The old house we bought 2 years ago has what would be called
"character" if it appeared on one of those HGTV/DIY shows. Somewhere
in the last 40 to 50 years a number of additions/modifications were
made and somebody decided to put a sliding glass door in the kitchen
which was on the front of the house facing a lake. Perhaps because
they had no HVAC and in AL you just sort of need it in the summer. Or
maybe the cook wanted a view.
Later someone came along and added a screen porch to the house. Later
still another body moved the kitchen to the back of the house and made
the area with the slider a dining room.
The slider has lost it's seal and the inside has turned color so
Management wants to replace the slider. Worker is opposed and wants to
add windows. Management stresses that the area has a low ceiling and
tends to be dark so wins the discussion but in order to keep the peace
suggests that 2 large picture windows be used since the slider would
never be opened anyway.
Worker reports the quoted cost of the picture windows and Management
retracts that idea.
Worker is about to suggest that a slider be purchased, taken apart and
the 2 glass pieces be framed to look like 2 picture windows.
Before I offer this idea to Management, is there any reason this can't
I'm not sure how you want to situate them. As a door, they overlap to
form an interlocking seal. If you put them side by side on the same
plane, I'm not sure they would fit in the opening tough without the
frame they may.
Would it be cheaper to just build two window frames and have glass set
in place like you'd do on a storefront? Seems that you are going to pay
for a screen, rollers, handle, and track that will be discarded. .I
think I'd talk to the local glass company that does commercial stiff.
Have you considered rather than large plate-glass windows making divided-
light windows the same size? If you do that you can get enough 1/4 inch
tempered Solex to do the job online for about 500 bucks. You can also get
large pieces of tempered or double-glazed or laminated from the same source
but the shipping is a killer on big pieces.
Note that there should be some place local that can provide the same
service probably for a higher price but with much lower shipping.
Often it's cheaper to throw all that stuff away than buy glass the
same size. Sliders are sold by the brazillions and sold at quite
reasonable prices (volume efficiencies and all that). It might be
even cheaper to start with slider "replacement cartridges". Sliders
do need repair and most are standard size so they do sell replacement
glass. As you point out, the hardware does cost something but enough
to offset the economies of scale? It's another place to look.
I know people who have used these to turn a three-season room into
On 6/4/2017 11:07 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Yeah. The local glass guys I normally use have an assortment of thermal
glass panels for emergency repairs on glass doors. Ordering 'custom' for
every broken panel would take far too long and, as you note, there are only
a certain range of sized in common use. I guess the only serious question
would be one of safety and consideration should be given to tempered vs.
non-tempered in any use where the glass extends close to the floor. It
certainly can't hurt to ask what such panels would cost. Framing and
trimming stationary glass should be trivial.
EVERY sliding door glass has to be safety glass. What's wrong with
just replacing the sliding door? As mentioned, economy of scale is
definitely in your favour - and just installing "as supplied" is dead
nuts simple - so why screw with it?
On Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 9:30:29 PM UTC-5, swalker wrote:
Just where in AL? Near Mobile, perhaps?
Option 1: If you are within 5-6 hour drive of Lafayette, La., I have 2 pic
ture windows you can have. Each are of a different design, with one being
a bit shorter and/or narrower, than the other. One, for sure, is single
pane panes. I don't recall if the other is double paned, argon fill gas,
low-E, etc. I think both are 9 light sashes (I suppose you are aware the
y are fixed sashes). Their *sash framing has minor rot along the bottom e
dge, but should be easily fixable. *These are sashes, only, not the whole
window frame. I can take pics to show, however, they are in crowded storag
e and pics, of the whole, may be difficult to take. I think each's origin
al cost was about $3500, which included the frame.
Option 2: I have 5 sashes, all about 7' tall and 30" wide. I don't recall
if they are single light panes, but I think they are. On 4 units, the wo
oden frames has slight rot (or some wood damage, I don't recall) on one or
two edges, but should be easily repairable. The fifth unit is still in the
box. I can take pics of these, also. These may be easier to remove from
storage, for decent pics. I think each's original cost was about $850..
.. originally, the wall/window framing was custom built on site, to accommo
date the sash-set.
I have quite a few other sashes, also, with similar minor damages.... I thi
nk most are argon filled, low-E, etc.
I had saved these sashes, thinking to repair & install them somewhere, even
tually, but never have. I might as well offer them to someone who can use
them, if the drive is cost effective.
I sometimes go to Mobile, but I don't have immediate plans for a trip anyti
me soon. I have been contemplating making a trip to NC, for the August 21s
t solar eclipse, but that's not a sure thing, at the moment.
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