Choosing the Right Replacement Window: Vinyl vs Composite Windows

Installing new replacement windows can be an expensive process, so it’s important to make sure you are choosing the right windows for your Wisconsin home.

When it comes to finding the right window, one of the most important factors to consider is material. The window’s material will have a great effect on everything from energy efficiency, to durability, to aesthetics, and more.

Vinyl windows have become one of the most common window materials on the market today with their many advantages over wood and aluminum frames. But advances in window technology since the invention of vinyl windows have lead to the development of composite windows, combining the best aspects of vinyl and wood.

Both composite and vinyl windows are virtually maintenance free, and won’t chip, or rot like wood frames do. And both frames operate and function smoothly. But what are the differences?

Cracked Vinyl Window

Vinyl windows can crack from cold temperatures

Durability – Although vinyl windows are resistant to damaging effects of moisture that can ruin wood frames, they still can be affected by extreme conditions. Extreme cold, something we’re familiar with here in Wisconsin, can cause vinyl windows to crack. Composite windows made from expanded polymers can expand and contract without warping or cracking, unlike rigid vinyl, and won’t ever crack, even during one of our Wisconsin winters!

 Compozit Window Energy Ratings

Composite Windows rate better on insulation than any other material

– In terms of energy efficiency, composite windows have a clear advantage over vinyl. Vinyl windows are typically thin and hollow, while composite windows are thick, providing better insulation and durability. In fact, composite offer over 200% better insulation than vinyl. Replacing all of your current windows with composite windows can save you up 40% on your home’s heating bill.

Double Hung Composite Window from AHT Wisconsin Windows

Composite windows have the beautiful look of wood windows.

Appearance – With vinyl windows, you’re limited to just a few color options; usually white, brown, or beige. Composite windows offer the look and feel of traditional wood windows on the interior of your home, without the hassle and the cost associated with them. The wood grain styling of composite windows will complement the decor of your home better than the plastic look of vinyl windows.

So, vinyl or composite? I think it’s clear that composite windows are the better choice for your Wisconsin home. Read our article Does Your Home Need Replacement Windows? to determine if it’s time to replace the windows in your home.

We are proud to serve the Appleton, Green Bay and Madison, Wisconsin areas. If you have more questions about composite replacement windows, call us at (866)-367-6560, or contact us here.