Ever since the introduction of vinyl windows in the mid-60’s, maintenance has become a breeze. Vinyl windows come in a variety of colors – and are the most inexpensive windows on the market. They are relatively energy efficient, having mid-range to high R-values, a measure of resistance to heat flow. The higher the number, the better insulation. And the beauty of vinyl windows is you can create any style – plus there’s a wide variety of standard sizes and styles.
Benefits of Vinyl Windows
Customizable to a variety of styles and shapes
Available in a variety of colors
Low cost – available in a wide range of prices
Limitations of Vinyl Windows
Cannot be painted. If you decide to change your house color scheme, you’ll need to work around the color of your vinyl windows
Stats About Vinyl Windows
In 2005, Remodeler Magazine reported in their Cost vs. Value Report that a “mid-range job (replacing 10 existing 3-by-5-foot double-hung windows with vinyl-clad double-glazed replacement windows and not disturbing existing interior or exterior trim) had a national average cost of $9,424 and the cost was recouped at 74 percent.”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “windows with Energy Star labels are energy efficient all year long and are twice as efficient as the average window produced 10 years ago. They’re available in aluminum, fiberglass, vinyl and wood, and include design styles such as single-hung, double-hung, casement, horizontal slider, fixed and picture, as well as patio slider.”
When shopping for windows, understanding the difference between different window materials will help you find the windows that are right for your house style and climate. Doing a little homework in advance can also help you with the best price and the right contractor to install your new windows.