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Old 02-08-08, 01:02 PM
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Window replacements

Hello, I want to replace my windows in my den. I have the builder windows now and want to upgrade to an energy efficient window. I have two windows in the den that are single hung but at the top of each window is half of a curved arch. They are a double window with a pane in the middle all the way to the top.

What companies make the best windows at an affordable price? If I want energy efficient what type to I look for? Does it need to have the gas in the middle or whatever that is called? What type of frame is best? Any recommendations are welcome. Also thought about putting in two windows and then changing the top of one arch window above them. I don't even know where to purchase shades that fit the half arch with a right angle. Frustrating.

Here is a photo of the window. It is two windows separated by the insert that goes all the way to the top. The horizontal rod is a curtain rod going across, but the window is not seperated here. The window goes up to the half arch thing with one on each side. The window on your right is open. Standard open and close up and down window. The pleated stuff is a paper arch I taped up there and kept it hidden behind the drapes - with drapes closed at all times.



Disregard the curtains and stuff up there now cause it is all going away.



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Old 02-08-08, 03:11 PM
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Hi Skarney

Doubt you'll find any 'replacement' windows like that. Those are def more than builder grade. An arched top upper sash only, new construction window is one pricey item.

What are they made of? wood? Aluminum? What kind of construction do you have....wood frame, stucco, vinyl siding, how old, etc?

Depending on your location, argon (the gas) can be a benefit. If you have mild summers/winters, it takes a while for it to pay for itself. Def go for Loe-E. Makes a ton of difference.

Post more info then you'll get better answers.
 
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The windows are made of ?? have no idea but it feels like a metal type of framing painted white. The name on the latch is Alenco. The houses are all made by Kimball Hills Homes which means we have a lot of arches throughout every room in the styling of the rooms themselves. High ceilings everywhere, hallways with arch entries, etc.
It is a well built home - it was built in 1997.

The sun hits directly on these especially at least eight hours in the summer. I live in Texas - Austin - it gets hot here.

I want to be able to take down all the heavy curtains, linings, etc. and have windows that block the heat.

Today is about 75 degrees and sunny. Just to give you an idea of the weather.
 
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I think they are aluminum clad frames. Thank you.
 
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Old 02-08-08, 06:43 PM
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I would have a few glass companies come out and give you some ideas and estimates. Very custom windows.
 
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Old 02-13-08, 10:06 AM
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Skarney, if yer still around

You might want to check into one of the film installing companies. I understand 3-M makes a good product. Avoid the cheaper types. 3-M even warrants the glass against failure, as the film voids the window warranty on every type I've ever dealt with.
 
 

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