Houston Vinyl Window Replacements: Characteristics, Costs and Color Options for Energy Efficiency
Costs, colors and options come with a wide range of choices. By replacing your old existing windows with new vinyl windows you will have a more energy efficient home if you live in the Houston, Texas area.
uPVC MAIN FRAME AND SASH FRAME;
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is comprised of several chemicals, plasticizers, fillers and pigments.
Vinyl window frames are made with Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride, also known as uPVC and usually comes in 16’ Extrusions.
uPVC (Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride) is Rigid PVC and is structurally superior to PVC.
The best Vinyl Windows are Fusion-Welded at the corners of the Main Frame and the Sashes.
There are 3 different quality characteristics of Vinyl:
.08mm Virgin Vinyl-(Best)
.06mm Virgin Vinyl-(Good)
The thickest and strongest vinyl frame you can purchase in the market place is .08 mm Virgin Vinyl. It is the most structurally sound and has the highest grade of Titanium Dioxide which is the main UV Stabilizer in the vinyl. It has a smooth, satin gloss finish that will last for decades.
.06mm Virgin Vinyl is typically referred to as “Builder Grade”. It is a good quality vinyl that is usually recommended by Developers, Contractors and Architects since it is usually more affordable compared to .08mm Virgin Vinyl.
Regrind/Recycled vinyl is the poorest quality of the 3. The more times you heat the PVC the weaker it becomes. Regrind vinyl is usually soft and flexible, has a low grade of Titanium Dioxide which makes the finish dull and flat. It tends to discolor, warp and crack, after time, when exposed to the harmful radiant sun.
Vinyl frames come with multiple chambers inside the extrusion to assist the vinyl to expand and contract with the outside elements and stop deformation. The internal chambers are meticulously engineered for structural integrity and enhanced energy efficiency. The bottom sill is sloped and has weep holes in the main frame for water extraction.
Popular Interior Colors for Vinyl Windows
The most common Vinyl Window Frame colors are White, Almond, Tan and Bronze. Some manufacturers offer custom exterior colors that feature a cutting edge polyurethane coating technology with heat reflective pigments for a remarkably strong and fade resistant finish to match your home’s exterior. In addition, you can have an interior wood-grain laminate that are performance-engineered for superb durability that will maintain its attractive appearance over the life of the product. These interior wood-grain laminates come in several different wood species, stains and colors.
The best vinyl windows in the industry are made with .08 mm Virgin Vinyl (uPVC) and have the highest number of multiple chambers inside the extrusion.