You have compared and contrasted window types thoroughly, and you are pretty positive that you want to buy vinyl windows as your replacements. Before you make that purchase, you should understand that not all vinyl windows are the same. Here are five things you need to know before you make your final choice.
#1 – Some Corners Are Better than Others
When you are choosing the windows for your home, there are several things that you look at. You might consider the style of the window, the color, and even the ways in which it is insulated. However, you need to get up close and personal to check out the corners. A few window manufacturers (particularly those who make "budget" windows) will screws or chemicals to seal the corners of the windows, and these allow leaks and drafts over time. You want a window sealed with a process known as "fusion welding". Look for a solid, strong joint at the corners.
#2 – Check the Labels
Fortunately, most brand new replacement vinyl window options have labels that give you some valuable information. You can learn how much heat a particular window can block, how well that window keeps the heat inside your house, how much light a particular window allows through its panes, and even how well it resists condensation, which is particularly important if a window has two or three layers of glass.
#3 – Manufacturer's Warranty
Before you buy the windows you have your eyes on, make sure that you fully understand the manufacturer's warranty. The installer will likely give you a warranty on their work, but in many cases, it is up to the window manufacturer to determine how long they will guarantee the actual product. Is the entire window covered? What happens if the vinyl window starts leaking in a few months? Is the warranty transferable if you move? All of these things are very important bits of information when you are considering window replacement.
#4 – Price Is Not Everything
When it comes to replacement vinyl windows, more often than not, you really do get what you pay for. For instance, you might find that one window costs 35% less than another from the same manufacturer that looks almost exactly the same. However, there is probably a reason why that window costs 35% less, so be sure to do your homework. That 35% initial savings may translate into 50% higher utility bills in the future, so you aren't really saving anything.
#5 – Not All Vinyl is the Same
Finally, remember that there are different types of vinyl used in replacement windows. There are two vinyl window types: re-ground (recycled) or virgin (brand new) vinyl. Many people mistakenly believe that virgin vinyl is of higher quality, but that is far from true. The type of vinyl makes no difference; what truly matters is its overall thickness. The thicker the vinyl, the better it will block heat and cold.
As you can see, choosing vinyl windows for window replacement is about much more than picking a cheap option that looks good inside and out. It is about making sure that you get a high-quality product with a great guarantee. This way, you know your investment will pay off.
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