Vinyl Replacement Windows : The Clear Choice
New windows throughout your home will make a dramatic difference in more ways than one. Not only will the external appearance be greatly improved, you will see savings on your heating and cooling costs.
Modern replacement windows are manufactured tight and tough, the chances of a draft is almost zero and when the window frames are fitted with advanced double glazing you can expect to see your energy bill drop as much as 40 percent. Some windows, such as vinyl eliminate the need for periodic painting.
Replacement windows have come a long way since they first started appearing on the market, they are no longer just the type that involved little more than tearing out the old and installing a new one. Today, if the frame of the existing windows is still good, you can simply replace the glass and sash.
Windows and frames are commonly available in a number of materials including wood; both hard and soft, fiberglass, aluminum and vinyl. Vinyl replacement windows are very popular, they are virtually maintenance free and they cost considerably less than a wood frame unit. The construction technique used for vinyl windows makes them extremely energy efficient, the material is honeycomb design; these chambers trap air which increases the insulating qualities considerably. Vinyl replacement windows can be constructed to fit any opening.
Wood replacement windows are still used but they are not nearly as popular as they once were. Although wood is a beautiful material it is not as energy efficient as vinyl and of all the options, wood is by far the most expensive. The big problem with wood windows is maintenance, they have to be painted regularly otherwise they soon lose their beauty and their weather resistance.
There are hybrid replacement windows available that solve some problems. These windows are wood, clad with vinyl. The resulting product is a window with a maintenance free exterior and a natural wood interior surface, this option is even more costly than solid wood windows.
With the advent of vinyl replacement windows, aluminum windows are no longer an attractive option. Although aluminum windows are cheap and maintenance free, the material conducts heat readily resulting in a high U rating. In the replacement window business a high U rating is undesirable; this indicates the material loses heat. The U rating of a typical aluminum replacement window is about 2, in comparison the U rating of a vinyl replacement window is in the range of 0.3 to 0.4.
It is easy to see why wise homeowners opt for vinyl replacement windows. To discuss how you can enhance the looks of your home and save money you are invited to contact CDW; California Deluxe Windows. You can follow them on Twitter for latest news and updates!