Composite vs Vinyl Windows. What are pros and cons?

rawdeal21December 7, 2011

What are the benefits of going with Vinyl windows over composite windows? Is there normally a big price difference and what's the relative energy efficiency, warranty, and maintenance?

Thanks!

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Windows on Washington Ltd

The difference need to be compared on a more specific (i.e. window to window) basis.

Some composites are good, some are terrible. Same is to be said for vinyl.

Comparing cheap vinyl to good composite...winner is composite.

You get my point but each material has its pluses and minuses and how each is weighted largely depends on the customers requirements.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 6:14PM
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rawdeal21

I'm going for very good quality. Now leaning towards vinyl and Simonton.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2011 at 2:40PM
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The vinyl windows that are usually regarded as upper echelon are Gorell, Okna, Simonton, Soft-Lite, and Sunrise.

There are other good windows out there and offerings can be somewhat regional. Are you in the Eastern or Western half of the US?

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 9:23AM
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rawdeal21

Northeast. Leaning towards Simonton because of the quality but also because I can compare HD against local dealers. Also, i think it's a lower price point than soft-lite, and the other higher end options. I don't want to pay more than the Simonton price (regardless of the incremental quality/efficiency provided by the other models)

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 10:46AM
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You would be well served to just get a Gorell, Okna, Soft-Lite or Sunrise quote. You might be surprised where they come in at and get a better deal in the end.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 4:33PM
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mmarse1

Agree, Okna, gorell,sunrise, or soft lite would all be better choices. Quite honestly, I don't know how simonton found it's name on the list of higher quality windows. It's mid grade. As long as it's at least the 5500. .

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 11:57AM
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rawdeal21

I'm not looking for the top of the line vinyl windows since they would not fit my price point (

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 12:33PM
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You would be well served to just get a quote on some of those other windows and see what is out there.

Can't hurt.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 9:14PM
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HomeSealed

I would definitely agree with WoW's advice... The product cost of a Simonton and the other premium brands mentioned is going to be close, and will vary depending on dealer. If you can find Simonton at that price point, the odds are very good that you'll find one or more of the others as well... Maybe even cheaper ;)

    Bookmark   December 16, 2011 at 5:00PM
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