Vinyl remains one of the top window material choices for many homeowners because of its low-maintenance and energy-efficient qualities. If you are in the market for this particular type of window for your home, you must know the things you need to consider. Here are some of them:
Choose vinyl windows that are constructed and designed to last a long time. To ensure long-term strength, rigidity and energy performance, consider those with fusion-welded sashes and frames and several internal air chambers.
Modern vinyl windows come with multiple glass panes to reduce the transfer of heat and ensure consistent comfort. These insulated glass units (IGUs) are equipped with spacers and inert gas fill in between the panes for better thermal performance. The glass itself has protective low-emissivity (low-E) coatings that let sunlight indoors but reflect heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays to prevent sun damage on your interior fixtures.
One important thing you need to consider when choosing vinyl windows is the level of maintenance they require. Fortunately, the material doesn’t need scraping, painting, or staining to keep them looking good for longer. When it comes to upkeep, the window frames, sashes, and glass can be cleaned with regular soap and water. For easy cleaning, consider double-hung windows that tilt so you can wipe the interior and exterior without having to go outside.
Check the fine print every time you get new windows. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label; it is an indication that it passed the federal government’s stringent requirements for energy efficiency. The products also come with the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label, complete with important information about their energy performance.
At STL Windows Direct, we take pride in installing the high-performance Smart 365 Innovations window system. It has frames made of 100% vinyl and utilizes triple-paned glass for optimal energy efficiency and weather performance. Give us a call at (314) 627-0805 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.