A Homeowner’s Guide to Replacement Window Materials
Weighing the Pros & Cons of Vinyl, Fiberglass & Wood Windows
With all the different options for replacement windows, it can be tough to decide what will work best for you. It’s common to wonder what windows are best for Denver area homes. Is it wood … or fiberglass … or vinyl?
We want to give you objective information so you can make the best decision for you. Here’s a quick guide to replacement window materials, pointing out the pros and cons of each option.
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Pros: Wood windows are beautiful, adding natural charm and warmth to any home.
Cons: If you want to keep your wood windows looking beautiful, you have to be prepared for quite a bit of maintenance. Also, wood windows can:
- Rot, warp, and suffer from insect infestation
- Expand and contract quite a bit, swelling in the summer and shrinking in the winter – this can make wood windows hard to open or drafty, depending on the season.
- Be more expensive than other options.
Summary of Wood: While beautiful, wood windows do require very regular maintenance, are more prone to damage, and come with a higher price tag than most other windows.
Pros: Many fiberglass windows are attractive. They are also quality products. The question with fiberglass is whether they are better or more attractive than high-quality vinyl windows: is it worth it to pay more for fiberglass windows?
Cons: One claim you often hear about fiberglass windows is that they are strong windows. That’s true as far as the material goes, but it’s not really a particular advantage for a window – stronger does not necessarily mean more durable or longer-lasting.
Fiberglass windows can lack strength in key places. Because fiberglass windows can’t be fusion-welded like vinyl windows can, they are fastened together with screws. This means their joints are not as airtight and watertight as fusion-welded vinyl windows.
Another potential drawback of fiberglass windows is that some require painting to give them a finished look. This can require maintenance.
Summary of Fiberglass: Fiberglass replacement windows are more expensive than comparable options. Many fiberglass options are attractive, but they are not necessarily more beautiful or more durable than high-quality vinyl options that cost less.
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Low-Quality Vinyl Windows
Here is a problem with the word vinyl: it’s really referring to two different things. One kind of vinyl – recycled vinyl – is lower quality and inferior. An easy way to spot low-quality vinyl windows is that they often have a “plastic look.”
Pros: Low-quality vinyl windows are low cost, when compared to other materials.
Cons: These windows can detract from the overall look and appeal of your home. They are also less energy-efficient than other options, and they tend to chalk and fade over time.
Summary of Low-Quality Vinyl: Avoid low-quality vinyl windows that are manufactured using recycled vinyl. The cheap prices upfront will cost you more in the long run in energy costs and lower home value.
High-Quality Vinyl Windows
Pros: The other kind of vinyl is top-quality – the pure stuff that is used to create high-performing windows that are easy to maintain and energy-efficient. Other benefits of high-quality vinyl windows are that they:
- Enhance curb appeal
- Have a nice appearance and don’t have the “boxy, plastic” look low-quality vinyl windows can have
- Have more glass and less vinyl frame, creating more viewing space and letting in natural light
- Are generally more affordable than fiberglass or wood
- Are very durable – Unlike wood windows, vinyl windows will not warp, rot, or be susceptible to insect infestation.
Cons: These windows can expand and contract slightly, and they aren’t typically paintable.
Summary of High-Quality Vinyl: High-quality vinyl windows get you a lot of bang for your buck. Besides being more affordable, they’re energy-efficient, durable, beautiful, and require almost no maintenance.
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Wood vs. Vinyl vs. Fiberglass Windows
When it comes to choosing between wood, vinyl, and fiberglass windows, the best option will depend on your needs, preferences, and budget. The experts at Zen Windows Denver can guide you in making the best choice. Generally, great options for Denver homes will be:
- Wood windows if natural aesthetic is preferred and if price and future maintenance are not deal breakers.
- Vinyl windows if affordability, high-quality, durability, and energy efficiency are priorities.
- Fiberglass windows if a certain aesthetic is preferred and pricing is not an issue.
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