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The Benefits of New Windows

    Wood and Vinyl Replacement windows can increase resale value and energy efficiency. Several types of typical windows are listed and discussed here.


 Wood Windows (historical styling)


Wood "drop-in" replacement windows and vinyl windows are designed to sit in place of the existing sashes and are constructed at 3 1/4" thickness in most cases. These type windows sit in the opening where the top and bottom sash originally moved in their respective wooden "tracks" The stop between the two sashes must also be removed in this type of refurbishment or retro fit installation. It requires minimal movement of existing trims both inside and out.


Vinyl Windows


Modern Vinyl Replacement windows of 2010 can have two or more layers of glass. And the Energy Code sets certain standards for performance of products installed in homes. These codes now require Low - E Glass in all residential homes.


    Low-E is a film that is several layers of metal poured microscopically thin over the glass surface of newly poured glass. This heat reflective film is transparent but can be darker or lighter depending on the type and manufacturer.


    This data is rated in Visible Light Transmission. Darker glass with heavier Low - E will have less VT. The NFRC Rates most energy star rated window manufacturers. 


   Retro-Fit replacement windows are custom manufactured to fit finished openings in sizes down to 1/8" or 1/4" in most cases.

    Builders-grade vinyl and wood  windows are constructed in specific sizes depending on the manufacturer. Wood and vinyl windows also have "Standard Sizes" that determine the installation and application. Custom-sized wood windows are a rarity but are the most expensive of modern window products.



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