- What’s the best way to replace my old and drafty windows?
- What are the various windows made of and what will work best for me?
- Is there any difference in how windows are made?
- Are all the vinyl window frames and sashes the same?
- Can I replace my old windows with different styles or types?
- What energy saving options should I know about?
- What is the Energy Star Program?
- Will new windows be a good investment?
- Do vinyl windows require a lot of maintenance?
- What about strength and protection?
- Will vinyl replacement windows help reduce noise?
What’s the best way to replace my old and drafty windows?
You should consider custom-built windows for the simple reason that they fit better. Standard or stock sized windows require extensive carpentry work inside and outside your house. This can be very costly and inconvenient. Vytex Custom built windows, on the other hand, are manufactured to fit exactly in your existing window opening. You get the style and options that you want and, in most cases, maintain your glass space.
What are the various windows made of and what will work best for me?
There are basically three types of materials used: wood, aluminum and vinyl. Wood windows, which require constant painting and caulking, can absorb moisture making them difficult to open and close. They can even rot. Vytex makes solid vinyl windows that never need painting and won’t show scratches because the color goes throughout the material. It’s why vinyl windows have become the popular choice for both new construction as well as replacement applications.
Is there any difference in how windows are made?
There are two types of construction. Mechanically fastened windows and fusion welded windows. Mechanically fastened windows are screwed together at the corners. Becoming more and more popular are windows that are fusion welded at the corners which use a special heat process for joining the mitered corners of the sash and main frame. Vytex produces heat fusion welded windows for superior strength, utilizing state-of-the-art heat welding equipment. Beware of windows that have mitered corners that are screwed together or chemically welded corners as they probably won’t perform as well for you.
Are all the vinyl window frames and sashes the same?
Judging by looks, it’s very difficult to see any difference in quality between various vinyl windows, but there is a difference. Some window manufacturers use less expensive extrusion techniques. These frames can be very brittle and have a dull blue or gray cast. Our vinyl window suppliers use nothing but 100% pure virgin vinyl (PVC) powder along with the latest water cooling techniques to make sure that you get the very best frames possible.
Can I replace my old windows with different styles or types?
What energy saving options should I know about?
Our vinyl windows offer an insulating glass package featuring double paned and triple paned options, Triple silver Low E glass and Argon gas or Krypton gas. Low E is a barrier which guards against the harmful effects of UV rays and protects your furniture, carpets, and window dressings. It also helps to improve the energy efficiency of the window by reflecting heat. Argon gas is colorless, odorless, nonflammable, nontoxic, naturally forming in the atmosphere and safe. It helps prevent the conduction of energy into or out of your home and at the same time insulates your home against noise. With this insulation package, our vinyl windows automatically exceed the energy saving requirements in all three climate zones set forth by Energy Star.
What is the Energy Star Program?
The energy star program was created by the environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to help consumers in the identification of highly energy efficient products. This program also promotes the environmental and economical benefits of these products through the energy star label and other program activities.
Will new windows be a good investment?
Absolutely, there are a few reasons, beginning with the savings you will find on your energy bills. Vinyl windows are virtually maintenance free and easy to clean. Most importantly, the transferability of the industry’s strongest warranty adds value to the resale of your home.
Do vinyl windows require a lot of maintenance?
Because the window frames and sash frames are made from vinyl, you will no longer be required to paint or caulk your windows. Our vinyl windows won’t get stuck, and there are no storm windows that require removal for cleaning. All the cleaning is done from the inside of your home due to the easy to tilt window sashes. In fact, all you need to keep your windows looking new for years to come is an occasional wipe with a damp cloth.
What about strength and protection?
You should first look for a window which offers both superior strength as well as energy efficiency. Our vinyl windows are precision built using a special computer controlled system to ensure perfectly squared windows every time. The interlocking sash meeting rail helps with energy efficiency by preventing unwanted elements or intrusions. In addition, an insulated glass unit with optimal air space improves year round performance by creating an exceptional comfort barrier.
Will vinyl replacement windows help reduce noise?
Though sound testing data is not provided, we can report that many satisfied customers have experienced a noticeable reduction in outside noise.