Window quote information and a few questions….
We will be starting construction on a new 2.400 sq. ft. house in Royal Oak, MI starting mid-May. Our builder is starting to get quotes for windows as I provided him four companies (Accurate Dorwin, Alpen, Duxton and Inline). Since he has hesitation to use windows not serviced by a local supplier, he also obtained a quote for Jeld-Wen. So far, we have the quotes back from Alpen (formerly Serious) and Jeld-Wen.
Total window area is 280 sq. ft. All windows are casement or awning.
The Alpen (725 Series) have U-values of .18 and SHGC values of .37. Quote is $18,692 plus tax and shipping ($20,219 total).
The Jeld-Wen windows came in at $13,347 total. They are triple glazed, but vinyl and while they have U-values of .20, the SHGC value is only .20.
The quotes from Duxton, Inline and Accurate should be in soon and I will share those as well.
We sold our previous custom built home in June because it was cold and drafty. Our priorities are on comfort, durability and low maintenance. While energy savings is always nice, what I really want is to sit near a window in my home in the middle of January and not feel substantially colder than I would be in the middle of the room. I also want the windows to last a very long time without significant maintenance.
The home itself will be fairly simple – a 30×40 rectangle w/ housewrap over 2″ polyiso, rain screen detail, plywood and 2×6 walls with cellulose.
A few questions…
– Is our builder’s concern of not having a local supplier cause to not use a Canadian manufacturer (or Alpen, with the closest dealer being in Ohio)?
– Does anyone know the approximate life of a fiberglass window?
– Am I too close minded to only consider fiberglass triple glazed (or double glazed with suspended film in the case of the Alpens) as viable options to meet my goals
Any comments are welcome.