New Windows - Get Tinted?


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Old 02-09-10, 12:08 PM
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New Windows - Get Tinted?

Planning to replace two windows on west side of house this summer. Had to cut down my big tree, so the west side of the house gets the brunt of the afternoon sun.
It's also quite bright thru the window in winter.
Should I order the optional smoke tint? The Eo3 on new windows does some glare reduction and I'm sure it would help, but wondering how it would look. Or worth the extra cost. My bldg supplier doesn't recall anyone ordering the extra tint.
Just wondering if someone else has gone down this road.
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Old 02-09-10, 12:18 PM
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Not normally something I'd recommend. The tints were normally for people that lived on the water or further down south (or here..lol) where the sun can be BRUTAL.

The LoE coating will take care of heat gain...I'd use curtains or blinds for the glare if its a problem.
 
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Old 02-09-10, 03:20 PM
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What he said. Lo-E/argon reduces the harmful UV by >95% but does not affect light. And light is probably something you need that far north.
 
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Old 02-09-10, 04:43 PM
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I think the smoke tint goes beyond the VT (Visible Transmittance) rating of the window. If you choose a VT in the mid or low range you will reduce the incoming light without the tint.
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Old 02-10-10, 02:15 PM
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The reason I asked is:
In summer I put Gila window tint on the window. The 70% solar block stuff. Makes quite a diff on those old single pane (w/strm wdo) clear class windows.
In the winter I like that solar heat coming in, so no film. Besides, can't get photos of dogs poopin on the lawn thru that tint. And I can't see out at night.
I imagine the factory smoke tint would block solar heat. Can't peel that off. I'll probably go with the regular LowE Argon. Should be sufficient.
 
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Old 02-10-10, 03:54 PM
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Adding a tint to the inside of insulated windows will likely cause damage to the insulated glass unit, don't do it. If you must, add it to the outside. But as I said, if you have quality insulated glass, you will not have heat gain problems. And in your COLD climate, you need quality insulated glass!!!!!
 
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Old 02-10-10, 04:08 PM
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It sounds like blinds will be the perfect solution for you.
 
 

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