new construction windows vs replacement

Old 07-19-08, 12:14 PM
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new construction windows vs replacement

Hi Everyone,

I am planning to replace my windows because the sills are rotted as well as parts of the portion framing the window. I need 8 windows. I don't like the idea of replacement windows because of the loss of glass space. . .The more light the better it suits me. I had a contractor out who gave me an estimate for new construction windows where he will replace the interior trim.

Anybody with suggestions for a different option?

Old 07-19-08, 01:13 PM
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1st question...

What kind of windows do you have now? Wood double hung, sliders, casement, etc?

2nd question....

What do you want as an end result? Higher efficiency? low maintenance? Paintable exterior/interior?

If the actual sill (not just the nosing) and the side legs of the frame are rotted, then yeah, you prob need to replace the whole thing.

Why replace the int trim? You might be able to re-use it depending on the type of window thats put in.
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I perfer new construction windows. I would order them with the nail flanges and completely rebuild the window openings since you said some of the wood is rotten. This will allow you to inspect and replace the framing as needed.

I would go with an energy star rated with atleast low-e/argon double pane windows.
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hi there,

it is possible to get replacement windows that have quite a bit of glass they are so energy efficient! i also enjoy having lots of light filtering in the window but you may be surprised with some of the replacement windows out there now

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For double hung windows Kolbe & Kolbe used to make custom replacement sash and vinyl jamb liners that look very similar to existing units with no loss of glass. The sash is wood and you could get them with a vinyl type paint on one or both sides and they tilt in for cleaning. It's been quite a few years since I've used them but they were very easy to install and looked great. I beleive other manufacturers make similar products but am not sure they make them custom as K&K. By custom I mean, you give K&K your window opening measurements and they make the unit to fit exactly.

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