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All About Vinyl Windows
Vinyl is the most commonly installed window frame on homes today. They are composed of PVC or polyvinyl chloride. The material is mixed with a range of chemicals and pigments to allow it to stand up to direct sunlight and to give it the color you choose. After being mixed, it’s extruded into the proper shape needed to construct the window.
The Benefits of Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows are more affordable than wood, aluminum, and fiberglass. Even top quality vinyl windows are often more affordable than base options in wood or aluminum. No matter what style of window you want on your home, it can likely be made from vinyl. Casement, picture, architectural, double hung, and single hung can all be produced with a vinyl frame or custom-made to a homeowner’s specifications. Well constructed vinyl frames can be as energy efficient as wood, particularly if their hollow pockets are filled with additional insulation. You won’t have to paint your vinyl windows, only clean them periodically so they are pretty low maintenance.
How to Find Quality Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows aren’t all the same quality and it’s important to consider these tips on how to recognize quality windows when shopping for replacements. One of the best ways to determine if you’re looking at quality vinyl windows is to take a look at the cross-section of the frame. Make sure to count the chambers and note how large they are. Vinyl windows are not solid on the inside and each window comes with a different number of chambers. The quality products have more chambers that are smaller in size. This makes the windows more durable and weather resistant over time. Some vinyl window frames are fastened together using screws and caulk, while others are welded. The welded windows are more reliable during installation and longer lasting.
Examine the Warranty
When shopping for vinyl windows some of the best options available will have what is known as a “double lifetime” warranty. These are excellent to have if you ever plan on selling your home. These warranties will cover the windows against possible problems during your use with them and will cover another homeowner if you decide to sell your home later on. While it’s nice that the next owner can be covered too, the real benefit is in the increased value of your home.
Rely on Quality Manufacturers
When you’re shopping for vinyl look for manufacturers like Simonton or Harvey that are known for producing high quality vinyl windows. Take a look at some of their products and compare them to competitors by looking at the cross-sections and the frame construction to see that they have superior construction overall or a better warranty to rely on