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 Double v. triple glazing

Author: wvuguy (---.cinci.rr.com)
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I live in SW Ohio.....as a practical matter, will I enjoy sufficient additional performance benefits to justify the added cost of Low-E triple glazing over Low-E double glazing ??? The more I think about it, the more I'm wondering if triple glazing might be overkill, especially as I mull over the idea of living with the weight of four 70x32 casements with triple glazing.

FYI, my upcoming purchase is NOT motivated by energy savings. The key motivation is poor operation; half my present Lincoln casements won't open, and I also have air infiltration through several of the double hungs.




 

 Re: Double v. triple glazing

Author: windowmann2000 (---.dsl.mdsnwi.ameritech.net)
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I think you've answered your own question. I would not like the idea of triple glazing in a casement that size either.


 

 Re: Double v. triple glazing

Author: wvuguy (---.cinci.rr.com)
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You know, windowmann.....you were nice enough to, more or less, respond with that exact perspective in your E-mail to me.

While I won't deny this is something I'd been thinking about before, your personal comments to me brought it back in focus. On the other hand, Fenestration Expert believes this is not an issue with a properly designed and built window.

Both perspectives, I believe, are quite valid.

Thanks !!!




 

 Re: Double v. triple glazing

Author: Fenestration Expert (---.dyn.optonline.net)
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I think you did just get your answer. You had mentioned larger casements... but I don't recall ever seeing just how large. Schuco will not make a triple pane casement that size... I don't think anyone will... way too much extended weight when opened. Perhaps you misunderstood your rep... Schuco's maximum casement height is 70", and the max width is 32"... but not together. Maximum united inches is 90" (as in 20x70 or 32x58). 102 united inches (about the size of a bedroom door) will stress any casement hardware on the market, hence, why your Lincolns have failed. That being said, I think your best solution might be to divide the opening with perhaps a 12"-16" awning across the bottom (well below sight-line) and a casement above with whatever product you choose. Good luck.


 

 Re: Double v. triple glazing

Author: wvuguy (207.40.99.---)
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Clarification: I don't have triple "pane" casements. I have dual "pane" casements, each sash being 70x32.

Schuco and Preservation WILL build me a casement that size; though as you've noted, it's right up near their top limit as it applies to size.




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