If you have started shopping for replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ then you know just how many options are available to you. Navigating the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials can be overwhelming. How do you know which will be the best option for your home and your budget? To help you out here is some useful information about one of our most popular frame materials—vinyl.
What are Vinyl Windows?
These window frames are made from a top quality polyvinyl chloride (PVC) often used in other construction supplies. The material used for windows has special additives and compounds like titanium dioxide and organic tin. These ingredients help make the vinyl strong, durable, and resistant to ultraviolet rays.
Advantages of Vinyl Windows
Here are just a few of the benefits of purchasing vinyl replacement windows:
- Vinyl windows require very little when it comes to upkeep. They do not need to be sanded and repainted to stay looking new. Instead, all you need is a little water and mild detergent to wipe away dirt and debris. They are also weather-resistant and will not rust, rot, mold, or peel.
- Vinyl window frames are manufactured with interlocking chambers. The hollow insides trap dense air and insulate the frame to reduce heat transfer. Vinyl is also a great insulator, making these windows some of the most energy efficient options on the market.
- Vinyl windows have welded corners. This not only strengthens the assembly and improves durability, but it also prevents air leaks around the frame and sash.
- Vinyl windows are faster and easier to manufacture compared to other window materials. The material is also highly versatile so windows can be made to fit an opening exactly, down to the 1/8th of an inch. This also means faster and easier installation. All of this adds up to savings because vinyl windows are so reasonably priced.
Disadvantages of Vinyl Windows
Along with the advantages come a few drawbacks like:
- Vinyl windows cannot be painted. The color you choose is the color you get for the longevity of your windows.
- Vinyl is made from petroleum-based plastic. So while it is a highly recyclable material, many argue it is still less eco-friendly than fiberglass.
- Vinyl windows can appear synthetic, which can translate to cheap and utilitarian. This is why some homeowners and contractors tend to shy away from these products.
- Vinyl windows are strong and durable, but they can warp or become yellow with prolonged exposure to the sun. That is why it is important to find quality products.
- Vinyl windows expand and contract due to temperature fluctuations. This can wear out the seal between the frame and glass. And unfortunately the bigger the sash the faster the seal tends to fail.
Still not sure if vinyl replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ are the best option for you? Other options include aluminum, fiberglass, and wood windows. To find out more contact Freelite Inc. You can stop by 331 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003 or call (602) 233-1981 to set up an appointment.