Part 1: Wood windows If you are shopping for replacement windows in Milwaukee, Waukesha, and surrounding areas, you are probably wondering what is the best window material available for our harsh climate. Great question first of all! The answer is unfortunately more complicated than just picking one, however we take great pride in breaking down the pros and cons of all choices available to homeowners so that you may find that choice that best meets the goals of your project. Factors when considering material for replacement windows: Performance, durability, longevity, maintenance, appearance, cost, and warranty coverage.
Here in Milwaukee, vinyl replacement windows are the most common choice among professionals and consumers, and for good reason. A high quality vinyl window will offer the best combination of performance and value, and therefore represent a tremendous “bang for the buck” proposition.
If you have done any shopping or research for replacement windows in Milwaukee WI, or anywhere throughout the US, you have probably noticed that EVERY company rep that you meet with tends to claim that their window is best. You already know that here at HomeSealed Exteriors we recommend comparison of products based on objective data, but here is a list of the most common deceptive tactics used by window manufacturers and salespeople. A MUST-READ is you are shopping for Milwaukee replacement windows, or any major metropolitan area.
U factor (also known as U value) is the most referenced metric of performance when it comes to replacement windows, and for good reason. The total unit U factor tests the entire, finished window assembly for thermal performance at a 5mph wind speed. Essentially, this rating tells you how well the unit will insulate, and specifically measures the rate at which heat can pass through, without regard to air infiltration. U factor is actually the inverse of the more commonly referenced “R factor” when it pertains to other building materials, however U factor is specifically used for fenestration (glass). To convert, […]