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Benefits of Choosing Vinyl Windows for Your Home.

Whether you're choosing windows for a new home or looking to upgrade the windows in your current home, you should consider vinyl. A synthetic plastic-like material made of ethlylene and chlorine, vinyl has become a popular choice of material for residential window frames. A few big reasons are the energy efficiency (which reduces energy bills) and lower replacement as well as maintenance expenses. Statistics show that more than half of all residential windows constructed today feature a vinyl frame. So, why should you choose vinyl windows for your home?

#1) Energy Efficient

Installing vinyl windows will make your home more energy efficient. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), up to 30 percent of the average home's thermal energy -- the warm or cool air produced by its HVAC system -- is lost through its windows. Thermal energy passes through the window's glass and frame, at which point it's released outside. Better energy efficiency leads directly to lower monthly utility bills.

Vinyl frames, however, offer excellent thermal protection when compared to frames made of other materials like aluminum and wood. They keep your home warm during the winter and cool during the summer, offering cost-savings benefits on your utility bills.

#2) Doesn't Decay

You don't have to worry about your vinyl windows decaying. This will save you money over the long term by having a longer life. Unlike wooden frames, vinyl window frames are immune to decay-causing fungi. This is because vinyl windows are made of 100 percent synthetic materials. And without organic matter, there's nothing on which decay-causing fungi can feast.





#3) Resistant to Termites

Each year, termites cause more damage to homes and other man-made structures than tornadoes, hurricanes and floods combined. These destructive subterranean pests can eat through wooden floors, walls, window frames and anything else made of non-pressure-treated wood. However, neither termites nor any other wood-destroying pest can damage vinyl windows.

#4) Resistant to Mold

It's not uncommon for mold to form on wooden window frames. The organic cellulose material of wood provides mold with food. Once the spores land on a wooden window frame, they'll consume micro-sized amounts of the cellulose while reproducing and spreading in the process. But not all window frames are susceptible to mold. Less mold = less decay = lower utility bills! Frames made of inorganic materials like aluminum and vinyl are protected from this phenomenon

#5) Long-Lasting

With an average lifespan of 30 to 40 years, vinyl windows last longer than all other types of windows. Of course that means it will save you and your family money over the years. This will reduce heat and AC loss over the years, and is another way to conserve electricity.

Several factors are attributed to their long-lasting properties, one of which is their natural resistance to decay and pests -- two of the leading causes of damage to wooden windows. Vinyl windows are also stronger and more durable than wooden windows, allowing them to withstand the hands of time for many decades.

#6) Low Maintenance

Maintaining vinyl windows requires very little work and time. Use that save time to work for more money or just to spend the extra time with the family. With wood windows, you must scrape and repaint the frames on a regular basis. Otherwise, moisture may seep inside, causing them to rot. The only maintenance required for vinyl windows, however, is the occasional cleaning with soap and water.





#7) Inexpensive

Cost is a deciding factor when purchasing new windows for a home. Considering that the average 2,000-square-foot home has about 20 windows, replacing all the windows in your home can be expensive. But vinyl is one of the least expensive options, typically costing 25 percent less than wooden windows of the same size. This can save you thousands of dollars when replacement is needed.

You can't go wrong with vinyl windows for your home. They are energy efficient, resistant to termites and fungi, long-lasting, require minimal maintenance, inexpensive and more. All of this will save you money in your pocket books and on energy bills. Most importantly, though, vinyl windows are attractive. They'll enhance your home's decor by adding new geometric designs and colors to the environment.

By: Jon McNamara


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