When it comes to home improvement, many homeowners focus on the exterior parts of their homes, especially the windows. Aside from improving the curb appeal of the home, a window replacement can also increase the value of the property, the comfort of your indoor climate, and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
However, just like any other types of home improvement, window replacement
projects can be challenging to plan, as windows come in a wide range of costs, types,
shapes, sizes, design, and materials. While fiberglass and vinyl are two of our
bestselling materials for window installations, our expert team of contractors
at Cochran Exteriors firmly believes that fiberglass is the best investment you
can make for your home upgrade.
In this article, take a look at some of the reasons why fiberglass windows have the edge over vinyl, and why you should consider upgrading your windows with fiberglass materials for your next window installation.
Fiberglass vs. Vinyl Windows: Color and Design
Compared to vinyl windows, fiberglass window replacement gives you more options. While both come in baked-in colors, fiberglass frames can be painted while vinyl cannot. In fact, fiberglass can be re-painted in virtually any color you want—which means that you’ll be able to change your home’s exterior design theme. In short, if you want greater freedom in regards to your customization options, go for fiberglass windows.
Fiberglass vs. Vinyl Windows: Durability
Fiberglass windows are over eight times stronger compared to vinyl. In fact, a good quality vinyl window can last for up to three decades, while a fiberglass window replacement can last up to five decades. Although these two types are made with a kind of plastic, fiberglass is more durable because it is reinforced with glass fibers. Also, unlike vinyl windows which contract when exposed to heat, fiberglass doesn’t become weak even amidst prolonged sun exposure.
Fiberglass vs. Vinyl Windows: Maintenance
When it comes to upkeep, these two types do not require too much effort to clean and maintain. as dirt, moss, mold, or mildew can easily be eliminated with warm water and sponge. However, it is important to maintain them as vinyl may contract regularly, and fiberglass may fade.
Fiberglass vs. Vinyl Windows: Cost and Energy-Efficiency
Vinyl window replacement may cost less
compared to fiberglass materials. However,
fiberglass lasts longer than vinyl and is much more durable. This means that
homeowners can save plenty of money in the long run with fiberglass window
installations, without worrying about replacements or costly repair services.
When it comes to energy-efficiency, both window types provide excellent insulation and can help to lower the cost of your monthly utility bill over other types of materials. However, fiberglass offers better performance over vinyl, due to the fact that fiberglass is self-insulating, and won’t expand or contract in the heat or the cold as much as vinyl materials will. This means that you’ll experience less energy loss through drafts throughout the year.
Your Trusted Window Replacement Company
If you are looking for a company that can provide top-quality, low maintenance windows that are energy-efficient, durable, and easy to maintain, we can help. Cochran Exteriors is an award-winning home remodeling company providing expert installation, high-quality materials, and excellent customer service since 2010. Some of the perks of working with Cochran Interiors include the following:
- Free design consultation
- A team
of experienced installers and professional designers
- Customized solutions
- Competitive pricing
- Warranties on service and
- ENERGY STAR® certified
Get the best value for your money by hiring Cochran Interiors for your home improvement window replacement needs. You can learn more about the products and services we offer by contacting our experts now. If you’d like to get started with your next home improvement window replacement project, fill out our online form to receive a free, no-obligation, in-home estimate.