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I am looking for any opinions and experiences with replacing windows.

The window company has given us a quote for vinyl windows, for our living room window, and only when the guy left, I thought, vinyl?

We have 4 vinyl double-hung windows on the bedrooms and I hate them... well I hate the older ones, they are hard to move up and down, and the thing that you press to move it down, has partially snapped off, on one of them, because they're made of plastic. The newer one is great, but I worry about it not being that great a long term investment.

When I was a kid in the 70s, we had aluminum windows in our house, mind you they were the horizontal sliding ones, and we had 2 sets. (we live in Canada, so I guess on modern windows they put double glazed instead of 2 actual panes of glass)

I am going to call back and ask if they could do the living room window in aluminum. I would hate to have to have it redone in 10-15 years.

Just for fun, here are photos:

This is the front window, very 80s-esque

I want to put ones roughly like this, only with 2 casements on either side instead.

This is what I mean by double-hung - I assume they were wood originally, I don't see that I can replace these with aluminum so oh well.


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Aug. 23rd, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Especially since you're in Canada, you probably want to find the most energy efficient windows you can to help with heat loss. This page about Energy Star windows looks like a good place to start.

From what I can see on the major home improvement stores in the US, aluminum doesn't qualify for being an energy star product, which is probably why the window company quoted vinyl. I'd ask about what sort of warranty the windows you were quoted have. If it is a lifetime warranty, you may not even need to worry about the windows breaking.
Aug. 25th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
It's a 20 year warranty,which i'm still 50-50 on. I talked to my dad about it, he did construction for many years, he said go with vinyl.

I had another peek at our windows, there are 2 different types from 2 different decades, I guess, and the newer one looks like it was designed way better than the older ones. So i am getting a bit more confident about just getting vinyl. Also the living room one was a vinyl-aluminum combined, and it looks like it could have lasted another 15 years so again, score another one for vinyl.
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