Quality vinyl replacement windows

When looking at replacement windows one of the most common products available are vinyl windows. With so many different brands of vinyl windows available on the market today, it might feel overwhelming trying to figure out which vinyl window works best for your home. While many vinyl windows look similar and may even have similar functions, there are some key considerations to make before you decide on a new vinyl window for your home. A quality vinyl window will typically offer high quality features, impact your energy consumption and increase the resale value of your home.

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While many vinyl windows appear to have similar features, some are less noticeable upfront. Some vinyl windows offer technologies for example that make the windows virtually maintenance free such as simply clean technology. From a distance the average window pane looks smooth, but if you had a microscope you’d see that the average window pane has bumps. These bumps make it easy for dirt to settle on the window pane. What simply clean technology does is adds a coating onto the window pane that evens out these bumps to make the window pane essentially smoother and less likely to retain dust or dirts.

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Other features that quality vinyl replacement windows carry come down to the types of latches and handles that they use. Some vinyl replacement windows use multi-point latch systems that make them ideal for home security while cheaper replacement windows may have single latch systems. In addition to better security for your home, quality replacement windows have more durable hardware that is more resistant to breaking or jamming when being used repeatedly.

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Another strong benefit to consider when choosing a quality vinyl replacement window is the energy saving benefits that come with the window. Cheaper vinyl windows typically have poorer insulation factors inside their frames and in between the window panes. Quality vinyl replacement windows have specially designed air chambers in between their frames to prevent unconditioned air from travelling in-between inside and outside of the home. In addition to these chambers, even more efficient vinyl windows will typically have foam insulation in between these chambers to prevent the transference of hot and cold.

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Not only do quality vinyl replacement windows have energy efficient frames, they also have energy efficient window panes. Between the window panes is typically an argon gas which is essentially a dense air that works as an insulation factor without obstructing the visibility through the glass. Quality replacement windows have a 90% or higher fill rate of argon gas with a high retention rate, while cheaper replacement windows have a lower fill rate with an even lower retention rate.

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Lastly, if you choose vinyl replacement windows that come loaded with excellent features and have great energy efficiency, you can look forward to having a high return on investment when selling your home. According to CNBC, getting replacement windows can give an 85% return on investment when selling your home. Not to mention, that return on investment can be even higher if the replacement windows you choose carry a strong warranty from the installers and manufacturer.

- by Matt Watts