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DouglasC

04:46PM | 09/21/06
Member Since: 09/20/06
1 lifetime posts
Bvwindows
We are in need of replacing our 6 year old builder grade vinyl windows. The seals are broken, the screens don't fit, and on and on.

We are not sure how long we are staying in our house and we cannot afford wood windows. We are thinking of replacing with Wallside Windows, but we are concerned that they will not be very much different than what we have.

We would appreciate any information on replacing vinyl with vinyl and the benefits or reasons not to.

MrMartha

09:36AM | 09/28/06
Member Since: 08/13/02
7 lifetime posts
By any chance, are you referring to *Alside*?

If so, I can comment on their UltraMax line which I had installed in my house five years ago.

So far, they've been fine. Very tight fitting and draft free. They also operate very easily and the tilt in sashes make cleaning SO easy. (I had fifty year old wood windows before).

My only small complaint: There is a very small 1/4 inch band of condensation at the bottom of the sashes at night when the drapes are closed. I'm not sure why this is, but they are fine at all other times.

I think the main reason vinyl is looked down upon is aesthetic. A wood window, whether painted or in a natural stain, looks a little "cozier" and more natural. If you can live with whatever color your chosen window comes in, as I do, vinyl is fine.

HTH
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