09:20AM | 11/10/05
Member Since: 11/09/05
4 lifetime posts
I am looking to buy a house that has 115 year old an effort to make them more efficients and to mitigate the lead issue I will be looking to replace them (20 windows).

This is a two family that IU will be residing in but I do not have much money to replace the windows. I do not want to pay more than $200.00. The two brands of replacement windows I am looking at are American Craftsman windows (sold exclusively at the home depot) and JELD-WEN windows.

I am open to any suggestions that offer me the specifications I listed below but can save me money.

Energy Star rated window

Low E/ Argon

7/8” Glass

Tilt in

NRFC Manufacturing Code

U-FACTOR- .31 or lower (the lower the U-Factor the warms you will stay warmer in winter and spend less on heating.

SHGC- .31 or lower (the lower the SHGC mean the cooler your house will stay in the summer time)


DP (DESIGN PRESSURE) - 45 or higher this will be on the label under SPEC: R-R45 (Resistance to window and other pressures this)

AIR INFULTRATION - .1 or lower


03:55PM | 11/10/05
Member Since: 05/13/05
40 lifetime posts

Basically, you are looking for a top-of-the-line window, based on your requirements, for a bottom end price. Unfortunately, it really does not compute.

I would very strongly recommend that unless the current windows are totally shot, that you consider attempting to restore the current windows rather than replace them.

I make that suggestion for two reasons - first, aesthetics. Those 115 year old windows are integral to the architectural look and feel of that house. Replacing them with a low-end vinyl window would wreck the look of the house.

Second, if your only concern is making them more efficient - meaning that they are not trash - then you can get reasonable results by investing in either exterior or interior storm windows to suppplement the existing units. It is possible to get storm windows that are made with dual pane glass and that even have LowE coatings as well. This option might even allow you to stay within your $200 per window budget and it would avoid having to destroy the original windows.

I would very strongly suggest as well that you look into an energy audit for the home before you look to the windows. There are a great many places that an older home can be energy-upgraded for very little money but with a definite payback in energy savings.

As a general rule, bad windows can account for about 30% of the energy usage in a home. This is a huge amount and something that certainly needs to be looked at, but I would not statr with the windows...I would first look at the performance of the home as a whole.

Finally, you have obviously done some serious research on window requirements...the numbers that you quoted are excellent and indicate that you are doing a very thorough search.

Good luck!

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