replacement window recommendations

I need replacement windows for my ranch style house in SE VA. What do you recommend and where to buy.
I'm told installing new windows is not difficult and if I was able to install laminate flooring I can do windows. Is this true?
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what kind of windows do you have now? if you have older wood windows, then replacement windows are an option. they install by removing the sashes from existing windows, and allow you to save your existing trim inside and out. you lose some glass square footage, but they are a cheap alternative.
the best way is to remove the old windows sash, jambs, trim and all and replace. no replacing windows is not terribly difficult, especially if they are not real big or real high. usually re trimming them is more work. you should have some basic carpentry toos, including a chop saw. kinda depends on what kind of windows you have now and what kind of siding you have. you'll definitely want to read up. preventing water intrusion is critical.
vinyl replacement windows and vinyl windows are custom sized--whatever size your rough opening is, you can buy a vinyl window to fit. but a lot of people would say they look cheap and they are not as durable as wood windows.
the best windows are probably aluminum clad wood from a manufacturer like marvin or anderson. they are sold in stock sizes which usually go in 2" increments. sometimes you have to do some remodelling to get a stock size to fit your opening.
where you get them depends on where you live. they are sold at home centers, lumber yards, glass companies, etc. try the yellow pages. shop around.
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I had a contractor install them, but I'm really pleased with the Marvin tilt-pack replacement wood windows in my home. Nine of them. Aluminum clad exteriors.
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