Is vinyl right for (really) hot climates?

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Is vinyl right for (really) hot climates?

#1 Post by garza.alex1 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:19 am

I live in south Texas and am considering replacement windows. I've been told that vinyl is the wrong material for 100+ degree weather. Is there anything to this?

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Re: Is vinyl right for (really) hot climates?

#2 Post by Randy » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:48 am

For south Texas, vinyl shouldn't be ruled out completely, but I'd certainly only recommend vinyl windows with internal reinforcement and thicker walls (.075 - .080). Unfortunately, there are many vinyl windows sold in Texas that are not built well enough to withstand three or four summers without bowing and warping. Stick to the premium products and you'll most likely be fine.

You should also consider thermally-broken aluminum, as it holds up extremely well in the heat, and will never warp. While you do give up some efficiency, they offer many benefits that should be considered as well.

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#3 Post by masterext » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:10 pm

i agree 100% with Randy. you want a high quality window with thick outer walls and some sort of meeting rail ( sash ) reinforcement; preferrably a composite non conductive material.
fwiw, Randy in a contractor in Texas and is one of the best in my opinion. not sure if he serves your area but i would click on his contact button in the above post. its certainly worth a shot , he's a great guy and a true craftsman.

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#4 Post by TheWindowNerd » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:13 pm

Yep you should definitely contact Randy if he serves your area.
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Re: Is vinyl right for (really) hot climates?

#5 Post by Windows on Washington » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:11 pm


Randy is one of the best. I trusted one of his installers with my Aunt's home and she was thrilled.

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