Seeking reccos re replacing windows

Optimist999November 3, 2012

I'm looking for recommendations on replacement windows on my circa-1960 ranch-style house.

The current windows are wood-frame, single-pane, double-hung, held in place by light aluminum rails nailed to the basic window opening.

I have begun looking at replacements, and Andersen makes a window that can be replaced in the same space, with no replacement of trim.

Does anyone have any general observations on this subject, on specific brands, on whether this simple form of replacement is a good idea, etc.? Thanks.

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windowsonwashington

Which Andersen window are you referring to. If you are referring to the Renewal by Andersen, you can search that term and probably find a myriad of threads on that window.

What do you want you new windows to look like?

    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 5:00PM
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Optimist999

As to what I want them to look like....I'm not after any particular look. This is more about functionality than looks. I guess "modern".

Thanks for the idea of searching. I will do that.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 7:09AM
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windowsonwashington

As far as the look question goes, what do you want the material feel to be like?

If you are okay with vinyl, you will have the best bang for the buck out of that material category.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 8:32PM
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Optimist999

I will have to take a close(r) look at vinyl.

I should have said, "the main thing is functionality, except that I would never buy anything that looked tacky or cheap". I'm not opposed to vinyl, in principle--I'd have to see how it looks.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 8:41PM
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windowsonwashington

There are some good looking vinyl windows out there so don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.

I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 8:40PM
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Optimist999

In general, what are some good brands, and some brands to stay away from? I plan to avoid anything that's not a national brand, e.g. anything not in the category of Andersen, Marvin, Pella, etc.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 9:37AM
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