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What Are Vinyl Windows?

9/22/2013 8:14:49 AM

Vinyl windows are one of the most popular types of window installed around the world today. First introduced to the world in 1954 in Germany, vinyl windows grew in popularity due to wood shortages and high aluminum prices following the Second World War. A new, low cost material was needed for windows and other construction components, and out of that need vinyl was created.

Vinyl windows were first introduced in the United States in the 1960s and they have experienced a meteoric rise in popularity since their introduction. Their superior energy efficiency lead to an explosion of market share during the 1970’s energy crisis and they have not looked back since.

Initially, vinyl windows were not without problems, often experiencing cracking and discoloration. Early vinyl often became brittle, discolored, and warped after only a few short years of exposure to the sun’s UV radiation—requiring replacement much quicker than well maintained wood windows.

Today’s vinyl windows have made great strides from their predecessors and are now known for their low maintenance requirements and extended lifespan. Weather Shield’s Aspire Series vinyl windows have advanced well beyond vinyl of the past. Our vinyl windows feature color that is consistent throughout the vinyl extrusion. This allows our vinyl windows to maintain their color longer and make nicks and scratches less visible than they were on painted vinyl. Buying vinyl windows today is an excellent long term investment in your home.

So What Is Vinyl?

Vinyl is a man-made material created from ethylene and chlorine. Once these materials are processed, they combine to form Polyvinyl Chloride—or vinyl for short. Being a synthetic plastic-like material, vinyl is very resistant to moisture, humidity, and decay. For these reasons, vinyl has grown to be a major type of construction material. Additionally, vinyl can be recycled—making it an environmentally friendly construction material.

What Are the Advantages of Vinyl Windows?

We’ve already discussed many of the benefits of vinyl windows, but to recap, the major advantages of vinyl windows are:
  • Excellent Energy Efficiency – vinyl’s insulating properties make vinyl windows a very energy efficient type of window.
  • Durability – vinyl windows offer exceptional durability. Our vinyl windows will not peel, blister, or fade. You will never have to sand or paint your window exterior again!
  • Low-Maintenance – vinyl windows are virtually maintenance free. A simple cleaning is often all that is necessary to keep them looking like new!
If you’ve decided that vinyl windows are the choice for your home, or you simply want to learn more about our vinyl window options, contact us directly, or find a local dealer today!

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