There are a lot of things to consider when choosing replacement windows, but arguably one of the most important factors is the window materials. Vinyl windows have gained tremendous popularity in the last few decades, but why? In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons of vinyl windows.
The Pros of Vinyl Windows
Vinyl Windows Help Save You Money
One of the most touted benefits of vinyl windows is their affordability. When compared to other window materials such as wood and fiberglass, vinyl is typically much less expensive, making it an attractive option for people seeking a cost-effective window replacement. Despite the lower cost, vinyl windows have excellent insulating properties, meaning you will likely save money on future energy bills. When combining these two factors, vinyl windows become a front runner for people seeking a low-cost, high-return window replacement option.
Vinyl Windows Are Durable and Require Little Maintenance
If you’ve done any research at all, you’ll know that replacement windows are a major investment. With that kind of price tag generally comes certain expectations, like durability and longevity, and reasonably so. Everyone wants the best return on investment possible. Vinyl windows offer exactly that. Unlike wood windows, which are made from organic material and are susceptible to moisture and temperature, vinyl windows are resistant to dirt, mold, and rot. They’re also less appealing to pesky insects like termites and carpenter bees.
In addition to being extremely durable, vinyl windows are also practically maintenance-free. They are resistant to rot and corrosion, and they won’t flake or peel, so there’s no need to worry about sanding or repainting down the road. All you have to do is clean them every once in a while. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Vinyl Windows Offer Nearly Unlimited Customization Options
Another benefit of vinyl windows is that they’re available in a wide range of styles and colors. While they may not have as many options as wood, which can be painted or stained in a variety of colors and finishes, they do offer a large variety to fit nearly any aesthetic. And again, they have next to none of the regular maintenance that their organic counterparts require. Vinyl windows are even available in a wood-grain finish, so they provide a similar aesthetic to wood while retaining their look for years.
As far as styles and shapes, vinyl windows can be made into single- or double-hung, casement, picture — you name it. You can also create custom shapes and sizes at a fraction of the cost of wood windows.
The Cons of Vinyl Windows
Not All Vinyl Windows Are Created Equal
As with virtually any product on the market, with high demand comes high variation in quality. You can find very inexpensive vinyl windows from a variety of manufacturers looking to capitalize on budget home remodelers. However, with this low price tag often comes an inferior product. For this reason, it’s important to do your due diligence regarding window manufacturers. At Clarity, we’ve searched high and low for the best of the best when it comes to vinyl windows. The Del Mar series by Anlin is what we found. Not only are their products superior, but they’re also backed by the most comprehensive double-lifetime warranties in the industry. Check out our windows page for more details on Anlin Windows.
Vinyl Windows are Not Very Adaptable
While vinyl windows come in a wide variety of colors and finishes, they are not the most adaptable should you decide to change the aesthetic of your home. With wood replacement windows, it’s pretty easy to sand, re-stain, and/or repaint your existing windows to accommodate a design update. Painting vinyl windows, however, is less than ideal. Once you’ve chosen your vinyl windows, you’re locked into that decision unless you want to completely replace your windows.
Choosing replacement windows for your home is a big decision, and we know there’s a lot to consider. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or if you’d just like to learn more about your options, feel free to contact us or stop by our showroom. We’d be happy to guide you through the process and provide you with any information that can help you make the best decisions for you and your home. Until next time!