Vinyl home windows have been flying off the shelves and into homes since the early 1980’s. This trend has continued even today as a very large percentage of newly built homes utilize them. Some of the benefits include reasonable pricing and the quick turnaround time of the installation.
However, not all is flawless when it comes to vinyl. Current color choices typically stick homeowners with the option of white, whiter, and whitest. For vinyl home windows to win the battle against its wood and fiberglass counterparts, it’s essential that they evolve with additional features.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of this versatile material.
Vinyl home windows can be a lot easier on your bank account than other materials out there on the market. Moreover, with less and less wood and aluminum windows currently manufactured, locating a vinyl product to match the look and feel of your home should be pretty easy.
To show just how popular the material is, polyvinyl chloride (vinyl or PVC) is “the most widely produced plastic after polyethylene and polypropylene. PVC is widely used in construction because it is cheap, durable, and easy to assemble. PVC production is expected to exceed 40 million tons by 2016.”
Vinyl also makes for a nice upgrade compared to other materials, such as aluminum. The upgrade will greatly improve noise abatement, as well as and heat transference during the summer and winter. These features, along with the price point, create a lower barrier to entry when replacing your windows.
Now let’s examine some of the downsides of vinyl home windows. One of the biggest complaints we hear is that the material just isn’t as flexible as say, wood or fiberglass. What we mean is that it’s usually only available in the color white. For vinyl to succeed over the long haul, swatches of differing colors – and not to mention shapes – need to be readily available for homeowners.
Another major concern is what we call “virgin vinyl.” These are vinyl home windows that first arrive at your home before they’re installed. You must make sure you don’t leave them in the sun or else they’ll distort. Once that happens, good luck fitting them into an opening. Moreover, this expanding and eventual contracting can,in some cases, cause leaking around the seams.
While the upside of vinyl home windows is many, numerous improvements need to be made through manufacturing techniques to keep up with the competition. And while the low price point is certainly enticing, the lack of colors and shapes can oftentimes prove frustrating.
If you still have questions, make sure to contact HomeProHub today to receive free and unbiased advice.