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Old 07-17-05, 06:43 PM
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Question Re-Glaze and new storm windows/Doors to get ready for winter?

I know it's still summer but I like to plan a head.

First off, last winter my gas heat bill was over $200 a month. I am planning on re-siding my house soon and everyone knows if your going to put new windows/Doors in THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT!

I have a 1971 raised ranch (1000 sqf) with the original double hung wood frame windows. They are in pretty good shape regardless of there age but are in dier need of re-Glazing.

My questions are ..

1) Do I need new windows?

2) Are new storm windows/Doors vs the original 1970 storms going to make much of a difference?

3) From a professional POV, will re-Glazing and new storm windows/Doors be a good choice?

4) Are there any other tips you can give me to help make the windows/doors more energy efficient ?
 
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Old 07-17-05, 06:56 PM
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If windows are in good shape and just need some reglazing, then new storms should be an option.

http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/h...s/windows.html

High-quality storm windows may be all you need to resolve air leaks and at a fraction of the cost of replacement windows. A good storm window can stop air infiltration about as well as most replacement windows. Do shop around for price comparisons of complete window replacement versus storm windows. Do not only compare price, but quality and warranties as well.

http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumeri...heets/ed2.html
 
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Old 07-17-05, 07:00 PM
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I'd agree with twelvepole. It would take you a long time to recuperate money spent on windows, if your plan is to reduce your heating bill. Your money would be much better spent by adding another foot of insulation in your attic, and by adding foam insulation to the exterior of your home before you reside.
 
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Old 07-17-05, 07:22 PM
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Thanks so much guys... Great links twelvepole! I will compare prices on storms and replacment windows.
 
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Old 07-17-05, 07:42 PM
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As indicated, make sure you have adequate insulation in attic as well as ventilation. If attic is well insulated and ventilated you can save substantially on energy bills.
 
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Old 07-17-05, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by twelvepole
As indicated, make sure you have adequate insulation in attic as well as ventilation. If attic is well insulated and ventilated you can save substantially on energy bills.
Good point..right now I have that blown in insulation (looks almost like packing pop corn) I'm sure it's not doing that great a job.
 
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Old 07-17-05, 09:01 PM
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Please know that I don't work for Corning or advertise for them or want to take any flak for referencing to their website. You can go to http://electrical.aubuchonhardware.c...entilation.asp

You need to determine existing R-value and add to it to meet insulation needs in you area. You also need to make sure you have adequate ventilation in attic area. Most homes tend not to have have adequate attic ventilation.
 
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