When you are looking for vinyl replacement windows, functionality is probably in the forefront of your mind. But there are a lot of windows out there, so many styles and each brand claiming to be the best. How do you choose? It would be easy to get caught up in the vicious cycle of shopping, going round and round, back and forth because you don’t really know what to look for. You could wear yourself out searching for the right replacement windows; run yourself ragged as you traipse all over Nashville Windows are not that complicated as long as you have some basic information.
Your window frame is very important. Wood is extremely good, probably the best, as far as insulation goes. Aluminum is not so great when it comes to heat transfer, but they don’t rot in rainier climates (like wood frames are prone to do). Wood clad offers a nice mixture of the great insulation provided by wood with the low maintenance exterior of vinyl, although sometimes aluminum is used. Vinyl is fast becoming a very popular option because it is less expensive. You can find vinyl windows that are constructed well, have the properly installed and you will see good performance in energy efficiency. So when you are choosing your windows, make sure you get them framed up properly. That is where it starts.
Installation is absolutely vital because no matter how great the window is, if it isn’t installed properly, it isn’t going to be effective. If your installer uses a lot of sealants or expanding foams, be wary. Whiles these materials may work well for certain projects, installing windows isn’t really one of them. For one, they are not waterproof and for another, they can crack or separate causing leaks. Your best bet is to have pre-installation waterproofing done before installation of the windows – long before.
Calking is part of the window installation process, but it is a precise art that requires great attention to detail. If not, there will be water leaks and a host of other problems. It isn’t worth it. Get it done right the first time.
Different window designs perform in different ways – and are more efficient than others. Double hung windows are in many homes, particular older ones. They are the traditional windows with one pane on top of other, the bottom pane sliding up to open. However, the sliders can allow outside air in, particularly in more extreme conditions. Casement windows work well in areas that get a lot of wind. The window cranks out to open. They do seal better than double hung windows, but they still do require some maintenance on the seals as well as the hinges. Picture windows don’t open – at least most don’t. They are efficient, though, especially if you carefully select your glass.
The material on the outside of the window is important, but it is what is inside it, between the glass, that is what really makes it work. When you are shopping for your windows, ask what is inside them. Double paned windows filled with Low-E argon are said to be highly energy efficient. Triple paned windows are also said to be energy efficient, but may cut down on how much light can get through as well as the visibility of the window.