Finding the best type of replacement windows for your home.
The best replacement windows are a difficult area to deal with so I’ve decided to split it into different categories. Vinyl for best priced, Vinyl and aluminium for Eco friendly , wood for best quality and style and composite for best all round option
Best priced window option
Vinyl is a good choice as its relatively cheap; and needs no painting, since painting windows is the most difficult and time consuming task in any painting project a massive saving here is obvious. This option can be very stylish and can be moulded to look like wood. Vinyl is also very low maintenance as it cannot rust or rot. Vinyl manufacturers also often create custom units in an enormous variety of shapes and sizes as well as made to order batches. Cleaning only requires mild detergent and a soft cloth.
Drawbacks of vinyl include a limited amount of colours available and while the fact that it does not need to be painted is an advantage the fact that paint does not stick to it is definitely not an advantage. Cheaper versions are also known to discolour so watch out when choosing a manufacturer.
With every effort been made to lower your homes carbon footprint, the replacement window option here can save on your heating costs but not often considered is the manufacturing process which as a customer you are also responsible for. The crudest and most likely least eco friendly option here would be wood because not only does it still need to be processed, treated, stained and painted and each of these processes impact on the environment an actual tree which is good for the environment has been cut down. Aluminium and PVC (vinyl) are the best options here if not in production definitely in the lack of painting and maintenance. Double or triple glazed options with argon gas should be installed for best insulation therefore reducing heating costs.
Best Quality option
Wood here is without a doubt the only option as it is stylish, homely, durable and nice to touch, for a real homely home I would only consider this option for classic elegance and taste. Now we now that wood windows are expensive; they warp, rot and are difficult and expensive to maintain but they are worth it if quality and strength is what you after they have been around for hundreds of years exactly for that reason and are still considered by many as the only and best option
Best all round option
Fiberglas and composite replacement windows is without a doubt the most versatile option as they can withstand any climate and are very strong. They are the only option that should be considered by ocean facing properties as they resist moisture and do not expand and contract as much as other types of replacement windows. Composite windows also wont sag as vinyl do under the weight of the glass, won’t rot as wood is known to do and are not affected by insects. In conclusion they are the best all-round option for price; strength and style
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