For countless years, windows have been manufactured using wood. This is so because wood provides a nice appearance and was readily available to craftsmen. However, as time passed by, people realized that exposure to different natural elements namely wind, rain, snow, sunlight, etc. would eventually take its toll on wood windows and that they would need to be replaced when that happens. In the early 1900s, this window construction method was slowly replaced with ones that made use of steel. The material doesn’t corrode over time and has the capacity to withstand the harmful effects of the elements. However, steel replacement windows transfer both heat and cold, which means that homes that had them would be warmer during the summer and much colder during winter. In addition, steel windows were really difficult to install because they are really heavy. To get rid of the difficulty of installing steel replacement windows while still keeping the maintenance-benefits that they provided, aluminum was later on used. With aluminum as the material, a new generation of replacement windows started to be produced because of its lesser weight and cost. However, despite the fact that aluminum replacement windows had the ability to withstand the harmful effects of the elements, weighed lesser, and were less costly to make, they didn’t help in making homes more energy efficient. These realizations lead to the use of vinyl as the new superstar material for the production of replacement windows.
Unlike wood, steel, and aluminum, vinyl replacement windows are made with framing materials that can significantly increase energy efficiency. Plus, they don’t require painting or sealing. Vinyl also has the ability to withstand the elements more effectively as compared to wood and metal. It does not corrode, flake, or peel and its color will maintain its integrity.
Among all of the materials used in the production of replacement windows, vinyl is the cheapest. Even though it’s the cheapest in terms of cost, it certainly is not when it comes to energy efficiency, durability, and style. Vinyl replacement windows are commonly made with double-paned or triple-glazed glass for better energy efficiency.
With vinyl replacement windows, you can save a lot of money on your purchase plus you get to enjoy all of the benefits that come along with them.