tax credit picture windows w/no frame?


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Old 06-25-10, 09:04 AM
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tax credit picture windows w/no frame?

I want to replace my 50 yr old single pane picture windows w/windows that qualify for the tax credit. The windows are about 4' W by 5 1/2' H. Does anyone know if they make these w/o frames? The existing windows are just sheets of glass sandwiched between wood. I don't want vinyl frames and can't afford wood frames.
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Old 06-25-10, 10:26 AM
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You could have insulated glass panels made to fit your window demenisons. You would just need to adjust the wood strips to accommodate the thicker glass.
 
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Old 06-25-10, 10:47 AM
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There probably won't be any tax credit though. You have to have the certification from the manufacturer that the window meets the required specs, I think (just like a receipt for a charitable donation for a deduction), and you won't get that certification from a company that will sell you just the insulated glass unit (IGU).
 
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Old 06-25-10, 11:48 AM
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Gunguy is correct but you need to compare the cost of an IGU against the cost of a certified window minus the tax saving. Also you may either have to get a custom window made to fit the opening or a standard window and modify the opening to fit the window.

Just my opinion but I'd keep it simple and just an IGU made unless the tax saving was major.
 
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Thanks!

Very refreshing to get some straight answers. Now I know where I stand. I'll see if it's worth it to just get IGU windows.
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Old 06-26-10, 03:33 AM
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One more thought......you can get the picture window insert from a vinyl window supplier which should have the required specs. The insert is the sash without the master frame and it should be able to replace the 50 year old wood sash.
 
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Thanks again

That sounds good - would that be a "sash replacement kit"? Wonder if they make them as big as my windows (about 4' W x 5 1/2' H). Will start researching that.
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Old 06-26-10, 09:27 AM
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It is not a kit and 4' X 5 1/2' can be made using 1/8" glass. The sash is basically a vinyl frame, about 1 3/8" X 2", wrapped around an insulated glass unit. It will replace your wood sash as long as the thickness is about the same. The place to start is to call a window dealer and explain what you want to do. You don't want a picture window replacement window since it will not be easy to install and still leave the side windows.
 
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I don't have any side windows. Each window looks like just a pane of glass sandwiched between pieces of wood. Then the window has trim like a picture frame. The windows almost cover the wall with about 6" between each one. I wonder if the vinyl sash would show.

I'm in a small town w/few options for installers. I'll see what they can come up with. If I have to I can drive 100 miles down to the "big" city.

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Old 06-27-10, 08:56 AM
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Depending on how wide that trim is will determine how much of the vinyl will show. The vinyl frame (sash only) is usually between 2" and 2 1/2" wide.
 
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Thanks!

I think I'll go through the winter w/these single panes before making a decision. I put a wood burning insert in this summer. Will see how it goes w/that as my heat source instead of an inefficient oil boiler.
What a great resource you folks are - thanks!
 
 

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