Trying to get quotes on windows for our renovation project in North Vancouver, BC.
I am trying to get quotes on windows for our renovation project in North Vancouver, BC. What a headache. Where do I start?
I would like to have an energy efficient window so my options are double pane or triple pane with 1 low-e coating or 2 low-e coatings. And then you determine which low-e glass you need; 180,270, or 366 Cardinal is the most common.
Some salesman say that a double pane with 2 low-e coatings is more efficient than a triple pane with 1 low-e coating. However, it is more expensive. One quick quote on a window and the 2 coatings on double pane is more expensive than 1 coat on triple pane.
Other salesman suggest that why bother with the different glass type. They say we are in a heating climate so all default to “Cardinal 180”. Even for south facing windows.
And of course, since we are in the lower mainland, every single one has tried to dissuade me from triple pane. They say, “You are in Vancouver so why bother?”
Except of course Vancouver now requires triple pane but North Vancouver does not so I could get away with double pane.
Windows are not like buying a car where you know how much each option costs.
In fact, no one can even tell you what is the percent cost differential between each option. They have to do an actual quote.
And I have talked to all kinds of window companies from retail to the manufacturer. From low end to a local european style tilt and turn.
And not a single salesman knows anything about any energy ratings. Only a couple knew about U factor.
So my questions are:
– double or triple pane?
– with 1 or 2 low-e coatings?
– type of glass? A high SHGC unit or dependent upon direction and shading?
– anyone have any experience in this area?
(climate zone 4c, 2500 mm rain per year on the north shore)
My budget is flexible but not unlimited. I am interested in all opinions.
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