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Energy performance ratings and long term durability

7 years ago

Does anyone have any advice on how to go about judging long-term durability of replacement windows, vinyl?

My wife and I will be replacing our windows (40 year old, single pane wooden) with new vinyl windows.

We wish to have these windows for as long as we can (we do not plan on moving) therefore we want a high quality product (not necessarily a high priced product) with a trusted warranty. We have narrowed our choices to three different windows, similar features with nearly identical efficiency ratings. After reading on these boards, I get a sense for which brands are preferred so I am intentionally leaving out the brand names to see if I can find an objective way to look at durability.

We feel lost in numbers, ratings, and quotes and are trying to make sense of everything! Thanks in advance!

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