First off, I have Cedar lap siding, and am concerned about the outside appearence of the windows.
I can get new construction windows put in. This will require them cutting back the siding, pulling out the old widow, and installing the new window with flanges, then adding some molding around the window.
I can also go the retrofit route where they leave the original aluminum frame in and slide the new window into it. The outside of the window has a vinyl flanged that goes over a little bit of the siding. This method is much cheaper and I can save $3000 doing it this way.
What do people think of either of these installation meothods. I'm worried that the retrofit widow will not look as good on the outside and look too plastic. I've also been told that the retrofit window is an inferior way of replacing the window and the new construction widow is a better way to go.