Author: GJH (---.bflony.adelphia.net)
Unfortunately, you're still talking about wood frame windows, which can cost up to and above 1600.00 per window.Woos fram windows are still suscepticle to weather changes. They shrink in the winter, they swell in the summer. Wood also retains water. Even the best sealants will give out in time. That water will cause those wood frames to rot.
Loos windows from frames that have shrunk cause infiltration, allowing heat to escape and cold to enter through your frames.
Also, consumer reports studies show that the seal in dual pane, wood frame windopws fail at the rate of 1:14 per year!!!
Say goodbye to your argon.
Now you have an R value of about 2.
They also have determined that wood frame windows need ot be replaces, although people rarely do, at a rate of every 6-8 years.
As for vinyl windows, you still have to be careful. Most vinyl windowes are made of cheap, low-end plastic. Only 30% of the frame needs to actually be virgin vinyl to be called vinyl. Plastic melts in the summer, becomes brittle in the winter.
Seals fail, frames crack, thestructural integrity is already shot, because they're mass produced, plasit injection molded, which causes air to be trapped in the mold, giving the frames weak spots.
Definitely go with Vinyl Windows, and check out Shuco Insul-Sash.
1", triple pane, krypton filled, low-E, TPS spacer, (Used in Mercedes Benz windshields) with optical float, Titanium coated glass.
These offer an R value of about 10, compared to 2-3 for mas produced cheap plastic frames, and the seal failuer rate, as listed by consumer reports is about 1:50,000, as compared to 1:14 of other windows.