Vinyl frame windows may be one of the most popular window options out there, but you should probably think twice before getting them for your home. Our window replacement experts say that this popular option has a few key caveats that might be a deal-breaker for you. Here are four of the biggest issues with vinyl windows.
1. Seal Failure Along the Frame
Window frames tend to expand when exposed to heat and contract when things get cold. This constant expansion and contraction is more evident in vinyl, which often results in the appearance of small gaps along the frame. Because of this, vinyl windows are more likely to experience seal failure sooner than other types of windows.
2. Warping and Melting
Summers can get very hot to the point where it can weaken different materials. Vinyl is pretty much a type of plastic, which tends to warp when exposed to extreme heat for an entire day. If you want something similar but more durable, experts on replacement windows recommend Fibrex® frame windows for a more warp-resistant alternative.
3. Smaller Glass Area
Window inserts tend to give you a smaller view because you’re pretty much inserting a smaller window inside an existing window frame. Unfortunately, vinyl inserts tend to have thicker frames compared to other inserts so this view-reduction effect is even more noticeable. Fibrex frames are stronger, which means they can afford to have thinner frames and more glass area.
4. Improper Installation
Because vinyl frame windows are so popular, some homeowners use them as a popular DIY window replacement option. Unfortunately, this has led to many cases of vinyl windows being installed incorrectly. A much safer alternative would be to pick high-quality windows exclusively installed by certified window replacement experts.
Looking for a good alternative to vinyl? Try our Fibrex frame windows. Renewal by Andersen® of Denver is the most trusted window contractor in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO. You can call us at (303) 823-4312 or fill out this contact form to request a quote.