Replacing the windows in your home is a huge investment. But because it isn’t a project you tackle often you may not know much about your options. You want to make sure you are getting the best product for the price. For many homeowners that means vinyl windows. Because they are growing in popularity many homeowners have questions about these products. So to make the process a little easier, here are some of the top questions we get asked about vinyl windows in Westminster, CA:

When Should I Replace my Old Windows? 

Your windows can actually tell you a lot. If you notice a draft or condensation forming between the panes, it probably means you have seal failure. Is the frame scratched, rusted, chipped, or warped? This too can impact safety and efficiency. Do you struggle to open and close your window? If so, then you might want to start thinking about replacement sooner rather than later. 

What is a Vinyl Window? 

The frames of these windows are made of a construction grade Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Each manufacturer creates their own unique recipe for strength, energy efficiency, and resistance to fading. 

How Does Vinyl Compare to Other Materials?  

Typically vinyl is the most affordable option on the market. But that does not mean these windows are cheap. The material is strong, durable, and resistant to moisture and pests. It will not rust, rot, corrode, or warp. Wood windows are more difficult to maintain, aluminum isn’t as thermal resistant, and fiberglass is great, but often much more expensive. 

Do I Still Get Color and Style Options?  

Absolutely. You can get vinyl windows in almost any shape and size. Picture, sliding, single or double hung, casement, awning, bay, bow, etc. You can even custom make vinyl windows to fit specific openings. As for color, while choices are not as limitless as they are with wood that you can paint, there are still plenty of options to choose from. Most brands feature a spectrum of beautiful neutral with a few darker accent colors. You are sure to find something to match your personal taste.

What are the Glazing Options?  

You can get both double and triple glazing for vinyl windows. You can also still get special coatings and gas between the panes to suit your needs. 

Are Vinyl Windows Energy Efficient? 

Yes. By its nature vinyl does not easily transfer heat. Instead, like most plastics, it is a great insulator. When paired with insulating foam, tight seals, and argon filled double glazing, you get exceptional energy efficiency. 

Do Vinyl Windows Require Special Maintenance?  

This is another great draw when it comes to vinyl. The material is practically maintenance free. To keep them looking like new you simply wash the frames every few months. Use a mild detergent mixed with water and a soft bristle brush to remove dirt. Some stains may require a little more elbow grease, but it is nothing compared to the sanding and re-painting wood windows will require. 

How Long Do Vinyl Windows Last? 

On average vinyl windows can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Ultimately it depends on the local climate. 

When is the Best Time to Install Vinyl Windows? 

Any time! That is the beauty of the local climate. Any time is a good time for replacement windows. Fall is especially popular because the harsher cold weather has yet to roll in. But really, if you have old leaky windows, the sooner you get them replaced the sooner you can enjoy the benefits of vinyl windows in Westminster, CA. Call Seaport Windows and Doors today at 714-220-3939 or visit us at 4201 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720.