Windows are the natural light fixtures of any home, and they should last as long as the house itself. Unfortunately, older homes have wooden windows installed, which are subject to rot and mold brought on by trapped moisture. Wood also warps, and when this happens to the frame of a window, it causes drafts, sapping the heat or air conditioning from inside the house and subsequently raising your electric bill. Luckily, there’s an easy fix that’s more affordable and will save you money in the long run. Here are a few reasons from New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc., on why you should install vinyl replacement windows in your home.
1. Cost & Energy Efficiency
Plain and simple, vinyl windows cost less. When it comes to wooden windows, you’re paying for the materials, time, and labor it takes to cut, shape, and piece it all together. On average, a single vinyl window costs roughly half of its wooden counterpart. This plays a huge role in renovating or building a home since it gives the homeowner more options to choose from.
Aside from the decreased cost of purchase and installation, vinyl frames won’t rot or warp. This will keep the heat and air conditioning locked inside the house, which translates to a lower energy bill. What’s more, the new, high-efficiency windows can increase the value of your property, making their return on investment something to consider.
Vinyl windows are also more energy efficient than wood windows. The construction of a vinyl window allows for the hollow frame to be filled with insulating spray foam, increasing the overall energy efficiency and U-value of the window.
2. Many Colors and Styles
Vinyl windows also come in a large variety of colors and even different styles and textures. Being able to pick the frame color gives you a little more creative freedom, especially if you’re siding your house at the same time. This allows you to play with color combinations to find the unique look you desire for your home’s exterior. However, if you want to keep the classic wooden look without the downsides of wooden windows, there are also vinyl windows that look like they’re made of the real thing. Because vinyl is such an easy, common material to work with, professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike prefer working with these windows, potentially giving you better rates on installation services.
3. Maintenance Made Easy
Finally, vinyl windows are very easy to maintain. When wood gets dirty, the dirt and debris sit in the creases and crevices, making it very difficult to get those windows looking shiny and new. Even if it’s painted, the dirt will find a way to cling to the window frame. Wood also requires regular maintenance, whether it be stained or painted, and will have to be reapplied over time.
But since vinyl windows are made with a specific kind of PVC material, dirt has a hard time sticking to anything. Gone are the days of scrubbing away at the frames of the windows. Now, a quick spray and wipe-down will take care of it all. The savings aren’t just monetary – they pertain to your time and energy as well.
Upgrade Your Home’s Windows Today
If you’re looking for ways to boost your home’s curb appeal while increasing its security and efficiency all in an affordable way, vinyl windows are the way to go. With decades of experience, New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc., can help you pick the perfect replacement windows for your home. Contact us today to get started and request a free quote.