Why should I replace my windows?

renoaddictOctober 29, 2010

I am planning a big renovation on the main level of my 30-year-old home. It will include the kitchen, stairs, rails, floors and doors. We will probably skim-coat all the walls and ceiling.

I'm trying to figure out if I should replace the 3 windows. All are double-paned aluminum windows, probably builder-grade. One fogs occasionally. I do want the windows to be trimmed out, which would involve tearing out the sill and probably the drywall inside the openings. I have no complaints about energy efficiency or noise, but my living room furniture has faded and will probably be replaced as part of the renovation. The windows face southwest.

If I replace the 3 windows, it will cost about $2,000. I chose Pella 850 because they are maintenance free on the outside. (Vinyl feels like a downgrade and I do not want to maintain wood on the exterior.)

I feel that if I am going to replace the windows at all (ever), I should do it before the walls are redone and the kitchen backsplash is done. That means I have to spend that money at the beginning of my renovation, even though that is the least important part of the renovation. I do plan to stay in this house indefinitely.

What would you advise?

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millworkman

My own opinion a quality window with a minimum of Low E Glass with argon would be a wise investment since you only have 3 windows. The Low E will definitely help with the Ultraviolet and furnishings fading. Also in my opinion I would not even entertain using Pella. Search this site as I know you can do much better for dam near the same dollars

    Bookmark   October 30, 2010 at 9:46AM
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windowsonwashington

+1

Get a Marvin Ultimate or Integrity with a wood interior.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2010 at 1:10PM
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