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Old 02-18-2013, 09:52 AM   #16
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Depending on the details, if you make the window larger(wider), you will have to do some framing/altering and possibly a new header over the top. You are just replacing one hole in the wall (old window) with a larger hole in the wall (new window). Since most problems (65%+) with windows come from the installation, make sure the installer is really good and just the normal installer/nail bender. - That is a big hole in the wall with a big perimeter and potential problem areas.

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Thanks and i agree. The family friend who will be installing them has been doing carpentry for about 30+ years but has slowed down in the last 10. I know he is not up on the new ideas or materials available. He is a great framer and wood worker...he built out deck and it came out great. I think when it comes t the details and particulars he cuts some corners. Hopefully I can get some "must do's" from people here that I can make sure he does. Like I said he knows how to frame really well but for instance I feel that he does not know the proper way to flash because he has not done it in so long but I'm sure I can also you tube this to make sure I direct him properly. Again he knows his stuff I just want to make sure it is done 100% correct. Me and my wife are new home owners. Thanks


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You can definitely get a nice quality window (without installation) in your budget. Obviously option content will have an effect on where it falls, but certainly in the ballpark.
+1 on the other guys comments about the install. Most important items: Get it installed square, and flashed properly so that it is water tight.
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You can definitely get a nice quality window (without installation) in your budget. Obviously option content will have an effect on where it falls, but certainly in the ballpark.
+1 on the other guys comments about the install. Most important items: Get it installed square, and flashed properly so that it is water tight.
Thanks a lot HS and everyone else. Much appreciated
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Have you looked at Milgard? I spent $7k for 15 windows...some of them quite large....and special. One window is a double casement 4'x5'. All of them fiberglass clad (which means I can paint them) on the outside, vinyl on the inside.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:47 PM   #20
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Have you looked at Milgard? I spent $7k for 15 windows...some of them quite large....and special. One window is a double casement 4'x5'. All of them fiberglass clad (which means I can paint them) on the outside, vinyl on the inside.
I will check thm out. Thanks
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Milgard is no longer available on the east coast. Decent window for folks out west IMO.
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Milgard is no longer available on the east coast. Decent window for folks out west IMO.
Can I get something decent at Lowes/HD?
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The simonton 5600 at HD is solid, as is the Plygem premium at Lowes. Neither is great nor terrible IMO, but they are about as good as you'll find at the box stores. I'd much rather see you purchase from a supply house however if you don't want to go through a dealer network. You'll get much better support from people that actually know what they are talking about, and they generally offer the next step up in product quality as well.
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The simonton 5600 at HD is solid, as is the Plygem premium at Lowes. Neither is great nor terrible IMO, but they are about as good as you'll find at the box stores. I'd much rather see you purchase from a supply house however if you don't want to go through a dealer network. You'll get much better support from people that actually know what they are talking about, and they generally offer the next step up in product quality as well.
Thanks very much HS
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Anyone know anything about Silver Line by Anderson? Thanks.
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Plenty of info on that line if you search this site and other replacement window forums. Performance ratings leave something to be desired compared to other options, and most pros feel rather strongly about the line... and not in a positive way.
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Plenty of info on that line if you search this site and other replacement window forums. Performance ratings leave something to be desired compared to other options, and most pros feel rather strongly about the line... and not in a positive way.
Ok, thanks very much HS. By the way we live on a busy road. What rating will tell me about noise performance? Is it the STC rating? I know I'm killing you....sorry!!!
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Does anyone know a reputable installer on Long Island(NY)? The more I read on here the more I'm convinced how important it is to have them installed/wrapped properly. If you happen to be from the LI area. Thanks


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