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Vinyl Replacement Windows: Great Price and Long Lasting

By Weather Tamer Subscribe to RSS | August 1st 2012 | Views:
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We must first emphasize that vinyl replacement windows are not made from vinyl entirely. Instead, the term refers to the window frame only while the window glass portion is still the same glass as that used for metal and wood frames.

Vinyl is a type of plastic known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) derived from petroleum oil. The plastic used in vinyl windows are actually similar to traditional vinyl records albeit the former is designed to be more rigid, warp-resistant and scratch-resistant than the latter. Most vinyl replacement windows are made from recycled vinyl although many manufacturers are now using virgin vinyl for economic reasons.

These window frames and their corresponding replacement windows have several advantages over metal and wooden frames. Said benefits are discussed in depth below.

Energy Efficiency

Vinyl replacement windows have high R-values, said values of which refer to the measure of thermal resistance. The general rule is: The higher the R-values, the higher the energy efficiency because of the higher heat resistance. In this regard, these plastic frames have approximately 5% to 20% higher insulation properties than wood and metal. Why? These frames have dual glazing. In the long run, vinyl window frames save on purchase, maintenance and energy costs, which results in the best value for your money.

Variety of Choices

Just as with wood and metal window frames, vinyl replacement windows also come in a wide variety of choices. Your choices include matte, shiny and faux wood-grain finishes as well as colors in white, tan and bronze. You can also customize the width of the trim, sill and locking mechanism as well as the number of panes for your windows, among other customizable options.

We must warn homeowners, however, that not all types of houses will look good with vinyl replacement windows for either ornamental or practical purposes – or both. For example, since vinyl frames cannot be painted over to match the walls or the decor, these are unsuitable for most old houses with distinctive old-time characters. In most cases, vinyl windows are suitable for modern apartments, condos, and homes.

Reasonably Priced

Vinyl replacement windows are the most affordable option in comparison with wood and metal. Of course, you need not worry about sacrificing on quality, durability and beauty because these properties are all given in vinyl window frames. Even the installation costs are very affordable.

Virtually Maintenance-Free

For busy homeowners, the fact that vinyl replacement Home Window, are virtually maintenance-free is an added value. These window frames can be immediately installed with existing windows or with new windows sans the need for sanding, staining or painting. Vinyl windows are also resistant to dirt, stains, scratches, mold, and dents as well as to the effect of ultraviolet rays (i.e., fading). In comparison, wood and metal window frames do not possess many of these qualities, not to mention the amount of maintenance work necessary for these materials.

Nonetheless, vinyl replacement windows require maintenance although not as much as wood and metal frames. Just clean the edges and lubricate the joints for time to time and you are finished with maintenance for vinyl frames.

With all these qualities, it is then no wonder than Vinyl Replacement Windows are longer-lasting than other types. These are your best investments in recent years so don’t hesitate to have these installed now.

Weather Tamer - About Author:
Weather Tamer installed thousands of top-quality home windows,Picture Windows, sunrooms,solarium, vinyl siding, gutter protection systems, Custom Windows, metal and shingle roofing to homeowners and contractors in eastern Tennessee, Northern Georgia, and western North Carolina.For Home Improvement solutions visit our website www.weathertamer.com

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