Has anybody used Duxton windows. We are interested in a very energy efficient window for a new home we are preparing to build. We are leaning toward Intus but I think I should consider a quality North American product. The windows we are considering are casements with simulated divided lights. I would prefer no maintenance on the exterior and thinking we could go with painted wood on the interior. Any thoughts/ideas/opinions would be appreciated.
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Here is a link to an article that includes a table that compares the specs of some triple-glazed Duxton windows to the specs of windows made by a few other Canadian manufacturers: Choosing Triple-Glazed Windows.
Duxton windows have been used in many homes we've designed over the past 8 years or so. For the most part we are pleased with the product. The company has good technical support and good glazing options. My main "complaint" has been that the windows need to be locked in order to maintain full closure, due to the design of the exterior weatherstripping, but that is a mild complaint. Some units have arrived a little warped but can be installed just fine; warped frames seem to be a potential drawback in most fiberglass or vinyl windows. Also, in our last batch of white Duxton windows delivered, the interior of the fixed (picture) frames appeared to be painted, which baffled the contractor (and me), since white is the color of the fiberglass pultrusion.
Overall, though, I'm pleased with Duxton and will continue to use them.
I've never used the wood veneer interior, preferring to keep the fiberglass interior.
Martin, thanks for directing me to the article. As you know windows are a major investment. I seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time on this.
Thanks for the in depth review. As I said above I am spending an inordinate amount of time on this subject. I am leaning toward Intus but keep second guessing myself. I guess it is the expense that keeps it on my mind.