There are many different types of replacement windows on the market today. There are fiberglass windows, aluminum replacement windows, wood replacement windows, composite-type windows, and many styles of vinyl replacement windows. There are pros and cons with each of these different materials.
For the purposes of this blog article, I am going to focus on vinyl replacement windows. There are all types of vinyl replacement windows on the market today, from inexpensive vinyl windows to high- quality vinyl windows. As with any product, you really do get what you pay for.
There have been some significant advancements with vinyl replacement windows. Today, if you look hard enough, there are manufacturers out there that can provide you with any exterior color you can imagine. On top of this, there are interior woodgrain laminates that look and feel like real wood. The benefit is you eliminate the need to paint and stain.
Also, vinyl replacement windows can be manufactured to fit the existing opening of your home. We are long past the days that you need to make your home fit the window – at least with vinyl windows. There are companies that still use standard sizes, and this means some additional and costly renovation to your home. But with vinyl replacement windows, companies can manufacture down to 1/16th of an inch so the windows will fit your home’s opening exactly – and eliminate the extra installation/labor costs.
Energy efficiency has long been a reason for replacing your existing windows. Today, vinyl replacement windows can give you overall window U-values as low as .14 or .15, depending on the type of window. Vinyl windows have also been on the forefront of innovation, whether it be high-performance glass, colors, mini-blinds or glass that shades with the brightness and heat of the sun.
Vinyl replacement window manufacturers have been able to adapt faster to newer technology and be more nimble. Vinyl windows offer great standard features with top-notch warranties and, as I mentioned, are more aesthetic and offer a variety of energy options.
So if you are looking to replace your windows, research the vinyl replacement window companies out there. And remember, when you are investing in your home, you want to invest in high-quality and high-value products.