Builder Matt Risinger destroys three popular window types to see what they’re made of and how they respond to unique stress tests.

Vinyl, composite and fiberglass are familiar materials to many – but how do they perform under pressure? That’s what Austin, Texas-based builder and YouTube star Matt Risinger set out to discover in his latest video.

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Three of the most common windows in America – including a vinyl window, a composite window and an Integrity from Marvin Ultrex fiberglass window – are put to stress tests of his own design, exposing the windows to blowtorches, giant hail and intense surface scratching to see how they might perform in the real world.

First, Matt cuts a corner section of each of the three window frames to take a look at the composition of the inside of each window frame.

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Matt then turns on the heat with several different types of blow torches to see how the windows react to extreme temperatures.

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Next, the thickness of the factory paint finishes are put to the test. A blade is used to scratch the surface of each window, seeing how long it takes to take the finish completely off.

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Lastly, impact resistance comes into play as Matt simulates hail or extreme weather with ice and rocks hitting each window to test resilience and how the frame reacts to impact.

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Turns out, Ultrex keeps its calm under pressure – outperforming the other window materials in every category.  To see how each of the windows held up and how Matt assesses the value each window brings to the table, watch his full video below.

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6 replies on “Vinyl Windows: Not Your Only Replacement Option

  1. Integrity is a wonderful window & door! They just need Hi-Transparency screen wire like all the other manufacturers in their price range!

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