First, thanks to this forum I did not buy Reliabilt windows from Lowes. I appreciate that.
Second, I live in Bucks County PA and I'm trying to find dealers who carry either Simonton, Soft Lites, Hi Mark, Sunrise or Okna. These all seem to be good windows from what I've read so far. Other recommendations are certainly appreciated.
Finally, I want to spend the money on the window and do the install myself. Lowes install cost more than the windows. I'd rather pay for better windows. I am very handy having tiled, roofed, plumbed, etc. etc. So far I have not done poor work on any of these projects. New bathrooms, electrical, fix cars, etc. Now I want to tackle windows and need advice. From the U-Tube videos I've watched the removal of the window will be done from the inside of the house. It does not look too difficult. Putting in the new window and making certain it is plumb should be pretty easy as well. My main concern is with the outside trim. I was told by Lowes that when I remove the old windows, the outside aluminum trim/casing will be ruined. (I have aluminum siding.) Lowes recommend having new casing installed. I don't think I have the tools to do this as this looks like it could be tricky without the right training/tools. Here is the way I see it:
Step 1: remove all the drapes, blinds etc.
2: remove the small wood trim pieces holding the window in place (quarter round, etc)
3. unsecure the window and remove
4. add additional sealant/foam/insulation and put in new window
5. make level and screw in
6. add new trim to the inside of the window and caulk
7. paint as needed
What the heck do I do outside now if the old casing was damaged? Can I hire someone just for that part of the job and if so, how much per window is fair?
Thanks very much - Troutbum