Pros & Cons of Fiberglass Replacement Windows
Is your home drafty and leaks warm or cold air, depending on the season? Is it hard to control the temperature in your home? Then it might be time to think about replacing your windows. New windows make your home much more energy efficient and make it easier to keep the temperature at a level that feels comfortable to you.
Benefits And Disadvantages of Fiberglass Windows
Deciding to replace your windows is a big first step in the right direction. Next, you need to figure out what windows to have installed. Different contractors offer you different options when it comes to materials and manufacturers for windows.
Fiberglass windows are most often one of those choices. They have become increasingly popular and there are several good reasons for that. We want to spend some time looking at fiberglass window installation and the pros and cons of them.
Like most things, fiberglass windows have advantages as well as disadvantages. Let’s look at them each in turn:
Cons of Fiberglass Windows
The biggest drawback is the cost. Fiberglass windows are more expensive than vinyl windows, although they are usually less expensive than wood frame windows. However, keep in mind that you will save on maintenance cost and energy bills over time, which makes them a good investment and cheaper in the long run, especially if you plan to stay in your home for many years.
For some people the limited color choices you get with fiberglass windows are another disadvantage. You can paint wood any color you would like whereas there are limited options to pick from with fiberglass frames. If you want to frequently change your window colors, fiberglass window frames might not be right for you.
Pros of Fiberglass Windows
There are some very convincing advantages of fiberglass windows. The material is very durable and strong. It is also very versatile and has many applications. Fiberglass is used for window frames as well as many other things like insulation and even airplanes.
As you can probably guess from the name, the material is made from glass fibers, that are then combined with resin. This combination makes the fiberglass very strong, stronger than both wood and vinyl. Even so, fiberglass is very lightweight. This enables the frames to hold very large window panes.
The durability of fiberglass is directly related to that. The strong material does not get damaged easily. The windows are resistant to dents, scratches, corrosion, and warping. They stand up well to the Colorado weather and climate. These windows will last you many years while looking great.
Another huge benefit of fiberglass windows is their energy efficiency. Especially if they are double- or even triple-paned windows, they drastically increase the efficiency. The fiberglass is an insulator like glass that can absorb and hold heat, which makes your home more comfortable.
Part of the energy efficiency is the low thermal expansion that fiberglass has naturally. It does not expand and contract nearly as much as some other materials used for windows. It expands and contracts at a very similar rate at which the glass panes themselves do, resulting in fewer leaks and a longer lifespan.
Fiberglass windows can mimic the look of wood without the cost of maintenance that comes with wood frames. They also come in a variety of other aesthetics and styles. They are very easy to maintain and often you do not even have to repaint them.
However, if you want to change the color, fiberglass windows can be painted, although not all manufactures recommend to do so. Painting them would give you more flexibility in your color options. However, you should check with your window installer or manufacturer first.
Why Choosing Quality Fiberglass Windows Makes A Difference
Name brands like Pella and Andersen make high quality fiberglass windows. These will last for a long time and protect your home. Some of them are specifically rated to be most energy efficient. This will save you money on your utility bills and because of that they can quickly pay for themselves.
New fiberglass windows come in a huge variety of styles. You can get anything from an awning, casement, and double-hung window to picture and sliding windows. Many manufactures also offer custom windows. Together, we will find the right fit for every room.
Colorado Siding Repair Can Help Guide Your Window Replacement
Are you still unsure about fiberglass windows and have unanswered questions? Then do not hesitate to reach out to us! Our team from Colorado Siding Repair is always happy to answer all of your questions. We are not just your trusted guide in regards to siding, we are also your trusted window guide.
We never just want to make a sale; we truly want what is best for you. That is why we take the educational approach. We will provide you with all necessary facts to make an informed decision that is right for you, your home, and your budget. That is why we also offer financing options.
In addition to providing superior customer service, we also believe in installing superior products. That is why we install new windows from Simonton, Pella, and Andersen. High quality windows from these manufacturers will last you longest and perform best.
Let us help you make your home more energy efficient and beautiful. In addition to installing windows, we also install siding and insulation and paint the exterior of your home. Call Colorado Siding Repair today to get started on your next exterior remodeling project!