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Greetings to the forum and a ton of newbie window questions

Greetings to the forum and a ton of newbie window questions

Old 12-08-03, 02:55 PM
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Greetings to the forum and a ton of newbie window questions

First of all, great site and props to the mods and creators!

1) My windows seem to be odd sizes, (44" wide, 46" tall by example) I presume that means replacement windows would have to be all special order and much more expensive?

2) Storm windows look to be ~$100 each, would the odd sizes effect that cost much?

3) Would installing storm windows be a big assistance for energy costs and perhaps a better choice than new windows considering I can do that right now, but replacement windows would have to wait several years?

Old 12-08-03, 02:59 PM
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I forgot to add...

I can (and already have done one) repair the existing wood windows, and am counting on the wood windows being in good repair and well weather stripped before adding the storm windows.

Which leads to another question.. anyone familiar with http://www.windowrenu.com/main/default.asp ? Do they work, are they durable and are there perhaps better quality units of this type available?
Old 12-08-03, 04:23 PM
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First, welcome to DoItYourself.com.

I wouldn't waste my time or money on storms -- that is old tech, and minimally efficient.

Vinyl windows, for the most part, are made to order, and the price is based on United Inches. Really wouldn't be any great price difference between a single hung (or dbl hung) at 44" X46" as opposed to one that is 48" X 48". If you are dealing with wood framed sgl or dbl hungs, simply order the sizes you need to fit inside the existing frames (with the sashes and their guides remove. I would order them as a block frame -- no nail fin and no exterior trim. Add low-E glass. Around here, that window would be about $200 to $250, depending on the mfgr. it was ordered from.

Check with your local utility. Some are offering rebates for upgrading your windows. (Conservation is cheaper than building new power plants, so they encourage conservation.)

I would venture a guess that replacing your windows will cut your utility bill by 20% to 25% -- the noise recuction is an added bonus that costs nothing!

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