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The Main Issue With Hollow Vinyl Replacement Windows

Window | January 20, 2020
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For 40 years, Magic has provided the GTA with some of the most advanced residential windows in the world. Our innovative replacement windows, patio doors and Window Walls can add style and performance to any home. Welcome to our blog, where we provide consumers with the information and inspiration they need to make informed decisions about replacing vinyl replacement windows. 

For those in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Ontario cottage country in the market for vinyl replacement windows and window installation, it’s important to understand the limitations of these popular designs. This is because many replacement window companies in Toronto and the GTA only sell standard hollow vinyl replacement windows.

Why? Because they are a cheaper option with an established (albeit misunderstood) reputation. Instead of stepping back to evaluate the effectiveness of the product, they rely on an outdated design because it’s the way it’s always been done.

At Magic, it’s part of our mission to help homeowners understand the limitations of hollow vinyl replacement windows and why they are a problematic choice for their homes in the long run. Read on to learn more about the main problem with hollow vinyl frames and how our replacement windows are true game-changers.

What Are Vinyl Replacement Windows?

Vinyl replacement windows are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is the third-most used synthetic polymer in the world. In other words, PVC is simply plastic — nothing more, nothing less. These frames are a combination of different plasticizers, pigments and chemicals with hollow chambers that allegedly make for a lighter, more flexible product.

What this really means is that hollow vinyl PVC frames lack strength, rigidity and durability. They are disposable products that are highly susceptible to wear and tear as well as expansion and contraction in Canada’s drastically fluctuating climate.

Vinyl Replacement Windows Aren’t Worth the Cheaper Upfront Cost

No matter the terms that other window replacement companies in the GTA may use, any hollow vinyl window they attempt to sell you is an extruded piece of plastic. And while PVC is a cost-effective, energy-efficient material that allows window manufacturers to weld corners to create a perfect seal, these attributes don’t make up for the structural flaws.

These hollow frames are certainly a cheaper option, which can initially make them an attractive option for homeowners, but they are a poor investment. Over the long run, these frames will expand, contract and often become damaged, resulting in another window replacement venture.

The main reason why homeowners replace their casement windows, single-hung windows, double-hung windows, etc, is that the hollow vinyl frames have failed or lost their seal. With that in mind, it begs the question: why replace one flawed window design with a newer version of the same thing?

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Rethinking Replacement Window Frames

For over 40 years, we have aimed to provide our customers in the GTA with efficient, secure, durable and stylish replacement windows they can feel confident about. We have secured over 40 design and engineering patents for our windows and our frames are no exception no matter the type of window.

Magic began as a manufacturer of aluminum windows. Because of this, we understand and have an appreciation for the structural advantages of these frames. That said, aluminum’s lack of energy efficiency does pose problems. To solve them, we developed an innovative solution that combines materials for maximum performance.

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Introducing: Hybrid Fusion Frame Windows & Doors

In developing an alternative to the hollow vinyl PVC replacement window frames sold in the GTA, we opted for more durability, more efficiency and more security. Our Hybrid Fusion Frame design uses a skeleton of 18-gauge galvanized steel and anodized aluminum wrapped in a more rigid unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (U-PVC). So while we still use a form of high-quality PVC as the outer layer for these reinforced designs, our frames are not hollow.

Working together, these frame components create a high-quality, long-lasting product. The steel and aluminum core provides unmatched strength and durability, while the welded corners of the U-PVC outer layer provide a high degree of energy efficiency without the potential of expansion, contraction or damage. In this way, our Hybrid Fusion Frames represent the best of both worlds.

More Support Leads to More Style

Because of our frame’s higher degree of strength and durability, we are able to create a slimmer frame profile. The profile of our frames is a full three inches thinner than our competition. This ultra-slim design reduces the frame’s size and maximizes the glass surface to create a more contemporary look. Plus, homeowners can also choose to customize the look of these high-performance frames.

With a wide range of colours and textures to choose from, we can help you match an existing style or branch out into new aesthetic territories. This way, you can achieve the beautiful look of wooden window frames without having to concern yourself with the cost of purchase and upkeep.

What You Get With Hybrid Fusion Frame Windows & Doors

  1. A rock-solid frame constructed from anodized aluminum and stainless steel.
  2. An outer surface of U-PVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride).
  3. The long-lasting strength and support of steel and aluminum.
  4. A durable and efficient vinyl surface that won’t expand and contract.
  5. A stylish, ultra-slim profile that places visual emphasis on the window’s glass.
  6. Above all, a cost-effective, high-performance window frame material that we guarantee will last 40 years or more.

Book a Free Vinyl Replacement Window Consultation With Us Today

Our patented Hybrid Fusion Frame windows and doors are just one of the many ways in which we have revolutionized replacement windows. For more information, book a free, no-hassle consultation with us today. One of our certified project managers can explain the innovative design features that set our windows apart and how we customize them to suit any home.



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