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Replacement Window Installation DIY Question

Hi Dane, I found your review of replacement windows online and you say to contact you for your good, better, best list. I'm currently looking for fourteen replacement windows for a home I will be selling. I want a decent white on white double hung replacement window to install myself.

So, really this is a two part question... can you please send me your list and also offer a way or place to buy windows and install them myself. Most of the info online is from resellers / installers.

Tony - Homeowner - from 2023

[Site Editor's Answer]

[DIY List Redacted -- contact us directly (Dane or Tim) for our good and great windows list.]

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

Big Box Stores And DIY

Good afternoon! I love your site! I am sure I ask the question everyone asks. Is there a decent window that I can purchase and install myself? I have a 1970’s brick ranch with 19 normal 32x38 and 32 x 57 windows and am very able to install windows. The big box stores windows seem to be garbage but window companies want to charge me an arm and leg to replace. There is no rotten wood and we do not want capping on mounding. I found a local hardware store that sell win tech windows but not sure about those. Is Great Lakes an okay window? We live in Ga and are very close 14 miles to Alabama. Thanks so much!

Bernie - Homeowner - from 2022

[Site Editor's Answer]

If you are interested in DIY, you have a couple different options. One, you can take my list of good windows and search for local dealers who may or may not be willing to sell to you directly. It's kind of a crap shoot, but I have certainly heard of dealers willing to sell direct to the "public." Offhand, Okna Windows is one of the brands that I've heard will occasionally sell direct.

[DIY List pulled -- contact Dane for the list.]

Dane - Site Editor - from 2022

Do It Yourself Home Windows Q And A

Dane or Tim, thanks to you both for your integrity and passing on your knowledge of windows! Many have befitted.

I'm looking to replace 60 year old wood, single pane (with storm window), slider units in Whitewater, WI. The original cedar siding butts to the external window frames.

I've seen units on YouTube where the contractor uses a circular saw and cuts through the wood siding exposing the nailing flange. After which the window is removed and a new vinyl window with and oversized brickmould is then sealed and screwed onto the existing framing after the replacement unit is shimmed in place. A snap trim then hides the attaching screws, similar as used with a storm door.

I would appreciate your suggestions on vinyl windows. I don't want a replacement as I want to seal the cavity between the construction framing and window unit with w/d foam.

I would prefer a 'local' manufacturer and I will be installing them myself.

Thanks for your time and expertise gentlemen.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2022

[Site Editor's Answer]

Steve, If you are interested in DIY, you have a couple different options. One, you can take my list of good windows and search local dealers who may be willing to sell direct. [For the window list, simply email Tim.]

Dane - Site Editor - from 2022

DIY Handyman Windows Question

Hello my name is Jeff with no limit handyman service. I'm looking to close in a screen porch and I need to get six windows I need four of them at 52 and 1/2 by 59 and 3/4 and I need one of them at 45 and 3/4 by 59 and 3/4 and the other 144 and 1/2 by 59 and 3/4. I'm trying to look for a sliding window they don't have to be expensive brand the cheaper the better because it's just for a rental could you please email me back I don't need someone to install them I just need the windows herself thank you and have a nice day.

Jeff - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jeff, if you are interested in is my DIY spiel.

[DIY List Redacted -- contact us directly (Dane or Tim) for our good and great windows list.]

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021

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