Vinyl replacement windows are popular in Houston, TX and beyond. In fact, they are one of the best-selling kinds of windows in general, with over 200 million windows sold per year in the past few years. However, a lot of homeowners complain about a loss of glass viewing area after they install new vinyl windows. How does this come about, and what can be done about it?
When you install new replacement windows in your home, you don’t completely remove the entire old window. When replacing double hung windows (the most common window type), both sashes as well as the screen track are removed, while the old window’s frame is left behind. The new vinyl replacement window is then installed inside the old frame. This is the most common way vinyl replacement windows are installed, even though the practice can leave you with a noticeable loss of glass viewing area.
But don’t lose hope, because there are ways to get around this loss of glass viewing area problem, such as getting a vinyl replacement window that is designed to maximize glass area, or asking your window dealer to do a full frame replacement.
Full frame replacements replace the entire window, from the glass all the way down to the original opening. Though this method can be a bit more expensive, and certain personal factors can influence its efficacy, it causes the least amount of viewing area loss, and offers other benefits like:
- Maintenance free vinyl from the inside of your home to the outside
- More thorough installation of new insulation around the original window opening
- Sometimes even more glass viewing area than you started with
You should consider these alternative options, as vinyl replacement windows offer homeowner’s great benefits like:
- Increased Home Value—Vinyl windows are very desirable these days as they stay strong and visually appealing for many years. They are great investments that can increase your home’s value. Potential buyers, and appraisers, look for the types of benefits that vinyl windows provide, making them a great option if you might sell down the road.
- Energy Efficiency – PVC is a tough insulator. It keeps the hot or cold outside air from affecting your conditioned air inside your home. This effective insulation not only keeps your home heated or cooled to your desired comfort level, but also lowers your energy use to stay green and keep your bills down.
- Low Maintenance – One of the best things about vinyl windows is their almost nonexistent maintenance requirements. They’re built with integrated colors in the sashes and frames, and therefore never need to be repainted or refinished. Vinyl frames are also built to stand the test of time, resisting rust, stains, and warping.
Do you want to learn more about vinyl windows, full window replacements, and Houston, TX replacement windows? All you have to do is reach out to Custom Windows of Texas by visiting us at 1291 N Post Oak Rd #100 Houston, TX 77055, or call us at (713) 864-2747.