There are many great materials for the construction of window sashes. Vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass and wood are among the most common. Each product has its own set of drawbacks and advantages. The best product for you largely depends on your personal preference and matching with your existing home construction style. Vinyl is a great option because it is stylish, durable and energy efficient. This article explains the perks of vinyl replacement window sashes.
First, it is important to note that vinyl is quite a stylish option. Some people think of a material that is just white, shiny and plastic when they think of vinyl. However, vinyl is much more diverse and advanced than this. It can be dyed to just about any color you could want. You can order a wide range of colors from the catalog, or you can order a custom color. Custom dyed sashes are obviously more expensive, but great if you are trying match a unique color in your home.
Vinyl is a very durable product because it is hard and waterproof. It is similar to plastic, but it is slightly more rubbery. This means it is more resistant to dings and scratches. The smoothness of vinyl also means it will last very long on sliding sashes. The smooth sashes can slide within the window frame with ease and without any lubrication. Another feature of vinyl that makes it different and durable is the fact that it is solid. It is not layered or capped, and the whole piece is dyed the same color. So, scratches will be less visible if they do occur. Vinyl is also completely waterproof. Even if there is a little scratch or ding on the surface, it will not change the fact that it is waterproof.
The NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) independently rates window fixtures. It gives products performance ratings based on things like air leakage, visibility and heat gain. The most important rating is the U-factor, which measures the rate of heat loss. Vinyl has great U-factor ratings, meaning it has great insulation. Of course, not all vinyl products are the same. Some thicker products have better insulation and they cost more. No matter what, you will be able to find the perfect product for your climate.
Vinyl is a great product for all types of homeowners, with different styles and budgets. It is definitely a smart window option.