Do vinyl windows belong in a waterfront estate home valued at over $2 million? For award-winning custom home builder, Robert Zirpoli, President of Chesapeake Bay Homes, the answer is “absolutely!”
“I’ve never had a prospective buyer say they’d prefer wood windows,” Zirpoli says. “The quality and durability of vinyl windows today is exceptional. Unlike wood, they’re maintenance-free and consistently look great year after year.”
According to the American Architectural Manufacturer’s Association, vinyl windows account for 67% of all residential windows sold. Their growing popularity is due to a unique blend of energy efficiency, ease of maintenance, durability, and design versatility.
Building professionals like Mr. Zirpoli demand high-performance windows that appeal to today’s homeowners. They also want to avoid building materials that are susceptible to problems in the future.
“As a custom home builder, I’m concerned about window leaks, especially down here on the Lynnhaven River and Virginia Beach waterfront. We get strong winds and rains, which can cause thousands of dollars in damage if the windows aren’t built and installed properly.”
Custom Vinyl Products (CVP) routinely builds and installs windows for Chesapeake Bay Homes. “In the past, I’ve used windows from well-known national brands,” Zirpoli explains. “Despite the name recognition and reputation for quality, those windows were more prone to leaks than the Custom Vinyl Products windows I use now. I choose CVP for the quality of the windows and their professional installation. When installed by CVP, the windows never leak nor do I ever have an issue.”
For Chesapeake Homes’ Lynnhaven Estates homes, CVP supplied several different window types including casement and half-rounds. The casement double-pane, Low-E 270 windows feature dual-arm operating hardware to prevent sash sag (downward movement of the outside corner of the sash). For windows with a shaped half-round transom, CVP factory-mulled (joined) the units together to protect against water infiltration.
As a custom manufacturing facility for windows and doors, the CVP team consults with builders and architects during the design phase. “We appreciate it when building professionals seek our expertise,” said Barry Taylor, CVP President. “We partner with our clients to specify windows that are best suited to their architectural goals and applications. In that respect, we anticipate and avoid operating issues with windows and doors at the outset.”