What windows should I put into my new construction, modern style house that are also energy efficient?

Asked by Jeremy Santy, Seattle, WA Thu Dec 6, 2007

Fiberglass, alumninum, woodclad?..

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James Hsu, Agent, Bothell, WA
Thu Dec 6, 2007
De-facto standard is vinyl double-paned ... I am not hearing much new technologies in windows (making my argument on the heating question you posed moot). If you need to meet certain architectural styles, then sometimes wood framed windows are used, but generally white vinyl double-paned.
If you want to get really fancy ..triple-paned windows can be used, but the benefits of a triple may not outweigh the costs.

aluminum has a very strong tendency to weep ..meaning gather moisture on the exposed areas inside the house causing slow and gradual water damage to molding, drywalls, etc. (at least the aluminums in my rental house do and my parents house).

Fiberglass, i haven't done much research into nor have i seen many.
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I've had the same question about windows for my home, and I appreciate your answer. I was going to go with aluminum, but now I am pretty sure that I won't. I would be a lot better off with vinyl.
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James Hsu, Agent, Bothell, WA
Thu Dec 6, 2007
Funny enough, I've been on the phone with window companies (for a rental property of mine) and one place i called had triple paned windows with krypton gas, screwless (or at least no exposed screws construction), ..high high end window. Way too nice for a rental property for me, but they claim it's more effecient than anderson, pella, milgard. Most new construction I see around my area are either Certain Teed or Milgard. Once in a while I'll see pella.
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Rick Moore, Agent, Kirkland, WA
Thu Dec 6, 2007
Many of the builders we work with use Certain Teed white vinyl windows. Some companies are starting to push the triple pane but the jury is still out on whether or not they're worth the extra money. A double pane wood trim window is good too and being seen more often.

Hope that information helps. Feel free to contact us with any other questions.
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Tim Lenseigne, Agent, Bellevue, WA
Tue Mar 18, 2008
My wife an I just built in Kirkland. We went with the vinyl windows. We chose a company called Atrium because they were better priced and had a better latching mechinism. They had the same lifetime warrenty that atrium had. We priced out the pella and wood faced but in the end these worked best for the architectural style. For our home we went with the adobe color. I think the white is too stark. The darker color may work better for the modern also. We have been in the home almost a year and they seem to be very energy efficient.
Web Reference:  http://home.atrium.com/
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Caleb Hart, Renter, Orem, UT
Fri Mar 6, 2015
It sort of depends on your personal taste. There are a lot of window styles that will appeal to some people and other buyers, that won't appeal to others. You just should do what will make you happy. Then hope that the buyers for your home will like them as well. http://www.misterwindowanddoor.com/Storm_Protection_Products…
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Myersjulie31, Home Buyer, Blakeslee, PA
Tue Jan 20, 2015
I think that when choosing windows, it's a good idea to pick some that match your house well. I have been looking at new windows as well, and I think I want to get some vinyl windows. I think that by getting this type of window it will match well with my home. I think that it definitely depends on your decor inside and outside your home. If you live in a wood home, then I think that woodclad windows are the best option. I would talk to your contractor and see what they would recommend! http://www.zephyralum.com/Commercial-Windows-Doors/
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Sat Apr 9, 2011
Best determine the grade save money over the years

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John Konteka…, Agent, Springfield, MA
Sat Apr 9, 2011
You'd want to stay away from aluminum windows due to the thermal bridging. Triple glazed windows are also probably not the best way to spend your money. Your better off taking that money and putting into additional insulation in the walls and attic. Go with a combination of spray foam and dense pack cellulose.

Hurd is a little known brand that makes great windows. Check them out: http://www.hurd.com/
I've also included a few additional web sites below that may give you some good "green" building ideas.

Good luck!
Web Reference:  http://www.hurd.com/
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