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I am having trouble selecting good windows for a south-facing waterfront home in Long Island, NY.

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:07 AM
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I am in a hurricane zone, although we haven't had a serious storm for many years. My home is designed for passive and active solar, with PVs to be installed on the roof. I am considering installing storm-force windows for only the south-facing side of the house, and I'm concerned about selecting the best brand of windows. All my choices are double-paned, argon-filled low-E glass; however, they differ in finishes. The question is how do I choose the best product for this environment. It can be quite harsh here in all seasons, with salt and high wind impacting my home. Can you help guide me towards the best finish? PVC or aluminum? Andersen or Loewen or some other brand?




 

 

I am in a hurricane zone, although we haven't had a serious storm for many years. My home is designed for passive and active solar, with PVs to be installed on the roof. I am considering installing storm-force windows for only the south-facing side of the house, and I'm concerned about selecting the best brand of windows. All my choices are double-paned, argon-filled low-E glass; however, they differ in finishes. The question is how do I choose the best product for this environment. It can be quite harsh here in all seasons, with salt and high wind impacting my home. Can you help guide me towards the best finish? PVC or aluminum? Andersen or Loewen or some other brand?

Passive and active solar along the waterfront makes this sound like a very interesting project!  You’re moving in the right direction trying to balance energy efficiency with durability given the...



 

 

 
 
 

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