What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages of Vinyl Windows

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A cost and energy-efficient solution, vinyl windows have become a more practical option for homeowners searching for a modern replacement for their old windows. However, as with any decision when it comes to your home, you’ll want to be sure you are well informed on the subject. So, to help you to better understand vinyl windows, here we’ll be discussing their advantages and disadvantages.


Energy Efficient

With an average of 40% of your heating being lost through unsealed windows, vinyl windows are an ideal solution to ensuring you keep the heat in during winter and the sun out during summer. Not only will this help to lower your energy bills throughout the year, but they will ensure that the initial cost of the windows begins to quickly pay for itself.

Low Cost

Vinyl is one of the least expensive window materials, but it is also one of the most durable. Vinyl will not succumb to rust or mould and will not start to peel over time making it a worthwhile investment. However, with state-of-the-art vinyl windows comes a price and whilst vinyl itself is cheap, the windows as a whole may cost you slightly more.

Low Maintenance

One of the main benefits of vinyl windows is how low maintenance they are. Being 99% scratch resistant you’ll never have to worry about any damage occurring or having to paint over any stains or marks. They are easy to clean and due to the way in which modern vinyl windows are engineered, they won’t age at the same rate as most other windows.


Although many homeowners will opt for the classic white vinyl windows seen on most residential homes, there are a variety of colours, styles and sizes to consider. There are a number of ways in which you can customise your vinyl windows to best suit your home but as they will be a part of your property for a long time, it is important to choose carefully.



Whilst vinyl windows are built to last a long time, unlike other window options they cannot be painted or renewed in any way. Over time, extreme weather conditions may cause the vinyl part of your windows to become discoloured or faded from the sun. In these instances, if you wanted to restore your windows to their original glory, you would have to replace them completely. However, in the UK it is uncommon to have such adverse weather which would be severe enough to cause any lasting damage.


As mentioned, vinyl windows are built to last and are effectively a permanent addition to your property. You cannot paint over or make changes to your vinyl windows once they’ve been installed which is why your choice of colour, style and size is so important. If you decide to revamp the exterior of your home, you will have to ensure that the modifications are well suited to your windows as they cannot be altered. Equally any alterations you make to the interior of your home will be affected by your choice of vinyl windows so again, considerations should be made if you are planning on drastically changing your décor.


The ability to customise your vinyl windows can be beneficial for many reasons as mentioned but as with any customisation, there is a price to pay. If you are looking to customise your windows by getting a specific window size or maybe a particularly unique shaped window, the cost can quickly increase. Ultimately the size of the project and your supplier will determine the price, but it is important to note that the price will rise with the scale of the job.

Easy to maintain and energy-efficient, vinyl windows have in recent years become one of the more affordable solutions for homeowners across the UK. There are a range of benefits and drawbacks to this type of window which need to be considered before making your final decision.

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