Choosing new or replacement vinyl windows for your Utah home is a budget-friendly way to improve your home’s comfort, value and appearance.
But, because you can choose from many different types of windows – including aluminum, wood, wood-clad and composite materials – it is important to understand the features and benefits of each type. That way, you will have all the data you need to make an informed choice.
Vinyl windows are arguably one of the most popular choices for both homeowners and builders in Utah. Are they right for you, your family and your home?
How Long Do Vinyl Windows Last in Utah?
In Northern Utah, you can comfortably assume that your vinyl windows will last for at least 20 years, potentially as long as 30 or 40 years.
And, even better, they will retain their appearance along the way; whereas other materials can begin to look faded and tired after only a few years.
Fixed windows (those that do not move or operate) tend to last longer than operable windows, simply because they have no moving parts or pieces. The lifespan of your windows will vary based on how much you use them and how much abuse they take. However, today’s high-tech designs and fabrication methods help to ensure that your windows will serve you well for many decades to come.
What Type of Maintenance Do Vinyl Windows Need?
One of the most popular aspects of vinyl is just how little maintenance this material requires.
Fabricated from an advanced composite PVC material, these frames will resist the harsh and ever-changing Utah weather, from sunlight and rain to freezing wind, ice and snow. Frames use an integral color technology, so they resist chipping, cracking and fading. This means you will probably never need to worry about painting or repairing the frames.
If you’re like most homeowners, the only maintenance requirements are a thorough cleaning two or three times a year.
Will Vinyl Windows Help with Comfort and Energy Use?
This material provides a high level of energy efficiency. If your current windows are older, worn out or not designed for maximum energy efficiency, you may be surprised at what a difference replacing them will make.
Energy efficient vinyl replacement windows will reduce heat transfer, keeping your air conditioning inside where it belongs in the summer. In the colder months, they will keep out those cold drafts that make your home uncomfortable and force your heating system to work harder.
You will also see the benefits in your power bill, as you will use less electricity to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.
At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we represent some of the best manufacturers in the industry, including AMSCO, Milgard, MI Windows and Doors, JELD-WEN and Win-Door Systems. Every product we offer comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty – some as long as 25 years – so you won’t have to worry about replacing them again anytime soon.
We help homeowners throughout Utah with all of their new and replacement door and window needs. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experts. We can answer all your questions and help you determine if new or replacement vinyl windows are right for your Utah home.