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Old 02-24-2010, 09:56 AM
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Plexiglass won't hold that weight IMHO. It would help. Maybe brace it with 2x6s screwed into the backside.
x2 - I like the plexiglass idea as well 'cuz it would let in some light but it will have to be supported...

Maybe Dave can put together a little post on how much weight that plexiglass will have to support based on x feet of snow
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...I don't think his roof has to worry about weight, the pitch is right for sliding clear and it is metal so the supports are there.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:36 AM
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Corbet what's the dimensions of the window? I bet we could come up with a material & thickness recommendation for you... you would want to leave some slop in the frame to allow for thermal expansion/contraction, also you wouldn't any fasteners drilled through it- how far away from the current window could you theoretically install this new "storm" window? That will dictate how much deflection you can have.

But heck you can make anything from an airplane window to an aquarium out of plastic, a little snow shouldn't be a problem.
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Corbet what's the dimensions of the window? I bet we could come up with a material & thickness recommendation for you... you would want to leave some slop in the frame to allow for thermal expansion/contraction, also you wouldn't any fasteners drilled through it- how far away from the current window could you theoretically install this new "storm" window? That will dictate how much deflection you can have.

But heck you can make anything from an airplane window to an aquarium out of plastic, a little snow shouldn't be a problem.
I thought the same thing! In our Laundry room in the Louisville property the kids used to find it funny to break the windows out. I replaced all the windows with 3/16" Polycarbonate(Lexan)......3 years ago! Even the long one next to a pop machine has survived everything they threw at it (foot prints, rocks/bricks, etc...) laying by it on the sidewalk. It has recently got scratched by probably a knife. They have tagged it in the past but Goof Off removed the permanent marker without chemically etching the surface.
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I'll have to measure the window but probably 4'x5' roughly. Lexan would be best
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