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Old 10-08-2007, 11:30 AM
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The home I just purchased currently has a mix of original and replacement windows. I am not sure when the replacement windows were installed or who the manufacturer of either the original or replacments was, but I do know that I don't like any of them. They're old, some are hard to open and they all look like crap because they don't match.

So, I would like to explore the possibility of getting new windows before I start going through the house painting walls, replacing molding, etc. Can you all recommend any particular company to call for some info/estimates?

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Old 10-08-2007, 12:15 PM
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When I first bought this house I shopped everywhere retail and Lowe's had the best price for DIY dual glazed aluminum and vinyl frames. Now I'm doing an addition and require impact windows ($$$$$) I shopped these hard as the original quote was over 21K$ I found a company that sells PGT windows at a really good price.

Go ask around at job sites. Ask finish carpenters. Go the local blue collar bar around 4:00....The place I got the best deal doesn't even advertise, pretty much wholesale but will sell to private parties as well.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:32 PM
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Brian...I just went through this with my house in Sea Isle City, N.J. My house there is over 100 years old and so were the windows. I replaced some (3) of them back in 1997 with cheap vinyls. They were toast in about 3 years. I shopped and did alot of reseach. I ended up getting Renewal by Andersen. Couldn't be happier. I couldn't go with aluminum clad Pellas due to the saltwater environment. Vinyl gets destroyed down there also. I know there are some high quality vinyls, but the wood fiber/vinyl mix of the Andersens sold me. Plus they look beautiful inside. Andersen just came out with another replacement called Woodright. I would have considered them, but for the price I was quoted on both, I'd have to paint the inside wood trim. If I were you I'd get a quote on both of these..can't go wrong. Don't get the Pellas from Lowes those are a cheap line Pella bought and now market as Pella.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:54 PM
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Brand is not hugely important. On the insulated (thermopane) units try to steer away from ones with the aluminum spacers - thy conduct heat/cool and you will end up with condensation on the inside of the glass and depending on your climate it can be a considerable amount. Go with "warm edge" units that have a reinforced butyl band.

If outside noise is an issue, look into laminated outer pane - may be worth the extra $ (which could be a lot) or comprimise by going with 1/8" double strength glass (DSB) versus 3/32" single strength (SSB).

Whatever brand you go with, make sure you retain the factory info - when I was in the glass business many, many times a customer would come to me looking for a 50 cent plastic part which I could not help them with. Plastic will break eventually.

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Old 10-08-2007, 03:34 PM
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I am going through the same thing now in the remodel of a 100 year old home. It has vinyl replacements which were installed about 15 years ago, and 9 out of about 30 of them have bad seals now (ie., fogged up).

I think the best "replacement" window for this application is the Infinity by Marvin. It is a fiberglass frame with a non-wood composite material on the inside that looks, feels and more importantly, paints like wood. It actually holds paint better than wood. The fiberglass exterior can also be painted or if you get it in the color you want, never needs painting. Also, fiberglass is much stronger than vinyl and has an expansion/contraction rate almost identical to glass, which what ususally causes the seal failure on vinyls.

I also bought some Pella full frame casement windows for one application (and I agree with Weakfish--got mine directly from Pella), and I am very happy with them--these are full frame windows, fiberglass over wood exterior and wood interior. What sold me on these was the built in miniblinds--a very cool product.

Not knocking any of the other windows and there are a lot of good companies out there, but I have been most impressed by the Marvins so far and plan to go with them.
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