Recommendations for replacement windows

Old 10-17-16, 10:33 AM
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Recommendations for replacement windows

I recently bought a house that we're living in was built in 1926. The home has 25 or so windows that I don't know if are as old as the home but they are pretty much useless. I say this because without opening the single pane window you can hear through it as if it's open and there is no insulation at all around them so the temperatures vary wildly around the house. The AC unit could barely keep up with the homes needs during the end of summer and I know that's why.

My gf wants to keep the windows the size that they are 24x60 but definitely wants to change them out. From a value perspective, what's the best choice right now to replace these? Should I go double hung double pane from lowes or is there a better place to get them? Obviously smaller windows will save a little money but is it hurting the value if I do that?

Also I've got 3 of these windows right next to each other looking out on to the front porch. Should I maintain that or replace it with a single large casement window? I dont open the windows much but she does, so to me replacing with a single window that doesnt open makes sense but a casement window may be better.

What do you think? Thanks!
Old 10-17-16, 04:05 PM
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Not being able to see what you see, we'll be limited in our advice. I do recommend replacement casement windows for many applications. You can leave your window frames in place, remove the sashes and install the replacement windows. One caveat is you will lose a little light on the side since you are installing a fully framed window in a frame, if that makes sense. However, the casement window will give better air flow and light than double or single hung windows, IMO.

Keep in mind, there are no standard windows. Sure, you can go to a box store and find general windows in certain sizes, BUT for a specific application such as you have, order them from a millworks store who can help you with the measurements and choices of glazing, frame, etc. I recommend LoE 266 or better, which will help keep uV damage from getting to your carpets and furniture.
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Replacement windows, as Larry described, have a lot of advantages in that generally there is no trim work to do, inside or outside, as the existing frames and trim are left in place. Replacement windows of this type are usually made to order so they fit tightly into existing frames.

However, if the existing trim is in bad shape, or you have a lot of air leakage around the frames because they weren't insulated, then replacing with new construction windows is another option. Of course, it is possible to remove the trim, foam any gaps with can foam, and replace the trim. If you have any problems with water leaks around the windows then I would advise replacing with new construction windows so any problems with flashing and weather sealing can be addressed.

Other things to think about are preferred materials: vinyl, fiberglass, or wood. The cheapest windows are generally poorly made vinyl, but higher quality vinyl windows are also available.

You can get decent windows at big box stores, but stay away from the lowest lines. And it's worth checking with a real lumberyard or two to get more options.

Good luck with your project!

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