Less Glass in Warp-Prone Frames: Vinyl Window Drawbacks

Vinyl windows would probably appear on a quick web search of the most popular types of windows on the market, and you might be tempted to buy them. After all, vinyl windows must be a good choice; many homeowners are buying them. But being the most widely used type of window doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the most durable or the best choice as vinyl windows come with significant drawbacks. 

Less Natural Lighting 

Windows can make the interior more spacious and give it a warm feel by providing natural lighting. With vinyl windows, however, you won’t get to enjoy the full extent of this benefit. When a vinyl window is being installed, the old window, except for its frame, is removed, and the new window is fitted into the old frame.

The already small glass area in your window is further reduced by the vinyl windows’ wider-than-average frames. Manufacturers have to widen these frames because vinyl isn’t sturdy enough to hold the glass, so to compensate, more material has to be used.

Malfunction-Prone Material 

Apart from lighting, windows also provide more ventilation, and, like a sliding patio door, the opening mechanism plays an important role in this function. However, vinyl is susceptible to temperature fluctuations, expanding when the temperature rises and contracting when it drops. The cycle of contraction and expansion might interfere with vinyl windows’ opening mechanism, preventing it from opening properly.

Given that the drawbacks involve such essential functions, it might be worth considering a more premium option like fiberglass windows. Fiberglass windows are resistant to temperature fluctuations and are sturdier than vinyl windows. This stronger composition allows for fiberglass windows to have narrower frames while carrying more glass.

You have a much better choice, however. The premium windows in the Renewal by Andersen® catalog are made of Fibrex® material, an Andersen®-exclusive composite that gives you more durability than the average window. As a matter of fact, Fibrex is a combination of the beauty and energy efficiency of wood and the low-maintenance qualities of vinyl. Fibrex is so strong, we can make windows with thinner frames, allowing for more glass and better daylighting.

Our catalog also offers doors, including specialized ones like a sliding or a French patio door. Our doors are known for their beauty just as much as they are known for their reliability and longevity.

For inquiries about our premium products, call us at (309) 644-4769, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Moline, IL.