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RW Weekly

Week of December 23, 2013

The Editor's Top Discussion Board Picks

The "Marketing House" Sales Pitch - is it really a deal?
The "Marketing House" sales pitch is one of the oldest tricks in the book for Replacement Windows. This homewoner is curious if the proposed offer is worth it, or if similar windows can be installed for a comparable price. Take a look and see if our experts would call this marketing house a deal, or a scam.
Are Replacement Windows less watertight than New Construction?
This homeowner is looking to replace windows in a summer beach home close to the water. Is it a bad idea to not use flashing to seal out the rain like in new construction windows? See what our experts have to say. Read More >>
Replacement Windows in South-Central Zone
Drafty aluminum frame windows are making this homeowner want to install replacement windows. What kind of U-Ratings and IGU values should this homeowner look for in the Sacramento area? Read More >>

Review the Basics

Outside NoiseOutside Noise
In a word (or several - for those that know me), no, the salesman is not correct that the IGU with different thickness lites will have the same noise performance as will laminated glass.
Harvey Classics Windows
Rating 3
" The tilt-wash mechanism is a pain to use - the sashes pop off the cam & you have shards of plastic from the vinyl scraping the metal cam. I also had to use a screwdriver to adjust the cams in order to get the sashes back in." -mtnhiker, MA

"I replaced all 20 windows in my home 8 years ago and would recommend Harvey replacement windows to anyone who asked. The north side of the house gets a lot of wind/weather and living by the water they take a beating and are still 100% effective and look fantastic" -Kathy, RI

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Tilt Double Hung by Weather Shield
Rating 2
"we built the house 22 years ago. after first year, the condensation was so bad i had to refinish the window. within the first 3 years i had to do it again. this time i used marine grade varnish. now the interior wood around two of the windows are rotten. the wooden base to 11 of 16 windows is also rotten" -Mike

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