Choosing new or replacement windows can be an overwhelming experience due to the many options on the market. Wood or vinyl? Single-hung or double-hung? Casement or picture window? Add on top of that the many window brands available, and the possibilities are endless! Here we’ve taken the guesswork out of one part of the process: the framing material. Read on to learn why you should choose vinyl window frames for your home project.
Window Frame Materials
Before we get into the reasons to choose vinyl for your replacement windows, we should first go over a few of the framing material alternatives: wood, aluminum, and fiberglass.
Wood is the classic choice for windows, and it offers a traditional look for homes. While wood is strong and can be painted to match any color, it also is susceptible to insects and rot. Because wood is painted, it will also require regular maintenance to keep it looking its best.
Aluminum windows are affordable, durable, and lightweight. However, they do not hold up well to heat, so they are not considered an energy-efficient option. Fiberglass, on the other hand, is very energy-efficient as well as low maintenance. However, the benefits of fiberglass windows come with a cost, as they are much more expensive to purchase and install.
Vinyl windows are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is often used in many other parts of a home, like siding and plumbing. While wood was the long-time material of choice for window framing, vinyl replacement windows are quickly becoming the material of choice for homeowners because of their many benefits.
Vinyl Window Benefits
If price is your number one driving factor in new windows, vinyl is your best bet, as they are the most affordable option on the market. Vinyl windows are also easier to install, which makes their labor costs more affordable. What’s more, because they require very little maintenance (as detailed in point 4), you will save money in upkeep over the years.
Return on Investment
Because of their low cost and many benefits, you will get a great return on your investment in new windows if you choose vinyl framing. In fact, according to Remodeling magazine, vinyl windows have an ROI of around 72.3%, making it one of the best investments that can be made in a home.
Because vinyl can withstand extreme temperatures, they are more durable than other window options. Additionally, they won’t warp, peel, or fade, so you can expect vinyl windows to last for decades. At All States, we install Soft-Lite vinyl windows, which are known to last up to 40 years, so you won’t have to worry about your windows for decades.
Vinyl material doesn’t have to be painted or stained, and it also is very easy to clean with soap and water or other household cleaners. Additionally, the color is baked into the PVC, so you won’t have to paint them every few years. Therefore, vinyl is one of the most low maintenance options on the market.
Vinyl windows come in many styles, sizes, and colors. We can even custom-fit windows based on your specifications, so there are vinyl window options to fit all of your needs.
The insulation inside vinyl frames makes them much more energy-efficient than wood frames over time. You will notice a considerable reduction in your heating and cooling expenses immediately after replacing your worn-out or less energy-efficient windows. Vinyl’s high-insulating properties keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
We install an extensive line of replacement windows to fit any home, and we proudly offer Energy Star certified Soft-Lite Windows. Only windows that have passed extensive testing by the United States Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency are allowed to don the Energy Star label, so you can be confident that your replacement windows are some of the most energy-efficient windows on the market. Learn more about the Energy Star program at www.energystar.gov.
Choose All States Home Improvement for Your Window Installation
Interested in upgrading your home’s windows? Check out our window style guide, and then give us a call at (316) 444-1220 to learn more. Fill out our convenient estimate form, or stop our showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.