Retrofit Windows Reviews
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We currently have old 1992 wood windows with broken seals that we'd like to replace with vinyl. We live in Northern Colorado and have hot summers and cold winters at high elevation. As we are on a budget, we are looking for budget but decent vinyl windows. We've had several contactors out for bids and some rave about retrofit windows, and some say they are terrible and let in cold air on the sides. What do you all know about the retrofit option?
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Nathan, the retrofit option is certainly a viable approach, especially if the current windows are new construction. A new construction window uses a nailing flange around the head and sides, it must be taken off, which usually involves talking off the surrounding siding, stucco, etc. and this can be expensive in terms of patching and repair work. The biggest question is whether the existing window frames are in good enough shape for retrofit and that the openings are square and plumb, it sounds like several contractors are saying they are.
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