Author: adam612 (---.239.228.88.Dial1.Philadelphia1.Level3.net)
This might be a dumb question. I've spent the last few days doing some research on replacement window brands.
I'm in a house that's about 11 years old, we're not the original owners, and it has crappy vinyl windows that seem to let all kinds of drafts through.
For the first two winters, we tried thermal curtains, weatherstripping and caulking. It's still waaay too drafty for a new house.
So a handyman was over today to take measurements for a new patio door we're having put in when I asked him his opinion on what brand of window is best. He took one look at the windows and said we can't put in replacement windows. We'd need new construction windows, with some demolition around each frame.
So am I screwed? I can't believe in a house this common and this new that if a person wants to replace a window they'd have to go through all that... the guy says it would be about $500 per window for an average brand.
Was hoping someone with some expertise could give me their opinion.