Vytex Windows – A Legacy of Excellence
Since the company’s founding in 1988 by Andy & Magdalena Weinrub, Vytex Windows has set out to change how window companies operate by focusing on delivering innovative, quality products and outstanding customer service. Vytex windows and doors are still a privately held, family-owned and operated company to this day with the second generation of the Weinrub overseeing day-to-day operations now. The best of both worlds, Vytex combines industry know-how with a heart for customer satisfaction.
Potomac High-Performance Vinyl Window
The Potomac HP (High-Performance) is the flagship of the Vytex window line, loaded with all the bells, whistles, and features that Vytex has to offer. It’s a vinyl window, so we’ll start with the vinyl. While vinyl windows tend to look pretty similar from the outside, there are two things that set one vinyl window apart from another. The first is the quality of the material itself and the second is the gauge, or thickness, of the vinyl itself.
The vinyl of the Potomac HP is on par with other premium vinyls out there but where they really shine is in the thickness of their vinyl extrusions. A lot of other window makers out there will skimp on the vinyl gauge because it’s a great place for them to save money but thinner vinyl means less structural integrity. With the Potomac HP that strength shows though in its impressive design pressure (DP) potential with an impressive DP-65 potential. That’s 200% stronger than the industry standard and has been shown to withstand winds of 198 mph!
In addition to the overall strength of the extrusions, Vytex uses a composite reinforced meeting rail on their hung windows which enhances the window’s strength and thermal performance, unlike aluminum or steel reinforcement. Thicker vinyl also means you have better corner welds.
When it comes to air-infiltration performance it’s hard to beat the Potomac HP. Features like their double-walled sill dam, triple weather stripping, Q-Lon compression gasket, sash-interlock, and magnetic seal all work together to create a system with an air-infiltration rating that is ten times the industry standard. For more information see the diagram below.
Outstanding Energy Performance
Having an energy-efficient window is important. After all, a window is a hole in your house to let in light and connect you to the outside but the cost of that window is that it isn’t nearly as efficient as the wall is. While you’ll never have a window as efficient as your exterior wall you want to minimize energy loss.
Vytex has loaded the Potomac HP with features to give you that performance. Starting with a foam-filled frame, which also aids in reducing sound transmission and overall strength. It’s because of this foam filling that the frames of the Potomac HP have an R-value of 32.4 (R-value being a measure of energy efficiency, the higher the better). For comparison, wooden window frames come in at 4.4 and aluminum at 0.35.
Ease Of Operation
Vytex uses constant force balancers on the Potomac HP so you have years of smooth, easy operation. The full-length finger rails on the operable sashes provide ample lifting surface while the integrated tilt latch and lock are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, unlike the cheap tilt latches that so many other windows use.
Vytex Potomac HP In Summary
In short, it’s just a great window overall. Vytex has packed this product full of innovation, features, and extras to give you a window that exceeds the standards of strength, performance, and efficiency all while making it beautiful, reliable, and easy to operate. If you’re in the market for windows, and in the Vytex service area you may want to consider the Potomac HP as one of your options.
If you’re in the Houston area consider Houston Window Experts for your window or door project needs. If you’re somewhere else in the U.S. visit JeffsList.com, we just may know someone near you that can help.