Vinyl windows are a popular option when it comes to replacement windows for your Milwaukee home. However, not all vinyl windows are made the same. In buying just any vinyl windows, you may find that you regret your choice later. Buying the right vinyl windows requires careful consideration to find the energy efficiency, quality, and installation that best suits your home. Here’s what you’ll want to keep in mind when searching for vinyl replacement windows.
Vinyl windows are known to be one of the more affordable replacement window options on the market, although choosing vinyl windows that are too cheap, will often result in cheap quality. When it comes to vinyl replacement windows, you want to invest in higher quality. They’re also low maintenance and durable, withstanding Milwaukee weather without swelling, warping, or rotting as wood windows sometimes do. They don’t need to be painted and have a smooth, sleek look. They can also be very energy efficient, again, depending on the quality.
There are a few elements that go into the energy efficiency of your vinyl windows. In a previous blog, we’ve broken down the NFRC label, which rates the vinyl window’s energy efficiency based on four different criteria. We also discussed air seal, heat loss, and light allowed in through the window.
The air leakage rating is one of the most important things to keep in mind, rating the amount of cubic feet of air passing through the window per minute (CFM). The worst air rating possible for a window to still be considered energy efficient is .3, not exactly desirable. Standard vinyl replacement windows will have a rating of about .2. The best CFM rating you can get is .01, because 0 can’t be measured.
A few different features can go into boosting your energy efficiency, such as multiple panes of glass with argon gas fillings in between, low-E coatings, or simply the quality of the vinyl and the installation.
Again, if you look for cheap vinyl windows, you’ll probably end up with cheap quality that will cost you more in the end when it comes to repairing and replacing them. Make sure the manufacturer of your vinyl windows is reputable. At Homesealed, we offer vinyl replacement windows from Okna because of their commitment to quality craftsmanship. Their windows are tested in an independent lab and have top ratings for efficiency and durability.
The installation of your windows matters too. If installed incorrectly or with the wrong fit, the window can easily leak or form pressure cracks. At Homesealed, we also never hire out low-bid subcontractors to do the installation. We’re an authorized Okna dealer and our team is proud to meet and surpass Okna’s high standards and regulations for installation.
Want to take a closer look at the vinyl windows we offer at Homesealed Exteriors? Contact us today for more information or a free quote.