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June 14, 2018

What Are the Pros and Cons of Black Vinyl Windows?

Although black vinyl windows have been around for more than forty years, they have become increasingly popular over the last decade. Whether you are looking to make a statement or just need new windows, we cover the pros and cons of black vinyl windows.

What Are Black Vinyl Windows?

Black vinyl windows are simply windows made with black-colored vinyl. As with most vinyl windows, they are made with unplasticized polyvinyl chloride, also known as uPVC. uPVC is a durable and long-lasting material that provides superior energy efficiency for windows and doors.

Pros of Black Vinyl Windows

Have a Distinct Look

One of the biggest advantages of black vinyl windows is their distinctive look. Since the black vinyl highlights your windows, it creates a unique look for most homes.

Add Curb Appeal

Because of the unique look, black vinyl wills will also add curb appeal to almost any home. Whether you are looking to sell or just want to stand out in your neighborhood, they make an impact.

Weather-Resistant

Like all vinyl windows, they are also extremely durable and weather-resistant. From heavy rains to severe snowstorms, they remain water-tight for years.

Easy To Maintain

The smooth vinyl surface resists dirt and grime, making black vinyl very easy to maintain. Aside from occasional cleaning with soap and warm water, they are virtually maintenance-free.

Energy Efficient

Modern black vinyl windows are extremely energy efficient. They have insulated frames, double or triple glass panes, gas fills between the panes, and low-e glass coatings to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Cons of Black Vinyl Windows

They Fade Faster

Unfortunately, black vinyl windows do fade faster than other windows. The black absorbs more light, which impacts their durability. If you prefer the look of black vinyl windows, ask about UV protective coatings to limit how fast they fade.

Shows Dust and Dirt

While all vinyl windows resist dirt to a degree, black vinyl shows dust and dirt more than other windows. This means you will need to clean them more often to keep them looking their best.

More Expensive Than Standard Vinyl Windows

Black vinyl windows are usually more expensive than other windows due to lower availability and higher demand. However, the price varies by area, manufacturer, and installer.

May Get Warm in Direct Sun

Since black absorbs more sunlight than lighter colors, black vinyl windows will get warm in direct sun. This isn’t a major concern for many homeowners, but it can be a factor if you live in more tropical climates or have young children at home.

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How Much Do Black Vinyl Windows Cost?

Black vinyl windows costs between $135 and $475 each depending on the options, the size of the window, and your location. Window installation is also separate.

Do Black Vinyl Windows Cost More Than Regular Windows?

Black vinyl windows cost more than standard white vinyl due largely to the manufacturing process. The color is usually added in a separate process, meaning more labor and additional machines.

While black vinyl windows are more expensive than traditional white vinyl, they add a distinct look at a lower cost than premium wood windows.

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