The story of vinyl windows begins in post World War II Germany. The rebuilding of the country left contractors scrambling for creative ways to meet the shortage of wood. From those first windows produced in 1954, vinyl has become a popular option for new and replacement windows.
Originally intended to fill a need due to a lack of wood and aluminum, vinyl windows have matured to provide advantages over those materials. Vinyl windows were introduced in America during the 1960's, but did not find wide acceptance until the energy crisis of the 1970's. Americans began looking for energy-efficient options.
Today, windows made of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) make up over half of the number of residential windows purchased. A number of advantages have contributed to this growing share of the market.
Versatility of design and color
Ability to recycle
Customers have recognized the value of the vinyl window option. However, it is important when considering the history of these windows, that you take into account the manufacturing process. Do your research on the longevity and reputation of the company from which you purchase your windows.
Though the ability to mold vinyl provides greater design options, it also means the material is flexible. Established processes of manufacture to eliminate sagging should be expected. Taylors Windows Platinum Edition windows have a multi-chambered design that is unmatched in strength and durability.
Not all PVC is created equal. This affects both the structural and aesthetic quality of the windows. Be careful of builder-grade materials. These materials look great when first installed, but over time lose their appeal. Consider these important components of your next vinyl windows:
Quality grade PVC such as the 100% Pure Virgin Vinyl
Energy-efficiency gained from insulation and pane construction
Solid construction to resist water penetration
Redundant weld construction of mitered corners (consider Taylors Windows 12-point fusion weld)
Of course, don't forget the glass! Vinyl windows provide the same options regarding glass as any type of window. Look for Double Strength Glass such as the 7/8" glass used in the Taylors Windows Platinum Edition. The Eco-Package using Ultimate 12 double-pane glass technology with a non-conductive Duralite spacer system is a great investment. It repels and reflects 88% of all heat or cold.
The story of your new vinyl windows comes to a conclusion with professional installation. Improperly installed vinyl windows can negate many of the advantages of the product. Be sure to choose a reputable installer to protect your investment and enjoy the next chapter of your home.