Vinyl Replacement Windows
What are the basics of what you need to know about your homes windows, and vinyl replacement windows and options. One of the most important systems of your home for energy efficiency, lighting and ventilation are your homes windows. For a quick free consultation, or for options and prices for vinyl replacement windows, please call us to today or use the online request a quote form at the top of this page.
Vinyl replacement window basics: Most homes here in the Boston and Northeast area were built 80 years ago or longer. The original windows were double hung windows with 2 sashes, often with storm windows for additional protection and to stem the tide of lost heat in the cold winter. Today, the vast majority of installations use vinyl replacement windows. They are simply the most efficient and cost effective option available today.
What are the important vinyl replacement window parts? First, the size of the vinyl replacement window should be custom measured and manufactured to ensure a tight fit.
A typical vinyl replacement window has 2 sashes ( upper and lower ) and may include decorative grids to mimic the look of older wood windows. Today's vinyl replacement windows will have the grids in between the panes to facilitate cleaning, which has all but eliminated the niche that " window cleaning " companies used to fill. Now these sashes tilt-in and can be cleaned safely and easily by one person comfortably on the inside of the home. A quality vinyl replacement window should be fully welded at the corners and the vinyl replacement window should have argon in between glass instead of regular air.
You can compare vinyl replacement windows by cost, warranty, and efficiency. At least until the end of 2010 your vinyl replacement windows may qualify for a federal tax credit if they are efficient enough. As with most things, don't buy the least expensive vinyl replacement windows around, they will not last, and don't pay over $1,000 each for certain vinyl replacement windows ( you know who they are )... that's just crazy. A high quality vinyl replacement window should cost between $300 and $375 installed. Lower prices are available with cheap ( in some cases under $100 ) windows ) and overpriced vinyl replacement windows can run over $500 just for the window. The balance of the price is for permits, installation, insulation, debris removal, trim coverage for the outside or accessories like grids. Lifetime warranties are a gimmick ... not a single vinyl replacement window manufacturer really believes their window will last forever ... they just think they'll be out of business, have changed names or you'll be dead before you can call it in.
The most important thing to consider for your installation other than a high quality window, is the installation itself. A true vinyl replacement window installer will only do vinyl replacement window installations, not kitchens, baths, painting or driveways. They should remove the old windows, install the new vinyl replacement windows, insulate around the window, remove the weights, insulate the cavity and seal around the new vinyl replacement windows. For a fast, affordable and no obligation quote for vinyl replacement windows, please call us today or fill out the form at the top of this page to request your estimate online.