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hellothere123 02-16-2012 11:32 AM

Double or Triple Pane - worth it?
 
I am deciding between double pane windows from a company Mitten - their Grand River vinyl double pane windows for $8000

vs Triple pane windows from a company that locally makes the windows in house, and have an excellent reputation for $12,000.

House build in 70's, bungalo style.

Some say this, some say that, sure I'd like triple pane...but $4000 bucks is a lot of money.

Some say double will fog or have moisture, others say triples will be heavy - especially the big picture window and my 2x4 house wasn't built for that weight.

Like anything...what is the best info to trust???

I live in Canada...

joecaption 02-16-2012 11:44 AM

Both style windows can fog up if the seal is broken.
Weight should not be a factor.
2 X 4's are strong enough to hold up a whole roof system, why would they not be strong enough to hold up a simple window?
Are these replacement widows, or new constrution?

Windows on Wash 02-16-2012 03:50 PM

+1 to joe's advice.

A failed window will fog regardless of double pane or triple pane.

There is no difference in the weight ability to support a window.

In Canada, triple pane is likely a more recommended given the temperature extremes. I am not sure that $4,000 is an accurate upgrade fee in most cases.

hellothere123 02-16-2012 06:28 PM

replacement windows...and I'm not too sure if I want to spend an extra $4000 for triple panes?

joecaption 02-16-2012 06:40 PM

Those prices are extreamly high unless that also includes wraping the window frames with coil stock.
I'd be calling around and getting some more prices.
You do know installing replacement windows is DIY 101, right?
The wraping should only be done by a pro.

Windows on Wash 02-16-2012 07:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 855330)
Those prices are extreamly high unless that also includes wraping the window frames with coil stock.
I'd be calling around and getting some more prices.
You do know installing replacement windows is DIY 101, right?
The wraping should only be done by a pro.

Did he mention how many units he had?

Just wondering. Maybe I missed it.

hellothere123 02-17-2012 10:56 AM

sorry i forgot to mention, this is to replace all the 30year old windows in my entire house...that is why the prices are so high

MJW 02-17-2012 01:13 PM

From seeing your other posts, I hope you are going with new construction windows.

How long are you going to be using these windows? How long will they last? Take that figure, and see how much money you may save over that many years in energy costs. Does it add up to more than the difference in price? I doubt it.

How many windows do you have? Must be quite a few windows to add up that high.

MJW 02-17-2012 01:16 PM

Anyone who says a double pane window will fog up before a triple pane has got A LOT to learn about how a building works.

My guess is that it is condensation they are talking about, not a broken seal.

hellothere123 02-17-2012 09:41 PM

Kitchen and bedroom window reg size = 5 windows
1 small bathroom window
1 Big Living Room window


I don't know what goes into a window that makes them so expensive...but I'll shop around a bit more...I thought the prices were high too...although that is an installed price...I think labor is over a grand.

joecaption 02-17-2012 10:29 PM

I've got to be miss reading your post 7, windows to $8000.00.
That sounds way to high unless there's some really special windows or a whole lot more labor involved we do not know about.

hellothere123 02-18-2012 07:11 PM

$8000 is the installed price, so is the $12000 for the triple pane

Most people around here say that is about right...I will be getting more quotes though

framer52 02-18-2012 07:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hellothere123 (Post 856844)
$8000 is the installed price, so is the $12000 for the triple pane

Most people around here say that is about right...I will be getting more quotes though

Where in Canada?

Dierte 02-19-2012 03:22 PM

Most windows are priced by united inches. Without seeing your house or the windows its hard to say if that price is high or not. Also you're not really comparing apples to apple using two different manufacturers.


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