I am trying to get some information on double-hung vinyl replacement
windows. What I am trying to learn about are the various mechanisms for
raising and lowering the window sashes.
Is it true that the trend is toward getting away from having any mechanical
balances in vinyl replacement windows? Instead, I have heard that the newer
vinyl replacement now use an adjustable friction type system with no tubes
or spirals, etc.
I am wondering about this because I keep running into vinyl windows in
different properties where the "balances" (or whatever they are called) are
broken, have missing parts, don't work correctly, etc. Yet, when I go to
websites like http://Pella.com I can't seem to find any clear information
there about this.
Don't limit your search to Anderson or Pella. There are many, many
fine window companies that offer lifetime warranties - companies that
have just as good a chance of being there when you need them as
Anderson or Pella.
How many properties with older wooden windows have you seen with broken
counterweights, sash cords, etc.? Same thing, the more complicated and
more parts, the more likely it is to break. Nothing magic about vinyl
vs. wood vs. metal vs. composite. An adjustable friction system would
seem to be easier to tweak an adjustment on over time, and likely easier
to replace a friction pad if it wears out.
The real issue to consider with any window is the ease of washing them.
With some it can be a real pain to wash all glass surfaces. Windows that
are fully washable from the inside are best, but for single story
applications as long as every surface is accessible from either the
inside or the outside it's good enough.
Do they even make vinyl replacement windows that don't tilt in?
My Simontons not only tilt in, but pop out the sash very easily, so
you don't even have to hold them up while cleaning.
Look for metal shoes, as opposed to plastic, at the pivot point.
me old-fashioned, but I have never seen vinyl windows that impressed me,
or that I would pay money for, even high-end ones. Vinyl-clad wood,
maybe. With proper PM, wood windows easily last decades. At most, a
house should need 2 sets of windows during its useful lifespan. As a wee
lad, I worked construction cleanup on houses in the late 60s that still
to this day have their original windows. Even the cheap 1960
builder-grade single-panes in this place are still tight and solid. If I
ever do splurge on modern double-panes, they will be wood ones.
Good luck with that.
I've had 100+ years old wood and 50+ year old wood.
The windows stuck, did not tilt out for cleaning and leaked
air like crazy.
My current vinyl ones are only 3 years old but they are
replacement windows. If they need replacing, it's really easy.
But they are made from vinyl, you don't paint them and weather
does nothing at all to them. As far as I know, the only issue
with vinyl is that it gets brittle in extreme cold and with
sunlight exposure. That must be an extremely slow process.
I've had this house covered with vinyl for over 25 years and
it is unchanged the whole time.
We have 3 Pergo wood double pane windows about 20 years old.
They are fine but do not tilt in for cleaning.
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