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How to find the right vinyl replacement window in 4 simple steps

November 11th, 2021 | 12 min. read

How to find the right vinyl replacement window in 4 simple steps

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A house with vertical grey siding and wood posts in the front with black windows and a forest behind it.

So, you’re interested in vinyl replacement windows but want to make sure you choose the best option for you.

Not all vinyl is created equal. When you’re shopping for the right vinyl window type for you, you want to consider the type of vinyl, what customizations are available with it, and what the window’s warranty is. 

You need to have the right tools in place to help you find the best window for you. 

After learning more and more about vinyl windows, their pros and cons, and how they compare to other windows, how do you choose the right one for you?

Southwest Exteriors has been a window replacement contractor in San Antonio since 1989. We offer a variety of window types, like aluminum, fiberglass, and some of the highest quality vinyl on the market. 

Now, we’re not just saying that because we want to look good. We know that cheap vinyl will easily bend, bow, crack, and become misshapen when exposed to changing temperatures and weather conditions. 

This is why it was vital for us to find the best, high-quality vinyl window out there to offer to Texas homeowners. But no matter where you are, we want you to choose the best vinyl for you and your home too. 

This article will give you a step-by-step process on how to choose the best vinyl window for you. 

How to choose the right vinyl replacement window for you

If you’re interested in vinyl windows, you want to make sure you outline all your goals to choose the right vinyl type for you. You must have realistic expectations about the quality and cost of the window.

When shopping for any replacement window, it’s important to outline your goals for your project. 

To find the right vinyl window for you, you’ll need to outline your goals for your project by following these four steps. 

Step #1. Outline how you want your vinyl windows to perform

When considering the different types of vinyl out there, you need to outline how you want the windows to perform. You want to know that your window is going to protect your home.

Whether you visit a showroom or have a contractor bring samples into your home, you must analyze the craftsmanship of the window. Look at the welding around the frame and corners of the frame. If they are sloppy, this is not a good sign. The last thing you want is to pay $1,200 for a higher quality vinyl window only for it to break at the seams. 

While the type of vinyl on the window is important for its durability, longevity, and efficiency, you want to know that the window was made well and is strong in its craftsmanship.

Step #2. Think about how long you want your vinyl windows to last  

Along with how you want your vinyl windows to perform, you want to know they are going to last as long as you need them to. 

If you are looking at standard, low-cost vinyl windows, you cannot expect them to last for the next 20 years in your home. 

If you want your vinyl windows to last for a lifetime in your home, then you are going to want to choose a high-quality engineered vinyl that is proven to last. This is why it is crucial to outline your goals and have realistic expectations for your new windows.

Step #3. Consider what you want your vinyl windows to look like

While the durability and longevity of your windows are important, you want to know that they are going to look how you want them to. Whether you want to customize every design element of your window or just want to choose the color, having options is important. 

If you want a darker-colored exterior, like navy, black, or grey, then you want to make sure you choose a high-quality vinyl window that is fade-resistant. Other vinyl windows may not offer these darker colors because of their susceptibility to fade. 

If you just want a standard white or beige-colored frame, then evaluating the design options for the window may not be the biggest concern for you.

Step #4. Know what to look for in the warranty of your vinyl windows

When you purchase replacement windows, you want to consider how long you want them to last and what happens if something goes wrong. You want to know that your windows will be covered if anything goes wrong with them as long as you own them. 

Familiarize yourself with the lifetime, inclusions, and exclusions of the window’s warranty. If you plan to be in your home forever and want your windows to last just as long, then you don’t want a window with a warranty of just five years. 

You also want to ensure your warranty will cover defects for the window. If you choose a standard vinyl window, and the warranty does not cover cracking or fading, then this is a red flag. 

However, if you only need to replace your windows for the next year you live in your home, then the warranty may not be a concern to you. 

Video "How To Find the Right Vinyl Replacement Window in 4 Simple Steps"


Southwest vinyl window alternatives

We know not all homeowners like the look and finish of vinyl windows, so here's a little bit about vinyl window alternatives. 

  1. Wood: Wood windows offer a classic and timeless look and can be painted or stained to match any decor. They are energy-efficient but require more maintenance than other materials.

  2. Aluminum: Aluminum windows are strong, durable, and require little maintenance. They are often used in commercial buildings but can also be found in residential properties. They are not energy efficient and are not often used in replacement situations because they will likely fail the permit process. 

  3. Fiberglass: Fiberglass windows are becoming more popular due to their energy efficiency, durability, and low maintenance. They are also resistant to warping, rotting, and cracking.

Ultimately, the choice of window material depends on your specific needs, preferences, and budget.


Finding the best vinyl window for you

Now that you know four things to ask yourself when looking for vinyl windows, you can find the best vinyl for you that will perform, last, and look how you want it to. The most important thing to remember is that not all vinyl is created equal.

You cannot choose low-quality vinyl windows and expect them to last as long as you live in your home. This is why it is important to know the different types of vinyl used for windows and have realistic expectations for your project. 

The quality of a $300 vinyl window will never be as good as a $1,600 window. Outline what your budget is for your project, how long you want the window to last, and what you want the window to look like. This will help you choose the right type of window for you, whether it is vinyl or not. 

With Southwest Exteriors, we want to provide you with the highest quality vinyl on the market. If you’re looking for a high-quality, long-lasting vinyl window, then we have you covered. 

However, if you’re looking for a quick fix for a window replacement and want to spend as little as possible, then we are not the right solution for you. 

At the end of the day, we want to educate you on how to choose the right product for you and help guide you to the solution you are looking for. 

Now that you know what to look for to find the best vinyl window for you, you need to find a contractor that is going to offer the vinyl windows you are looking for and will install them to your standards. 

But, how do you find the right contractor for your vinyl window replacement project? 

This video will outline six things to consider when selecting a window replacement contractor, like the longevity of the company, the products they offer, and installation processes.