Choosing Vinyl vs Composite Windows

Composite Window

Replacement windows will add value to a home, reduce energy consumption and make a home more attractive. However, there are a number of differences between replacement windows, including the frame material. Though other materials are available, the vast majority of replacement windows are either made from vinyl or a composite material. The composite window uses a frame that is made from a mixture of synthetic and natural materials, such as vinyl and wood, which is held together by an epoxy resin. A homeowner who is looking for a replacement window should understand the differences between windows made from these materials in order to choose which is best for his or her home.

  • Cost

    As vinyl windows are easier and quicker to make, they typically cost less than windows made from a composite material. However, while composite windows cost more than vinyl windows, they also have a higher insulating value than vinyl. This higher insulating value will help homeowners to save on energy costs and offset the initial cost of composite windows. Each style of windows have a similar installation cost.

  • Durability

    Both windows made from vinyl and composite have a more durable and lasting finish than traditional wood frame windows. This is due to both vinyl and composite being relatively stable in any weather condition which prevents damage to the window’s finish. However, composite windows are generally more rigid than vinyl windows. Being more rigid helps the window to stand up to the forces of wind and the expansion and contraction of the window during temperature changes. This increased rigidity helps windows made from composite to avoid warping and gives them a longer lifespan than vinyl windows.

  • Appearance

    Composite frame windows can be manufactured into a wider range of shapes than vinyl framed windows. This means that composite windows can be made to match older, intricate wood window patterns while also being able to be made into modern designs that will set a home apart from others on the block. Composite windows are generally available in a wide range of colors, while the choice in vinyl windows is often more limited. The composite material itself is also considered more attractive than vinyl by most people. In fact, it is often difficult to tell the difference between a real wood frame window and a composite window.

Though both vinyl and composite replacement windows can make a good replacement window, composite based windows are a better choice in most circumstances. Homeowners in the Pittsburgh, PA, area who are in the market for new windows can Contact us.

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