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Rumors about Vinyl Caused Frustration

A couple recently told me they were frustrated by all the research they had done on replacement windows and still felt confused about making the best choice. They had heard terrible things about vinyl and didn't want to make that mistake. When you start researching windows, it's like learning a Read more

Trim Work for Replacement Windows

I recently got a question about how the trim work is handled inside and outside when wood windows are replaced with vinyl and there is a lot of wood rot involved. This is a great question, because it gives me the opportunity to talk about the two types of window installation available — full frame Read more

Should replacement windows be installed directly over drywall?

Should the drywall be removed? No.  In fact, it’s common practice in a replacement window application that the drywall is not disturbed. This is the benefit of a custom-sized replacement window because it is manufactured to fit the existing opening, including any allowance for the drywall. There Read more

Any suggestions of good, but reasonably priced, replacement windows?

Price and cost are two different things! Price is what you pay when you purchase a product, but cost is what you end up paying for it over the course of its lifetime or for as long as you own it. So it’s usually smarter to pay a little more for something at the outset and get a better quality Read more

What is the minimum width for custom replacement windows?

Renewal by Andersen, for example, can make an operable custom-built casement window down to a width of 16 inches.  Using a low-profile composite frame, such as Andersen’s FIBREX, window frames can be much narrower than a bulky vinyl frame. And with a narrow window you will want to have as much glass Read more

Get Wood? Get Aluminum? What’s best for Windows?

When a friend asked me about wood or aluminum for replacement windows… I had to say, "Don't get either!" Why? The answer was simple — “You’ll be wasting your money.” Aluminum is the most thermally inefficient material you could put around a window.  Think about it. There’s a reason why pots Read more

Do you know of any manufacturers that sell fiberglass hopper style windows?

Yes, I can recommend two window manufacturers who do make hopper windows: 1) Andersen is one of the oldest and most respected window manufacturers in the country, if not the world. They have been making high quality windows since 1904. They have a replacement window division that is called Read more

Vinyl Windows are Not a Long Life Option

Here's an answer I shared with a customer who lives at the beach. When you live in a hot climate and you want replacement windows that last a long time, vinyl windows are a poor choice.  This is why: The surface temperature of an average house can reach up to 175 degrees during the summer months, Read more

French patio doors look beautiful but are they secure?

Andersen’s Frenchwood® hinged patio doors are not only beautiful, they’re safe and secure in several ways. First, all of Andersen’s patio door models are made of tempered glass, which is four times stronger than regular glass. But it’s Andersen’s five-point locking system that really seals the Read more

Installing replacement window: from inside or outside?

I would highly recommend that you first of all purchase a custom made replacement window to fit the existing opening—this does not have a nailing flange and can be installed from the inside and with screws, not with nails. (No nails please.) You won’t disturb the stucco and you won’t have a nailing Read more