Since our house will be portable and potentially driving down highways, we knew that tempered glass was a smart idea. We had also learned that capillary tubes are a good idea as the house may be transitioning between varying altitudes.
When Jeff attended the Tumbleweed workshop in Vancouver they also talked about how metal clad or wood windows were recommended with vinyl being the less favourable option. The two most notable reasons metal clad is fawned over are; the interior has a beautiful wood finish, and the exterior will never need to be painted. While wood windows have a nice interior finish, the exteriors need to be repainted periodically. Vinyl windows never need to be painted, but the finish is less aesthetically desirable on the interior. With metal clad you don't have to compromise your interior or exterior (however you will most likely be compromised on your budget!).
When we put all of these specifications together for our first window quote we were a bit discouraged when we saw how expensive it would be.
I set out trying to find used windows for cheaper on kijiji and started collecting them. We hadn’t actually chosen our specific window sizes at this point so whenever I saw an ad for free or cheap windows I jumped on it.
While I collected quite a few, we only ended up being able to use three of the used windows (which still saved us a significant amount of money). We have 13 windows (including two skylights) all together.
While the order was more costly than we would have hoped, we are so happy with them! Now that they are installed we can see how much the natural light makes a difference in our little space!
Part of our decision to splurge on new windows stemmed from our desire to keep moving forward with the build. Time is of the essence!