It’s unfortunate that there’s so much misinformation about vinyl windows, especially given they’re such a versatile, durable and cost-effective choice. Read on as Mid America Exteriors, one of the top home remodeling contractors in the state, debunks some of these misconceptions.
Vinyl Windows Aren’t Good Insulators
The lower a material’s U-value is, the better its insulation capabilities are. Vinyl window frames have excellent insulation properties, with more premium options reaching U-values between 0.2 and 0.5.
Vinyl Isn’t Good for the Environment
This myth may have originated from a twisting of the fact vinyl and other plastics have a significant impact on the environment. A study in 2004 actually points to the contrary. People are concerned about the use of vinyl and other plastics because of dioxins, small toxic particles that can negatively impact people’s health and the environment. However, the dioxin levels in vinyl are so insignificant that they’re unlikely to affect your health or the environment.
In fact, you can actually reduce your carbon footprint by using vinyl windows and siding. Vinyl is durable, reducing the frequency, and consequently, the cost of window and siding replacements in the long run. And if your vinyl window or siding is damaged, they can be recycled, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, not to mention vinyl’s excellent insulation capabilities can lower your power bills and carbon footprint.
The Color Choices for Vinyl Windows Are Limited
It isn’t true that vinyl windows are only available in brown and white; they come in a wide variety of colors. And while you can’t paint over vinyl windows or siding, you won’t have to worry about the fading of vinyl’s colors. The colors have been baked into vinyl, ensuring they remain fade-resistant even with prolonged UV exposure.
Mid America Exteriors offers quality windows in a wide variety of designs. We also offer window replacement and siding installation services. To get a free quote, call (316) 416-2045 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Wichita and El Dorado, KS.