There are dozens of choices to make when selecting replacement windows for your home, some are aesthetic others are related to the construction of the window and may affect energy efficiency. Typically, one of the first decisions is the window frame material. There are four main types of window frame material that the majority of U.S manufacturers use, they are wood, aluminum, vinyl, and fiberglass. A few manufacturers also offer composite windows.
In the 1970s, vinyl windows became popularized in the building trades and a popular replacement window choice for homeowners.
The low price-point, higher energy efficiency, low maintenance and durability in comparison to other windows on the market at the time allowed the product to become the market leader over the next few decades. Vinyl windows are particularly effective in cold climates and climates where there is a large temperature swing between the summer and winter months.
Today, about 70% of windows manufactured in the U.S are vinyl windows.
- Low Price Point – the least expensive of all window types due to vinyl cost friendly nature in molding and shaping
- High Energy Efficiency – virtually zero air infiltration and little thermal transfer due to the inside of the frame typically being broken into a number of small pockets, an advantage over aluminum windows
- Low Maintenance – Don’t need to be scraped or painted/stained over the years, an advantage over wood windows
- Durability – The ability to weld the corners creates a very strong frame that will also the test of time.