Many vinyl replacement windows are an ideal option for your home due to their low-maintenance and energy-efficient properties. The fact is, vinyl windows owe their durability to their prime component, which is polyvinyl chloride or PVC.
WMGB Home Improvement, a leading provider of vinyl replacement windows, discusses some interesting facts about polyvinyl chloride.
What is Polyvinyl Chloride?
PVC is a synthetic resin made from the polymerization of vinyl chloride. It’s made by subjecting vinyl chloride to highly reactive compounds. It’s mostly used in a wide range of domestic and industrial products, from raincoats to window frames. It’s a lightweight rigid plastic manufactured in a flexible “plasticized” form.
What is Vinyl Chloride?
Vinyl chloride, the main component of the vinyl frames in our replacement windows, is a result of a reaction between ethylene, oxygen, and hydrogen chloride over a copper catalyst. Also referred to as chloroethylene, it’s handled under special protective procedures due to its hazardous nature.
History of Polyvinyl Chloride
PVC was primarily prepared by German chemist August Wilhelm von Hofmann in 1872. It wasn’t patented until 1912, when German chemist Friedrich Heinrich August Klatte used daylight to polymerize vinyl chloride. While its extreme rigidity kept it from being commercialized, Waldo Lunsbury Semon was able to develop plasticized PVC. This discovery allowed the material to be fully commercialized.
Our Vinyl Replacement Windows
Your window replacement experts offer windows with vinyl frames for long-lasting beauty and performance. It doesn’t require much care and in fact, you only need mild soap and water to keep it looking good. It also offers superior insulation that will help lessen your reliance on your HVAC units for more energy savings. It’s also available in a wide range of colors and styles to match your home’s exterior.
Count on WMGB Home Improvement to provide you with windows that come with high-quality frames for a better home. We serve Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, and various MI areas. Call us today at (616) 328-6625 for a FREE estimate.