The most recognizable features of a window are the glass and the framing. The framing material makes up the window perimeter. The part of the window that surrounds the glass. Window frames constructed of wood, aluminum or vinyl are most common.
So, what is Vinyl?
Vinyl is the common name given to an advanced polymer called Poly-vinyl Chloride, or PVC. That's right, PVC. The same stuff that pipes and window blinds are made of. PVC is the particular modifier in the family of polymers used in many applications. Polymers are tailored for specific applications. A PVC plastic for medical purposes may be blended to make sure they don't reactive with a patients skin. PVC pipe is strong, durable and flexible.
When it comes to Windows, PVC is blended with certain chemicals that allow it to be molded into window frames. To resist sun degradation. And resist heat flow from the outside in to your home.
So when someone says they have installed Vinyl Windows in their home, they had windows constructed of an advanced polymer that has been blended with various other chemicals into a plastic framed window.
VINYL WINDOW FUNCTIONALITY
If you want functionality, vinyl may be the perfect choice. Have you ever tried to clean a wood window on the second floor of your home? It can be a real pain; but with vinyl, you can leave the ladder in the shed and just swing those windows in to clean them. This kind of functionality is priceless and yet features like these come standard with many vinyl window options.
If you care more about the windows than the frames, vinyl will be the right fit. While we are proud to offer frames that are made from 100% virgin vinyl to provide superior strength, and a wide selection of colors to give the variety our customers need, we realize that some folks just aren’t happy unless they have something that looks like real stained wood. And even though we offer wood grain laminates that look beautiful, it just isn’t enough for some people. We understand. But, if you’re okay with not having the special touch that only wood and fiberglass can provide, vinyl will give you all the other benefits of new windows and still look beautiful. You’ll have more light coming in, soft shadows on your floors and walls, a better view of your yard, and–if you get a bow window–a nice little nook where you can relax and enjoy a book.
VINYL WINDOW MAINTENANCE
Another angle on vinyl windows pros and cons is maintenance and ease of customization. If you’re looking for easy maintenance, vinyl is a hassle free option. Being able to easily clean the windows on the second and third stories of your home isn’t the only way vinyl window maintenance is easier. It is also a breeze to keep the frames nice on vinyl windows. Vinyl can be cleaned with just a little soapy water, and you don’t have to worry about having to paint, repaint, or stain to keep them nice through the years.
If you actually like painting your windows, vinyl may not be for you. No window can be all things to all people. If you’re the kind of person who likes to switch things up and change the color of your frames every now and then, you’ll want to go with wood or even fiberglass instead of vinyl.
VINYL WINDOW DURABILITY
If you want windows that will brave the weather, vinyl will get you there. This material is made to weather the weather. In rain, sleet, or snow, vinyl windows aren’t going to crack, chip, or peel.
READY FOR VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS?
Do you see new vinyl windows in your future? If you do, let PMSS help you with that window replacement. We have an incredible selection of styles and colors, and we’re sure to find the perfect fit. Nothing breathes life into the exterior beauty of a home like new windows can. Let’s get started today.