What are some factors we look for in replacement windows? Style, energy efficiency and affordability come to mind. Well, to channel my inner Morpheus: What if I told you that there was a window product out there that delivered on all three criteria?
Well, there is. It’s called vinyl.
Here are four reasons why you should install vinyl windows in your Houston home.
1. Cost Efficiency
While vinyl windows aren’t the cheapest windows out there, they’re still quite affordable. And windows with a lower sticker price — such as aluminum windows — will actually cost you more than vinyl windows in the long run (particularly when you factor in energy and maintenance costs).
Prices for vinyl windows can vary depending on their size and features — as well as the specifics of your home. However, the Home Depot has stated on their website that, at retail, vinyl windows can often cost anywhere from $50 to $200 a window. That range is lower than it is for fiberglass or wood windows.
Even if price isn’t a major factor in your decision, the affordability of vinyl means you can install replacement windows throughout your home without breaking the bank.
2. Energy Efficiency
You know that phrase, “The gift that keeps on giving?” Well, vinyl windows will make every morning in your home feel like Christmas, even if you didn’t leave the milk and cookies out for Santa.
Vinyl windows are widely lauded for their energy efficiency. Since they’re made of a thermoplastic compound, they’re better insulators than wood or aluminum windows are. Add in some improved spacers and double paned window sashes, and you have a window that won’t let the thermal energy in your home escape all that easily. This means that your energy bill won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
If you think this doesn’t make a difference, think again. Let’s say you have a sunroom in your home (which is a popular choice in the Houston area). Sunrooms obviously have quite a few windows. If you install vinyl replacement windows in your sunroom, you’ll likely save a lot of money on your energy bill while feeling comfortable in the room throughout the year.
The frames and grid patterns of vinyl windows are smaller and less intrusive than many other windows. Although vinyl frames can’t be painted or adapted easily, they do come in a variety of styles. That means that you can find a frame that matches your home’s style seamlessly.
And vinyl window frames don’t just come in multiple colors. They can also mimic other materials, such as wood. The result? An affordable window that can look like whatever you want it to look like.
Wood can rot. Aluminum can corrode. Vinyl? It will take all comers.
Vinyl window frames are designed to stand up to the elements — including the element of aging. This thermoplastic material doesn’t weaken or fade over time. It also resists moisture-related damage, which is important in the moist Houston climate.
While vinyl can get warped during extreme temperature changes, those types of weather patterns are uncommon in Houston. In fact, the mild, coastal Houston climate could help increase the durability of your vinyl windows.
Vinyl also requires little maintenance, so you won’t need to spend a lot of time and money on them to keep them working like new.
So, there you have it. Other window frames might be cheaper, or more traditional. But if you’re looking for the best option for replacement windows in Houston, look no further than vinyl.
If you’re looking to install vinyl windows in Houston, look no further than Best Investments Siding and Windows. We’ve been installing replacement windows across Southeast Texas since 1977. Let us work with you! Request your free consultation today!