Vinyl windows were once thought of as cheap and unflattering; the sorry cousin to more common and refined construction materials like wood, metal, and fiberglass. However, advancements in manufacturing have turned the tables. Now vinyl windows are not only more stylish, but more durable and energy efficient. Best of all, they are often the most affordable option. Most developers and home owners now prefer this material over all others.
So it is no wonder vinyl windows are taking over the market. Granted, there are still cheap and inferior vinyl windows out there. You need to pay close attention, and make sure you are getting the best vinyl windows for your money. Here are a few factors to consider:
Characteristics of Quality Vinyl
Today vinyl windows are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a common construction material. It is a unique recipe of plasticizers, pigments, chemicals, and fillers. There are different grades of PVC available. For example that which used in plumbing and electrical piping and that used in making windows. Higher quality construction vinyl will cost more. The best way to know the quality of the vinyl is to look for certification from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.
Construction of the Frame
When selecting your windows most professionals will show you a cross section of the frame. You will see multiple chambers of varying size. More chambers in a vinyl window means better quality. The higher number of chambers helps prevent deformation caused by harsh Mesa, AZ heat. Also manufactures assemble frames in two ways: welding or screws, brackets, and caulk. Typically welded vinyl windows have smoother, stronger seals. Caulked seams can fracture and crack during shipment.
Style and Design
The architectural style of your home should dictate the types of vinyl windows you choose. Consider the age, color, and esthetics of your home. New windows can dramatically change how both the interior and exterior look. Choosing the right style can give your home that upgraded appeal. Conversely, the wrong style will make everything look worse. Vinyl is a malleable substance that lends itself to a variety of styles and finishes. It can even mimic wood. Here the quality comes in finding a style and finish to best match the characteristics and color of your home.
Looks are not the only thing to consider. If you want quality vinyl windows you need to consider the insulating properties, also known as the R-value of the frame and the glass. R-values have a range of 0.9 to 3.0, as dictated by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The higher the R-value, the better the insulator and resistance to heat transfer. This also means greater energy savings—a critical factor in Mesa, AZ heat.
If you want to know about getting your Mesa, AZ vinyl windows, do not hesitate to get in touch with our professionals at Freelite Inc. Call us today at (602) 233-1981 or come down to 331 W McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85003.