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by HomeSealed
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Decreased Energy Savings?
Replies: 17
Views: 4951

Re: Decreased Energy Savings?

I have to say that your energy bill is really amazing! I don't know that I've ever seen a 2000 sq ft home around here with an energy bill like that. That must be your gas bill only, correct? Not including electric?
by HomeSealed
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Decreased Energy Savings?
Replies: 17
Views: 4951

Re: Decreased Energy Savings?

I don't take it as argumentative, nothing wrong with a healthy debate. :) ... I am very familiar with the product that he has in his home, and I can say for certain that it was not a good product when new, and certainly no better after 15yrs. In fact, that is actually longer than the normal life exp...
by HomeSealed
Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Decreased Energy Savings?
Replies: 17
Views: 4951

Re: Decreased Energy Savings?

I'm very familar with the weather in Milwaukee as I live here. There are two points that I would make: 1: 15 yr Semco's are horrible, with or without storms, 2:There really are no low shgc choices in this market. They all run in the range of .32 or better. I stand by my statement that the OP WILL NO...
by HomeSealed
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: TeQ Foam by OSI
Replies: 15
Views: 4738

Re: TeQ Foam by OSI

I use it on every job and I love it. I'm a fan of most of Henkel/OSI's products, they really stand behind them. When you use the whole winteq system on new contstruction they actually warranty your installation for like 15 years....In terms of coverage, I know the exact specs have been posted alread...
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: Window Industry
Topic: constant force vs block and tackle
Replies: 45
Views: 39051

Re: constant force vs block and tackle

I don't know that I've heard either on make much noise??? Here's my take: Constant Force= more even and effortless operation, Block and tackle: better for new construction, last longer. Either way: they are both decent, unlikely to have issues, and cheap to replace if they do.
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself Questions
Topic: Do I need new buck strip?
Replies: 3
Views: 3296

Re: Do I need new buck strip?

It is defintely ok to go into the block, although when I encounter this, I usually buck frame it. I can't necessarily say that it is definitely better that way for any reason, it just feels better to me. :)
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself Questions
Topic: window sill pan question in new construction install
Replies: 2
Views: 2878

Re: window sill pan question in new construction install

Membrane flashing is definitely acceptable.
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Alside Sheffield that bad?
Replies: 1
Views: 1042

Re: Alside Sheffield that bad?

Alside products in general are marginal. If you really like the company, at least ask for an Ultra-maxx. It is basically the same window, ie: same price, except with a sloped sill.
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: new vinyl window comparison
Replies: 4
Views: 1668

Re: new vinyl window comparison

I think that most posters here are from the east or midwest, however, what they/we do know about is quality windows, which is not necessarily region-specific. In a warm climate, you will need a window that has a lower SHGC, however that really only pertains to the glass pack. A super spacer to give ...
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:05 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Ply Gem Premium Great Lakes Uniframe are they the same
Replies: 9
Views: 3969

Re: Ply Gem Premium Great Lakes Uniframe are they the same

I prefer the Plygem... Also, unless someone can provide substantive differences other than aethetics, I have to say that the new Plygem "premium", formerly the Great Lakes 5000 is essentially the same as the other windows mentioned (Uniframe, Lifestyles, Seabrooke)... These are just private labels a...
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:59 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Soft Wet Window Sills
Replies: 7
Views: 2272

Re: Soft Wet Window Sills

The causes may not be completely be resolved, but the effects will. A properly installed and sealed vinyl replacement will just channel that moisture away rather than retain it.
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Decreased Energy Savings?
Replies: 17
Views: 4951

Re: Decreased Energy Savings?

I guarantee that you will not experience an energy loss, you probably won't save a ton either, but you WILL NOT experience a loss. This isn't the arctic circle where you need a really high SHGC, we have our good share of warmer weather as well.
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:47 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: PELLA LAWSUIT (Pella vs Anderson vs Marvins)
Replies: 19
Views: 10133

Re: PELLA LAWSUIT (Pella vs Anderson vs Marvins)

I agree that the Marvin's are the best of the bunch, however if price is an issue, the Pella architect series (850) is actually not that bad IMO. Their Pro-line is a disgrace, but I have installed the 850's with no complaints... Just don't expect good customer service if any issues do arise.
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: new vinyl window comparison
Replies: 4
Views: 1668

Re: new vinyl window comparison

Not sure why you are very interested in the Amerimax. I don't have first hand experience, but I have not heard good things. Out of the choices that you mentioned, go with a higher end Simonton.
by HomeSealed
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: Replacement Window Questions
Topic: Alside Berkshire Windows--any thoughts
Replies: 5
Views: 2624

Re: Alside Berkshire Windows--any thoughts

As stated above, the Revere Berkshire is a re-labeled Alside Excalibur. It is Alside's mid grade offering, and their cheapest window that meets tax credit requirements. You could do worse than this product, just understand that it is by no-means a premium window.