If you’re looking for minimal upkeep, properly installed vinyl windows require very little else besides an occasional cleaning. They are designed not to peel, crack or fade. The cost conscious consumer also is drawn to vinyl over wooden windows because of their affordability, particularly because the installation process is much less tedious.
“If you have older windows in your home, replacing with vinyl windows can be a really low-maintenance option for you and they are easy to clean,” said Angie’s List founder, Angie Hicks. “You can have a strong return of investment on your window replacement depending on the type of windows you are replacing with vinyl. You are not only going to get energy efficiency, but also some appreciation on the value of your home.”
Vinyl windows remain the most popular choice and not just because they’re the most affordable option. Here is a closer look at some of the benefits of vinyl windows:
- Reduce heating and cooling costs
- Boost energy efficiency
- Noise reduction
- Low-maintenance (no painting, no scraping)
- Easy cleaning
- Increase the value of your home
“Vinyl windows actually are the highest rated from an insulation stand point of today’s windows,” said window installer, Mark Fadely. “Many of them are available in triple pane versions which are the ultimate in energy efficiency. Noise reduction is one of the first things that customers notice when new vinyl windows are installed and for the ultimate noise reduction the triple pane glass with three panes to protect against noise transfer is the best way to go.”
Vinyl windows also come in a variety of colors, not just white. “Now they have many different exterior colors as well as interior finishes including wood grains of various hues and solid colors on the inside as well to match interior trims of most modern homes,” Fadely adds.
If you are unfamiliar with the replacement window industry, you might not know about all of the replacement options available. With that in mind, how do you decide which option is right for you?
Window Replacement Options
- Vinyl windows. Vinyl windows are one of the most common types of windows on homes today. They are simple to install and their inexpensive materials make them the most cost effective window on the market, generally speaking. They are often the window of choice for new construction starter homes as well as the replacement choice on a home with a lower appraised value. Standard sizes can easily be purchased at a large distributor, such as Lowe’s or Home Depot, and many contractor companies will offer a vinyl window option for sale and installation.
- Aluminum windows. Aluminum windows are also a very common type of window. Again, the materials are relatively inexpensive, allowing for a price point that’s not much higher than for vinyl windows. They are generally a bit more durable than the vinyl windows in hotter climates and are often found on homes built after the 1960s. Large distributors will generally carry all the standard sizes, and some of the local San Antonio contractors’ aluminum window options are Don Young, Atrium and General Aluminum.
- Wood windows. Wood windows have undoubtedly been around the longest out of all of the options on the market today. Wood is a plentiful material and has always been very easy to build with and craft things out of. Dating back to the days when the entire house was made with wood, these windows still provide an elegant and charming look for the home. They are very often found on historical homes or on higher-end custom-built homes.
- Composite windows. There are a few different types of composite windows available today. A composite simply means that is composed of more than one material. They can often be mistaken for the look and feel of another type of window like vinyl or wood, but in reality, they are completely different. Two types of composite windows to consider are fiberglass and Fibrex. Both are high-performing windows that are generally found on the mid-range to upper-end of the price scale.
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