Vinyl Windows – A Performance Overview
There are many different types of window frame materials that homeowners can choose from: aluminum, composite, fiberglass, wood, and vinyl. All of these materials can add value to your home and be a great option, but one is the most common choice among homeowners - vinyl.
At U.S. Exterior by Seidel, we recommend that homeowners consider installing vinyl windows for several reasons: they’re durable, they increase energy efficiency, they’re easy to maintain, and they’re an affordable option.
Continue reading to learn all about vinyl windows and a performance overview to determine if they’re the right option for your home.
Vinyl Windows are Durable
There are many options when it comes to deciding which type of window to install. As a result, homeowners can feel overwhelmed. One of the most important things you should consider when determining which window is right for your home is the durability of the type of window frame material.
While most window frame materials are durable, vinyl is considered to be one of the best options when it comes to durability. Vinyl windows are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is a combination of plastic polymers and different chemicals. There’s a lot that goes into producing PVC, and while we’re not chemists here at U.S. Exterior by Seidel, we know how durable PVC is. Simply put, vinyl windows are extremely durable and will last many years.
But what makes vinyl windows so durable? PVC is a strong material, therefore it can hold up to many extreme weather conditions and other elements. Vinyl windows also keep harmful UV rays from deteriorating the material of the window, resulting in a more durable and longer lasting window.
Vinyl Windows Increase Energy Efficiency
Have your electric bills been higher than average in the winter and summer months? While higher energy bills could be a result of other problems, it very likely could be due to your windows. If your current windows feel drafty or if you notice moisture collecting on the inside of your windows, they’re definitely not helping you save money on your gas or electric bill.
How can vinyl windows increase energy efficiency? They’re constructed from insulated glass that keeps cold winter air and hot summer air out of your home. Equally as important as the construction of vinyl windows is how they’re installed in your home. Window frames should be properly installed to not only increase energy efficiency, but to extend the life of your windows.
Be sure to look for vinyl windows that are ENERGY STAR certified to ensure maximum savings when it comes to your electric bills. ENERGY STAR certified vinyl windows keep hot summer air and freezing cold winter air out of your home, therefore ensuring your HVAC system doesn’t have to work in overdrive to maintain a certain temperature due to warm and cold air leaking in from your windows.
To maximize energy efficiency, look for vinyl windows that are also Gold-seal Certified by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association. This seal means the windows have undergone rigorous testing to increase energy efficiency like ensuring there is no water leakage, structural resistance, and other performance specifications.
Vinyl Windows are Easy to Maintain
The PVC in vinyl windows makes them easy to maintain, making them even more appealing to homeowners. To keep them looking good as new, wipe them clean with a lint free cloth and a mild detergent and water mixture. They require very little cleaning and only need to be wiped down when they collect dust, dirt and the occasional fingerprints.
Vinyl Windows are an Affordable Option
If you’re looking for a window that is not only durable and energy efficient but also affordable, look no further than vinyl windows. They’re cheaper than wood windows and offer many of the same benefits that wood windows do. When you invest in vinyl windows you’ll receive many years of beautifully crafted and easy-to-care-for windows at an affordable price.
If you’re looking to install replacement windows in your home, contact the professionals at U.S. Exterior by Seidel for a FREE estimate. We can install many different types of vinyl windows: casement, double hung, awning, sliding, and even custom shapes. We also offer several color options instead of just standard white, making it easy to customize your vinyl windows.
Our replacement window installation service can’t be beat - we offer only the most durable products and an unparalleled installation service. Our vinyl windows are ENERGY STAR certified and are Gold-seal Certified by AAMA.
We look forward to helping you choose the best vinyl windows for your home!