Vinyl windows are inexpensive, durable, and remarkably energy efficient. Early vinyl windows had problems with thermal expansion. When temperatures changed, the vinyl sash would expand or contract at a very different rate from the glass. As a result, the window fit poorly, leaked, or cracked. Such problems have been on the decline, because modern vinyl is more durable and dimensionally stable than the materials that were used 15 or 20 years ago. Vinyl is also commonly used as cladding on wood or aluminum windows.
Vinyl windows are made primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a product that offers many advantages. Unfortunately, it often looks chunkier than wood or metal windows because vinyl isn’t strong enough to be made into ultra-thin parts. The other problem is that the texture is unmistakably plastic. On the other hand, except for washing the glass, vinyl windows are virtually maintenance free. You can’t paint them, but you can get them in a number of different colors. What’s more, the color goes all the way through the material, so dings and scratches are nearly impossible to see.
Some of the best qualities of vinyl windows are:
1. Vinyl windows are an exceptionally energy-efficient window. Replacing your home’s old wood or metal windows with new vinyl replacement windows can reduce your heating and cooling cost.
2. Vinyl windows are extremely durable.
3. Although they cannot be painted, vinyl windows are available in a variety of colors to match the exterior of your home.
4. Vinyl windows do not corrode and are maintenance free.
6. Available in a number of original designs, even matching the appearance of wood grain.
7. Vinyl replacement windows are available in a wide range of styles and shapes.
8. Offered in a wide range of prices, relatively inexpensive compared to wood.
Find a licensed contractor in your area and find out how affordable Vinyl Windows can be for your home.