Replacement windows in Austin, TX
We are looking into replacing the aluminum Allenco (mostly fogged) windows in our 1977 home. The primary reason for replacing is to save on energy costs, secondarily for aesthetics and functionality. Our home has all windows on the north and south sides of the home on a heavily treed lot with very little direct sunlight. A door-to-door company named Energy One gave us their sales pitch this morning. A second company recommended going with either Anderson 100 or Don Young thermal broken aluminum for significantly less.
I have several questions and am hoping to get answers and opinions from the knowledgable window people on this forum.
First, we are pretty set on the outer color being dark bronze. Our home is stone, and white windows look terrible (IMO....no offense to anyone who has them). While beige would blend in and look nice, the bronze adds a nice detail. I would prefer the interior color to be either bronze or white, absolutely no beige.
Second, is there a huge difference in energy savings with triple pane vs. double pane? I'm getting a 50/50 response from the 4 window people I have talked to. Are the ones who are telling me that triple pane is much better doing so because of their profit margins?
We would prefer a window that can be cleaned from the inside of the house. Two weeks ago there was an unfortunate incident while cleaning second story windows that involved a 22 ft ladder and my big toe. I would love to avoid a repeat incident.
We are also concerned about warranties. The first company (Alside, although the warranty is serviced through the retailer and not Alside) offers a lifetime warranty including glass breakage with a transferrable 30 year if we sell the home. I am concerned by the measly 10 year Andersen warranty and the limited Don Young warranty.
Will replacing our old windows really reduce our energy costs? I'm assuming that the fogged aluminum windows we have aren't great, but how much worse are they than the replacements we are looking at? I have a Sunrise dealer coming out on Saturday, but he is one of the dealers focusing on triple panes.
Thanks for any advice you can give.
This post was edited by angiebangie on Thu, May 22, 14 at 22:45