Composite Window Replacement
Composite windows that use the highest quality cellular PVC give you one of the best replacement options when looking for a new window. These windows give you thetrue profile and end look of a wood window without all of problems real wood can give you. Composite windows do not rot, decay, splinter or absorb moisture.
Cellular PVC (Composite) vs Vinyl Windows
Vinyl replacement windows are very common and made using components made of polyvinyl chloride or PVC. Polyvinyl chloride is a combination of different chemicals, plasticizers and pigments. Polyvinyl chloride is also used to make plumbing pipes, electrical pipes and many other plastic items. Window components for vinyl replacement windows are extruded and contain hollow chambers. The hollow chambers make it a lighter product and easier to weld the components together.
Cellular PVC windows are also made from polyvinyl chloride. However, through a different type of manufacturing process the components are solid. Cellular PVC is unlike extruded hollow vinyl as it features a foam or cell-structure inside. It can be nailed, sawn and fabricated like wood. The window components (brickmould, sill, jamb and sash rails) used to manufacture these windows look exactly like wood windows. Cellular PVC windows are solid and stronger than extruded vinyl windows which are thinner and can lead to warping.
- Architectural Style – vinyl replacement windows do not look like wood where cellular PVC windows have the same architectural moldings as traditional wood windows.
- Finishing Options– vinyl replacement windows come in 2 interior colors, white and tan. They are not manufactured to be painted. Cellular PVC windows can be painted to match your interior trim.
- Maintenance – vinyl windows will never have to be painted. However, your color choices are limited and the color you choose will be your only future option. Once painted, cellular PVC windows require minimal maintenance and can be re-painted if you change your color scheme.
- Glass Space – one major factor to consider is loss of glass space. When replacing wood windows with a vinyl replacement window, there will be a significant loss of glass space. A vinyl window has its own frame and inserts into the existing frame of the wood window after the window sashes are removed. So imagine removing the glass from your window, and installing a new enclosed window in a frame where this glass area was. This will result in a significant loss of glass space which will result in a loss of natural light.
When replacing your wood windows, composite is one of the best options as it gives you that real wood look without all of the worry and future maintenance at a reasonable price.
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