Sash pack or replacement windows?

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Old 08-27-16, 02:33 AM
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Sash pack or replacement windows?

I need to replace some old single pane, double hung wood windows. I immediately thought of vinyl replacement units. Then I remembered some companies sell sash packs. Can someone tell me the pros and cons between the two?
 
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Old 08-27-16, 04:11 AM
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I find it surprising how similar in cost sashes can be versus a complete window. The big negative to replacing the entire window is the trim work especially if using a new construction window. If using a replacement window I don't like that the glass/window area gets smaller because you are installing a window frame inside a window frame. But a benefit of either type new window is that they will likely be able to tilt in for cleaning which might not be an option with replacement sashes.
 
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Old 08-27-16, 06:08 AM
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Sash Packs

I installed sash packs and have been well pleased with them. The ones I installed included new tracks which allowed the sashes to tilt for cleaning or removal. Only required about 30 minutes per window.
 
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Sash packs work well in fairly modern window frames but can be a bit drafty in older window jambs that may not be as plumb, square, or parallel.

As mentioned, you get more glass area with sash packs, but they can also be a little more drafty.
 
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I've installed hundreds of replacement windows and never once had anyone notice or mention the smaller glass area.
That tip in window cleaning is one of the best features.
 
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Ive installed thousands and had LOTS of people mention it. Especially women who work at their kitchen sink a lot.
 
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I, too, have been told of the reduced glass area in some options.

So, how many options do I have in total? Sash packs, pocket replacement window, Full window replacement?
  • Sash Packs- Easy, lower cost, but potentially drafty
  • Pocket Replacement- Easy installation, potentially reduced glass area, higher cost
  • Full window replacement- Very involved installation, interior trim must be removed and reinstalled, but everything is totally new.

Are there other options to consider?

I am usually the kind of guy who would want to do to full replacement. The entire thing is changed out and I will not have to think about it again. In this case though it just seems to be a lot of additional work and cost for a house I will not be in for more than 10 years.
 
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