After polyethylene, vinyl (otherwise known as polyvinyl chloride or PVC) is the most produced plastic on the planet. It is a staple of the construction world, being used for flooring, roofing, fencing and decking, to name a few. Window framing is not an exception.
Although you have probably heard of vinyl windows before, how much do you really know about them? As the local authority on siding and fenestration products, Hunterdon Siding and Window Company shares some interesting pieces of trivia about these units.
The First Vinyl Windows Were German
The initial batch of vinyl window systems saw the light of day in Germany in 1954. After the war, there was a major shortage of wood and the price of aluminum was out of reach of many people. Vinyl filled the void.
Vinyl Windows Arrived in the US in the ‘60s
In 1964, Thermal Industries brought vinyl windows to America. It was not a coincidence, for the same decade also witnessed the boom of siding replacement projects in the country.
Vinyl Accounts for Over 50% of the Residential Window Market Share
It is common knowledge among home improvement pundits that vinyl rules the US residential window market. To put things into perspective, this material is used in the construction of the frames of more than half of all windows sold in America. Cost-effectiveness is the number one advantage of vinyl over other its counterparts.
Certain Compounds Lessen Vinyl’s Likelihood to Fade
Window and siding installation experts admit that discoloration is one of the main criticisms about vinyl. However, vinyl iterations designed with a tin compound or titanium dioxide are much less susceptible to the effects of the sun and more able to hold their color.
Is vinyl the perfect window framing material for you? Consult Hunterdon Siding and Window Company to receive some sound advice that makes sense in your situation. Call (908) 735-0809 to schedule your appointment with us and get a free estimate.