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Question DetailsAsked on 7/6/2012

We are looking to put in windows and siding on our home. Don't know what is best siding and windows. What else do I need to know

This is the biggest project we'ev ever done and frankly not sure we know what we're doing. It is older home, built in 1937. We are across street from golf course and have a big picture window in living and dining rooms facing golf course. Should we get shatter proof glass what is the difference in shatter proof vs the other. Are triple pane better than double, is it worth the extra cost? What is the better siding? Golf balls hit our home often. It is currently asbestos sided, but here in Michigan, we can go over top of it, it doesn't have to be removed. Any info shared would be helpful

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I'm not a siding and windows guy,but I can tell you that you have a great opportunity to save money on your heating and cooling bills,,with the proper choice and install of siding and windows.

Insulation can be added to aluminum or vinyl siding, and windows have many energy saving options.

You may reduce the size of the eqipment needed to heat and cool your home. If the old equipment is severely oversized for the new lower requirement, you can have comfort or even mold issues(just saying, it's possible) so pay close attention after the work is done,or better yet have an HVAC Contractor check the size needed and advise you of any possible issues.


Answered 8 years ago by BayAreaAC


Windows replacement provides a poor return on investment. Everyone claims the savings but in reality the dollars are not there, That being said IF you need new windows ( the old ones are shot or rotting in the frame) sure invest in the Low E glass (should be code in Mich)and get a good U value. (U1 =no barrier to heat loss, U=zero No energy transfer ie loss and impossible) So lower U = better but triple pane glass the investment cost exceeds the gain. I personally like beige vinyl windows and think they provide a combination of lower cost with nice look. Better window with much higher cost=fiberglass. Wood with maintence free exterior also nifty and pricey.

Siding-My favorite Crane Super Siding. Vinyl exterior with foam laminated to back side (the pioneer of this type) If you find an exclusive dealer they have access to longer panels than the the standard 12ft+. Another nifty feature panels are twice as wide as normal siding ie triple 6" = 18" high panels, or quad 4" or 16" high panels.or double 6" and 12" high panels. The longer panels are in the 16-18' range. Another benifit with an FHA cap on the bottom this system should be installer right over your old siding. Vinyl siding should be able to install right over your old asbestos panels.

You want to stay wood then a cementious siding like Hardy Plank is your best choice. They hold paint great and so long as you seal any nail holes the paint lasts and lasts. Go to Angies List for contractors in your area. Most should be able to do both projects. Do a beauty contest and interview three highly rated companies ( try BBB if Angie"s list does not have adequate numbers). Now is a good time to consider Soffit & Fascia covering and if you going there maybe new gutters. For ideas on that area read my blogs.

Jim Casper

Gutter Cover & Gutter Contractor

Former Energy Auditor

Pioneered Crane Siding @Sam's Club in 1998


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper

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