Best Inexpensive Windows?
We're considering replacing a few of our windows and I'm hoping for some opinions about which brand to choose.
I really appreciate this forum and all of those who share their knowledge here. I've learned that there is no such thing as a good quality inexpensive window. While I would love to purchase higher end products, the reality is that we can't afford it. Our current windows are the originals - 20 year old aluminum dual panes. We had not planned to replace any of them in the near future. However, we're replacing drywall returns with wood trim and adding interior casing around the windows in our living room and kitchen. When we replace the windows, we will use the new construction type. The only reason for purchasing windows now would be that we don't want to have to remove the new wood jambs and casing later in order to replace the windows.
We're considering Milgard Style Line, Jeld-Wen (entry level from Home Depot) or Pella from Lowes. The Milgard and Jeld-Wen are similarly priced. I don't have a price for the Pella from Lowes yet. I called an independent Pella dealer. His prices were double the cost of the other brands.
Here is a photo of our kitchen windows.
They are only 22 1/2" wide. Would it be best to choose a window with a slim frame so that the amount of glass is not reduced?
We get a lot of wind in our area. It would be nice to have windows that don't let in as much dust. Our climate is Southern California High Desert so rain is very rare. Would a cheap vinyl window be better than the old aluminum windows we have now? Thanks for any advice and sorry for the multiple questions.