The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Windows


One of the things that many homeowners have discovered in recent years is that replacing windows is not as easy as it used to be.  There was a time when there were very few choices when it came to replacement windows; today just the opposite seems to be true.  Now it feels that there are almost too many choices!  It is enough to confuse even the most experienced homeowner.

One of the top choices that will be offered to a homeowner when it comes to replacement windows is the vinyl window.  How good are vinyl windows?  How long do they last?  Are they a good choice as a replacement window?  What are vinyl window pros and cons?

The answers to these questions depend on several factors.  If the home is more than 100 years old and sided in mwood then vinyl may not be a good choice, simply from an aesthetic viewpoint.  But if the home is more modern in appearance, then vinyl may be an excellent choice.

For one thing, vinyl-framed windows are probably the most economical window on the market.  They are also relatively light-weight and easy to install.  Because they are quick and easy to install, the cost of installing vinyl windows is usually low compared to other alternatives.

The primary drawback to vinyl is that many people do not care for its appearance, but from an aesthetic standpoint, modern vinyl windows have been greatly improved over windows made just a few years ago. Today’s vinyl-framed windows can be patterned in virtually any wood grain and pre-colored to pass as most common framing woods, even from only a few feet away.

Because vinyl comes pre-colored, with coloring that is actually a part of the vinyl itself, vinyl windows need no npainting. And because the color lasts for years, they require virtually no maintenance. Both of these factors can be big pluses for many homeowners.

Vinyl is also a good insulator, though not quite as good as wood.  Still, given the cost difference between wood-framed and vinyl-framed windows, the slight difference in insulating properties may not amount to very much.

The other thing homeowners must bear in mind is that not all vinyl windows are created equal.  Some are better than others and it can be difficult for the novice to tell the difference.  That’s one reason it is strongly recommended that homeowners consult with a window professional like United Home Experts before making any final decisions.

One window you might want to consider is Simonton.  Simonton is a well-respected name in the vinyl window obusiness, and Simonton windows come in virtually every style of window imaginable and in a wide range of colors and textures, including interior wood grain finishes.  Simonton windows are double-paned, with argon gas between the sheets of glass for added insulation.  Simonton windows use the most modern low E-glass for the best thermal insulating properties in the business.  Not only that, Simonton windows are simply breathtaking and add instant value to just about any home.

The bottom line is that there are a lot of vinyl window pros and cons, but for many people the benefits far outweigh the negatives.  Buying vinyl windows from today’s vast selection of makes and models can feel a little like walking through a mine field. Homeowners embarking on any window project can consult with the dedicated window experts at United Home Experts for free estimates and excellent advice.

2 replies
  1. Derek Dewitt
    Derek Dewitt says:

    My wife and I are renovating our living room but we can’t decide what we want to do about the new window options. I like that you mention how vinyl windows are quick and easy to install. We didn’t want to spend too much time on this part of the remodeling so this sounds like a good choice for us. Thanks for sharing!

  2. United Home Experts
    United Home Experts says:

    Thank you for reading, Derek! Let us know if we can answer any questions you may have or if you’re located in New England, we’d love to chat with you about your home improvement.

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