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Use old Windows with New Layer of Glass?

Posted by nerdyshopper (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 27, 10 at 18:46

I want to keep using our perfectly good anodized aluminum frame thermopane windows from the 1980s. They are clean and do most of the job very well. They are just not low e argon modern windows. So what! They are very durable and very narrow framed. I can't say that about the Vinyl replacements I have been offered. I want a glass shop to fabricate a single pane window in a frame that fits just inside of our existing window and can be sealed to prevent moisture from getting between it and the old window. That should give enough insulation to prevent moisture from condensing or freezing on the inside glass like our old ones. I think they are not interested in doing a cheap job so they won't consider this. Anyone got an opinion?

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RE: Use old Windows with New Layer of Glass?

It has been suggested that I am really talking about adding storm windows. In my case I have steel siding and the exterior of the windows is about flush with the siding. I was trying to come up with an indoor solution. Is there an airtight storm window that can be mounted exterior to my existing windows and still look decent?

RE: Use old Windows with New Layer of Glass?

Completely doable but how do you intend on getting ventilation?

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