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Question DetailsAsked on 10/18/2013

Is it wise to purchase "wrap around windows" and are they better than vinyl?

Trying to decide between vinyl inserts (Andersen windows) and wrap arounds (Champion windows). Which ones offer better protection from sun and rain?

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I am not a big fan of inserts, also not quite sure of what you mean by wrap around. Custom replacement windows are rated by u-value which is determined by the N.F.R.C. comparing energy savings, condensation resistance , performance, etc. If you want to get a great window resonably priced contact us in N.Y. at 1-718-863-5278, free demo, no obligation.

Answered 5 years ago by the new window man


Like the other commenter (the new window man), "wrap around" is not a definitive phrase - to different vendors it means different things - a curved or glass-to-glass corner without framing in the corner (for unobstructed view), full-wall windows on two adjacent walls without a substantial corner section of wall (like in a breakfast nook or dining or living room corner), foamcore or wood frame encapsulated in vinyl or fiberglass, and putting housewrap around the windows during installation to exclude water infiltration.

In either case, the "wrap around" is not a type of window - can be done with almost any type of framing material, so not comparable with vinyl as such.

If you mean a wrapped or encapsulated frame, as I am guessing, then the foam or wood core is totally enclosed in the plastic or fiberglass wrap, EXCEPT at corner cuts - and this is the weakness, because that is where water commonly infiltrates. I personally do not like encapsulated windows for this reason - I prefer solid frames of whatever material they are made of. Sort of like the difference between a hollow-core or foam-core and a solid-core door for a front door - both will work, but the solid one is more durable and stonger.

Of course, like new window man, I am not at all a fan of inserts - sort of like putting a new engine in a beater car - if the window is in bad enough shape to need replacing, then the frame is probably past its useful life too, plus frames are rarely exactly square, so the inserts will not fit anywhere as tightly as one that is part of a totally new window unit. With the exception of single-hung or double-hung windows which fit pretty sloppy anyway, I cannot see any long-term benefit in inserts.

Perhaps if you respond back using Answer Question to provide more info of what you mean, we can provide you with better input, if I guessed wrong.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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