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Fiberglass or Vinyl – Which Windows Are Best?

September 5, 2017

When choosing new windows, it’s not only about the style, size, and color, but also the materials used. While shopping around, you are bound to come across a number of options, including vinyl and fiberglass. It’s important to understand the pros and cons of these materials if you want to make the best choice.

Fiberglass windows are known for having a higher price tag than vinyl windows. This is largely due to the fact that the manufacturing process is more time consuming and complex. The more time and effort required to make a window, the greater the price. With vinyl windows proving more affordable, it’s easy to understand why they have gained such popularity.

As for maintenance, vinyl windows are relatively maintenance free. Apart from your usual cleaning and inspections of the seals and working parts, there’s not much you will need to do to keep vinyl windows in shape. Fiberglass, on the other hand, tends to chip. This means that new paint needs to be applied to conceal these chips. Of course, this means that you can also change the color of your fiberglass windows if you like. Vinyl windows are not specifically designed to be painted. They are available in several colors, including an imitation wood finish. When choosing your vinyl window color, it’s good to think of the future and how you plan on decorating your home. For many reasons, white is the most popular choice. White tends to be the most flexible since they look great no matter the décor you choose.

Energy efficiency is also of great concern for many households today. More efficient windows help keep energy bills down. Unlike fiberglass windows, vinyl windows have multiple chambers which help keep the cold out in winter and the heat out in summer. The more chambers there are, the more difficult it is for the exterior weather conditions to influence the temperature inside your home. Of course, it’s also important to make sure that you choose double or triple pane glass for the window section, along with other energy saving features. Examples of which include Argon Gas and Low-E coatings. Both of which help keep the elements at bay.

Finally, don’t forget about the importance of durability. Windows should not need replacing every few years, or you will end up overspending and inconvenienced. Vinyl windows are known for being more durable than fiberglass windows. Since they are not prone to weakening over time, you can rely on your vinyl windows for many years to come. A reputable window supplier should also be more than happy to provide you with some kind of warranty. Separate warranties usually apply to different parts of the window. Such warranties also usually do not apply to negligence or accidental damage.

For your free in-home estimate on new vinyl windows, contact ALMA Windows and Doors at (416) 661-9915. Our team will arrive to take measurements, offer advice and answer any questions you may have.

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