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Vinyl Windows: The Pros and Cons

What comes to your mind when you hear the words vinyl windows?

For many people nothing really comes to mind, due to the fact that they have not had the need to research the subject. The fact remains that if you are a person who is serious about finding replacement windows you really should have a firm understanding not only about what a vinyl window is but also the numerous styles that are offered.

The bottom line on vinyl windows is that they are efficient, economical, and thanks to technology they are fashioned to your unique taste.

Vinyl windows are considered to be among the most durable products that have been created for homes that you can find on the market today. Although that same durability is great for building contractors when they are building new homes, it does not mean that vinyl windows are right for every MN home.  But consider these pros and cons to help you evaluate whether vinyl windows would be good for yours.

The following is list of pros that come with vinyl windows, as well as cons of the vinyl window:

Vinyl Windows – The Pros

  • Smooth Operation: Have you been in an older home and tried to open a window just to find out that they have been painted shut or that they are so warped that they just will not open? Vinyl windows are constructed out of a smooth material that if built well will not warp. With the materials that they have been constructed from along with a balancing system, vinyl windows open smoothly.
  • Withstanding the Elements:Vinyl windows are built to last a very long time. They have been created to withstand temperature changes, snowy days, rainy days, as well as whatever is thrown their way. The materials used to construct vinyl windows contract and expand  so minimally that it never seems to be a concern.
  • Energy Efficiency: Due to the way vinyl windows are constructed as well as the materials, they are resilient enough not to change their shape as the temperature varies. This is great for keeping the cold inside during the summer and the heat indoors when it is winter. Over time an energy efficient window will pay for itself because your utility bills will be lower.  And your home will be more comfortable indoors.

Vinyl Windows – The Cons

  • Customizable: Although vinyl windows can be ordered in various styles, the options available are not as extensive as with some other materials.
  • Changing Frame Colors: With the technology today some types of vinyl windows have been manufactured so that they are paintable, but typically they are not. Although they are manufactured in a a few different color options, take care when you are picking a color for your windows – unlike wood windows that can be re-stained or painted, this will be the color you have the lifetime of your windows.
  • Durability and Quality: It is highly recommended that you do your research before purchasing vinyl windows. Not all vinyl windows are created equal, and here’s one instance where you’re definitely better off paying for higher quality.  If you happen to purchase lower-quality vinyl windows, they can tend to warp or even discolor if you are in an area where the heat is very intense, or where you get full sun all day, such as a southern exposure.

If there is one thing that we preach here at Window Outfitters is that a window is not just another piece of glass. It can be a defining factor of your home. This is one of the reasons we offer quality vinyl windows from Lindsay as well as Unlimited.   We are always happy to assist you in any way we can; speak with us today to learn more about vinyl windows and whether they are right for your home.  We offer free in-home consultations as well as individual appointments at our Savage showroom.

Window Outfitters, Inc. is a licensed MN window company serving the entire Minneapolis metro area.  


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