Vinyl Replacement Window
Vinyl replacement window is energy efficient, low maintenance and low cost for replacing the old. It is far less expensive than wood, both with initial financial outlay and in terms of long-term maintenance. Vinyl replacement windows are able to save you money when you buy them (they are affordable) and when you own them (they are extremely energy efficient and offer energy savings.)
You had the option to buy vinyl, wood, aluminum or composite window, and chose vinyl for your replacement project. It is a great decision because replacement these days should save you money and time spent maintaining them. The long term goal is to pay less every month for heating and cooling bills and a good replacement can do just that. In addition, replacement these days often involves a 20 year warranty, rather than just one for a few years. That is a true testament to the product quality that is out there these days.
Vinyl Replacement Window Increases Return on Investment
Vinyl replacement window with Energy Star rating from the U.S. Department of Energy gives consumers the chance to know the expense to own their products. This is nearly an instant return on your investment, realized as soon as your first energy bill arrives following installation of vinyl replacement window. Like aluminum window repair, vinyl replacement window, especially that meets your region's DOE criteria for these rating, is very affordable.
DOE rates each window by region of the country, and includes Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and U-Factor. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient tells potential owners how well the window keeps heat from the sun's rays out of your house. The ratings are specific to regions around the country, because in some areas, it is ideal to have the sun's heat staying inside. While, in other areas, it is uncomfortable to have the heat from the sun beating down inside.
In addition, the Department of Energy also includes rating of U-Factor, which is how well a window insulates. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) also rates Solar Heat Gain Coefficient and U-Factor, in addition to Air Leakage, Condensation Resistance and Visible Transmittance. Air Leakage is the amount of air that seeps in through the joints. Condensation Resistance indicates how well a window resists water buildup. And Visible Transmittance indicates how much light is allowed inside.
Look for the DOE's star and the National Fenestration Rating Council seal when purchasing vinyl because these will help you get the most out of your money, in savings. In addition, look for coatings on the double panes, called low e coatings, which help to keep heat outside or inside, depending on your climate. These low e coatings are microscopic metallic oxide coatings that are inside the double pane glass.
In addition, look for a replacement, if it is in your budget, that includes either argon or krypton gas. These further add to the insulation of the product, which saves you money on heating and cooling bills. Though, the double glazed or double pane glass, that is now ubiquitous, is insulation on its own. This will also save you money on heating and cooling bills.
Vinyl Replacement Window is Low Maintenance
Vinyl replacement window is extremely low maintenance, requiring only that you wash them. Keeping the window channels clean will help your vinyl replacement window open and close easily over the years. These days vinyl is expected to last longer than ever -- decades rather than just 5 or 10 years.
Whenever you do perform a cleaning, it is important to look for cracks in seams, and to make sure all sashes or casements open and close smoothly. know what to do when you do have some small fixes to handle. If they are not holding up quite as well as they used to, it could be that the balances need to be replaced. These are a fairly simple fix, if you are up to it. Remove the sash, unclip the clip in the channel, and pull out the balance. Check the numbers on the balance to determine what kind to buy. And, replace the balance, and then re-install the sash.
Other repairs are equally simple. The other likely repair is very slight, such as filling in a gouge in the vinyl. But, that is rare, and it involves purchasing a tube of liquid PVC. Simply, fill in the space with the liquid PVC and you are good to go.
Vinyl replacement window is a low maintenance, option that is inexpensive and easy to care for when there is a repair. Some repairs involve removing the old balance and installing a new balance or filling in the PVC. Otherwise, maintenance involves cleaning the whole unit, to ensure that it opens and closes smoothly. It is actually one third the expense of its wood counterpart.