Replacement vinyl windows are used when an older window is leaking, deteriorating or outdated and needs to be replaced. The old window is removed from the wood frame and a new replacement window is installed. In order to use a replacement window, the existing wood frame must be in relatively good shape and the old window can’t be built into the wood frame. If a replacement window cannot be used, the window frame must be torn out and may require exterior siding replacement and interior wall work.
Replacement vinyl windows are typically hollow vinyl windows that are single pane, double pane (most common) or triple pane. Most use LowE glass and are Argon gas-filled to help with the insulating “R” value of the window. Some double pane and triple pane windows can qualify for Energy Star ratings. Replacement vinyl windows can come in many styles including double hung (most common), crank out, sliders and picture windows.
The cost of a replacement vinyl window will vary depending on the quality of the design and the number of panes. There are numerous companies that manufacture replacement windows. Weathercraft has experience installing Alside and Gorell brand windows and have found they are an effective and affordable alternative to brand-name windows.