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Our house was built in 1979 and is an English tudor style. We have the original windows still and are planing to change them to a much more energy efficient window. We live in Los Angeles and our house has a lot of windows. So in the summer we are boiling hot or in the winter freezing. We started looking into different kinds of retrofit windows and discovered problems with almost each one when researching online. We are worried that the vinyl windows will start to bow or have other problems down the road. The full aluminum double pane windows I read aren't very energy efficient. I then read about the aluminum clad - that have wood inside covered with aluminum could start to rot and have problems. The fiberglass I read smells and releases toxic voc's. We want no maintenance windows that are energy efficient. Which is best? ALSO, We wanted to keep the tudor look for the windows, but didn't want the grid pattern for the family room....but I'm not sure what to use. Grid or no grid? Love to get some suggestions. we are keeping the grid pattern for the front of house. Is it best for he windows to be uniform throughout house or is it ok to have no grids in fam room but grids in front and sides of house? Thanks! Here is a photo of family room with the old windows now.

 
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In a mild climate like LA I can't imagine that you'll get a return on your window investment if the windows are sound. A UV film to cut down on some of the heat gain might be useful. Contrary to what the sellers of replacement windows will tell you they rarely pay for themselves and especially won't in a mild climate.

I've had homes with Anderson Vinyl clad wood windows I never had rot problems with them. My sister had aluminum clad Pella windows in her house and never had rot problems with those. My current house has wood windows, and I have had rot problems with those. Your mileage may vary.


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Use of Energy Efficient Windows is growing these days Los Angeles environment. Windows are increasingly being replaced by energy efficient windows as they are technologically advanced and help homeowners in minimizing the usage of heating and air conditioning equipment. Not only this, these windows are very economical in terms of maintenance and have a long life span.
 
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