Why Choose Vinyl Replacement Windows? Robert Greenlee - August 21, 2009
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Vinyl replacement windows are by far the most popular of any type replacement window on the market today; with a few good reasons I might add. Though not a new manner or material for the construction of windows, vinyl ranks as the top material type for many reasons. Price above all else is, probably the biggest reason it hangs on at the top of the list, but not the only one to be sure. The material has some truly advantageous properties that make it very attractive as material for the construction of replacement windows
Using polyvinyl carbonate gave manufactures the ability to better insulate the core structure of the window, allowing it to have an overall better thermo efficiency rating then most other types of materials used. It was the only material used industry wide that was able to meet or exceed the set industry standards for energy efficiency requirements when it was first introduced. By meeting and exceeding the standards made it very popular with manufactures as well as consumers. Even the least expensive Vinyl windows will have an energy star rating, which signifies that the window will save consumers money on energy bills as well as be more environmentally friendly.
The energy star program was first developed in 1992 by the federal government as a means of testing and rating those products that are environmentally friendly and more energy efficient. Products ranging from building materials to house hold appliances are scrutinized by the programs standards and given the energy star seal of approval if they pass.
The use of Vinyl as a material for windows is very cost effective as well. Using the innovative material cut the production cost of manufacturing windows dramatically which was a plus for everyone, especially home owners. Though usually thought of as a replacement window option early on, they have gained market share and respect in the industry proving that this "plastic" could be a fine material to use even for new construction
Vinyl windows are easy to install, so much so the average DIY person can handle the job with a few tools and a short learning curve. Actually the percentage of do-it-yourself installations for vinyl windows is probably in the 50 percent range if not more.
New or replacement windows made of vinyl come from a plethora of manufactures in many different sizes and configurations to meet most any need. Chances are that if you go to your local home improvement store, you will find a window that will fit the need you have without having to special order. But if not, special order is usually always an option with most major manufactures of. Production of special order vinyl windows is usually far quicker than for any other type of material used.
It once was that vinyl windows only came in one color, basic white, today that is not the case. For a bit more money, manufactures of can add pigments to the vinyl production process to match your color needs. This process when first implemented had some issues with color fade, but the process has been refined to where color fade is of little concern. Texture can also be added to the vinyl to simulate wood or other materials that you might want.
Greenlee has been a proponent of Green living for over 4 decades participating in numerous Green day events and promoting Green living when ever and where ever he can.
Robert Greenlee is a frequent contributor on New Replacement Windows and also Green Fuel Planet
Robert Greenlee is a freelance author who writes for various web blogs and sites promoting green solutions for many of today's problems that face our planet's ecology.
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