Are you experiencing air leaks and other window failures? You may be weighing the benefits of replacing your windows and doing research about the new windows, whether metal, wood or vinyl, would be the best choice. These are a few benefits you can expect from vinyl windows.
Reduced Electricity Costs
Like most people, you are probably looking for new windows that will save you money on your heating and cooling costs. Vinyl windows beat both wood and aluminum window frames hands down. Metals tend to conduct heat and cold, resulting in leaking. In addition, wooden frames tend to warp over time, allowing air into the house.
Vinyl windows are not conductors of hot or cold temperatures and do not warp or dent like wooden and metal frames. Their structure and manufacturing reduce any opportunity for air leaks. However, you still need to do some research on different vinyl window manufacturers, so you can find windows with the highest thermal performance rating.
Many metal window frame manufacturers have adopted processes that increase their durability, but these frames can still be dented, develop corrosion and rust and lose their color. In addition, wood frames can chip, rot and warp. They also require regular maintenance, including painting.
The color in vinyl frames is mixed into the vinyl during production, so the color doesn’t chip, peel or fade. In addition, they are much more durable because they are not susceptible to corrosion or rot.
Wood and metal windows require regular maintenance, including staining or painting. You also have to regularly check for rot or air leaks. Vinyl windows actually don’t require regular maintenance. Therefore, other than cleaning them every so often with soap and water, you don’t have to apply any other treatments.
Also, although you can paint wooden windows any color, vinyl windows tend to come in a wider variety of colors and styles than both wooden and metal windows.
As you complete your research, work with a professional window installation company to ensure your new windows are installed properly.