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Choosing the Right Vinyl Windows

Jan 17, 2008
Choosing the right vinyl replacement windows for your home can be tricky business if you don't know what brand to look for or what the best features are. You also need to think about which style will fit each room of you home the best. Some rooms will look and function better with traditional double hung windows and other rooms like kitchens, should have bow, bay or garden style windows.

The reason choosing the right windows makes so much of a difference is simple, they cost a lot of money and you don't want to re-spend that amount twice for the same house Selecting a quality window with high energy efficiency ratings will also lower your monthly heating and cooling costs so you start earning back your investment.

As for which windows are the best that is a matter of opinion. I've never heard a contractor, distributor or associate at a home improvement store say the windows they sell aren't the best. And in there defense, they aren't lying or trying to mislead you, not all of them anyway, that is just what they have been told by the manufacturer's sales reps and who are they to say different.

Another point worth mentioning is there are many different brands of windows out there that are made very well. But, it is not just the brand you have to look at. Every manufacturer makes several levels of their product to meet various budgets. So just because a window is a certain brand, that doesn't mean the specific series you're looking at is a great window.

There are certain things to look for in a window, including energy efficiency, construction, style and most importantly, warranty. A quality window will rank high in all of these categories, not just one or two. When comparing windows, rank them in each of these main four categories with a score of one to five and see how they total up. Also, if a window doesn't score at least a 3 in each, don't even consider using it.

Make sure to look for Energy Star qualified windows as well. Any replacement window that meets their standards should receive a high score in that category. You should also consider a few other things like low maintenance and easy cleaning. These two factors may be the determining factor if several of the ones you're looking at appear equal in terms of the four main considerations described above.

Now there is another thing you should really consider, and that is the installation. Most home owners are not capable of installing vinyl replacement windows so a professional will be needed. And I highly recommend choosing one even if you think you are up to the task. A pro and I mean a real professional with good references whose installers have been trained to do the job right, will have all of the proper tools and equipment along with the knowledge of how to install windows without voiding the warranty.

So do your research and find a window company that has clients who will vouch for the workmanship and work habits of company's staff, both salesman and installers. It is also best if you can find a window company that offers a window that meets your requirements in addition to just installation. This ensures they hold full responsibility for the work and product.

In summary, just make sure you choose your windows and installer carefully and do your homework before making any final decisions. Remember, cheap cost does not mean good value, it means only what the name implies, cheap.
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Shane Hester has been helping a Massachusetts window company who installs vinyl replacement windows increase their online presents through his seo company WebFirstCreations
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