Jessica Gorton wrote:Your query led me to this, and now I have greenhouse envy....
Karen Walk wrote:I was gifted some 4' x 6'6" double pane storefront windows a few years ago - I'm working on the greenhouse now! The trick with using old windows is getting ones WITHOUT a low-e coating. Most new windows have coatings that reduce the amount of solar heat gain and visible light that is transmitted. Sometimes you can see a coating - the glass will look slightly brown, gray or blue. Sometimes you can't see it, but can test for it using a lighter. See here:
I bet the glass from old sliding glass doors would make a great greenhouse!
With glass, you'll need a more robust structure than plastic - and you won't be able to move it as easily, but you won't have plastic that degrades every few years either. Also, for those of us in cold northern climes, double pane clear glass is excellent for both light transmission and insulating value.
chad Christopher wrote:Yep. Wood windows rot fast. High humidity and wood is a no go. Otherwise, people use plastic due to burn, mass scale, and low maintenance. And you can't roll up windows in the spring.
Bill Bradbury wrote:Hi Elle,
Glass makes the best greenhouse!
http://www.conservationtechnology.com/building_glazing.html Conservation Technology makes the best glazing gaskets for installing bare glass in a wooden frame. Just post pictures of your situation and we can talk about proper mounting and sealing ie. not gobs of caulk holding the windows in.
In summer just paint the glass with greenhouse paint and wash it off in fall.
I love the wavy cylinder glass and use it often in my restoration work, but it is very difficult to work with and can break at the slightest tweak, so I would recommend selling that to restoration pros that will be so happy to get it(I spend a lot of time looking through window shops' boneyards for this stuff) and use only newer, usually thicker and definitely safer glazing.