Andersen vs. Simonton for little country house
My husband and I bought some acreage with a little hunter's cabin on it. It's a modest house--1350 sf, metal siding, odd finishings that the previous owner probably found or got a deal on--but we've grown to like it. We originally planned to build a new house on the property but have decided to just remodel. We will need to replace most of the windows.
I'm ok with vinyl windows and they're in keeping with the value/style of this house. I had decided to get Simonton vinyl windows based on posts on this website, but I read elsewhere that they leak wind badly. It's pretty windy here so I'm now thinking of getting Andersen 400 series. I will need 4 or 5 large double hungs and a large sliding window (or two short double hungs) on our north wall and two other sliding windows on other walls. The windows will be new construction vs. replacement b/c we're having exterior walls completely redone to add insullation, etc.
My questions are:
- is it stupid to put fairly expensive windows in a home we lovingly (but somewhat truthfully) call our shack? I think we'll realize the value in energy savings plus comfort if we stay here a while, but guess I'm looking for confirmation that it's worth it.
- assuming proper installation, do Simontons really leak air badly? do Andersen 400s?
- the double hungs I'm looking at would be about 3'10" wide by 4'9" tall. I think that's unusually wide but I'm trying to capture the view to the north and thought that'd be a good way to do it. Any problems with double hungs that wide?
Thanks so much for any input.