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fonzie

02:40PM | 11/06/05
Member Since: 11/05/05
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I was hoping someone might help in some advice on replacement wood-clad windows. We have a 1920's cape that we are trying to keep as original as possible. We have found wood windows that are clad in aluminum. The two companies that I seem most impressed with (also keeping price in mind) have been TRIMLINE and a THERMO-TWIN window (both out of PA). The characteristics I have been looking for include warm-edge (Super Spacer) at least low e2 (stacked) interior wood grids (preferably 7/8") that can be painted to match our linen white woodwork (as we would the window to match. The other product that I have looked at is a vinyl window with a paintable pine laminate by THERMAL INDUSTRIES called DREAMWOOD II. We have 19 windows and 10 are casement; some casements have a 34" width and many wood replacement manufacturer's either do not carry casements or anything this large. I have studied the U-factors, R-factors etc. after determining that the window would be aesthetically-pleasing to our tastes but I know there must be more to it than just these numbers. My wife and I plan to make this our final home and I do not wish to regret my choice in 20 yrs.

Is there any advice anyone can provide to me on these companies/products and any other information. I would greatly appreciate any and all comments!

bobsisson

04:28AM | 01/05/07
Member Since: 01/04/07
1 lifetime posts
You should check out a company called Cassady Pierce out of Pittsburgh. They sell a window manufactured by Atria that would fit this bill.

angusyoung

05:53AM | 01/31/07
Member Since: 01/30/07
29 lifetime posts
I know you like wood windows. Who doesn't? However, wood windows don't last nearly as long as vinyl. Even clad windows will rot in time. You state that your home is from the 1920s. You need to have solid construction to absolutely know that no moisture is getting in your walls. While clad windows are sealed from elements outside and you seal the wood in the inside. The wood inside your wall and under the cladding is not sealed. Warranties reflect that. Just look at the difference in warranties between vinyl and aluminum clad windows. It is just a matter of time, wood rots.

That being said. Which company did you like the best? Trimline sells their windows to companies that sell and install windows (they are not factory direct). How do you pick a good company? That's up to you to feel it out. Too many things can get fouled up that way. Thermo Twin makes their own window, sells it to the customer straight from Thermo Twin and they install it. In that department Thermo Twin has the upper hand.

Both companies make similar products. Both are not really huge companies. Thermo Twin is a lot bigger than Trimline. Thermo Twin makes their own glass units,I don't think Trimline does, they buy there glass units, maybe from Thermo Twin. Look at Edgetech's web site they show all Super Spacer manufacturers in the East. I didn't see Trimline there. I did see Thermo Twin. Fact is, I don't know if you know this, Thermo Twin was the first company in North America to purchase and install a fully automated Super Spacer glass machine and 2nd or 3rd in the world.

Insulated glass is an often overlooked feature that is the most important feature on a window. What area of the window has the largest area of the window? That's right the glass. What area transfers the most energy? Yep, same place. Right now Super Spacer is the most energy efficient insulated glass you can find. They use it all over Europe because they actually have energy laws that force them to.

I complement your taste in windows. From what I know of both companies, I would choose Thermo Twin windows. I would go with Trimline only if I knew a company that sold there windows that had at least 20 years experience with that brand of window and I would make them give you references. I would check those references.
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