Windows for Dummies. No, the glass kind.
April 30, 2011 1:51 PM Subscribe
My house needs new windows. I do not want the traditional window salesman vinyl. Every home renovation board seems to be geared to step 17 (this brand, this thing) in the process. And every window sales place feels scamtastic. What's step 1 to getting the windows I need?
posted by Gucky to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I have a house built in 1925. It has most of its original (rotting, rigged by rope) wooden windows. It also has a few terrible 1961 aluminum windows.
I would like to take it to historically semi-accurate wooden double hung, double pane windows that actually open and close. This may require a few sills to be reconstructed and at least one window to be "reframed", since it's leaking ants and water (in equal measure).
I have saved to have the money that I think it will take to do this (and extra). My neighborhood has no restrictions, since we're on a block of hideous rebuilds and vinyl nastiness.
I have gone to forums like "This Old House" where people are troubleshooting issues after the fact or rebuilding a whole house (and all I've learned is "don't use Pella"). I've read DIY manuals that tell me how to do it myself. But I am not the sort of person that should be hanging off scaffolding a story up framing things.
Window salesmen want to refer me to their installers, but I'm worried I'll need more than just a window installer to shore up sills and things and they push their brands.
- Do I find a carpenter on Yelp and ask him/her to handle the window choice and oversee the installation?
- Do I find a contractor to, I don't know, just stand around and hire a bunch of subs for various things?
- Do I just pick a brand based on "pretty" and hope that the salesperson will actually help me find a good installer who can refer me to the fixits I need if they come up?
- Anything else I should do or not do based on your window-replacement experience?
tldr; I am scared of replacing my windows due to lack of experience/knowledge. I'm about to do something very expensive without a road map. Please recommend the first few steps to me so I don't just anxiety attack and keep putting it off.