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by tru_blue
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Which is better, single doors or French doors?
Replies: 6
Views: 6080

Re: Which is better, single doors or French doors?

I don't fully understand the question. It appears you might be asking: 1. What is better for airflow: single doors or French (double) doors? 2. What is better for function/aesthetics: single doors or French (double) doors? 3. What is better for airflow: double hungs or single doors or French (double...
by tru_blue
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Help needed with leaking replacement windows.
Replies: 8
Views: 6615

Re: Help needed with leaking replacement windows.

Water will always get behind whatever siding you use, be it wood, vinyl, stucco, even brick. The intent is for the water to run down the sheathing's exterior (or the air gap between the sheathing and siding material) and weep out harmlessly at the bottom. If you don't have functioning flashing again...
by tru_blue
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Sash windows - what is this thing?
Replies: 4
Views: 5487

Re: Sash windows - what is this thing?

Wow, I don't think I've ever seen one of those on a window! I used to sell those back in the 70s, and even then it was rare. If you google "how to fix a sagging screen door" you'll likely see a bunch of links. Wood screen doors typically don't have much strength and can be more prone to sa...
by tru_blue
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Low-E Glass failure and "scratches"
Replies: 3
Views: 2045

Re: Low-E Glass failure and "scratches"

Those gold colored spots look consistent with a softcoat Low E layer that has been applied to the wrong side (side 1 or 4) of the glass, or a softcoat Low E that is correctly located between-glass (side 2 or 3) but has experience seal failure. I'm not sure WHAT is going on with all of the scratches ...
by tru_blue
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Pella Inserts vs. Marvin Ultimate Inserts
Replies: 43
Views: 40460

Re: Pella Inserts vs. Marvin Ultimate Inserts

I just HAD to look into this since I enjoy a good challenge. And I rarely get on this forum these days. Over the years I've sometimes been motivated to clarify confusion about Andersen, Pella, Marvin, various vinyls, and even plain exterior storm windows! Here's what I came up with on Pella's. First...
by tru_blue
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: correct window measurement?
Replies: 13
Views: 2524

Re: correct window measurement?

Three thoughts here. I'd say one inch gaps per side are acceptable but not ideal. Most installers these days would fill that in to about 1/2". However, an inch gap, with shims, isn't so bad as it can be filled in with foam insulation to aid with both thermal insulation and air infiltration. Bes...
by tru_blue
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Corner Windows over Bathtub - thoughts on window type?
Replies: 3
Views: 1401

Re: Corner Windows over Bathtub - thoughts on window type?

I'd like to suggest something brilliant or fancy but I actually think double hungs work best for that application. Like WoW mentioned, horizontal sliders are generally less airtight than other window types. Casements would work too, although I wonder if the style would match the rest of the home. Th...
by tru_blue
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Spacers
Topic: duralite vs intercept
Replies: 2
Views: 20285

Re: duralite vs intercept

Thermally, the all foam Super Spacer is superior. Structurally, it is not. In fact I would not use Super Spacer for that reason. Um, the original message, posted six years ago, didn't even ask about Super Spacer. However, since it has been brought up, and a claim was made that it is thermally super...
by tru_blue
Tue May 15, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Simonton - to reinforce or not
Replies: 15
Views: 5321

Re: Simonton - to reinforce or not

I realize I'm coming a bit late to the party - the previous posts were from last week - but I thought I'd revisit the issue with an additional thought or two. I visit semi-regularly but usually don't comment these days unless there is a point that hasn't already been expressed that's worth mentionin...
by tru_blue
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Manufacturer for Slim Profile Vinyl Replacement Windows.
Replies: 6
Views: 3652

Re: Manufacturer for Slim Profile Vinyl Replacement Windows.

Two main thoughts come to mind. First, an issue regarding the mulling of units. You had mentioned the current window is a round top single hung. I'm wondering if you meant the current window is a single hung with a round top transom, or an actual one-unit single hung that has a round top. If you mea...
by tru_blue
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Any Idea where to find this window? and Cost?
Replies: 1
Views: 1778

Re: Any Idea where to find this window? and Cost?

The link you provided points to a photo gallery of many, many different windows. Which photo are you referring to? :?:
by tru_blue
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Window Distortion Question
Replies: 3
Views: 3959

Re: Window Distortion Question

Three possibilities come to mind as to the distortion you've seen in windows. WoW mentioned one of them - Low-E coatings on the glass are reflective and that can account for some of the distortion you see. There are several types of Low-E coatings available, with one, two, or three layers all pretty...
by tru_blue
Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself Windows
Topic: Window will not stay up. What is the Brand?
Replies: 5
Views: 12668

Re: Window will not stay up. What is the Brand?

You can also look for the brand name on the window, which sometimes is located in one of several places. 1. On the glass - Sometimes the manufacturer's name is etched in the corner of the glass, either the full name or an abbreviation 2. On the sash lock or on the sash lift 3. On the spacer between ...
by tru_blue
Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: Advice on bay window setup?
Replies: 4
Views: 4215

Re: Advice on bay window setup?

I'm coming a bit late to the party, seeing as I check in only occasionally these days, but since you mentioned you didn't have a picture to look at of a single hung bay with a two-wide single hung in the middle, here's one for you. :D https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-jx6N8kZ/0/S/i-jx6N8kZ-S.jpg F...
by tru_blue
Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Ask Our Pro's a Question
Topic: which glass to choose
Replies: 16
Views: 11039

Re: which glass to choose

so if I end up being able and willing to go with inline triple pane, would I want to get the hard coat with a .19 u value and .44 shgc or soft coat with .17 u value and .28 shgc? I'd go with the .17 U-Value & the SHGC of .28. Here's why. If you have a large amount of glass in a certain room or ...