Our Philippine House Project – Iloilo Glass Service

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We bought the glass for our windows from Iloilo Glass Service, 439 Iznart Street, phone 033-335-0768.  They gave truly superior service.  There were some minor problems, partly our fault.  Iloilo Glass made things right with no hesitation.  188 panes of 3/16″ glass cost us P16,640.  The Iloilo Glass quote was one-half the quote we received from another Iloilo glass shop. For the suspicious, we do not receive compensation from any business we mention.  We like to highlight businesses which have treated us well, our way of saying “thank you”.

Iloilo Glass specializes in fabricating all kinds of glass products, not just windows.  When we were there they were making commercial display cases.  They also custom made window screens for us.  The workmanship was excellent.

Installing the glass

Installing the glass

My estimate of the total cost of our eleven windows is about P120,000 or about P11,000 per window.  Aside from the size of the windows, we used more expensive, higher cost materials; 11mm security bars, the best Z-bar we could find, epoxy primer, brass hardware, thicker 3/16? glass and Corning silicone.

Completed windows

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  4. We come to the Philippines for the warm weather and sun light but don’t appreciate the strength of the light until we live with it. I have enlarged windows in bedrooms to catch the morning sun and also in the dining room to view the landscape.
    I didn’t appreciate the sun’s strength and need blinds etc to reduce the glare. Entering a small bungalow with what I imagined would be a dark enclosure took me by surprise. Each window was small and net curtained and also faced a wall and under the roof overhang BUT there was enough daylight to live with. Apart from the fact that glass does not assist the strength of the walls for the “shear” factor of controlling movement in earthquakes, size and planning of the windows does become a major issue in house designs.

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    • Peter, as you know we put very large windows in our house. The idea was to reduce the need for air conditioning by letting in lots of cooler air at night and by reducing the thermal mass of the building. We did not realize just how breezy our location is compared with the other places we had lived in the Philippines. During the “winter” we often have only a small percentage of the window area open. Sometimes we have to close all the windows because the breeze is too strong and too cool.

      Still, we like the big windows — the light they can let in and the vistas of the surrounding fields and mountains. We have drapes so we can control the amount of light and sun so that it’s just how we want it. Without drapes the house would be unlivable. On summer nights we can really take advantage of the cooler night air. This time of year (winter) we open one window in our bedroom and the cool air rushes in. Just outside our Gardenias are blooming. It’s heavenly!

      You’re right about the big windows reducing the shear strength of the walls. There’s one thing I’d do differently. We have a lintel beam above our windows, then two courses of hollow block, then the roof beam. I should have just made the lintel and roof beams and the area where the two courses of block are all reinforced concrete. It would not have cost much and would have made a stronger house.

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  5. I do know of a company in MANILA, who do built custom E-glass installation for windows. The name is Furling windows, matter fact they are located at the ALabang Home depot not wilcom home depot, both of them are located at the same road.

    The reason I could not contract them it is bacause of my budget pf 135 thousand pesos for 21 windows for my new house. They wanted 210 thousand pesos.

    So I decided to let my contractor run with the design of windows, some time next week I will see an example of the prototype.

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  6. Windows look good Bob! How much longer till you think your family can move in. I see the it still needs to be painted and the sofits need installed. By the way, what color are you going to paint.

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  7. As a matter of fact, I used that 3M product and Martin & I installed it ourselves. This is something you could still do, if you want after the windows are done. And it gives some privacy too. Again, we used it only in the westside for that afternoon sun.

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  8. e-glass is very expensive, but I came up with the idea of using 3 mmm uv retardant and heat dissipitator film, made here in the Phillipines. The factory location is in Carmona, Laguna, Unless you got money to buy a whole roll from a tint car shop, it will cost you double.

    What is e-glass? two sheets of glass and some tint!

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    • David,

      My understanding is that it’s much more complicated than that — that with low-e glass they customize the chemical composition of the glass itself (for example boron and iron) to control radiant heat transmission.

      Bob
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  9. Hi Bob,
    Are those glasses made to block uv rays? My westside windows are tinted to reduce fading for my furnitures,
    curtains, pictures and reduce heat too.

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    • Citas,

      No, all plain glass. Some of that fancy low-e glass probably would have been a good idea but I am so old-fashioned I did not use it.

      Bob

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