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Old 01-13-2008, 03:25 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, I have been researching window brands for a long time now, but there are so many considerations that I think my best course of action at this point is to spell out my scenario and get some feedback. Thank you in advance:

House: 1950's brick ranch in central NC.

Environment: Rarely snows here. Side of hill, plenty of trees. Sunlight is not an issue.

Current windows: 34x42 between the studs. Single pane, old as house. All of the frames are in good condition, but are not snug with the studs all the way around, AND there is not any insulation around the frames... Suspect a fair amount of cold air leakage...

What I want: Clad wood. Simulated or true divide (none of that just between the glass stuff, or those snap on grids). Low E. Double hung. Good warranty.

Important points: We only plan to live in this house for say, another 5 years. Budget is around $500 per window.

First question would be, if the frames are all in good shape (no rot, etc.), couldn't I just insulate the hell out of the spaces between the frame and studs with something like that foam-in-can product, or would it really be worth replacing the frames? I am not afraid of doing this myself, I just want to do one window at a time; and I'll take my time.

Second question. Brands... At this point I have read too many complaints about Anderson and Pella Thermastar, so forget them. My feeling now is that since I am not planning on living here the rest of my life, that something like Pella Design series or Proline would probably do just fine. I'd like to keep with the integrity of this little stick-built house, but there are many things I need to do to it so I have to spread the money around...

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All of the frames are in good condition, but are not snug with the studs all the way around, AND there is not any insulation around the frames... Suspect a fair amount of cold air leakage...[/FONT]
Where is the leakage?

between the window jamb and the frame or the frame and the home (studs)?

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The frame and the studs. There is a 1/2" to 1" gap all the way around.
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The frame and the studs. There is a 1/2" to 1" gap all the way around.

If that is the only issue with the windows then I would fill the gap with the expanding foam.
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thank you redline
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If you were planning on living there longer than it may be wiser to put int new ones but you say that you are only going to say there for a short time.

You could probably get some anderson pro windows for around $250- $300 for this smaller sized windows and install them yourself. You would need to determine if that would raise the value of the house enough to warrant the expense and time to install.

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Some information on Windows:

http://www.nfrc.org/

http://www.efficientwindows.org/index.cfm

http://www.jdpower.com/homes/ratings...ndow/index.asp
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Thank you Atlantic I have used those sites. Looking at your title I can't help but ask what you would do; or NOT do. If you know off the top of your head that is.
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Most wood windows are only going to come as full-frame replacements and that is what I would recommend. I would try to talk you into vinyl replacement style, but if you are set on wood, than full-frame replacement is the way to go. Also, there is always a space between the rough opening (house frame) and the frame of the window. I stay away from expanding foam and prefer fiberglass for serviceabilty. I would not be surprised if none of your exterior walls are filled with insulation. Many homes built in that time frame dont even in my cold neck of the woods .

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