Where do I start?

Old 09-08-04, 02:52 PM
Binary Bob
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Where do I start?

I'm getting ready to replace all my 20 yr. old casement windows with casements.. OR tilting double hung.. OR "something"..
The options seem endless. Hopefully the experts can help me sort this all out...

1. I am tired of the discoloration and water damage on the sills. Is this common only with casements?
2. I need a maintenance free exterior. What is better, aluminum or vinyl? (I have steel siding.)
3. Any advantange or disadvantange with casements vs. double hung?
4. Any non-advertising web sites that can help with these questions?
5. I'm not moving again...ever. I need something that lasts. I know this has been posted to death, but do you really pay extra for a better window or are you just subsidizing advertising?

Old 09-08-04, 10:03 PM
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1.) Dicoloration is a problem with ANY window that leaks or accumulates excessive condensation.

2.) My choice is vinyl -- it doesn't conduct heat, therefore condensation is not a problem. (See #1)

3.) Whichever suits your home and your taste best. Casements will cost more -- there is more involved in building one, and they are less common.

4.) Try the sites for several mfgrs. -- EPI, Alside, Marvin, Pella, Andersen, Simington, Amerimax, ...

5.) Depends on who you are dealing with. You can go to a local contractor who installs 'Brand X' window and get a quote. Then go to a national retailer who offers the same 'Brand X' window. Compare the prices from their quotes. The subject of price has been beat pretty hard in here. Go back into the archives. It comes down to comparing warranties as much as anything, and who is backing the warranty. You'll pay a lot for a name, as well as paying a lot for the convienience of being able to put the windows on a national retailer's credit card!!!

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