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When it comes to windows, there are so many options to choose from. Whether you need ventilation or energy efficiency, it’s clear that window shopping is more than just window shopping (sorry… we had to). There’s great news, however! The decision-making process doesn’t actually have to be that complicated. We at Springtree Restoration will help you through the window replacement and installation process—and explain why not all windows are created the same.
Springtree Restoration—your local north Dallas window contractors—provides vinyl replacement windows and repairs. These include everything from vinyl beading repairs, to window screen repairs—even window replacement. While Springtree Restoration offers most brands, we typically stick to the best for our projects; which is why we’ve partnered up with the best. Springtree Restoration has a long-term partnership—and relationship—with Burris Windows, our local window manufacturer. They’re not only located in North Dallas, but create one of the strongest frames in the industry—we can vouch for that.
Throughout the years, we’ve conducted thousands of head-to-head comparisons of different window types and qualities; and there’s a clear winner. When it comes to windows, those made from vinyl are simply better than the rest. Compared to other materials (like aluminum and wood), they are more energy efficient and offer better ventilation. Aluminum and wood, along with other materials, have been shown to readily conduct heat and cold—wasting energy. Vinyl, on the other hand, outperforms them both—all while being long-lasting and easy to maintain. How, you ask? Allow us to explain.
While wood may perform similarly to vinyl when it comes to energy efficiency, it is much more difficult—and expensive—to maintain. They’re not only difficult to install, but they are very high maintenance to treat. Vinyl windows are more cost-effective (lower cost, but better quality), low-maintenance, and easier to install. In addition to all that, they can mimic the appearance of wood! Vinyl comes in a rich, textured, realistic-looking wood grain laminate—all while maintaining the long-lasting capabilities of vinyl. In short, here’s a list of benefits:
- Low maintenance
- Insulation value
- Can mimic wood
- Durable and strong
- Resistant to corrosion, rotting, termites, air pollutants, and salt air
Not only is vinyl tough, resistant, and long-lasting, they retain color exceptionally well. As far as aesthetics and visual appeal, vinyl window color holds up many years longer than wood—which peels and flakes over time. Additionally, they can withstand repeated use and still maintain their original beauty for years to come.
For those who love the rustic appearance of wood—and let’s be honest, we all do—look no further than vinyl. With rustic, beautiful wood laminates that come in oak, cherry, and maple, every homeowner can enjoy the aesthetic benefits of wood—for the cost of vinyl.
When it comes to maintaining them, all that’s needed is a conventional, quick wash to keep them clean. After each basic wash, the appearance of the vinyl (and its color) looks as good as new. This easy-maintenance lifestyle, paired with their affordability, is why vinyl windows are the most popular choice on the market.
As far as cost goes, there’s no comparison: vinyl is much, much more affordable than wood (or most materials, for that matter). To narrow it down a bit more, vinyl—on average—is always at least 10% cheaper than wood. When you add in the labor costs and the stark difference in installation time, the cost of wood far outweighs vinyl installation.
Additionally, vinyl does not conduct heat or cold—saving you money on energy efficiency. Over time, the cost of wood will outnumber vinyl by a distinct margin, and cost the homeowner extra money that they could save with vinyl. Springtree Restoration offers vinyl replacement windows throughout the North Dallas, Texas area—Allen, Frisco, Gainesville, Prosper, Wylie, Plano, and surrounding areas.
Burris Windows is a full-service manufacturing company, making both windows and doors. They’re located in Carrollton—a proud neighbor of Springtree Restoration. We utilize their products not only because they’re local, but because they’re the best in the market. Their product line includes residential and commercial windows, both interior and exterior. They have serviced over 85,000 projects, with more than 30 years of industry operations experience. When it comes to their products compared to others, there’s a clear difference—and it’s why we’re their proud partner.
Vinyl is among the best materials in the world for providing thermal efficiency inside the home. However, not all vinyl windows are the same—Springtree Restoration breaks down the basics of vinyl properties and manufacturing, to better help readers and homeowners in their decision-making.
Vinyl, as we all know it to be called, is actually the common name for it; it’s actually an advanced polymer called poly-vinyl chloride—or PVC. Yes, the same PVC that you may know to be in pipes and window blinds! In fact, PVC is one of the most used polymers in the world. The technology of PVC is used in all sorts of things, from construction, to transportation, to medical devices, and more. PVC is a safe, heat-resistant, economical material used all around us, just in different ways. When it comes to windows, they’re blended with certain ingredients and chemicals in order to resist sun and UV light damage.
When it comes to their manufacturing, there are some things to go over. In general, PVC can be difficult to push through the dies and make the extrusion. In order to aid the PVC through these dies, plasticizers are added to make the compound more pliable. While plasticizers help with their production, they can come with some side effects; for example, plasticizers can make the vinyl (or poly-vinyl chloride) itself dense and brittle. This makes the final product susceptible to cracking, and the effects of ultraviolet light damage. It’s clear that this type of manufacturing is not ideal for most homes.
However, there’s great news! There’s an alternative process, and it’s much more effective: it’s called unplasticized poly-vinyl chloride, or uPVC. With this alternative, there are no plasticizers added—instead, it’s mixed with other additives. Benefits with this process include protection against weathering, and impact strength (along with making the material itself).
As a result, the final product is stronger, longer lasting, and fights the negative effects of ultraviolet light damage. Springtree Restoration is proud to offer not one, but several lines of uPVC windows in our catalog. Throughout our years of operation, we’ve enjoyed all the benefits these vinyl windows offer—and think you will too.