WHY CHOOSE VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS?
Vinyl windows not only reduce noise and energy use, they also increase your property value and enhance your home’s curb appeal. Vinyl windows are simple to clean, extremely durable and very, very low maintenance – you never have to paint, scrape or stain!
American Vision Windows only partners with vinyl window manufacturers who comply with our guidelines and customer service philosophy, and are as dedicated to improving America’s energy efficiency as we are.
American Vision Windows offers Anlin®, Simonton® and Milgard® top quality vinyl windows.
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Why You Need Vinyl Windows
Homes built before the 1990s often have inefficient aluminum frames that sweat, cause drafts and allow a lot of noise to pass through. Vinyl replacement windows reduce the unwanted noise and air exchange with the outdoors, making your home quieter and more comfortable. The sleek lines and smooth finish increases your property value and curb appeal. At American Vision Windows, we install quality vinyl replacement windows of all sizes and types. We only partner with vinyl window manufacturers that build quality products and back them up with a warranty. We offer this guide about the benefits of replacing your old windows with vinyl ones so that you can make an informed decision about making updates to your home.
There are many benefits of replacing your old windows with vinyl replacement windows installed by our experienced associates at American Vision Windows. Compared to other window frame styles, vinyl is much lower in maintenance. You never have to sand, paint, varnish, seal or stain them. The vinyl maintains its smooth texture and color for as long as the windows are in your home. When the windows need to be cleaned, the vinyl frames make the process simple. On the inside, you can clean the windows with a simple vinegar solution or commercially prepared glass cleaning product. On the outside, a squeegee or garden hose with spray attachment removes dust and debris. The sleek lines and smooth trim of vinyl windows make them an attractive upgrade for your home. They look good on the inside and outside of your house and add to your home’s resale value.
Create a Comfortable and Safe Home With Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows offer a high level of energy efficiency. They decrease air exchange with the outdoors. Heat loss through windows is responsible for 25 to 30 percent of your home’s heating and cooling use. This lessens air drafts and decreases the workload on your home’s heating and cooling system. The available coatings for the glass reduce heat intrusion. Vinyl stays the same size no matter what the temperature is. The frames do not expand or contract, which keeps your home structurally sound. The solid seals and consistent size of the frames mean that you do not have to worry about moisture condensing on the windows inside of your home. Vinyl windows are also safe. They are free of lead or other toxic materials that might be hidden in or around old windows.
WHAT REPLACEMENT WINDOWS INCLUDE
Quality customer service
Manufacturer’s warranty on glass and frame
Warranty on workmanship
^On the single-hung windows, the screen surrounds the part that opens. On the double-hung windows, the screen runs the entire length of the window. Bay, bow, garden, glass block and a few other styles of windows either have partial or no screens. This is because these windows do not open to the outdoors.
Vinyl windows are energy-efficient compared to decades-old windows with an aluminum frame. For you, this could mean lower heating and air conditioning costs. Improved energy efficiency also means better comfort in your home. Vinyl windows have fewer air drafts, so you can sit next to the window in the winter without getting a chill. There are five key properties that make vinyl windows energy-efficient. These properties are:
- Multiple panes of glass: Two or more panes of glass trap air or a gas between them, creating a barrier to airflow.
- Quality frame materials: The vinyl frame offers insulation and low maintenance.
- Gas fills: Gas fills such as krypton and argon offer high levels of insulation and resistance to air permeation. They are non-toxic, colorless and odorless.
- Low-e coating: The low-e coating reflects the sun’s infrared energy. This prevents your home from heating up so much during the summertime when they are exposed to direct sunlight. The low-e coating is especially helpful on south and west-facing windows.
- Warm edge spacers: The warm edge spacers keep the panes of glass the proper distance apart. They are made of either non-metallic or metal and non-metallic hybrids. They also offer insulation between the glass and frame.
- Single-hung: The single-hung window opens vertically. One of the sashes moves.
- Double-hung: Double-hung windows also open vertically. Both of the sashes can move.
- Casement: Casement windows are hinged at the sides. They open toward the outside when you turn a crank.
- Rolling: Rolling windows open with a set of brass rollers. They are easy to open and close.
- Picture: Picture windows are large in size and feature a solid pane of glass. They do not open.
- Awning: Awning windows open at the top and are hinged outward. They are weatherproof, and you can open them during a light rain. They can be paired with another type of window.
- Hopper: Hopper windows open on the bottom and in toward the room. They are often used in a bathroom.
- Jalousie: Jalousie windows separate into many slats. The slats turn from a vertical orientation to a horizontal orientation when you turn the crank.
- Glass block: Separate squares of glass blocks are assembled together to form the window. These are often used in a garage, bathroom or basement. An opening for a dryer vent can be installed in place of one of the squares of glass. These windows can be made to partially open, and they open like a hopper window.
- Bay and bow: Bay and bow windows have three panes that extend out from the exterior wall of the home. The center pane is parallel to the home’s exterior, and the side panes are angled.
- Garden: These dimensional windows have top, bottom, side, and front panes. They extend out from the exterior wall of the home and resemble a miniature greenhouse. They often have a built-in shelf for plants.
- Egress: Egress windows are large enough for a person to crawl out of. They are often used in homes that have a living space that is partially underground.
- Storm: Storm windows consist of an acrylic or plexiglass piece in a vinyl frame. This is installed over the glass window. The storm portion of the window can be removed for the summertime, leaving the screen and glass in place.
- Special shapes: Specially shaped windows include portholes, arched and hexagonal windows used as focal points alongside of traditional window shapes.
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