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Replacement windows for Wisconsin

SteZy | Posted in General Questions on

Hey all,

I am wondering what the collective GBA community would recommend for windows. We unfortunately have a bit of a McMansion at the wife’s insistence…Anyways, moved into the house a year ago and need to replace the wall of windows for the two story family room. Debating just replacing the others in the house too (I know, a big price difference). Current wall is six windows. Lower is three wide with central fixed and two casements on each side, 48×64 inches. Above is three fixed, roughly 4×6 feet, all fixed. The house was built in 2006 and wall construct is drywall, Poly(I know), 2×6 with fiberglass, tyvek housewrap, and hardiplank. Predominantly western exposure for this wall and climate zone 6A in Wisconsin. Current windows are Pella builder grade a la 2006 and the problem is that two of the upper fixed windows have water coming in through the glass, and have rotted the wood on the inner window and on one side this is getting on the upper trim for the window underneath. I’m not looking forward to seeing what it looks like for the framing between the windows,but things are too far gone for salvage for the upper windows. So basically, what windows would the GBA folks recommend. I know we have Wasco here not too far away for one, what other brands would be recommended?

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  1. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #1

    Here is a link to an article that addresses your question: "What Windows Should I Buy?"

  2. Expert Member
    Peter Yost | | #2

    I know this resource does not include many popular European high perfomance windows, but I would check Efficient Window Collaborative selection tool:


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