what makes a good window?

Old 09-21-05, 01:57 PM
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what makes a good window?

I think I have finally found a good replacement window at a reasonable price, however I still don't know what makes a good window even after quite a bit of research on this and other forums. If anyone can tell if this is a good window by looking at this description, please let me know.

Rigid PVC Vinyl construction with multiple dead air chambers to maximize insulation
.085 gauge vinyl
Heat Fusion welded frame and sashes
Beveled exterior face
Pocket sill Integral lift rails
Balance covers
Block & tackle balances
Spring loaded, self locking tilt in latches
Double intrusion cam locks Deluxe ventilation stops
3/4 inch double paned insulated glass
Interlocking Sashes
Low E glass and warm edge spacer

This company builds their windows and sells from the same location- their prices are published on their website and their guys don't sell on commision. That sounds pretty good to me.
thanks for your input,
Old 09-21-05, 04:04 PM
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Sounds good except for the pocket sill. Personally, I stay away from them, and only install windows that have sloped sills. A pocket sill basically means that when you lift up the front sash (on a double-hung) there will be a "trough" which catches water and directs it to the weep holes. In my opinion, this is a bad design which can trap water should the weep holes become plugged. But that's the way some windows are designed and they apparently work ok. I'm just leary of them.

It's hard to tell a decent window from a junky one. I've been installing vinyl windows for a long time and can usually judge them just by looking, but experience is something that's hard to teach, and its also hard to describe.
Old 09-30-05, 04:06 PM
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good windows?

PVC is not a good material ,in my opinion, for any window. PVC is too susepable to thermal movement and enviromental breakdown 20 years of uv rays do a number on the stuff and as for the insulating qualities lets just say they leave a lot to be desired have you checked out any of the big three? Anderson, Pella or,Marvin these windows have a proven track record and great warrentys

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