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29
Apr
2016

Misconceptions surrounding vinyl windows


 

Vinyl windows have been around for several years and, today, they are easily the most popular choice thanks to their many benefits. These windows offer homeowners the most practical solution as well as durability, beauty, and more. There are, however, a number of myths and misconceptions making the rounds, and this can be discouraging. If you are considering upgrading your home windows, here's the truth about vinyl frames.

 

Vinyl windows affect the structure of the house

This is quite a common misconception, unfortunately. It is by no means true, and many prospective vinyl window buyers choose different windows while under the wrong impression. The key, whenever installing any window, is to do so properly. When it's time to make that change, it's good to get a professional crew out to perform to installation. Not only will they remove the old window with care, but they will also perform a flawless installation. Thanks to their professional experience, the only part of your home that will be affected is the window itself. The rest of the wall will not be touched. That said, if there is structural damage due to an old leaky window, this can mean that more extensive work is required. This has no bearing on the structural stability of the vinyl windows because the building was already made unstable due to water infiltration.

 

Vinyl is a poor insulator

All homeowners are concerned about energy efficiency. This is most important during the colder winter months, but it's also significant during the summer. If you don't have an air cooling system, you will want to do everything in your power to keep your home as cool as you can. If you do have an air conditioner, then you don't want it to work overtime in the summer. Vinyl windows are great for insulation. Some of these windows even have U-values of 0.5 to 0.2. The lower this U-value, the better insulation you will enjoy.

 

Fire risk

When choosing windows, you will have the choice of metal, wood, and vinyl. Metal is clearly not the best idea due to insulation issues and wood is obviously flammable. Vinyl, on the other hand, offers great insulation and it's not nearly as flammable as wood. Wooden frames, particularly the older ones, are far more likely to burn at a rapid rate than vinyl. Sure, if the whole house is on fire, then your vinyl windows most likely won't survive. This does not mean that vinyl windows put your house more at risk. In fact, in the event of a fire, vinyl burns far slower than wood.

 

Vinyl cannot be recycled

This is completely false, and this misconception has many homeowners concerned. Vinyl has been used in many products for several years. Today, almost all of the vinyl in circulation today has been recycled. This means that the prices can be kept as low as possible, and it's a plus for the environment as well.

 

Vinyl is bad for the environment

Just like the point mentioned above, this is another false rumor started to detour the public from purchasing vinyl products. According to various studies, the dioxin levels found in vinyl are so low that they have no effect on anyone or anything.

 

No real color choices

White is the most popular color when buying vinyl windows. This is simply because it blends in well with a variety of designs (both inside and outside the home). It's important to know that vinyl windows come in a wide range of colors, and your provider can help you make the best choice if you're unsure.

 

At NorthShield Windows and Doors, we offer a wide range of vinyl doors to suit your design preferences and personal needs. Call us today for a free estimate in the comfort of your home.

 

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Ross Apperly
4 months ago
Northshield replaced 9 windows in our house. Our only complaint would be that the colour doesn't really match the sample we were shown. The woman we first encountered in the showroom was pleasant and helpful. There are only so many things she could tell us in the showroom but it was enough to convince us to book an appointment with a salesman. Walter, the fellow who came to our house, wasn't really a salesman at all and yet he knew exactly what he was doing. Answered all of our questions, clearly knew his business inside and out, was patient with us, made some really helpful suggestions, and just generally made us feel confident and comfortable. Next came Vladimir. He came to do the final measurements and to verify the details of each window. Another very very knowledgeable guy. Clearly an expert in his field and yet friendly and patient with us. The team of men who came to do the install were all very much polite and professional. Their workmanship is first rate. In the end, what I know is this, the new windows are in, the drafts and rattles from the old ones are gone, the price was fine, the quality is A1, and every single individual along our journey was a genuine pleasure to work with.
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a month ago
We chose Northshield because of the rave reviews on Google, but unfortunately the experience was a disappointment. The sales guy was nice enough, but like most suppliers in their industry, installation came 6 weeks past their original estimate, which was fine since we were not in a big rush, although we had to delay the painting of our kitchen because of it. The two big issues were: 1. To install our new patio doors, the opening had to be widened, which our sales guy mentioned, and which was fine to us. The problem came when the installers were on site and insisted that they did not need to replace the header. I know nothing about construction but luckily my colleagues told me to make sure that they install a new header because they were widening the doorway. Luckily I was home and I persisted that they install a new header, and after a while they finally realized that they needed to do it as well. They went off to the store to get the wood and the drywall and finished the job, which looked fine. 2. Only a few months later big cracks appeared along the new header. I called Northshield only to be told by Alex that my painter should've known that the patchwork on the header was very minimal and that "any professional painter should've known to make sure the drywall was ready to be painted." So they refused to do anything about it. I guess I should've said back to him "any professional installer should've known you need a new header when you widen a doorway!" So now I have a wall that I will need to re-patch and re-paint all over again. If you decide to use Northshield, please do your own research and make sure that you oversee their work, because they will never take responsibility for it, or admit that they didn't know what the heck they were doing.
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4 months ago
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