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Old 01-03-2010, 06:36 AM   #1
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I need help choosing what windows to put in my home.

Background:
  • open concept 1984 sq ft
    nine windows on the first floor
    very windy
    winters 0 degrees F
What I'm Looking for
  • Stops the wind
    energy efficient
    opens up or traditionally (but NOT the crank windows!)
The windows I currently have are ... old.
the wind blows right through them.
I plan on replacing them myself and doing it one or two windows at a time.

i just need some brand names or models that you've had good experience with.
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:48 AM   #2
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In the interest of economy, vinyl replacement windows are the least expensive. But not the cheapys you see at big box stores. They should have an 'energy star' rating and a U factor or .30 or less(lower is better). You don't say where you are, but for the eastern US , primarily northeast, I use Viwinco windows. They have been making windows for 20+ years, have excellent service if needed, lifetime glass warranty, U.29 or better for double hung windows. Installation is an important part of the job, since they won't be any better than your old windows if not properly installed.

But to really make things better, you should have new construction windows, or remove the trim around the old windows and insulate the air gaps when installing replacement windows, often not done years ago. New construction windows are more expensive and considerably more installation labor. For brand names I recommend, Andersen, Weathershield, Marvin, but definitely not Pella.
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:07 AM   #3
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With replacement types you are likely to loose viewable glass area which is not as likely to happen with new construction types.

Additionally, there is the risk of unseen damage behind your current units that needs to be repaired; you won't likely see this until you tear out your current ones (or remove trim, siding, etc. to check in advance).

I just installed 5, Integrity windows by Marvin and am glad that I went that route. More work, more labor, more mess inside the house but I was able to expose and repair some unknown (to me) past water damage before it led to structural damage.
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totally in agreement here with the vinyl window route....
i saved HUGE amounts of $$$ by calling around to building suppliers and asking if they had "mis-measured" windows in storage they'd like to see some cash for. you may even luck out and find the exact size you need! in my case, i was doing all the framing anyways, so size was approximate for me and i got 14 windows for a little over $800! 2 of those are 6'x6' picture windows i got for $100 each.
installing them all myself saved me thousands as well.

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This was all exactly what i needed next ! thanks a ton guys.

I am putting aside some extra for whatever surprises I find that the previous owners left me.
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I am putting aside some extra for whatever surprises I find that the previous owners left me.
ALWAYS a good idea!

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I need help choosing what windows to put in my home.

Background:

  • open concept 1984 sq ft
    nine windows on the first floor
    very windy
    winters 0 degrees F
What I'm Looking for

  • Stops the wind
    energy efficient
    opens up or traditionally (but NOT the crank windows!)
The windows I currently have are ... old.
the wind blows right through them.
I plan on replacing them myself and doing it one or two windows at a time.

i just need some brand names or models that you've had good experience with.
Choices for replacement /new construction windows are usually dictated somewhat by house construction. It would help if you posted pictures of all floors as house exteriors can be different floor to floor.
Actually, casement and awning windows are the most efficiect window types.
Ron
Choices of windows can be influenced also by the type of windows you now have.

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Old 01-03-2010, 12:05 PM   #8
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Keep in mind there is a Tax Credit thru the end of 2010 on new windows that meet Energy guidelines
By spending an extra $10-30 on upgraded glass you can receive 30% of the purchase price back as a Tax Credit

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?...edits.tx_index

I went with Andersen windows - 400 series
We started buying windows in advance as we found them before starting to build the new addition
Since it was new construction I could adjust to the window size I found
Usually I saw a savings up between 50-75% off the retail price

Replacing my existing windows in the house I measured the RO & then kept an eye out for windows that matched
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I have Integrity by Marvin and no complaints , all are energy star rated.

The integrity line gives a lot of window for the buck .

It can blow like a son of a gun here and gets also gets cold on the northern Illinois prairie.

http://www.integritywindows.com/

Type in your zip code in the link to see if a dealer is reasonably close.

I have the casements and awning ( seal tighter) but they do make the double hung also.

I have there sliding french door also that I thought I would regret as I never though a slider could seal that well.

Boy was I pleasantly surprised , very efficient .

I know owners of Pella that have had problems.

In the mean time try this ( I used to use alot of it) http://store.goodcommonsense.net/ropca.html

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High Gear,
Thanks for the Site, iam going to go look at there windows first hand in a town not to far from me (Kokomo), They have a great looking window and if i can get a decent price i may buy several windows for my house as iam ready to install as soon as the weather breaks? They have a new product called Ultrex windows and they look like what iam very interested in.


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You may also want to search and look for complaints about the brands. We just bought a new shortsale house from a builder and are the 1st owners of the house. never been lived in. The window company is stating we are not the original owners the builder is and the warranty is void. We are now looking at our options. The next windows I will do my research I can tell you.
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You may also want to search and look for complaints about the brands. We just bought a new shortsale house from a builder and are the 1st owners of the house. never been lived in. The window company is stating we are not the original owners the builder is and the warranty is void. We are now looking at our options. The next windows I will do my research I can tell you.
What Mfg told you this ? A builder is not an owner unless he lived there
If the house was vacant they are full of it
Is there an issue with the windows ?
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What Mfg told you this ? A builder is not an owner unless he lived there
If the house was vacant they are full of it
Is there an issue with the windows ?
I don't want to break any forum rules but Weathershield MFG. The house was vacant. we purchased it as a short sale from the builder. It was 90% done and my wife and I put in the bamboo floors, carpeting and some other odds and ends to get the Certificate of occupancy. Was told that today on my lunch by their representative at their 800 number in WI. No BS

Half the windows in the house the wind blows between the two windows. The stationary pain and the sliding one. The ones that crank out the wind whistles and make the house sound haunted. wakes you from a dead sleep. Called the local Dist first and they said they no longer handle the product as they cannot get any support from the MFG. My heating bill was 500.00 last month.

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An important point no one mentioned, including myself, casement style windows are generally the most efficient window, especially in wind. And properly installed new construction windows will be the best, because they are properly flashed and caulked, with air spaces around frames insulated. But also the most expensive way to go.
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Sounds like they were not sealed, caulked & insulated correctly

No forum rules broken
Generally as a DIY person I like to know when a Mfg refuses to stand behind their warranty
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