||07-17-2011 09:17 AM
Dual Pane Windows No Low E Glass and No Argon Gas Filling
I am considering replacing 38 year old single pane aluminum windows in the living room area of an apartment next to the beach that are drafty, old looking and have rusty sills. The window frame measurements are 82"x58" and 106"x58." The windows are east facing and get a lot of sun in the morning, but I don't need low-e glass or pre-tinted windows because I would prefer to have a professional window tinter come and use the tint material and brand of my choice. I understand this will void the warranty, but in my opinion, I don't think much of warranties, especially since they have so many exclusions. Some don't even cover "normal wear and tear" and you are at the mercy of the company, if they are even still in business. One sales person told me that you can't get dual pane windows without low E properties. Is this true? I don't use heat or A/C on the Southern California coast and don't need the energy saving, insulating properties that people in extreme climates need. I've read that vinyl windows are best for a high salt coastal environment since they can stand up to the elements better than aluminum.
I'm not looking to reduce heat or air conditioning costs with new windows since I don't use either on the coast. I'm primarily interested in good soundproofing and the windows trapping air and leaks. These windows are east facing and in the morning, I have to roll down my mylar shade to prevent glare and my artwork and furniture from fading. I would like regular glass dual plane windows and then be able to have my preferred brand of window tint applied by a tinter I trust.
Is there a federal or state law that mandates all dual pane windows have low-E glass? I got a quote for $1800 for both windows for dual pane vinyl windows (local brand-forgot which one) with no low e glass and no argon gas filling in a brown color the HOA requires. I was also told that single pane would be almost the same cost because of their rarity. I noticed that with double pane windows you have less visibility vs single pane because of the frames.