Ah, summer in Minneapolis! As we talk with homeowners about their plans for the season, many of them have decided it’s time to replace those old windows with something more eco-friendly and energy efficient. Fiberglass windows fit the bill perfectly.
There are so many things to do when it comes to replacing your home’s windows. You think about everything that is involved with this change – the right window, the right window maker, the right installation team, the ROI factor and so many more factors. We understand that making a move like this can be a tough thing to go through but we’re here to help you do it right.
Of course, you should do your own research to find a design and feel that meets your needs and tastes, but it’s also helpful to work with a team, like us here at Window Outfitters, to help you choose the right window for the home, your budget, and your goals.
Replacement Windows: Know Your Options
When the time comes to replace those old windows in your home, it’s important to know what your choices are in frame materials. Going with the right ones is going to be important for the inside of your home. The most common types of window frames include:
- Aluminum – Lightweight, affordable and durable, you can be sure to get the right looking window for your home when you go with aluminum. They do not require a lot of maintenance and are extremely easy to install. They’re just not as energy efficient as others.
- Vinyl – This is one of the biggest choices since it is also one of the best looking. A lot of people choose vinyl for the aesthetic appeal that it brings, but also that it is durable, affordable and it can be any color of your choosing.
- Clad-Wood – This is a knock-off type of wood window that you can choose when you want the visual appeal of wood but without the high maintenance that would come with it. It, however, is not very energy efficient so it does not compare to wood on that level.
- Wood – This is a great energy efficient choice to go with when replacing windows in your home. They are vulnerable to insects, do need repainting and sanding often and can cost more up front to have installed.
You’ll note that fiberglass is not on this list. That’s because fiberglass windows are a relative newcomer to the market, and while many homeowners are choosing fiberglass, they haven’t yet become a common choice.
Each of the window frame materials on this last has benefits as well as drawbacks. In our next post we’ll explain why fiberglass windows make the top of the charts over all others on the market and why they would be great in your home here in Minnesota. Then you can give us a call here at Window Outfitters and have us show you the many options of fiberglass windows we have for you to choose from. We install quality fiberglass windows from premium window manufacturers, such as Beechworth and Marvin.