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replacing single pane aluminum windows, Gulf coast

Posted by betsyelise (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 5, 14 at 16:16

I live very close to the Gulf coast near Houston -- lots of rain, humidity, sun, and salt air.
I have a brick house built in the 70's with single pane aluminum windows.
Been reading and researching replacment windows until my eyes are crossed.
I am now leaning towards aluminum double pane because of the narrower frames and hence larger glass area.
I welcome opinions.


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RE: replacing single pane aluminum windows, Gulf coast

Thermally-broken aluminum windows are a great option for the Gulf coast. Don Young makes a great product, specifically their 8200 series single hung.

Just make sure the installation is well done with great air sealing or you could get some interior sweating when the humidity is high and your air conditioner is running. It's critical to separate the outdoor air from the interior surface of the aluminum.


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RE: replacing single pane aluminum windows, Gulf coast

Your best resource is right there below your post.

Can't find a better window contractor and more solid person than Ultra Windows.


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RE: replacing single pane aluminum windows, Gulf coast

Thanks for the feedback.
What are advantages/disadvantages to aluminum vs wood clad or fiberglass?
What is the difference in frame width which affects sq inches of glass area?
Do I really need the fake "grids" on glass for a 70's one story Ranch style home?
Thanks again for any feedback!
Just joined Forum yesterday. :)


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RE: replacing single pane aluminum windows, Gulf coast

Thanks for the feedback.
What are advantages/disadvantages to aluminum vs wood clad or fiberglass?
What is the difference in frame width which affects sq inches of glass area?
Do I really need the fake "grids" on glass for a 70's one story Ranch style home?
Thanks again for any feedback!
Just joined Forum yesterday. :)


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RE: replacing single pane aluminum windows, Gulf coast

Aluminum is less expensive, and it's stronger. It won't rot like wood clad will, and it's far less expensive than fiberglass. Grids are personal preference. If you don't like them, a ranch will look just fine without them.

Aluminum will allow more glass than wood clad or vinyl, and about the same as fiberglass.


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