Are you thinking about replacing your home's windows? Are you trying to decide what sort of windows to install next? If you're wondering about your options, here are some reasons to switch to vinyl windows:
Low maintenance: Vinyl doesn't need to be painted to stay in good condition. Depending on how many windows your home has, you'll have a lot more free time once you no longer have to worry about painting or staining your window frames. You also don't have to worry about trying to termite proof or rust proof a vinyl window. Vinyl windows don't rust and can't be eaten by bugs.
Energy savings: Vinyl windows don't conduct heat or cold like metal does. They also don't warp from heat or humidity like wood does. This means that your home will have less of a temperature exchange with the outside, which will lead to lower heating and cooling costs. Many vinyl windows are also dual pane glass, which can further decrease your energy costs by adding another layer of insulation. With energy costs rising all the time, saving where you can is important.
Inexpensive: Vinyl windows are often the least expensive window option, below traditional wood or even metal windows. When you add in the costs of paint you no longer need to buy, as well as the lowered energy costs, vinyl windows start to look even more attractive. While replacing all your windows at once can take a significant chunk out of your wallet, the windows will more than pay for themselves over time.
Styles: Not so long ago, vinyl windows were limited to just a few style and color choices. If you wanted to purchase vinyl windows, it may have been difficult to find them in anything but plain white. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. Vinyl is available in a wide variety of colors, to match your home. It's even possible to get vinyl that has the color and texture of stained wood. In addition, while you do not actually have to paint vinyl, you can certainly paint it if you change your mind about color later.
Fire-resistant: Although they will eventually melt if exposed to a house fire, vinyl windows do not typically burn on their own. If you're worried about having a relatively safe exit in the event of a house fire, then vinyl windows are probably right for you. They won't get hot to the touch like metal windows and they won't actively catch fire like wooden ones would.
Contact a local window company like Gilkey Windows for more information.