History

Vinyl windows originated in Germany after WWII. Because of their bulky design and robust appearance, they could not find their way into the American marketplace. Then, in the 1990's vinyl windows took the window replacement and new construction market by storm, growing nearly 125% between 1992-1998. From that point on, vinyl windows have been the go-to material. Why? Lets go over the benefits of vinyl windows.

 

Benefits:

  1. Maintenance Free → Vinyl windows, unlike their counterparts, do not need to be cared for. They do not fade, discolor, rot, warp, rust, corrode, etc.

  2. Energy Efficiency → They are not a good conductor of energy therefore, unlike aluminum windows, your home will stay cool in the hot summer months and warm in the cold winter months. Because of vinyl's superior insulating capabilities, it is the only material that gets you the $1500 Federal tax credit

  3. Price → Because of the ever growing popularity of vinyl windows, they have become the most cost effective material to go with.

  4. Easy Install → vinyl windows have grown popular in part due to their ease of installation. Vinyl replacement windows with a z-bar or stucco flange are installed over your existing windows, so there is no damage to the stucco, nor the drywall. After you replace with vinyl, you don't have to do anything. Just install and start saving on your energy bills.

 

New Developments with Vinyl Windows

 

Paintable Exteriors

Recently, Color Coat technologies have created a system for painting vinyl. Before this technology came about, vinyl only came in a few colors: white, tan, almond, and clay. Now, vinyl can be painted a wide spectrum of colors so that you can beautify your residence. Choose from a hunter green to a bronze color, whatever matches your project.

 

 

Replace with Vinyl Windows

If you want to replace an existing window, vinyl is the way to go. Whether you have old style double hung wood windows or inefficient aluminum windows, vinyl will solve all of your problems.

 

Existing Wood Windows:

If you currently have wood windows in your home, chances are they are double hung. The most popular way of changing this kind of window without disturbing the original water membrane, stucco, or drywall, is to install a single hung vinyl window. This window, as opposed to the double hung, will have only the bottom sash operable. So the top sash will stay fixed as the bottom sash will move freely up and down. The single hung vinyl window should be installed from inside by removing the inside stop and setting the window up against the outside stop. Make sure your window is square and insulated properly with expanding foam to fill in any cavities between the window and the window frame.

 

Existing Aluminum Windows:

Aluminum windows are the most popular material people replace with vinyl. Why? Aluminum is a good conductor of energy, so when the sun shines onto an aluminum window, the heat passes through the material and in turn heats up the inside of your home. Same thing happens in the winter. Vinyl windows are custom made to fit over the existing aluminum window. Unless your windows are currently leaking, you always want to avoid breaking the original water membrane. Vinyl windows are then placed over the existing aluminum window, fitting over like a glove, and are sealed using caulking and sealants. Shims should be used if the window is out of square. Also, to finish off your windows from the inside, a relatively inexpensive route to go with is flat trim. Vinyl replacement windows look great with a piece of flat trim surrounding the perimeter in the inside of your home. The trim gives your window a nice and finished look.