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Heatherincharleston
Need advice for windows
Heatherincharleston

Having work done to my 1940s house. Permitting is requiring the replacement of windows (which are currently the original 3 over 1 single pane windows) with energy efficient/ hurricane resistant windows. I'm not a fan of this newer windows. Not sure if they would accept storm windows. Any thoughts on how to proceed in order to maintain the characterwindows-whether it's by replacing with something similar or by adding storm windows?

A. Spruce
Re: Need advice for windows
A. Spruce

You should be able to order replacement windows in the same pattern as the existing, the new windows, of course, being up to the standards of the building department while still maintaining the integrity of the look and style of the home.

I would highly recommend staying away from boutique and big box type stores and go to a supplier of windows and doors. As with all things, you can spend a little or a lot on your windows, it just boils down to which manufacturer has what you want in the price range you can afford.

dj1
Re: Need advice for windows
dj1

National window name brands are sometimes a rip off and sometimes slow or incompetent when it comes to customer service, warranty and other disagreements. You might fare better finding a small local window manufacturer.

Not only you will most likely deal with the owner or foreman, you will probably end up paying less, plus they will be around to back their product up, if you ever need to.

I'm talking from experience.

Re: Need advice for windows

In order to maintain the characterwindows, you shoud find similar window or have the same style
As I've seen on the Internet, there are lot of store that provide doors and windows on sale. They are not expensive, but high quality. I think you should google than find good store with free shipping.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

For vinyl replacements I use a local manufacturer who has been in business here for a long time. I can get smaller replacement parts (seals and latches) at the sales counter and if a replacement sash is needed I have it in my hands within 24 business hours. Never needed the warranty but if I do I know it is there and just as fast. Can't move that quickly with anyone else. That company also offers installation, but this is subcontracted out cheaply and they don't do well in that department even though their product is good.

No vinyl windows should ever have storms over them; that can trap heat in the summer and damage the vinyl parts. With other types (fiberglass and aluminum clad) you need to see what the manufacturer says regarding storms. In fact I'd recommend you check the manufacturers recommendations on the proper installation method anyhow, as far too many contractors do not do the install correctly.

One last thought regarding hurricane protection. While the windows rated for this will withstand the winds and wind-driven rains, they may not withstand impact from debris carried by the wind so I would recommend that you plan for covering them anyway, either with hurricane-rated shutters or with 3/4" plywood pre-cut to fit as recommended by FEMA. That has been proven to be your best window defense in a hurricane. If you live in a coastal area there will be many local contractors who specialize in this, and they can show you your options regarding shutters; there are a lot of nice-looking units which will enhance the appearance of your house being made these days.

Phil

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