Key Things to Look for with Vinyl Windows

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vinyl windows in Pinole, CA

The moment you decide to purchase vinyl windows in Pinole, CA, you’ve made a great decision that can actually increase the value of your home, if you choose the right windows. You’re going to find a wide range of prices when it comes to vinyl windows. You might be able to purchase some basic double hung windows from your local home improvement superstore for just about $100 per window. Sounds great, doesn’t it, especially if they will fit the rough opening? 

But they’re not as great a deal as you may initially think. Those cheap vinyl windows are made from the lowest quality materials and don’t offer the same protection against the cold and other elements as higher quality windows will. 


Below are a few key things you should look for when it comes to vinyl windows for your home. 


Construction materials.

Vinyl is vinyl, right? Not exactly. Just as you could choose various types of wood for joists and wall studs, and each one will provide different quality (for durability, strength, and other factors), the type of materials used in vinyl windows can make a difference. 

Higher quality vinyl windows will protect against the temperatures outside, outdoor noise, and other aspects much better than cheaper windows. You will also need to look at how those vinyl windows are put together. Are they welded at the edges of the frame or simply folded over? That can make a difference in protecting against the cold air outside and in some cases the rain. 



Quality hardware is essential for just about any window you have, whether it’s a wood window or vinyl window. You could end up with cheap plastic components that make snap if you open the window too fast. 

Focus on hardware that will withstand the humidity in this part of the world. Humidity can corrode steel, brass, and other materials much too quickly, especially if you live closer to the shore. 



Cheaper vinyl windows will not last as long as better constructed ones. That’s what durability is all about. Those cheap windows we mentioned that you could probably find at your local home improvement mega store might last 8 to 10 years while higher quality windows will last between 15 to 20, on average. What sounds better to you? 


Energy efficiency.

While we don’t have to worry about the kind of harsh winters people up north do, we still get some cold air moving through. That means you’re going to run your heating system to stay warm. 

For every dollar you spend heating your home during the late autumn and winter months, 40 cents is flying right out old, cheap vinyl windows. If you invest in higher quality vinyl windows, you’ll be able to save 60, 70, and up to almost 90 percent on your home’s heating and cooling expenses year round.  


If you end up saving $20 a month, on average, that’s $240 per year, which equals about $2,400 every 10 years, and that’s just based on current utility expenses. 

Now that you know some key things to focus on with regard to vinyl windows, you’re more likely to make the right decision for your home, your budget, and your family. 


Call A-Taylor Made Window today at 510-559-5530 or come by our showroom at 5327 Jacuzzi St. #5E, Richmond, CA 94804 for more information. 

Common Vinyl Window Styles and Where to Use Them

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vinyl windows in Oakland, CA

When choosing new vinyl windows in Oakland, CA, it can be challenging to decide on the best window style for your home. There are just so many options! Here is a breakdown of some popular window styles to help you get started.

What are Vinyl Windows?

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a construction grade plastic that will not rot, warp, or fade. The material is an exceptional thermal insulator and holds up against all types of climates, even that of Oakland, CA. Vinyl windows come in a range of colors and finishes. Best of all, the material requires little to no maintenance and will last 30 years or more. No wonder it is becoming the most popular frame material on the market!

5 Popular Window Styles

Here are some styles homeowners love best:

Bay or Bow Windows

These more decorative window options open even more possibilities. Bay windows are a more angular installation, usually consisting of one large picture window flanked by two operable windows. Bow windows are a row of four or more windows installed on a curve. Both not only create the appearance of more space, but can actually add square footage to a room. If you are looking for a dramatic view in a bedroom or living space, these vinyl windows are a great choice.

Casement Windows

These windows hinge on one side and usually open outward on a crank. Because the entire pane swings out, these windows are great for natural ventilation. They also have secure locks and latches and are more difficult to break into. Many homeowners choose to install casement vinyl windows behind the kitchen sink or other furniture because they are easy reach and operate with just one hand.

Single or Double-Hung Windows

These are still the most popular window style in the United States. They consist of two sashes, and one or both slide up and down. Modern designs even have sashes that tilt inward for easy cleaning. They work in almost any room and many homeowners use them in bedrooms or living areas.

Horizontal Slider Windows

These are another traditional window style still very much in use. They also come with either one or two operable sashes, but keep in mind, only half of the window will open for ventilation at a time. Because they do not take up any extra space when open, these windows are excellent to use along outside walkways or an outdoor patio.

Picture Windows

These are fixed, meaning the pane does not open. Even though they are not useful for ventilation, they do let in loads of natural light and open up a grand view. Have a front or backyard view you love? Then you get a picture window up to 50 square feet!

Rely on the Experts

At A-Taylor Made, our vinyl windows come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles. Our experts are happy to walk you through each widow style so you can see firsthand how they perform, look, and feel. You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for. To set up an in-home estimate call us at 510-559-5530. Or just come by and see us at 5327 Jacuzzi St. #5E, Richmond, CA 94804.


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