Energy efficient vinyl replacement windows are a smart choice for your home. Not only do they add beauty and curb appeal to your home, they can actually save you money on your monthly energy consumption costs. How? They use smart technologies that make them both super-efficient and easy to use. This makes them the hands-down best choice for replacement windows.

Take a look at these smart technologies.

Foam Filled Frames Provide Superior Insulation

Both the vinyl frames and sashes of the vinyl replacement windows are filled with foam insulation. Of course, this offers superior insulating properties over their wood frame or aluminum counterparts. This means a reduction in loss of cooled air in the summer and heated air in the winter.

Weather Stripping

Vinyl windows have multiple runs of weather stripping around the sashes. The weather stripping adheres well to the vinyl material and will last you for many years to come. This is important because it offers a line of defense against drafty airs entering your home.

Low-e Glass

Most replacement windows today, regardless of whether they are vinyl, wood, or aluminum, will have glass with low-e (low-emissivity) coating. You’ve probably heard that but been afraid to ask.  What exactly does that mean?

Emissivity is defined as a material’s ability to radiate energy. In the case of windows, that’s energy from the sunshine. The low-e glass reduces the heat transfer in the window and the window is better insulated.

There’s an added bonus to low-e glass. You will find that it helps to filter the harmful sun rays. Therefore, your interior furnishings and flooring won’t fade as quickly.  While low-e glass is not exclusive to vinyl windows, the explanation is worth noting.

Easier Operation

If you have older windows, especially wood frame windows, you probably have struggles opening them. This is especially true in hot and humid climates. When the mercury climbs, the humidity in the atmosphere builds, and the wood frames swell up. This can make it quite a workout to open and close your windows.

On the other hand, vinyl windows will glide open and closed easily. Most homeowners can even operate them one-handed! Wouldn’t that be a nice change?

Sound Proofing

Do you live in a noisy neighborhood or an urban environment? Then vinyl windows are perfect for you for yet another reason –soundproofing!

Because of the foam-insulated frames and sashes that we previously discussed, combined with newer glass technologies, vinyl replacement windows are wonderful for soundproofing your home. This makes them a perfect option anyplace where noise is a problem.

Withstands Weather Better

Undoubtedly, vinyl windows outperform wood and aluminum windows in all-weather durability. Wood windows, on the other hand, can warp, rot, and crack. Not only does this cause the window to age prematurely, it leaves your home exposed to other health hazards such as pests, molds, and mildews. While you can temporarily make repairs with caulking, it’s a stop-gap measure and the window will still need to be replaced sooner than later.

Color Selection

When it comes to customizing and adding a zing of style to your home, there’s no better alternative than vinyl windows. Most window manufacturers offer a nice shade range, ready-installed and adding instant style. They resist fading, molds, and mildew.

Aluminum windows can’t be painted. Wood windows can be painted or stained. However, this will be your job to do once the window installers leave the job site. Plus, the colors will fade quickly, and you’ll be back to painting about once every year or two to keep the color vibrant.


When it comes to this significant investment into your home, vinyl replacement windows are the clear winner. You won’t find any window to match the durability, construction, and ease of use. Windows are often a once in a lifetime investment. Make it count!

Zen Windows Boston has been in the window industry since the mid-1990s. He loves to share his expertise and guide homeowners in making smart investments. When he’s out of the office, the Boston native is a sports fan.

Published by Elena Tahora