When considering new windows for your home, there are many things to consider. How important is cost to you? Is more energy efficiency important? Do you currently have leaky/drafty windows that you want replaced? Are you looking to have added beauty/looks? Will they be easy to maintain and clean? What type of warranty are you being offered? Is safety and security a concern? Are you concerned about health and mold, rot, and creating a healthier living environment?
For the purposes of this blog, I will be focusing on consumers who would consider vinyl their best option. Consumers who would consider a high-end vinyl window would be the consumers who are looking for more energy efficiency and to drastically lower drafts into the home, and for products that are easy to maintain and last a lifetime. Premium vinyl windows offer all this, as well as creating healthier living environments and adding security to your home. With newer machinery and technology, higher-end vinyl windows now offer stunning new looks and beauty that were never before possible. Vinyl windows are commonly white in color, but with woodgrain interior color options and many companies offering a PVC exterior bond (painted) option, more colors have become available to satisfy any consumer.
Wood windows offer great beauty and natural looks, but are many times very expensive in cost, not as energy efficient as high-end vinyl, leak more air, and are not maintenance free. Wood windows can rot and mold over time as well. Fiberglass windows offer some impressive thermal ratings and are often portrayed as being stronger than vinyl. Fiberglass windows have strength linearly, but are generally weak in the corners where they cannot be welded. Many fiberglass windows are not as strong structurally as higher-end vinyl windows, in fact, and can cost significantly more.
When choosing new windows, it’s also important to consider whether you are looking for your NEXT window purchase or LAST window purchase for that home. Many windows offer 10, 20, or even 30 year warranties; many of the higher-end vinyl windows offer a 50 year to lifetime warranty.
When investing in your home, it’s important to research and understand what option is best for you and your family. If many of the questions above relate to you, consider high-end vinyl windows as the best option for you, your family and your home.