If it’s time to replace the windows on your home here in the Minneapolis area, you have many options to go with. You can see from our list of window manufacturers that we offer an extensive selection, both in terms of manufacturers as well as frame material.
In addition to vinyl and fiberglass, wood is another option, as well as aluminum clad wood. We have found in working with our customers that most homeowners lean toward a vinyl window, or occasionally they will choose fiberglass replacement windows. Vinyl windows have been around for a long time, while fiberglass is a recent newcomer to the window industry.
Knowing a bit more about each of these options provides the homeowner with a way to make an educated decision on which is best for their Minnesota home.
Comparing Vinyl and Fiberglass Windows
About Vinyl Windows
Most vinyl windows have seams where the window frame is put together, which on some windows can be problematic, depending on where the window is being placed.
As far as maintaining their color, the colorant is part of the vinyl material itself, leaving them virtually maintenance free. They require no repainting, like wood windows do.
Vinyl is also a window type that can be installed into the home much easier and more quickly than some other types, and they are resistant to damage from moisture, insects, and other potential problem elements.
Even though vinyl windows are less expensive than fiberglass, they are somewhat less energy-efficient. But what needs to be factored in here is the type of glass, air or gas filling, etc. The window frame itself makes up the smallest proportion of the window – the majority is glass. When you’re comparing, you want to make sure you’re evaluating similar characteristics.
About Fiberglass Windows
Fiberglass windows are manufactured using a seamless process. They do not have a color that is through the entire frame, which means that the finish will diminish with time. The installation process is much more involved, takes longer, and it can require more help and tools.
Fiberglass is more expensive, but it is also 8 times more durable than vinyl, which means you’re paying for a strong, trustworthy material to protect your home. Since it does not expand and contract, the fiberglass is also one of the most energy-efficient options to go with for your home.
Concerned about energy efficiency? One thing to keep in mind is that the insulation in your home is most likely made of fiberglass (unless you’ve got polyurethane spray foam), so that may tell you something.
You have the option of which one you feel the most comfortable installing on your home. There is no one right window for every home, and both of these window frame materials have advantages and disadvantages. You might even decide on a combination of types.
If you’re still unsure, speak with our professionals here at Window Outfitters to find out how we can help you need choose the right windows for your Minnesota home. We are THE replacement window company for the Twin Cities, and one of our helpful sales managers would be happy to meet with you in your home – no obligation.