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Question DetailsAsked on 11/22/2013

I'm interested in the pros and cons to both vinyl vs wood windows.

I'm replacing existing wood windows on a 1960's home.

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    Vinyl windows can more often be bought to exact size you need and can be more maintainence free and if used as a replacement window where the prime window frame is left in place install way faster. That being said there is a huge range in the quality of vinyl windows and though many are good I have seen some very poorly built ones. Some of the lower priced ones a prone to joint failure where the frames on the sash are joined by a "welded" corner and they are only as good as the installing contractor. You state your house is from the sixties and though there are no sash weight pockets to worry about the jambs of the existing window frames were probably not sealed with insulation soat the least a good caulking job would be in order after install. I do use them for lower cost jobs. There is a reason many condo and tract builder use them and it is for the cost savings and not the quality.

    Wood window manufacturers seem to have dropped to just a few and the quality is close on all of them. Some features may be different such as vinyl cladding choices for interior and exterior but with the major companies (Anderson and Pella) the products are close, in my opinion and I have and do install both. I would think your windows are original and they lasted 53 years so they do stand up to the test of time. They will cost more to install depending on how close you can get to the original opening size but I feel you will get a better seal to the wall with these and the glass size does not shrink like with a replacement window.

    One other thing to keep in mind if you have children under 6 or a pregment woman in the house is the lead paint used prior to 1978. Either way you go care will have to used to contain the dust and do a proper clean up job durring and after the work.


    Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon

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