Calgary Vinyl Replacement Windows

A replacement window is a strange thing, with very few parallels elsewhere in the house. As the name implies, a replacement window replaces your current window, but not on a one-for-one basis. What you take out (the old window) is not completely replaced by the new window (replacement window). 

The replacement window replaces most, but not all, elements of an existing window. The existing window's frame is retained, and the replacement window is fitted into this frame. Thus, the glass area of the replacement window will be slightly smaller than the existing window. Replacement windows typically are vinyl, with sealed glass. Wood replacement windows are available but are more expensive. Aluminum windows largely have become antiquated.

Replacement Windows: The Benefits of Vinyl Windows

By Margaret Winfrey

When you feel the time is right for replacement windows, you should give some thought to what you want from them. Should you choose something modern, such as gleaming white vinyl windows or go traditional with bay windows or even wooden sashes like your grandma might have had? Then you have cost to consider, and how savings in energy costs due to improved insulation might offset the cost of your windows.

Then you have color, in fact, when you think about it, it’s not necessary the simple choice you thought it would be. How about the material of construction, and should you give serious consideration to vinyl windows rather than more solid wooden or metal frames?

However, wood is heavy, not only in weight but also in maintenance time since it has to be stained, varnished or painted and it tends to expand or swell under various weather conditions so that it occasionally fails to close properly. Metal windows are the same, and these too can tend to chip if painted, and lose their sparkle if not.

In fact, ease of maintenance is one of the major reasons for most people opting for vinyl when they decide to replace their existing windows. They look really good even after years of use, and all they need is the occasional wipe down with vinyl cleaner to keep them sparkling clean.

Nevertheless, these are no more than aesthetic benefits of using vinyl windows and there are many more compelling reasons for using them as replacement windows than just looks. Here are some of the reasons for so many people choosing vinyl windows over any other type of window.

 

1. Vinyl windows are generally multi-glazed, and while double glazed windows are good insulators, the triple-glazed windows that are becoming increasingly more popular offer unbelievable savings in energy costs, keeping the heat in during cold winter months, and increasing the effectiveness of your air conditioner cooling during hot summers. While double glazing offers a layer of air between the two panes, triple glazing provides two layers that offer an exceptionally high degree of insulation.

 

2. Replacements windows made of vinyl are virtually scratch free, and require no maintenance other an occasional clean with vinyl window cleaner, or just plain old soap and water that does the job perfectly well. No painting or scraping, and they do not age the same as windows made using other materials.

 

3. You have a fantastic choice of colors, styles and sizes. Whether you prefer casement or sliding windows, you have a choice of many colors in the sizes you need. Sash windows, also known as double hung, replicate the traditional style of wooden sashes in vinyl, but cleaner and with lovely sharp lines. You can also get bow or bay vinyl windows to make the most of the space in your room – the choice is practically unlimited!

4. The price you will pay for vinyl windows is lower than that of any other type. It is almost unbelievable to consider that you get all these benefits at lower prices than you would pay for other replacement windows with fewer benefits. These windows are truly a magnificent bargain, yet they will last longer, save more on heating bills and require less maintenance than any other type of window. Not only that, but you have many more options when matching the windows with your home – both internally and externally.

Finally, while vinyl windows will improve the resale cost of your home 

If you feel that your home could do with a makeover, nothing is better than giving it a fresh set of eyes, and where replacement windows are concerned, nothing looks better, cleaner, and fresher than vinyl windows that completely change the look of your home and also save you a great deal in heating and cooling costs.

When you remove your old window, you are removing only the sash and a few other related parts. You are not removing the entire window that was originally installed by the house builder. It is nearly impossible to remove every, single bit of material from the old window, so some of it remains attached to your house.

 

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