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Question DetailsAsked on 7/24/2016

I live in the Seattle area. I have a contemporary home. I have no air conditioning. Many of my windows do Not open.

I live in a flight plane area. Do I need triple pane for noise abatement? I have no cross ventilation. My windows were installed in 1991. Many are in need of replacement. I'd like to be able to open many more of them.
I want quality first, value second and guarantee next.
Help please

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What are architects thinking these days (decades ?) - an area with enough hot days to need cooling, which granted in Seattle could be done at least most days without A/C, but not providing opening windows for cross-ventilation ? Though granted, back in '91 there were a lot less "hot" days than have been are recently, and the lack of opening windows may have been due to the airport noise - they may have figured no one would want them open anyway.

Since you say many windows in need of replacement, except for VERY small windows (especially very narrow strip windows or foot or less wide), no problem replacing with opening units when you change them out - granted a bit more expensive per window but not dramatically so.

For your area, reviews and comments on water-tightness would be a key quality issue for you, and do a bit of research on the relative water-tightness of various of windows - sash versus casement for example, where casement or tilt-out types with good sloping sills and all-around inset weatherstripping can be awfully rain-tight around the window, whereas casement and some designs of sliders seem to always find a way to leak.

You can find a fair number of previous questions with answers about typical window replacement issues, costs, some opinions on nationwide brands, etc in the Home > Window and Doors link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

Re the plane noise issue - triple pane as such will not work much better than regular double-pane for noise suppression - you need special noise abatement windows (about 25-40% more expensive for the window itself, so maybe 10-20% total job cost increase last time I ordered some). Check with the airport website to make sure you are not in a noise abatement area where the airport, especially if you are talking SeaTac (Port Authority of Seattle) or Boeing (which I never knew before is also called King County International) rather than McChord or some of the smaller general aviation fields, because those two do have a noise abatement program involving noise-reduction windows for affected surrounding houses, which might cover some of the replacement cost. Did not find anything specific on other local fields in a quick google search.

Another thing you can do, which was found to much more effective at Reagan and a couple of the NY Port Authority airports was heavy drapes over the windows, or even regular curtains with a second curtain or sheer over it - though of course neither works real well if you are looking for ventilation, but drapes over a hope chest or ottoman or such away from the wall can let a fair amount of air in under them and still block a lot of the noise.

Obviously, Windows is the normal Search the List category for a contractor to do this window replacement work.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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