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When you buy new replacement windows, you want to get the best quality. But to know what is the best, you should should know how the old vinyl windows looked like. Just the same way when you buy your new car you know why is it better. In the window world believe or not, progress moves forward as well. So to give you some ideas what should you avoid in your new windows. We presented this short video about old vinyl window.
Balance System of the Window
You want to replace your existing old windows with new ones, because you want to use them. Simple as that. You want to be able to open and close them when you need . That’s is why the balance system of the replacement window is one of the important parts of the story. In this old vinyl window the balance system is spiral. This type of balance is not the best one, because it needs maintenance and adjustments. So when you buy your new replacement windows, make sure that you get something better. Like block and tackle or constant force balance systems.
Window Glass Spacer
In this old window, the spacer between the glass is aluminum. In most new windows, new technology is used which is warm edge spacer. Why is that important? Well, because aluminum is a good conductor of heat. In summer time the spacer overheats and may break the seals around the glass. If that happens, the argon gas is gonna escape. The moisture will start to accumulate between the two glass panes of the window. That will reduce energy efficiency of your windows. Fading will obstruct the viewing through the window glass.
Fusion Welded Frame and Sashes
The last point, but not the least is the frame of the window. Your new replacement windows should have fusion welded both the top and the bottom of the window. When you watch the video, you can see that the top of the window frame is fusion welded. While the bottom is connected together with screws. This makes the window shaky and not durable. When some years pass, you may have problems in operating the window. So make sure that in your new windows you are going to have fully welded the frame and sashes.
The bottom line. Be prepared to ask questions about new windows that you are considering to buy. Now you know what should be new in your replacement windows.