Windows or not to Windows (Advice Needed)
Hello All: OK I am starting a new request for Replacement Windows. House Built 1976; Location Topeka, KS; Current Windows: Single Pane Wood with Al. Storm Windows. The exterior of the house: Front Brick fascia side and rear is siding. Reason for replacing Windows: Energy Saving and Looks. The current windows are just too old and on windy days howls. Total # of Windows 12, 8 facing West; 2 facing South; two East. These windows are simple rectangle. nothing fancy. House style is Split level.
To date I have two estimates: One from Renewal by Anderson; original quoted $18K when I said no, it was dropped to $13K. Second one that I got a while back is for Imperial LS Windows double hung double pane White Virgin Vinyl windows for around $7500 installed by a local KC business. The more I am reading about the replacement windows is the more scary it is getting with all the unsatisfied folks on every forum.
So the big Question is Which Window (Vinyl, wood, fiberglass or composite). It does not matter which type you guys recommend.
Thanks very much in advance.