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Midgie123 | Posted in Energy Efficiency and Durability on

What’s are best replacement windows ? 

Thirty year old brick Georgian with rotted Pella casement-windows.  


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  1. JC72 | | #1

    Marvin windows are generally held in high regard, but it's akin to asking who makes the best hamburger.

    IMO the real question is whether you want to go full frame replacement or inserts.

    1. ohioandy | | #2

      John's right, Midge. And the answer is the Canadian company Harvey's, which has consistently offered the best mass-market burger, bar none.

      As for your windows, there are so many variables to consider. In order to get useful advice from this forum, you'll have to provide more information: what's your climate, your budget, your energy goals, your aesthetic priorities, your contractor situation.

      I would suggest starting with that last one. Many people find that when ordering new windows, getting a number of proposals from local suppliers and contractors will quickly give you options and price points, but more importantly will demonstrate who can provide the type of customer support that you're comfortable with. This varies widely, and you might well reject a perfectly good window brand because the local dealer does not treat you well. This is a huge and important expense for a house, and you must have confidence in the people you work with.

      1. Midgie123 | | #3

        Thanks for your response
        Full replacement and we live in the Chicago area .

  2. walta100 | | #4

    I have friend that had the same problem. His rot was limited to the sash and a local woodworker was able to replace the damaged parts for a lot less than what 30 new windows would have cost.


  3. user-2310254 | | #5

    If exposure is an issue, I would look at composite, vinyl, or fiberglass. Andersen's 100 Series window offers good bang for the buck.

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