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Comparing Vinyl vs Wood vs Metal vs Composite Windows and Patio Doors

By Frank Giuseppini

As a replacement window shopper, you may know that there are four types of replacement window and patio door frame material types: vinyl,  wood, metal and composite.

Below is a detailed comparison of these four replacement window and patio door types, including the pros and cons of each. You can check out our article on comparing The Cost of Replacement Windows and Patio Doors with different frame materials. Continue Reading

5 Things Every Replacement Window And Patio Door Shopper Should Know BEFORE They Receive an Estimate

Ok, so you've finally decided this is the year for replacement windows and patio doors in your home or building. Great! I want you to know this article is specifically written for you, the replacement window and patio door shopper.
Because buying replacement windows and patio doors is something we don't get much practice at, many people frankly go about it the wrong way. This is understandable; especially considering "How to Buy Replacement Windows And Patio Doors" is not currently part of any high school or college curriculum across the country.

But we live in a day and age where information abounds at every corner. And with such information now available to everyone, the replacement window and patio door shopper of today is nothing like the one of just five years ago. However, with more availability of information comes with it more of a responsibility on the replacement windo and patio door shopper's part.

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How To Compare The Insulation Value of Wood, Metal, Vinyl and Composite Window And Patio Door Types and Brands

Of course Energy Savings and Comfort are two very important criteria as you determine the best replacement window and patio door type and brand for your project.  But how do you compare the ability of the different types, styles and prices of windows to deliver on that important objective?  Vinyl clad wood windows, Metal windows, and Vinyl windows vary greatly in how they provide energy savings and comfort. In fact windows made of the same frame materials, like the vinyl windows we design and manufacture here at Jantek Windows can vary greatly in energy and comfort performance from those of other manufacturers. So how do you compare your options with regard to this important criteria?  In this article I will give you a simple way to compare the insulation value of any window or patio door your are considering. All you need is one number and a calculator. Let’s get started.

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How Do Windows and Patio Doors Impact Energy Consumption

Energy consumption affects the Philosophical, Financial, Physical and Social aspects of  our lives.  It is the end result of a balancing act, or a value equation that we use in considering the method, the cost, the quality, and the environmental impact of how we live.

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The Case For High Performance Vinyl Energy Star Replacement Windows

"Wow!" you say, as you come to the realization that you have a lot of choices as to the style, brands and materials that you select for your replacement window project.  As we covered in our article on The Cost of Replacement Windows and Patio Doors  there are distinct differences in the cost of replacement windows and patio doors available to you. But, the cost is just one of the important considerations you should have.  Another is the energy efficiency and comfort performance of the windows and patio doors. We at Jantek  want you to understand why that is, and so here we go!

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How To Use NFRC Factors To Compare Energy and Comfort Performance Of Window And Patio Door Brands

If you're going to purchase replacement windows and patio doors its very important that any window or patio door you consider be certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).  There a two reasons why.

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The Ultimate Replacement Window Contractor Vetting Checklist

 


By Frank Giuseppini

If you are seriously considering a replacement window project, you’ve probably discovered that there are a lot of decisions to make!

At the top of this list stands one preeminent question:

How do I select a reputable replacement window contractor?

This question is so important because the expertise and integrity of your replacement window and patio door contractor will play a huge role in determining the final outcome of your project.

To assist you in this process, we at Jantek Windows have put together a checklist to help you vet replacement window contractors. This checklist is based on our experience of not only working with over a thousand replacement window customers throughout Southern New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area, but also from helping hundreds of folks who found us through the internet find reputable replacement window contractors in their area (see more about this below).

So, regardless of where you live or whether you are looking for wood clad, metal, composite or vinyl replacement windows, this checklist will help you identify various criteria to look for when selecting your replacement window contractor.

Okay, lets get right to it!

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