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The 3 Biggest Problems With Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows are popular among numerous American homes due to their low cost. In fact, around 20 million windows sold per year are made out of vinyl. However, they can develop some serious issues over time. In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen® of Atlanta, the top window and doors contractor, shares the three biggest problems associated with vinyl windows.

Lost Glass Area

The number one issue with vinyl windows is lost glass area. This normally occurs when you’re replacing an old wood window with a new vinyl window system. The problem arises when the old window isn’t totally removed. For instance, on a double-hung window, the old sashes are removed together with the screen track. The new vinyl windows are measured to fit inside the frame of your previous windows. To remedy this issue, contractors fully remove the old windows along with the rough opening. Afterwards, the new windows will be installed with proper insulation and a bigger glass area to minimize energy loss.

Expanding and Contracting Windows

Vinyl windows expand and contract due to temperature fluctuations. Compared to wood and glass windows, vinyl contracts and expands more, which causes air leakage in small gaps around your windows. This also hampers the normal operation of your windows since it makes them difficult to open and close properly. Contraction also causes your windows to warp which results in poor energy efficiency due to constant air leaks which need to be caulked regularly.

Reduced Lifespan

During the summer, vinyl windows are prone to damage from heat, moisture and other elements. Under severe conditions, vinyl windows can show signs of damage in less than 10 years, compared to other window materials. At Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta, we offer quality windows with our proprietary Fibrex® frames, which are among the most durable and sought-after window materials on the market. Fibrex is known to have the durability of wood with the low-maintenance features of vinyl. Along with that, they do not blister, peel, fade or flake.

If you need the assistance of the best home improvement contractor in your area, call on Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta! We offer the best windows and doors on the market today. You can trust our skilled contractors as they will do their best to find the best materials that will work for your home and budget. Call us at (404) 491-0124 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with us. We serve clients in Atlanta.


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May 25, 2016

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