Rating Replacement windows

Clearly Exceptional: Top-Rated Replacement Windows

The benefits that replacement-window manufacturers tout aren’t always, well, as clear as glass.

Consequently, although you’ll find an increase in the number of windows that are made of aluminum, vinyl and wood, as well as vinyl windows that have increased numbers of air chambers in their frames, the energy-saving benefits of either of these changes can be difficult to determine. However, manufacturers claim that the overall performance of their windows has improved slightly as a result of the new designs, regardless of how, and experts back the premise of those claims.

Meanwhile, in the past 3 years, manufacturers have marketed window-opening control devices (WOCDs), which are a safety feature that can prevent windows from being opened beyond 4 inches to prevent accidental falls by children. Unfortunately, hidden expenses exist among brands of windows, as well as some design flaws that make it impractical to open most casement windows fully.

HYBRID WINDOWS. Manufacturers Hurd, Jeld-Wen and Weather Shield developed models that merge aluminum, extruded vinyl and wood into a single window. All of these materials long have been used in windows, but this marks the first time that they’ve been used together.

You won’t find a “hybrid” label on these products. Manufacturers use vague labels such as “tri-core” or “fusion technology” to describe these designs. We coined the term “hybrid” to describe what they are—a product that looks like a standard aluminum-clad wood window (aluminum exterior, all-wood frame, wood interior) but has the thermal advantages of vinyl, which does a better job of insulating than wood does.

The vinyl components of hybrid windows are designed to improve the window’s U-factor, which measures how well that a window prevents heat from escaping a home in the winter and intruding in the summer; and air-infiltration rating, which measures how much outside air that a window allows to enter your home. Manufacturers also tout vinyl’s capability to withstand damage from moisture and other elements better than wood does.

Five experts who independently test and rate windows tell Consumers Digest that measuring exactly how much the vinyl components that are in hybrid windows contribute to the window’s U-factor and air-infiltration ratings is impossible, because similarly constructed windows that lack the vinyl components don’t exist to allow for comparisons. Nonetheless, experts confirm that extruded vinyl conducts less heat and allows less air leakage than wood does. For this reason, manufacturers of hybrid designs say their vinyl components produce a 0.02 improvement in U-factor over equivalent all-wood versions. Data from computer models suggest that this translates into perhaps a 3 percent reduction in heating bills.

Vacuum-Sealed Windows Promise Better Insulation

Hurd introduced its hybrid technology, which consists of a vinyl frame that’s sandwiched between an aluminum-clad exterior and a wood interior, in its double-hung windows in October 2011. The company in 2009 introduced that construction technique in its awning windows, which are hinged at the top and open from the bottom; and its casement windows, which are hinged on the side and open outward.

In January 2013, Jeld-Wen entered the hybrid discussion by introducing the W-2500, which is an aluminum-clad wood window that includes a vinyl sill. In March 2013, Weather Shield launched its Signature Series, which has a design that’s similar to that of Hurd’s hybrid awning, casement and double-hung windows in that it has a vinyl subframe—the interior portion of the overall frame.

At press time, Hurd’s H3 was the only hybrid window that was available in a replacement configuration. Jeld-Wen and Weather Shield were mum on using hybrid technology in replacement windows. Based on claims of performance improvements and our discussions with other manufacturers, we expect to see additional hybrid windows enter the market, although we don’t know when that might occur.

Creative Hobbies Creative Hobbies® Replacement Light Bulbs for Electric Candle Lamps & Chandeliers - 7 Watt, Clear, Steady Burning - Pack of 12
Single Detail Page Misc (Creative Hobbies)
  • Wholesale Box of 12 light bulbs for one low price.
  • Replacement bulbs for electric candles
  • 7 watt, 120 volt, steady burning clear bulbs.
  • 2-3/4 long overall, candelabra (night light size) base
  • Bulbs come individually boxed and now packed in a sturdy box.
You might also like:
Replacement Windows Ratings Consumer Reports New
Replacement Windows Ratings Consumer Reports New
Replacement Window Ratings and Performance Myths
Replacement Window Ratings and Performance Myths
Ugreen Micro USB 2.0 OTG Cable On The Go Adapter Male Micro USB to Female USB for Samusung S6 Edge S4 S3 Android or Windows Smart Phones Tablets with OTG Function 6 Inch Black
Personal Computer (UGREEN GROUP LIMITED)
  • The most practical&necessary on the go micro usb cable:Enabled android or windows micro usb phones or tablets work as PC host by connect female usb connector...
  • Only 6inch portable Ugreen OTG cable provides a convenient and simple smart phones or tablets host replacement of PC to view picture,listen to music,data transform...
  • Compatible with all micro USB connector mobiles and tablets with OTG function,such as Samsung Galaxy or Note series phones and tablets, Google Nexus series, Dell...
  • Notes:It will charge the USB devices when connect two smart phones;The host will be power output status when connected;Ensure your device is OTG available before...
  • What you receive:1*Micro USB OTG cable with 12 months warranty and manufacturer lifetime service
Mybecca Mybecca Upholstery Foam Cushion (Seat Replacement/Upholstery Sheet), 4" L X 30" W X 72" H
Furniture (Mybecca)
  • Used for couches, chairs, seats, poker table, window seats, and many more
  • 4x30x72 medium density foam
  • 1.8 density 36 lbs. compression rating
  • High quality foam
  • Lasts 3-7 years on average
Panasonic Panasonic MC-CG902 Full Size Bag Canister Vacuum Cleaner
Home (Panasonic)
  • Full-size canister vacuum with 12a motor
  • Power head and onboard tools
  • 14Nozzle width
  • 24ft cord with Reel
  • Powerful 12AMP motor system which includes a Motor Protection System that bypasses the motor and fan and directs the dirt right into the bag
  • Quick Draw Tools on-board for easy access that includes: 2 Standard Wands, Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush and a bonus feature Air Turbine , Headlight
  • 15 Cleaning Path, 24 Foot Cord length with Automatic Cord Reel, 12.5 Foot Attachment reach, Automatic Carpet Height Adjustment for proper setting for any carpet...
  • Dual Active Edge Cleaning, HEPA Filter System to capture small particles such as allergens, irritants and pollutants
  • Measures 15 (W) x 12.5 (L) x 44.5 (H), 17.6 lbs, Pepper Red finish
Creative Hobbies® Replacement Light Bulbs for Scentsy Wax Warmers, Salt Lamps, and Night Lights ~ 15 Watt, Clear, Steady Burning, Individually Boxed, Pack of 6 Bulbs
Single Detail Page Misc (Creative Hobbies)
  • Wholesale pack of 6 light bulbs for one low price.
  • Replacement bulbs for Scentsy Wax Warmers, Salt Lamps, and Night Lights
  • 15 watt, 120 volt, steady burning clear bulbs.
  • 2-3/4 long overall, candelabra (night light size) base
Related Posts
  • avatar How to install a pocket replacement window? | Yahoo Answers
    • Do you mean the window is too thick for your wall? What is a head expander? Do you mean the removable spacer that is sometimes on the top of replacement windows? I usually put any spacers on the bottom so I can use them at an angle to conform better to a slanted sill.
      Almost all replacement windows are designed for a 2 x 4 wall, with jam extenders available for thicker walls.
      Widows have a length or height and a width. When giving a window measurement you give them width first then height. They are usually given in feet as opposed to inches. 2,5' x 3' widow is a pretty standard double…