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 wood vs. vinyl

Author: bgjk70 (---.mayo.edu)
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I am currently looking at replacing 7 windows. I thought I had decided on Great lakes Uniframe but then saw them installed somewhere and thought they looked cheap. I especially didn't like the piece of quarter-round the company used to blend the original frame with the new widow. What are some thoughts on wood vs. vinyl? Why do all of the replacement guys come out and give you a quote on the vinyl over wood? I have recently looked at Loewen windows and really liked the look of the wood. I can help but think that wood just looks so much nicer. Any comments on the quality of loewen windows? It would most likely be their triple pane, low E, argon windows we would be interested in. Any comments on other brands of wood windows are welcome.


 

 Re: wood vs. vinyl

Author: monty.q.public (---.antelecom.net)
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Look elsewhere on this site -
www.vinyl-replacement-windows.com/vinyl-replacement-window-benefits.html. Dealers feel that vinyl windows are better & more cost effective than wood. They are quoting what they think will win your business. Many dealers would be delighted to quote wooden windows if that is your requirement.

Windows are glasses


 

 Re: wood vs. vinyl

Author: monty.q.public (---.antelecom.net)
Date:   

If you are from Minnesota, visit
http://installationmastersinc.com/.
A company representative ("Guy") posts
here regularly. He has been recommended by other dealers. The site mentions wood. I know nothing about the company other than postings.

Windows are glasses


 

 Re: wood vs. vinyl

Author: beth (---.53.191.0)
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i had 4 estimates and all said that vinyl was better as far as energy saving.


 

 Re: wood vs. vinyl

Author: GJH (---.bflony.adelphia.net)
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Unfortunately, you're still talking about wood frame windows, which can cost up to and above 1600.00 per window.Woos fram windows are still suscepticle to weather changes. They shrink in the winter, they swell in the summer. Wood also retains water. Even the best sealants will give out in time. That water will cause those wood frames to rot.
Loos windows from frames that have shrunk cause infiltration, allowing heat to escape and cold to enter through your frames.
Also, consumer reports studies show that the seal in dual pane, wood frame windopws fail at the rate of 1:14 per year!!!
Say goodbye to your argon.
Now you have an R value of about 2.
They also have determined that wood frame windows need ot be replaces, although people rarely do, at a rate of every 6-8 years.

As for vinyl windows, you still have to be careful. Most vinyl windowes are made of cheap, low-end plastic. Only 30% of the frame needs to actually be virgin vinyl to be called vinyl. Plastic melts in the summer, becomes brittle in the winter.
Seals fail, frames crack, thestructural integrity is already shot, because they're mass produced, plasit injection molded, which causes air to be trapped in the mold, giving the frames weak spots.

Definitely go with Vinyl Windows, and check out Shuco Insul-Sash.
1", triple pane, krypton filled, low-E, TPS spacer, (Used in Mercedes Benz windshields) with optical float, Titanium coated glass.
These offer an R value of about 10, compared to 2-3 for mas produced cheap plastic frames, and the seal failuer rate, as listed by consumer reports is about 1:50,000, as compared to 1:14 of other windows.


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