Now that Spring is finally here and in the air, many homeowners are looking for ways to update their homes with more energy efficient windows and siding without spending a lot of money. Vinyl replacement windows are a great inexpensive option to consider when trying to save money and in return, lowering your heating/cooling bills. With replacement window prices being as low as they’re now and along side the energy tax credits, makes this an easy choice for many.
Why Vinyl Replacement Windows?
Choosing vinyl replacement windows for your next home improvement is an easy decision to make. Vinyl replacement windows are made from PVC, polyvinyl chloride, a plastic that is commonly found in most, if not all vinyl replacement windows. These types of windows are the most common type of window installed today, whether be it new construction or house remodeling for it’s pricing, reliability, and low-maintenance requirements.
There really isn’t much maintenance involved in vinyl replacement windows aside from normal window washing. Since these windows are made from vinyl, the need to worry about rot, mold, termites, sanding and painting are eliminated with vinyl window replacements. Also, since the vinyl is factory colored throughout, makes it very hard to notice scratches and dings go unnoticeable. So, all-in-all, your buying a window replacement that is low maintenance and highly energy efficient in reducing your heating and cooling bills and keep home maintenance costs down.
How to choose the best vinyl replacement window?
While technology has taken great strides, it is still important to do your research on the different brands out there. There’s still a few things that should stand out to you. Here’s a good starters list of things you should look out for in your search for a vinyl window replacement.
Low-E glass — Low-E glass is a process where the window manufacture uses a silver like coating over the glass, and works as a mirror reflecting heat back towards the direction it came from. Low-E also protects the interior of your home’s carpeting, drapes, furniture from fading.
What is Argon filled gas? When considering replacing your windows, you might want to consider choosing replacement windows incased with argon gas. Argon gas is more dense than oxygen and therefore, reduces the heat transfer rate in your home – increasing your energy savings!
What is a R-Value ? R-values are ratings based on the energy performance a window should have. When shopping for a vinyl or wood replacement window, the higher the number, the more insulation that window will have – increasing energy savings!
What is a U-Value? U-values are similar to R-values, with two major differences: The first difference is U-values are ratings for the entire replacement window unit itself, whereas R-values are ratings for specific materials of the window itself. Second, you want to look for the lowest U-Value of a window for enhanced energy savings performance.
So basically, R-Values are ratings for how much heat is retained, and U-Values are ratings for how heat is lost…