Sandy Saupe

04:24AM | 03/26/02
Member Since: 03/25/02
1 lifetime posts
When considering replacement windows is a wood window from Anderson or Pella better than a vinyl window.
Sandy Saupe


09:47AM | 03/26/02
Anderson and Pella both make quality windows, but they are not true replacement windows. They are more difficult to install in an old window opening than replacement windows. If there is siding around the windows, it will likely have to be removed and re-installed. If you have a brick veneer around them, you will have trouble finding one to fit perfectly unless it is replacing the exact same brand and model window. These windows are complete units, jambs, sashes, and exterior brick molding. Interior trim is not included and will most likely also need to be re-done when installing one of these windows. If your window jambs are in poor condition you will probably want to use one of these windows. If on the other hand they are in good shape you may want to consider a vinyl replacement window.

A vinyl replacement window is made to fit your existing window opening and will be installed inside your existing window jamb. Installing these windows takes only an average of 20 minutes per window. Little or no work on the interior or exterior trim is needed. A small trim can be added around the interior side of the window but is optional.

Both types are window will work well. Your decision will be made depending on several things; how much you want to spend, how close will the new window come to fitting the existing hole, how much additional work is involved, and finally do you want wood to show on the inside or a solid color.

[This message has been edited by GlennG (edited March 26, 2002).]


06:29AM | 08/15/02
Member Since: 07/21/02
48 lifetime posts
We recently had vinyl replacements installed (the top of the line Simonton Impressions). One additional advantage is energy efficiency, none of the wood windows was near as efficient as the vinyl ones. The contractor installed 18 windows on our 1947 brick veneer house within two days using three person crew (father and son installed, mom finished and cleaned). These replaced steel casement windows.
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