What is the Best Material for Windows?

Nov 01, 2019

What is the Best Window Material?Replacing the windows of your home can be a big project. And, with so many different companies all telling you that certain materials are all the best one for your windows, you can grow skeptical about what the truth is. With so many options to choose from nowadays, the reality is that all of them offer their own unique benefits. It’s really just a matter of choosing the best windows for your home and your preferences.

Let’s dive into the three most popular options: vinyl, fiberglass, wood. Each material offers its own benefits, so you’ll have to determine which ones are most important to you.

Vinyl

Vinyl windows have become a common option for a variety of reasons. This material is incredibly durable, so you’ll never have to worry about your windows warping, rotting, chipping, or peeling. As a result, this also makes vinyl a low-maintenance option, as you won’t have to scrape or paint your frames over the years. Another benefit of vinyl is that it’s an energy-efficient material, especially when the frames are filled with some type of insulation, like foam. With vinyl windows, you should experience fewer drafts and minimal heat transfer, helping to keep your home at a more comfortable interior temperature.

Fiberglass

A newer option among window materials, fiberglass is growing in popularity. It is also a durable material, and it has an upper hand because it expands and contracts very little, virtually eliminating the chance of any heat entering or escaping your home. This resistance to temperature, paired with its strength, allows fiberglass frames to be smaller, creating more space for the glass and therefore making it a more attractive window overall. As a bonus, fiberglass windows can be painted in nearly any color you have in mind, so you can perfectly match them to your home’s décor.

Wood

As technology has advanced over the years, so have wood windows. Years ago, wood windows needed to be replaced after a decade or so because they would start warping and rotting. However, wooden windows today are often made from specially treated wood, making them resistant to these old defects. Plus, wood continues to be the top choice for windows because of the timeless, warm effect it has on a home, not to mention the exceptional thermal advantages it provides. Additionally, there are also composite frames available that feature a combination of wood and other materials to form a sturdy, long-lasting fixture.

As you can see, all of these window materials offer their own individual benefits. Certain factors will also help you make a decision, such as the region in which you live. While energy efficiency is a big plus, it may not make a huge difference for those who live in fairly neutral climates.  The price of the window materials also plays a big role, which can vary between suppliers and companies.

If you still need some guidance for determining which material is best for your windows, then Dreamstyle Remodeling is happy to help you through the process. As America’s #1 Remodeler, we have years of experience installing replacement windows for homeowners and we offer top-quality products from one of the country’s leading manufacturers, Pella®. We’ll happily come to your home for a complimentary consultation to get an understanding of what you’d like to achieve with your windows, and also present our selection of products to you.

Contact Dreamstyle Remodeling today to learn more about our window materials and to determine which one is the best option for your home.

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