I was hoping someone might help in some advice on replacement wood-clad windows. We have a 1920's cape that we are trying to keep as original as possible. We have found wood windows that are clad in aluminum. The two companies that I seem most impressed with (also keeping price in mind) have been TRIMLINE and a THERMO-TWIN window (both out of PA). The characteristics I have been looking for include warm-edge (Super Spacer) at least low e2 (stacked) interior wood grids (preferably 7/8") that can be painted to match our linen white woodwork (as we would the window to match. The other product that I have looked at is a vinyl window with a paintable pine laminate by THERMAL INDUSTRIES called DREAMWOOD II. We have 19 windows and 10 are casement; some casements have a 34" width and many wood replacement manufacturer's either do not carry casements or anything this large. I have studied the U-factors, R-factors etc. after determining that the window would be aesthetically-pleasing to our tastes but I know there must be more to it than just these numbers. My wife and I plan to make this our final home and I do not wish to regret my choice in 20 yrs.
Is there any advice anyone can provide to me on these companies/products and any other information. I would greatly appreciate any and all comments!
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