Vinyl windows are relatively inexpensive, low maintenance and durable. They don’t need to be painted. Higher end vinyl windows come with quality spacer preventing any seal problems as a result of high thermal expansion rate. Higher end vinyl windows are less susceptible to discoloring, chalking and fading. Vinyl windows are made primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a product that offers many advantages.
Advantages – Performance and Longevity
- Best Energy Efficiency: Vinyl provides the best overall insulation available – better than wood or aluminum.
- Tightest Water Seal: Highest quality vinyl windows and doors seal tight. They don’t leak, even under extreme conditions, such as high-velocity winds and driving rain. And because vinyl won’t warp or swell, vinyl windows and doors work just as well in bad weather as on a warm, dry, sunny day.
- Greatest Durability Under All Weather Conditions: Vinyl doesn’t degrade, rot, warp or delaminate like wood, or corrode when subject to pollutants, solar radiation or salt air like steel or aluminum.
- Easy to Clean and Never Paint Again: Because of its smooth, glossy, non-porous surface, top-quality vinyl is free of pits and flaws that can collect dirt and dull the surface over time. Just wipe the finish with plain soap and water and you’re done! Vinyl’s color is blended through the entire material, so there is no paint, laminate, anodizing or other surface treatment to peel off or degrade over time.
- Unlimited Styles, Shapes and Design Options: Finely crafted vinyl windows and doors complement homes of all ages and styles, from turn-of-the-century Victorians to suburban ranch style homes – whether masonry, wood frame or stucco. And with vinyl’s endless fabrication possibilities, your new windows and doors can be built in almost any shape, size and style combination imaginable.
Aluminum windows are available with a number of anodized or baked-on finishes, giving more color options. Aluminum sashes and frames are a good thermal conductor. Advanced technology provides significant energy savings, while maintaining the strength and durability of aluminum.
- Strength and value
- Design flexibility – build any configuration you can dream of
- Energy efficient
- Wide variety of styles, colors and glass options
Wood windows are unaffected by temperature extremes, and are less prone to condensation, but they require considerable maintenance in the form of periodic painting. They are attractive and they provide good insulation. They can be refinished, repaired and repainted.
Fiberglass windows frames are dimensionally stable and have air cavities. When these cavities are filled with insulation, they offer superior thermal performance compared to wood or vinyl.
Composite windows feature a sash and frame that are made from more than one kind of material. Typically the material is a blend of specialty polymer resins, or thermoplastic alloy, which is a vinyl-based combination of both PVC and acrylic resins for excellent durability, low maintenance, and delivering dimensional stability and strength that is ideal for window and door products used in high-heat, high humidity southern climates.