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Joined: Jun 11 2003

Hi,
Has anyone installed this Great Eichler Window system to insulate and safety temper the big windows? Its this thin plexiglass layer that's placed over the existing windows but I'd like more info on how it looks and how much it reduces your utility bill...
Thanks for any info!
-LL

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Joined: May 20 2003

The product works well, however, once you have it
installed and have paid for it, Noise Solutions undergoes
a swift personality change. If you have problems they
will ignore any messages you leave them and will not
take any steps to address any problems.

The product works more or less as advertised. It stops most
condensation(NOT all). It makes the home more comfortable
in Winter. It also cuts down on Noise. Unfortunately Noise
Solutions has a monopoly on this and they take advantage
of it.

The product scratches easily. When Noise Solutions wanted
to make the sale they assured me that it is simple to get it
buffed. But when I did need to get it done, they did not know
of anyone who does it.

Another negative: If condensation does occur between the
two panes, it does not dry off by itself and you end up with
ugly black mold, which is a bear to clean up.

Although it is easy to take them off for cleaning, it is near
impossible to line it up to put it back on as they are not
completely rigid and tend to flop around. Their installer
is a very nice gentle giant. That is why he can handle the
huge panes like they are sheets of cardboard. When he
does it it looks easy.

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Joined: Jun 11 2003

Thanks for your reply, croc. Did you notice any difference in the view through the windows with the acrylic?
Also, did you have them install sliding doors as well? I'd like to see how their prices compare.
Thanksl
LL

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Joined: May 20 2003

The view thru the plexiglass is as good as thru regular glass.
It does not obstruct the view at all.

I did not have them install sliding doors, I did not like
their prices Also the narrow profile doors they have
are only in Aluminum, I wanted Vinyl.

Newpane.com seems to have better prices than what I got,
that was before I knew about newpane.

I live in Foster City, if you really need to see for yourself
you are welcome to check out my house. I will get in touch
with you if you give me an email address.

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Joined: Sep 8 2003

We have had NoiseSolutions for the "Great Eichler Windows", sliding glass doors, as well as regular windows in our bedrooms and bathrooms. The installation was fast, on-time, and very clean, they did follow up on a couple of windows that had flaws and replaced them with no hassle - altough we sometimes had to call a couple times to get a response.

The windows and sliding glass doors are fine and do cut noise considerably compared to the original single pane windows and doors. The "Eichler Window" works, we have not had any problems with condensation - we have one in the master bedroom, however, it is a compromise and not as clean or clear as a new double pane window.

Cheers
Raoul

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Joined: Mar 25 2003

You can also have the single pane glass replaced with double pane that fit into your current frame. They just need to trim the trim to make up for the extra depth of the double pane glass. You need a knowledgeable glass show familar with Eichlers. With the high prices charged by noise solutions for a sheet of plastic, this is pretty much a viable alternative. Unfortunately though, you can't replace the single panes in the sliding doors.

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Joined: Nov 24 2003

lplane wrote:
Hi,
Has anyone installed this Great Eichler Window system to insulate and safety temper the big windows? Its this thin plexiglass layer that's placed over the existing windows but I'd like more info on how it looks and how much it reduces your utility bill...
Thanks for any info!
-LL

Make sure you check the license status of the company you are dealing with, as in all construction related activities. :wink:

http://www2.cslb.ca.gov/CSLB_LIBRARY/Name+Request.asp

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Joined: Mar 22 2003

Palo Alto Glass also installs double-pane Low-e glass for these huge pieces of glass. They are solid and unbroken, unlike some of the other approaches used. They claim to remove the wood trim, take out the old glass, put in the new, shave the trim to account for the thicker glass, and then replace it.

They are one of the few vendors that is able to do this and also provides a ten year warranty.

Cathye

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