What are Vinyl Window Prices

Vinyl Windows – True Pricing and Installation Estimate

To get your cost estimates read below. Remember these are approximate Window Costs ranges for basic windows in normal conditions. The approx prices should only be used for preliminary planning. these estimates are NOT substitutes for quotes from qualified companies. We strongly recommends that you contact reputable pros for an accurate quote of the work required and prices for your project – before making any final decisions or commitments.

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Anderson Vinyl Windows

Anderson Vinyl Windows

They’re Here

Many people go for Anderson Vinyl Windows if they are available in your area. Most States are now covered by Anderson but you’ll be informed when you request a free quotation.

Andersen are renowned for their quality build and their warranties which is how they have built up their reputation over a period of more than 100 years. They are also committed to be environmentally responsible, so they:

  • Develop long-lasting products that have a minimal adverse effect on the environment
  • Continuously improve environmental performance
  • Promote energy conservation
  • Minimize pollution at the source
  • Conserve natural resources through reduction, reuse and recycling of materials

Many have been recommending Anderson vinyl windows for over 4 years, simply because they have a wide range of products on offer, a great guarantee and attention to detail. They offer two main ranges of windows, a value range and a high quality range. I don’t know about you, but having windows that meet my budget, and/or my fussiness is a must. I personally also don’t get on with companies that don’t treat people as real customers and that’s where Anderson have an edge.

Anderson are also:

  • a member of the Alliance to Save Energy
  • one of the first window companies to meet ENERGY STAR performance
  • a member of the Forset Stewardship Council
  • a manufacturer with Green Seal certified products
  • supports Metafore (formerly the Certified Forest Products Council)
  • meets the The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Green Building Standard
  • has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a charter member of the National Environmental Performance Track Initiative
  • users of pre-consumer recycled content
  • a member of the National Fenestration Rating Council
  • a charter member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

What Does All This Mean?

It means high-quality products with tough, protective shells that never need painting. It means a wide range of window styles including:

Awning Window Example
Awning Window
Bay or Bow Window Example
Bay or Bow Windows
Casement Window Example
Casement Window
Double Hung Window Example
Double Hung Window
Gliding Window Example
Gliding Window
Picture Window Example
Picture Window

Roof windows, skylights and even specialty windows are also available, so there is a wide range to choose from including of course replacement Anderson vinyl windows in standard or custom sizing to match your opening. Extensive array of styles, shapes and options are sure to fit your replacement window needs whatever they might be – just state your requirements.

Anything else you need to know or want? Just ask when requesting a quote. There’s no obligation and there’s only a simple form to fill in. You may find a contractor by clicking the links below:

what are vinyl window ratings

What Are Vinyl Window Ratings?

Easy Steps to Understanding The Ratings of Your Vinyl Windows

Latest example of an NRFC vinyl windows ratings label

Example of an NRFC vinyl windows ratings label

Many of you will be wondering how to interpret vinyl window ratings that you see on a label. In fact some of you may not even know that there will usually be some form of displayed data on windows which you can make great use of.

Some time ago the The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)was formed out of manufacturers, suppliers, builders, architects and designers, specifiers, code officials, utilities, and government agencies and they collectively devised a window energy rating system based on product performance (your vinyl window).

They came up with a series of ratings based on a number of critical measurements of a window that demonstrated it’s performance (or in fact, non-performance, if it was a badly designed window in terms of say energy-saving for example).

 

 

These vinyl window ratings look at:

  • U-Factor
  • Solar Heat Gain
  • Visible Transmittance
  • Air Leakage

On some more recent labels you may also find Condensation Resistance.

Let’s look at each of these and see how you can use them to determine the best windows for you as well as compare different brands/makes with each other.

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Vinyl Windows U-Factor

This is the most common rating used and measures the rate at which heat is lost through a material. The lower the U-value, the lower the amount of heat lost and the lower the amount of energy wasted. Most window ratings fall between 0.2 and 1.20. The lower the number, the better the window is. To achieve an Energy Star Rating (see below), a window must have a minimum U-Factor of 0.35. So you are looking for a window that ideally has a rating between 0.2 to 0.35.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

This factor (SHGC) measures the amount of solar heat that is transmitted through a window. This rating scale goes from 0 to 1. To prevent your rooms getting too hot, you’ll want a low SHGC figure. The lower the figure, the less heat is transmitted from outside into your rooms. That also means your air-conditioning or other cooling costs are reduced. A rating of 0.4 or less is recommended for warm areas.

Please note though that if you live in a cool area, you may want your SHGC rating to be higher in order to make use of free solar heating.

Visible Transmittance

This is simply a measure of how much daylight is transmitted through the window. It is a rating between 0 and 1 where 1 is the highest and effectively transmits 100% of the light (note that not even clear glass transmits 100% of the light falling on it, so don’t expect this value). A high VT rating is desirable to maximize the amount of light available in any room. Note that all coatings on glass, eg on low-e windows, will to some extent lower the VT rating.

Air Leakage

The Air Leakage rating (AL) is a measure of how much air literally leaks through cracks and crevices on the window construction. The rating number ranges from .1 to 1, but anything over .3 is considered a ‘fail’. The lower the AL rating, the less air will pass through the cracks.

Condensation Resistance

This is a measure of how well a product is able to resist the formation of condensation on the inside. It’s a relatively new measure and you may not see it on all window ratings labels just yet. If you do however, it is a rating that ranges from 0 to 100. The higher the rating, the better that window is at resisting condensation.

So there you have it, the fundamental vinyl window ratings and their meanings. These will allow you to make wise choices based upon your individual circumstances.

Energy Star®

Energy Star Label & Zones helping you find the best vinyl replacement windows

Energy Star Label

You may already be aware of Energy Star®. This is a government-backed program to encourage use of energy-efficient products throughout the commercial world, including windows. So you’ll often see an Energy Star label on the window announcing that it conforms to minimum standards to reduce energy-usage.

The Energy Star guidelines for windows are tailored to four climate zones. For example, windows in the North are optimized to reduce heat loss in the winter, while windows in the South are optimized to reduce heat gain during the summer. So Energy Star windows from one State may not be suitable for another.

The four climate regions with one recommended product designation for each are as follows:

Northern Climate Region Ratings

– Windows must have a U-factor rating of 0.35 or below

North/Central Climate Region Ratings

– Windows must have a U-factor rating of 0.40 or below
– With a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.55 or below.

South/Central Climate Region Ratings

– Windows must have a U-factor rating of 0.40 or below
– And an SHGC of 0.40 or below

Southern Climate Region Ratings

– Windows must have a U-factor rating of 0.65 or below
– And an SHGC of 0.40 or below

After considering the above you will know which are the best vinyl window ratings for your state and your personal circumstances! You can now confidently request your free quotes from up to 4 screened professional contractors and get what you know to be the best. Just click the following button for your free no-obligation quotes:

 

Vinyl Storm Windows

Vinyl Storm Windows

What Is a Storm Window?

Storm windows can be a second set of windows that install over your existing ones. They give extra insulation to homes in colder climates.

Studies have shown that up to 50 percent of energy is lost though windows. This can add up to $500 more in heating and cooling bills per year if your home has non-insulated windows.

During the colder seasons the temperature goes down and your heating bills go up. Totally replacing windows with energy efficient ones is one way to cut energy costs but can be quite expensive. But vinyl storm windows can fit over your old ones and provide an economical alternative.

Alternatives are custom-built storm windows to completely replace your existing windows.

Benefits In Using Storm Windows

  • Drafts are significantly reduced
  • Installation costs are approximately 75 percent less when compared to replacing old windows
  • Storm windows can decrease heat loss up to 70 percent when compared to single pane glass windows
  • Storm windows are available for either exterior or interior mounting
  • They come in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors

Storm Windows Are Available In Different Types

Both exterior and interior storm windows provide better insulation properties than regular single pane glass windows. However, each serves a specific purpose for the homeowner.

Exterior storm windows provide protection from not only cold, but also act as a barrier against flying debris, rain, and snow. These windows can also be opened just like your existing windows.

Interior storm windows mount easily and come in different colors to match your home. They are usually weather-stripped and this provides increased insulation from drafts.

Vinyl storm replacement windows are cost effective, they save you energy, and look great.

That’s it, your quick guide to understanding vinyl storm windows. Use these to make wise choices when shopping for the windows for your home. If you need more help in choosing, or want a professional to install them for you as well as quick pricing, then simply click the button below and make a few easy clicks…

Best Vinyl Windows

Best Vinyl Windows

Where Can You Find Quality Vinyl Windows?

Buying new windows, vinyl or otherwise, for your home can often be a very daunting task even for the seasoned remodelers amongst you. Sure, you know what you like the look of, you know the style of windows you want and you know which windows of your home need replacing. But what specifications make up the best vinyl windows?

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Best Vinyl Windows Specs

The actual specifications of the windows, the measured quality, can often be far more important to you in the long run than the looks. Yet not everyone (perhaps understandably) wants to look at a list of data to try and choose what is best, nor even know that there are such ratings in place that allow you to choose in this manner.

These ratings have been in place for a while now and more have been added to the core set. These were put in place by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), which is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a totally independant rating system for windows (as well as doors, skylights and other related products).

As the NFRC themselves put it: “Our goal is to provide fair, accurate, and reliable energy performance ratings so that homeowners, and others can compare different products and make informed product choices.” Perfectly put.

So the ratings system simply gives you the ability to compare windows and see how well they perform as regards energy efficiency. It’s not just comparing heat-loss either as you’ll see. There are now up to five energy-efficiency figures you can look at, usually displayed as a large sticker on the window itself. Not all 5 may be shown, largely because the system is still evolving and some of the data relies upon companies voluntarily joining or agreeing to display some data.

So in some cases you may only see 2 or 3 ratings on the label, sometimes even less. Let’s look at what these ratings are and how you can use them to choose the best vinyl windows for you.

Seeing the Light Through the Window

The first rating is one which many of you may already have come across, the U-Factor. Also sometimes known as the U-Value, this rating simply measures the rate at which heat is lost through a material. Ideally you want a U-Factor of 0.35 or below. The lower the number, the better the window is.

The second rating is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient which measures the amount of solar heat transmitted through a window. If you live in a hot area you’ll want a low figure of 0.4 or less. On the other hand, living in a cooler climate means you want more heat transmitted and therefore a higher figure than 0.4, the higher the better.

Next on our list is Visible Transmittance which measures how much daylight is transmitted through the glass. This is measured as a percentage and you’ll want as high a figure as possible in order to make use of the most daylight as possible.

Air Leakage is our next contender and as you might expect, measures the amount of air leaking through joints etc. Measured from 0.1 to 1.0, you’ll want as low a number as possible.

Lastly it’s Condensation Resistance, a relative newcomer on the windows ratings front. This shows how well the window is able to prevent or resist condensation on the inside and is measured as a percentge, so you’ll want as high a figure as possible.

That’s it, your quick guide to understanding window ratings. Use these to make wise choices when shopping for the best vinyl windows for your home. If you need more help in choosing, or want a professional to install them for you as well as quick pricing, then simply click the button below and make a few easy clicks…

 

New Vinyl Window Prices

Vinyl Window Prices

To get really accurate pricing you’ll need a free in home estimate. Just call your local window company near you. For example if you live in Tennessee and search for window replacement you’ll probably land on a top provider like Zen Windows Nashville. Learn more about new windows at their website.

So where are the vinyl window prices you were promised?

You came here expecting a range of prices for a range of window types right? Scanning down this page though you’ve instantly seen that there doesn’t seem to be a list of prices anywhere.

In fact, you’re having trouble finding even a single price for one little window. Not even a window handle. What’s going on? Is this another scam site or another of those misleading sites going nowhere?

To get a really good general idea you can call a window replacement professional like Champion Window at 1-855-972-3816

I bet for many of you this isn’t the first website you’ve looked at either. I bet that for some of you, you may even be on your tenth website, and still no window prices! So what’s the problem here, why can’t you seem to get something as simple as a price for a fixed-size vinyl window?

Well it all boils down to choices. We all demand great choices whenever we go shopping, and vinyl windows are no different. For example, you may not have been aware of all these window types:

  • Awning Window
  • Bay Window
  • Bow Window
  • Casement Window
  • Double Hung Window
  • Garden Window
  • Picture Window
  • Replacement Window
  • Roof Window
  • Single Hung Window
  • Skylight Window
  • Slider Window
  • Storm Window

and in fact a number of other windows such as stained glass and particularly architectural windows which encompass many different styles.

Awning Window Example

Awning Window

Bay or Bow Window Example

Bay or Bow Windows

Casement Window Example

Casement Window

Double Hung Window Example

Double Hung Window

Gliding Window Example

Gliding Window

Picture Window Example

Picture Window

If you bought the same size window for each of the above, EACH would be a completely different price, because each has a different function. Now you may think that the vinyl window prices may be similar in each of the cases, but when you consider the different options for each style, the costs get more complicated.

Again, for example what type of window fittings do you want? A pleasant looking value range? Or perhaps a set in brass? What about fittings with extra security ratings? These will all have widely different prices.

Another example is the glass. Glass is glass isn’t it? Well, no, not any more. People like yourselves want glass that keeps their heating and/or cooling bills down. Glass that reflects heat, glass that keeps it in. This usually involves a thin layer of special material on the inside of the glass.

Need security glass or glass that will withstand storms? Different costs again. Then there’s the gap between the (usual) two sheets of glass. You have the option of having inert gases in the gap which helps with lowering your energy bills.

Lastly, there’s the matter of getting the vinyl windows fitted. How many? How large? Will it be difficult to get the old ones out or is this a new-build? Will there be much ‘make-good’ work afterwards?

Well by now you will appreciate how much vinyl window prices can vary! There are a lot of choices for you to make (which is great for you), but we can’t give a simple price until we know what it is that you actually want. Perhaps you don’t yet know what you actually want and are looking for advice with those prices?

That’s exactly where we can help you. Need vinyl window prices? No problem, we’ll ask some questions about what it is you’d love to have, and we’ll give you the prices. Simple. And if you need a bit of help or advice we can give that too. All free. No obligation to anything.

Try it out. Start today by filling in a simple form and then we’ll come back to you at your convenience and give you what you need:

 

Best New Vinyl Replacement Windows

What’s a homeowner to do? How can he find the best vinyl replacement windows?

Let’s look at the primary factors involved both from a personal point of view as well as looking at the product. First of all the product specifications.

This shows an example of a NRFC label you should expect to help you find the best vinyl replacement windows for you.

This shows an example of a NRFC label you should expect to help you find the best vinyl replacement windows for you.

NFRC Label Example

The best vinyl replacement windows will have a low U-factor. The U-factor or U-value measures how well a product prevents heat from escaping. So the rate of heat loss is indicated in terms of the U-factor of a window. U-factor ratings generally fall between 0.20 and 1.20. In many states, in order to get an Energy Star rating a window has to have a value less than 0.35. Some windows even go below 0.20

You can see on this example label to the left that the window the label refers to has a U-factor of 0.35.

Incidentally, you may sometimes hear of an R-factor or R-value referred to. This is effectively the inverse of the U-value – it measures the insulating value.

The U-value is included in the energy performance rating offered by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and you should see this value on a label on the window.

You can also see on the label, a reference to Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). The SHGC measures how well a window blocks the heat from sunlight. The SHGC is the fraction of the heat from the sun that enters through a window and is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The lower a window’s SHGC value, the less solar heat it transmits. So the best vinyl replacement windows will have a low SHGC.

Visible Transmittance is simply a measure of how much daylight gets through the glass. Measured between 0 and 1, the higher the number, the greater the amount of light getting through. Bear in mind though that many windows have special coatings to reduce say ultraviolet and these will reduce the Visible Transmittance. So the effect is that you may get reduced daylight indoors which means potential increased energy usage on artificial lighting.

Air Leakage measures how much outside air comes into a home or building through the window. Air Leakage rates typically fall in a range between 0.1 and 0.3. The lower the Air Leakage, the better a product is at keeping air out. If you live in a city, this value may not be of importance to you, but living in open areas means it will definitely be important as you will likely be subject to much higher wind speeds. So the best vinyl replacement windows for you will have the lowest figures.

You may also see the Condensation Resistance Factor. This is a measure of the effectiveness of a window to reduce the potential for condensation. The higher the condensation resistance factor, the more efficient the window.So the best windows will have a high Condensation Resistance. Anything above 0.55 is good. Anything above 0.60 is very good.

You will inevitably see an Energy Star label on a window  (and if you don’t, run a mile!) which indicates it uses less energy, saves money, and helps protect the environment.

The Energy Star guidelines for windows are tailored to four climate zones. For example, windows in the North are optimized to reduce heat loss in the winter, while windows in the South are optimized to reduce heat gain during the summer. So Energy Star windows from one State may not be suitable for another.

And from a personal point of view? Well you’ve just got to love the look of the windows! They do come in a range of styles and openings of course, and you can usually choose from a good range of colors. The colors do tend towards the lighter side rather than the darker colors these days. That’s not just because taste has changed, but also because the darker colors tended to absorb far more heat than the lighter, often making them hot to the touch and sometimes warping.

After considering the above you will know which are the best priced vinyl replacement windows of all those offered to you for a given project! So, armed with this information, you can now confidently request your free quotes from up to 4 screened professional contractors and get what you know to be the best. Just click the following button for your free no-obligation quotes:

 

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