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Question DetailsAsked on 5/19/2011

Replacing double pane windows

We need to replace old double pane windows with a wood frame with new ones as the seals are broken and the windows are foggy. We have about 24 windows and 400 square feet of glass. The wood frames are in good shape. We have received quotes from $7k to $52k. The low quotes are to just replace the glass with argon filled low e new glass. At the high end is triple pane Penguin. That seems to be overkill and we don’t think we want to do that. In the middle are quotes on Millguard vinal windows and Anderson composite windows. How do I learn more about the vinal windows and composites so I can compare them with just replacing the glass? Replacing glass is $7k, Millgard is $10k to $17k depending on finish options and Anderson is $30k. We are leaning toward replacing the glass only, but are we missing out on an opportunity?

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Replace the whole window, get maintanence free vinyl or composit frames, change just the glass and air can still leak in . The u-value ratings by the NFRC show you a windows performance the lower the u-value the less you will spend on heating and cooling. You should see what we could do for you in and around a 10 to 12 k price range. check us out at

Answered 9 years ago by the new window man


Last year we replaced 17 original wood windows in our home with top-of-the-line Pella vinyl windows and are satisfied with the windows--finally. I say "finally" because we had issues with Pella at first. We noticed a cosmetic defect in all 17 windows--a 1 1/2" gash, a deep one-- at the top of each upper sash, and asked that the sashes be replaced. It was as if every window had been damaged as it was being popped out of the mold. It took six months and two more orders to get resolution--they ordered 4 lights instead of six-lights, etc., but finally everything was resolved and we are definitely happy with the windows. The vinyl windows have a very tight seal--the difference in drafts, dust, and even noise is remarkable! Don't forget to check with your accountant to see if there is still an energy-savings tax credit available! This might offset some of the cost of replacing your windows.

Answered 8 years ago by Tergiversada

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