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Beatrice24

08:30AM | 03/18/07
Member Since: 03/17/07
3 lifetime posts
Bvwindows
I need to replace nearly 25 windows in my home. The existing windows are wood and I am thinking about replacing them with wood windows rather than vinyl. Can you recommend some quality brands for me to check out and what should I expect to pay for the windows and the installation.

Thank you

FHIWindows1

12:47PM | 03/19/07
Member Since: 03/18/07
12 lifetime posts
Are you looking for replacement windows or new construction windows?

Replacements fit in your existing opening. New construction windows require new interior and exterior trim.

You can get replacement windows that have vinyl outside and a wood interior.

Beatrice24

06:13PM | 03/19/07
Member Since: 03/17/07
3 lifetime posts
I am looking for replacement windows. Do you have any vendors/suppliers that you recommend and can you give me an idea of what I should expect to pay for interior wood and vinyl exterior.

Thanks,

FHIWindows1

07:25PM | 03/19/07
Member Since: 03/18/07
12 lifetime posts
A good window with a good warranty will run you between $700-$1500 installed. It sounds like a big price range but for the most part price= value.

Look for these things.

Who made the window, how long have they been making windows for?

1- how long is the warranty

2- check complaint databases, do they honor their warranty?

3- What are the ratings? You can buy a new window with a u-rating of 50 or a good one that is below 20, compare apples to apples!

The installation company, how long have they been in business?

1-Insurance, ask to see it

2-Workers comp policy, ask to see it

3-warranty on labor

4-check bbb, on-line data bases, and state databases for complaints.

If you want I could fax or e-mail you a "shopping list" so you will know what to look for and compare apples to apples.

OR

Post what state you are in and I could refer some local vendors.

Beatrice24

01:51AM | 03/20/07
Member Since: 03/17/07
3 lifetime posts
I am in Raleigh North Carolina. I would appreciate a referral.

Thank you

windowmann2000

06:54AM | 03/25/07
Member Since: 02/28/07
11 lifetime posts
Having been a dealer for both for over 25yrs, your choices depend on your wants and needs. If you want a real stainable paintable wood interior it's available from a handfull of vinyl dealers, but the problem with real wood interiors on vinyl are covering the welds, the mitered corners.

Advantages to vinyl are both energy efficiency and price. You can purchase a very good vinyl window with a wood interior installed for around $600.00. A large number of vinyl windows also have a simulated wood looking interior of cherry, light and dark oak, and sometimes match your existing trim very nicely.

If your looking for the ultimate window today, fiberglass is your answer. Advantages are, natural wood interiors 8x less expansion than vinyl. This is very noticeable in windy areas in the wintertime, and it comes in any color in the rainbow and is easily painted. It is by far the best today. Disadvantage, prices closer to a thousand dollars a window. You'll notice I didn't mention anything about wood windows. Our % of wood window sales has dropped to under 3% of our volume because of fiberglass windows. The better wood windows are in the same price range as fiberglass and if you compare features, energy efficiency, durability......etc etc fiberglass is a long way ahead of everything made today.

tpdaman

05:34PM | 07/16/07
Member Since: 07/15/07
2 lifetime posts
I think you should seriously consider the Nu View Sash replacement system from Arndt & Herman. They are located in N Wilkesboro NC so I'm sure you can find them in your area. They should run you around $300 a piece and you can install them yourself.

I used to work for them. They are a great sash replacement system.

Todd

All Aspects Window & Door

www.allaspectwd.com
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