The way a window is classified depends on the material that its framing is made out of. The framing material of a window not only makes up the perimeter frame, but the surrounding frames of the operable parts of a window as well.
Window framing is typically composed of either wood, aluminum or vinyl. So yes, a vinyl window is one where the framing is made up of vinyl!
Vinyl is the common name given to a polymer called Poly-Vinyl Chloride. There are SO many things that contain PVC, but in the case of the window specifically, the polymer (PVC) is blended with additives that allow it to be molded into window frames, and also helps to resist sun degradation. This process of creating a frame differs with other materials. For example, wooden and aluminum frames are created by cutting and bending metal to fit a window, or cutting the shape out of a larger piece of wood.
With Conservation Construction’s vinyl window specifically, we take it to the next level. Besides just the vinyl framing, we implement our exclusive Conserve 5 Series Glass System. We utilize the ultimate performance glass, insulating Krypton/Argon gas fill, a triple seal structural foam spacer, and innovative Neat coating that let’s nature clean your windows. So our specific, exclusive vinyl windows are perfect for the climate in Colorado.
Like every material, vinyl does have its pros and cons, especially when it comes to windows. Here is just a few of them:
- Resistant to sun degradation and fading.
- Very Energy Efficient.
- Durability- our windows will never fade, peel, blister or crack.
- Low maintenance- besides the fact that you never have to worry about painting/repainting your windows, there is also no other random tasks needed to be done to keep your vinyl window looking brand new. All you need is a simple cleaning!
- Most affordable window material on the market today, and will last if you go with the higher end vinyl.
- Style- what you see is what you get. Some people enjoy the look and feel of natural wood in their homes and this cannot be replicated with a vinyl window.
- Popularity- since vinyl windows are so popular among homeowners, there is a huge supply and therefore variation in quality. You have to be careful who you are buying from and exactly what your are buying (Conservation Construction has only the highest quality vinyl).
Vinyl windows are lightweight, affordable, energy efficient and easy to install. This ease of installation will also lower labor costs significantly during the project, which will save you a TON of money (as labor cost is typically the same if not more expensive than the window itself). Taking all of the good and bad into account, as a homeowner looking to replace your windows you cannot go wrong with vinyl.