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What's new (and good) in replacement windows?

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slownsteady

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My cousin is asking me about replacement windows for her house. I have vinyl and they have been fine. But she has been told about fiberglass windows and even aluminum (?!) replacements. I know that things change over time, and technology evolves, so what's the state of the art right now? And what's snake oil in replacement windows?
 

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Whatever she decides on, one of the most important factors is providing a good seal around the frame of the window. All to often I've seen windows installed and not providing a thermal seal on the frame perimeter allowing for drafts. I replaced all the windows in our house 15 years ago and am still happy with the vinyl windows we used. I'd suggest a reputable mfg and a certified installer. Just my 2 cents.
 

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