Your windows are a long term investment that you should take time to consider. Here are the basics about the most popular window types so that you can make a fully informed decision about your next purchase.
If you are looking for an affordable option, vinyl windows are your best bet. What you may lose in durability you make up for in savings — you could spend up to 50% less for vinyl replacements than you would for wood windows. You can also save money on the natural insulation of vinyl — it is naturally energy efficient. Vinyl is also a great choice for households with small children or pets, because they require virtually no maintenance to keep up. You will never have to worry about painting or scraping them, and they will maintain their look for quite some time.
Wood windows remain the gold standard in the industry, and with good reason. They offer perhaps the best balance between price, quality, and aesthetic. Wood is, like vinyl, naturally energy efficient (if they are properly installed by a professional team like C&T Siding), and they come in a wide variety of colors, shades, styles, and grilles. Also like vinyl, wood is relatively low maintenance. You can usually get a great warranty with wood windows because of their durability — around 50 years of protection in some cases. Make sure to invest in cladded wood in order to maintain the integrity of the wood through the change of seasons.
Fiberglass is built specifically to be the best performing type of window on the market. Fiberglass offers a huge number of advantages in terms of structure, insulation, and design. For instance, fiberglass has a thermal conductivity that is 800 times less than aluminum. There is virtually no thermal expansion to consider, meaning that you never have to worry about leakage or warping throughout the life of your window. Fiberglass is also especially resistant to environmental damage, making it a great choice for rural homes or homes that are otherwise overly exposed to the elements.
C&T Siding is your one stop shop for windows, doors, siding, and everything else home improvement In western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Whether you are looking for new fiberglass windows, ultrex/wood windows or vinyl windows, we have you covered. Contact us today for a free estimate for your next project.