What to Look for with Quality Vinyl Windows

Vinyl is perhaps the most popular material for window frames in the country. Traditionally, window frames were made of wood. It was the easy and most resourceful choice, although it wasn’t the best for the environment. Wood window frames also are more difficult to maintain than vinyl, since they are subject to rot if they’re not correctly treated.

When you’re looking around for new vinyl windows, you don’t want to choose just any window. Vinyl window frames are variable in quality, and these are the important characteristics to consider when choosing this frame material.

1. Price Point

Does price point really reflect the quality of vinyl? In many cases, yes. The replacement window industry is one of the areas where you get what you pay for. However, this doesn’t mean that quality vinyl windows are unaffordable.

A company such as Universal Windows Direct offers the sweet spot between price and quality. When you find vinyl windows that are advertised at astronomically low prices, it’s likely the quality of the vinyl isn’t on point.

The consequences of choosing low quality vinyl includes failing performance, as well as potential warping and chipping. They may only properly perform for around 5-7 years.

On the higher end, vinyl windows can last as long as 20 years or longer in some circumstances.

cost_risingLowRes.jpg

2. Window Warranty

When you are investing money in products such as replacement windows, you don’t want to sign on the dotted line without learning about the warranty. After all, you wouldn’t drive your brand new car uninsured, right?

This concept applies to replacement windows. Even if you spend a significant amount of money per window, manufacturer defects can happen. Furthermore, the window installation might be faulty and decrease the performance of the window.

To protect yourself as much as possible, make sure your new windows include a warranty. It’s also important to note that not all window warranties are the same, and jargon is sometimes confusing. For example, lifetime does not literally mean for life. Make sure you understand these details along with what’s covered and what isn’t.

Professional Window Installation

Professional Window Installation

3. Proper Installation

Installation is incredibly important yet overlooked component of replacement window performance. Even the most expensive windows will not perform up to standards if they are incorrectly installed.

How can you be sure if your vinyl windows are correctly installed? Choose a window company with certified installers. You’ll also want to ask for proof of insurance, which shows the company cares about the installers as well as the customer.

Replacement window installation is both an art and science. Choose the best installers to avoid performance issues as well as problems such as warping and cracking.

Universal Windows Direct is one of the top sources in the country for vinyl replacement windows. Learn about our UniShield® windows on our products page or contact us to learn more.