Are Vinyl Windows A Smart Choice? Earth Friendly? Safe?

Yes. Vinyl windows and doors are a very smart choice. Less than one half of vinyl's weight is dependent on natural resources. Vinyl windows require only one-third of the energy needed to manufacture aluminum windows. Vinyl windows help conserve energy and reduce home cooling costs, and because vinyl windows and doors do not require painting or finishing, homeowners avoid vapor emissions, cleanup and disposal problems associated with frequent application of certain paints and stains.

 

What is "Virgin Vinyl"?

Virgin vinyl is the term applied to vinyl that is extruded for the first time. Regrind is the term given to vinyl that has been extruded, then the parts are ground up into small "pellets" and can be re-extruded. The implication is that "virgin vinyl" is purer or superior to reground vinyl. As a thermo plastic, PVC can be reprocessed, typically, around three times with little degradation to the compound. After that, additional processing "uses up" some of the lubricants and other additives that are used in the extrusion process. Alcor’s frames, sashes and other major window parts are extruded from virgin vinyl.

 

Why Are Vinyl Frames Hollow? Why Aren't They Solid?

Vinyl frames are designed with multiple chambers in the frame to provide thermal efficiency, rigidity and strength without excessive weight. A solid frame would be excessively heavy, difficult to work with, expensive, and would, actually, not perform as well as the multi-chambered designs in today's window products.

 

How Durable Are Vinyl Windows? Are They Strong?

Vinyl windows are very durable. There are millions of vinyl windows installed in homes and commercial buildings, across the country and around the world. In the U.S., some vinyl windows have been installed as long as 25 years and are still working well. Many designs of today have wind load ratings superior to wood and metal windows.

 

What Is Fusion Welding?

Many of today's vinyl window and door products feature fusion welded corner construction. Quite simply, it is the process of mitering the corners, heating them to above 200° f and bringing the heated comers into contact until they fuse together, forming an exceptionally strong joint and a permanently sealed comer that can't leak air or water. No. Vinyl windows perform well in the desert climates of the Southwestern U.S. where daytime temperatures can reach 125° F (and above) and surfaces in direct sun can be heated above 165° F (the temperature at which vinyl begins to soften). It's the multi-chambered design of vinyl products that ensures they'll handle even those excessive levels of heat. Vinyl is an excellent insulator. It does not conduct heat readily like aluminum and the hollow chambers in a vinyl frame reduce conduction even further. So while the outside surface of a vinyl window frame may get quite hot in direct sun, the interior walls will not heat up, remaining close to room temperature.

 

I have a home located near the ocean. How will the salt air and salt water affect my Alcor windows and doors?

It will not affect your PVC Alcor windows and doors. PVC has been used for years by boat manufacturers because of its endurance and resistance to salt water. If you were to put a length of the material into the ocean and let it sit there for a year, when you took it out of the water it would not show any corrosion.

 

Do Vinyl Windows Require Maintenance?

Vinyl windows are virtually maintenance free, requiring no finishing upon installation and no periodic painting or sealing like wood or metal windows. They also can't rot, rust, pit or corrode like wood or metal products and are unaffected by moisture, salt air, pollution and airborne chemicals. If they ever require cleaning, simply wiping with a damp cloth is sufficient to return them to their "Factory Fresh" condition.

 

What Can I Use if I Really Need To Clean My Vinyl Windows?

Usually a few drops of a mild liquid cleaner in a bucket of water is sufficient to clean any dirt or grime that may have accumulated on the window. If you have more stubborn build-up, the following household cleaners work well according to Chelsea Building Products - Formula 409, Ajax Liquid Cleaner, Murphy's Oil Soap, Lysol Cleaner, Soft Scrub, or vinegar and water. The following cleaners or types of cleaners should not be used on vinyl - Clorox, Pine Power, Ivory, Grease Relief, Tide Detergent and nail polish remover (acetone).

 

What About Vinyl Windows In A Fire?

Vinyl will not support combustion like many common building materials. They can "burn" if they are completely enveloped in flames from other materials, but if the flame is removed, the vinyl will self extinguish. In fact, PVC has a higher ignition temperature, lower flame spread and lower heat released in a fire than a similar sample of wood and any smoke produced by burning PVC is of the same range as

 

Are Vinyl Windows A Smart Choice? Earth Friendly? Safe?

FYes. Vinyl windows and doors are a very smart choice. Less than one half of vinyl's weight is dependent on natural resources. Vinyl windows require only one-third of the energy needed to manufacture aluminum windows. Vinyl windows help conserve energy and reduce home cooling costs, and because vinyl windows and doors do not require painting or finishing, homeowners avoid vapor emissions, cleanup and disposal problems associated with frequent application of certain paints and stains.

 

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