(Topic ID: 237501)

New windows laminated or not?


By High_End_Pins

11 months ago



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    #1 11 months ago

    We are due for new windows.
    These are double hung,double pane
    The question is this.
    Is it worth up to $300 more per window to spring for laminated glass?

    The pros I know of and like are
    1)Security
    2)Sound proofing
    3) Safety

    We need 13 windows so it is a potential $3900 difference/decision.

    This will be our first and only window replacement from there on they are guaranteed for life so I don’t want to have any regrets
    Those being that I wasted money for laminated and it wasn’t that much better or even worse wishing I would have just spent the extra at the time and would have been.

    Any experiences or input appreciated.

    #2 11 months ago

    You could use the laminated windows on the ground level, and basement levels, for the security benefits. Also if there is a large window on a stairway landing.

    #3 11 months ago

    Unfortunately we only have one window upstairs so the potential $300 savings probably isn’t worth ordering twelve laminated and one non but if there were more a split that would be a smart way to handle it for certain.

    #4 11 months ago

    Architect here. I specify laminated glass for security and impact resistance at schools. On the first floor it is common. We only use it on the second floor when near noise like airports. Would I use it in my own home? No. I don't have noise or security concerns. I'd have to accidentally break a lot of standard glass to break even too.

    #5 11 months ago
    Quoted from balt:

    Architect here. I specify laminated glass for security and impact resistance at schools. On the first floor it is common. We only use it on the second floor when near noise like airports. Would I use it in my own home? No. I don't have noise or security concerns. I'd have to accidentally break a lot of standard glass to break even too.

    Thanks that helps.
    We do have some noise concerns.
    Mostly wildlife. There is an owl that has been on a mission to destroy my sleep for at least two or three years now.
    I wonder how long owls live?
    The other is a fairly close train track.
    I don’t notice any of that stuff during the day but at night when all is calm I can pick up on it and it sets the dog off who in turn barks.
    Security wise not too worried but more security is always going to be better than less.
    Safetywise no concerns at all.

    #6 11 months ago

    Sleep with a fan on.

    #7 11 months ago

    I assume you have double hung windows now? Laminated glass is sort of like the Argon filled glass from a few years ago. Way more money, minimal benefit, and a few years forward, no benefit at all. (the Argon leaks out). I’d skip it. The soundproofing is very small, and depends on the rest of the window being sealed perfectly - which it usually isn’t.

    #8 11 months ago

    Found some breakage comparison videos.
    Pretty cool.

    #9 11 months ago
    Quoted from High_End_Pins:

    Found some breakage comparison videos

    After the third hit, by a break and enter thief they will move on to another house. Making more noise than needed will chase them off.

    #10 11 months ago

    Funny, I was looking at same for a few windows that I do not want to use hurricane shutters on because of aesthetics. Found another product form 3M too.

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