Many homeowners choose vinyl windows because they’re affordable and easily replaceable. However, they deteriorate over time due to various reasons. Learn more about the top issues that are commonly encountered with vinyl windows and the best alternative to this type of window.
Common Problems With Vinyl Windows
- Seal Failure
Double-pane and double-glazed windows have rubber seals to prevent humidity from infiltrating your home. Vinyl windows have the highest likelihood of broken seals within the first three years of being installed.
Expansion & Contraction
Vinyl replacement windows expand and contract like wood. This property contributes to broken rubber seals that cause air infiltration and poor insulation. Consistent expansion and contraction due to fluctuating temperatures can also cause cracks in vinyl frames.
Lack of Strength & Density
Vinyl windows lack strength and density because manufacturers use the minimum amount of material. Over time, vinyl frames can loosen due to expansion and contraction, which then leads to insulation problems and possible window damage.
Loss of Glass Area
Vinyl window frames with more density may have reduced glass area. This is usually done to improve the strength and durability of the frame. However, in this case, the aesthetics of the windows suffer and the view offered by the window becomes smaller due to thicker frames.
Poor Warranty Coverage
Some vinyl window manufacturers only issue warranties of 10 to 15 years, and they may only cover expenses amounting to the window’s actual cash value during that time.
Windows Made From Our Exclusive Fibrex® Material: The Best Alternative to Vinyl Windows
Renewal by Andersen windows are an excellent alternative to standard vinyl windows. The Fibrex® material frames contain wood fiber and recycled thermoplastic vinyl, and prevent thermal transfer more effectively than aluminum. Our windows also have lower expansion and contraction rates than vinyl, and they don’t sacrifice glass area for performance. If you’re interested in learning more, Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA is always ready to discuss your options. We guarantee the best results for your replacement door and/or window project. Call us at (610) 849-2800 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve homeowners in Allentown and other nearby areas.