I looking for information to make informed decisions on windows and siding. The house is 25yrs old, 2 story, 8" aluminum siding and wood windows; unfortunatly, the builder used a black sheathing instead of plywood and mininal insulation. Since I planning to replace the siding, should I use replacement windows or is it better to add new construction windows? What type of siding will last longer (vinyl, plastic, fiber-cement)? What about the thickness and nailing hem (single or double)? What style of siding wears better (traditional, dutch lap, or beaded)? Of course I looking at having the windows wrapped and replacing the gutters too.
I would like to close two small windows in the kitchen corner then add a 4 ft wide casement window in the middle of the wall. Should the casement window be a new construction or replacement window?
Last winter, my house leaked cold in every window and through the masonary fieplace; I finally blocked it off with plywood and insulation.