Here are the top five advantages of using vinyl as a window frame material:
The outstanding thermal performance of vinyl makes it a desirable material for homeowners, builders and trade professionals. We take a number of steps to build on the energy efficiency inherent in vinyl windows, including the use of Low-E glass, warm-edge spacers and a high number of air chambers within the frame.
Compared to aluminum, which conducts heat rapidly, vinyl does a much better job at preventing heat loss and maintaining a comfortable interior environment all year round.
Even within the category of vinyl windows, energy efficiency ratings can vary wildly depending on the manufacturer, glazing, insulation and more. That’s why it’s important to look for the ENERGY STAR symbol and compare key metrics such as U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) and energy rating.
Installation will also play a major role in determining the performance and return on investment of the windows. Even the most energy-efficient vinyl windows will lead to problems if air is allowed to pass around the frame.
Vinyl is renowned for its easy upkeep, which amounts to little more than the occasional dusting or cleaning with a mild detergent. Whereas materials such as wood require lots of touch-ups due to fading, splintering or rotting, vinyl can endure season after season of harsh weather without needing to be repainted or repaired.
Advances in technology are continually adding to the design possibilities for vinyl windows, making them an attractive choice for any type of home. At Vinyl-Pro we offer a wide range of durable, fade-resistant colours for our windows, including custom options on request. This versatility allows for seamless matching with interiors and exteriors of all styles.
Our vinyl windows also come with unique artistic touches, including classic and contemporary rosettes for interior trim, as well as the option of a wood-stained finish for truly elegant styling.
We manufacture each of our windows from a lead-free uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride) compound. In addition to its environmental sustainability, this material gives our windows better resistance to impact, moisture and discoloration, and ensures they won’t crack, warp or blister. As a result vinyl windows will continue to look and perform like new, year after year, in all kinds of climates.
Compared to other window materials such as wood and fiberglass, vinyl is a cost-effective option for both new construction and replacement projects. Over the long term it can provide added return on investment through energy savings at home, as well as in money and time saved because it requires little or no maintenance.