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There’s a lot of competition in the vinyl replacement window market, which makes it challenging to find the best vinyl window. Instead of scrolling through articles comparing the top window brands, consider these tips for finding quality vinyl replacement windows.
Are you overwhelmed by all the information that is out there on vinyl window manufacturers? If so, here’s a simple guide on how to find the best vinyl windows for your home.
Look at the energy efficiency label.
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is a program that tests, certifies, and labels windows, doors, and skylights based on theirenergy performance ratings. If you are looking for new windows, consider starting with the NFRC label. There are a lot of high-quality windows made by little-known companies. Don’t overlook them!
Consider the window styles.
Consider your needs when selecting the best vinyl window for your home. Here are some window types that you might consider:
Double Hung windows
Double-hung windows are the most popular window style because they are easy to clean and a great way to increase the airflow in your home. (If the airflow is a concern, also consider hopper or awning windows!)
Casement windows open by an easy-to-reach hand crank. They are great for hard-to-reach places, such as above a kitchen sink.
Increase the natural light in your home by increasing the size of your picture window. Consider replacing your double-hung windows with casement windows if an unobstructed view and lots of light are essential to you.
Sliding windows offer excellent energy efficiency and an unobstructed view. They are a great choice for a contemporary home.
Bay and bow windows
A window installation project can change the entire look of your home when you add bow or bay windows. Think of all the added light you will bring into your home with this renovation.
Consider other home renovation projects you need to complete.
The window replacement process requires removing your breakables and decorations from your walls. If you are going through that hassle, consider replacing your sliding patio or exterior doors. Some window companies offer discounts if you purchase windows and doors together. You may also lump several projects together if you are seeking financing.
Do your research to find the best deals on replacement windows. You’ll see a huge price range for energy-efficient vinyl windows. While you might be tempted to go with the least expensive quote, compare apples to apples.
For example, do both companies promise triple pane glass (Low-E glass) with double weather stripping? What type of installation will be performed? Make sure you know if the window company will dispose of your old windows if you compare quotes.
Research the company.
Even if you research the best window brands to find the best product, that window will only perform as it should if it is expertly installed. So, in short – the window installers make a difference.
Key Takeaways About Selecting Quality Vinyl Windows and Frames
Instead of focusing on the window brand for your window replacement project, consider these factors:
Energy efficiency rating of the windows
Available window styles
Other remodeling projects you might want to complete at the same time
The reputation of the window replacement company
Maintenance Tips for Premium Vinyl Windows
Gather Your Tools
Vinyl isn’t picky when it comes to cleaning. You can mix dish detergent and water as a regular cleaning solution. For stubborn stains, such as grease or mildew, you can use a solution of vinegar and water at a ratio of 30 percent and 70 percent, respectively.
For exterior cleaning, use a long-handled brush and a detergent-water solution. A garden hose can rinse the lather away, starting from the top and running to the bottom. Depending on the window type, some operable windows (like double-hung or casement) can be easily cleaned by tilting them.
Use a soft cloth and your detergent mixture and dry them with a clean cloth.
A Few Things to Remember
If you’re purchasing an off-the-shelf cleaning product, always check the label to see if it complies with health and environmental regulations. For starters, avoid anything with acids or strong solvents containing harmful chemicals.
Abrasive brushes or cleaning pads can also scratch vinyl windows, especially those that have a special layer on top of them. In addition, do not remove stickers put there by the manufacturer. These may contain warranties or other certifications.
High-Quality Vinyl Windows with Expert Installation
Contact Woodbridge Home Solutions for your vinyl replacement window project. We have a full range of energy-efficient vinyl replacement windows. Plus, our renovation crews are known for offering top-tier customer service.