Researching vinyl replacement windows
I live in northern NJ and would like to replace the 15 or so windows in our 50yo house with vinyl replacements. I have a few questions as part of my research that hoped someone could help me to answer.
- Would you recommend a dedicated window service company, or would you trust a local contractor? I would purchase the windows from the local lumber yard and have the contractor install them.
- Would you consider Home Depot? Do they provide the same level of quality window, warranty, choices, service options, etc?
- My local window company is promoting windows by Sunrise. Have you heard of this company? Are they reputable? They claim to have a lifetime warranty. Do all mfrs have a lifetime warranty?
- Some windows seem to have a "U" rating, while others have an "R" value. What's the difference? What are the minimum values I should consider?