Top Plastic Window Styles

October 11, 2010

Plastic or PVC windows are gaining in popularity, and it's no mystery why. They're stylish, nearly maintenance-free, available in a myriad of colors. Unlike vinyl-clad windows, which feature wood cores, plastic or PVC windows are completely made of vinyl.

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Some advantages of plastic windows include:

  • Energy savings: Plastic windows do an exceptional job resisting light and weather.
  • Fewer maintenance expenses and effort: Plastic windows seldom peel, warp, or rot.
  • Expansive color offerings: When first unveiled, plastic windows offered a small range of colors, but, today, many companies offer eight or more colors and finishes. Common colors include white, almond, sand, redwood, and light and dark oak.

You can also find plastic windows in all popular window styles associated with wood, so they complement any home. Top plastic windows styles include:

  • Double-hung
  • Casement
  • Sliders
  • Bay
  • Bow
  • Garden
  • Awning
  • Multi-wide

It's important to differentiate between recycled vinyl and virgin vinyl windows. Recycling is important in today's world, but recycled vinyl is best used for non-pressure pipes and garden hoses. Recycled vinyl windows have a reputation for fading and yellowing over time.

By contrast, virgin vinyl windows retain their original color because the color goes all the way through the window frames. Moreover, these windows won't blister, corrode, or deteriorate. They deliver enhanced structural integrity and greater longevity.

Plastic window costs vary, depending on size, components, glass, and brand, but Internet pricing for top plastic windows styles came to about $400 each.

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