Re: low-e windows
Replacement windows also often reduce the overall window opening, so on top of the shading coefficient, there's less glass area. Vinyl windows also often have thicker frame than some wood frame historic windows and much thicker than metal frame casements.
I intentionally didn't use low-E storm window on the front of my house because of the shading effect. ON my storm window it's just a very very light greying tint, not greenish. I do remember the replacement in my last home being maybe just a little green.
Old house lovers don't replace their windows at all. It quite often ruins the look and character of the home. They restore them and if needed add storm windows. Among real old house lovers, it's almost sacrilegious. Replacing your windows is pretty much a last resort when the originals are completely rotted.
I have 42 original wood frame windows. But with good storm windows and a well insulated roof deck and moderately tight air leakage my utility bills are pretty low for a house my size.
I'm sorry you had to find out the hard way that replacement windows are not a upgrade. Just because something is new, doesn't make it better. You will soon find that newer products are more cheap than they are high tech.
Again, storm windows are inexpensive, absorb noise better, are easy to install and even a large clear glass good quality window is only around $120 and can be installed in 10-15 minutes plus prep time (cleaning) with a cordless drill/driver and a caulk gun. I installed 31 of mine myself in about 25 hours total including unpacking and cleaning the windows. Half were on the 2nd floor. Altogether I think I spent $5500 for storms. Repalcements would have cost me close to $40k for good quality ones.
Yes, my house is very very bright on a sunny day. The average window size is 69" tall and 39" wide downstairs.
Last edited by motoguy128; 03-01-2012 at 09:41 PM.
1925 Two-Story Stucco Beaux Arts Neoclassical