Know the Basics of Vinyl Windows

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Today we will take a deep dive into vinyl windows in an effort to better understand the upsides, disadvantages and critical information that homeowners need to know prior to purchase.

Vinyl windows are not just the most widely used window in the Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Asheville communities, they are the most popular window material in the country. Vinyl replacement windows are made of Polyvinyl Chloride, otherwise known as PVC. All of the window’s components are made from plastic moldings.

Advantages
1) Affordability
Vinyl replacement windows are a cost-effective alternative to wood, composite or aluminum windows. Vinyl windows provide homeowners with ‘bang for the buck’ for their remodeling dollar.

2) Low maintenance
Vinyl windows are an incredibly low maintenance product. Vinyl does not need to be (and should not be) painted. Plastic is impervious to moisture penetration. This means that no routine painting or caulking is required.

Disadvantages
1) Curb appeal
What vinyl windows offer in cost-effectiveness, they lack in aesthetics. Plastic is plastic. Vinyl windows give the appearance of a manufactured product when compared to composite or wood windows.

2) Durability
Being made of plastic, vinyl windows morph, warp and fade over time. Vinyl windows can become difficult to open and close after years of exposure to the elements.

3) Design options
Most vinyl windows come in two color options, White and Almond. Color customization is not possible with vinyl windows. Vinyl windows cannot be stained to give the appearance of Wood. A natural wood interior is not available with vinyl windows, unlike composite windows.

If your home is in need of new replacement windows, then look no further than Hatch Homes. Call us today to schedule a Vinyl Window estimate and receive a quote to have your windows replaced.

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