The History Of Vinyl Windows
When most people think of replacement windows, they automatically think of today’s generation of attractive and energy efficient vinyl windows. But vinyl windows have only been in common usage in the United States since the 1990s.
Vinyl windows have now replaced traditional materials – such as wood and aluminum – over the last fifty years. As the Newport Beach area’s leader in vinyl replacement windows we thought we should share some of the interesting history of vinyl windows.
The Origins of Windows
First and foremost, where does the word “window” come from? It can be traced back to a Norse word that meant “The eye of the wind,” which was “vinduaga.” The earliest recorded examples of what would today be called “windows” were little more than simple holes in the wall.
Eventually, humans learned that they could control the amount of light (and privacy) that was being let into their homes by covering the windows with cloth, or sometimes animal hide. It wasn’t long after that, that someone developed the idea for windows with shutters, allowing them to open and close the windows to control light and temperature. The addition of windows to homes became both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
History of Vinyl Windows
In the years following World War II, there was a shortage of traditional window manufacturing materials in Germany including aluminum, steel, and wood. As a result, the Germans set out to rebuild their country using new, innovative materials like thermoplastic, vinyl framing to create their windows, thus revolutionizing window construction methods.
Not long after, in the late 1950s, well known manufacturer of vinyl the BF Goodrich Company, started producing vinyl windows in the United States on an enormous scale. They designed the windows to be similar to wood and aluminum windows, but with sleek, current designs crafted from state-of-the-art material.
Keeping the spirit of post-WWII alive, the American products (once again) blew the Germans out of the water, skyrocketing to the top of the window-making food chain.
The Growth of the Vinyl Window Industry
In spite of their many advantages, vinyl windows weren’t exactly an overnight sensation. Vinyl is a kind of plastic which, at the time, was still mistrusted many in the building industry. So while BF Goodrich did in fact revolutionize the window industry, the fruits of their labor wouldn’t truly be harvested for another decade.
By the 1960s the vinyl replacement window began to take off. Over 30 thousand units were sold and only continued to grow in the forthcoming decades. By the 1990s, sales of vinyl windows were up 125%, beating out wood and aluminum in new construction and remodeling by a substantial margin.
By the time the new millennium rolled around, most manufacturers of vinyl windows were offering improved frame shapes and internally glazed windows with higher options in regard to both energy efficiency and security.
Today’s Vinyl Replacement Windows
Continuing technological advancements in the production of today’s vinyl replacement windows has made for a superior consumer experience. Today’s vinyl replacement windows require virtually no maintenance.
And in addition to being cost efficient, vinyl windows remain today’s most popular choice because of their durability. Vinyl replacement windows are impervious to insects like ants or termites; and it that wasn’t enough, vinyl windows are made to be sunlight-resistant, so they won’t rust or crack like wood or metal.
Vinyl windows have come a long way in their more-than-half-a-century lifespan. They are now the leading choice in the construction of new homes, as well as remodeling and renovation.
And in today’s environmentally-conscious climate, vinyl windows are the windows of choice. Their ability to stabilize heat makes them tremendously energy efficient, and they are completely resistant to elemental wear and tear.
Newport Beach Vinyl Replacement Windows
Vinyl windows are preferred today because they are much more efficient than those made from other materials. Vinyl windows also offer great design flexibility, minimal maintenance, energy efficiency and cost savings.
As the Newport Beach area’s replacement window specialists, we have replaced hundreds of old and outdated windows with new vinyl replacement windows – that are more beautiful, more durable and more energy efficient. Will be happy to come to your Newport Beach or South Bay area home show you the many options you have in styles, features and cost of different types of picture windows.