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On the Prowl for Replacement Windows

Jun 23, 2008
If you're tired of heat loss and high energy costs, look into replacement windows. By replacing your old, single-paned windows with high-quality replacement windows, you can drastically reduce your energy costs. Single-paned windows constantly leak air, but modern window design has improved upon the old standard to offer a considerably more efficient design.

Replacement windows come in many different styles. You must know what type of window you are looking for before you begin purchasing windows. Using double-paned windows is one of the easiest ways to improve energy retention. They can keep heat inside during the winter and keep it outside during the summer. Double-paned windows are usually covered in a low-emissivity coating designed to prevent thermal transmission.

Window glaze is another way to prevent energy loss in your new replacement windows. By using a few layers of window glaze, you can further insulate your home. Different types of gas can be inserted between the panes to prevent energy loss. Argon and krypton gas are commonly used to reduce heat transmission. Argon is cheaper, but not quite as effective as krypton gas. Check the information on any replacement windows you purchase to make sure you are getting the best value.

Different materials are used in modern replacement windows. Aluminum is a popular option due to the fact it doesn't rust. Aluminum windows often have an anodized surface and don't need to be painted. Unfortunately, aluminum windows aren't the most energy-efficient type of windows available. They are highly durable though and will last for years without fail.

Wood windows are very common in homes and can be painted or colored however you please. Wood is great if you need an elaborate window design, since it's inexpensive and easy to work with. Wood traps heat very well, but needs a lot of maintenance in order to remain beautiful. If you're willing to invest the time in proper maintenance, then wooden windows are a great option.

Vinyl replacement windows are also very popular because they're both inexpensive and efficient. While vinyl once had a reputation for being unreliable due to thermal expansion, modern vinyl window technology has corrected this problem. Vinyl is now very durable and can provide years of maintenance-free use. Vinyl can't be painted, but windows come in a wide variety of colors. Like aluminum, vinyl is highly resistant to corrosion. Vinyl windows can come in custom shapes and sizes in order to fit any customer's need.

When you purchase your windows, look for a National Fenestration Rating Council label. The NFRC makes sure that the information on your windows is accurate. Without this label, the information is not guaranteed to be true.

Whatever material you choose, make sure to look for the highest energy rating you can afford. In the long run, a little extra money upfront will save you a bundle in heating and cooling costs. Do some research and find your replacement windows today. You'll know that your windows will last for years to come and you'll be glad you made the investment when you see your utility bill.
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Learn more about Vinyl Windows and replacement windows or contact Shane Hester at WebFirstCreations.
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