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Replacement Vinyl Windows FAQ


Vinyl windows are made largely of high-quality extruded polyvinyl chloride (PVC).  Though, other colors are available, white tends to be the most popular. Vinyl replacement windows never need painting or sealing, therefore maintenance is very low.

 

Wood windows are usually wood on the interior and extruded aluminum, PVC or fiberglass on the exterior.  The wood can be stained, primed, painted or left alone, keeping the natural wood color as the finish.  Wood windows must be sealed or painted, not just at the time of installation, but throughout their lifetime.  Painting wood must be done frequently. Maintenance is much higher with wood than with vinyl windows.

Both vinyl and wood windows come in different styles.  One style of replacement window is called a double hung, which has a tilt-in feature on both sashes that simplifies cleaning for any homeowner.

If you currently have wood windows and are looking to replace them with vinyl, while keeping the same look, we have vinyl windows that simulate the wood look.

What is Argon gas in a window?

Argon gas is an invisible, odorless gas that occurs naturally in our atmosphere.  It is non-flammable, non-toxic and completely safe.

Argon gas can be permanently sealed between 2 panes of glass during the manufacturing process in order to make windows more thermal and energy efficient.  Regardless of the season, having Argon gas in your windows helps to ensure climate stability in your home Argon gas windows offer better insulation because Argon gas is heavier and 199% more dense than air.  Therefore, Argon gas is better at reflecting heat back into your home during the colder months and cool air back into your home during the warmer months.  .

Argon-filled windows are becoming an increasingly popular choice for many homeowners because of several benefits.  Windows containing Argon gas will increase the insulating U-Value or thermal transmission, of your windows.  The U-Value measures the rate of heat transfer through a specific product. The lower the U-Value of a window, the lower the amount of heat loss through that window and the better that window is insulating your home.  Argon gas can help in reducing the possibility of condensation and frost. It can also increase the soundproofing characteristics of your home and ensure the working efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems.

Adding Low-E to your windows, in addition to the Argon gas, will increase the overall efficiency of your home even further.  Low-E or is window glass that has been treated with a microscopic metallic coating on the glass that not only reduces energy consumption in the home, but also reduces ultraviolet rays coming through your windows into your home.  Simply said, it’s a good home improvement decision to consider both Low-E and Argon gas when replacing the windows in your home.

Why is it difficult to lock the windows in my home?

First, make sure that your windows are in the unlock position before attempting to close them completely and lock them.  This may seem silly to specify but a quite common mistake that's overlooked, However, with the busy lifestyles we have of life urging us to move quicker and quicker, we tend to forget the smaller, more insignificant steps.

If, the first step did not resolve the issue, (in regards to a double hung window) try pushing the top sash up slightly, while simultaneously sliding the bottom sash down. Once the two sashes are aligned properly, you should be able to securely lock the window. Most window locks are based on a rocking or sliding mechanism that requires two sections to align in order to connect and lock.

Helpful Hint: Make sure that your windows are locked every time you close them completely.  Moisture content and differences in climate can shift soil beneath a home’s foundation. When foundation shifting occurs, windows often fall out of alignment with the window frames.  Locking your windows, every time you close them completely, ensures proper window alignment and balance.

Why do I have moisture on my windows?

Condensation is the fog that suddenly appears in cold weather on the glass of windows and sliding patio doors.  It can block out the view, drip on the floor or freeze on glass.  It can be very frustrating, so it’s natural to blame the windows, but you shouldn't.  A house may have temporary condensation when there is new construction or remodeling, at the beginning of each heating season or quick changes in temperature occur.

Windows do not cause condensation.

Condensation usually occurs first on windows because glass surfaces have the lowest temperature of any of the interior surfaces in the house.  When the warm moist air comes into contact with the cooler glass surfaces, the moisture condenses.  Window condensation is the result of excess humidity in your home.

Why do my new windows have condensation when my old windows did not?

One of the reasons you probably replaced your old windows was because they were drafty.  Those slight cracks allowed the excessive humidity within your house to escape to the outdoors.  Now that your windows are tight, that excess humidity is unable to escape, and therefore, it is showing itself on the glass.  This is your first indication that you have too much humidity in your home.

How do I get rid of the moisture on my windows?

Eliminate condensation by reducing the humidity in the house with a dehumidifier. or by increasing ventilation.  Opening the windows for a few minutes, turning on exhaust fans and venting all gas burners and dryer vents to the outdoors are just a few ways to keep moisture out of the home and humidity at a minimum.

REMEMBER: WINDOWS DO NOT CAUSE CONDENSATION.