Many homeowners are choosing vinyl windows because of their flexibility. However, if not well maintained, these windows can develop major problems.
Roofing repair contractor A Cut Above Exteriors shares major problems associated with vinyl windows.
Lost Glass Area
You’re most likely to encounter this problem if you’re replacing your existing wood windows with vinyl. The old wood window is not completely removed during the replacement. Your new vinyl window is measured to fit into the old window’s frame.
To minimize the lost glass areas, some contractors totally replace old windows including the original rough opening. Full-frame replacement provides the original rough opening with sufficient insulation and a bigger glass area.
Expansion and Contraction
Vinyl windows expand and contract easily, causing air to enter the areas around the window. This may prevent your window from opening and closing properly. Contraction can also lead to warping, which can cause a poor air seal that requires periodic caulking.
Shorter Life Span
Vinyl is susceptible to damage from the sun, moisture and natural elements. Its durability is tested at extreme weather and temperatures. Windows are likely to develop signs of damage in less than 10 years.
At A Cut Above Exteriors, we offer Renewal by Andersen® windows that are guaranteed not to crack, chip, corrode or warp despite being exposed to harsh weather. You can rely on us for high-quality windows and roofing products.
Not as Energy-Efficient as You Think
The argon gas in between the panes of vinyl windows makes them energy-efficient. However, as this material contracts and expands, the seal is compromised. Hot and cool air can easily enter and escape your home once the seal is damaged.
When it’s time to replace your old windows, you can count on A Cut Above Exteriors. We are your leading provider of windows, siding and roofing services. Call us at 503-334-0733 or complete our online form for a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Portland, OR, and areas around Oregon.