As home improvement projects go, one of the most popular is reinstalling windows and outside doors. With such a project, there are many choice when you wish to select the materials for replacement windows and doors. Here are a few reasons to consider PVC.
Not all replacement windows and doors are alike. It is important to make the best choice when reinstalling windows or outside doors. If you want to give your home a new look and improve the exterior, home improvement articles suggest that it is easy to achieve this by changing doors and windows. Although this face lift might be expensive at the start, in the long run you will save money by using replacement windows and doors and your home will look better too.
So what material should you choose when replacing outside doors or reinstalling windows? Many people like the appearance of wood. As a living material which is available in a variety of finishes, wood certainly has some appeal – and we have been building with it since the earliest times. Depending on the wood you choose, getting doors and windows need not cost the earth, though you should beware of the longer term hidden costs.
Wood may look good at the start but sooner or later the weather will take a toll and the paint will start to flake. If you don’t want your home to look shabby then you will have to sand and paint doors and windows which can be expensive. It is also a time consuming and messy DIY job which you will have to repeat every few years.
Luckily, there is an alternative to wood which has lower maintenance costs as well as other advantages. UPVC, also called PVC or vinyl is ideal for replacement windows and doors. This material can be kept clean with soap and water so there’s very little maintenance required to keep replacement doors and windows looking as good as the day you installed them. And think about this when reinstalling windows and replacing outside doors – this material conserves heat well, so your central heating bills will be reduced if you install vinyl windows. This energy saving property is one of the main advantages of this material.
Many people feel that PVC or vinyl gives your home a bland look, but there are many options available that mean that this material can compete on level terms with other window and door materials. If you like the look of wood, then you can get doors and windows with a light or dark wood effect that is almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Of course, you will know the difference, especially if you are putting your feet up while your neighbour sands and paints his wooden window frames.
When reinstalling windows and outside doors, PVC really is a sensible choice and you may want to use it for other doors and windows. Vinyl is a good choice for replacement windows and doors for your conservatory. And why not add a touch of glitz to windows and doors with a stained glass panel. Not only will it let in light, but it will make your home stand out. If your tastes are more conservative, frosted glass or tinted glass will enhance your home’s appearance without making too much of a show.