Overview

Vinyl windows and glass doors are used in many types of residential and light commercial construction, from schools, churches and office parks to apartment buildings, assisted living facilities and hotels. Vinyl windows and glass doors are constructed in much the same way as aluminum or wood windows, but with a chambered vinyl extrusion forming the frame around the glass, providing energy efficiency, durability and low maintenance. To ensure quality construction and window performance, many vinyl windows are certified by a third-party program and independent testing laboratory according to stringent industry standards. Today, vinyl can be found in a number of fenestration products, including:

  • A variety of traditional window styles
    • Single, double and triple hung windows
    • Sliding windows
    • Casement windows
    • Awning windows

  • Picture windows
  • Sliding door systems
  • French doors
  • Bay, bow and garden windows
  • Transom window
  • Skylights

Vinyl windows can also be found in such shapes as arches, ellipticals, eyebrows, gothic, trapezoids, rounds and half rounds, octagons, circles, ovals and half-ovals. Some window manufacturers also offer vinyl-clad windows, which are simply wood frames with a top layer of vinyl. Unless otherwise specified, the information contained here pertains specifically to vinyl windows.