For generations almost every window installed in residential home consisted of a wood frame with a single pane glass insert. But over the past 20 years a dizzying variety of window materials have become available, all claiming to be the best. But the replacement windows that have emerged as the consensus choice for strength, energy efficiency, looks and value are those manufactured with vinyl frames.
No other window material can match vinyl for low maintenance, insulating value and appearance. Here’s how:
- Low Maintenance – The days of repeatedly scraping and painting or staining wood frame windows are over. Vinyl windows are “color through” and nearly maintenance-free, simply requiring a quick and easy washing to keep them looking great, year after year. And the color won’t peel, chip or fade.
- Insulating Value – Wood windows are not very good at preventing cold air from infiltrating a home, or warm air from escaping. Because wood flexes and can’t always be properly sealed against the glass or sash, air always finds a way in or out. Vinyl windows are designed to be sealed snugly, and are made to trap air inside hollow chambers to reduce energy loss. Combined with an energy-efficient glass package, this results in a home whose temperature is more easily regulated, and whose monthly heating and cooling costs are lower.
- Appearance – If you are a traditionalist who likes the look of natural grain that comes with wood windows, I challenge you to look at a wood-patterned vinyl window and discern the difference. The grain, sworls and ridge patterns you love in wood are all there. But they will never split, warp or rot like real wood.
Ready to step up to vinyl replacement windows for your home? Call the experts at Rescom Exteriors at (866) 410-5884 today to schedule a free in-home window replacement consultation and estimate.