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vinyl replacement windows (by Alice Lane [MD]) Nov 20, 2022 1:05 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by DJ [VA]) Nov 20, 2022 2:34 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Richard [MI]) Nov 20, 2022 4:24 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Nov 20, 2022 5:56 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by alice Lane [MD]) Nov 20, 2022 6:31 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Vee [OH]) Nov 20, 2022 7:53 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by alice Lane [MD]) Nov 20, 2022 8:00 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Nov 20, 2022 9:52 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Robert J [CA]) Nov 21, 2022 12:11 AM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Larry [MN]) Nov 21, 2022 9:01 AM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Allym [NJ]) Nov 21, 2022 10:59 AM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Nov 21, 2022 9:22 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Hollis [MA]) Nov 23, 2022 6:37 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Hollis [MA]) Nov 23, 2022 6:49 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by zero [IN]) Nov 24, 2022 6:29 PM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Hollis [MA]) Nov 25, 2022 2:55 AM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Steve [MA]) Nov 25, 2022 6:59 AM
       vinyl replacement windows (by Hollis [MA]) Nov 25, 2022 9:51 AM

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vinyl replacement windows (by Alice Lane [MD]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 1:05 PM

State Specific Question About: MARYLAND (MD)

Jan 2006 for residence I replaced most of the windows in house. Main reason was to have better insulation against cold. Now I can't say this investment was great in that when I stand next to my windows I feel cold and seems they are not well insulated. Do windows need to be replaced on some ongoing schedule? Is there anything I can do to improve the BF RICH Vintage Vinyl windows I have? Receipt says I got metal pan. though not sure what that means? Thanks

vinyl replacement windows (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 2:34 PM

If someone else replaced them for you (you didn't do the work yourself), there is a good chance they did not insulate around the window.

If you remove the window trim, you will probably see a gap between the window & the framing.

Insulating those spaces make a HUGE difference.

Metal pan means they put metal below the window, on top of the wood. If done properly, it helps keep moisture off your wood & avoid rotting. (If done wrong, it can let moisture under it & hold in in, encouraging more rotting.

Hopefully, yours was done correctly.

vinyl replacement windows (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 4:24 PM

Some of the electric and gas companies will do a free energy audit of your house. They bring their equipment which can show where the problems are located. They usually give you some small things like thermostats, shower heads, water heater blankets,light bulbs etc. Might be worth calling them and see if they do that in your area.

Also, some counties and states have programs that provide low interest loans or even free weatherization and some repairs to places. (They want you to have a nice place. Nice places are more valuable and produce higher taxes because they are worth more than places needing a lot of work). --75.7.xx.xx

vinyl replacement windows (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 5:56 PM

There are two parts to installing new windows which are removing the old windows along with installing new window then with low expansiion spray foam sealing up around window where no air filtration. The new standard here for windows is triple plated with Low E glass which is significantly better then just plain double pane. Another problem is the materials then seals up a operating window is worn out where there is air filtration which becomes significant in high winds. Single pane has R o R1 where that progresses with double pane then more with Low E glass then more with triple pane low E glass. The window will alway be weaker then the walls. Consider buying a thermal camera then will be able to heat loss. In the house when it was -20 degrees Celsius the wall was at 0 degrees Celsius which water freezes. Broke out entire wall then with DIY spray foam then bubble wrap where with tape the wall was completely air tight. Fiberglass insulation develops air pockets which start mold and heat transfer. So do not rule walls. With forced air heating suddenly warm then short time cold when furnace turns off.

vinyl replacement windows (by alice Lane [MD]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 6:31 PM

Too bad I never asked this question at point of sale of these windows. Tempted to name the company here who did the work but perhaps that is not encouraged? I will call them and get clarification on what was done. I suspect since I didn't know much about how to shop for windows and was working a Lot over overtime things were not done as best practice. I used to be far too trusting of the contractors who I hired. I've gotten wiser over time having been burned. So grateful for this education from all of you!!

vinyl replacement windows (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 7:53 PM

That long ago the company has prolly been renamed or completely gone away, if you know someone in the construction business ask if they have an infrared camera which can indicate warm/cool spots - have them focus on the window and door trim. Fortunately as other have mentioned it is fairly easy to resolve using a minimum expansion spray foam, I think this is the blue spray can - 1 can will fill 3-4 windows or 2 doors. I did this for a friend at 3 exterior doors and it was a nice improvement to stop the drafty areas.

vinyl replacement windows (by alice Lane [MD]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 8:00 PM

Vee Thanks!!

vinyl replacement windows (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 9:52 PM

View some videos on You Tube about energy efficient doors and windows. Generally big box stores usually carry the lowest quality doors and windows where look at reviews along with warranties. Look at the hardware to compare quality of doors and windows. Compression type windows have a better seal then a sliding window where the window is on hinge then a crank is used to open and close. Low E will offer better performance. A builders line of doors and windows is the lowest quality along with the warranty will end where the builder will not have to replace under warranty. My GF lives in a condo where they installed new windows without any low expansion spray foam where on the 9th floor that makes a big difference.

vinyl replacement windows (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 12:11 AM

You have to deal with the efficiency and quality of the windows. Dual pain windows with gas injected between the inner and outer glass pains to achieve an good insulation factor.

Then the window installation. As stated above, spray foam to fill all of the voids. And inside the walls you need to have insulation blown inside between the studs.

Since I have several thermal imagining camera, I can see where the cold air pernitrates causing cold spots or zones.

But even after all of the above is done, the Window Coverings add an additional "blanket" type of insulation. If you have vertical blinds, mini-blinds or thin drapes, that will not add any insulation against the cold air against the glass penetration.

So as an experiment I purchased Foam Boards covered with aluminum foil on both sides in 4'x8'x2" sheets. Home Depot. I cut down one section to fit in the window inside ledge. I measured the temperature of air around the window from the inside and outside, with and without this Foam Block.

It showed me that if I had heavy duty drapes covering the windows, how much of the coldness they would block. --47.156.xx.xx

vinyl replacement windows (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 9:01 AM

You are always going to feel cold next to a window even if installed perfectly. I guess it's to what extreme. You certainly shouldn't feel a breeze coming in. This may all be perfectly normal.

vinyl replacement windows (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 10:59 AM

Sometimes the installer does not put insulation in around the window. The handyman and I packed it in when he did an installation and I helped. You could have the inside trim from one, pulled off to see if there is insulation in there. The windows come with a tiny piece of foam in there sometimes but it's not enough. If not it would pay to get someone to pull off the trim and stuff insultation in there and use the same trim if they pull it off gently and put it back.

vinyl replacement windows (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 9:22 PM

I invite my buddy who loves to smoke over in cases like this on a windy day. I let him blow smoke and look for where the blowing away from.

It is common that the felt located at the top part of teh area where the two windows meet on a double hung window gets damaged with use. You can place a simple foam strip in between the windows and seal up that leak.

If the windows were not insulated when they were installed, take the trim pieces off and use a BLUE can of great stuff now and start sealing it up so the drafts disappear.

vinyl replacement windows (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2022 6:37 PM

Robert J ,I'm not sure I understand what you are trying to say,..if you have closed minniblinds, do you not save with radiant heat loss from those,..its been said that 2/3 of heat is lost from radiant energy of a standard window, OK a lot of cold is from conduction/convection of the cold air falling off from the glass surface and the frame. Also a surprising amount from air infiltration around the windows.

I once had a cold room that greatly benefited from using those clear plastic kits that attached over the frames and tightened with a hair dryer. They were Fairly new and tight windows but on a cold day, if you didn't get it very tight, you could see that the plastic was pushed out from the pressure of the air trying to come in.If you pressed on it, you could feel how much force was behind it on that cold day. And on a windy day you could see the same (even tight plastic) if you looked from the side in which you can see the glare of light hitting the plastic,.. move in and out like it was breathing.

Ever take your infrared cam and take a pic from outside of a window with a blind down near one with no blind? Agreed a heavy drape,..WELL FITTED, best as it helps with the convection/conduction also,..

Ray n Pa . You don't have to have your smoker friend stink up your house,..maybe a better way is on that windy day, some incense sticks, ( an odor that you like)I usually put several together in a bundle and light them all and that produces a fair amount of (better smelling?) smoke to find air leaks,..OR use the infrared camera which often finds other surprising areas of cold infiltration,.not only around the frames but bottom trim boards etc.

BTW what is the blue cans of the great stuff? I don't think I see them around here?

vinyl replacement windows (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2022 6:49 PM

Oh and the glass with the gas filled between the panes or with vacuum ones, very well,..but really how long to they last? Unless it has changed,.the studies I have seen that they leak in a year or two. (??) Stopping the benefit over just plain dual pane windows. and also the old storm windows with several inches between the panes,..have a convection loop that ends up causing a sort of a draft pumping effect,,and that loop ends up conveying heat out from the warm pane to the cold pane and doesn't work as well as some think.

Any thing over about an inch and a half cuts way down on the benefits,...

vinyl replacement windows (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Nov 24, 2022 6:29 PM

The blue cans of Great Stuff are labeled for doors and windows. It doesn't get hard like the other canned foam does.

Works better because it doesn't push the frames causing issues.

I remember the first time I came across spray foam in a can. We had it on a job where we were putting the windows in the house. It was tough to gauge the amount of foam you needed. Many doors and windows had problems opening during those times.

Much easier now.

vinyl replacement windows (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Nov 25, 2022 2:55 AM

Great information thank you, I'll look for it!

vinyl replacement windows (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Nov 25, 2022 6:59 AM

Hollis, HD & Lowes both carry the low expansion foam that is made specifically for doors & windows.



If you have a bunch of windows to do you'd be better off buying the spray kit & using the 20 oz cans

vinyl replacement windows (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Nov 25, 2022 9:51 AM

OK, thank you Steve,...

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