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Old 04-01-2016, 11:14 AM   #21
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We have a friend in Ramona who's neighbor's house burned down in the Cedar fire - they think the flames got inside the house when the vinyl melted, panes fell out, and flames had ingress to the house. That said - they didn't have a fire zone landscaping near their house - and a shrub was right outside the window in question. So you have to be careful on many fronts... Landscaping, screen size (smaller mesh = better) in the eaves and vents, avoiding shake shingle roofs....
I am doing the fire zone landscaping. It will be pretty easy. A major fire went through here about 13 years ago. The major landscaping effort was removing all of the down tree trunks. I have enough fire wood to last the rest of my life. I will be using rocks for 10 feet out around the house and limited vegetation out to 200 feet. The siding is made out of mostly concrete.

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Old 04-02-2016, 12:39 AM   #22
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R40 in the ceiling yes. In the wall - no. Most of California is recommended at R13 in the walls. That is standard fiberglass in 2x4 walls.
We don't all live in CA, although perhaps we wish we had the weather

Here we can go R60 in attic, and if you have 2x6 walls you get more R value, without going crazy with an R2000 standard.

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Old 04-02-2016, 08:28 AM   #23
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We have a 160 year old house in a designated historic district. About 6 years ago, we replaced all 33 of the original 6 over 6 double hung windows with these

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Yes, they were expensive - about $1000 per window installed - but they are the closest in appearance to the originals (key if you live in an historic district) and, because they are double-pane, we were able to get rid of the aluminum storm windows for a better look. We have been very happy with them.
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We had the windows replaced in our house, when we had the house remodeled last year. We bought Pella, double hung, double pane, low e, argon windows. It is so nice to be able to open and close them by myself. Our contractor that remodeled our house installed them.
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I replaced 20+ windows in our place last year with Infinity from Marvin. We preferred the fiberglass widows to other that we looked at. So far so good. The cost was under $18K.

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