Window replacement - questions
Hello.. this is my first post, so please go easy :)
I am currently remodeling a home right now and was planning on replacing the windows as they appear to be older. I am on a relatively tight budget, so am looking at middle of the road replacement windows.
I have a number of windows that are apparently wood Andersen windows that were manufactured in 1983.
I have had a couple companies come in and tell me everything needed to be replaced, etc. Which I kind of expected.
I then had a Pella salesman come in and said that if it was him, he would leave the Andersen windows as those would be just as good, if not better, than any vinyl window that I was looking to replace them with.
The more I thought about it.. of course these other window companies want to replace all of my windows because it's their job to sell new replacement windows. What made me start thinking hard about it is when the Pella man said he would leave them in and only replace the old aluminum windows that I have.
Does anyone have any suggestions or comments?
From what I have found
Single pane windows are R1
Double pane windows are close to/above R2
Argon, triple pane are slightly higher
You get better return on more insulation in the attic/walls etc
And sealing the house with caulking to prevent cold air coming in
I replace my windows because several were broken, glass or sash
And when they installed them (replacement windows) they did not take out the sash weights & insulate the pockets. I had a huge heat loss around each window & between 6 sets of double windows. I went with new Anderson windows, not replacements - since I am residing the whole house
If the Andersons are in good shape I'd be inclined to leave them
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