We're in a split level, in Massachusetts, that was built in 1997 with contractor grade vinyl siding and vinyl windows, nothing fancy. One window has lost its seal, another has a broken tilt-in latch - nothing disastrous, but we would like to replace them, and figured we may as well do them all. The catch is that the house has 17 windows.
We were told by the one contractor we've had in that because the original windows are new construction vinyl, they can only be replaced by new construction windows - no retrofit. I've read a variety of threads on the new construction vs replacement window trade-offs, included good reasons why replacements shouldn't be used, but nothing saying when they can't be used. So is this correct, that we can't use replacement windows because the originals are new construction vinyl?
We've gotten one quote for Pella Architect running over $1800/window (tricked out, high end screens and hardware), and another for Harvey Tribute, at over $1200/window (both including installation). We know labor in MA will be expensive, but these seem insane. At these prices, we're looking at just fixing the two windows that need it instead of doing the whole house.