Maximum Vinyl Size
We have a 40 year old house and the windows need to be replaced. The windows are the original wood windows and are really showing their age. (I put the plastic weather covers over some of them when I noticed that the condensation was freezing on the inside of the house) We've had a a couple of companies come out to give us quotes and I'm in information overload at the moment.
The windows are fairly large, the replacement size is 48"x65" one of salesmen was saying that they were the only company could make replacement vinyl windows that large. I let it slide, bu it seemed odd.
We also have an opening that measures 129"x62" Currently it has 2 casements on the ends (24" or so each) and the rest is a picture window. The picture window has 2 large chips in it and one of the casements has a cracked pane.
1. Is there any truth in the claim that only a few vinyl companies can make large vinyl replacement windows?
2. We have a total of 7 48x65 windows, the 129x62 opening and a 48x43 and 18x48 opening. We've received quotes ranging from 7k to 30k. The quotes range from one of the $189/window companies to one of the larger national companies. If I want a nice mid-grade, any very rough estimates on cost?
3. Is there a significant difference between replacements and all new windows? One of my fears is that the frames of the current windows will continue to degrade around the replacement window. We have a brick house if that maatter.
4. We are in northern Indiana, just south of Michigan. Our house is in the shade for the vast majority of the day. What type of glass should I look for? I'm leaning towards a moderate solar gain?