USA: Vinyl Windows: Vinyl Window Manufacturers
ABOUT VINYL WINDOWS
Vinyl Windows are a practical alternative to wood windows. Although they do not give the building the same authentic character, they have the advantage that they are durable and do not require painting. Vinyl windows are available in a wide variety of designs, suitable for new construction and for replacement windows in existing properties. These include double-hung vinyl windows, casement windows, sliding windows, vinyl bay windows, and vinyl bow windows. Glazing options for vinyl windows include clear, textured, obscured, tempered, and laminated glass.
CHOOSING THE BEST TYPE
The three main considerations are the type of operation, the material for the framing, and the type of glass.
Types of operation
The main types of operation are top hung (known as awning windows), casement, sliding, single hung, and double hung. Other options include bay windows, garden windows, and French windows.
The advantage of top hung windows is that they can be opened without letting any rain into the room. Casement windows are side-hinged, and open outwards. They are a very popular and traditional type of window, giving good views out of the room, and allowing several degrees of opening. They give an attractive traditional look to the outside of the house, and can be used in combination with external decorative shutters. Sliding windows are a practical alternative for window openings which are wider than they are high. They are robust, secure, and easy to operate. They are most suitable for use in contemporary-style buildings. Single hung and double hung windows, known in the UK as sash windows, slide vertically. In a single hung window only the top section slides, the bottom section being fixed. In a double hung window both sections slide. Single and double hung windows are easy to operate, do not risk (like casement windows) being caught by the wind, and allow a variety of ventilation settings. Single hung windows have an additional safety benefit; because the lower panel is fixed, there is no risk of children climbing out.
Vinyl bay windows are available as pre-fabricated units. Garden windows are similar to bay windows except that they are rectangular in plan rather than faceted with angled faces, and have a sloping glass roof to the bay.
The choice of finishes is in respect of color. Vinyl windows are commonly available in white, but also in wood-like light or dark brown, or in beige or green. The disadvantage of white is that it can stain or yellow. If choosing a color we would strongly advise keeping to a subdued color; since the color cannot be changed later this is not the place for a bold color choice.
Types of glass
As to glass, vinyl windows will normally be double-glazed, for thermal and sound insulation. You could also consider seriously the use of low emission glass (also known as low-E glass). This has a very thin coating applied in the factory which reduces the transmission of infrared radiation. This has the effect of reducing solar gain in summer and reducing heat loss in winter. The small extra cost is a worthwhile investment.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The leading manufacturers selected by Abacus Construction Index, which are listed below the panel of sponsored links, have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, colours and materials, and installation, care and maintenance.
Jeld-Wen. Jeld-Wen, which originated in Oregon in 1960, is now a worldwide company with more than 20,000 employees. It is a leading manufacturer of windows and doors, including vinyl windows. Its Premium range is double-glazed, and is available in the following types: Awning, Casement, Fixed, Radius, Geometric, Gliding, Single-Hung, and Sliding Patio Doors. The windows are available in White or Desert Sand finish, and in eight colors of EverTone painted exterior finish. Simulated divided lines or grills can be fitted between the panes of glass. Glass options include textured, tinted, tempered, or laminated glass. Jeld-Wen offers four textured and six tinted glass types. All windows carry a lifetime warranty against defects in material or manufacture, for as long as the residential customer occupies the home.
MGM Industries. MGM Industries, founded in 1965 and based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, is a leading manufacturer of vinyl windows and doors. It has 400,000 sq ft of manufacturing facilities with eight lines of plastic extrusion equipment running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All MGM Industries windows carry a 20 year guarantee, and are available with low-e glass and insulated glass. Ten product ranges include windows for both new construction and for replacement. The Windstrong Window System is designed to provide safety and security in coastal locations exposed to high winds. MGM Industries has introduced features into its windows to facilitate installation. These include an aluminium nail fin on the window sill to prevent damage during shipping and installation, and to keep the sill straight during installation. There is also an integral quarter inch shim on the bottom of the window, which reduces the risk of the sill bowing, and helps to position the window during installation.
Milgard. Milgard, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, is a leading manufacturer of aluminum and vinyl windows. Milgard was founded as Milgard Glass Company by Maurice Milgard and his son Gary in 1958. It started manufacturing alumininum windows in 1962, and vinyl ones in 1989. It now has more than 3,000 employees with manufacturing and service operations across the USA. Milgard Windows are available for new build and for the replacement of existing windows. The Milgard line of Replacement Windows includes the follow designs: Single Hung Windows, Double Hung Tilt Windows, Picture Windows, Radius Windows, Casement Windows, Awning Windows, and Horizontal Slider Windows. Milgard Windows are designed to meet Energy Star standards in all zones, and are fitted with low-e glass as standard.
Simonton. Simonton Windows, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, manufactures a wide range of vinyl windows. Founded in 1946 as a fabricator of aluminum awnings and marquees, Simonton soon moved into the manufacture of aluminium windows. It moved into the manufacture of windows from vinyl in the early 1980s. In 2006 it became part of the Fortune Brands group. Designs of Simonton windows include: Double Hung Windows, Single Hung Windows, Slider Windows, Picture Windows, Casement Windows, Awning Windows, Geometric Windows, End Vent Windows, Patio Doors, Garden Doors, Bay Windows, Bow Windows, and Deadlite Windows. The window frames are available in a wide range of colors, and the following glazing options are available: Clear, Tempered, Bronze Tinted, Grey Tinted, Obscure, and Laminated.
Thermal Industries. Thermal Industries is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in the 1960s, it was the USA's first supplier of replacement vinyl windows. In the late 1970s Thermal Industries introduced the first vinyl bow window and vinyl bay window designs. In the mid 1990s, Thermal Industries incorporated their custom vinyl door and window systems into an insulated polystyrene wall system for patio enclosures. Thermal Industries now supplies a full range of windows, in addition to vinyl patio doors and vinyl railing products. The product range includes Single Hung Windows, Double Hung Windows, Slider Windows, and Casement Windows. Other options include Bay and Bow Windows, fixed pane Picture Windows, and windows specially designed for use in basements. The DreamGlas Gallery Collection offers the distinctive textured look of stained glass.
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