In home improvements, one of the best deals one can avail of is finding the right type of replacement windows. One’s choice of the right replacement windows can affect the monthly savings on one’s heating and cooling bills. It can also enhance the visual façade of the house. Depending on how one wish to replace his windows, one can either have the same model or type of window or a change of style can sometimes be considered a good decision. It can give the owner of the house a pleasant surprise on how different his home can look by putting in replacement windows of a different style.
There are different factors to be considered in choosing for the right type of replacement windows. One of the factors concerns the savings one can get from energy efficient vinyl windows. There are window types that allow wind to circulate for better ventilation. Still, some has a larger glass area for letting in more daylight in order to conserve energy. The use of ratings as a technique in getting information for comparisons can be useful for home owners. Another factor is the durability of the materials of the replacement windows. The sturdiness of the materials will be a factor in the long run. If the owners of the house are interested in a window type that would best withstand heavy wind, then he should consider replacing his windows with a wooden material. Wooden-type windows can easily be restored or replaced even if they are ruined by the storm. Although vinyl replacement windows are highly preferred because of its easy-maintenance quality, it is not advisable to use vinyl storm windows since they easily seep in water causing unsightly marks that lowers the tune of the appearance of the house. Aluminum is the most commonly used type in profit-making applications and also for use in basement windows.
For those who plan on replacing their windows, the following are the types to choose from. One can prefer to replace his windows with a hinged or a sliding type. Others in customary places would have a preference for the more common types like the classic pattern of double hung windows. The horizontal slider design and the awning windows are favored for its more modern pattern. Frame construction is also important whether one decides to replace it based on the appearance or functionality of the window. It is essential to know if one would use double or triple paned glass that is fitted to improve on the insulation of the house. There are different styles of replacement windows namely, awning windows, casement windows and double hung windows. For someone whose concern is the exposure to air, the awning replacement windows are commonly used. It can be placed also above a door or below another window. For energy saving concerns, a casement window must be used to allow more light to go through the room and offer spacious open views. For the usual accepted style, the double hung windows made of wood are used.
For best results, consider the different factors in choosing the right replacement windows that would suit your needs.
Vinyl has become a viable rival for traditional materials such as wood over the years. It has proven to be comparable to, if not more efficient in many cases, the use of windows and doors, and offers design flexibility, minimal maintenance, and efficiency in energy and cost savings.
The word “window” takes it’s origin from the Norse word “vindauga” which loosely translates to “eye for the wind”. The window was meant to be both functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.
After the end of World War II, there was a shortage of materials such as wood, aluminum and steel so the Germans, in their efforts to rebuild, began to use a vinyl framing, which was a new thermoplastic. By 1959, BF Goodrich Company, a vinyl resin manufacturer decided to try their hand at vinyl window production, and offered sleek designs similar to that found in wood or metal window frames. Americans found that these were much more readily acceptable designs, compared to that of the smaller and bulkier German designs.
Designs improved and popularity grew; sales of vinyl grew in the mid 1990’s for both new construction and remodeling by 125%. Most window manufacturers offer vinyl windows as an option along with their more traditional wooden and metal frames. Innovations in vinyl formulas have helped to improve flexibility in designs
With improvements having been made over the last few decades to the manufacturing process of vinyl windows, maintenance is practically non-existent and non-essential. If the product requires a bit of cleaning, common household cleaners will make short work of the task, leaving the window as good as new. The average life span of a vinyl window varies depending on the use of the item, but on average warranties are offered for 20 to 30 years. To ensure the quality of the window’s construction and performance, most vinyl windows produced today are certified by a third-party company and independent laboratory testing is performed in accordance with stringent industry standards.
Some of the newer innovations made to vinyl are the addition of sawdust and cellular foam. The wood mixed with the vinyl has made a new option of embossing the vinyl so that it looks like wood and can even be stained or painted like wood. The use of cellular foam has made huge differences in the shapes and appearances of the trims. These are great to use as they do not rot or decay at all. Vinyl windows and other products made by the same process are color fast because the color is not just on the surface but is extruded through the entire product. The product is not only rot and rust free, but is impervious to pests like ants and termites. When made properly, the product also contains UV inhibitors to protect from sun damage and cracking or splitting.
Windows made of vinyl framing are suitable for most building needs but cannot be used in high rise buildings or in places where there are consistently high winds. Tests on the windows are conducted to determine the limits the vinyl windows can withstand safely. Over the years the cost of vinyl windows has become much more affordable due to the popularity and easy accessibility to the goods required to manufacture the vinyl or vinyl composites. As a result they have become a cost effective alternative to metal and wooden frames.