not on anyones map to one of the 10 largest window companies in North America. Tremendous growth and a very large percentage of that growth has been in the impact market.

Off the top-of-my-head, I cant think of any window company who meets Energy Star with a typical Dade certified window. There may be some out there, but if so there arent very many.

And as a quick asideIG means Insulating Glass. Technically all dual pane windows are referred to as IG units. I had the impression from your question that you were seeing impact dual pane as "IG" and non impact as "dual pane". Not sure if I was correct in reading it that way, but just in case a small explanation.

A good part of the reason is that most windows certified to the Dade standard were constructed using monolithic impact glass (the correct term) rather than IG impact glass. Not exclusively of course, but most companies that certified to the Dade standard did so by dropping a single pane of laminated glass into there sash/frame system. This works great for impact protection; but not quite as well in terms of window energy performance.
In the South Florida environment, many folks conclude that SHGC is more important than is U-factor. I totally agree.

In the South Florida environment many folks conclude that SHGC is the holy grail of window energy performance and that U-factor is of no importance. There I dont agree.

But, the folks who write the codes tend to ignore U-factor in South Florida as having no application seeing it as a northern climate issue and so U-factor was never a factor in the older (and some more recent) energy codes in that area. That may change in the future or it may not. We shall see

Standard LowE has very little application in a severe cooling environment such as South Florida. That is why LowE2 (more correctly as LoE^2 "squared") was developed.

Although LowE2 is used generically for this type of coating, LoE^2 was developed by Cardinal and they "own" the correct designation. Kind of like using "coke" for all cola products even though Coke is certainly a brand identifier.

Standard LowE blocks far or longwave infrared radiation which translates into heat that you feel when exposed to a hot sidewalk (for example) when the sun has been shining on it. In this example you could call it reradiated heat. LowE2 was developed to block shortwave or near infrared energy as well as longwave infrared. Shortwave IR energy translates into direct solar heat gain which is what you want to block. Does it work? Yep, and very well, too.

However, I would recommend in your situation that you investigate LowE3 which is the newest version of solar control LowE coating on the market. Again, LowE3 is used as a generic term. Cardinal designates there triple solar control as LoE366 (it was the original on the market and it does have the best energy performance numbers of the triple coatings out there). You might also run across someone using one of AFGs Comfort Ti-AC solar coatings or perhaps PPGs Solarban 70XL. I mention Cardinals coatings for a couple of reasons. First, like PGT in Florida, Cardinal is the 800lb gorilla of the residential coating market, owning something like double the North American share of that market than every other coating company combined so it is more than twice as likely that you will be offered a Cardinal LoE coating when buying energy performance windows than another coating (and of course, that being said, you will likely come across one of the others in your research) And second, because Cardinals coating designations are really easy to read. For example LoE366 means that the coating has three layers of silver and it transmits 66% of visible light.

Can a LowE coating be placed inside a laminated glass make-up? Yes. And does that make-up have SHGC numbers comparable to an IG with a solar control coating? Again yes. Does that make-up offer U-factor numbers comparable to using an IG window? In this case no. A monolithic laminated glass construction with an enclosed LowE coating will offer comparable SHGC performance numbers to a coated IG unit, but the U-factor is a non-factor in that case, being about the same as a clear monolithic laminated glass of the same make-up sans the LowE coating.

Now things become a bit more "interesting".

Impact (or "hurricane") windows are made with laminated glass, upgraded hardware, upgraded frames and other components, and all sealed in place with some of the strongest silicone (or other) adhesives on the market.

Virtually all the major window manufacturers have impact products available. Some perform extremely well, others barely get by.

Laminated glass is simply two (or more) lites of glass bonded to a plastic interlayer for strength. Laminated glass is no stronger against breakage than is the glass it is made of. In other words, laminated glass breaks as easily as the glass it is made of. I mention this because many folks have the mistaken impression that laminated glass / impact windows dont break very easily. They will break as easily as the glass that they are made of, but the advantage of laminated is that the glass adheres to the plastic interlayer and keeps the envelope of the home closed.

All that said, there is a little difference in breakage because a ½" laminated glass (overall thickness) made up of two ¼" lites bonded to the interlayer, is pressure rated the same as a ½" lite and not as a ¼" lite. I am not sure if that makes sense, if not I can try to explain it better.

There are a number of options in the impact glass world relating to the interlayers used to manufacture the laminates and here are some of those options:

First we have PVB or Polyvinyl Butyral. This is the stuff that is in the windshield of your car. It is relatively soft and very flexible, yet it is also tough and doesnt tear easily. This is probably the most widely used product in the impact glass market since it does great when impacted. It stops whatever hits it and stretches to absorb the impact (such as a persons head in a car accident). PVB is a good product and is the choice for many manufacturers.

A second interlayer type is a hybrid of PVB with a layer of PET film between the PVB layers. This is a very tough product and it performs very nicely.

A third type of interlayer is called SGP or Sentry Glass Plus. This is quite a bit different from PVB in that it is very stiff and very tough. It is becoming something of the product of choice in some of the toughest applications (including some bullet and bomb resistance applications).

It is also can be more than a bit more expensive than PVB and may be overkill for some residential applications but I think it is ultimately the best product on the market at this date.

SGP has become the product of choice for a number of the wood window manufacturers. Although vinyl folks dont seem to be using it quite as much yet, SGP does seem to be growing in the vinyl market as well. I suspect that one reason SGP is a little behind in vinyl windows is because SGPs rigidity tends to transfer the impact force to the frame of the window rather than absorbing the impact in the glass as does PVB. While the best vinyl windows can handle the force of an impact when using SGP as the laminate interlayer, not all vinyl windows are strong enough to take that force.

And a fourth type is the liquid resin laminates. And I will leave that one where it is.

This part becomes a bit stickyCardinal, the largest residential coating company in the world and one of the largest, if not the largest, residential laminator in North America, does not offer a monolithic PVB laminated product with an enclosed laminated LowE coating. But, they do offer their coatings in an SGP laminated lite. Beyond that, I have no comment.

Either vinyl or aluminum frames will perform well in your environmentdepending of course on the quality of the frame and the materials.

Aluminum is less energy efficient, even with a thermal break, but many folks are convinced that aluminum is more appropriate to the harsh sun and salt air environment in coastal areas.

I would likely consider both and look at the individual performance numbers before making a decision based on material. Also, you might take a look into fiberglass windows. Fiberglass is the newest entry into the sash/frame market and it is a very nice product.

Okay, way long, so stopping now.

I hope this helps

    Bookmark   December 1, 2007 at 10:31AM
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Wow, Oberon! Thanks SO much for that thorough explanation. It really is complicated. (BTW, I was incorrectly using IG to mean "impact glass". My mistake.)

So it seems the Energy Star designation is somewhat irrelevant to the Florida market if virtually NONE of the impact windows can get that designation. I presume it was mainly developed for cold climates where heat loss is of prime concern. IMHO, it would be helpful if "they" (ie the energy-monitoring powers that be) would give us hot-climate people a useful designation for our needs. I mean, it's not a small market.

In my snooping, er, researching online I came across comments submitted by industry representatives to the Dept of Energy a couple of years ago seemingly attempting to get a variance to permit Energy Star designation in the southern market. It was quite arcane, but it appears that they GOT the modification and yet still can't get the efficiencies good enough to get the designation. (Amazing what you can find online though!)

Unfortunately, I want it all. Impact glass, top notch SHGC and affordable price. Guess something will have to give. Phooey. But again, many thanks for your help!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2007 at 2:06PM
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Dade, Broward, and parts of Palm Beach county require Dade impact standards. The rest of Florida may or may not depending on local restrictions. Outside of those three counties, you have a greater liklihood of getting thermally efficient impact products.

Energy performance requirements are probably going to get a good bit more stringent in your part of the world in the next few years, but they are still mostly ignored because you live in a warm climate and many (most?) people in your part of the world think that energy performance is a cold-climate thing.

As you said though, you want three things "Impact glass, top notch SHGC and affordable price", and in reality you can get two of them but all three at once is going to be more difficult...

But, in the long run, thermal efficiency and safety count for alot.

And you are very welcome. And if you have additional questions, please feel free to ask. There are a number of pros who visit this site and there are a lot of good answers here.

Have a great evening!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2007 at 7:45PM
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PGT is a great product, I put in my home in East ft. Lauderdale. I am so happy with it. It really reduced the heat in my home. I used a company by the name of Window Man of South Florida, a young man by the name of rick was really nice and spent time explaining everything. Very well educated I have to say. He even followed up with a phone call a couple of weeks after they installed my windows to see if i was happy. Can you believe it, in South Florida to find that kind of service was very surprising to me. I would recommend him to anyone.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 4:12PM
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On a Hurricane Impact Glass Window, with LoE, why is the single glass facing the outside? it seems that if it was hit by a twig or a branch of a palm tree, it will easily break. The Impact glass is on the inside of the window facing the interior of the home.

Also, why does the film on the glass have to be green, when most glass has a "dark" or "black" film on it to protect it from the sun. I would appreciate your answering these two questions. Thank you.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2011 at 11:04PM
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What would be the u-factor and SHGC for solar ban 70xl

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 5:19PM
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Rozanne: The single glass is on the outside for saftey. If something comes into the window, the impact glass "flexes". So if the impact glass were on the outside, and the single pane glass were on the inside, it could shatter the glass into the home.

The film between the glass is not green, it is clear. Some get green glass tint or darker shaded tint depending on were they are. A few years ago people got green tint on there windows to help with turtles, but it actually doesn't help that much. Now they go more on how dark the window is in turtle areas.

James: 70xl will depend on what type of window. Usually U: will be around .30 - .27 and SHGC around .21. Again it depends on the setup.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 10:06AM
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The green that you are seeing is as a result of the Low-e and not the lamination of the glass.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 10:19PM
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Funny that this thread has been revived. I am the original poster from 4 years ago, and thought I would add a follow-up. I eventually bought PGT WinGuard aluminum windows, a total of 8 casements, 8 sliding, 3 fixed and 3 single hung. 6 windows (on front) had Eterna Finish, which has held up just fine and looks really convincing until you are within about 12" of it. I did not replace my sliding glass doors (wish I had, but it was financial) and it ended up at just about $20K installed in early 2008. Replacement went smoothly with one problem which had to do with the muntin style only.

Despite my concerns about energy efficiency, my electric costs dropped substantially (about 15%) immediately and have persisted. I used PGT's version of insulating glass and also tinted glass on the sun-drenched windows on 3 sides (not on north), but it's fairly subtle and not too dark and definitely not green. Admittedly, my old windows were really crappy and leaky, but just standing there with the sun shining through them, there was a very big difference in the heat transmitted.

The windows continue to work well and I've had no trouble after 4 years. Of course, we haven't had any hurricane issues like in 2005 (I claim credit for this, as forking out $20K has kept the hurricanes away, IMHO) but it's nice to know I don't need to deal with those awful panels again. Style-wise the PGTs are boring and don't have the appeal of other brands, but they were affordable for me, got the job done and I can recommend them.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2011 at 12:32PM
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I'm still unclear if my South Florida home would benefit from double pane windows (without argon?!) or impact glass. In this instance, benefit is "be more efficient" in regards to keeping out the heat and keeping in the cool.

We already have storm shutters (yeah, the kind I have to screw in when a severe storm comes), so I'm not concerned with the impact part. (Randomly: Heard one contractor state that only specially licensed contractors can install windows in Broward County and after a storm they're usually booked up so it's better to get regular windows which will ship faster and be installed quicker. Not sure if that's complete BS or not. I have nothing to base it on. Haven't been in South Florida for very long at all.) Our goal was to replace all the windows with new ones (since they're from 1980 and look like they're about 1/16" thick single pane and they're falling apart). But it's more complicated down here than we had anticipated.

The details from this post are helpful, but haven't helped me completely understand exactly what I should be looking for in my specific scenario. Supposedly I want an SHGT lower than the VT... but I'm not sure what the base number should be. Again, supposedly, shaded windows should be 70-80% (how do I know what's best?!) and sunny should be 40-60%. And then I should look for the lowest SHGT I can afford... but I'm still pretty confused about the window glass itself, forget about the framing part! I have no idea if aluminum is better than vinyl for this area or what and there's very little I can find that definitively says one way or the other. :(

Thanks for any guidance!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 4:30PM
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I'm going to jump in on this and hopefully will just touch on some of your questions.

You really want to look for a double paned IMPACT window. You can get it with LowE/Argon which is recommended. For all of Florida I recommend the lowest SHGC you can get, which should be around .21 for Vinyl windows.

The strength you can get vinyl windows at, I don't push aluminum windows anymore unless it is a commercial job. PGT and most others have windows that meet Dade County requirements for vinyl Single Hung windows.

If your in Broward, and do not have hurricane shutters, then I recommend the impact window. If you have Accordion or panel shutters, then you need to meet a DP50 and can go with a standard window.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 3:18PM
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Whether you would benefit depends a bit on why you are replacing. My old windows were 30 years old, leaked (air) like crazy and really had to go. I already did have hurricane panels and every time I had to put them up, DH and I would spend many hours sweating and cursing the job. (It's ALWAYS 98 degrees and 100% humidity when a hurricane is approaching.) So we needed to replace the windows and NO WAY did I ever want to put up those stinking shutters ever again.

That said, affordability played a big role. The PGTs were OK price wise and have given us significantly improved electric bills. We installed them in 2008 and now, 3 years later there are newer products available. (eg, when we did this PGT didn't have Dade-approved vinyl windows) But no regrets. I have had 3 years of no worries about shutters (What if I'm out of town when a hurricane is coming?) and the windows are really so much nicer than the old ones the other 364 days per year.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 9:18PM
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What would be the specs and recommendations to have an impact and security window in the same product? What makes a window classify as a security window, the hardness of the glass, the plastic inside?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 9:54PM
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Based on your previous posts, shouldn't you figure this out?

From your previous post........

RESEARCH AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK and don't let contractors confuse you with all this talk about permits, EPA, product approval etc. All this info is easily obtained without much effort from the product itself or the internet.

Seems to me is you are going to complain about price, you can take care of the heavy lifting on your own.

At that point, you might as well hire the labor to put the window in and deal with any issues as well as they arise from being done improperly.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 9:56AM
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    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 10:49AM
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Hello All,

I have been "window shopping" (pun intended) for approximately 1+ year now and here is my story.

So far I have gotten 6 estimates from different companies that vary from independent contracts, general contractors, contractor companies that do everything under the roof to specialty window companies and have a better idea of what to total cost will be for what I am looking for. That number (6) doesn't included me contacting several other companies (3+) and asking directly for the product that I want and finding out they don't cary what I want. I didn't want to waste time hearing a pitch I didn't need to for something I don't care for.

Here is what I want:
Double panel w/Argon gas filled
Impact Glass on the outside of the house
Tinted greyish
Zone 5 windows throughout the house (not varying 4's and 5's)

double panes w/argon gas filled is much more energy efficient than single pane; the heat from the outside plus the sun light shining on the glass can transfer the heat inside
if the single non-impact glass (aka "sacrificial glass") is on the outside of the house, it is much weaker than the actual impact glass and if a branch, rock or some sort of debris hits it with a certain amount of force, it will break. That's not to say it's not strong, but it takes less force to break that glass compared to the impact glass. Restated: Apply that same force with the actual impact glass on the outside, and it will not break for obvious reasons (but i'll state it here...impact glass has 3 layers thus making it more resistant to "minor" impacts)
with Low-E coating, the transmission of heat energy is reduced by +-30% and keeps your furniture from fading
with Vinyl windows, the transmission of heat is further reduced. With Aluminum, heat is transferred
Zone 5 windows located on the corner of the house and Zone 4 windows located towards the center of the house. Given that info, during a hurricane, the pressures are higher in Zone 5's and those windows require a thicker rated glass for positive & negative pressures. For my preference, I would just like to make it even with the higher rating throughout the house.

double hung over single hung

I've found that only 2 companies manufacture everything that I have listed above, but specifically with the impact glass being on the outside; currently PGT and Gorell (i think). All of the other manufacturers that make a double pane impact window have the single glass (aka the "sacrificial glass") on the outside. I heard that the reasoning why they make it that way is because it's more costly to change the production line to make it the "correct" way.

There was a comment above stating that the "single glass on the outside is for safety," but I highly doubt that is the actual reasoning as sales people will say anything to sell what they have and down talk about things they don't have and if you think about it, it makes more sense to have the impact glass on the outside rather than the inside. I had a contractor try to down talk vinyl and tried to sell the aluminum windows they carried, and unfortunately they were single pane only. The point is, people will say anything to make the sale.


    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 10:26PM
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I disagree that All salespeople will say anything to get the sale. Was there something else you wanted to know?

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 11:42PM
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I would guess that about half the window companies fabricating impact windows place the laminated lite exterior and about half interior - some do both depending on the window.

There are a variety of reasons for the interior versus exterior replacement, but no one that I am aware of does it because "...reasoning why they make it that way is because it's more costly to change the production line to make it the "correct" way.". There are costs anytime a production line is changed, but flipping an IG in a sash is a non-issue from a cost standpoint; and honestly that reasoning is rather silly simply because there is no generic "correct" way to glaze an impact IG.

One could even argue that keeping the broken glass of the sacriicial lite to the outside of the home versus inside the home is a valid reason for mounting the impact lite to the interior, but one could also argue that it's more of a "feel good" idea than reality.

The decision to mount the lami lite to the interior or to the exterior in an impact rated window really has more to do with keeping the laminated glass in the frame in the event of a catastrophic impact and wind gust potential of a major storm than any other reason.

Simply, impact or otherwise, window glass can be inserted into the window sash either from the exterior side or the interior side depending on how the window sash is designed. Window companies refer to this as interior glazed or exterior glazed (go figure).

In either case, it's simply easier, and often allows for a higher DP rating (as it relates to impact and cycle testing), to secure the lami to the fixed window stop versus the removable stop when mouting the IG in the sash.

As the name implies, the removable stop is removable. A window part that is designed to be removeable (and is often simply decorative and not structural) may not be the most practical location to secure the impact resistant lite of an IG into an impact resistant sash if you want said IG to stay in said sash in the event of a catastrophic event.

And while securing the lami to the fixed stop isn't universal, and there are a number of excellent impact resistant windows where the lami side of the IG is not glazed to the fixed stop, it is generally simpler, stronger, and more reliable to glaze the IG in that manner.

Is there an advantage to applying the lami exterior because it's more break resistant than the monolithic lite?

If the sacrificial lite (and it is referred to that way with impact windows) is tempered and the lami lite is fabricated using annealed glass then the tempered monolithic lite will take a substantially greater hit without breaking than will the lami lite.

Of course the tempered lite is going to leave a big hole in the window when it does break while the lami will stay in place whether it is broken or not.

If the sacrificial lite and the lami lite both use identical 3mm glass, for example (lami has two 3mm lites bonded to the plastic interlayer, of course), there is no advantage to either glass per withstanding enough of an impact to break the glass. If a rock hits the monolithic glass hard enough to crack it, then that same rock will also crack the lami lite as well.

Personally, I would strongly suggest to anyone looking for impact rated windows that they concentrate on the tangible issues such as company reputation, warranty (and how well the service it), reliability, and overall quality - no different than if you were looking for non-impact windows, or you were buying a car for that matter, the same advice holds.

Let the window company design engineers worry about whether the lami is interior or exterior. Wherever they place the lami, the window still has to pass the same qualifications - interior or exterior.


    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 6:21PM
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Simply flipping the glass in the frame would change the solar gain.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 9:07PM
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"Simply flipping the glass in the frame would change the solar gain."

Absolutely, and I actually did discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the LowE coating on the monolithic lite versus the lami lite on the original reply (with the intent of the LowE coating on IG surface 2 in both cases), but I deleted it before I posted because I thought that the reply was long enough without it.

If there is any confusion, when talking about "spinning" the IGU in the sash I meant it as the difference between lami inside and lami outside and as part of a window company selling an engineered impact window and not a homeowner deciding that he/she wanted to reverse the location of the lami.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 12:32AM
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I got your point. I was just making an observation.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 1:18AM
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It was a good observation and I agree totally.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 11:38AM
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Has anyone heard of Lawson impact glass and is it as good if not better than PGT?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 4:49PM
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PGT is not likely making their impact glass.

Get the specs on both and you can compare them side by side. Ask them who makes their glass.

Post back with that information when you get and the big brain on Professor Oberon will answer all your questions.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 7:29PM
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Oberon (Obi Wan Kanobi:-) and fellow knowledgeable people,

I have been trying to decide between 2 PGT products for windows and sliding glass doors. Why PGT? The man has done good work in our building and I believe he will stand by his work if there is a problem. My head has been spinning trying to compare and contrast all the choices. The current aluminum sliders are corroded. I am going for a vinyl product called PremierVue. The PremierVue line has 2 models. One has a PVB interlayer, the other a Sentry glass innerlayer. For sound attenuation, would you recommend one over the other? The STC, OITC testing was only done on the PVB model. The sentry glass model has higher DP ratings. My condo is on the 5th floor in a touristy area next to lots of live music. I am not allowed to change out the fixed glass (single pane) that is between the two moving windows. Therefore, I'm not sure how much difference for the sound perspective it will make by changing out the two moving windows and the slider to a better product. The two fixed windows will stay the same. I do think from an energy perspective it should help. The sun beats in with the current windows. Two of the four windows, plus the slider will now be more energy efficient. I called customer service at PGT. The man I spoke with at first said he didn't think there was a significant difference for sound attenuation between the two models. He then spoke with an engineer who said there might be a slight improvement with the PVB model. The condo is facing the gulf of Mexico, so hurricanes are a possibility. The original windows are from 1974 and so far no problems. The condo does do maintenance on them. Interestingly, the sentry glass model says it is energy star rated. The customer service man was not sure why the PVB model wasn't energy star rated. He felt they both should have been. Not sure if that was just an error on the chart...

I would appreciate any thoughts or ideas. I would like to buy the best product for sound attenuation, energy efficiency, and hurricane protection. My problem is that the whole building would have to vote for me to change out the fixed glass. Half the building is much older and on a fixed income. They probably would not vote to let me replace the fixed glass. One they don't want it to look different and two they don't want any assessments down the road. It is crunch time and I need to order something. I appreciate any thoughts.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 10:34AM
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I am sure Oberon will be along soon enough to chime in with some supremely technical background information.

The higher DP number may be the result of a more rigid interlayer which probably translates to a lessened STC performance if I had to venture a guess.

What is the DP in the window with the PVB option?

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 8:27PM
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"The higher DP number may be the result of a more rigid interlayer which probably translates to a lessened STC performance...".

WoW that was some guess!!! It is exactly right, Sentry Glass is about 100 times more rigid than PVB and that translates into no significant STC advantage over a monolithic lite when using laminated glass with SG interlayer.

That same rigidity also means that SG can potentially have significantly higher DP ratings over PVB as well, depending on application.

PGT is one only two window companies (that I can think of at the moment) that fabricate their own laminated glass using PVB and/or SentryGlass (there are also a few window companies that laminate their own glass using resin lamination).

I don't why PGT's SGP laminated glass should have better energy performance than their PVB laminates.

If they only offered LowE coatings with SG then I could see it, but as far as I remember PGT offers LowE cotaings inside both SG and PVB monolithic laminated glass so I can't think of a particular reason for the suggested energy improvement.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 9:41PM
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Would the PVB interlayer glass provide more dampning over the stiffer SGP as a result of its less rigid nature?

That was my comparison although I didn't word it too well.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 10:33PM
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Hi! I think the chart was wrong. On the detailed information, both the 2760 model and the 2860 model windows say energy star. Besides the inner layer difference, the difference I see is the negative design pressure for the 2760 is 60, the 2860 is 100.

The first floor is about 17 ft. I'm on the 5th floor. I'm thinking I'm 47 to 57 ft up. It's Sarasota county.

I get very grouchy when I am trying to sleep and I can feel the live music. I will also be working blinds, rugs, headboards, etc to help with sound attenuation down the road. I need to order windows and doors this week.

Do we think the PVB inner layer is the better choice if sound is my biggest problem? Thanks for helping me keep my mind off my 16 year old son with a permit driving on 75 South!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 11:10AM
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They do fly on that road.

Crazy the last couple of times I was down there.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 2:23PM
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WoW, you are correct, the advantage of PVB laminated glass is damping.

Joan, we do indeed believe that the laminated glass with PVB interlayer is the correct choice if your primary consideration is sound control.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 2:56PM
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Thank you! Biting the bullet on Monday! Will be able to install 6 weeks after ordering. Almost in Tampa... Crazy rain. Good thing hubby is driving now!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 2:59PM
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What an informative and I guess, entertaining (to me at least) post. Being in the business (install & sales) nearly 15 years and still learned some things.

Hope there are more threads like this as I have mountain of info/data/research to offer. Including direct line to some PGT 'PEOPLE' to help identifying your answers.


    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 7:28AM
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Just joining this thread as I am looking to replace 1970's era awning windows with impact. Safety and energy efficiency are primary concerns. I need a lot of other work done on the house, so cost is also a factor. You have all been very helpful. So far I have been frustrated with trying to get estimates as I want to compare "apples to apples"

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 2:27PM
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Welcome Eeyore,

I am going to recommend that you start a new thread and we can explore your options there rather than having to run thru this older one.

Just a suggestion.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 3:40PM
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I had installed PGT aluminum windows in November 2014 by a local contractor. Condo regs. require aluminum. I got HR 210. . with solar ban 70 XL. My windows face east AND west. 4 piece Patio door (east) opens in the center. The glass and frame are hot to the touch. . . the east side is not comfortable during mid morning, the west side is not comfortable in the afternoon. I am disappointed. , I am considering getting thermal liners.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 12:44PM
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What color are the windows?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 5:39PM
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