Finding the right replacement vinyl windows for your home or business is no small task and not for the faint of heart. However, with the right trustworthy guidance navigating the waters of vinyl window options and choices becomes much easier. Wholesale Home Improvements has been around for over 20 years helping our customers in the Denver area with all their window needs. Our expert staff holds a combined 108 years of experience with windows, so we feel well qualified to offer you expert advice when choosing replacement vinyl windows.
First things first, you should determine whether you need to replace your current windows. There is a lot of buzz going around saying that you should replace your windows with new, energy-efficient technology because you will save bundles of money on your energy bills. However, as Consumer Reports tells us in a recent article, upgrading for the sole purpose of lowering your energy bills is not really worth it. While it is true that you can save 7 to 15% on your energy bills with new windows, it can take several years to recoup the replacement cost and actually pay off the windows and begin saving dollars. But if your frames are rotting or your windows are allowing condensation then it is time to pick up some replacement vinyl windows anyway, and you get the added benefit of a drop in your monthly bill.
An important point to be aware of is which vinyl window options work best for your area? Climates are different everywhere, and windows are built differently to hold up best in particular areas. You can check out windows rating test scores on the Consumer Reports website, or you can talk to one of our experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements. We’ve been working for so many years in this area that we know just which options to choose, depending on where you live around Denver. Taking these steps will save you a lot of money by not adding extra options that sound good on paper but that you don’t need.
There are many factors to be aware of that affect the functionality of a window. First off, the style has an effect. Casement windows are better able to withstand windy conditions while double hung windows are cost effective and easy to clean. Double paned windows are built with two sheets of glass that have a space between that can be filled with air or another gas, usually Argon. Argon will provide better insulation. But, depending on the climate, what you save will not be worth forking out the extra money. A Low-E coating can be applied to the inside to keep heat in, or the outside to keep heat out depending on your particular needs. You should also be aware of the numbers for U-Factor, Solar heat gain coefficient, and visible transmittance. And finally, decorative grilles add pizzazz but do nothing for the functionality of the window, so this one is based purely on how much money you are willing to spend for some added style.