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by bierhere
Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Window Industry
Topic: Sharing my energy results
Replies: 9
Views: 6501

Re: Sharing my energy results

Vinyl on 100%. It went over the existing t-111 with some rigid r-2 insulation to flatten some areas. But insulation was limited to providing a flat surface. The windows replaced were double pane aluminum with broken seals on just about all. It is really hard to have any clue how much of a difference...
by bierhere
Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: Window Industry
Topic: Sharing my energy results
Replies: 9
Views: 6501

Re: Sharing my energy results

Volume. $$ are harder given the price changes monthly. Our avg therms went from about 1000 to 650.
by bierhere
Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:40 am
Forum: Window Industry
Topic: Sharing my energy results
Replies: 9
Views: 6501

Sharing my energy results

NStar just sent me a Home Energy Report. What is interesting about it, it compared our gas usage from 2009 to 2010. We heat with gas. We put Okna 500 Deluxe Windows in Sept 2009 along with some vinyl siding, so the report sheds some light on our gas usage and what our energy savings were potentially...
by bierhere
Sun May 30, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Typical Glass Loss on Window Replacment
Replies: 17
Views: 5022

Re: Typical Glass Loss on Window Replacment

The other thing we did to minimize glass loss was to change window types in a few cases. In our bathrooms, we had a small slider. We changed this to an awning window. It actually gave us equal glass almost, better ventilation, with some additional cost. I would never have thought to do it, but our c...
by bierhere
Fri May 21, 2010 10:29 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Energy savings with window replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 2124

Re: Energy savings with window replacement

I'd agree with others. The house seemed more comfortable, but the energy savings themselves seemed small and it was difficult to measure given he different ranges of temperature/prices of fuel. I replaced aluminum double pane with a Okna double pane. The condensation is gone on the frame, the draft ...
by bierhere
Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:46 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Need help!- What to do
Replies: 6
Views: 1311

Re: Need help!- What to do

My experience with Home Depot was they were more expensive than local contractors who I thought had equally good options at least on the windows side. I did use them for installation of a vinyl Anderson slider door when I first moved into my house which I thought was expensive on labor, but since it...
by bierhere
Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:26 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Good Deal? (Okna 500 Windows)
Replies: 5
Views: 2595

Re: Good Deal? (Okna 500 Windows)

I completed an installation of Okna windows about 3 weeks ago. I did 1 Bay ( 2 casements and a picture windows, 600 series ), 6 500 Series Deluxe Slides, and 3 610 Awnings. I'm very pleased with the windows. The quotes I received for the Okna bay were lower than other manufactures and it looks great...
by bierhere
Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:47 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Tax Credit on a Bay Window
Replies: 1
Views: 579

Tax Credit on a Bay Window

I recently had a Okna bay Window installed. The three windows makng up the Bay all meet the energy standards for the tax credit. Can I use the cost of the bay toward my energy tax credit? If so, the entire cost of window?
by bierhere
Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Bay Window
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Re: Bay Window

Julia, We just replaced a bow window with a bay windows during our recent window project which also included vinyl siding. One of the quotes I received was to do new glass inserts on the bow window rather than replacing the window structure itself. It was far cheaper but we stil decided to do the fu...
by bierhere
Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Manufacturer’s Certification Statement, Okna
Replies: 1
Views: 611

Manufacturer’s Certification Statement, Okna

I sent an email to Okna trying to get a Manufacturer’s Certification Statement. They told me this would be provided by my installer. Shouldn't this statement be coming from Okna?
by bierhere
Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:29 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Anyone heard of National Vinyl Products in MA
Replies: 8
Views: 1678

Re: Anyone heard of National Vinyl Products in MA

Jackiec,

You can email me at oknawindowsinma@hotmail.com if you want more info.
by bierhere
Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:41 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Anyone heard of National Vinyl Products in MA
Replies: 8
Views: 1678

Re: Anyone heard of National Vinyl Products in MA

We never considered the Starmark. Mostly out of ignorance, but also because its a mid-range house and I didn't believe using higher end products was really going to help my resale. I was mostly concerned with replacing ugly metal frame, very inefficient windows that had broken seals / panes in many ...
by bierhere
Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Anyone heard of National Vinyl Products in MA
Replies: 8
Views: 1678

Re: Anyone heard of National Vinyl Products in MA

6 500 Series Deluxe Horizontal Sliders 3 650 Awnings 1 Bay Window that is a combination of 600 Series Casements/Picture Windows 1 Garden Window Install is about 80% done. I'll withhold comments on reviewing the install/windows until its complete and they've been there a few days. Some comments I do ...
by bierhere
Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:25 am
Forum: Window Questions
Topic: Anyone heard of National Vinyl Products in MA
Replies: 8
Views: 1678

Re: Anyone heard of National Vinyl Products in MA

I'm using Watertite in Natick. They were the ones who suggested the Okna window. I had not heard of them before I started my window replacement search.

The install started on Thursday.
by bierhere
Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:43 pm
Forum: Window Reviews
Topic: My Window Reviews for Massachusetts
Replies: 9
Views: 5822

Re: My Window Reviews for Massachusetts

Yes, Okna windows are available in MA. My install started on Thursday. I'm doing 11 windows, 6 horizontal sliders, 3 awnings, 1 garden windows, and 1 bay.