From wood to fiberglass to vinyl windows, deciding on the best fit for your home is a challenge. Windows perform a key function in the home. Depending on their design, they can provide privacy, security, added style, and a great view.
Whether you are dealing with a new construction or a replacement project, you need to consider several factors, such as:
- Ability to withstand the weather, from strong winds to heavy rains
- Design and style
- Fit with your budget
- Performance and function
- Durability and maintenance needs
Vinyl windows can be a great fit for your home. They are even the preferred option of many budget-conscious homeowners when it comes to window replacement jobs. With their ability to function against the weather, their durability and their functionality, vinyl can fit well in your home.
Reason to Choose Vinyl Windows
Vinyl is made of rigid and impact-resistant polyvinyl chloride (PVC). There are also other inner structural elements. These windows have hollow chambers inside the material. The thermal resistance means the windows can resist heat transfer and also prevent condensation.
Undecided if you’re going to install vinyl replacement or new windows into your home? The usual debate in window and glass shops is whether to choose vinyl or fiberglass windows. Both of these window types are manmade, durable, easy to maintain, and great with thermal resistance. Some homeowners also consider wooden windows, which can be difficult to maintain and are also expensive.
The advantage of vinyl is in the cost. Vinyl is cheaper than fiberglass windows. There’s usually a 30% price difference. You can save hundreds of dollars considering the scale of your project. Cost is especially important if you are replacing all your windows due to damage or another reason.
Vinyl windows are less expensive for a reason. There is less variation in design, when it comes to painting and finishing. This can also be a benefit if you don’t want the inconvenience of painting your windows. Vinyl is also more prone to warping. However, the low cost doesn’t mean that vinyl is bad material. As mentioned, vinyl provides great thermal resistance, and it’s easy to maintain.
When it comes to style, vinyl usually comes in “baked-in” colors. On the plus side, the material doesn’t fade. Unlike wooden windows, it also does not rot.
How Vinyl Windows Can Fit in Your Home
Ultimately, fitting vinyl into your home depends on your construction needs. For example, you need to think about style and functionality. Will your windows be operable or fixed? Will there be stiles and horizontal rails? Are the windows going to be single hung or sliding? All of these window designs will influence how the vinyl windows will fit.
Vinyl can be used for new construction or for replacement. Unlike replacement windows, new construction windows have a nailing fin to secure it in the wall opening. Replacement windows are easier to install, unless the existing frame is also damaged.
When it comes to replacement windows, vinyl might be the better fit. Overall, vinyl can fit in many different styles. They fit right into any budget. They can be both practical and they can be the key style point. In terms of performance, vinyl can provide great ventilation, protection and thermal resistance. It’s also easy to maintain.
Fitting Your Vinyl Replacement Windows into Your House
Vinyl replacement windows are much easier to install than the alternatives. Many homeowners with basic handyman skills can do the job themselves. Of course, you run the risk of doing more damage.
Installing vinyl windows into your home by yourself is not advisable if:
- The windows are for new construction with no pre-existing frame
- Existing window frames are rotten
- The window frames are out of shape or otherwise damaged
Many DIY homeowners also make common yet avoidable mistakes. These mistakes include not checking the measurements, and not knowing what type of window to order.
Contact Glass King Professional Services
To get the best value for money, having a professional look over your project is a good strategy. Glass King specializes in home glass and commercial glass repair services in the Phoenix Metro area. Based in Chandler, our services offer worry-free window repair and replacement.
Glass King believes in 100% customer satisfaction. Our friendly and professional team dedicates time and effort in ensuring prompt and punctual service. The team is available anytime to provide their detail-oriented service. Best of all, Glass King is licensed and insured.
Contact us to schedule an appointment. If you’re still not sure about opting for vinyl windows, our staff will be more than happy to discuss with you all your other options!