New windows can make your home quieter, more attractive, and less drafty, and they don’t need painting. They’re also easier to clean than old windows with combination storm and screens and can reduce your carbon footprint.
To check which windows can keep out rain and wind without leaking, we tested 21 double-hung and four casement-style windows, two of the most popular configurations. We found significant differences between brands in types and frame materials. Working with an outside lab, we subjected the windows to heavy, wind-driven rain and winds of 25 and 50 mph at outdoor temperatures of 0° F and 70°F.
Top 7 Vinyl Replacement Windows
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- Double Pane Two panes of 3.2 mil TEMPERED GLASS
- Low-E Coating is triple-Silver MSVD
- 14X21 Vinyl Mobile Home Window-Mobile Home Replacement Window
- 3/4" Insulated Thermopane glass. Lower tilt sash.
- All Aluminum Frame Painted White
- Bottom Sash Lifts Up to Open
- Rough opening 48 in. W x 24 in. H. Exact window size is 47-1/2 in. W x 23-1/2 in. H
- Energy efficient insulated glass is standard
- Door skins only
- No door frames
- Heavy duty extruded 3 inch thick vinyl mainframe and 4 point welded vinyl Sash
- Cast metal lock (not plastic)
- Before starting this project, you must have the new window at hand.
- Have some fiberglass insulation available. Most spare windows have a “head” that allows you to lift the top 2 cm (¾ of an inch) approximately. You must fill the space in the header with the insulation.
- It is easier than you think. Dedicated 2 hours per window to remove the old window and put the new one (this period does not include the time of priming or the drying of the paint).
- Do not over tighten the mounting screws. By doing so, you will “deform” the window frame.
- * Caulk ALL the holes. Do not be stingy when applying the product. A caulking silicone or latex sealer with silicone is easily cleaned.
- Make sure to print and paint all the exposed areas before installing the new window. It will be much easier and cleaner if you do it before putting the new window. The primer or sealant will prevent it from suffering any damage due to humidity in the future.
- Measure the new vinyl window carefully so that it fits as snugly as possible. Otherwise, you will have to install long molding pieces to cover the unforeseen gaps.
- Have some wedges at hand. You can make them yourself, but it’s cheaper to buy them. In addition, they are very useful tools; you will mark them, break them and put them in their place.
- Have caulking silicone in abundant quantity.
- Although plastic windows have certain advantages (for example, they have better insulation compared to old windows), you should bear in mind that these replacement windows do not last for a long time (sometimes last less than three years). In addition, these types of windows can detract from the appearance of the house considerably. Sash windows with wooden frames can be renewed to stop rattling or prevent drafts from entering the house. In addition, these windows last for centuries.
- Make sure the window is up when you take it out. It is possible that the windows have been sent without being sealed and removing a window that is not sealed will cause the lower window sheet to fall, which will definitely cause damage.
- If you live in the UK, make sure your house is NOT A PROTECTED BUILDING or is not within a CONSERVATION AREA. In recent years, the rules have hardened and people have had problems putting plastic windows in their homes without knowing they are inside a conservation area. Check with your local council before starting the project.