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RW Weekly

Week of February 4, 2013

The Editor's Top Discussion Board Picks

VPI Vinyl Replacement Windows vs. Milgard Tuscany
A member is looking to replace 10 windows and 4 sliding doors.Everyone is claiming their windows are better, but between the VPI and Milgard Tuscany, see what our pros recommend. Read More >>
Encapsulating lead paint with Okna 5500?
A member has old windows with lead paint. He's curious if he should contain it or remove it. See what our experts have to say about cost, saftey, and maintenence when it comes to lead paint. Read More >>
Vytex Potomac Windows - Are they better than Soft-Lite Windows?
One of our members is getting two different opinions. Should they go with Soft-Lite Imperal LS windows or Vytex Potomac? See what our experts have to say Read More >>

The Best of Oberon - Our Resident Technical Expert

Sound Deadening: A lesson on STC scores, coating, and sound attenuation
Stopping unwanted sound thru any material is determined by three things – mass, stiffness, and damping. Laminated glass improves the damping performance of the unit by squeezing that softer interlayer material between the two outer solid and much more dense glass lites. The primary advantage of laminated glass is the change in density as sound penetrates the material rather than the thickness of the interlayer material.
Ply Gem Windows
Rating 3
"We had 17 windows installed and think that it was a very professional job. We are pleased with the quality of the product and of the installation. Our neighbors are going to use the same window" -Anonymous, MA

"A month ago, I had all my house windows replaced with Plygem Professional Series windows. Triple-Pane Low e. They look nice. It is alot quieter inside the house now. They seal good, but haven't had any real wind yet to check the seal. The real test will be this January." - Mark D, WA

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Vinyl Clad Windows by Wellington
Rating 2.75
"Our new windows are beautiful and well crafted and for the first time in the twenty plus years we have lived in our home." -Jill, MN

"I've installed the screens and have found many issues with the windows, 6 of them have issues with staying open..." - ToesNoes, OH

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