Window World of Central Florida provides high-quality vinyl replacement windows to customers throughout Central Florida.

A Basic Guide to Caring for Vinyl Replacement Windows

One of the best things about vinyl windows is the minimal amount of upkeep they require. Very little work has to be done in order to keep your vinyl windows looking great year round. But there are a few things that you can do to make sure that they continue to look their best.

The Advantages of Vinyl

Vinyl windows don’t look drastically different than traditional wood windows, and in addition to being more affordable, vinyl is a very durable material. Vinyl is a poor conductor, which makes it great for insulation—so you can expect to save money on your heating and cooling costs during muggy Orlando summers. If your window gets scratched or nicked, it will be very difficult to see because vinyl window frames are colored all the way through, not painted.

Cleaning Your Vinyl Windows

Cleaning your vinyl windows is very easy. To clean your vinyl replacement windows, simply use household cleaners like dish soap or bleach with water (we recommend 1 part bleach to 4 parts water, or 1 part dish soap to 10 parts water). Wiping your windows down with a mop will help keep them nice and clean. If you have access to a power washer, using either of these solutions on the “low” setting will be effective as well. Cleaning your replacement vinyl windows takes very little time and money, and the results will be stunning every time!

If you’re ready for high quality vinyl replacement windows, then contact the replacement window pros at Window World. We have been serving the Orlando area for over 16 years by providing beautiful, money saving, and easy to clean vinyl replacement windows for Orlando homeowners. To learn more about installing vinyl replacement windows in your home, visit Window World online or call (407) 389-1400.

Understanding the Key Differences Between Single- and Double-Pane Replacement Windows

The number of panes, or sheets of window glass, in your replacement windows can make a huge difference in your energy savings. Here are three differences between single-pane and double-pane windows.

1.      Replacement Window Cost

What you will notice right away is that single-pane windows are less expensive than double-pane windows (prices depend on what models you are comparing). This is for a very good reason: double-pane windows are designed to be much better insulators. In addition to having low-E coatings which prevent heat from escaping or entering your vinyl windows, many double-pane windows are also filled with argon, a safe ‘noble gas’ which further insulates your home and prevents heat transfer.

2.      Energy Savings

Double-pane replacement vinyl windows that incorporate special gasses are remarkably energy efficient. The amount of money you can expect to save varies depending on your own energy consumption, but in order to take full advantage of double-pane windows, it is highly recommended that you get double-pane windows with insulating gases between the panes.

3.      Sound Dampening

If you live near downtown Orlando or a busy Orlando suburb, you’re probably tired of all the noise coming from the streets. Double-pane windows are known for their superior sound-dampening and may lessen the amount of excess noise you get from surrounding areas. 

If you’re ready to take advantage of energy efficient double-pane or single-pane windows, then call Orlando’s premier replacement window retailer and installer, Window World. Window World has been helping Orlando area homeowners purchase and install vinyl replacement windows since 1995 and is now one of the largest, most trusted replacement window companies in the United States. To learn more about vinyl replacement windows, visit Window World online or call (407) 792-4796.

Window World Partner Elliot Gealy Qualifies for the U.S. Open

Window World, Inc just announced the extended partnership with Professional Golf Association Tour golfer, Elliot Gealy

“I have been blessed to add the support received from Window World and its people into my corner and am very appreciative of their financial support,” said Gealy. “Without sponsors such as Window World, who go above and beyond, it would be nearly impossible for me to compete and work towards my professional goals and objectives. It’s exciting to share in this grand experience with Window World, and I intend to play hard for them next week and throughout the remainder of the season.” 

To read the entire press release, please visit this site. 

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Happy Father's Day

Tell us of your fondest memory with your Father.  Share the things that he did for and with you.  We want to post these on our Facebook page for all of your and our friends to enjoy. Happy Fathers Day 2011!!

 

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How to Choose Energy Efficient Windows for Your Home

Choosing energy-efficient windows is a great decision when it comes to your home's comfort, energy efficiency, and environmental responsibility.  However, you'll want to consider a few things when you choose your particular types of window replacements.  For example, it's important to consider the climate you live in and to understand the rating systems involved.

To learn more, watch this video on choosing energy-efficient windows for your home.  Notice that you can take advantage of a tax credit if the energy-efficient window replacement you choose meets certain energy-efficiency criteria.

At Window World of Central Florida, we'll help you choose the perfect replacement windows for your home and make sure you save money as a result.  To learn more about our energy efficient replacement windows, visit our website today.

 

Like Our Recent Blog Topics? Here Are More Great Resources for You to Check Out

If any of our recent window replacement blogs have left you scratching your head or wanting more information, then the websites below might have the answers you're looking for.

  • If you'd like more information on how the National Fenestration Rating Council rates windows, visit their website.
  • The Energy Savers website has a lot of good information on windows and other energy efficient appliances for your home.
  • This Old House has some great tips on choosing the right window style based on the style of your home.
  • There's more great information on the different options you have when looking for replacement windows at dannylipford.com.
  • Check out the consumerenergy.org page for detailed information on the different types of windows you can choose from.

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What Makes a Window Energy Efficient?

There are many components to an energy efficient window.  An energy rating for replacement windows is based on four primary characteristics: The u-factor, which determines how much heat can escape, the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), which determines how much heat can enter, visible transmittance (VT), which is the ability to see through the window, and air leakage (AL), which measures the amount of air allowed to flow through your window.  Below is a brief guide on how to choose the right window according to these measurements how different construction elements affect each of them.

 Measurements

  • U-Factor

Having a low u-factor is less important in Orlando than it is in New York, because Floridians are primarily concerned with keeping heat out.  In warmer climates, you can live efficiently and comfortably with window replacements that have a u-factor as high as .60.  In colder climates, however, you'll definitely need a lower number.

  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

The SHGC rating you choose will also depend on the climate you live in.  In warmer climates like here in Florida, you'll want to stay below a .30 rating.  Finding a window below a .27 will help maximize your energy efficiency.

  • Visible Transmittance and Air Leakage

Energy Star doesn’t set limits on visibility or air leakage.  Nonetheless, it's nice to have a high VT and a low AL.

 

Construction

  • Frame

The frame doesn't have to be made with a particular material, but it must meet quality standards for proper heat transfer and insulation.  Fiberglass, vinyl, wood, aluminum, wood, composite, and combination frames can all qualify to be considered energy efficient when installed correctly.

  • Multiple Panes

Multiple pane replacement windows are much more efficient than their single-pane counterparts.  Inert gasses fill the space between the panes to provide for additional insulation, keeping conditioned air inside and the uncomfortable air out.

  •  Low-E Glass

A special coating on low-e glass helps to reflect light.  In addition to helping keep your home comfortable, it protects your furniture from fading.

If you're ready to maximize your insulation and energy efficiency, then call Window World of Central Florida to learn about our replacement windows.  Visit our website for more information.

Factors to Consider When Selecting the Ideal Replacement Window Style for Your Home

If you're considering a new replacement window for your home, there's more to think about than you may think. Modern windows are complex and come in a variety of styles, materials, and grades, and knowing what you're looking for is important.

 

So if you're wondering exactly what you should think about before you commit to that new window style, here are some thoughts.

 

  • New vs. Replacement:

Windows are either classified as new construction or replacement. A replacement window on is designed to use an old window’s frame and requires minimal modifications, whereas a new construction window comes with its own frame and is designed either for new builds or for resized or repositioned windows.

  • Type of Window:

You can find a lot of different types of windows. Sliders, casement, single/double hung, and awning windows are all design choices that may accentuate your home's style. Within those categories you can also choose various styles of muntin, the material which separates the window frames.

  • Window Material:

Wood, aluminum, vinyl, clad—each of these materials brings a different set of properties and design elements to your window replacement. You'll also want to consider the environment you live in, as the elements react differently to climate.

  • Efficiency Rating:

Most windows come with an NFRC efficiency label. While a more efficient replacement window might cost slightly more, you could save enough on your energy bill in a short amount of time to make up for the difference in cost.

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There's a little more to choosing a replacement window these days. For advice about your renovations ask your window installers, who can be a wealth of knowledge about local conditions and advise you on the best materials and energy ratings for your area. Final decisions about style are up to you.

 

Window World Orlando has more than 15 years of experience in working with homeowners to find the perfect replacement windows for their home. Schedule a free in-home consultation today and install new windows you'll love.

Window World Sponsored 'Stinger' Indy Car

Window World has certainly been in the national spotlight this year –  American Chopper, Miss America Pageant, Entertainment Tonight, Good Housekeeping Magazine, ABILITY Magazine  – and the month of May will certainly be no exception!

 

With the Indy 500 celebrating its 100th anniversary this May, the events surrounding the race are at an all-time heightened level of excitement – not only for those involved, but for our entire country as we honor this legendary American tradition.

 

In addition to the airing of the “Our Secret” television commercial during the pre-race and during the race, in-car camera coverage with John, and the Indy 500 Win-Win promotion, Window World and Window World Cares will be making history with the presentation of a modern day interpretation of the winner of the first Indy 500  - the 1911 Marmon “Wasp” – with the 2011 “Stinger” by Window World.

 

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With the help of John Andretti, Andretti Autosport, and Richard Petty Motorsports, we have invited every living Indy driver to sign this car – making it an invaluable salute to a century of excellence – and with every signature, Window World Cares will be making a donation to our foundation partners in their honor.

A Guide to Understanding Energy Efficient Window Performance Ratings

If you've shopped for replacement windows before, you've probably noticed the National Fenestration Rating Council's NFRC label, which explains each window’s performance ratings. This label has 6 different energy saving ratings, and each of them will give you specific information on a different aspect of the window’s performance.

 

U-Factor.

The U-Factor represents the amount of heat which can escape through your window. You'll usually see a number between .20 and 1.20. The lower the number, the better insulation your window provides.

 

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

This is a number between 0 and 1 which indicates how much solar radiation and heat can enter through the window. The lower the number, the less heat is let into your home.

 

Visible Transmittance (VT)

This is a number between 0 and 1 and indicates how much light is allowed through your replacement window. The higher the number, the more light is let in.

 

Air Leakage (AL)

This is the measure of how much air leaks through the window frame, expressed as cubic feet per minute per square foot of frame area (cfm/ft²). The lower the number, the better the seal on your window.

 

Condensation Resistance (CR)

This number, between 1 and 100, will tell you the relative ability of the glass to prevent condensation from building up on the windows interior. Windows with higher numbers have more resistance to condensation formation.

 

Light-to-Solar Gain (LSG)

The Light-to-Solar Gain rating is the ratio between SHGC and VT. Use this rating to find windows which permit very bright light to enter your home while blocking heat.

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Understanding the NFRC label will allow you to better understand your replacement windows and make the right choice for your home. If you need replacement windows, check out Window World Orlando. Our professional window installers will make sure the job gets done right and at the best price you'll find anywhere.

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