Repalcement windows

Old 05-25-01, 08:28 AM
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We have an older cottage by a lake in NY. The covered front porch currently has six double hung storms and we are looking to replace them with three 3 sash horizontal slider vinyl windows.

The cottage is subject to extreme temperatures so we are probably looking at double pane, low-E glass. However, what should we bu looking for in terms of frame construction (fusion, mechanical)?

I am wondering if anybody has had pleasant experiences with certain brands and from a cost standpoint we are looking for a middle of the road window.

We are considering American Craftsman (any insight on this brand would also be appreciated).

Also if we need to address other considerations.



[Edited by LesG on 05-25-01 at 11:34]
Old 05-25-01, 04:38 PM
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My only question would be why change from doublehung to sliders? The readily available sizes don't correspond. If the change is an economy move, reconsider and look at single-hung windows (top sash stationary) - they're about the most exonomical available, and you won't have to rebuild the openings to accomodate a different size....
Old 05-25-01, 08:39 PM
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George, replacing with double hungs with like windows was considered. Our situation is the following:

The storms are in awful condition and almost all need to be replaced. They each measure approx. 33" x 60". In between the windows are 5 4"x4" supports. Only the two are load bearing. The other three are for supporting the sides of the windows.

Our overiding goal was twofold. One, a configuration where we would not lose to much ventilation and second from an aesthetic standpoint of having fewer windows and fewer sight lines.

We thought our best option was to take out 2 windows and a support and put in one window between the load bearers. Given the width of the new opening, approx. 70", we decided on a slider. However, with a 2 sash slider, and one being fixed, we thought we would lose some of the ventilation flexibility. That is why we are thinking of a 3 sash with 1 fixed.

I am hoping to get some guidance from the forum members just in case our thinking is flawed or if their are other alternatives we haven't considered.

I would appreciate your feedback, George.




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