Temporary windows for porch


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Old 12-05-09, 10:06 AM
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Temporary windows for porch

I have (10) approx 34"x 44" screen windows on my back porch and (2) screen doors. Here in south Louisiana, most of the year the screens are fine. We bring potted plants on the porch during occasional freezing weather and I am looking for an inexpensive way to pop in "removeable" windows. Considered plexiglass but cost is prohibitive. Now considering using 5/16" screen framing with some type of "clear" (not translucent) plastic. Any ideas of material and source will be appreciated. Also any alternatives. Just looking for something I can pop in/out when needed. Thanks. Al
 
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Old 12-05-09, 11:24 AM
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This link takes you to the page for the materials that should do a great job.I have sold this material,especially flex-o-glass and it is sturdy and clear.check around for dealers,and at some hardware chains such as Ace and True Value it is available in the warehouses if not stocked and easily ordered.

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Old 12-05-09, 11:54 AM
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I have really never understood why people always want to use Plexiglass when you can usually get glass at less cost. Once plexiglass gets scratched up and hazy it's kind of crummy.

I'd also suggest you go to a hardware store that does glass repair (like Ace or True Value), one of your smaller local lumber yards, or maybe even a glass shop. Take them your sizes and ask if they can make you some storm sashes that size. They should have lineal aluminum extrusions that are meant for just such an application. They will make and assemble a frame that is the size you need, then put glass in it. Each one should be no more than $40 each because glass is pretty cheap. The cost will probably be half materials, half labor.

They could probably be stopped in place on each side of the storm sash with a temporary stop that could be nailed or screwed onto your existing framing.
 
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Old 12-05-09, 12:44 PM
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And regular plexi will last maybe 2 years before its fogged and crazed...it just doesn't like UV very much.

Either some sort of cheap plastic film on removable wood frames of some sort..or go for something permanent that will last multiple years.and in the end cost you less.
 
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Old 12-05-09, 01:38 PM
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Well glass breaks guys and this fella will have whatever he uses in storage for most of the year.Glass runs about 1/2 to 2/3 plexi at retail but if you end up breaking the glass then it might cost more to replace regularly.
 
 

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