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Vermont Window Replacement

A Vermont window replacement can give your home a whole new look. It can also provide you excellent savings on your heating and air conditioning costs and potentially provide you with a tax rebate. If you have not seen the amazing amount of styles and sizes to choose from lately, shop online and check out how many types of Vermont replacements are available today. Save money by comparing rates from top Vermont window replacement providers and order your new windows to be delivered right to your home.

Vinyl Windows

A Vinyl Vermont window replacement is made out of PVC. These windows have excellent guarantees and are the perfect choice for a replacement. A vinyl replacement window comes in a variety of sizes and styles to choose from. Perhaps you enjoy the look of grills but hate to clean around them. If so, you will love the grill choices you can get with vinyl. You can choose one that has the grills between two pieces of glass eliminating the need to clean around them but still gives you the look of the grills.

Vinyl choices also include thermal windows. Thermal windows have two or three panes. These windows provide excellent energy efficiency because they provide additional insulation from the hot and cold weather outside. Because of the heavy winters in Vermont, a thermal unit is the ideal choice in this area.

A vinyl Vermont window replacement is made to withstand even the harshest winters in Vermont. Their frames are built hollow to allow the air to provide even more insulation. They are also designed to not warp, rot, or deteriorate when they come in contact with water. If you own a home in Vermont, you will love how easy a vinyl Vermont window replacement is to take care of.

Window Installing

Installing a Vermont window replacement is very easy to do yourself. You may want to consider a replacement kit that comes with all the necessary material to do the replacement. There are three basic types of kits available, sash, insert, and a full frame replacement. A sash kit gives old unit new movable parts. You will attach the jamb liners to the existing unit then add the new sash in between.

An insert Vermont window replacement, is a fully assembled unit that is designed to fit inside your existing frame. Your existing frame must be level and square to use this type of kit. You will note that the glass will be slightly smaller in size because you are basically putting one window inside another.

A full frame Vermont window replacement is one that is a complete window including the side jambs, header, and sill. This is an excellent choice if your old frames are damaged or rotted. To install this unit, you will need to remove the old window and strip it down to the rough frame opening. These are also a good choice if you are changing the style of the window, for instance, from a casement to an awning.

Whether you choose a sash, insert, or full frame replacement for your Vermont home, you will undoubtedly realize that the savings you will see on your heating and air conditioning bills will pay for the replacement in no time. Be sure to inspect the frame of the old windows before you purchase the new ones so you will get the correct one for your needs.

Energy Efficient Windows

A window's energy efficiency is measured by three items, the U value, the solar heat gain, and the air infiltration. The U value, or U factor, is the measurement of the amount of heat that passes through the glass. The lower the U value the more insulating the windows. The solar heat gain, on the other hand, is the measurement of the solar energy that passes through the glass. In areas that are colder, it is desirable to have a higher solar heat gain.

Air infiltration is the measurement of how much air can get around the perimeter of the windows. This is one reason it is so necessary to get a good fit for the new units, and to also be sure the frames are not damaged or rotted. It will not do you much good to put a new window inside a damaged frame as the air infiltration will not be as good as it will with a solid frame.

A Vermont window replacement is the ideal way to provide you with savings on your heating and air conditioning costs. Whether you choose vinyl, wood, or aluminum replacements, you will undoubtedly realize savings almost immediately following the project's completion. Your Vermont home will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer if you replace your old drafty windows with newer energy efficient models.

Energy Star Ratings for Vermont Replacement Windows

Replacement windows are well-worth the investment IF you take the time to learn about new windows and select the correct features for your new windows. Where you live will determine which features are best suited for the new windows in your home. Take the time to learn about window replacement products and which windows are best suited for homes in Vermont.

Energy Star determines climate zones, u-factor, and shgc recommendations by county in VT and in most other states.

Below are Vermont's climate zones with the corresponding u-factor and solar heat gain coefficients for each Vermont climate zone as determined by Energy Star.

The efficiency ratings below will assist you in making a well-thought-out purchase when looking for energy efficient window replacements that will give you the best return on your money in Vermont.

In order to find the best u-factor and solar heat gain co-efficient for your county in Vermont, simply follow these steps:

  1. Find your county in the left most column.
  2. Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your county's name.
  3. Under the orange box with your climate zone, find the dark grey box with the product you are looking for - window replacements, new doors, or skylights.
  4. Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
  5. When getting quotes from contractors, be sure that your window replacements, new skylights, and/or replacement doors have one of the Energy Star ratings in the table below in order to maximize energy efficiency in your home.

Addison County VT
Bennington County VT
Caledonia County VT
Chittenden County VT
Essex County VT
Franklin County VT
Grand Isle County VT
Lamoille County VT
Orange County VT
Orleans County VT
Rutland County VT
Washington County VT
Windham County VT
Windsor County VT
Northern Climate Zone
0.30 or less 0.00 or more
0.31 0.35 or more
0.32 0.40 or more
0.50 or less Any
Solid Doors (No Glass)
0.17 or less No Rating
Doors with Less than Half Glass
0.25 or less 0.25 or less
Doors with More than Half Glass
0.30 or less 0.40 or less

Use the u-factor and solar heat gain co-efficient (SHGC) tool below to search for your Vermont county's recommended window efficiency ratings.

Use our tool to search for the specific u-factor and SHGC for your county so that you are educated and have this information on hand in order to maximize the financial return on your new windows.

Remember to research thoroughly prior to purchasing new windows, skylights, and doors regardless of whether you are installing the windows yourself or having them installed by a licensed professional contractor.

To read more about u-factor and why it is so important when trying to improve energy efficiency with replacement windows in your Vermont home, please review our detailed u-factor guide..

To educate yourself about solar heat gain coefficients as they relate to your Vermont window replacement project, please read our guide to understanding shgc.

If your county shows more than one u-factor and shgc combination, you may safely choose any combination for your window replacement project. However, we recommend discussing the best option with a window replacement professional.

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