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Why Vinyl Windows Are Simply Better

Vinyl windows are the new trend in windows, and with good reason. They’re just better. At everything. Here are some of the ways in which they rule the windows world.

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Vinyl Windows are Better at Insulation

For some bizarre reason, the standard window frame in North America is made out of thin aluminum. Now, as everyone who took chemistry in high school knows, metal conducts heat. Aluminum in particular is a strong heat conductor. Vinyl, on the other hand, is an excellent insulator on par with thick wood.

However, the advantages go beyond the insulation in the material itself. Vinyl allows for a very tight seal, making it possible to prevent any air from moving into the space between panes of glass. This creates a perfectly insulated space, with dramatic results.

To compare vinyl windows to aluminum-framed windows, let’s look at the science. A typical aluminum-framed double-paned window has an R-value of 0.81, meaning that it allows a transfer 0.81 units of heat per unit of time. By contrast, an aluminum-framed double-paned window has an R-value of 0.39, meaning it allows less than half the heat out or in. Whether you splurge on air conditioning or overspend on heating, it pays to keep the heat where you want it. This advantage is even more apparent when vinyl windows are vacuum-sealed and contain an inert, low-conductivity gas, like argon or krypton. These gasses can bring the R-value down to 0.22, letting past a quarter’s worth of energy for every dollar wasted through aluminum windows.

Vinyl Windows are Easier to Install

Unlike wood or aluminum, vinyl windows come pre-coloured, pre-polished, and pre-assembled. All that is needed is a relatively simple installation process. There is no need to paint or otherwise coat the finished product; it is already prepared to deal with the elements and look great doing it.

Vinyl Windows Last Longer

Unlike other oil-derived polymers, vinyl does not photo-degrade. This means it will retain its shape, strength, and colour even in the face of years of direct exposure to sunlight. While the paint around it fades, the vinyl will remain bright and fresh.

This durability is not just about appearances. Vinyl also expands and contracts much less than wood and aluminum, and also holds up better when exposed to moisture. While other windows become warped and corroded, eventually compromising the seal and allowing heat to cross freely, vinyl windows keep doing the job for decades.

In short, vinyl windows are more efficient, less costly in the long run, safer for the environment, easier to install, easier to maintain, and more long-lasting than any other window frames. They’re just better.

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Everything You Need to Know About Awning Windows

The Big Stuff

  • Awning windows are a type of casement windows, self-contained double- or triple-paned windows that are cranked shut and lock with a firm thermal seal. As a result, they are much more energy-efficient than many other types of windows.
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  • Unlike most casement windows, awning windows open vertically, from the bottom.
  • Awning windows can look a little unusual. Simply put, it’s because they are unusual. Since windows were invented, many windows have opened outwards. However, without the crank system of casements, windows that opened outwards could not be propped up vertically, and so only opened horizontally. Casement windows mostly mimic the old horizontal style, but there is no reason other than style for them to do this.
  • Awning windows can be installed higher than many other types of windows, improving ventilation. Even better, while ventilating your home, the window pane also directs moisture away, preventing it from seeping in.

Where to Use Awning Windows

  • Upper floors. When it comes to providing ventilation to a hot house, the higher, the better. Awning windows up high keep the air flowing without letting the rain in.
  • Bathrooms. Ventilation in bathrooms not only makes them more comfortable, but also prevents steam damage and long-term decreases in property value.
  • Children’s Rooms. Awning windows are constructed in a way that makes both entry and exit difficult. This helps in home security in general, but is most useful in preventing children from opening and falling out.
  • Living Rooms. Awning windows in living rooms are an exception to the usual rule of placing them high for ventilation. Most windows experts will place several awning windows below a fixed bay window. This gives a home a more modern look from the outside and makes it easier to keep windows open during a light rain.

Where Not to Use Awning Windows

  • Anywhere overlooking a path, patio, or play area. The supports of awning windows are hard to see and jut out below the window. These are unfortunately often in the way of people’s heads, at the worst possible times. Keep safe by keeping awning windows away from places people walk or run.
  • Anywhere very hard to reach. Unfortunately, awning windows are more vulnerable than most to dirt and grit blown by the wind. Their supports and latches need to be cleaned more often than casement windows. Save yourself some trips up 12-foot ladders and place them within easy reach.
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