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The Benefits of
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
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
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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