Replacement Windows - Casement or DH, Wood or Vinyl or other
Looking for advice regarding window replacement:
--Two second story bedroom windows each 60"x30"
--Located over garage on side of house (inconspicuous location)
--Currently have Peachtree casements
--Installed when house was built, 2005, Michigan
--Wood on inside, wood clad on outside?
--Painted white on inside, match beige siding on outside.
--Windows face southwest (and seem to catch a lot of wind)
--Replacement needed because one leaks (there is water damage)
I was planning to replace with double-hungs (house is a combo DH and casement) since on even mildly windy days the casements seem like they are going to blow off the house and we often have a lot of trouble retracting them. However, I read a lot about how casements are generally preferred and form a tighter seal so I am still considering them.
Since water and wood seem like a bad combination, I was thinking I should go with fiberglass or vinyl. But I read that wood is considered standard in higher-end homes and I don't want to do anything to detract from the home's value.
I am looking at Marvin, Andersen, and Sunrise right now because they seem to get good reviews here and are easily available to me.
I would appreciate any advice on manufacturer, material, and casement vs. double hung. I'll also take recommendations for installers in southeast Michigan.