Now the most popular replacement window product on the market nationwide, vinyl windows are available as a high quality product that can last 30+ years, even in Phoenix weather, and are available in an array of colors and upgrades that give you more bang for your buck than ever before. If you’re curious about how they’re made, here’s a glimpse inside the factories.
When a home is built, the original windows have a nail fin—a mounting flange with nail holes that is set back from the edges of the window frame and nailed to the exposed studs to secure the window to the opening. (Refer to the bottom left quadrant in the below image.)
It’s sealed to the framing of the home and tied into the flashing if you have one, then the nail fin is covered with whatever stucco, siding or other material is used on the home’s exterior walls.
(It’s actually sealant, not caulking – more on that below.)
Let’s showcase one of our high-end window manufacturers today! A family-owned business, Pella is headquartered in Pella, Iowa and has more than 17 manufacturing facilities around the United States.
We love that they are 100% made in America, and you might be surprised how many locations they have! Pella products are made in:
While some people might use the term “window replacement” interchangeably with “glass replacement,” they aren’t the same thing… and each is handled by a completely different type of company with its own specialty training and equipment.
While window condensation between the panes of glass isn’t normal and can indicate a broken seal or other product issues, windows fogging up on the inside or outside of a home are pretty common.
It’s nothing to worry about.
It just means warm, moist air on the inside of a room touched a cold surface, such as warm living room air heated by the toasty blast of a heater reaching window glass chilled from a cold day outside. Moisture in the air deposits itself on any surface with a colder temperature.
Just kidding! Well, kind of… Vinyl windows typically should not be painted once they’re installed. In our experience, it rarely turns out well, but today we’re tapping a local painting professional for their opinion, too, along with a few of our window product manufacturers.
Let’s dive into a little more detail.
Window replacements can be a sizable investment, so how often should you replace the windows in your home? What kind of lifespan can you expect? Do you need to replace them all at once? Owner of one of the oldest family-owned window and door companies in the Valley, Sal Sucato of DunRite Windows & Doors explores the topic.
While our long, hot summers have some homeowners wondering if vinyl windows are a smart choice for Arizona homes, they’re one of the most popular choices that we install at DunRite Windows & Doors – a Rosie-Certified Partner.
If you’re a homeowner thinking about patio options to open up back of the house, and looking to invest in something more expansive than French doors or sliders, there’s a growing trend that just might be the perfect solution: glass pivot doors.