questions on replacement windows
We're looking to buy windows for a wood frame home we're remodeling. Not looking for anything spectacular, just a decent single hung window that's energy efficient.
Upon reading at various forums, I keep seeing references to "failed" windows that were replaced. What exactly is failing - is the glass fogging, frames breaking, water leaking? Maybe my thinking is not in tune with the times, but aren't windows usually supposed to last longer than 5 to 7 years? Are they failing because they're being constantly opened / closed?
I'm looking to buy a better window than what I could buy at the local home centers, but can't afford $300 or more per window. Is there something decent in a sub-$300 window, or is it too going to need replacing in a relatively short time?
I've gotten quotes on Jeld Wen builders vinyl, and Don Young 5200 vinyl, which were about 25% higher than the JW as quoted. I'm checking on Simonton's ProFinish Contractors line, but am having difficulty getting pricing as a homeowner. Out of these 3, are any considered decent, or should I look elsewhere?
As mentioned, I'm looking for single hung, probably vinyl due to price constraints, and energy credit eligible. I'd prefer ones with nailing fins as that's what I'm used to, and because the openings are going to be redone anyway to accommodate different windows sizes than it has now.
Thanks for any words of wisdom,