Thursday, 12 December 2013

Vinyl or Wood replacement windows

Thinking of replacing your windows and don’t know what to choose? Wood or vinyl? What is right for my home? Which will look better, which is energy efficient, which lasts longer? And what about the cost? Those are all the questions you need answers for.

Well, wood has been the choice since ages and vinyl is a more modern option. Both are strong and durable and both have their advantages and disadvantages. So which is better?Well, if you are looking for aesthetic appeal, wood is always better than vinyl. But vinyl windows manufactured with modern wood grain technology can look almost like wood.

 Both wood and vinyl are good insulators and hence energy efficient. However modern vinyl windows are argon enhanced with double panes and hence more energy efficient.The main drawback of wood is the maintenance it needs. It needs to be painted regularly. It can rot, twist or warp and hence become difficult to operate over years. It can also be attacked by termites. Wood thus needs regular maintenance for it to last longer.

Vinyl on the other hand needs the least maintenance. It needs no painting and is very easy to clean; all you need is a mild detergent and piece of cloth. Vinyl provides excellent resistance to air pollutants, does not rot, and you have no fear of termites attacking it. Vinyl retains its finish and looks, unlike wood which looks old after some years. Vinyl windows are available in many colors, styles and design options and are easy to install.

Wood windows can approximately cost 2 or 3 times more than vinyl, so here too vinyl is the winner.
Vinyl however is a popular choice nowadays and as it is supplied by most window companies it is easily available. You can also get windows of any size or style to achieve a perfect fit and to go with the architectural style of your home. You can find out from different companies and get estimates from them. If you read reviews of window manufacturers like Champion Window or look up their website, you can find all the information about the performance of their vinyl construction, argon enhanced windows. The windows are also Energy star rated and certified by NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) for better window performance.

As the decision has be finally made by you, weigh the pros and cons and make your decision carefully. But whatever you go for- wood or vinyl, buy replacement windows which are energy efficient. Look for the Energy Star label. This would be a real good investment giving you returns in terms of savings in energy bills all through the life of the windows. You also will have a comfortable healthy home. Also buy windows from companies which install them for you to ensure better performance. 

Add Beauty to your Home with vinyl sliding doors

It is a decision I never regret. Adding a sliding patio door to my home. While I added it a year ago for more light and style and also because my friend got one (!!!) I am amazed what a difference it has made. It completely changed the look and feel of my home during the day and the night too.

With sunlight streaming in through the day, the home feels cheerful and vibrant. And what a joy it is to have a cup of coffee looking out at the natural view out or enjoy the fresh air coming in. It even motivated me to put plants in the patio adding up to the natural appeal. The room looks bigger and spacious almost like they put up mirrors to create the illusion of more space. Since the doors are sliding and not swinging, they don’t take up any space. I could arrange decorative vases in the corner, as the sliding doors can still open without hindrance. It was a perfect solution for a cramped space allowing more space to arrange the furniture.
Party time too is fun. I hosted a barbeque party last month and moving all the needed things and some furniture was not a hassle at all, thanks to the broad patio door. My friends too enjoyed the extra space and the easy moving in and out through the door.

When my friend had come visiting with her kids, we could chat along keeping an eye on the kids playing out, through the patio door.I can go on about this- but I have to say- you SHOULD consider putting up a sliding door. You can put it up anywhere, living room, dining room or kitchen. And then of course in your bedroom if you want to create a romantic atmosphere. While sliding doors themselves add to the beauty of your home, you can further enhance their beauty with drapes or shades. Add appropriate lighting and see the mood change at night.

Sliding doors are mostly made of glass and metal, vinyl or recycled material too. My sliding doors are vinyl and have a double pane argon enhanced, high performance glass. The glass lets in more light and on the whole the door is energy efficient with proper sealing to prevent air/water infiltration for the times I have to keep the door closed. There is also a good locking mechanism for safety.
While I didn’t research much and got the door on my friend’s recommendation from Champion Window, I can say I am satisfied not only with the door, but also with the good service I got all through the process of purchasing and then the installation. You can read reviews of Champion Window for further assurance from customers and even check their website for details. Go ahead and transform the look and feel of your home with vinyl siding doors.