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Pamela, there are a lot of window replacement options on the market. It's important to have a window which is designed for your region in the U.S. here is a chart by energy star which contains this info: https://www.energystar.gov/products/building_products/residential_windows_doors_and_skylights/key_product_criteria
If one is in your area, see if a local business manufactures windows tailored for your portion of the U.S. Avoid builder grade replacements, and try to work with companies which have been in business for 30+ years who can stand behind the warranties they provide. Always read the fine print, and make sure a remodeler will warranty the installation.
There are many great door & window product lines to choose from. The most important consideration is the glass package and style. I recommend consulting with a few glass companies and door/window contractors to help with the decision. You need to choose your doors and windows based on location - cliamate zone. Marvin is top of the line, but it is extremely expensive, just like Renewal by Andersen. I recommend looking at Milgard, Jeld-Win and Andersen (not Renewal). Good Luck!
Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
Direct added value to your home:
Finish out unfinished living areas
Upgrades to bathroom and kitchen
Add additional living area
All other items completed to home have negligible value added benifits in terms of Apprasial added value.
Proper ventilation is extremely important for a long lasting roof. If you roof is sweating and creating condenstaion it can deteriorate your entire roofing system from the decking and supports to the underlayment and shingles. Also, depending on your climate, inproper ventilation will contribute to ice dams. I'd recommend cutting in a roof long ridge vent as soon as possible.
Like Jim said before, a proper attic insulation will help with lowering your electric bill as well as heat reflective roof shingles and exterior paint, ex. tex-cote. For windows we use Anlin, 100% american made using the newest heat reflective technology. GreenLiving specializes in exterior energy efficient home improvements!
Windows that have a .28 u factor or. Slightly lower, if installed correctly sealing the perimeter with foam are generally adequate for most homes. They will have low -e and argon normally in the csvity between the insulated glass. Now if you want to go for triple glazed glass and low e and Krypton glass, you can get down to .17 u. Generally the additional cost and added weight do not pay for the added expense. You may do well to also add insulation in the attic and make sure you ventilate the soffit and fascia. Heat tends to travel up. Make sure you get a good installer that know s how to insulate and do a quality install.
Ventalation is one of the most important parts of your roofing system. Has proper intake air flow coming in from the eaves of your home, where your gutters are located, and exausting through the ridge of your home. All roofing manufactors require this as part of there warranty information because it does not only affect the condisation in your attic space but will also weaken your shingles and lower there live span. If your home already has proper insolation and proper ventatation another option would be to add a power fan unit on your roof near the ridge with a humidistat built it. This will turn on automatically at whatever tempature you set and also when moisture builds but will turn on. Moisture in the attic space is common in winter months due to cold tempatures outside and heat from your attic space meeting. I would have a roofing company come out and inspect your soffits to make sure they are ventalated and also to ensure you have a ridge vent installed on your home to start.
Although each home is unique in design, it's safe to say that virtually every home should have a properly vented ROOF. A properly insulated home, with a properly vented roof, should not have a condensation problem.
Did you do diligence to see who you were dealing with? Was the roofer licensed or required to be by the state or local unit of governement? ? Was a permit pulled and the job inspected by a building officia/ when completed? If not call your local building official and have them come out to look at the job? The roofer may be in violation of the bullding codes and be subject to disciplinary action by the state. I would check all these things before you proceed with a lawyer. Last if that contractor is not established, he won't have the money to fix it. But if he is insured you may be able to go after his insurance company. So aways ask to see a license, insurance and work comp certificate when dealing with any company and find out how long they have been in business prior to signing any contracts.
Ideally, you will have no sweating if you have proper insulation and ventialtion. Generally moisture forms by ice freezing on the bottom side of the roof sheathng or the nails sticking through tje shething and when it melts you have water( sweating.) Not good. This can lead to wet insulation, mold and deterioration of the sheathing and or framing members. Get itchecked by a professional.
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