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Old 03-07-2021, 08:41 AM
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Default Impact Windows - which tints are best?

We're going through the process of choosing impact windows and doors for our home. But can't come to a decision on which tint to choose for windows and also the front door.Guess there is none, single and double tint option. Right now with clear windows our home has awesome natural light, pretty much most of the day. But window guys are saying they recommend a single tint on all windows. Anybody have suggestion on if we go with a single tint we are going to trash our lovely natural light in the house?

And for the front door, we currently have a single door and side-light set up but are considering ditching that and putting a double door set up. Issue with that is if we do a frosted privacy glass on those double doors we will not be able to see out the door in any way when someone knocks. So I'm considering doing a double tint on the front door, but not sure with a double tint set up how visible is the inside of the house at night when lights are on interior? From 20 feet away can you see clear into the house with double tinted glass and lights on?

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I have a light grey. Like a sunglass lense, and love it.
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Single gray is what most people use. With the new energy codes, low e may be required. I hate that greenish look of low e. Double gray or gray/low e is turtle glass and is super dark.
I just did mine and went with 5/16” impact gray. It’s perfect for us. I didn’t get insulated glass (double pane) specifically because after Irma blew, a bunch of people with insulated glass had seal failures and that is a giant PIA. Screw insulated glass in south Florida.
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Low-E glass coatings are the next step up from tinted windows and doors. ... Tinted windows and doors help reduce the amount of heat and light transfer, while low-E glass coatings reflect the heat back to the source allowing the short wave light to pass through for natural illumination.

Difference between E-Glass and Tint

I went with e-glass and could not be happier. Electric bill in S. Florida went down significantly!
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If you're still shopping AVOID NewSouth Windows. They advertise heavily on TV.
Can't help you with your specific question about tint, but I can share a personal experience with NewSouth Window solutions, a division of PGT. Avoid them. They have been working on our house for close to a year and have botched so many things it's not funny. Wrong size door came.. they figured it out AFTER they tore out and damaged my old door... Waited several months for the replacement, when it came installers installed it upside down. yes. upside down. When the installed the door properly, the door seal showed a sizable gap. Tech didn't have the parts (a different door seal). This was months ago. Still, no seal.
Stucco work was the most pathetic I've seen. Had to come back twice to correct.
Window/door inspection failed. Multiple missing and incorrectly installed fasteners in windows.
Missing fasteners in door.
Deadbolt wouldn't close. Tech used a Tapcon to attach assembly to door which extended too far into the door to let the bolt function.
Tech sent out to replace the door seal didn't bring the seal.. This was a month ago.. Still waiting..

Canned "we're so sorry" response from the receptionist and service scheduler...

The first crew that came out looked like it had a couple of meth heads on it...


Avoid NewSouth Window solutions.

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AVOID PGT/NewSouth window solutions! Read above!

https://pgtinnovations.com/news/pgt-...dow-solutions/
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We had PGT low-e installed by a local dealer. We're real satisfied with the windows and the installation went like clockwork. The installers knew their stuff and followed the same routine, window to window. They also photographed the stages of installation to document the following of install instructions and compliance with code. After installation I was presented with a drive with the photos and window certification documents.
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I have been going through the impact window process myself last couple months and I guess I am confused what you're asking about tint. From my knowledge, the window "tint" is a function of the e rating (e270, 366 etc). This is all contained inside the window construction. Are you saying your going to have tint applied on the glass, once the windows are installed?

As for the front door, in any case, I would do an obscure glass. you will be able to see shapes through the door, light will come in, but people wont be able to see inside your house.....

Good luck - as a general rule right now, the whole window manufacturing industry is a mess. Lead times are anywhere from 12-26 weeks for windows due to suppliers for glass and vinyl lead times to them (so I am told). Most installers are still wanting a good chunk of change upfront to then sit on your money for 6 months.....that isnt too appealing to me.....
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Originally Posted by oceanluvr30 View Post
Low-E glass coatings are the next step up from tinted windows and doors. ... Tinted windows and doors help reduce the amount of heat and light transfer, while low-E glass coatings reflect the heat back to the source allowing the short wave light to pass through for natural illumination.

Difference between E-Glass and Tint

I went with e-glass and could not be happier. Electric bill in S. Florida went down significantly!
What I've seen so far of low-e windows I'm not liking the look too much. Looks like a mirrored green tint. Unless there are different kinds?

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I have been going through the impact window process myself last couple months and I guess I am confused what you're asking about tint. From my knowledge, the window "tint" is a function of the e rating (e270, 366 etc). This is all contained inside the window construction. Are you saying your going to have tint applied on the glass, once the windows are installed?
No, the glass suppliers create the glass in zero, smoke, or bronze tint from the factory. Then since you're dealing with a product that has two panels of glass sandwiched together you can go with none, single glass tinted or double (both glasses tinted). Apparently from what I'm reading most go with just one single tint.
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The low e definitely provides a tint and the window I have that I am getting ready to install is gray in color. FWIW, for the expense and effort of having new windows put in, I cant imagine not taking advantage of the low e energy efficiency. My neighbor gutted his house about 6 months ago and when I went in and was walking around by the windows I could not believe the thermal differences. Another great benefit of the impact glass is how much it kills the sounds. You could not hear any of the cars driving by on a residential street.
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I just had hurricane windows /low e installed without the gray or bronze tint. I was skeptical about the low e "green color" but it is actually fine. The front of my house faces east and the windows from the outside look mirror like during the day. You cannot see inside the house from the outside unless you get right up to the window. I like it. At night when the lights are on you can see inside the house as to be expected but that's what the shades are for.
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Just got our quote for PGT impact/replacement windows from Home Depot. Our original 2004 installed aluminum frame windows are lower contractor grade, single pane and not good.

The quote is for Miami/Dade code level aluminum frame single hung for just short of $1,000/window installed. Apparently April 1 the prices are going up but our quote if good for 30 days. The Patio (french style) doors are $4,000 installed. These are the "low-e" greenish hue glass. 0% interest for 12 months. Order today and start date is estimated for July.

Its not cheap but its a worthwhile investment in the house and will help with noise, energy, and reduce the number of times I have to throw shutters up. I'll probably still put the metal covers up if there's a monster storm coming. Haven't committed yet but this is basically the same price I was quoted a few years back.

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