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dac

June 15, 10:34 AM [GMT -5]

Buyer Beware! A topic NOT mentioned in the "replacement window" discussions is NOISE. The old wood window and storm may be drafty, leaky, and have condensation but they block a lot of noise.
My new vinyl windows (PlyGem 3800 series) from Lowes look great, work great, seal out the cold and the wind. But they let in noise, all the street noise, neighbor noise, etc. Calling the company confirmed that vinyl windows allow more noise in, I should have bought a special "noise blocking" model. Too bad my contractor and Lowes didn't know about that model.
Beware - before shelling out your dollars, check on the NOISE rating of the windows.

January 22, 10:56 AM [GMT -5]

If you live in colder climates (northern wisconsin) having new low-e windows doesn't mean you won't need storms. For warmer rooms (bedrooms) you may want to consider it. Most of the time you'd find the answer is they won't do it but I found that if you just install it yourself you'll have better savings.
For other rooms you don't need it unless you have a room you sit in alot (like a tv room).

You can also get away with just getting heavy curtains or hotel type black out curtains to keep the room warm or cool.

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