Yes, vinyl windows are one of the less expensive options that you can use to replace your current windows this summer. But, before you settle for the lowest price you really need to do your research to see which windows are actually the better value for your money.
Because sometimes the cheapest windows just mean that you are going to save money now, but you are going to have to spend it again soon.
What Is Vinyl?
The vinyl that makes up the vinyl windows is basically a plastic that has only been around for the last 20 years. Similar to other plastic products on the market, they are made to be cheap; they are not made to last. Because they are plastic, vinyl windows are also a petroleum product.
Compared to other materials that are used for windows, vinyl is the less expensive, lower maintenance, and a shorter lasting option.
Vinyl Windows Versus Summer
Summer is definitely not a vinyl window’s best friend. On the other hand, vinyl windows don’t have a very good relationship with winter either.
In the winter, vinyl windows shrink from the cold temperatures that they are exposed to. This shrinking can cause the seal between the vinyl frame and the glass panes to stretch. Eventually, after enough stretching the seal will start to breakdown and just stop working altogether. Unfortunately, a broken seal on a window allows that cold air from the outside into your home that you are trying to keep warm.
In the summer, vinyl windows go the other way and start to expand. But, they not only expand they also get soft and start to distort.
The temperature that is needed to get vinyl to expand and soften is 165°, which is easily reached when the sun’s heat is amplified by something before is reached the vinyl windows. It can also reach this temperature between the vinyl window and a closed curtain – anytime the sun is shining.
Because vinyl expands at a rate that is seven times farther than glass does, it also can cause the seal between the glass and the frame to break.
So again, before you settle for the lowest price, check with other companies to see what else is out there. You may be surprised how affordable higher quality materials really are.