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3 Common Vinyl Window Problems

Vinyl is a popular material for windows. It is durable, often requires minimal maintenance to stay in good condition and is one of the most affordable types of home window replacement on the market. However, it is also important to know the common problems associated with vinyl windows so you can properly address them before they can cause bigger structural damage. Here are some examples:


1. Stripped Cranks

When the crank handle of your awning or casement window is tightened, it brings the sash closer to the frame in order to create an airtight seal. It is crucial to leave enough space so that the multi-point locking mechanism can operate without excess force that will surely lead to stripped cranks.

2. Glass Failure

A common sign of glass failure is pressure cracks, which occur when there are sudden changes in temperature. Vinyl allows for slow and steady expansion and contraction. Often, it does not give the glass sufficient time to adjust, which results in cracks. Another thing to consider is seal failure. It happens when the argon gas inside the window escapes, resulting in condensation. These factors reduce the efficiency of your vinyl windows. Consult a windows installer to replace the affected glass with a more energy-efficient and high-performing unit.

3. Loss of Glass Area

Replacing your old, drafty window with a vinyl material can take up a lot of the viewing area. This is because vinyl replacement windows are often measured inside the frame of old windows. This means your old window will not be totally removed. It is important to use proper installation methods when replacing windows to ensure an energy-efficient home.

Fibrex® windows are a popular solution to faulty and ineffective vinyl windows. They have superior insulating properties and come with narrower frames which can give you a bigger view of your beautiful garden landscaping.

Renewal by Andersen® of Memphis is a premier source of the best replacement windows products and services in Tennessee. We aim to provide homeowners with a smooth and stress-free experience when transforming their dream homes into reality. Call us today at (901) 979-4460 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.


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