Replacing windows has always been a staple for residential remodelers.
Some 22 million windows were replaced in 1996, and industry estimates
are that more windows are now used for replacement than in
new construction. There is no shortage of manufacturers — there are
nearly a dozen national brands and several hundred regional and local shops.
For this article, we looked at replacement windows
that could be installed without any major carpentry or
Replacement Window Basics
Replacement windows are available in wood, wood-clad, and vinyl. The
national brands are most readily available in wood and wood-clad units, and
some manufacturers offer sash and frame materials made from composite and