Deciding to replace your current windows with energy-efficient windows that also add value and beauty to your home is an easy decision to make. What might not be as easy to decide, though, is what kind of replacement windows you should choose. Gone are the days when your choices were limited to only wood and glass. Today, you have a number of choices including vinyl windows and fiberglass windows. We here at C&T Siding are here to going to help you figure out the best replacement windows for your home.
Fiberglass windows feature an insulating frame that offers better noise control and energy efficiency when compared to vinyl windows. They can last up to 50 years, increase your home's value, and provide it with a better appearance. Fiberglass windows have thinner frames that contain more glass. They don't contract, warp, or expand. Fiberglass windows more closely mimic the look of wood windows. They don't have an obvious join line at the corners.
Because fiberglass windows can fade in the sunlight, they'll require periodic maintenance in the form of painting. Compared to vinyl windows, fiberglass windows are more difficult to install and are more expensive.
Vinyl windows, like fiberglass windows, have a long lifespan -- up to 30 years. They also increase your home's value. Vinyl windows are more readily available than fiberglass windows and easier to install. They also tend to be less expensive than fiberglass windows. Vinyl windows don't fade in the sunlight, and they don't require painting. These windows have corners that are welded in order to prevent water and air leaks.
Vinyl windows are susceptible to fluctuations in the temperature. This can cause them to contract and expand. They can also warp in the extreme heat, though this might not be a factor in the western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota area. Though they offer some insulating qualities, vinyl windows aren't as insulating as fiberglass windows. The join lines that are present at the corners of vinyl windows can be visible when they are viewed at close range.
At C&T Siding, we're here to help you find the right windows for your home. As an integral part of your residence, it's important to learn all that you can before making a final decision. Contact us today by calling us at 651.483.6146 or by filling out the contact form found on our website for a free home consultation.