Which replacement for den in Washington DC
I've looked through the posts but could still use advice. We're replacing 3 35" by 48" double-hung single pane glass windows in my husband's den.
We're in Washington DC - so it gets hot and humid in the summer, and cold in the winter (certainly days below freezing - usually above 20). These windows don't get a lot of light - north and east windows on ground level. The room is cold - and my husband has to run a humidifier to keep his guitars in good condition. So the room is moist. With single-panes on a cold day, there's lots of condensation - and mold and chipped paint on the window.
Should we replace with vinyl or not? We'd like maintenance free exterior. No grid work. Could even be single-hung. Slightly preferable if we could paint interior if it's wood - but vinyl is okay. What brand and considerations are there?
Any good stores or installers to be recommended? I know price varies enormously, but what's reasonable? Currently in brick (with plaster walls).