In the world of windows, the number of factors you should consider when choosing the right ones for your home can become overwhelming. Rather than just looking at the overall performance grade or reviews to make your choice, start by looking at the individual pieces that go into making a good window, including the material
Some of the most popular options when it comes to window frames are also some of the newest to hit the market: composite and fiberglass. These materials are marketed as the best all-around choice: durable, maintenance-free and still at a good price, resting somewhere between vinyl and wood frames. Composite and fiberglass windows are also frequently said to have all of the benefits of
, only with a longer lifespan uncompromised by warping or bowing. But is that really true? Do vinyl windows have a shorter lifespan?
Quality Determines Longevity
When it comes to comparing frame materials, the difference between vinyl and newer composite materials is slight. According to The Spruce, both vinyl and composite materials have similar heat distortion thresholds. However, as with any home building material, their answer isn’t that simple – it depends. With vinyl, it depends on the quality of the product. Not all vinyl is created equally! If you’re choosing your vinyl based on price and go for the cheapest option, it won’t hold up the same as a higher-end vinyl.
Vinyl will always be a great, affordable option when it comes to window frame materials and still stands its ground against composite and fiberglass. The best way to determine if the vinyl you’re considering will stand the test of weathering and time is to do your research – ask questions, look at third-party comparisons and talk with your contractor about the products they carry. A good
will work with you to find exactly what you’re looking for without unnecessary upselling.
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