WHAt YOU need to know about vinyl windows

The material you use to replace a window is essential in remodeling a building. Vinyl windows are currently one of the most popular choices for homeowners, and for good reason. But is that the right choice for you?

We recognize that the installation of new windows can be a significant investment, which is why we offer competitive pricing and financing options to make the process affordable and stress-free. To ensure that you make an informed choice that fits your goals and budget, our team of experts lead you through the selection process.

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Our Vinyl Window Options


Most Economical

Unbeatable Value

Designed with excellent quality in mind, each Georgetown window is custom-built for exceptional quality and performance in every step.


Our Most Popular

Quality That Lasts

Combining style and innovation, Fortis windows from Vytex are custom-made with one of the thinnest, most aesthetically pleasing frames available.



Designed with Function in Mind

Uniquely formulated for superior performance, ProVia offers vinyl windows that exceed industry standards while performing ongoing research to continue improving your view.

Understanding Vinyl Windows

PVC, or Polyvinyl chloride, is a strong and long-lasting compound of chlorine and ethylene used to make vinyl windows. Using this synthetic material helps keep vinyl windows immune to weather, moisture, and insect damage. As a result, vinyl windows need little upkeep and can last a long time before needing to be replaced, making them one of the most popular window replacement options.




The History of Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows were developed experimentally in response to the wood and aluminum shortage caused by WWII. Not long after their creation, Thermal Industries released the first vinyl windows in the United States in 1964. Then, during the energy crisis of the early 1970s, people started looking for energy-efficient options, and vinyl windows quickly gained popularity. More than half of all residential window sales today can be traced to the popularity of vinyl windows.

However, at the time of its introduction, vinyl windows were not regarded as a premium material. It was just simpler to replace damaged aluminum or wood windows with vinyl windows because of advancements in technology that allowed for improvements in window design. The vinyl window of today has come a long way in becoming more than a default choice.

Single-glazed, double-hung vinyl windows were the originals. They could be produced using more energy-efficient methods and more effective materials as the design evolved. Now, homeowners and contractors can almost entirely personalize the windows to match their demands.

Pros of Vinyl Window Replacement

Due to modern technological advancements, vinyl replacement windows are rarely subject to deterioration. Designed to operate well over time, vinyl windows can last for a few decades depending on the climate and conditions the window endures.

Easy to maintain, vinyl windows never require painting or refinishing. All you must do to care for your vinyl windows is wash them occasionally with mild soap.

Vinyl windows are energy-efficient because they have excellent insulating qualities. This improves comfort within your home or business because there is more consistency with the interior temperature. With the vinyl frame preventing cold air from coming in during the winter and cool air from coming in during the summer, vinyl windows can help improve both energy efficiency and aesthetics.

Energy efficient benefits can extend beyond monthly savings. Tax credits for improving your home’s energy efficiency can help offset the cost of your vinyl window replacement project. The Energy Star website or your friendly Third Estimate representative can provide further details about what qualifies this year.

Utilize the Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Tax Credit to claim 60% of your project (up to $600)

Vinyl windows can be easily customized depending on the provider. Remarkably flexible and simple to form, vinyl is more frequently molded than metal or wood.

Lightweight and easy for our teams to expertly install, the cost of installing vinyl window frames is usually low compared to other alternatives.

Cons of Vinyl Window Replacement

Because vinyl window frames can be customized so quickly, cheaper, factory ready options are less common. However, depending on your chosen company, coming up with a customized shape and color combination that fits your vision and budget is usually no problem.

Vinyl windows shouldn’t be painted, so it’s important to know going in that custom measurements are typically easier than custom colors.

Picking an interior finish for your window replacement is sometimes more difficult when taking into consideration that it must match your interior decor until the next time you need to update them.

This can also prove challenging when attempting to match the exterior of the house. Choosing a finish to match your siding, roof, and gutter system combination can be difficult, but with the help of our Exterior Design Center and our mockup technology, we can walk you through multiple options so you feel confident in your decision.

Chemicals are used in the vinyl window creation process, which makes them less environmentally-friendly than other options. With other more natural window processes, more environmentally-conscious homeowners may choose an alternative.

Compared to windows made of wood or aluminum, some replacement vinyl windows have thicker frames and sashes. This means that the borders around the glass are more prominent, which may result in a modest decrease in the amount of natural light entering your home and a smaller viewing area.

The Decision Is Yours

Regardless of the material you choose, vinyl windows provide two things most homeowners like – durability and affordability.

Widely available, vinyl window installation is inexpensive compared to most materials, and maintenance is low. So, even though they are not as indestructible as other materials, vinyl windows are made to last long. Plus, with many homeowners looking for products and materials that manage thermal properties at the right cost, vinyl frames offer better insulation than many options. With vinyl windows projected to grow in popularity, it can be expected for their benefits to only get better as well.