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Vinyl Windows: Their 3 Biggest Weaknesses

Windows are available in many different materials – each offering unique advantages that homeowners will need to consider. Vinyl windows are one of the most popular options because of their availability, cost efficiency and ease of installation. But for every benefit vinyl windows can provide, there is also a problem associated with them. 

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  1. Loss of glass area: Windows should help maximize your outdoor views and let in more natural light. But vinyl windows don’t always meet this function. When you have them installed, they are generally fitted inside the frame of the old window – somewhat like a box being placed inside another one. This can significantly reduce your viewing area while also minimizing the amount of light that enters your home. 
  1. Sensitivity to extreme temperatures: Compared to certain window materials, vinyl is susceptible to warping when exposed to excess heat. This weakens the structural integrity of the window, which in turn, compromises your home’s safety and security. You might want to pick another material if you’re considering a window replacement this season.
  1. Difficult to paint or stain: Vinyl windows come with a baked-on color that allows it to remain vibrant for longer. But this is also a double-edged sword. Should you tire of the look and color of your vinyl windows, you’ll have trouble altering its look. For one thing, paints and stains do not adhere well to the material.

You Can Do Better

You might find the cost efficiency of vinyl windows will not make up for its biggest weaknesses. For this reason, you should consider a better and more advanced window material. The premier window replacement company, Renewal by Andersen® of San Francisco, can help you with this. Our windows use Fibrex® composite, which offers the strength and insulating properties of wood, and the low-maintenance performance of vinyl. 

Because Fibrex is so durable, we are able to create windows with thinner frames, allowing for a larger glass area. What’s more, Fibrex doesn’t crack, pit or corrode. It is impervious to warping when exposed to extreme temperatures, so you’re sure it can provide lasting performance. And, unlike vinyl, this particular window material can be painted or stained to match your existing décor.

When it comes to top-tier replacement windows that meet a variety of needs, look no further than Renewal by Andersen of San Francisco. We serve Hayward and San Francisco, CA, and the rest of the Bay Area. Call us today at (510) 263-3210, or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.

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