Vinyl windows are undeniably popular today – and for a number of good reasons. After all, vinyl as a window material is difficult to beat in the following aspects: appearance, strength and durability, maintenance, energy efficiency, cost efficiency, and overall value.Let’s take a closer look.
Vinyl windows come in a variety of styles and finishes. You can get windows in a shiny or matte finish and, because these windows are also often pre-painted, they’re a lot easier to match with your home’s motif. Often highly favored are faux wood grain finishes that make them look like genuine wood windows, which are generally more expensive.
Strength and Durability
Vinyl windows are designed to stand the test of time. They seldom, if ever, exhibit the weaknesses typical of other window materials. They will not rot like wood, nor rust like steel. They will not corrode and produce a powdery white substance, like aluminum sometimes does. Even if its finish may fade some years after installation, this can still be resolved through manufacturer-recommended methods. Most vinyl window products also come with different types of warranties, proving how confident manufacturers are with their performance.
One of the primary reasons why many homeowners prefer vinyl windows is their low maintenance. As they are already stained, finished, and sealed upon purchase, they can last several years without needing repair or replacement. Unlike wood, they never need repainting. As long as you clean them regularly, they’ll last you a good number of years.
Vinyl is a poor conductor – which is a good thing – because it won’t absorb much heat and cold from the outdoors. This will allow you to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures without needing to boost your energy consumption by much. Moreover, with proper installation and fitting, you won’t need to worry about energy escaping through gaps and cracks in your window assembly. Moreover, most vinyl window products today are equipped with energy efficiency features such as low-E glass, gas fill, and high quality spacers – all of which can enhance the entire window assembly’s energy performance, giving you not only a more cozy home but savings on your utility bills as well.
Vinyl windows are among the least expensive on the market today, costing some 25% less than wood without compromising quality and performance. Vinyl costs less to purchase and install, and saves you a hefty amount in terms of energy bills as well maintenance costs over the long term.
Because vinyl promises (and delivers) such huge savings, you get to enjoy returns on your investment in the shortest possible time. Furthermore, should you decide to sell your home, new vinyl windows are an excellent selling point given their efficiency, durability, and ease of maintenance.
With a goal to build a home improvement company based on quality and integrity, Jeff Jones established Jones & Associates in 1987 with wife L’Anna. By 2007, he had successfully grown his company to become one of Qualified Remodelers’ Top 500 Contractors in the United States. Jeff is an active member of his community, and also serves on several religious boards. He regularly writes articles and blogs to help homeowners stay abreast with the latest in home improvement.
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