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Vinyl Replacement Windows vs. Composite Replacement Windows

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Unless you have a natural eye for home design, your home windows are probably not something you have given much thought to. Most of us go through life lookingthrough the windows, rather than at them.

If you are embarking down the replacement window path, you have learned just how different windows can be.

Vinyl replacement windows, composite replacement windows, wood, aluminum….the list goes on.

We want to help you make the best decision for your home’s aesthetic, your taste, and your budget. If you’re deliberating between wood or vinyl replacement windows, click Here to read a helpful comparison.

Vinyl Replacement Windows vs. Composite Windows

There are many similarities between vinyl and composite replacement windows. They’re both made from synthetic materials and are energy efficient.

It’s important to do your homework to learn which window properties make the most sense for you.

Cost Efficiency

Vinyl replacement windows are around the same price point as their composite counterparts but composite windows will cost a little more for the same level of quality.

Regardless of which type you choose, remember you get what you pay for in terms of quality.

Aim for mid- to high-range composite or vinyl replacement windows to ensure you’re investing in a quality product. Push the limits of your budget to purchase the most expensive bracket of windows you can afford.

Aesthetic Appeal

Composite Replacement Windows
Predominantly made from chemically bonded wood and plastic resins, composite materials can mimic the look of wood replacement windows.

As such, they are priced below the cost of traditional wood-clad windows but can be more expensive than vinyl. Some composite manufacturers offer a wider variety of colors and styles to suit a larger range of aesthetics.

Vinyl Replacement Windows
When it comes to aesthetic appeal, vinyl may have the upper hand. While composite replacement windows are lauded for their ‘faux wood’ appearance, vinyl replacement windows can be matched to any color.

Unless you are dead set on a wood-clad look, vinyl replacement windows work with any color palette and can be matched to your home’s exterior and interior color schemes.

Interior mullions can create any pattern you like to give the appearance of true-divided panes.

Maintenance Comparison

Composite Replacement Windows
Composite windows are easy to maintain and are energy efficient. The problem is they’re newer to the market, meaning the verdict is still out in terms of their long-term viability.

This is important, especially if you are cost-conscious. Only time will tell until we know well composite windows hold up to extreme weather and daily wear and tear.

If you choose this option, purchase windows from a reputable company with a long history of customer satisfaction so warranties are honored and you know you’ll be taken care of.

Vinyl Replacement Windows
Vinyl windows are the easiest windows to maintain.

With your specially designed interior mullions, sturdy hardware found in the mid- high-price range, and energy efficiency, you get off pretty easy.

Just clean them, lubricate them, and make sure seals are in good shape. The rest is done by the window. UV-proof vinyl makes solar fading a non-issue.

Regardless of which type of window you choose, the most important factor is that you have windows that meet your needs and be reliable in the years to come.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Call us at 1.877.579.1994 or click here to price your project. Come and see us for a Dan Good Deal at 199 Victoria Street South, Kitchener, ON N2G 2C1.