Premium Vinyl vs Bargain Vinyl Window
If you’re choosing new windows for your home, vinyl is likely one of the options you’re considering. Vinyl windows have longevity in the market with over 50 years providing long-lasting durability.
Vinyl is affordable, low maintenance, and resistant to insects and weather. Vinyl is a good insulator and helps with noise control – all good features to look for in a window.
Not all vinyl is the same
Sure – you’ve seen nightmare stories about vinyl windows showing a flimsy, bendable frame. But not all vinyl is the same. In fact, vinyl itself is produced in two different ways: re-ground or recycled, and virgin (made from scratch).
Re-ground vinyl is exactly what it sounds like – a byproduct of various recycled vinyl products. Re-ground vinyl products are everywhere from fencing to pool liners. Using all re-ground vinyl for windows can reduce the cost, but it adversely affects the quality of the product. Most bargain and buy-one-get-one vinyl windows are made with this cheaper alternative.
Virgin vinyl is a stronger, more pliable material and thus more durable – especially in climates that go from one extreme to another. Proven to outlast the cheaper alternative, a window with its frame and sashes made with virgin vinyl are more structurally sound. That is what you get with Harvey.
How is the window made?
Vinyl material itself is not the only factor in determining quality. Keep an eye out for three equally important features on how the window is made: the frame and sash corners, the thickness of the vinyl, and the hardware.
An indicator of a low grade vinyl window will be if the corners of the window frame or the sash are held together with screws or a bracket of some kind. Fusion welded vinyl corners are optimal for thermal performance and structural integrity. Even some bargain vinyl windows have welded corners, but keep an eye out for rough, ugly ridges. With a Harvey vinyl window, you get clean fully-welded corners.
Ask to see a cross cut of any vinyl window you are considering – and definitely be skeptical if they don’t have one to show you. A cheaply made vinyl window will look flimsy with thinner vinyl walls. Thicker and heavier vinyl walls will be more durable and always serve you better over the long term. Compare with Harvey and you’ll see the difference.
Harvey (left) vs. Bargain Vinyl Brand (right)
Quality windows have quality hardware. By hardware we mean the locks, cranks and lifts. These should be easy to operate, feel comfortable in your hand, and be made of heavy-duty metal. Beware of windows with plastic locks which compromise security and can snap off after just a few years. Definitely examine the hardware on any vinyl window you’re considering. You can feel the difference in quality.
Install a Vinyl Window you can be confident in
Harvey Windows are engineered and manufactured in the US. We stand behind our long-lasting vinyl windows with an industry-leading warranty that’s top rated by J.D. Power. Harvey’s reputation for great products and our highly rated service team is why we’ve seen such longevity and growth in the market. Always double check product warranties and ask who would help you fix your windows if anything were to happen.