A vinyl window can be inexpensive, durable and remarkably energy efficient when designed properly to minimize thermal transfer. While early vinyl windows had problems with thermal expansion (the vinyl sash would expand or contract at a different rate from the glass and cause leaks) and stability in very hot environments, modern vinyl windows are much more durable and dimensionally stable. Look for vinyl window frames with heat-welded joints — they’re stiffer than mechanically joined vinyl frames and thus provide better resistance to temperature stresses. Interior webs also strengthen the frame and improve its thermal performance.
Vinyl windows are made primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This material has many advantages, including being virtually maintenance-free. It can’t be painted, but is often available in white and various neutral colors that complement many house colors. Because the color goes all the way through the material, scratches and dings are nearly impossible to see. Consequently, a vinyl window or patio door can look nearly new for years.
There will be differences in the quality of one manufacturer’s vinyl compared to another. This is because a vinyl window frame is made from a compound—a recipe of sorts—that dictates its performance over time. Each additive to a company’s vinyl recipe helps determine the long-term characteristics of the final product, like its weather and impact resistance. For example, Titanium Dioxide makes the vinyl more heat resistant. At first glance, competing windows may look the same, but there can be key differences in the vinyl recipe used and how vinyl parts are formed to make a window structurally strong and optimize insulation performance.
Although overwhelmingly common, Vinyl Windows are a more recent phenomenon that began about 50 years ago. At first, windows were made of wood which is still a practice today, however a stronger and sleek was needed once a shortage of materials after World War II occurred. Today, Vinyl windows are popular for their thermal efficiency, meaning homeowners are able to save energy in heating and cooling in their homes. This is a cost effective option and is used often in replacement projects for a variety of benefits that we will discuss below. At Elegant Windows and Doors, we offer a wide range of vinyl windows that can fit any type of project and look that you may be going for. Call today to learn more!
Once purchasing the windows from a trusted seller such as Elegant Windows and Doors,you can either install them yourself or have one of our experts take care of all the work. If doing it yourself is of interest, you need some essential tools and materials in order to complete the job. These include caulk gun, cordless drill, hammer, hearing & eye protection, level, pry bar, tape measure, utility knife, foam backer rod, caulk, insulation, and shims. Again, if you are not able to obtain these materials and tools then contact us. We will be happy to help! There are a variety of online videos and tutorials that you can follow that are able to demonstrate the step by step process of installing your vinyl windows, whether they be for a replacement or new construction job.
Due to their structure, vinyl windows when constructed well and properly, as well as installed properly, tend to be more energy efficient than fiberglass windows. Also, fiberglass windows tend to be fairly more expensive than their vinyl counterpart. Typically, fiberglass windows are able to look or mimic the look of wood a little bit better than vinyl. With that said, vinyl has a bunch of custom options and paint colors that homeowners are able to choose from in order to achieve their desired look when purchasing and installing their windows. These custom options make vinyl look very attractive in different home projects.
As of 1996, 45% of homes has Vinyl windows. Their popularity is due to a few different reasons that we will illustrate below. There are some factors that are special to vinyl that put them above other choices and make them the best option for homeowners looking to complete their replacement or new construction projects.
One of the major perks of having vinyl windows is their energy efficiency. Vinyl windows can save homeowners money when they are cooling their homes in the summer or warming them up in the winter. Vinyl windows are great at keeping heat in during the colder months and out during the warmer months, saving homeowners money in the long run. Also, vinyl is the least expensive window material amongst the other options. With that said, they are not cheaply made and are a high quality option that is much more affordable for contractors and homeowners.
Making vinyl windows a great option is their ability to stand against the elements. With mild soap and water they are very easy to clean and do not weather easily. They do not need to be painted, scraped or stained, and are almost 100% scratch proof. Due to this, they do not age as fast as some other window materials, giving them a great lasting life span. Furthermore, there are almost an endless amount of options when it comes to customizing vinyl windows. They come in numerous colors, sizes, and style options, making it easy for homeowners to find the perfect windows for their home or project.
Elegant Windows & Doors is a family owned and operated business that strives to deliver the very best services that are affordable and professional. We are proud to be a highly rated window company that use the very best materials possible. Our customer’s satisfaction is our top priority and do whatever possible to ensure that our client’s are happy with our service and our product.
We are proud to serve the Los Angeles area and come to you when providing our services. If you live in the LA area, we will gladly come to your home or business to discuss your project and needs and create a seamless experience. After our initial consultation, we will give you a free estimate of the expected cost.
With a decade of knowledge, we can confidently say that we will provide top quality service using the very best materials. We are a knowledgeable team with expertise that will help us deliver the best experience and make your project exactly as you wish.