- It is easier to discover problems with your old windows in the winter. Because of the temperature difference between the outside and inside of your home you can feel drafts and in many cases can see them when the wind outside blows your curtains on the inside. You can even pinpoint where drafts are coming from by holding a candle by the window. Drafts will make the candle flicker.
- You can usually get a better price on windows in the winter. All contractors slow down in the winter. So unless they are smart and are laying on a beach in Florida, they are looking for creative ways of getting more business. Fortunately for homeowners, contractors are not very original and most try to create more work by lowering their prices during slow times. A win for your pocket book!
- Window contractors are usually more flexible with installation dates in the winter. Like I mentioned above, contractors slow down in the winter. To be honest, this isn’t usually by choice but because homeowners don’t want the work done during this time or because they don’t know that it can be done in the cold winter months. Contractors of course want to get the work done as soon as possible but are generally very flexible with installation scheduling. And if you ultimately chicken out and decide you really don’t want your windows installed in the winter, contractors are usually open to pushing the installation until the spring. With a deposit, they will store the windows and install them whenever you want. Easy Peasy.
I thought Vinyl Replacement Windows were the Best Choice forWindows Until…
I Stumbled On This Exciting New Window Product!
Hello, my Name is Rhett Wilborn and I am the owner of Innovative Home concepts. I am a second generation Chicago home improvement contractor. So you can say, I’ve been in this business pretty much my whole life.
Like every other contractor out there I thought there were only two choices when it came to window replacement, vinyl replacement windows or wood windows…boy was I wrong.
For years we’ve sold top quality vinyl windows to Chicago Area homeowners. Our windows were from a leading name brand manufacturer that had been making windows for over 50 years.
But over the years we started noticed a pattern of failure with the vinyl windows that we had installed. Like most folks, I assumed that was just how it was supposed to be…after all everyone was selling vinyl windows just like us. Again, I was wrong!
What are Vinyl Windows?
Vinyl is another word for Plastic. So a vinyl window is actually a plastic window. Window manufacturers don’t use the name plastic windows because no one would buy plastic windows for their home because everyone knows that plastic is cheap, usually unattractive, and structurally weak. So why are windows made from plastic? Why else, it’s CHEAP.
Even the Best Vinyl Windows Fail
All vinyl windows, no matter how fancy they are, how much plastic they put into them, or how much they cost, are ultimately made of plastic so they are all suseptible to the physics and natural weaknesses inherit to vinyl plastic products.
If you really think about it, does vinyl sound like the best material to make an exterior home improvement product that will have the sun beating on it all day long, be exposed to the elements 365 days a year, be heated up in the summer and frozen in the winter, and be exposed to and hit by hail, snow, and rain?
And at the end of the day, the window has to open and close smoothly, lock properly, maintain its shape for maximum tightness against air infiltration, hold its glass unit in place so the seals don’t fail, tilt in effortlessly for easy cleaning, and look good for the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of your family. Maybe this all happens the day the window is installed (if the install is perfect) but how about 1 year down the line? How about 2 years? How about 10 years???
3 Reasons Why Home Owners Have VinylReplacement Window Complaints
#1 Warping and Distorted Shape under high temperatures.
Although temperatures in Chicago rarely reach more than 100 degrees, it does get hot. In fact, the highest temperature ever recorded in Chicago is anunofficial 109 °F.
On sunny elevations of a house, temperatures can be higher than the air temperature. When you draw the shades or curtains you create an area of convection between the curtain and the window that can reach temperature much higher than the outside temperature. In some case this hot box can reach 130 to 140 degrees or even higher.
These high temperatures warp vinyl and in some cases even melt it. Physically, vinyl doesn’t have a memory, which means when it distorts it doesn’t go back to its original shape… so any damage is permanent damage to a vinyl window.
Warping is frustrating to a homeowner because these windows are
Sagging Vinyl Window Sash
Warped Vinyl Window Frame
Vinyl when heated expands. A vinyl window frame in a tight wood opening will expand and can easily crack when heated. Along the same lines, vinyl window sashs that expands can cause the seal between a thermal (double pane) window to fail, releasing the energy efficient gas that is between the glass and allowing moisture in between the panes of glass. Also a warped frame can pull away from the capping and caulking around the perimeter, allowing moisture into the wall cavity.
Deformed Window Frame causing seperation between window and aluminum capping
Vinyl Windows Leaks and Does Damage to Wall Below
Heated plastic will also distort and in extreme cases actually melt. Distorted vinyl has no memory and will stay in the warped, distorted form. When the movable pieces of a window warp it makes the weather stripping worthless and allows outside air to infiltrate your home.
Seperation between frame and sash due to warping making weather stripping worthless
Warped Vinyl Casement Window that No Longer Closes Properly
Warped sashes can also make the locking mechanism of the window not work properly as evident in the picture below.
Lock Mechanism no longer functioning properly due to warping of sashes
#2 Vinyl Becomes Brittle and Cracks in Cold Temperatures
Everyone in Chicago has had some experience with plastic cracking in the cold winter. Maybe a plastic snow shovel or ice scraper cracking on a frigid morning?
The coldest temperature ever recorded in Chicago was −27 °F.
When vinyl or plastic gets cold it becomes brittle and if it’s hit the right away, it cracks into pieces. Since vinyl windows are plastic, the same thing can happen to them.
We’ve seen this first had. In fact, one customer of ours was snow shoveling his deck in January and hit the outside of his vinyl window. The blow caused a piece of plastic about 1 1/2″ round to fall off the outside of the window frame. This unfortunately was not covered under his window warranty and he had to pay out of pocket to have the window replaced.
Cracked Vinyl Double Hung Window Sill
Vinyl window sashes found in casement windows, double hung windows, and slider windows that contract and expand due to natural seasonal temperature fluctuations can cause seal failure in double and triple pane glass units.
A seal failure allows moisture in between the glass panes causing fogging and condensation on the inside of the unit. It also allows the energy efficient inert gases to escape, negating any positive effects this gas on the efficiency of your windows.
Seal Failure in a Vinyl Window Glass Unit
Broken Seal in a Vinyl Bay Window Unit
#3 Vinyl Breaks Down over Time
Vinyl windows are exposed to the elements 365 days a year. As you know the Chicago area has some pretty significant weather extremes. Rain, high temps, low temps, sunshine, hail, snow, etc. Plastic is a product that breaks down over time. It yellows and becomes caulky in direct sunlight and degrades and begins to breakdown when exposed to extreme temperatures and the elements.
Vinyl Window Sill discoloring and degrading
Vinyl Windows Frame Stained beyond Repair
So Why Would Anyone Buy Vinyl Windows?
People mainly choose a vinyl replacement window installation because that is all they are shown by vinyl window salesmen and what they see advertised in there local coupon magazines. There is very little information on the internet about the downside of this product but lots of advertising, because the big players, the manufacturers, involved are very large and there is a lot of money being made selling vinyl windows.
And hey, what do they care, if the windows fail in 5 years or less and you have to buy new ones…better for their business….Unfortunately, it’s bad for you!
Why Haven’t I Heard about These Problems with Vinyl Windows?
I once interviewed a sales guy (who by the way I didn’t hire) that when I asked him what the best replacement window was, he answered… “the one I have in my car”. That is pretty much the sentiment of the home improvement industry. Vinyl windows are sold because everyone is selling them.
Some older folks may remember when wood was the only choice for window replacement. Then a new product came along that didn’t need painting and wouldn’t rot like a wood window… You guessed it, Aluminum! The picture on the right is actually an old Alcoa aluminum window advertisement from the 1940’s.
For years the latest and greatest window replacement product was made of aluminum. The biggest problem with aluminum windows is that they are terribly inefficient when it comes to energy conservation because it conducts heat and cold like crazy. But everyone was selling them… until, of course, vinyl windows came along.
Now no one sells aluminum replacement windows and everyone sells vinyl windows until….
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Innovative Home Concepts Introduces the Next Generation of Replacement Windows…
All of the Benefits of Vinyl Windows PLUS None of the Problems!
The InnoMaxx Replacement Window System is a next generation product. It is not a vinyl window but rather made of expanded polymer composite (EPC) materials. While EPC is relatively new to the American windows industry, it has been around for decades.
EPC has its beginnings in the construction business where light weight shapes, that were very strong, were needed. EPC was ideal because in addition to its innate strength, it is virtually imprevious to weather or sunshine. And although new to the North American Market, this material has been used in window manufacturering in Europe and Asia for many years.
Through a stroke of luck and a whole lot of research, Innovative Home Concepts discovered one of the only EPC window manufactures in the United States. Knowing a great thing when we see it, we immediately reserved exclusive rights to offer this amazing window product to Chicago homeowners.
We are proud to introduce the InnoMaxx Replacement Windows System to the Chciago Market
And Vinyl Doesn’t Stand a Chance Because InnoMaxx is…
400% Stronger than Vinyl
212% More Energy Efficient than Vinyl
62% Better Insulating Value than Wood
117% More Resistant to Bowing and Bending than Vinyl
No Painting or Staining is Required
Easy to Keep Clean
50 Year Non Proration Warranty
Comparably Priced with Weaker, Less Efficient Vinyl Windows
Available in Double and Triple Pane
Rated Superior for Air Filtration and R-Value
Sound absorbent materials for peace and quiet
The Perfect Blend of Beauty, Strength, and Energy Efficiency
Top 5 Reasons to Choose the InnoMaxx Window
InnoMaxx windows are 400% stronger than normal hollow core vinyl windows. You can immediately feel the difference in weight and how solid the material feels just by handling a piece of vinyl extrusion compared to a piece of the InnoMaxx EPC extrusion. This added weight and strength becomes even more apparent when you operate the window. An InnoMaxx window has a significantly more substantial, well constructed feel to it.
Photo Taken in our Crystal Lake, IL showroom of window corner cut-outs of an unnamed, popular brand named, vinyl window product and the InnoMaxx EPS composite window system. The difference is obvious!
The only way to really understand the difference is by experiencing it. Operate an InnoMaxx window than operate a plastic window and you’ll never go back!
#2 Energy Efficiency
Rated as one of the most energy efficient windows in production today, InnoMaxx Windows are setting new standards for energy efficiency.
What makes a material energy efficient? An energy efficient window material cuts down on heat and cold temperature transference. EPC, the material that makes up the sash and main frame units of the InnoMaxx window is more energy efficient than any other available window production material used today.
Not only is the material the windows are made of more energy efficient than any other window manufacturing material, InnoMaxx also has one of the most technologically advanced glass units on the market.
InnoMaxx offers a double or ungraded triple pane window glass options.
Triple pane windows are more energy efficient, make your home quieter from outside noise, and protect your family better. If you haven’t explored triple pane, now is the time!
#3 Ease of Use
It’s the little things that mean a lot…and the InnoMaxx window has a lot… a lot of little features that make it easier to use and a delight to operate.
From the secure night latches and locking upper sashes on our double hung windows, to the easy open sash tilt levers and standard tilt-in sash feature of our slider windows, to the fold in crack on our casement windows and easy slide patio doors…
You will immediately notice the engineering, forethought, and quality that goes into every InnoMaxx Replacement Window System.
InnoMaxx windows are more than custom-made to size, they are custom made to your style as well. We provide a palette of frame and glass options – you provide the inspiration. Mix and match frame colors to complement the interior and exterior of your home.
Our windows and patio doors are available in eight exterior colors, three woodgrain and white interior natural looking finishes. And to best fit the docor of your home, InnoMaxx windows can be manufactured in any combination of interior and exterior colors.
You can also select from a variety of decorative glass options ranging from distinctive to dramatic as well as a full range of grid optons to fit all tastes and styles.
After all, this is your home and your new windows… How do you see them?
InnoMaxx windows will not only save you money over and over again by lowering your monthly energy bills with their ultra energy efficient features, they will add value to your home too.
Every year Remodeling magazine publishes its Cost vs. Value Report which compares the average cost for 35 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale.
According to the report, a Quality Window Replacement has a return on Investment of…
Click on the graphic to the left to See the last data on Window Replacement in the Chicago Market
That means for every dollar invested in new windows in your home, your home value should increase by 60-65 cents! Put another way, a $10,000 window installation pays back $6000 to $6500 when you sell your home.
InnoMaxx windows will virtually pay for themselves in less time than you’d think!
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Replacing an Improperly Installed Window in a Bathroom Tub Area
Crystal Lake Window Installation
Some homes have windows installed in a bath or shower area. This application requires some special techniques and product upgrades to meet code requirements and to reassure long term usage of the window.
We normally don’t take on one window projects. Not that we don’t like helping these folks out, but the cost of travel and setting up for the job just doesn’t always make financial sense. We usually like to keep our minimum at 3 windows per installation. With that being said, we sometimes do one window installs. In this case, this customer has used us on several other projects so we obliged to install the one window.
This particular window installation brings up a few very important situations that occur when installing a window in a bathroom. Particularly installing a window in a shower or tub area.
The wet surface of a tub or shower can become very slippery. I think everyone at one time or another has slipped in the tub. Unfortunately these slips can be quite serious. Broken bones, back injuries, bruised muscles, and in worst case scenerios, head injuries can occur. When a window is present in the tub area a new danger presents itself. A slip can result in a body part going through the glass, breaking it, resulting in a razor sharp edge that will cut flesh to ribbons.
Most municipalities require tempered glass to be used in all windows found in bath or shower stall areas. If it is not code in your area, it is the moral obligation of your window contractor to install that window with tempered glass.
Wikipedia defines tempered glass as, a type of safety glass processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempering creates balanced internal stresses which cause the glass, when broken, to crumble into small granular chunks instead of splintering into jagged shards. The granular chunks are less likely to cause injury.
The window in this Crystal Lake home should have been made with tempered glass. It had been hit and cracked but luckily for the homeowner hadn’t been hit hard enough to break all the way through. The inside pane of glass had cracked from top to bottom of the sash. This window wasn’t just a safety hazard, when it cracked it released the inert gas in between the glass that works to insulate the inside of the home from outside temperature.
We replaced the old vinyl window with a new vinyl window that specifically had tempered glass in it for the safety of the homeowners family.
Another issue in this case was the casing. Painted wood casing (interior trim) was used when the window was last replaced, whichseemed to be about 5 years prior. The wood casing was rotting due to the moisture it is exposed to in the bath/shower area. Moisture was penetrating the trim through the seams and was getting into the wall cavity. The sill that holds the window wasn’t rotted, but it was moist, which tells us it had probably not been occuring for very long, but if left unfixed it could have lead to a rotted sill, weakened wall integrity, and possible mold growth.
When we replaced the window, we used PVC trim instead of wood. The PVC trim looks like wood but will not rot like wood and is perfect for moist, even wet areas. Our window installers also made sure that the seams, nail holes, and areas where moisture could get behind the trim where caulked well to prevent moisture damage around the new window.
All in all the new vinyl window we installed worked better than the old one. Vinyl windows have a tendency to warp slightly with age due to temperature fluctuations. Most window installation companies won’t tell you this, but we see it every day. This window was only about 5 years old, but you could tell it wasn’t opening and closing as smoothly as it should. Even though vinyl technology is better now than in years past, the truth is, vinyl is plastic and is effected by temperature. This homeowner was told this and decided to go with vinyl windows because they cost a little less. We normally recommend our InnoMaxx Composite Window, but in this case we installed a Certainteed Vinyl Window to save the homeowner a few bucks.
The final issue in a bathroom is privacy. A clear window allows the neighbors and/or passers by to peer in on your private time. Luckily windows can be manufactured with obscure glass. This is glass that has a pattern to it that lets light in but can not be seen through. Good news, folks on the outside can’t see you… bad news, you can’t out unless you open the window. But in the long haul it’s worth it to avoid any neighborhood spectacles that may occur.
Now it’s Your turn! Do you have windows that stick, are cold in the winter and hot in the summer, that don’t lock properly, or are just plane ugly and old?? Give us a call for a Free price Quote and Consultation on New windows for your home…