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Compare Replacement Windows

We will compare replacement windows by matching each frame material against the other (sort of a UFC format if this makes it more exciting for you). One way to use this information is to rank what is most important for you and your project and then see what frame seems to come out on top; for instance, for myself and my wife it would probably rank like this: Price, Efficiency, Aesthetics, Durability, Viewable Glass Area and Ease Of Installation.


Vinyl vs Wood Clad

Aesthetics: Wood Clad
Price: Vinyl
Efficiency: Vinyl
Durability: Wood Clad
Viewable Glass Area: Wood Clad
Ease Of Installation: Vinyl
Cost Of Installation: Vinyl

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Vinyl vs Fiberglass

Aesthetics: Fiberglass for the most part
Price: Vinyl
Efficiency: Vinyl (better thermal values)
Durability: Slight Edge To Fiberglass
Viewable Glass Area: Fiberglass
Ease Of Installation: Tied
Cost Of Installation: Vinyl

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Vinyl vs Aluminum

Aesthetics: Tied
Price: Vinyl
Efficiency: Vinyl (better thermal values)
Durability: Aluminum
Viewable Glass Area: Aluminum
Ease Of Installation: Tied
Cost Of Installation: Vinyl

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Wood vs. Fiberglass

Aesthetics: Wood
Price: Fiberglass
Efficiency: Fiberglass
Durability: Fiberglass
Viewable Glass Area:Tied
Ease Of Installation: Tied
Cost Of Installation: Fiberglass


Wood vs Aluminum

Aesthetics: Wood
Price: Aluminum
Efficiency: Wood
Durability: Aluminum
Viewable Glass Area:Aluminum
Ease Of Installation: Wood
Cost Of Installation: Tied

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Different Windows For Different Locations

In the deep south where temperatures can get extremely hot, it is highly recommended that homeowners go with a sash reinforcement on any vinyl window. In most other parts of the country, it is a nice upgrade but not very necessary. These super hot location should also use thicker walls for the vinyl, say .075 - .080. A thermally broken aluminum frame will hold up very well in extrememly hot conditions, but should not be used in a colder climate.











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