Fiberglass vs Vinyl Windows

By Published On: October 21, 20212 min read

Window replacement is not an easy task. You don’t only have to decide on a budget but also select windows from various options available. The two most popular types of replacement windows are fiberglass windows and vinyl windows. Both these window types have their own advantages and disadvantages so, before you select the windows for your home, you should look at the pros and cons of both.

Advantages of Vinyl Windows

  • Vinyl windows require very less maintenance as they do not have to be painted. The way in which they are manufactured, they do not have to be painted ever

  • The vinyl windows are designed using multiple chambers that trap the dense air to insulate the frame

  • Vinyl windows come with welded corners that make air and water leaks around the sash and corners almost impossible

  • Vinyl windows offer long lasting effectiveness and are efficient in the long run due to their sealed corners

  • Vinyl windows are highly energy efficient

  • Professionals can manufacture vinyl windows easily and quickly. They also have a greater amount of flexibility during installation which makes them an easy fit

  • Vinyl windows are the least expensive among all the other replacement window types

Disadvantages of Vinyl Windows

  • Vinyl windows cannot be painted

  • Vinyl windows are less eco-friendly than the fiberglass windows

  • Some vinyl windows may appear very synthetic

  • Vinyl windows cannot be repaired and have to be replaced once damaged

  • Vinyl windows warp, rot, and crack in extreme weather conditions

Advantages of Fiberglass Windows

  • Fiberglass windows offer numerous color choices

  • Fiberglass windows last long

  • Fiberglass windows are energy efficient

Disadvantages of Fiberglass Windows

  • Fiberglass windows require a lot of maintenance

  • These windows have to be painted over and over again

  • The paint on fiberglass windows can be chipped easily during the installation process

  • Fiberglass windows offer very less insulation

  • When these windows become old, they can leak air, water, and dust from the corners

  • Fiberglass windows are more expensive than the vinyl windows

The advantages and disadvantages of vinyl windows and fiberglass windows will help you choose the replacement windows that are ideal for your home. You can also talk to the professional windows installers when you are thinking about replacing windows in your home. They will be able to tell you which windows are best for your home depending on the area you live in and the aesthetics of your home.

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